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NBA Mock Draft 8.0: Latest Projections for All 60 Picks

Anthony Edwards and James Wiseman are likely to be the first two players off the board, but how will the rest of the cards fall as draft night approaches?

Well, there are fewer than 72 hours until the draft. We’ve all waited a long time to say that. The NBA’s transaction moratorium lifted on Monday. And all things considered, this will be one of the busiest stretches in league history, with teams staring down roster changes via Wednesday’s draft and free agency, which officially begins Friday. So brace yourself for a flurry of trades and transactional news, with several big-name players potentially on the move. It seems like stating the obvious at this point, but the NBA landscape may look much different a week from now.

As things stand, Anthony Edwards and James Wiseman appear likely to be the first two players off the board—that much, at least from my standpoint, seems clear. Beyond that, things become trickier to piece together. Expect another update as the draft gets closer. But for now, here are Sports Illustrated's latest projections for all 60 picks, based heavily on intel and the latest buzz I’m hearing around the league.

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This mock draft has been updated as of 1 p.m. ET, Tuesday

1. Timberwolves: Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia

Height: 6' 5" | Weight: 225 | Age: 19 | Freshman

Although there’s been much discussion publicly surrounding the Timberwolves’ decision at No. 1, within league circles, this situation appears far less confusing. As I’ve reported in recent weeks, a wide range of teams have been operating as if Edwards will be Minnesota’s selection. The Wolves have done their best to send mixed signals to market the pick and have explored a range of trade possibilities, and a deal would probably be their preference in the end. But for the most part, the educated assumptions I’ve heard from executives and front-office personnel have not wavered much. There’s been minimal belief that Minnesota will opt for LaMelo Ball over Edwards. There’s also skepticism that the Timberwolves will find a deal they like enough to pursue—and though there’s certainly time left for that to change, many have penciled in Edwards as the choice here.

While there’s justifiable debate as to who the draft’s top prospect really is, Edwards has a strong case, with an elite physical profile, an improving jump shot, underrated playmaking skills and the potential to be a good defender as he matures. He has a lot to learn, and his overall efficiency and level of engagement must improve. But factoring in his team context and development trajectory, Edwards has really just started to tap into his ability. He fits comfortably with the Timberwolves’ core pieces and will benefit from playing with better players for the first time, which should naturally help his shot selection to an extent. Edwards continues to track as the best answer and presumptive solution for Minnesota.

2. Warriors: James Wiseman, C, Memphis

Height: 7' 1" | Weight: 240 | Age: 19 | Freshman

The dust has settled a bit with regard to this selection, and, whether or not the Warriors make a deal, most rival teams are preparing as if Wiseman will be off the board at No. 2. Teams interested in Wiseman have operated under the assumption that that they have to trade up in front of Charlotte, and it’s known that the Warriors are interested in moving back in the lottery, seeking to draft a young player while also upgrading their frontcourt with a veteran who can help them win now. The most logical trade partners here are San Antonio and Detroit: both can use a long-term center in Wiseman, can offer LaMarcus Aldridge or Blake Griffin, respectively, and most importantly can offer Golden State a pathway out of Andrew Wiggins’ contract. The Warriors will have to weigh those types of opportunities carefully, but their immediate desire to win is going to be a factor here.

Although teams didn’t have much Wiseman film to work with, his immense size and physical tools, defensive ceiling and potential to develop a reliable jump shot are major calling cards. While the argument against investing early draft capital in a center is understandable, it’s not often you get those three traits in the same teenage prospect. He would have a better case at No. 1 if a different team held the pick. But Wiseman should be a more than sufficient prize for whichever team ends up with him on draft night, and has all the ability to be successful.

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3. Hornets: LaMelo Ball, PG, Illawarra Hawks

Height: 6' 7" | Weight: 180 | Age: 19

Over the course of the past couple weeks, I’d heard indications that this decision would not be a no-brainer for the Hornets, and Onyeka Okongwu has been a popular hypothesis among rival teams as a strong option for Charlotte at No. 3. But when you really boil this down, the upside proposition Ball presents would seem to be the best possible decision. The Hornets had long been thought to be targeting a big with this pick and were widely linked to Wiseman. But the prospect of them trading up has felt more and more like a pure hypothetical. I would not label this a done deal, but will say that my read on the situation has shifted toward Ball as the choice here.

