You know why you’re here.

You know why you’re here. It’s a magical time of the year when the mock draft gates have officially opened. If you’ve followed us closely over the last couple of years, you should know how this is done.

But just for good measure, let’s give you a reminder of this process

  • The No Ceilings crew comes together for a “war room” style mock draft. One by one, we go through and nominate players we believe deserve recognition as potential picks for each team.

  • After HEATED debates, we finally take it to a vote.

Some important notes to point out before you dive into this beast…

  • Top 60 picks, including analysis for the first round.

  • Expect PLENTY of movement in the upcoming mock draft and big board updates. With one of the most wide-open draft classes in recent memory, don’t get too “married” to early rankings.

  • There have been numerous freshman who have intrigued as potential draft prospects to keep an eye on. Unfortunately, some of those players have gotten off to a slow start. While you might not see players such as Elliot Cadeau (UNC), Jared McCain (Duke), and Caleb Foster (Duke) on this mock draft, it doesn’t mean that we aren’t high on their potential. For now, the No Ceilings crew believed those players are trending as prospects who could be looking at multiple years in college. But we always know how quickly things can change…

  • The below order is from the NBA standings as of December 3rd, 2023.

As always, thank you all for your support.

Be on the lookout for our 2024 NBA Draft BIG Board V.2 update next week.

#1. Detroit Pistons — Alexandre Sarr | Big | Perth Wildcats

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 9.8 PTS | 4.9 REB | 1.1 AST | 0.5 STL | 1.2 BLK

  • 48.7 FG% | 30.0 3P% | 61.7 FT%

  • 16 Games | 19.5 MIN

Maxwell Baumbach: The Detroit Pistons have no shortage of problems. Still, the greatest of these is their lack of star talent, and Alex Sarr presents the greatest bet available in this class. At 7’1” with a 7’5” wingspan, Sarr has center measurables but wing mobility. He can swat shots at the rim, hang with smaller players on the perimeter, and cover ground like few others when rotating. His help instincts are strong and he gets off the floor with ease, which is part of why Sarr is third in the NBL in blocks right now.

On offense, Sarr has shown flashes as a short-roll playmaker, is a willing shooter from the outside, and can finish above the rim. He’s been fast enough to blow by wings like Mitch Creek in the NBL, and his handle is impressive for a player his age at his height. Sarr can still be passive on the glass, and his jumper is still more theoretical than legitimate. While their offensive fit would be far from clean, a defensive line of Jalen Duren, Ausar Thompson, and Alex Sarr could be impenetrable in time. This pick doesn’t fix the spacing issues that plague the Pistons, at least in the short term. But they need to take as many bites at the star apple as they can given the state of their team.

#2. San Antonio Spurs — Stephon Castle | G | UConn

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 10.7 PTS | 5.7 REB | 2.7 AST | 1.3 STL | 0.7 BLK

  • 60.0 FG% | 25.0 3P% | 76.5 FT%

  • 3 Games | 18.0 MIN

Tyler Rucker: Have you heard that the San Antonio Spurs need a point guard? Okay, let’s get serious. The Spurs are trending in the right direction. Victor Wembanyama has been as expected and Devin Vassell has shown signs of becoming another building block to build around moving forward. We’ve heard plenty about the Jeremy Sochan experience. It’s clear that the Spurs will be looking to add a floor general in the near future.

While there’s plenty of excitement about a talent like Serbian-born guard Nikola Topic here, the Spurs go in another direction with the selection of UConn freshman guard Stephon Castle. At 6’6”, Castle has the tools you’re looking for in a potential franchise guard. He’s shown the potential to be a multi-level scorer on the offensive side of the ball and drew praise throughout the preseason for his defensive strides. After missing some time with a knee injury, Castle returned to action recently in UConn’s win over North Carolina. Before the injury, Castle was showcasing the upside of being a versatile weapon on the floor. He’s a crafty guard who plays with great change of gears and overall feel. As Castle starts to get his footing again, he’s going to be one of the top names to watch out for in the draft space. Castle’s size, vision, and two-way upside would be a fantastic addition for the Spurs here.

#3. Washington Wizards — Nikola Topic | G | Mega MIS

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 18.5 PTS | 3.4 REB | 6.3 AST | 1.2 STL | 0.2 BLK

  • 50.3 FG% | 28.8 3P% | 86.2 FT%

  • 13 Games | 32.9 MIN

Corey Tulaba: The Washington Wizards have finally entered a post-Beal world and are poised to tackle a full-scale rebuild to mold a team that can compete in the modern NBA. The current roster is an amalgamation of discordant individual talents that need a conductor to unify the pieces. Enter Nikola Topic, the 6’6” Serbian point guard donning the bright pink threads of Mega MIS. Topic is a walking paint touch with an elite finishing package near the rim. His ability to collapse a defense ad nauseam opens unique passing windows that he uses to pepper the ball all over the floor.

Topic can pass off a live dribble, paint the corners to shooters, hit the roller, drop off to his bigs for easy buckets near the rim, and lead the break in transition. If there is a play to be made, Topic can make it. There are legit questions about his long-range shooting, but there is reason for long-term optimism as Topic is attempting four and a half threes a game while shooting 86% from the free-throw line. In a draft with so many questions, Topic’s production in a professional league is hard to ignore.

