2024 NBA Mock Draft 9.0: A new name in the mix at No. 1, plus the latest projections for every pick

This is one of the most unpredictable drafts in recent memory with plenty of movement continuing to take place with less than two weeks to go before the NBA Draft on June 26-27 in New York. French wing Zaccharie Risacher and French center Alex Sarr are still projected at the top as options for Atlanta, but UConn center Donovan Clingan has entered the mix, with the Hawks strongly considering the 7-foot-2 center at No. 1. This could end up being similar to the 2022 NBA Draft where Jabari Smith Jr. was projected as the No. 1 pick leading up the draft and the Orlando Magic selected Paolo Banchero on draft night.

There is also a pair of guards rising into the lottery with both Providence's Devin Carter and Pittsburgh's Carlton Carrington working out well for teams. Here's a look at the latest projections for the first and second rounds with the latest intel and information.

Ht./Wt.: 6-9, 204 pounds | JL Bourg (France)

Risacher finished his season in the LNB Pro A playoffs on a high note and carried that into a strong showing at the European NBA Draft combine two weeks ago. He is currently stateside working out for a few teams, including the Hawks. One of the most improved players over the past year, Risacher has a ton of upside.

Ht./Wt.: 7-1, 205 pounds | Perth Wildcats (Australia)

Sarr, who was spotted at Game 4 of the NBA Finals looking relaxed, is not the flashiest of players in this draft, but what he does well right now at 19, he does better than any other player in this class. He's an elite rim protector with great size and pick-and-pop potential.

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Ht./Wt.: 7-2, 280 pounds | Class: Sophomore | UConn

Clingan limited his in-person workouts to only the teams at the top half of the lottery. He's a player the Hawks are considering at No. 1, but if Clingan is here at No. 3, the Rockets would be smart to either: take him and add some size in the paint, after seeing what Minnesota is building in the Western Conference playing three 7-footers at times; or leverage him as the next-best prospect and entertain offers from other teams looking to trade up. Chicago and Memphis are among the teams interested in Clingan.

Ht./Wt.: 6-6, 215 pounds | Class: Freshman | UConn

Castle is a great fit for the Spurs with his defensive versatility. He could help anchor their defense alongside Victor Wembanyama. And Castle's ball skills and shot creation on offense have improved. The 19-year-old is gaining momentum as one of the favorite guards in this class and will likely be the first point guard off the board.

Ht./Wt.: 6-9, 212 pounds | G League Ignite

Buzelis has great size and can play multiple positions with how well he can handle the ball and take players off the dribble. His draft range is anywhere from 5-10, with the Pistons likely considering Buzelis, Cody Williams or Tidjane Salaun to add length along the perimeter.

Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 187 pounds | Class: Freshman | Kentucky

Sheppard's role in the NBA will likely be more as a combo guard, and he can obviously space the floor well with his 3-point shot, shooting over 50% from deep during his one year at Kentucky. He's probably on the board for the Spurs at No. 4, but likely won't fall past the Hornets.

Ht./Wt.: 6-8, 185 pounds | Class: Freshman | Colorado

Williams is the most intriguing player in the lottery with his draft range all over the place, projected anywhere from 5-15. He still needs time to develop and add some muscle to adjust to the physicality of the NBA game, but he projects as a similar defender to Jaden McDaniels, and teams might have a hard time passing on that potential.

Ht./Wt.: 6-9, 203 pounds | Cholet (France)

Similar to Risacher, Salaun capped his season for Cholet on a high note. During the second round against Paris Basketball, Salaun averaged 13.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in 25 minutes. He's one of the youngest players in the draft, turning 19 in August, and it also helps that Salaun and Wembanyama have played with one another and share the same agent.

Ht./Wt.: 6-6, 215 pounds | Class: Senior | Tennessee

The Grizzlies will likely take the best player available at No. 9 and, depending on who is still on the board, Knecht is a great option. He's an older, experienced guard who was the best scorer in the SEC this season and can give solid minutes right away.

Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 195 pounds | Class: Junior | Providence

Carter is one of the biggest risers heading into the draft. He backed up his strong season at Providence by being one of the most impressive players during the agility and shooting drills at the combine. He is one of the best two-way players in this draft and would be a fun pairing alongside Keyonte George.

