Mock Draft Roundup: Clingan, Williams, Edey, Salaun All Appear

mock draft roundup: clingan, williams, edey, salaun all appear

Mock Draft Roundup: Clingan, Williams, Edey, Salaun All Appear

We have two updated mock drafts to cover today, with very different results. Authors are starting to bake in the rumors that Donovan Clingan is moving up the draft board, and teams may be considering trading up to get him. However, he doesn’t fit with some high lottery teams, so he may otherwise get picked by a very interested Blazers team.

We look at mock drafts by Sam Vecenie at The Athletic (here), and Kevin O’Connor at The Ringer (here). We have shortened their descriptions; visit their sites for further analysis, comparisons and statistics.

7th Pick

The Athletic

Cody Williams | 6-7 wing | 19 years old | Colorado

The Blazers should take another bite at filling their bigger wing role, and evaluators largely see Williams’ upside as quite high. However, Portland is another team league sources are connecting with a lot of players following massive groups of workouts. The consensus is they have interest in Clingan, but this iteration of the mock does not shake out in a way that has them move up and get him.

The Ringer

Donovan Clingan | Connecticut | Center | 7’1.8” | 282 lbs. | Age 20

Points: 13 | 63.7 TS% | Rebounds: 7.4 | Assists: 1.5 | Blocks: 2.5

The Blazers already have Deandre Ayton at center, but what’s stopping them from trying to build a massive frontcourt? Ayton is capable of offering some perimeter defense, and Clingan, with his Rudy Gobert–esque dimensions, has the upside to be an elite rim protector. If Ayton or Clingan can successfully add a 3 to their repertoire, then the Blazers would have versatile offense and immense size on defense in their frontcourt.

14th Pick

The Athletic

Zach Edey | 7-4 center | 22 years old | Purdue

The issue with his fit in the NBA is obvious: He’s 7-4 and doesn’t move particularly well laterally. Can he stop ballhandlers from turning the corner on him? Can he get back in transition in the up-and-down NBA?

However, despite concerns, Vecenie mentions that Edey does have some advantages for a team like Portland:

In particular, Edey’s screening would be a godsend for guards like Scoot Henderson and Anfernee Simons after last season’s Portland group struggled to gain any sort of separation.

The Ringer

Tidjane Salaun | France | Forward | 6’9” | 203 lbs. | Age 18

Points: 9.7 | 52.8 TS% | 3P% 31.6 | 4.4 3PA/G | Rebounds: 3.9 | Steals: 1.1

Salaun is incredibly raw, but the Blazers can afford to be patient with the high-upside forward, who stands at 6-foot-9 and plays hard as hell in a tough French league. The Blazers are young enough and have other picks to make safer bets.

34th Pick

The Athletic

Pacôme Dadiet | 6-8 wing | 18 years old | France

Here’s a short glimpse of Dadiet from an extended write-up at No Ceilings, which is worth a subscription if you love reading about prospects:

The sell for Pacome is fairly simple for me. With several of the prospects who were thought of as the top shooters in this class having withdrawn, Pacome provides a polished shooting repertoire. There are only 14 college freshmen who rank within my Top 100. There are only seven players within my Top 100 who will still be under 19 years old on draft night. Pacome provides good positional size, having guard and forward experience. His work rate and ethic are both regarded as being quite high.

The Ringer

Trentyn Flowers | Adelaide (NBL) | Forward | 6’6.5” | 201 lbs | Age 19

Despite his youth, Flowers had an impressive season playing in the NBL, and he could be a nice complement to Scoot Henderson and Shaedon Sharpe if his skills translate to the NBA.

40th Pick

The Athletic

Pelle Larsson | 6-5 wing | 23 years old | Arizona

Portland brought in Larsson for a workout last week. He’s a possible 3-and-D project.

The Ringer

AJ Johnson | Illawarra (NBL)| Combo Guard | 6’4.3” | 167 lbs | Age 19

Johnson is receiving some late first-round buzz following an impressive performance at the draft combine. Though he’s raw, it makes sense to take a swing here.

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