#4. Memphis Grizzlies — Zaccharie Risacher | F | JL Bourg

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 11.3 PTS | 3.6 REB | 1.0 AST | 1.0 STL | 0.4 BLK

  • 52.7 FG% | 46.3 3P% | 69.4 FT%

  • 23 Games | 22.5 MIN

Tyler Metcalf: The recent draft strategy for the Memphis Grizzlies has been to mostly target positional versatility with proven production. This strategy has allowed them to build a roster flush with competent role players, but they haven’t taken many swings on players who not only complement Ja Morant but could be building blocks alongside him. Risacher may feel too similar to the Ziaire Williams swing, but Risacher’s production has been significantly more impressive. Risacher is one of the more defensively versatile forwards in this class. He is already taking the majority of the point-of-attack defensive assignments while also being a reliable weak side help defender.

Risacher likely won’t ever turn into a legitimate on-ball creator. However, his off-ball effectiveness this year has improved substantially. Risacher’s shot is still a little funky, but he’s sped up the release and is shooting over 45% from three. Risacher has also been terrific in transition and as a cutter, and he has shown serious passing potential. The Grizzlies have yet to find that two-way wing who can emerge from role player status, but Risacher could be that guy.

#5. Portland Trail Blazers — Cody Williams | F | Colorado

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 14.0 PTS | 3.6 REB | 2.0 AST | 1.0 STL | 0.3 BLK

  • 63.3 FG% | 60.0 3P% | 66.7 FT%

  • 7 Games | 28.0 MIN

Albert Ghim: I know a lot of Blazers fans are feeling a little uneasy with Scoot Henderson’s play at the start of the season, but this shouldn’t be a huge surprise. It’s tough for a young guard to come in and take the keys of a team and make it run smoothly. With Scoot and this roster in mind, Cody Williams is a great building block to place next to Scoot and Shaedon Sharpe. With most of the ball-handling and scoring coming from those two guys and Deandre Ayton, adding a multi-faceted wing like Williams is a smart bet. Williams is raw and still needs to work on his body/frame, but it’s clear that he’s already put in a good amount of time in the gym and already looks bigger than he did last season.

The important thing to note is that he not only looks bigger but also plays with more physicality at the rim, which was something scouts were worried about heading into his freshman season. Williams has good passing feel, a developing outside jumper, and—most importantly—is a different player from his older brother. Williams won’t need the ball in his hands at all times and will offer a versatile game on both ends of the floor. This may be seen as a pick made for fit, but the ceiling on Williams’s game is also high.

#6. Charlotte Hornets — Ryan Dunn | W | Virginia

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 9.3 PTS | 6.3 REB | 1.1 AST | 2.6 STL | 2.6 BLK

  • 55.8 FG% | 21.1 3P% | 71.0 FT%

  • 9 Games | 26.0 MIN

Stephen Gillaspie: There are some folks that might not be too pleased with this selection-especially with some of the names still on the board, but let’s hash this out. Ryan Dunn is a SPECIAL defensive playmaker. Dunn is in the same neighborhood as Anthony Davis and Derek Lively for players that have a block percentage over 12%, and an Offensive Rating of 125. As a wing! He’s on pace to be one of 15 players to have a steals percentage over 6%. He is on par with Anthony Davis and Kevin Love as players with a BPM of at least 14 and a Free Throw Rate over 60—not to mention that he is the third-leading scorer on Virginia and he isn’t hitting three-pointers.

Dunn profiles to be the type of player that can move off of LaMelo Ball, as he is in the 100th percentile in cutting, and in the 65th percentile in transition. Considering that Charlotte has their lead ball-handler, their wing scorer, and their interior anchor, adding a player who is in the 91st percentile in total offense and is a defensive star pushes the Hornets in the winning direction.

#7. Chicago Bulls — Isaiah Collier | G | USC

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 17.3 PTS | 3.0 REB | 4.5 AST | 1.1 STL | 0.3 BLK

  • 52.2 FG% | 40.0 3P% | 73.5 FT%

  • 8 Games | 30.3 MIN

Corey Tulaba: Whether or not the Bulls pull the pin on the Mid-Three Era this season, one thing is clear, they need a lead playmaker. Since Derrick Rose went down with his first knee injury, the Bulls have mostly band-aided the position together, with highlights coming from a two-game playoff stretch from ⅓ Alpha Rajon Rondo and 50 games of Lonzo Ball. With Collier, the Bulls may have found the long-term solution to their point guard problem. While scouts are still torn on Isaiah Collier’s true floor and ceiling, they can agree on his NBA-ready frame, athleticism, and court vision.

At his best, Collier is getting downhill into the paint like prime Barry Sanders, scoring with crafty up-and-unders and using his rim gravity to zip passes to his teammates all over the floor. At his worst, he’s throwing the ball into the third row and looking disengaged on the defensive side of the ball. Collier has the raw talent and potential to be the top pick in this draft—how much he grows the improvement areas in his game over the course of the college season will determine whether or not he capitalizes on it.

#8. Utah Jazz — Ja’Kobe Walter | W | Baylor

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 14.9 PTS | 4.0 REB | 1.1 AST | 1.3 STL | 0.2 BLK

  • 41.9 FG% | 38.0 3P% | 88.1 FT%

  • 9 Games | 27.3 MIN

Tyler Metcalf: The fit here isn’t the cleanest, but Ja’Kobe Walter is by far the best player available. Walter won’t fix the playmaking issues on this Jazz roster, but his scoring, shooting, and defense provide way too much upside to pass on. Walter has been one of the most versatile scoring guards in the country this season as he’s taking a high volume of threes and consistently getting to the line. Walter needs to prove that he can be a more competent playmaker, but there were signs of that aspect of his game during his final EYBL season. Moving forward with a backcourt of Keyonte George, Walter, Brice Sensabaugh, and Ochai Agbaji would be a fun start to this Jazz rebuild.

