NBA mock draft 6.0: Final predictions before the draft
By Kohl Rast
The Bulls have been hopeful but realistic with their expectations in this draft. They really like a handful of players and Wendell Carter Jr. appears to be one of them. Although he is not as high on most boards as Mo Bamba, Carter will fit in nicely in Chicago and could take over for Bobby Portis at the starting five in the near future.
Carter looks like he will be a great all-around player for whichever team gets him. His athleticism has been questioned, but it is clear that he has a feel for the game.
The Cavaliers would love to bring some excitement back to Cleveland, a city waiting impatiently for free agency as LeBron James intends to look at other suitors across the league. Although it is not a done deal that he will be leaving, the Cavs would love to bring some excitement back to the team for the future. Trae Young is nothing if he isn’t exciting out there on that court.
The NCAA leader in points and assists last season, the former Sooner was electric right off the bat in his freshman college season. Although his numbers tailed off a little bit, he showed that he could be an effective producer throughout his year. He will have a lot of freedom in Cleveland.
Miles or Mikal, you can’t have both. The New York Knicks have a very interesting roster layout right now, but it appears that their biggest need may be at the wing position. The way I see it with the two Bridges is you can either have a guy who hasn’t shown as much consistency but is an unbelievable athlete, or the guy who appears to be the best 3-D style player in the draft.
For the Knicks, I think they will go with the upside. Miles is a great player who is just going to get better.
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