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Latest NBA Mock Draft: Brotherhood Moving Up

Good news for Duke if things play out this way.

Arkansas v Duke
 SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 26: Mark Williams #15, Paolo Banchero #5, and AJ Griffin #21 of the Duke Blue Devils celebrate after defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks 78-69 in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Elite 8 Round at Chase Center on March 26, 2022 in San Francisco, California.
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Mock drafts are pretty meaningless and even more so before the Draft Lottery (scheduled for May 17th).

By standings, Houston is at the top of the draft currently but what if San Antonio moved up from #9? Or New Orleans? Or, dare we say it, New York?

It’s impossible to know. But it’s fun to speculate!

And so on to the latest mock draft, this one from CBSSports.

With Houston at the top of the board, the Rockets get Chet Holmgren. But in this scenario, Paolo Banchero goes at #2 to Orlando.

AJ Griffin joins Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson in New Orleans where he would provide excellent outside shooting and a smart overall game.

Mark Williams, who made his announcement Monday evening, goes to Cleveland at #14 which is a nice improvement from some other mock drafts we’ve seen.

CBS has Trevor Keels going to Golden State at #28 which would be pretty good. Obviously the Curry/Thompson/Green era isn't going to last much longer but it’s a stable, well-run franchise and that’s a really big deal.

Other picks of interest:

  • Former Duke target Patrick Baldwin, after a rough year at Milwaukee, is pegged for Denver at #21.
  • Notre Dame’s Blake Wesley at #22 to Memphis where he’d join a great young core.
  • Former Tar Heel Walker Kessler, also to Memphis at #29.
  • Wake Forest’s Jake LaRavia to the OKC Thunder at #30. Haven’t seen that yet but he’s good.