Ht./Wt.: 7-0, 223 pounds | Class: Sophomore | Indiana

Lonzo Ball could be returning at some point next season and Coby White is coming off a great season, possibly becoming the lead guard for the franchise. Where the Bulls need help is in the frontcourt, and Ware was solid at Indiana with his rim protection and movement in the pick-and-roll.

Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 195 pounds | Class: Freshman | Baylor

Walter's pre-draft process has been kept under wraps, and anytime that happens teams are likely trying to withhold information so he drops and is available when they pick. He recently worked out for Detroit and Portland and will be an option at 12 if the Thunder choose to keep the pick.

Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 190 pounds | Class: Freshman | Pittsburgh

Carrington was a projected mid-to-late first-round pick all season and has catapulted to the lottery during workouts and team meetings. He has great size and is so productive offensively, playing on or off the ball. His shot selection still needs some fine-tuning, but there are a lot of teams in the 10-20 range that love his up.

Ht./Wt.: 6-8, 200 pounds | Class: Freshman | Miami

George averaged only 7.6 points during his one year at Miami, but shot 41% from 3-point range. Originally from Switzerland, the sharp-shooting wing shot up four inches two years ago and sees the floor like a point guard with how well he passes and how quick he makes decisions off the dribble.


Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 195 pounds | Class: Freshman | Duke

McCain has won at every level and competes at a high level when there's added pressure. He shoots the ball extremely well from 3-point range and has a quick release that's difficult to defend, even though he's on the smaller side as an NBA point guard.

Ht./Wt.: 6-2, 164 pounds | Class: Freshman | Kentucky

Dillingham has been dealing with an ankle injury since the combine and will only be able to work out for a select number of teams leading up to the draft. Offensively he is one of the best players with the ball in his hands and has that dog mentality that teams love. But what's giving teams pause is his work on the defensive end, where he has average footwork and difficulty staying in front of players.

Ht./Wt.: 6-8, 206 pounds | G League Ignite

Holland could stay inside the lottery with Utah at 10 and Portland at 14 being possible landing spots. If he falls, the Lakers would likely be the next team seriously considering the Ignite forward. Holland had a rough season in the G League and was a high-volume scorer who was turnover-prone at times, but where he shines the most is on defense, averaging 2.5 steals per game in 14 games.

Ht./Wt.: 6-6, 201 pounds | KK Mega Basket (Serbia)

The Magic would have the luxury of being patient with Topić's recovery after it was revealed he suffered a partial ACL tear late in the season. Orlando has one of the deepest backcourts and might consider taking a swing on Topić if he falls, considering he was a projected top-five pick all year because of his size and playmaking ability.

Ht./Wt.: 6-9, 220 pounds | Class: Senior | Colorado

The Colorado forward was one of the best hybrid frontcourt players in the Pac-12 this year. He has the size and versatility to come in and be an instant contributor to any team that selects him in the first round.

Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 210 pounds | Class: Freshman | USC

Depending on what happens with Donovan Mitchell in Cleveland, a backcourt of Collier and Darius Garland could be a fun pairing. Collier had a rough year at USC and didn't really get to showcase his upside, but NBA spacing will be much better for Collier, who has the ability to get downhill. He could end up being a steal at 20.

Ht./Wt.: 7-0, 235 pounds | Class: Freshman | Baylor

Missi's draft range is anywhere from 14-21 with his upside as a rim-running big who has a budding pick-and-pop game. He has great hands, catching tough passes through traffic, runs the floor well and has solid footwork in the paint.

Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 195 pounds | Class: Senior | Marquette

The general consensus is that the Suns are zeroing in on Kolek at 22 with his high IQ and ability to come in right away and give solid minutes. He plays bigger than his 6-3 frame, is smart with the ball and finishes well through contact.

Ht./Wt.: 6-10, 235 pounds | Class: Junior | Dayton

Holmes averaged 20.4 points and 8.5 rebounds and shot 39% from 3-point range in a limited perimeter role at Dayton. He's a floor-spacer who can extend his game past the 3-point line, has size and can defend the post similar to Naz Reid’s role in Minnesota.