At the end of the day, Ball has a real chance to end up as the best player in this draft, but opinion varies widely depending who you talk to. His size, innate playmaking instincts and creativity with the ball are all difficult to find, but his carefree style, ball-dominance and lack of winning history are concerning for some teams. But the upside proposition is easily evident, and he could evolve into one of the league’s best passers. Ball’s iffy three-point shooting remains his biggest impediment to stardom, but if he can make enough to keep defenses honest, he has all the pieces to be a quality starter at bare minimum. For better or worse, Ball will garner the spotlight right away. But he would be a real shot in the arm for the Hornets, who can take a chance here and hope he develops into a star.

4. Bulls: Deni Avdija, F, Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)

Height: 6' 8" | Weight: 210 | Age: 19

The Bulls have been the most difficult team for opponents to pin down over the course of this process, with several conflicting thoughts circulating as to what Chicago will do. There has been increased chatter about Patrick Williams here, and Obi Toppin, Tyrese Haliburton and Killian Hayes are all being given consideration. The matter of position may not be a huge impediment to any pick here —there’s some thought around the NBA that Zach LaVine could be had via trade, and Arturas Karnisovas didn’t draft any of the Bulls’ young pieces, anyway. But the Bulls have long been thought to covet Avdija, and he would make a lot of sense with what Chicago already has on the roster.

Optimists hope Avdija evolves into an oversized secondary playmaker and maximizes his promising passing skills, and they also see value in his floor. Even if his handle doesn’t peak to the point where he’s functionally a guard, Avdija should at least shoot it well enough to keep defenses honest, and he’s a quality downhill playmaker who should be able to attack closeouts and rotations comfortably. If his defense proves passable, he has an easy pathway to value. The Bulls can plug him in at both forward spots and give him time to play through mistakes.

5. Cavaliers: Obi Toppin, F/C, Dayton

Height: 6' 9" | Weight: 220 | Age: 22 | RS Sophomore

Toppin and Deni Avdija have been the two players strongly connected to Cleveland, with the team in search of a more versatile frontcourt piece to pair with its young guards. With Avdija off the board in this case, the Cavs land Toppin, who starred down the road at Dayton and is viewed as someone who can contribute immediately. The Cavs are thought to be open to trading back, but it’s unclear as to what they’d want, and they should ultimately be comfortable with the choices available here. Cleveland is still waiting on real returns from young guards Collin Sexton, Darius Garland and Kevin Porter, and drafting a backcourt player here – even if it would be an upgrade—would throw a wrench in that development process.

Cleveland needs someone to complement those pieces, not muddle the minutes, and an older rookie like Toppin likely mitigates some of the concerns. His defensive concerns are real, but it won’t be an impediment on draft night. His inside-out scoring ability and consistent energy should make him a potential Rookie of the Year candidate wherever he lands. Toppin’s age is only a holdup for teams to a certain point, and in the context of this draft, draft he feels like a pretty safe bet in the eyes of many.

6. Hawks: Patrick Williams, F, Florida State

Height: 6' 8" | Weight: 225 | Age: 19 | Freshman

Williams remains the hottest name on the board coming into draft week, with many teams expecting him to come off the board in the 4–8 range. He could be a fit for Atlanta or another team at this spot. The Hawks have been active in trade discussions involving this pick, with an impetus to compete for the playoffs and a wealth of cap space. Atlanta has made a draft-day trade two years running, and there’s a real chance that will continue, with the Hawks looking to upgrade their roster while potentially moving back in the draft, as well.

Although Williams lacks a true NBA skill at this stage, his strongly built frame, defensive projectability and flashes as a shooter and playmaker make him a highly moldable modern forward. It’s easy to see improvement in key areas that would make him a versatile, multipositional lineup cog. He’s been the biggest winner over the past couple of weeks, working out for multiple teams inside the top seven and with league sources continually linking him to the Pistons. It appears Williams won’t fall much further than this.

