This past week, John Calipari and Jamal Murray himself both made the case that Murray was the best player in this year’s draft. The sharp-shooting Kentucky guard may very well turn out to be just that, but both the Sixers and Lakers are in no position to gamble right now. Simmons and Ingram are going Nos. 1 and 2 unless there is a trade.

At No. 3 with the Celtics is where this thing’s going to get mighty interesting. Murray made the most 3s in Celtics pre-draft workout history, which is worth noting, despite the fact that the Celtics probably just made up the record in an effort to try and boost the stock of pick No. 3. (Do we know who had the record before?)

The Jeff Teague to Philadelphia trade seems dead after Teague said in an Instagram post that he played last season with a torn patellar tendon. Therefore, that much-discussed Celtics – Sixers Jahlil Okafor swap at No. 3 may be back on the table.

Outside of lottery-land, one name to keep tabs on is the other Murray in this draft, Dejounte – the combo guard from Washington. Dejounte Murray was initial a fringe lottery pick but many mocks now have him going in the second round. Right now we have him going to the Sixers at No. 26 but he really could go anywhere from No. 15 to No. 50 overall.

Our latest NBA mock with the draft just 10 days away:


1. Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons, SF, LSU


2. Los Angeles Lakers: Brandon Ingram, SF, Duke


3. Boston Celtics: Jaylen Brown, SF, California


4. Phoenix Suns: Dragan Bender, PF, Croatia


5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Jamal Murray, SG, Kentucky


6. New Orleans Pelicans: Kris Dunn, PG, Providence


7. Denver Nuggets: Buddy Hield, SG, Oklahoma


8. Sacramento Kings: Marquese Chriss, PF, Washington


9. Toronto Raptors: Skal Labissiere, PF, Kentucky


10. Milwaukee Bucks: Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette


11. Orlando Magic: Jakob Poeltl, PF, Utah


12. Utah Jazz: Deyonta Davis, PF, Michigan State


13. Phoenix Suns: Domantas Sabonis, PF, Gonzaga


14. Chicago Bulls: Brice Johnson, PF, North Carolina


15. Denver Nuggets: Timothe Luwawu, SG, France


16. Boston Celtics: Furkan Korkmaz, SG, Turkey


17. Memphis Grizzlies: Denzel Valentine, SG, Michigan STate


18. Detroit Pistons: Tyler Ullis, PG, Kentucky


19. Denver Nuggets: Taurean Prince, SF, Baylor


20. Indiana Pacers: Malachi Richardson, SG, Syracuse


21. Atlanta Hawks: Thon Maker, C, Australia


22. Charlotte Hornets: Wade Baldwin, SG, Vanderbilt


23. Boston Celtics: Diamond Stone, Maryland


24. Philadelphia 76ers: Demetrius Jackson, PG, Notre Dame


25. Los Angeles Clippers: Juan Hernangomez, PF, Spain


26. Philadelphia 76ers: Dejounte Murray, SG, Washington


27. Toronto Raptors: Cheick Diallo, C, Kansas


28. Phoenix Suns: Ante Zizic, C, Croatia


29. San Antonio Spurs: Ivica Zubac, C, Croatia


30. Golden State Warriors: DeAndre Bembry, SF, St. Joe’s



Second round


31. Boston Celtics: Ben Bentil, PF, Providence


32. Los Angeles Lakers: Malik Beasley, SG, Florida State


33. Los Angeles Clippers: Damian Jones, C, Vanderbilt


34. Phoenix Suns: Patrick McCaw, SG, UNLV


35. Boston Celtics: Stephen Zimmerman, PF/C, UNLV


36. Milwaukee Bucks: Guerschon Yabusele, PF, France


37. Houston Rockets: Pascal Siakam, PF, New Mexico


38. Milwaukee Bucks: Caris LeVert, SG, Michigan


39. New Orleans Pelicans: Anthony Barber, PG, NC State


40. New Orleans Pelicans: Malcolm Brogdon, SG, Virginia


41. Orlando Magic: Kahlil Fielder, PG, Oakland


42. Utah Jazz: Joel Bolomboy, PF, Weber State


43. Houston Rockets: Isaiah Coustins, PG, Oklahoma


44. Atlanta Hawks: Julian Jacobs, SG, USC


45. Boston Celtics: Michael Gbinije, SG, Syracuse


46. Dallas Mavericks: Zhou Qi, C, China


47. Orlando Magic: Gary Payton II, PG, Oregon State


48. Chicago Bulls: Perry Ellis, PF, Kansas


49. Detroit Pistons: Isaiah Whitehead, SG, Seton Hall


50. Indiana Pacers: Petr Cornelie, PF, France


51. Boston Celtics: AJ Hammons, C, Purdue


52. Utah Jazz: Daniel Hamilton, SF, UConn


53. Denver Nuggets: Wayne Selden, SG, Kansas


54. Atlanta Hawks: Dorian Finney-Smith, SF, Florida


55. Brooklyn Nets: Rosco Allen, SF, Standford


56. Denver Nuggets: Damion Lee, SG, Louisville


57. Memphis Grizzlies: James Webb, SF, Boise State


58. Boston Celtics: Tyrone Wallace, PG/SG, California


59. Sacramento Kings: Ron Baker, SG, Wichita State


60. Utah Jazz: Troy Williams, SF, Indiana