Welcome to your home for the NBA draft at WestCoastConvo.com.
Many WCC players are attempting to sneak in the latter half of the second round and achieve their dreams at making it in the NBA. Who knows, maybe Sam Dower, David Stockton, Stephen Holt, Anthony Ireland or Brendan Lane could be the next Patty Mills and polarize the nation with sensational play in the NBA finals, despite being a late-round draft pick.
Anyways, make sure you read up on the prospects at the following links:
Sam Dower: Draft Profile
Stephen Holt: Draft Profile
Anthony Ireland: Draft Profile, Anthony Ireland, Despite Challenges, Embracing Draft Process
Brendan Lane: Draft Profile
David Stockton: Draft Profile
For reference here is a list of teams each player has worked out with as well.
Dower: Celtics, Wizards, Lakers, Clippers, Jazz, Raptors
Holt: Bulls, Jazz, Warriors, Kings, Cavaliers
Ireland: Lakers, Clippers
Lane: Clippers, Lakers, Warriors, Kings
Stockton: Jazz, Suns
If any of the aforementioned player’s do not get drafted, there is a possibility they could be signed as undrafted free agents or be added to the summer league teams of the organizations above.
Just for fun, I will use my perspectives as WCC writer and try my hand at assembling a mock draft. It is featured below:
|1||Andrew Wiggins (Small Forward)||Cleveland Cavaliers||Kansas||Wiggins has the highest ceiling and the Cavs need to nail this pick.|
|2||Jabari Parker (Small Forward)||Milwaukee Bucks||Duke||No brainer. Best player available, no question.|
|3||Joel Embiid (Center)||Philadelphia 76ers||Kansas||Although I think the Sixers eventually deal this pick, Embiid is their guy at No. 3, despite all the injury questions.|
|4||Dante Exum (Point Guard)||Orlando Magic||N/A||The Magic need an upgrade at the point guard position, and selecting Exum could allow Victor Oladipo to play off the ball more.|
|5||Noah Vonleh (Power Forward)||Utah Jazz||Indiana||Best player available on the board and the Utah Jazz will snag him up.|
|6||Aaron Gordon (Power Forward)||Boston Celtics||Arizona||A very good all-around player that would fit in very well in Boston with Head Coach Brad Stevens|
|7||Julius Randle (Power Forward)||Los Angeles Lakers||Kentucky||The run on Power Forwards continues. Randle to the Lakers seems inevitable in this situation|
|8||Marcus Smart (Point Guard)||Sacramento Kings||Oklahoma State||The Kings could use an upgrade at point guard and Marcus Smart is the best available in that regard|
|9||James Young (Small Forward)||Charlotte Hornets||Kentucky||The Hornets do not have a lot of shooters at their disposal on the wing currently. Selecting Young would remedy that.|
|10||Nik Stauskas||Philadelphia 76ers||Michigan||The Sixers could use another shooting guard, and Stauskus fits the bill entirely.|
If you have any questions, comments, concerns, etc. with my mock draft, don’t hesitate to comment or tweet at me (@westcoastconvo) to chat.
If any updates happen throughout the day, they will be posted on here.
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