#9. Portland Trail Blazers (via GSW) — Justin Edwards | F | Kentucky

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 10.3 PTS | 4.4 REB | 1.0 AST | 1.0 STL | 0.6 BLK

  • 45.6 FG% | 25.9 3P% | 68.4 FT%

  • 8 Games | 27.8 MIN

Albert Ghim: Big wings who can shoot the ball and play good defense are still valuable in the NBA. Although every team in the league is always looking for these types of players, actually hitting on one isn’t always the easiest. In every draft cycle, we have guys that are marketed as 3-and-D wings, but they often end up missing one of the conditions. Finding a guy who can do both is hard, but finding someone who can eventually grow beyond that role is even harder. Justin Edwards deserves to be taken in this range because he may legitimately be able to shoot it from outside and offer a ton on the defensive side of the ball. It’s hard to ignore the early-season numbers, though; his current shooting splits are 45.6/25.9/68.4 and a TS% of 53.2%. He hasn’t gotten off to the hot start he would have hoped, but I firmly believe the numbers will look better by the end of the season. Edwards has good size, standing 6’8” with a good set of shoulders on him and a good-looking wingspan. The cherry on top of Edwards’s game is that he also has some star potential, even if he doesn’t get to show it off a ton on this crowded Kentucky roster. He’s shown some on-ball stuff in the past and could eventually blossom into a dynamic offensive player. If the Blazers grab Cody Williams and Justin Edwards, they’d be in a good position to develop two young wings who can easily fit in next to Scoot and Shaedon.

#10. San Antonio Spurs (via TOR) — Reed Sheppard | G | Kentucky

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 13.9 PTS | 4.5 REB | 3.9 AST | 3.0 STL | 0.9 BLK

  • 61.9 FG% | 61.1 3P% | 100.0 FT%

  • 8 Games | 26.6 MIN

Tyler Metcalf: Point guard has been the topic of discussion for the Spurs, aside from their recently acquired alien named Victor Wembanyama, and Reed Sheppard would be primed to help fill that role. The numbers that Sheppard is currently putting up are astronomical and unsustainable. Despite that, the process is terrific. Nearly everything Sheppard does is within himself and under control. Sheppard is proving that he can take a backseat and facilitate or take over a game when needed. His facilitation, outside shooting, and defensive playmaking would fit perfectly on this Spurs roster that not only needs to add a lot of talent but also upgrade the point guard role.

#11. Oklahoma City Thunder (via HOU) — Donovan Clingan | C | UConn

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 13.4 PTS | 5.9 REB | 1.1 AST | 0.4 STL | 2.0 BLK

  • 62.3 FG% | 0.0 3P% | 52.1 FT%

  • 9 Games | 20.8 MIN

Nick Agar-Johnson: The Oklahoma City Thunder lucked out here with three probable Top 10 picks still on the board for them to choose from with picks #11 and #13. With the first of those picks, they opt to grab UConn big man Donovan Clingan. Clingan’s rim-running prowess and ability to lock down the paint defensively would pair amazingly with Chet Holmgren, allowing both Holmgren and Clingan to do what they do best on both ends of the floor. The questions surrounding Clingan’s limited playing time to start the season (and what it means about the long-term chances of him playing a big-minute role) are mitigated by playing on a team with a centerpiece big man and a loaded rotation.

#12. Atlanta Hawks — Ron Holland | F | G League Ignite

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 18.1 PTS | 6.5 REB | 2.7 AST | 2.2 STL | 0.9 BLK

  • 46.3 FG% | 22.9 3P% | 57.7 FT%

  • 10 Games | 30.0 MIN

Rowan Kent: It’s been rough sledding for the G League Ignite in the early part of the season, getting blown out on multiple occasions and looking like a mess on both ends of the floor. All of that doesn’t fall directly at the feet of Ron Holland, but his struggles as an offensive creator and floor spacer have been on full display. Luckily, for both the Ignite and for Holland, he’s had a great past stretch of games, including a dominant 32-point performance and scoring 21 points on the way to the Ignite’s first victory of the season. While Holland is certainly not out of contention for a high lottery spot, the volatile nature of the 2024 NBA draft class has put a brighter spotlight on his early struggles. The Hawks won’t be mad, as they have the chance to finally get an impact wing into their system, even if Atlanta’s roster is already deep and lacks easy openings for minutes.

#13. Oklahoma City Thunder (via LAC) — Matas Buzelis | F | G League Ignite

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 11.5 PTS | 5.0 REB | 1.0 AST | 0.5 STL | 1.0 BLK

  • 47.4 FG% | 14.3 3P% | 66.7 FT%

  • 2 Games | 19.0 MIN

Stephen Gillaspie: The rich already have gotten a little bit richer by adding the best true big man at 11. Now, the Thunder opt to take a player who has seen his star dim a little bit. While Matas Buzelis may have seen his draft stock take a hit, he may have the highest ceiling of anyone remaining in his class. Matas saw several reputable draft outlets give him a Top 5 ranking during the preseason, with some even listing him at #1. In what seems like an eternity ago, Matas and the Ignite squared off against Alex Sarr’s Perth Wildcats. Matas showed some poise in his court vision, shot selection, and even some individual defensive toughness. Unfortunately, Buzelis has dealt with some injuries this season but, in his first game returning from injury, he put up 11 points on 50% from the floor. There may be concerns surrounding his defense and strength. However, the upside of a player who has great length and obvious feel for the game being added to a team that could be contending for championships is too much to pass up for the Thunder.

