Joint NBA Draft 1st-Round Mock
Trevor Everette & Phil Dexter
With the order for the draft basically secured at this point, it’s time for the release of the official House Enterprise NBA Mock Draft, version 1.0.
For this mock draft, Trevor was given the odd-numbered picks and Phil was given even. We decided the most interesting way to go about this would be to draft from the standpoint of how we would approach each pick if we were in charge of that given team, not necessarily how we think they actually will approach the pick. We also opted not to project any trades as that can get very messy very quickly, but we have pointed out a few spots where we think trades could be an option.
San Antonio Spurs
Victor Wembanyama (Metropolitans 92)
Big | 7'5" | 229lbs
Trevor: I wish I had something for you reading this that you haven’t already read or heard. The Spurs have an opportunity to take a big man with great potential that can shape the next decade or more of their franchise. Does that sound familiar at all?
Scoot Henderson (G League Ignite)
Guard | 6'2" | 195lbs
Phil: While I’m not sure Scoot is necessarily the ideal fit alongside LaMelo Ball, I think it's being overblown in the draft community a little bit. LaMelo is a good enough three-point shooter that he should be able to adjust to playing off the ball more without too much issue and let’s be honest in any other year, Scoot would very likely be the #1 pick. While Charlotte could fall in love with Miller or Walker and decide to trade down and secure a couple of additional assets for their trouble, if I’m the Hornets I K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid).
Portland Trail Blazers
Brandon Miller (Alabama)
Forward | 6'9" | 200lbs
Trevor: Presumably, this pick is being dangled around the league for a win-now player to pair next to Damien Lillard. Assuming they make the pick for the sake of this mock draft, Brandon Miller is the best choice as a versatile wing that can shoot very well with great size as a defender. He could fit well with the Blazers but only time will tell who makes this pick eventually.
Jarace Walker (Houston)
Forward | 6'6.50'' | 249lbs
Phil: The Rockets were one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA this past season. With the addition of Ime Udoka as head coach and the potential to add James Harden in free agency it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see the Rockets add another versatile defender to even further solidify their already impressive stable of wings (Jabari Smith Jr., Tari Eason).
Ausar Thompson (Overtime Elite)
Wing | 6'5.75" | 218lbs
Trevor: Pistons fans have every bit of reason to be optimistic about the future of their franchise. A building block of Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, and Jalen Duren all of who are under the age of 21 is an awesome place to be. I am a huge believer in Ausar’s defensive ability and instincts as well as the shot continuing to develop well. If Detroit were to walk away with Ausar Thompson on draft night to add to the group I mentioned above, Detroit's front office and its fan base should walk away from the draft with huge grins on their faces.
Amen Thompson (Overtime Elite)
Wing | 6'5.75" | 214lbs
Phil: This is another instance where fit may not be the best but the level of talent is just too high to pass. Thompson is an elite athlete even amongst elite athletes and could have the second-highest ceiling in this class outside of Wembanyama. His outside shot is still a work in progress (to put it kindly) so I can see how a potential backcourt of him and Markelle Fultz could be concerning from a floor-spacing standpoint but I believe they would instantly become one of the more dynamic playmaking duos in the entire NBA.
Taylor Hendricks (UCF)
Forward | 6'8.25'' | 214lbs
Trevor: I LOVE what Taylor Hendricks brings to the table as a seamless fit for any team. The strength, defensive ability, and a good jump shot are a scary combination for a guy who is 6’8” and 215 pounds. Pairing Hendrick’s off-ball ability next to Myles Turner in Indiana is a defensive match made in heaven. Offensively, having a point guard as good as Tyrese Haliburton will unlock even more of Taylor Hendricks' offensive ability as a shooter and off-ball cutter.
Cam Whitmore (Villanova)
Wing | 6'5.75" | 235lbs
Phil: The Wizards need a point guard badly but with Whitmore still on the board and most of the guards available fitting more of a combo mold, I have to give the Zards the best available player. Whitmore is a freight train of a wing scorer who will be able to help replace Kyle Kuzma’s production should he walk in free agency.
Jalen Hood-Schifino (Indiana)
Guard | 6'4.25'' | 217lbs
Trevor: As the Jazz showed last year, they have a good thing going with their core. They are in a position to go get their young lead guard for the future. I project Hood-Schifino as being more dynamic as a point guard that can score the ball very well when his team needs it as opposed to a “combo guard”. His size and defensive potential can unlock exceptional potential as Utah continues to build a young, winning roster.
Gradey Dick (Kansas)
Wing | 6'6.25'' | 204lbs
Phil: Dick is exactly the type of unselfish, smooth-shooting, defensively sound wing that this Mavericks team has been searching for. Dick’s ability to affect the game despite rarely needing to touch the ball would be a welcome addition to a team heavy on ball-dominant, score-first personalities.