Ht./Wt.: 6-6, 225 pounds | Class: Senior | Illinois

Shannon was found not guilty last week in his court case that had been looming over him since January, and he could now be a first-round pick. He was incredibly impressive for Illinois at the end of the season. The lefty guard can score at all three levels and impact a team right away with how well he reads defenses.

Ht./Wt.: 7-4, 300 pounds | Class: Senior | Purdue

Edey showed every scout and executive at the combine that he can hit 3s at a pretty consistent rate during the shooting drills. What’s most attractive is his size and the way he can anchor a defense, but teams will be cautious taking him with opponents likely hunting him in screens every time down the court and drawing favorable mismatches.

Ht./Wt.: 6-9, 202 pounds | Class: Freshman | Kansas

Furphy elected to stay in this draft after reportedly turning down a lucrative NIL deal to return to Kansas, leading many to believe he left the combine with a promise in the first round. If the Wizards take Sarr or Clingan with the No. 2 pick, Furphy is an excellent option here with how well he shoots the ball and his added size on the perimeter.

Ht./Wt.: 6-6, 190 pounds | Class: Freshman | Minnesota

Christie is a late riser and could sneak into the back half of the first round with how well he’s been performing in team workouts. He averaged 11.3 points and shot 39% from 3-point range during his freshman year at Minnesota.

Ht./Wt.: 6-11, 224 pounds | G League Ignite

Smith improved significantly during his season with the Ignite and has great size at 6-11 with an inside-out game that translates to the NBA. He shot the 3-ball well all season and improved his motor.

Ht./Wt.: 6-6, 180 pounds | Illawarra (Australia)

Johnson is the guard with the highest upside in the draft and could sneak inside the first round with how well he played at the combine. Johnson showed more of a well-rounded game during the 5-on-5 scrimmages, with improved shot creation off the bounce in the first game and as more of a facilitator in the second game, dishing out six assists.

Ht./Wt.: 7-0, 220 pounds | Class: Sophomore | Duke

Filipowski falling in the first round doesn’t necessarily reflect his body of work during his sophomore year at Duke, but that other players have higher ceilings and are rising after workouts and team meetings.

Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 215 pounds | Class: Junior | Cal

Ht./Wt.: 6-8, 210 pounds | Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany)

Ht./Wt.: 6-7, 205 pounds | Class: Senior | Creighton

Ht./Wt.: 6-7, 212 pounds | Class: Senior | Kansas

Ht./Wt.: 6-6, 235 pounds | Class: Senior | Weber State

Ht./Wt.: 6-10, 225 pounds | Cairns Taipans (Australia)

Ht./Wt.: 6-7, 185 pounds | Class: Freshman | Kentucky

Ht./Wt.: 6-8, 216 pounds | Class: Sophomore | Virginia

Ht./Wt.: 6-7, 206 pounds | Class: Senior | Akron

Ht./Wt.: 6-10, 245 pounds | Class: Sophomore | UCLA

Ht./Wt.: 6-8, 214 pounds | KK Mega Bemax (Serbia)

Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 185 pounds | Class: Junior | Creighton

Ht./Wt.: 6-7, 225 pounds | Class: Senior | Arizona

Ht./Wt.: 6-7, 233 pounds | Class: Junior | North Carolina

Ht./Wt.: 6-6, 225 pounds | Class: Junior | San Francisco

Ht./Wt.: 6-1, 200 pounds | Class: Senior | Houston

Ht./Wt.: 6-8, 205 pounds | Class: Junior | Washington State

Ht./Wt.: 6-9, 225 pounds | Class: Senior | Baylor

Ht./Wt.: 6-11, 235 pounds | Cameroon

Ht./Wt.: 6-8, 190 pounds | Adelaide 36ers (Australia)

Ht./Wt.: 6-11, 235 pounds | Class: Senior | Marquette

Ht./Wt.: 6-6, 215 pounds | Class: Senior | Arizona

Ht./Wt.: 6-2, 190 pounds | Class: Junior | Colorado

Ht./Wt.: 6-4, 205 pounds | Class: Senior | UConn

Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 210 pounds | Class: Freshman | USC

Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 190 pounds | Class: Junior | UC Santa Barbara

Ht./Wt.: 6-4, 190 pounds | Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany)

Ht./Wt.: 6-2, 195 pounds | Class: Senior | Virginia