#14. Houston Rockets (via BRK) — Kyle Filipowski | Big | Duke

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 18.8 PTS | 8.3 REB | 2.2 AST | 1.2 STL | 1.8 BLK

  • 52.9 FG% | 26.9 3P% | 73.9 FT%

  • 8 Games | 28.1 MIN

Nick Agar-Johnson: The Houston Rockets close out the lottery here by selecting Duke’s Kyle Filipowski. Filipowski was a somewhat surprising returner last season after being the most consistent player on a very inconsistent Duke team, so going in the lottery here would certainly justify that decision. Filipowski has improved dramatically in terms of his efficiency inside the arc as well, and he makes a lot of sense for Houston as a third big behind Alperen Sengun and Jabari Smith Jr. The questions about Filipowski’s efficiency from long range and his defense remain, but his shot selection will almost certainly improve when he isn’t asked to carry the offense as he has been for Duke for the last two seasons.

#15. New Orleans Pelicans — Rob Dillingham | G | Kentucky

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 13.7 PTS | 4.3 REB | 5.3 AST | 1.5 STL | 0.0 BLK

  • 48.2 FG% | 50.0 3P% | 75.0 FT%

  • 8 Games | 22.9 MIN

Tyler Metcalf: One of the biggest questions with Rob Dillingham coming into this season was how he’d look in a more structured setting. Turns out he looks pretty damn good. Dillingham has been one of the most electric scorers, shooters, playmakers, and all-around creators in the country this season. The point guard spot for the Pelicans has been a bit clunky, but Dillingham could grow into taking over that role. Having a long-term backcourt of Dillingham and Jordan Hawkins could lead to one of the most electrifying offenses in the league. The size and defensive concerns with Dillingham are legitimate, but the Pelicans have plenty of defenders with legitimate size who could help insulate those issues. While Dillingham doesn’t project to be a great defender, he’s at least been a good defensive playmaker, consistently forcing a handful of turnovers a game.

#16. Miami Heat — Trey Alexander | G | Creighton

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 16.0 PTS | 6.3 REB | 4.5 AST | 1.2 STL | 0.7 BLK

  • 43.6 FG% | 28.9 3P% | 80.8 FT%

  • 8 Games | 33.8 MIN

Stephen Gillaspie: It’s been well documented that when the Miami Heat add a player to their roster, they must have a particular quality to them. Toughness infused with skill is a main ingredient to their Heat Culture’s secret sauce. While Trey Alexander’s numbers have taken a bit of a hit across the board, his improved athletic ability to captain a team has been quite fun to watch. His usage is at a career high, registering about a +7 uptick in that area. His assist percentage is also at 23.2-which is up by almost 8%. His taste for dunks has skyrocketed, as he already has twice as many jams this season compared to last year. His three-ball is down to about 29%, but he was over 40% from deep the year prior playing more of an off-ball role. With the Heat having Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, and Tyler Herro in tow already, Miami would be able to have Trey in a similar role-letting him space the floor and play tenacious D. With Kyle Lowry on a clear decline, and with their success with players like Gabe Vincent, Kendrick Nunn, and Tyler Johnson, adding a player like Alexander seems incredibly likely for Erik Spoelstra and Pat Riley.

#17. Cleveland Cavaliers — Dalton Knecht | W | Tennessee

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 19.0 PTS | 4.6 REB | 1.8 AST | 0.5 STL | 0.7 BLK

  • 49.1 FG% | 39.0 3P% | 81.1 FT%

  • 8 Games | 30.8 MIN

Maxwell Baumbach: After getting bounced from the playoffs last year, a flaw in Cleveland’s roster construction was abundantly clear—they needed more shooting on the wings. They addressed it this off-season with the signings of Max Strus and Georges Niang, but Knecht would give them yet another sweet shooter. Knecht shot 38.1% from deep on high volume last year while registering 26 dunks. Guys who shoot that often, and that well, with that athleticism, tend to be first round picks. Knecht was at Northern Colorado, though, so few noticed it. Now at Tennessee, Knecht is averaging 20.3 PPG on 50.5/40.5/82.9 splits, which is made more impressive by the tough schedule the Vols have faced thus far. He can stroke it off movement, but he’s also got a mid-range bag and can function as a lob target. There’s work to do as a playmaker for others and as a defender, but Knecht is a late bloomer who is ready to step into an NBA role. He would give the Cavaliers another wing who could spread the floor and contribute on a night-to-night basis.

#18. Indiana Pacers — Tyler Smith | F | G League Ignite

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 15.0 PTS | 5.3 REB | 1.8 AST | 0.6 STL | 1.1 BLK

  • 49.6 FG% | 42.4 3P% | 68.4 FT%

  • 10 Games | 25.1 MIN

Stephen Gillaspie: The G League Ignite’s existence has been criticized year upon year since its inception, and in how its biggest prospects have panned out in the NBA. Even this year, Ron Holland, Matas Buzelis, and Izan Almansa came into this year with the expectation of all of them being lottery prospects. With so many big fish in this scrutinized pond, it has come to the surprise of many that Tyler Smith has become the team’s most consistent player. In nine games played for the Ignite, Smith has put up around 15 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.8 APG, and 1.1 BPG-all while playing about 25 minutes per game. Smith’s frame is going to be what draws scouts in, as he has the physique of an NBA player. Smith has developed a reliable jumper for a player his size. His 44% shooting from deep would pair well with the playmaking of Tyrese Haliburton and Co.—as would his propensity to throw down emphatic dunks. At just 19 years of age, the Pacers would be adding a versatile frontcourt player who they could bring along at a pace that would allow him to be the best possible version of himself.

