2024 NBA Mock Draft: Round One – Picks 16-30

By Mike Elworth.

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Updated: Jan. 24, 2024.




Mike’s 2024 NBA Mock Draft: Round 1 – Picks 1-15

16. Oklahoma City Thunder: Ryan Dunn, G, Virginia

The 6-foot-8 sophomore is considered one of the truly special defenders in the nation. He is a capable scorer and rebounder as well, but cannot shoot; 38% from the free throw line. The Thunder would be smart to add another ace defender.

17. Toronto Raptors: Dalton Knecht, F, Tennessee

The 6-foot-6 senior isn’t having as big of a season as his junior season, when he averaged 20 points, but he’s a very talented and efficient scorer and shooter. The Raptors have a lot of young talent and could use a rookie who can bring scoring and actually get time.

18. New York Knicks: Kevin McCullar, G, Kansas

The 6-foot-6 guard is another candidate for National Player of the Year and is almost averaging 20 points on efficient scoring and shooting. He is a talented rebounder for his size as well, a strong playmaker, and a pesky defender. Ths Knicks need a sixth man, and McCullar could fill that spot.

19. Phoenix Suns: Stephen Castle, PG, Connecticut

With his scoring and playmaking talent, the 6-foot-6 Castle is the perfect combo guard for today’s NBA. He cannot shoot the ball, which makes him a bit of a risk, but he could give the Suns help in the second unit.

20. New York Knicks: Tidjane Saulan, F, Spain

Saulan has incredible talent; it’s just about whether the 6-foot-10 forward reaches it. The Knicks would be smart to take a chance on an elite foreign talent.

21. New Orleans Pelicans: D.J. Wagner, PG, Kentucky

After a slow start, the 6-foot-4 Wagner has had a very strong run. He has also shown decent playmaking ability. Wagner is the perfect guard to pair with Jordan Hawkins and C.J. McCollum.

22. Miami Heat: Aaron Bradshaw, F, Kentucky

The 7-foot-1 big man is a strong defender and rebounder who has shooting ability. He is a hustle player who would fit the culture of the franchise.

23. Oklahoma City Thunder: Izan Almansa, F, Spain

The 6-foot-10 teen is playing with Holland and Buzelis, but he and the team have played poorly. This is a pure talent selection, and the Thunder develop international players well, so the fit is solid.

24. Sacramento Kings: Adem Bona, C, UCLA

The Kings need size, and the 6-foot-10 sophomore fits definition. He’s an efficient scorer who rebounds at a solid rate and is an elite shot-blocker.

25. Minnesota Timberwolves: Adam Mara, F, UCLA

The 7-foot-3 teenager is raw and a huge project, but he could be special with proper development. The Timberwolves have the talent on the roster to be able to afford to pick a project.

26. Philadelphia 76ers: Baba Miller, F, Florida State

The 6-foot-11 forward is a huge defender who can shoot, but needs more development. The Sixers have no young talent, and few minutes to give, so Miller would be a solid developmental project.

27. Milwaukee Bucks: Tyrese Proctor, G, Duke

As a freshman, Proctor was considered a lottery prospect but slipped. He made the correct choice to return, but here he is a late first-round selection. Regardless, he has strong sixth man capability, plus the Bucks could use another bench scorer.

28. Toronto Raptors: Trevonne Brazille, F, Arkansas

The 6-foot-10 sophomore is an incredibly athletic big, is a shooter, and a shot-blocker. The Raptors will have so much young talent that they should just pick their favorite prospect, and Brazille has excellent potential.

29. Denver Nuggets: Reece Beekman, G, Virginia

The Nuggets have no real needs, so the 6-foot Beekman makes sense. He is one of the nation’s elite defenders and a talented playmaker who screams “special role player.”

30. Boston Celtics: Trey Alexander, G, Creighton

The Celtics need bench help in a big way, so adding a scorer like the Creighton junior would be smart. He has playmaking ability as well. His shooting has been an issue though this season.


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By Mike Elworth.

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