NBA Mock Draft 3.0: Draft using the current NBA lottery position

Jalen Suggs #1 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Jalen Suggs #1 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
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Detroit Pistons
Sharife Cooper #2 of the Auburn Tigers (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

Detroit Pistons Mock Draft 3.0: Picks No. 23-26

23. player. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Point guard. Auburn / New York Knicks. Shaife Cooper. 27

The Knicks already got a shooter in the first round, now they add a pass-first point guard who would give them another playmaker.

This is another pick that I could see getting traded, especially if some rebuilding team wanted into the first round and had a veteran player to offer in return.

Guard. LSU / Houston Rockets. 24. 169. Scouting Report. player. Pick Analysis. Cameron Thomas

If the Rockets could add Cunningham, a rebounder in Sharpe and another scorer in Thomas, they would walk away from this draft very happy.

Thomas isn’t much of a defender but he is an absolute bucket, which we saw in the NCAA Tournament.

I could see some team trying to trade up for this pick if Thomas is still available, maybe even the Detroit Pistons, who might be able to use their second-rounders to trade up and get Thomas.

Point guard. Scouting Report. Baylor / Los Angeles Clippers. Jared Butler. 25. player. 77. Pick Analysis

The Clippers would likely just take the best player available, though they do have some needs moving forward, namely to get more defense and 3-point shooting around their two stars.

Luke Kennard has been a disappointment and the Clippers would probably love to get out from Beverley’s contract, so taking Butler here may help both of those areas, as he can shoot, defend and would give them some youth for the future.

Pick Analysis. Josh Christopher. 26. Scouting Report. Shooting guard. Arizona State / Philadelphia 76ers. player. 93

The 76ers will likely need a new shooting guard in the near future and Josh Christopher has the size and skillset to eventually replace Danny Green on the perimeter if his shot improves.

He is a fairly raw prospect but projects as a good perimeter defender.