#19. New Orleans Pelicans (via LAL) — Adem Bona | C | UCLA

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 13.4 PTS | 6.1 REB | 0.8 AST | 0.5 STL | 1.4 BLK

  • 59.7 FG% | 0.0 3P% | 69.0 FT%

  • 7 Games | 25.1 MIN

Nick Agar-Johnson: With Jonas Valanciunas on an expiring contract, the Pelicans will need help at the center spot. Even if Valanciunas returns to the Big Easy after this season, New Orleans is still thin at center-especially with backup center Cody Zeller also set to expire. Enter Adem Bona, one of the best defensive big men in the class who is also an adept rim-runner and complementary offensive player. With Dyson Daniels and Jose Alvarado as point-of-attack menaces and Herb Jones as arguably the most versatile switch defender in the NBA, the Pelicans are very close to going from an average defensive team (currently 14th in Defensive Rating) to a Top 10 squad on that end of the floor. Adem Bona will help them to further capitalize on their defensive potential.

#20. New York Knicks (via DAL) — Kevin McCullar | G | Kansas

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 19.2 PTS | 6.8 REB | 5.1 AST | 1.2 STL | 0.7 BLK

  • 53.9 FG% | 38.2 3P% | 80.0 FT%

  • 9 Games | 33.4 MIN

Corey Tulaba: While the Knicks have chosen to mostly watch the last few drafts from the sideline, they have multiple bites at the apple in 2024. With their first selection, they’ll nab Kansas swiss-army-knife wing Kevin McCullar. While McCullar is best known for his versatile defense (a trait Thibs will adore), what has made his game truly pop this season has been the major improvements to his offensive game. McCullar has looked like the total package on the offensive side of the ball, running the Jayhawks offense to the tune of five assists a game while simultaneously bumping his scoring average up from 10.7 PPG last season to 19.2 PPG this season! Never known for his shooting, McCullar has gone scorched earth, hitting 54/39/80 shooting split thresholds. MCullar still has to prove that the newfound shooting can last the duration of the college season, but his signature all-around skill set and blue-collar approach meshes perfectly with the grit and tools that the New York brass has favored from their wings.

#21. Phoenix Suns — Tyrese Proctor | G | Duke

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 10.2 PTS | 3.0 REB | 4.7 AST | 0.8 STL | 0.1BLK

  • 43.9 FG% | 32.4 3P% | 86.7 FT%

  • 8 Games | 28.0 MIN

Nick Agar-Johnson: The runway was prepared for Tyrese Proctor to take a leap this season and solidify himself as a lottery-level talent. Things haven’t exactly been perfect for either Proctor or Duke to start the season, but he is still showing the playmaking flashes that enticed evaluators in the first place. Proctor has been more efficient around the basket than he was last season, but he will need to shoot better than 32% from long range to unlock his full capabilities. The Suns have been operating without a traditional point guard this season, so adding a pass-first guard with size in Proctor gives the Suns the flexibility to take some of the playmaking pressure off Devin Booker and Bradley Beal.

#22. Atlanta Hawks (via SAC) — Kel’el Ware | C | Indiana

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 17.1 PTS | 9.3 REB | 1.7 AST | 0.8 STL | 1.5 BLK

  • 63.9 FG% | 50.0 3P% | 68.4 FT%

  • 8 Games | 30.9 MIN

Rowan Kent: What a difference a year (and a few thousand miles) makes. After a disappointing freshman campaign spent mostly in Dana Altman’s dog house, Kel’el Ware has turned potential into production in a major way for the Indiana Hoosiers. Ware’s erupted in the early slate for the team and is currently leading Indiana in points, rebounds, and blocks per game. He looks more confident, capable, and dangerous, all of which are major changes from where he was last year and make him a legitimate first round draft prospect. Although the Hawks don’t have a massive need at center, the upcoming restricted free agency of Onyeka Okongwu makes Ware’s selection a bit luxurious, but one that they can’t pass up given his talent and potential to fill a possible position of need in the future.

#23. Philadelphia 76ers — Carlton Carrington | G | Pittsburgh

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 14.6 PTS | 5.5 REB | 5.8 AST | 0.2 STL | 0.0 BLK

  • 42.4 FG% | 36.7 3P% | 77.8 FT%

  • 8 Games | 32.1 MIN

Rowan Kent: After James Harden’s protracted exit from Philadelphia, it was hard to know what the 76ers would look like. The team has exceeded expectations by staying relevant in the Eastern Conference, but there’s still room in their guard rotation for an impact offensive super-sub. That’s where the biggest riser of the 2024 draft class comes in with Carlton Carrington, whose gone from completely off draft boards to featuring firmly in the first round amongst most mainstream and fringe boards. Carrington’s combination of length, height, and shooting prowess made him a threat early for Pittsburgh, but it’s his passing and court vision that have helped him ride out some tougher shooting stretches in recent games. There are still some issues to Carrington’s game, mainly his lack of rim pressure and his weaknesses as a perimeter defender, but the 76ers will be more than happy to grab an offensive player with a lot of juice like Carrington to buttress their bench unit.

