The New Orleans Pelicans, run by general manager David Fisher, select Kris Dunn with the sixth pick in the SB Nation Blogger Mock Draft. We've already seen a number of wild trades between the Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, and Utah Jazz and a second trade between between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets. However, the first five picks of the draft have offered very little intrigue.
While the destinations were different than anticipated the first four picks were not a shock to our front office. (Many members of The Bird Writes staff served as a sounding board for decisions throughout the process.) Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram, Dragan Bender, and Jamal Murray are a sensible selection of players at the top of the draft. When the Timberwolves got on the clock we fully expected Kris Dunn to come off the board. However, the Nuggets shocked us by trading away the 15th pick to leap us and draft Buddy Hield.
Kris Dunn was an easy pick. The front office is ecstatic to draft the best player available who also happens to fit the current roster and timeline. Kris Dunn is, unequivocally, the best point guard in this draft and will fit seamlessly into the back court beside Jrue Holiday. Most importantly, an explosive point guard who excels in the pick and roll is the ideal mate to pair with Anthony Davis.
Dunn’s biggest impact, however, comes on the defensive end. There he will form a terrifying tandem with Jrue Holiday capable of handling every back court in the league. Two huge point guards, standing 6’4" each, Dunn and Holiday will be able to pressure and switch along the perimeter at will. The Pelicans have been a terrible defensive team for years now and we hope that a young trio of Davis (23), Dunn (22), and Holiday (26) will grow into an elite unit over the coming years in the Crescent City.
We are not done this draft and intend to make every effort to trade back into the first round and hopefully create some cap space in the process. Stay tuned to Ridiculous Upside as the draft continues to progress throughout the day. Picks will be posted every 30 minutes ending with the 15th pick today at 5:30 PM. Tomorrow we start back up with the 16th pick at 11 AM central.
Who should the Pelicans trade away to get back into the first round? What do you think of our selection of Kris Dunn? What other teams are doing well in the draft? Let's hear it in the comments.