7. Pistons: Killian Hayes, PG, Ulm (France)

Height: 6' 5" | Weight: 185 | Age: 19

As previously noted, the Pistons have been heavily tied to Patrick Williams, but there’s a real chance he'll be off the board here. It’s also worth noting that Detroit was permitted to watch LaMelo Ball work out in recent days. While he could be a trade-up target, it’s also possible Detroit simply represents his absolute floor. But assuming both players are gone, there’s believed to be traction for Hayes here, as the Pistons begin to remake the roster and search for a lead playmaker worth developing. Hayes will require some seasoning, but there are teams who have fallen in love with his skill level and feel, and he has good size for his position, though he’s not a great run-jump athlete. His natural craft and smarts pushed him up the board over the course of a solid year in Germany. The Pistons are a strong fit, with a longer competitive time frame and the ability to give him meaningful minutes and freedom to make mistakes early on.

8. Knicks: Tyrese Haliburton, G, Iowa State

Height: 6' 5" | Weight: 175 | Age: 20 | Sophomore

The Knicks have been linked to a few different names here, including Devin Vassell and Kira Lewis. If Patrick Williams made it here, they’d take a long look. But in this scenario, Haliburton would be the best prospect available, and a strong fit who can help get the most out of the Knicks’ current pieces. His basketball IQ, intangibles, intuitive passing and ability to space the floor are all strong selling points, and if he can add more individual offense and improve his handle, he could be a steal if allowed to slip. He may not be a star-level player, but his presence could help others get there, and R.J. Barrett badly needs to play off another ball-handler who can handle decision-making pressure. He could come off the board earlier than this, but don’t expect him to fall much further.

9. Wizards: Onyeka Okongwu, C, USC

Height: 6' 9" | Weight: 235 | Age: 19 | Freshman

This is one of the cleanest fits in the draft, with the Wizards eyeing a big and presumably hoping Okongwu falls to this spot. According to league sources, Washington is also open to moving back in the draft, and could shop this pick accordingly depending who’s left on the board. Okongwu’s defensive-minded style and mobile, anticipatory play makes him well-suited for the NBA game, despite being undersized for a center. He should enable his team to deploy smaller lineups without giving up an edge around the rim. His offensive game is a work in progress, and his ball skills and shooting are currently subpar, but he’s shown flashes of passing ability and has an overall good sense of himself as a player. The Wizards are expected to push for the playoffs this season, and Okongwu could slide in and help relatively early.

10. Suns: Isaac Okoro, SF, Auburn

Height: 6' 6" | Weight: 225 | Age: 19 | Freshman

Phoenix had been tied heavily to Kira Lewis here, but the acquisition of Chris Paul and subsequent push for playoff relevance might change how they approach this pick. It appears Okoro has slipped a bit in recent weeks, primarily as a result of Patrick Williams’ ascent within the lottery, and his range is now more like 9-12. But it would be surprising to see him fall too far. His shooting remains a real questionmark, but his physicality and defensive prowess differentiate his skill set from the other wings on the Suns’ roster. Okoro is one of the top on-ball defenders in the draft, with impressive strength and balance that allow him to stay with a variety of players on the perimeter. He’s a good passer with above-average feel on the perimeter. But if the shot never pans out, there’s some risk here. He’d be good value at No. 10.

11. Spurs: Saddiq Bey, F, Villanova

Height: Height: 6' 8" | Weight: 215 | Age: 21 | Sophomore

The Spurs appear to be angling to move up in the draft, and are open to moving veteran players and turning the roster even younger. But if they pick here, Bey is a strong fit, as a versatile, no-frills forward who can space the floor and play off their young guards. His range starts with Phoenix at No. 10, and it appears he’ll land in the late lottery given the need for players in his mold. Bey is a bit older and is not dynamic or creative playing off the dribble, but he’s reliable, and teams by-and-large trust Villanova products to hold up their end of the bargain. His size and shooting ability adds some upside.

12. Kings: Devin Vassell, SF, Florida State

Height: 6' 6" | Weight: 180 | Age: 20 | Sophomore

There’s been minimal buzz surrounding Sacramento leading into Monte McNair’s first draft at the helm, and while the Kings will strongly value analytics, it won’t be the only factor in their decision. Vassell’s range appears to start at No. 8 and ends in the early teens. He’s a stellar team defender and capable shooter (although I’ve heard varying degrees of concern about his release mechanics), with the primary holdup for teams being a lack of great explosiveness at the rim and a limited handle. Still, Vassell neatly fits a usefu