#24. New York Knicks — PJ Hall | C | Clemson

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 21.4 PTS | 7.5 REB | 2.5 AST | 1.1 STL | 2.0 BLK

  • 56.1 FG% | 42.4 3P% | 78.8 FT%

  • 7 Games | 28.3 MIN

Maxwell Baumbach: PJ Hall has been on a rampage for Clemson this year. The 6’10”, 240-pound senior big man is posting 21.4 PPG on 56.1/42.4/78.8 splits to go along with 7.7 RPG and 2.0 BPG. Hall has a gorgeous jump shot with pristine shot prep, and he’s shown capable of hitting from NBA range. A physical player and impactful screener, he can carve out minutes as a pick-and-pop big man offensively. He’s also a clever passer, and that skill set at his size could add a new wrinkle to the bench unit for the Knicks. On defense, Hall has improved dramatically as a rim protector and shot blocker, but he still lacks ideal length for the center position. Despite that, the malleable nature of his game should allow him to slot alongside both Mitchell Robinson and Julius Randle. For a Knicks team hungry to compete, Hall provides both a clean fit and the potential to make an immediate impact.

#25. Denver Nuggets — Oso Ighodaro | Big | Marquette

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 12.6 PTS | 6.3 REB | 2.0 AST | 1.0 STL | 1.1 BLK

  • 65.1 FG% | N/A 3P% | 50.0 FT%

  • 8 Games | 30.3 MIN

Stephen Gillaspie: The secret for the type of player the Denver Nuggets look to add has been published earlier this year. The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor put out a piece after an interview with Denver’s General Manager, Calvin Booth, centered around team building. Booth explained that any player they look to add must possess three of the following four traits: basketball IQ, character, positional size, and the absence of skill deficiencies. Marquette’s big, Oso Ighodaro certainly qualifies for some of these categories. Oso’s passing ability has been well documented over the past few seasons, but his turnover percentages have improved over time as well. Ighodaro stands at about 6’10”, but he has put on about 20 pounds during his time with the program. Oso’s character seems to be high, as his teammates and coaches speak glowingly of his impact for the team. There are some deficiencies to his game—shooting being chief among them—but the Nuggets would be adding a big man who can move the ball, rebound, and score from the mid-post with incredible consistency.

#26. Indiana Pacers (via OKC) — Pacome Dadiet | F | Ratiopharm Ulm

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 5.2 PTS | 1.9 REB | 0.5 AST | 0.6 STL | 0.1 BLK

  • 46.7 FG% | 36.6 3P% | 74.1 FT%

  • 20 Games | 13.3 MIN

Tyler Rucker: Indiana is quickly becoming one of the most exciting teams in the league. The organization has done an outstanding job of putting together the pieces of the puzzle. Acquiring a franchise point guard via trade is going to speed up the “rebuild” process in a hurry, but the Pacers aren’t afraid to gather young talent and let them develop. After adding G League Ignite forward Tyler Smith earlier, the Pacers elect to shoot for the stars with international wing Pacome Dadiet.

Since his showing last year at Basketball Without Borders, Dadiet has been a name to keep a close eye on. Dadiet, still just 18 years old, is oozing with upside and checks a lot of boxes when you’re looking for a talent with serious potential. He’s been playing with Ratiopharm Ulm this year, who have a roster that features plenty of talent. The minutes are starting to climb for Dadiet. He recently posted an impressive 14-point performance against JL Bourg and Zaccharie Risacher, one that saw him finish 5-for-6 from the field in just 18 minutes. There are plenty of international talents who are starting to generate buzz, but Dadiet is starting to look like a name that deserves monitoring moving forward.

#27. Orlando Magic — Trevon Brazile | F | Arkansas

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 11.3 PTS | 7.7 REB | 0.6 AST | 0.7 STL | 1.8 BLK

  • 50.8 FG% | 46.7 3P% | 75.9 FT%

  • 9 Games | 30.4 MIN

Stephen Gillaspie: The Orlando Magic have been one of the best stories in the early parts of the NBA season. The leap that Paolo Banchero has made in his efficiency—combined with the continued production of Franz Wagner—has led to the Magic being a Top 3 team in the East. With the stars established, Orlando would do well to add some floor spacing and some defense. That’s what Trevon Brazile brings to the table. Coming off of a season-ending injury, Brazile has been better than we could have hoped for, as his athleticism seems to be close to where it was last season. Trevon would give the Magic the size that they love, a player who is shooting over 44% to play with Paolo, and another weakside rim protector. He’s also scoring 80% in transition. Brazile would also be able to reunite with Anthony Black, which could make for some fun lob possessions. Orlando is signaling to the rest of the league that they’re ready for more success, so adding a proven 3-and-D prospect to their roster figures to continue their impressive roster building.

#28. Milwaukee Bucks — Kobe Johnson | W | USC

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 13.0 PTS | 4.5 REB | 2.6 AST | 2.6 STL | 1.1 BLK

  • 43.5 FG% | 34.5 3P% | 77.8 FT%

  • 6 Games | 31.2 MIN

Albert Ghim: Kobe Johnson is every coach’s dream. The guy plays hard, works on his craft, is a bulldog of a defender, and never needs the ball in his hands to make an impact. For the Milwaukee Bucks who are in desperate need of wing defenders, adding Kobe Johnson to the squad would be brilliant. Johnson is a 6’5” junior for the USC Trojans and a guy who may end up going even higher than this on draft night. Johnson is easy to like because he gets better every single season. His shooting has improved every season, although his percentages early on in the season have dipped a bit, but that’s probably due to the increase in volume. I’m not worried because the shot passes the eye test.

If the offense doesn’t sell you on him, head over to the defensive side of the ball and fall in love. He’s currently averaging just under three steals per game, and when you turn on the tape, you can see that the man loves to defend. He’s a master of screen navigation, rebounds well for his size, and has active and quick hands. If the Bucks grabbed Johnson at the end of the first round, they’d be grabbing a guy who could contribute from day one because of his defensive ability and improved floor-spacing and off-ball movement. Johnson is a demon on cuts and is just a headache because of his activity on both ends of the floor. If you need a comp, think of Bruce Brown or Josh Hart; those guys make good money and contribute to winning teams.

