Picks 15-30 from Rafael's first Mock Draft
Great work Rafael! What’s your thoughts on Scottie Pippen Jr. draft stock?
Keep it coming Rafael...love the super sleeper takes! Your mock draft emphasizes my point that the first half of the 2nd round this year has the making of "potentially" a 2nd round to remember.
When you look at the players still available in terms of high floor and SWING upside potential scouts this year are going to be making their money indeed! High floor players available include..K.Chandler,C.Houston,"The big O "Oscar Tshiebwe, C.Braun,C.Koloko....along with my super SWINGS...O.Dieng,Y.Nzosa,P.Watson,D.Collins,J.Minott, Tr. Keels, Br.McGowens,Max Christie,M.Cleveland,M.Foster..and my super sleeper...John Butler! Thats not to mention a couple of international delights Matteo and "Gabby Pro". This is the year that there will be numerous trades with teams moving back in the draft after about 10 or so...and either completely getting out of the first round or moving up and/or acquiring more 2nd rounders because that's where the VALUE is this year. Look forward to your updates!
There are two guys who didn't make your list who may get picked late first: Orlando Robinson and David Roddy. While both players are flawed, I think both guys showcase NBA-level scoring skills and will draw attention from the pros. I think Robinson probably gets picked-late first/early second round, though he could jump into the mid-teens if he has a great late season run - say, if Fresno State sneaks into the NCAA tournament. He scores at all 3 levels, and he has a good motor. He is not some slew-footed 7 footer, a la Luka Garza, and is very skilled, though he is not a great rebounder or rim protector. Got a great handle for a big guy and if his 3 point shooting is legit, he stretches the floor. Roddy is a helluva player even though he looks more like a tight end than BB player. Dude has skills. Great low post moves, a mid-range game and a 3 point shot, though it remains to be seen if his percentage holds up, long-term. He's kind of like Draymond was at Michigan State. Such a versatile, driven and talented player, you just knew he was going to find a way to play in the NBA, despite the obvious limitations. Most likely, Roddy won't get picked til mid-late second, if at all, but, watch, next year he's going to either be on a team's G-League squad or already getting some kind of playing time on someone's team.
By the way, I think both Trevion and Mark Williams are guys who may surprise. Biggest concern about Trevion is exactly who does he guard when he is on the floor? Offensively, he will roast guys off the high or low post with his shooting and passing. But it is tough to imagine who he would be able to guard in the NBA.