NBA Mock Draft 4.0 – Best Case Scenario (Without Trades)
By Kohl Rast
With all the hype around Mo Bamba going on lately, it would be pretty shocking to see him fall all the way to number 7, but the Chicago Bulls certainly would not be complaining. Even though they have committed to Bobby Portis and Lauri Markkanen in the front court going forward, Bamba would fit along side either one of them really well and is too talented to pass up. He is also a rim protector, unlike the other two.
Bamba has been mostly recognized for his incredible measurements, but he is also a very intelligent kid that is willing to put in a lot of work during the offseason. That isn’t that strange of a thing for an NBA player, but there are plenty of lazy ones in the league that people don’t know about. Bamba strikes me as the guy with the highest ceiling in the draft and the Bulls would not even hesitate if he is there at 7.
The rise of Wendell Carter Jr. has been noticed over the last few weeks as people are beginning to realize that maybe he was more than just Marvin Bagley’s sidekick all along. Alright, maybe people already knew that since he has been a top 10 prospect essentially the entire time, but his size and skillset is very strong and he will be an enticing pick for whoever does get him.
In this case, Carter could act as two different things for the Cavs: he could be a great complimentary piece to LeBron James, giving him a presence in the middle that is already significantly better than Tristan Thompson, or he could be a great starting point for a rebuilding Cavs team.
Either way, Carter has skills and should be regarded as a great value pick at #8 overall for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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