Sources: Emmanuel Mudiay could drop out of NBA draft's top five
In his latest mock, SI's Chris Mannix reports that point guard Emmanuel Mudiay could fall in the draft.
SI's new mock draft has Mudiay going to Sacramento Kings at No. 6 overall, with buzz from NBA executives suggesting scenarios where the talented prospect slips out of the top four picks. He's not expected to fall past the Kings, who have a long-term need at Mudiay's position.
Mudiay, 19, haiing from the Congo by way of Dallas, spent last season playing with the Guangdong Tigers in China after forgoing the opportunity to play college basketball, where he had committed to SMU.
Mannix's current sequence of events has Karl-Anthony Towns (Kentucky) going first overall to Minnesota and Jahlil Okafor (Duke) at No.2 to Los Angeles. Philadelphia, picking third and expected to take a point guard, are currently projected to select Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell over Mudiay – who will work out for them in Philly on June 16.
The Knicks, picking fourth, are believed to be looking at Mudiay, Duke's Justise Winslow, Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein and Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis, who Mannix has going to New York in this scenario. The Magic, picking fifth, also pass on Mudiay given the young backcourt of Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo they already have in place.
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