The Phoenix Suns won the lottery and have the first pick in the NBA draft for the first time in franchise history.
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The NBA draft lottery is over, and the order is set.
Next, 69 NBA prospects are expected to be evaluated and assessed in five-on-five workouts, individual drills and interviews at the NBA draft combine in Chicago beginning on Wednesday. NBA players, coaches, executives and media will assemble in a packed gym for one of the landmark events leading up to the draft.
ESPN 2 will broadcast the combine workouts on Thursday and Friday from 3-7 p.m. ET.
With the NBA draft a little more than a month away, here is USA TODAY Sports’ second NBA mock draft compiled by staffers with consult from NBA scouts and executives.
1. Phoenix Suns – Deandre Ayton
Arizona • Center • Freshman
Height: 7-1 • Weight: 250
Despite Phoenix’s ties to Luka Doncic, the Suns can’t afford to miss on this pick, and Ayton is the safer choice. Arizona’s awful showing in the NCAA tournament against No. 13 Buffalo won’t hurt Ayton’s stock, but it did highlight his deficiencies. While he’s as physically gifted as any prospect in his class, his defensive instincts are lacking for someone his size.
2. Sacramento Kings – Luka Doncic
Real Madrid • Guard
Height: 6-6 • Weight: 218
Doncic is unusually polished for a 19-year-old having spent three years playing professionally with Real Madrid. He’s a great passer, has good offensive instincts and a smooth, repeatable three-point stroke. His biggest challenge may be adjusting to the athleticism of the NBA game. The Kings couldn’t pass on the second-best prospect in the draft.
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3. Atlanta Hawks – Marvin Bagley III
Duke • Forward • Freshman
Height: 6-11 • Weight: 234
Bagley is a refined offensive player with outstanding athleticism and room to grow physically. He didn’t shoot many three-pointers, but he did bury almost 40% of his attempts, which could make him a matchup nightmare at the next level. He immediately bolsters the Hawks’ frontcourt next to John Collins.
4. Memphis Grizzlies – Jaren Jackson Jr.
Michigan State • Forward • Freshman
Height: 6-11 • Weight: 242
Jackson is a terror on defense. His reach and anticipation are fantastic, and his impact around the rim isn’t strictly predicated on blocking shots. He alters shots just by the prospect of blocking them. Teams will need to be patient with Jackson, who must get stronger and enhance his offensive game.
5. Dallas Mavericks – Mohamed Bamba
Texas • Forward • Freshman
Height: 6-11 • Weight: 225
Bamba was second in the NCAA with 3.72 blocks per game, and with a 7-foot-9 wingspan, Bamba is the kind of imposing center you draft to anchor a defense. He was also among the best offensive rebounders in college basketball. He immediately improves a weak Mavericks frontcourt.
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6. Orlando Magic – Michael Porter Jr.
Missouri • Forward • Freshman
Height: 6-10 • Weight: 215
Orlando’s front office likes drafting for size and length, making Porter a possible target. It’s fair to wonder whether Porter did himself any favors by returning from back surgery to play in the SEC tournament. Individual workouts, the draft combine and medical evaluations are going to be integral to Porter’s value.
7. Chicago Bulls – Wendell Carter Jr.
Duke • Forward • Freshman
Height: 6-10 • Weight: 259
Strong and physical, Carter has advanced post moves for a freshman. He also seeks out and plays through contact – an encouraging sign as he’ll be battling NBA bodies. Carter’s inside presence is a nice complement to Lauri Markkanen’s outside game.
8. Cleveland Cavaliers – Trae Young
Oklahoma • Guard • Freshman
Height: 6-2 • Weight: 180
If you need an offensive sparkplug, able to create, facilitate, score off the dribble and stretch the defense, Young checks all those boxes. The (unfair?) comparisons to Steph Curry needlessly put pressure on him, and teams will need to decide how comfortable they feel with Young on the defensive end before playing him valuable minutes. Not to mention, the Cavs desperately need backcourt help.
9. New York Knicks – Mikal Bridges
Villanova • Guard • Junior
Height: 6-7 • Weight: 210
One of the best two-way prospects in the draft, Villanova’s Bridges shined in the tournament. His smooth athleticism, quick feet, perimeter defense and sound outside shooting lends itself perfectly to the modern NBA. He’s not the type of player that will take a defender off the dribble, but his catch-and-shoot ability, which helps stretch the floor, is valuable.
10. Philadelphia 76ers – Miles Bridges
Michigan State • Forward • Sophomore
Height: 6-7 • Weight: 225
Bridges has NBA athleticism, but a question remains about positional fit. He’s not tall enough as a traditional forward, and it remains to be seen how well he would defend perimeter players at the next level. His three-point shooting (36% this season) is a valuable asset which, coupled with his quick first step, makes him a multidimensional offensive threat.
11. Charlotte Hornets – Collin Sexton
Alabama • Guard • Freshman
Height: 6-3 • Weight: 190
With Kemba Walker’s future in Charlotte uncertain, Sexton makes the most sense here. His size for an NBA guard is ideal, and though his outside shooting isn’t where it needs to be nor is he a pass-first guard, his attacking mentality will enhance any backcourt.
12. Los Angeles Clippers – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Kentucky • Guard • Freshman
Height: 6-6 • Weight: 180
The lanky freshman showed significant improvement throughout the season, and whoever nabs him is getting a versatile point guard with a ton of room to grow. His stock soared during the NCAA tournament as he carved up defense with his attacking, probing style.
13. Los Angeles Clippers – Robert Williams
Texas AM • Center • Sophomore
Height: 6-10 • Weight: 241
There aren’t many natural forwards with the athleticism and motor that Williams possesses. His physique and leaping ability are NBA caliber and he could have dunk contests in his future, not unlike since-traded Blake Griffin.
