No more guessing on where NBA teams will be drafting. The lottery is over. The Eastern Conference regular season champs (that’s a thing, right?) won the lottery, as the Boston Celtics hope that landing a possible all-star rookie is either the missing piece for a title or an added piece (seriously, the Celtics are one of four teams who could still win the title) to a championship team.
The Los Angeles Lakers are second. The Philadelphia 76ers are third.
And no Texas Longhorns are expected to be going to any of those teams.
But at least one may get drafted in the first round, according to mock drafts that, after months of speculation, ridiculous projections and mostly nonsense, can now be taken with less grains of salt and more seriously!
Jarrett Allen entered the pre-combine period hovering in the lottery. But after ping-pong balls dropped and the NBA Combine last week, Allen is projected by Draft Express as the No. 17 pick by the Milwaukee Bucks, which if that happens, would put two former Round Rock High School Dragon players (both transferred from Round Rock before graduating) on an NBA roster in Allen and John Henson.
Another mock draft, this one from CBS Sports, has Allen heading to the Indiana Pacers at No. 18. This is big news because, of course, before Allen joined the Longhorns, Myles Turner was the last 5-star recruit turned NBA first round pick to play at Texas. Turner is a burgeoning star for the Pacers.
CBS Sports’ mock draft also has Jayson Tatum going No. 1 instead of the virtual unanimous top pick choice of Markelle Fultz, who CBS somehow has dropping to No. 3 to the 76ers, which would make Joel Embiid happy.
One player who hopes to be one of the top guards in the NBA one day is Andrew Jones. The sophomore-to-be from Texas is still in the draft, but hasn’t signed with an agent, isn’t projected to be one of the 60 players chosen in this year’s draft according to Draft Express. CBS Sports doesn’t mock the second round.
Bleacher Report’s post-lottery mock draft has Allen heading to Portland, where he would be the lone Longhorn on Portland’s roster and the first Longhorn drafted by the Trailblazers since LaMarcus Aldridge went No. 2 in 2006.
Jones is MIA on the Bleacher Report mock draft, which does project both rounds.
Sports Illustrated has Allen slipping to No. 22 and playing for the Brooklyn Nets. This makes sense because so many people expect Allen to develop some in the NBA Developmental League, that he might as well be drafted by one of the … wait.
The Nets aren’t in the NBADL? Could’ve fooled me.
ESPN’s Draft expert Chad Ford, doing NBA Draft coverage for the Worldwide Leader for the final time after being apart of the ESPN’s layoffs last month (his departure comes after the draft), has Allen heading to Atlanta at No. 19. Allen would be the first Longhorn to be drafted by Atlanta since Damion James in 2010, and join James and Royal Ivey (2004) as Longhorns drafted by the Hawks.
Ford had long been in Jones’ corner, but after the combine and the lottery doesn’t include him in his first round mock draft.
But fear not Andrew Jones. Draft Express ranks Jones as No. 20 prospect in the 2018 NBA Draft.
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