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We are now one month from the NBA Draft. With the lottery setting the order for the first 14 spots in the draft, many of the experts have weighed in with their mock drafts.
We have collected the mock drafts of 12 experts to get a consensus on how the draft is starting to develop and to see how all 30 picks of the first round might go.
Below we take a look at the player or players most commonly picked by the experts at each spot.
The experts: Chad Ford (ESPN), Andrew Sharp (SI.com), Scott Howard-Cooper (NBA.com), Aaron Torres (FoxSports.com), Jonathan Givony (The Vertical), Derek Bodner (USA Today), Sam Vecenie and Gary Parrish (CBS Sports), Ed Isaacson (Yahoo Sports), HoopsHype, Kevin O’Connor (SB Nation), and Jason McIntyre (The Big Lead)
No. 1 Philadelphia 76ers — Ben Simmons, F
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Experts: 8 out of 12
Other possibilities: Brandon Ingram
Key quote from Ford: “There will be a lot of debate in the Sixers’ front office on whether to take Simmons or Brandon Ingram. But I think they’ll lean toward Simmons … Philadelphia coach Brett Brown knows him from his days coaching in Australia. Brown desperately needs a playmaker, and new GM Bryan Colangelo wants a player who can contribute right now.”
No. 2 Los Angeles Lakers — Brandon Ingram, F
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Experts: 8 out of 12
Other possibilities: Ben Simmons
Key quote from Sharp: “He shoots well from all over the floor, he’s got a perfect frame to turn into a great defender, he plays hard, and he improved as the year unfolded … Next year’s Lakers will basically be a college team, or possibly a six–month fraternity party thrown by Walton. I already love them so much more than everything that happened under Byron Scott.”
No. 3 Boston Celtics — Dragan Bender, F/C
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Experts: 7 out of 12
Other possibilities: Buddy Hield, Jamal Murray
Key quote from Givony: “Power forward has long been a position of need for the Celtics, and it was abundantly clear in the playoffs that Jared Sullinger is not a solution because of his struggles defensively. Enter Bender, whom many feel has a huge upside in today’s NBA because of his defensive versatility, perimeter shooting and outstanding feel for the game.”