Mock drafts high on ex-Minnehaha star Holmgren. But how high?

Two things seem to be true about how former Minnehaha Academy and Gonzaga star Chet Holmgren is perceived by most top-flight NBA mock drafts: He’s the most intriguing prospect next week real Draft, and there’s little chance he’ll be the first pick.

If the consensus is right, that honor will go to Auburn’s small forward Jabari Smith.

Orlando, Oklahoma City, Houston and Sacramento currently hold the top 4 picks in Thursday’s draft (6:30 p.m. ESPN).

For the Magic, the idea of ​​pairing the 7-foot Holmgren with former high school teammate Jalen Suggs is enticing. But Orlando already has three unique big men on his roster in Jonathan Isaac, Wendell Carter Jr. and Mo Bamba.

Where does Holmgren end up with Smith, predicted number 1? There is agreement:

ESPN: Holmgren was voted 2nd overall by Oklahoma City

  • “Rebuilding the franchise is viewed with increasing favor as a strong coaching staff, player development infrastructure, organizational culture and abundance of assembled players should allow OKC to move quickly towards seriousness. Add to that a 7-footer with a 7-6 core wingspan, one who stands as a potential Defensive Player of the Year contender with the mobility, timing and competitiveness that Holmgren offers makes perfect sense.”

CBS sports: Holmgren picked No. 2

  • “You couldn’t design a player in a lab better suited to the current iteration of Thunder than Holmgren. He’d probably be the consensus top pick in this draft based on skill alone, but concerns about his slim physique aren’t personally overly concerned about the lack of height given the offensive-friendly feature in the modern NBA, and Holmgren’s rare Combination of rim protection, shooting ability, rebound and basketball IQ could eventually make him a perennial All-Star.”

The ringtone: Holmgren picked No. 2

  • “Holmgren fills a need upfront with its rim protection and shot-altering defense. The Thunder already have playmakers in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey, allowing Holmgren to enjoy their creativity as a spot-up shooter and paint finisher. But Holmgren also showed some ability of his own with Gonzaga, allowing him to be used as a creator from the periphery, elbows and short roll.

NBC sports: Holmgren picked No. 2

  • “The Thunder/Sonics franchise has picked #2 twice before, and each time they found a Hall of Famer (Kevin Durant and Gary Payton). Whether or not Holmgren can be that good, he would be a great fit in OKC, where defense and distance are coveted and outside shots are badly needed. Holmgren quickly became an ideal fit for guards Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey.”

Yahoo Sports: Holmgren picked No. 2

  • “Like the Magic, the Thunder have gone through the process of culling several players who are expected to be off the board by halftime of the lottery. And Holmgren is one of those talents, with the 7-foot-out from Gonzaga looking like a potential cornerstone for this rebuilding franchise. Does Holmgren need to get stronger? Yes, but that’s true for about 90% of draft prospects, regardless of the year. But he can stretch his defense past the 3-point line, a welcome trait considering Oklahoma City was last dead (but 7th on tries) this season with a 3-point percentage. Add in the defensive skills, and Holmgren is a very good fit for Oklahoma City.

NBA Draft.net: Holmgren picked No. 4 from Sacramento

  • One of the rarest players in years… His combination of shooting, passing, blocking, speed and agility coupled with feel is truly something special. His advantage is sky high, but questions remain about how his physique will develop and how he’ll be able to handle the rigors of an NBA season as a post-player with such an obvious weakness in his game… For a team , who thinks it can be muscular if he raises him up enough, presenting the ultimate swing for the fence pick in this year’s draft.

Not everyone believes Holmgren is out of the running for first overall pick.

United States today: Holmgren picked No. 1 Orlando

  • “Despite recent reports, it’s no secret that the Magic Auburns selected Jabari Smith. The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor recently reported that his sources are “not being sold” due to the rumors that Orlando have made up his mind and I still believe Holmgren fits Holmgren, who looks massively tall even when he’s alongside NBA- Legends like David Robinson and Dirk Nowitzki is an intriguing prospect, and I think he’ll hear his name called out from the very first pick in The Draft. “

No matter where Holmgren lands, one thing is certain: he’s confident he’ll be a generational talent in the NBA. During the lottery, he appeared on ESPN and said he already had a clear goal.

That means shooting 50% from the field, 40% from three, and 90% from the free throw line for an entire season. Only nine players in NBA history have made it: Larry Bird, Malcolm Brogdon, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Reggie Miller, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki and Mark Price.

Last year at Gonzaga, Holmgren shot 61% from field, 39% from three, and 72% from the line.

Would you like to delve deeper into the world of mock designs? Here’s a frequently updated database of 20+ mock drafts including several lesser known sites where Holmgren or Duke forward Paolo Banchero takes first place overall.

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