The NBA Draft Lottery is tomorrow, it's almost here! Thankfully this will be our last collection of mock drafts where team needs are not always in the system. Draft Express functions more as a big board than an actual mock draft until the lottery sets an actual order.
Unfortunately we had to drop Gary Parrish from our mock draft tracking for this edition. He conducted the recently popular mock draft where he conducts his own "lottery" and, in the interest of clicks you will be shocked to discover the Los Angeles Lakers "won". The Pelicans slid down to seventh overall and selected Kris Dunn.
There hasn't been much movement in the top 20 from our last look a month ago. Three of these were published since the NBA combine completed last week and even that data dump didn't have much impact. (Honestly the combine shouldn't have much impact. Teams have been scouting these players for a long time and weighing information gained in 72 hours too heavily is pure small sample size theater.)
|DRAFT EXPRESS (5/15)||CBS SPORTS - VECENIE (5/14)||BBALL INSIDERS - KYLER (5/10)||TANKATHON (5/14)|
|Philadelphia 76ers||Brandon Ingram||Ben Simmons||Ben Simmons||Ben Simmons|
|Los Angeles Lakers||Ben Simmons||Brandon Ingram||Brandon Ingram||Brandon Ingram|
|Boston Celtics||Dragan Bender||Dragan Bender||Dragan Bender||Dragan Bender|
|Phoenix Suns||Kris Dunn||Jaylen Brown||Jaylen Brown||Buddy Hield|
|Minnesota Timberwolves||Jaylen Brown||Jamal Murray||Jamal Murray||Jamal Murray|
|New Orleans Pelicans||Jamal Murray||Kris Dunn||Kris Dunn||Jaylen Brown|
|Denver Nuggets||Buddy Hield||Buddy Hield||Buddy Hield||Henry Ellenson|
|Sacramento Kings||Jakob Poeltl||Henry Ellenson||Demetrius Jackson||Kris Dunn|
|Toronto Raptors||Skal Labissiere||Marquese Chriss||Henry Ellenson||Deyonta Davis|
|Milwaukee Bucks||Deyonta Davis||Jakob Poeltl||Jakob Poeltl||Wade Baldwin|
|Orlando Magic||Marquese Chriss||Deyonta Davis||Deyonta Davis||Jakob Poeltl|
|Utah Jazz||Denzel Valentine||Demetrius Jackson||Timothe Luwawu||Marquese Chriss|
|Phoenix Suns||Henry Ellenson||Domantas Sabonis||Marquese Chriss||Skal Labissiere|
|Chicago Bulls||Timothe Luwawu||Denzel Valentine||Wade Baldwin||Timothe Luwawu|
|Denver Nuggets||Wade Baldwin||Furkan Korkmaz||Furkan Korkmaz||Denzel Valentine|
|Boston Celtics||Demetrius Jackson||Skal Labissiere||Skal Labissiere||Furkan Korkmaz|
|Memphis Grizzlies||Domantas Sabonis||Wade Baldwin||Denzel Valentine||Diamond Stone|
|Detroit Pistons||Taurean Prince||Tyler Ulis||Malik Beasley||Tyler Ulis|
|Denver Nuggets||Tyler Ulis||Timothe Luwawu||Tyler Ulis||Taurean Prince|
|Indiana Pacers||Ivica Zubac||Brice Johnson||Patrick McCaw||Demetrius Jackson|
ESPN has also updated their NBA lottery machine one last time. We already broke it to produce a Pelicans "big board" according to Chad Ford.
Pelicans Board:— The Bird Writes (@thebirdwrites) May 15, 2016
Marquese Chriss https://t.co/tgZ7EgI3Pj
Why isn't Jamal Murray on the list? If the Pelican pick third Ford has them select Buddy Hield. If the pick 6th or lower Murray is never available.
Where will the Pelicans actually pick? Find out Tuesday on ESPN at 7 PM.