14. Denver Nuggets – Kevin Knox
Kentucky • Forward • Freshman
Height: 6-9 • Weight: 215
A versatile, athletic forward, Knox can get up and down the court, and he’s a crafty finisher at the rim. He’s also got a good frame and a decent three-point shot. Teams will need to take the long view when considering Knox and understand that his game will take time to mature.
15. Washington Wizards – Zhaire Smith
Texas Tech • Guard • Freshman
Height: 6-5 • Weight: 195
The bouncy guard came on strong as the season progressed, and it’s easy to see the intrigue with him. He’s an extraordinary finisher around the rim and his defensive anticipation is already above-average. Smith offers insurance for a strong Wizards backcourt.
16. Phoenix Suns – Lonnie Walker IV
Miami • Guard • Freshman
Height: 6-5 • Weight: 204
The stout Miami freshman is built like an NBA guard and can finish with above-average athleticism and power. His shooting and shot selection need to become more consistent, but he’s unafraid of having the ball in his hands in the clutch.
17. Milwaukee Bucks – Mitchell Robinson
Chalmette High School • Center
Height: 7-0 • Weight: 233
The NBA combine will be the first look teams get at Robinson in months after he de-enrolled from Western Kentucky before the start of last season. He’s extremely athletic and has the ability to stretch the floor for a big man, but team interviews will be essential for Robinson as teams try to get a read on him. If Robinson develops, he and Giannis Antetokounmpo could be an athletic terror.
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18. San Antonio Spurs – Khyri Thomas
Creighton • Guard • Junior
Height: 6-3 • Weight: 210
A steady guard with a nice outside touch, Thomas is a creative finisher in traffic, and he has shown above-average anticipation on the defensive end. Known for his exceptional wingspan, Thomas provides value for a team looking to bolster its backcourt.
19. Atlanta Hawks – Troy Brown
Oregon • Forward • Freshman
Height: 6-7 • Weight: 215
While not as polished as other wings, Brown is versatile and strong and could develop in a number of areas on both sides of the ball. He’ll need to improve his three-point shooting (29%) as a small forward at the next level.
20. Minnesota Timberwolves – Chandler Hutchison
Boise State • Guard • Senior
Height: 6-7 • Weight: 197
Hutchison made marked strides throughout his career at Boise State, each year becoming a more invaluable piece on offense. He’s excels in transition, is a ballhawk on the glass, can hit from outside and can guard multiple positions. He’ll need to get stronger, but his length is intriguing.
21. Utah Jazz – Dzanan Musa
Cedevita (Croatia) • Forward
Height: 6-9 • Weight: 195
Musa is a confident, streaky shooter with a quick release and extended three-point range. He’s also got a quick first step and can finish with either hand around the rim. Defense and strength are the biggest question marks he’ll need to address.
22. Chicago Bulls – Aaron Holiday
UCLA • Guard • Junior
Height: 6-1 • Weight: 185
The younger brother of fellow NBAers Jrue and Justin Holiday, Aaron doesn’t have great size (think Kyle Lowry), but he does play with a determined aggression when attacking inside the lane. He shot over 40% from three in all three seasons with the Bruins.
23. Indiana Pacers – Anfernee Simons
IMG Academy • Guard
Height: 6-4 • Weight: 177
It’s tough to predict Simons’ ceiling given that he played a year at IMG Academy and didn’t play against collegiate competition. Simons is a lithe guard with good attacking instincts, but it will be years before he’s making an impact in the NBA.
24. Portland Trail Blazers – De’Anthony Melton
USC • Guard • Sophomore
Height: 6-4 • Weight: 190
Melton sat out this past season as a result of a connection to the FBI’s bribery scandal, but the combo guard offers immediate help on the defensive end. He’s strong, versatile and embraces physical play.
25. Los Angeles Lakers – Jacob Evans
Cincinnati • Guard • Junior
Height: 6-6 • Weight: 210
Evans has excellent size for his position, and he uses it to his advantage on both ends. He’s a capable ballhandler who can take his defender off the dribble or look for an outside three. He plays impactful defense with quick feet and good anticipation.
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26. Philadelphia 76ers – Bruce Brown Jr.
Miami • Guard • Sophomore
Height: 6-5 • Weight: 202
His midseason foot injury cut into his visibility, so teams only have a season and a half’s worth of knowledge. He won’t be a lead guard at the next level, but he could settle into a defensive-minded role.
27. Boston Celtics – Jalen Brunson
Villanova • Guard • Junior
Height: 6-3 • Weight: 190
Nothing jumps out at you and screams NBA skillset, but Brunson, a two-time national champion, is a heady player who will add leadership and poise. He’s clever on offense, is a selfless passer and finds his teammates in productive positions.
28. Golden State Warriors – Tyus Battle
Syracuse • Guard • Sophomore
Height: 6-6 • Weight: 205
An explosive athlete with good length and strength, Battle’s most glaring issue will be shot selection. He shot under 40% this season and averaged more turnovers (2.4) than assists (2.1).
29. Brooklyn Nets – Omari Spellman
Villanova • Forward • Freshman
Height: 6-9 • Weight: 245
Not many freshman forwards lead their team in rebounding and blocks and then post the second-best three-point shooting percentage on a national championship team. Whether all those skills translate to the NBA is another question, but Spellman has become an interesting prospect.
30. Atlanta Hawks – Elie Okobo
Pau-Orthez (France) • Guard
Height: 6-3 • Weight: 180
The quick-twitch guard has a smooth outside shot and a promising midrange game that he’s displayed for French team Pau-Orthez. He thrives in the pick-and-roll and has intriguing length for his position.