Busting Brackets

Mock NBA Draft 2024: Picks and predictions for all 58 picks in draft

With the NBA draft approaching, this is how you can expect picks to be made
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13. Sacramento Kings - Devin Carter, PG, Providence

Devin Carter and Kings point guard, Davion Mitchell, might as well be the Spiderman meme. Coming out of school, they are eerily similar prospects with an outlier shooting year during their final year in college. While Mitchell’s shot never really developed the way the Kings would’ve hoped, hopefully Carter’s will. Also, Carter plays hard and his motor runs high. His perimeter defense could be an asset to the Kings, similar to what Keon Ellis provided Sacramento late during last season. 

14. Portland Trailblazers - Jared McCain, SG, Duke

Last season, Portland had the lowest 3P% in the league at 34.5%. The core of their rebuild includes Scoot Henderson and DeAndre Ayton, as well as veteran Jerami Grant. None of those guys are great shooters. With the 7th pick, the Trailblazers added Dalton Knecht, who’s a 40% shooter from 3. Now with this pick, they add McCain, who shot 41.4% from 3. By adding two of the best shooters in this class, Portland greatly improves their shooting dilemma. Both Knecht and McCain allow Scoot Henderson and Anfernee Simons to play with the ball in their hands and won’t take much usage away from those ball handlers. Despite McCain’s size, he can play off the ball and give the Blazers a catch-and-shoot threat from deep. 

15. Miami Heat - Isaiah Collier, PG, USC

Once perceived as the #1 pick in this class, Collier has fallen out of the lottery due to a rough start to his freshman year. The one thing the Heat don’t truly have on their roster is a point guard. While they traded a first-round pick to the Charlotte Hornets last year for Terry Rozier, the Heat could still utilize Collier. Rozier is accustomed to playing alongside another ball handler, and the Heat’s primary playmaker is Jimmy Butler. There’s speculation that if the Heat doesn't give Jimmy Butler the extension he’s seeking, he could request a trade. But either way, at 34 years old, Collier can grow into the Heat’s primary guy as Butler ages. 

16. Philadelphia 76ers - Tristan da Silva, F, Colorado

The Sixers come into the offseason with essentially two players on their cap sheet, Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey. Da Silva could play either forward spot next to Embiid and that interchangeability in the lineup will become valuable as the Sixers fill out the remainder of their roster. Additionally, Da Silva can pass, shoot, dribble, and play defense. He’s a complementary player and a connective piece wherever he’ll end up.