#29. Boston Celtics — Otega Oweh | G | Oklahoma

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 15.3 PTS | 4.5 REB | 1.2 AST | 2.1 STL | 0.6 BLK

  • 67.6 FG% | 77.8 3P% | 72.7 FT%

  • 8 Games | 25.6 MIN

Tyler Rucker: We all know that Brad Stevens isn’t afraid to trade first round picks. The Boston Celtics have been one of the most impressive teams throughout the 2023-24 NBA season. While the Celtics have plenty of star power, they are going to need to attempt to find some pieces on cheaper contracts moving forward. Boston added Jordan Walsh in the second round, who could become an intriguing rotation piece next year with a big offseason.

Oklahoma Sooners sophomore Otega Oweh has been a “sleeper” that deserves some more recognition moving forward. At 6’5” and 210 pounds, Otega has an intriguing frame to do some damage on the perimeter. However, it’s his playing style that should be an enticing fit for the Celtics. Oweh is a pit bull on the court. He throws his body around and can get downhill in a hurry before finishing around the rim with anger. The outside shot is going to need to become more consistent, as he’s attempted just nine attempts from deep this year, but Oweh has a raw set of tools that would be a heck of a piece to develop.

#30. Minnesota Timberwolves — Tyler Kolek | G | Marquette

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 13.5 PTS | 4.7 REB | 5.2 AST | 1.5 STL | 0.0 BLK

  • 51.9 FG% | 46.2 3P% | 82.4 FT%

  • 8 Games | 30.3 MIN

Tyler Metcalf: The Minnesota Timberwolves need a backup point guard and may even need a starting one next season depending on what happens with Mike Conley (hopefully he returns). A long-term project like AJ Johnson could make sense here too, but since the Timberwolves window of contention is now, a more ready-made prospect like Tyler Kolek makes sense. Kolek has a tremendous feel for the game and constantly puts his teammates in great scoring opportunities. He sees the floor well, is a willing passer, can knock down shots, and pressures the rim to create opportunities. Kolek won’t be asked to do too much with this roster, but he can fill in around the edges and elevate the games of those around him.

SECOND ROUND

#31. New York Knicks (via DET) — AJ Johnson | G | Illawarra Hawks

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 2.2 PTS | 1.0 REB | 0.6 AST | 0.2 STL | 0.1 BLK

  • 28.9 FG% | 20.0 3P% | 100.0 FT%

  • 13 Games | 7.8 MIN

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#32. Detroit Pistons (via WAS) — Alex Karaban | F | UConn

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 14.4 PTS | 6.1 REB | 1.3 AST | 0.8 STL | 1.1 BLK

  • 52.0 FG% | 29.4 3P% | 86.7 FT%

  • 9 Games | 31.0 MIN

#33. San Antonio Spurs — Izan Almansa | Big | G League Ignite

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 8.0 PTS | 6.8 REB | 2.2 AST | 1.2 STL | 1.4 BLK

  • 51.6 FG% | 16.7 3P% | 45.0 FT%

  • 10 Games | 26.9 MIN

#34. Minnesota Timberwolves (via MEM) — Alex Toohey | F | Sydney Kings

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 10.5 PTS | 4.4 REB | 1.0 AST | 0.6 STL | 0.7 BLK

  • 42.7 FG% | 36.7 3P% | 65.4 FT%

  • 15 Games | 22.6 MIN

#35. Milwaukee Bucks (via POR) — Garwey Dual | G | Providence

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 4.7 PTS | 1.6 REB | 2.2 AST | 1.0 STL | 1.3 BLK

  • 30.2 FG% | 37.5 3P% | 54.5 FT%

  • 8 Games | 20.8 MIN

#36. Boston Celtics (via CHI) — Tidjane Salaun | F | Cholet Basket

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 7.3 PTS | 2.8 REB | 0.8 AST | 1.3 STL | 0.2 BLK

  • 36.2 FG% | 28.8 3P% | 77.8 FT%

  • 20 Games | 19.9 MIN

#37. Portland Trail Blazers (via CHA) — Ariel Hukporti | C | Melbourne United

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 9.2 PTS | 7.6 REB | 0.8 AST | 0.4 STL | 1.0 BLK

  • 58.0 FG% | N/A 3P% | 61.5 FT%

  • 16 Games | 18.1 MIN

#38. New York Knicks (via UTA) — DJ Wagner | G | Kentucky

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 13.1 PTS | 1.8 REB | 3.2 AST | 1.4 STL | 0.7 BLK

  • 40.7 FG% | 25.0 3P% | 76.0 FT%

  • 7 Games | 26.0 MIN

#39. Los Angeles Clippers (via TOR) — Tristen Newton | G | UConn

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 17.1 PTS | 7.5 REB | 6.1 AST | 1.5 STL | 0.2 BLK

  • 47.5 FG% | 36.4 3P% | 82.4 FT%

  • 9 Games | 31.8 MIN

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#40. Houston Rockets (via GSW) — Yves Missi | C | Baylor

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 10.0 PTS | 6.4 REB | 0.2 AST | 0.8 STL | 2.2 BLK

  • 62.3 FG% | N/A 3P% | 51.1 FT%

  • 9 Games | 19.1 MIN

#41. Oklahoma City Thunder (via HOU) — Dillon Jones | F | Weber State

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 20.5 PTS | 10.8 REB | 2.7 AST | 1.7 STL | 0.0 BLK

