Now that the college basketball season has hit February, the whole world has now seen the best NBA draft prospects. It is never too early to look ahead, as many NBA teams are already focused on the future rather than the present. Here is the NBA Mock Draft February 11. (Draft order from NBADraft.net)
1. New York Knicks- Zion Williamson, F, Duke
Williamson has gotten to show off his skills at Duke this season. He is really athletic, but is more than just a highlight reel player. The Knicks got their point guard via the Kristaps Porzingis trade in Dennis Smith Jr. and can now pair him with Williamson to start to build a core.
2. Phoenix Suns- R.J. Barrett, G/F, Duke
The Suns do desperately need a point guard, but they can’t pass up on Barrett. Barrett has a polished offensive game, but does need to distribute the ball more. Phoenix can get a point guard through a different avenue.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers- Cam Reddish, G/F, Duke
At Duke, Reddish takes a backseat to Williamson and Barrett, but still has great athletic ability and traits that help him score. The Cavs may not want to select Ja Morant with Collin Sexton already on the roster. Sexton and Reddish will give them a solid young duo.
4. Chicago Bulls- Ja Morant, PG, Murray State
Morant is generating NBA buzz and is definitely worth watching when Murray State plays. He’s got great athleticism and sets up his teammates well. Zach Lavine and Morant could start together in the backcourt alongside each other.
5. Atlanta Hawks- Keldon Johnson, G/F, Kentucky
Johnson has been the best player on Kentucky this season. He has good athleticism and scores well, while also putting a good effort in on defense. The Hawks have Trae Young and John Collins, but need to find some better wing players.
6. Memphis Grizzlies- Nickeil Alexander-Walker, G, Virginia Tech
There are a lot of improved players in college basketball, but Alexander-Walker is right up there with all of them. After averaging 10.7 points as a freshman, he is now putting up 17.8 points per game. With Memphis keeping Mike Conley, they can get Alexander-Walker to play the wing and complement him and Jaren Jackson.
7. Washington Wizards- Rui Hachimura, F, Gonzaga
The Wizards have traded a lot of players away, but kept Bradley Beal. If they don’t move him this offseason, they need to acquire more help for him and John Wall. Hachimura can play either forward spot and can shoot, which would be a natural help to the team.
8. Orlando Magic- KZ Okpala, G/F, Stanford
Orlando traded for Markelle Fultz and now has a point guard to develop. They can take Okpala as a player that has jumped off the stat sheet this season for Stanford to help him out.
9. New Orleans Pelicans- Jarrett Culver, G, Texas Tech
Culver has played so well he could be an All-American. He has a solid three-point shot and plays good defense. If the Pelicans keep Anthony Davis, they need better play off the ball on the perimeter.
10. Detroit Pistons- Nassir Little, F, North Carolina
While Little was one of the most highly-touted prospects in this recruiting class, he hasn’t quite lived up to the hype yet. His athleticism is still enough to make him a lottery pick.
11. Minnesota Timberwolves- Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt
Garland is out for the season with a meniscus injury. Due to a limited number of quality point guards in this draft class and his talent, he still could be drafted early. He can develop behind Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose.
12. Atlanta Hawks- Bol Bol, C, Oregon
After sustaining a foot injury, Bol is out for the season. He has still retained a lot of his value because of his ability to protect the rim and play like a guard offensively. With the earlier pick of Johnson, the Hawks can get a player to pair with Collins in the post.
13. Los Angeles Lakers- Bruno Fernando, C, Maryland
As a sophomore Fernando has averaged a double-double in points and rebounds. The Lakers had to trade for Tyson Chandler for inside depth and could get younger at the position with this pick.
14. Boston Celtics- DeAndre Hunter, G/F, Virginia
Hunter has athleticism and can shoot. Being that he plays at Virginia, it is a given that he knows how to defend.
15. Miami Heat- Romeo Langford, G, Indiana
Langford has proven the ability to get to the basket, but needs to shoot better to improve his stock. The Heat could use some more guard help after trading away Tyler Johnson.
16. Charlotte Hornets- Charles Bassey, C, Western Kentucky
Bassey may be at Western Kentucky, but he was a good prospect who is now averaging 14.6 points per game.
17. Brooklyn Nets- Jontay Porter, C, Missouri
He is out for the season with an ACL injury, but Porter would’ve been a first-round pick had he come out last season.
18. Boston Celtics- Daniel Gafford, F/C, Arkansas
He may not be the best offensive player, but Gafford has the necessary athleticism and finishing ability to be selected in the middle of the first round.
19. San Antonio Spurs- Sekou Doumbouya, F, France
Doumbouya is just 18 and looks like a player that could thrive if a good coach gets his hands on him.
20. Utah Jazz- Jalen Smith, PF, Maryland
Smith can score and rebound, although he might be too much of an old-school big to be drafted any higher than this.
21. Houston Rockets- Naz Reid, C, LSU
LSU is waiting for Reid to take over a game completely, but he is still a solid big man worth first-round consideration.
22. Portland Trail Blazers- Kris Wilkes, F, UCLA
Wilkes has the potential to be a solid “three and D” player, even though he’s shooting worse from deep this year than in his freshman season.
23. Philadelphia 76ers- Coby White, PG, UNC
White has really come on for the Tar Heels in ACC play. He has the size and speed to develop once in the NBA.
24. Boston Celtics- Jalen McDaniels, F, San Diego State
McDaniels fits the current mold of a big man, as he can handle and shoot better than most bigs in the class.
25. Oklahoma City Thunder- P.J. Washington, F, Kentucky
Washington has worked on his body and his shot for this season and it has paid off.
26. Indiana Pacers- Ashton Hagans, PG, Kentucky
A team looking for a great defender who can also get to the basket, should look at Hagans.
27. Brooklyn Nets- Tre Jones, PG, Duke
Just like his brother Tyus, Jones is a floor general who runs the team well.
28. San Antonio Spurs- Kevin Porter, G/F, USC
Porter has only played in a few games this season because of a thigh injury, but showed he could do a little bit of everything on the court.
29. Golden State Warriors- Austin Wiley, C, Auburn
Wiley can be a rim protector at the next level and needs to improve his jump shot.
30. Milwaukee Bucks- Carsen Edwards, PG, Purdue
Edwards can score in bunches, but doesn’t have prototypical size or athleticism for the NBA.