NBA Mock Draft: The Thompson Twins skyrocket up the draft board

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4.      Charlotte Hornets: Brandon Miller, Alabama Crimson Tide

Adding a proven scoring forward like Miller to a team led by LaMelo Ball will give him the easiest landing pad into NBA stardom.

5.      Orlando Magic: Ausar Thompson, Overtime Elite

Even with two stud wings, the Magic can’t pass up an athletic marvel like Ausar who could be a secondary creator, wing stopper, or whatever role the team envisions for him.

6.      Washington Wizards: Nick Smith Jr., Arkansas Razorbacks

After coming back from injury with a furious scoring binge, Smith Jr.’s shown enough of his pre-draft hype that makes his fit next to Bradley Beal in the backcourt perfect.

7.      Portland Trail Blazers: Cam Whitmore, Villanova Wildcats

Whitmore didn’t let Villanova’s up-and-down season obscure his prodigious dunking prowess and underrated cutting and on-ball scoring potential.

8.      Indiana Pacers: Jarace Walker, Houston Cougars

With so much of the team focused on the offensive end, Walker could pair with Myles Turner to form one of the deadliest and most versatile defensive frontcourts in the entire league.

9.      Orlando Magic (from Chicago Bulls): Keyonte George, Baylor Bears

There’s a need for snipers in Orlando and that’s George’s specialty, which makes this fit one of the cleaner ones in the whole first round.

10.   Toronto Raptors: Anthony Black, Arkansas Razorbacks

As the team’s faltered down the stretch, it’s clear that Raptors need an infusion of youthful defense and high basketball IQ, both of which are Black’s calling cards.

11.   Oklahoma City Thunder: Taylor Hendricks, UCF Knights

It’s been a meteoric rise for Hendricks, but his blend of shooting mechanics, switching on defense, and untapped athletic upside that make him a perfect fit in OKC.

12.   New Orleans Pelicans (from Los Angeles Lakers): Cason Wallace, Kentucky Wildcats

To build the perfect team around Zion Williamson, the Pelicans load up on a defensive menace at the point-of-attack who can also create for himself and others.