  • 48.8 FG% | 35.0 3P% | 77.6 FT%

  • 6 Games | 36.8 MIN

#42. Los Angeles Lakers (via LAC) — Bobi Klintman | F | Cairns Taipans

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 11.0 PTS | 5.0 REB | 1.4 AST | 1.6 STL | 0.6 BLK

  • 41.4 FG% | 29.2 3P% | 80.4 FT%

  • 13 Games | 23.7 MIN

#43. Portland Trail Blazers (via ATL) — Donovan Dent | G | New Mexico

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 16.3 PTS | 2.6 REB | 6.7 AST | 1.5 STL | 0.6 BLK

  • 51.0 FG% | 36.4 3P% | 62.5 FT%

  • 8 Games | 30.0 MIN

#44. New Orleans Pelicans — Aaron Bradshaw | C | Kentucky

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 3.0 PTS | 2.0 REB | 0.0 AST | 0.0 STL | 1.0 BLK

  • 100.0 FG% | N/A 3P% | 50.0 FT%

  • 1 Game | 13.0 MIN

#45. Houston Rockets (via BRK) — Miles Kelly | G | Georgia Tech

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 17.8 PTS | 6.7 REB | 2.0 AST | 0.8 STL | 0.4 BLK

  • 34.8 FG% | 27.1 3P% | 72.7 FT%

  • 7 Games | 32.4 MIN

#46. Los Angeles Clippers (via CLE) — Aday Mara | C | UCLA

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 5.1 PTS | 3.1 REB | 1.0 AST | 0.1 STL | 1.0 BLK

  • 55.2 FG% | N/A 3P% | 50.0 FT%

  • 7 Games | 12.9 MIN

#47. Miami Heat — Dillon Mitchell | F | Texas

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 11.5 PTS | 8.8 REB | 2.1 AST | 1.0 STL | 1.7 BLK

  • 60.7 FG% | 0.0 3P% | 54.2 FT%

  • 7 Games | 30.4 MIN

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#48. Indiana Pacers — Zach Edey | C | Purdue

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 23.6 PTS | 11.2 REB | 1.1 AST | 0.1 STL | 2.7 BLK

  • 63.6 FG% | N/A 3P% | 73.3 FT%

  • 9 Games | 28.2 MIN

#49. San Antonio Spurs (via LAL) — Juan Nunez | G | Ratiopharm Ulm

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 11.2 PTS | 3.4 REB | 5.8 AST | 2.2 STL | 0.0 BLK

  • 50.3 FG% | 36.8 3P% | 61.7 FT%

  • 17 Games | 24.6 MIN

#50. Boston Celtics (via DAL) — Wooga Poplar | W | Miami

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 16.8 PTS | 6.0 REB | 1.2 AST | 0.8 STL | 0.4 BLK

  • 51.3 FG% | 52.6 3P% | 85.7 FT%

  • 7 Games | 29.7 MIN

#51. Washington Wizards (via PHX) — Riley Kugel | G | Florida

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 14.2 PTS | 4.2 REB | 2.0 AST | 1.6 STL | 0.2 BLK

  • 43.9 FG% | 38.5 3P% | 68.4 FT%

  • 8 Games | 29.6 MIN

#52. Sacramento Kings — Adou Thiero | F | Kentucky

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 8.0 PTS | 7.0 REB | 0.8 AST | 0.7 STL | 0.8 BLK

  • 52.6 FG% | 16.7 3P% | 71.4 FT%

  • 7 Games | 26.3 MIN

#53. Philadelphia 76ers (via NYK) — KJ Lewis | W | Arizona

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 6.7 PTS | 4.4 REB | 2.2 AST | 1.2 STL | 0.7 BLK

  • 56.7 FG% | 33.3 3P% | 83.3 FT%

  • 7 Games | 18.9 MIN

#54. Forfeited — Philadelphia 76ers

#55. Forfeited — Phoenix Suns (via DEN)

#56. Houston Rockets (via OKC) — Baba Miller | F | Florida State

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 7.5 PTS | 4.4 REB | 1.2 AST | 1.5 STL | 1.2 BLK

  • 50.0 FG% | 42.9 3P% | 40.0 FT%

  • 7 Games | 23.1 MIN

#57. Indiana Pacers (via MIL) — Jalen Bridges | F | Baylor

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 11.1 PTS | 4.3 REB | 1.2 AST | 0.6 STL | 1.2 BLK

  • 48.6 FG% | 44.7 3P% | 86.7 FT%

  • 9 Games | 25.2 MIN

#58. Orlando Magic — Tristan da Silva | F | Colorado

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 15.5 PTS | 5.0 REB | 2.1 AST | 1.1 STL | 0.6 BLK

  • 56.2 FG% | 45.5 3P% | 84.4 FT%

  • 8 Games | 30.0 MIN

#59. Denver Nuggets (via MIN) — Harrison Ingram | F | North Carolina

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 15.1 PTS | 6.4 REB | 2.5 AST | 1.3 STL | 0.3 BLK

  • 48.5 FG% | 46.3 3P% | 62.2 FT%

  • 9 Games | 33.0 MIN

#60. Charlotte Hornets (via BOS) — Milan Momcilovic | F | Iowa State

Stats (as of 12/6/23):
  • 13.6 PTS | 3.0 REB | 0.8 AST | 0.6 STL | 0.5 BLK

  • 46.8 FG% | 44.7 3P% | 82.4 FT%

  • 8 Games | 30.3 MIN

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