Michigan Basketball: NBA mock draft, Wolverines edition

Michigan Basketball: NBA mock draft, Wolverines edition

The NBA draft lottery is Tuesday night in Chicago, and it may be the most consequential event of its kind in years, thanks to a potential league-altering talent at the top of the board. Most teams would also love the chance to nab the former Murray State Racers point guard Ja Morant with the second overall pick in the draft.

The Celtics also will be tracking the Grizzlies' pick. They could pair both of those guys in a trade for Anthony Davis. I think they'd definitely look into is as long as they weren't trying to trade away the top pick.

This year, Minnesota is slated to pick 10th. If Dallas were able to score the top overall pick, things would get real interesting, real quick.

The Washington Wizards have a 9 percent chance in landing the top pick in the draft, the first step toward the team's recovery from a 32-50 record.

The gap starts with the fourth-worst team, though the difference isn't huge. With an eye on the first pick, they can have their highest selection in 1985, the first year of the lottery, when Patrick Ewing became the pick and changed the franchise for 15 years.

For some of the eligible teams, this might as well be the NBA Championship.

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Once the lottery has concluded, New Orleans' plans for its first round pick will be easier to determine.

Zion Williamson was the last of the four freshmen to announce his decision regarding his plans for next season and he joined R.J.

The Celtics would prefer not to see the Knicks or Lakers (2 percent chance) win the No. 1 pick, in large part because they could be best positioned to acquire Davis, and suddenly would have the most valuable asset of all.

This scenario would significantly hurt Boston's chances of getting Davis. Or, Williamson's presence in NY could make Kyrie Irving more intrigued by the possibility of signing with the Knicks.

However, Zion is still the ultimate prize for the Bulls in this draft lottery.

New Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas will be representing the team on stage.

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