(Via Chicago Bulls)
Keyonte George (Baylor)
Guard | 6'4" | 185lbs
Trevor: If this pick is not used to move up or down depending on a potential target falling, I would be shocked. If I were Orlando, I think Keyonte’s unique skill set as a scorer and secondary playmaker is exactly what Orlando needs to fill out their backcourt. George has good defensive instincts and can grow into a very good defender on most 1s and 2s in the NBA.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Rayan Rupert (NZ Breakers)
Wing | 6'6'' | 193lbs
Phil: Oklahoma City could go in a hundred different directions with this pick including trading it, which I believe may actually be the most likely scenario whether to move up or give themselves a chance of acquiring a top pick next year. If Sam Presti does keep the pick I think Rupert makes a lot of sense. The Thunder have a fantastic track record for development and tend to be one of the more patient teams in the league which would serve Rupert well as he is still considered pretty raw offensively not to mention playing alongside elite shot creators like SGA and Josh Giddey tends to make things a little easier.
Cason Wallace (Kentucky)
Guard | 6'2.50" | 195lbs
Trevor: I do think depending on the direction they decide to go in, a swing on a young, high-potential guy like G.G. Jackson, Bilal Coulibaly, or Leonard Miller is definitely in play. However, as you read in the introduction paragraph, this is what Phil or I would do if we were drafting as these teams. If a guy with the level of defensive ability Cason has is on the board, the Raptors should be sprinting to the podium. I am very excited for whatever team ends up taking Wallace.
New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Black (Arkansas)
Guard | 6'5.75" | 210lbs
Phil: The Pelicans would be ecstatic if Black slid to them. At 6’7 with the offensive skillset of a point guard, Black gives the Pelicans another primary playmaking option to take some of the burden off of CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram. Not to mention Black’s length and versatility as a defender would add to the already impressive cupboard the Pelicans have been filling.
Dariq Whitehead (Duke)
Wing | 6'5.75'' | 217lbs
Trevor: This pick is for a couple of reasons. I think the fit in Atlanta is very good. I believe in his defensive upside long-term. Dariq is someone who all year has been higher on my board than consensus so obviously I am going to take him in a mock draft where I am the one making the picks. His fit as a defender in a small ball lineup next to Trae Young and DeJounte Murray or as a backup three and D wing is perfect for Atlanta given the uncertain future of their roster.
(Via Minnesota Timberwolves)
Brice Sensabaugh (Ohio State)
Wing | 6'6" | 235lbs
Phil: The Jazz already addressed their need at the point guard position earlier in this draft at #9 with JHS which gives them a little bit more flexibility in terms of the direction they can go with this pick and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a trade here. That said, if the Jazz keep the pick, I think this would be a good opportunity to take a swing for the fences on Sensabaugh. I’m admittedly higher on Sensabaugh than most (#7 on my board) but I believe he has future scoring champion written all over him. Although he may not be the best fit on a roster already featuring numerous shoot-first guards, Sensabaugh is too talented of a scorer to slip passed this pick.
Los Angeles Lakers
Jett Howard (Michigan)
Wing | 6'8" | 215lbs
Trevor: Although I believe Jett goes earlier, I also think this could be a great fit for both player and team. The Lakers need a guy who can shoot lights out from three and be a plus defender with size. Jett Howard fits that description to a T. Sometimes we as a draft community can overthink prospects or their fits and this is one of those instances where Jett is built to succeed in the modern NBA.
Maxwell Lewis (Pepperdine)
Wing | 6'6.25'' | 207lbs
Phil: With Kyle Lowry entering the twilight of his career and Jimmy Butler presumably not too far behind the Heat, I would take a gamble that the “Heat Culture” can develop Lewis into a star. The knock on Lewis has been that his impressive offensive stats didn’t translate to team success at Pepperdine but the Heat pride themselves on their culture of hard work, unselfishness, and commitment to winning, and with guys like Pat Riley, Jimmy Butler, and Bam Adebayo around to mentor him I would expect Lewis to get the most out of his immense talent in a situation like Miami.
Golden State Warriors
Jordan Hawkins (UConn)
Guard | 6'4.25'' | 186lbs
Trevor: Can you imagine how many miles Jordan Hawkins would run in the Warriors system? He is one the best shooters both on and off the ball in this year's class and what better person to learn from than the greatest shooter of all time, Stephen Curry? This would be an even better pick if they are able to move off Jordan Poole's horrible contract as Hawkins would be a cheaper replacement.
(Via Los Angeles Clippers)
Dereck Lively II (Duke)
Big | 7'1" | 230lbs
Phil: I love the fit here for Lively with the Rockets. As previously mentioned, the Rockets were awful on defense, so adding the best rim protector in this draft is icing on the cake after getting quite possibly the most versatile defender in Jarace Walker with the 4th pick. Lively would make up for many of Alperen Sengun’s limitations defensively and because of Sengun’s improving outside shooting ability and Lively’s potential to grow into someone who can step out to three-point range, I think they could actually fit on the floor well together as a modern Twin Towers pairing.
(Via Phoenix Suns)
Bilal Coulibaly (Metropolitans 92)
Wing | 6'6" | 230lbs
Trevor: As you can see by the Nets' two picks here, we are clearly going all in on the rebuild by taking uber-talented, high-upside guys for the future in Brooklyn. The value of Coulibaly in the twenties in this year's class would be awesome for any team he ends up on. However, there is one thing Nets fans will need with these two picks.