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With the 2024 NBA draft combine, complete with measurements, drills and scrimmages, over and done, what better time to look at how the prospects' performances in Chicago affected their draft stock?

Several international prospects were not able to attend the combine as they were playing with their clubs, so they will have workouts and tests closer to the draft. NBA teams will also be holding individual workouts that will help them narrow down their boards and get a better handle on whom they might select during the June 26-27 draft in Brooklyn, New York.

The Atlanta Hawks won the draft lottery, securing the No. 1 overall pick for the first time. The draft then turns to the Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets at Nos. 2 and 3.

Draft experts Jonathan Givony and Jeremy Woo considered the draft board and the likely players available at each spot to update the ESPN 2024 NBA mock draft accordingly. Their latest mock, which reflects a long period of exhaustive evaluation of the 2024 draft class and considers intel gathered from conversations with scouts and front office personnel, also accounts for picks owed and owned by all 30 teams.

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ROUND 1 1. Atlanta Hawks

Alex Sarr, PF/C, Perth (Australia) | Age: 19.0

The Hawks jumped all way from No. 10 to 1 in the draft lottery, a rare stroke of luck that gives the team a chance to select a different caliber of prospect than the one their front office was preparing to pick all season. In an interview at the combine, general manager Landry Fields said he plans to "cast a wide net" in evaluating the Hawks' options at No. 1, which makes sense in a class with no consensus top prospect. Fields flew to France at the conclusion of the combine to watch potential No. 1 pick candidate Zaccharie Risacher drop 14 points with 6 rebounds in a playoff game but was not in attendance for Risacher's breakout game two days later when he had a career-high 28 points.

At this stage, NBA executives don't have a firm grasp of what the Hawks might ultimately do, as word coming out of their front office is they are still at a very early stage of decision-making and have plenty of work to do in gathering information and finding alignment. Many around the league expect the Hawks to select Sarr with the top pick, as there are compelling reasons to consider him the best prospect in this class with his elite physical tools, mobility, defensive versatility, finishing ability and potential as a perimeter shooter. He'd fit in nicely in a frontcourt alongside the likes of Jalen Johnson and Onyeka Okongwu, and should develop into a formidable rim-protector who can also cover ground on the perimeter, which is attractive in minimizing the defensive shortcomings of Trae Young.

We'd expect Fields and the Hawks front office to consider other options here as well, including Risacher, Donovan Clingan and trade opportunities. -- Givony

2. Washington Wizards

Zaccharie Risacher, SF, Bourg (France) | Age: 19.1

Washington was the only team with top-four odds lucky enough to hold serve in the lottery, giving them a chance to take a long-term swing atop the draft. And while the Wizards have kept information tight under top executive Michael Winger, some around the league are working under the assumption that Winger and general manager Will Dawkins -- both with roots in the Thunder organization -- will follow Oklahoma City's long-term blueprint, presuming they'll be granted the patience to execute that type of full-scale rebuild. With that in mind, and positional fit less of a concern, at this early juncture, many rival teams are expecting the Wizards to target whichever of Sarr and Risacher falls here, working under the assumption that the Hawks select one of the two at No. 1.

Risacher turned in his best game of the season at the right time over the weekend, scoring 28 points in an impressive all-around display that included quality shot-making and explosive dunks attacking downhill -- in a road playoff game, no less. While he has work to do expanding his game off the dribble, he has the size and skills to become an excellent complementary wing and versatile defender, with untapped upside if he can develop into a more capable creator with the ball. --  Woo

3. Houston Rockets (via Nets)

Reed Sheppard, PG/SG, Kentucky | Age: 19.9

The Rockets jumped six spots into the top three in the draft lottery, via a pick owed to them by the Brooklyn Nets from the James Harden trade in 2021. Firmly in win-now mode, coming off a 19-win improvement from the previous season and flush with talented young players, NBA executives expect the Rockets to weigh several options with this pick, including the possibility of trading back or out in acquiring assets that better fit their timeline of making the playoffs next season with their existing roster.

Continuing to add shooting, either through trades or the draft, will likely be a priority after finishing towards the bottom of the league in that category last season. With that in mind, adding a sharpshooter like Sheppard, who converted over half of his 3-point attempts and proved capable of playing on or off the ball, could be attractive. Sheppard's unselfishness, feel for the game and sharp defensive instincts could make him a strong fit alongside the Rockets' core moving forward. -- Givony

4. San Antonio Spurs

Rob Dillingham, PG, Kentucky | Age: 19.3

As the only team holding two picks in the top 10, the Spurs have an intriguing opportunity to take multiple big swings as they work to build a competitive roster out around Victor Wembanyama. Considering their glaring need in the backcourt, expect San Antonio to target a guard, with players like Sheppard, Dillingham, Stephon Castle and Nikola Topic profiling as top candidates. In addition to order of preference, the other strategic question San Antonio has to answer is how to make these two picks work in conjunction: It could feasibly target a different position at No. 4, and still wind up with a guard it's comfortable with at No. 8.

Dillingham has been one of the most polarizing prospects in the draft, with some scouts projecting him as more of a microwave bench scorer due to his defensive shortcomings, and others seeing a Darius Garland-like upside if he can refine his game enough to handle a starting role. His shot-creation ability and offensive upside -- as well as the level of defensive cover he'd have with Wembanyama behind him -- makes him an intriguing upside bet for the Spurs specifically. -- Woo

5. Detroit Pistons

Matas Buzelis, SF/PF, G League Ignite | Age: 19.6

It's difficult to peg who the Pistons might pick before knowing who might be making that decision, as Detroit is currently searching for a new president of basketball operations to oversee the front office. With the existing players in place, including somewhat of a logjam in the backcourt and frontcourt, it makes sense to look at small forward options who can connect the roster and bring defensive versatility, perimeter shooting and playmaking.

Buzelis has terrific size at 6-foot-10, explosive athletic ability and has shown promising signs of perimeter shooting and rim-protection prowess over the past few years. The fact that he doesn't need the ball in his hands to be successful but has significant upside to grow into with his developing frame could be attractive with this pick. -- Givony

6. Charlotte Hornets

Donovan Clingan, C, UConn | Age: 20.2

After immensely boosting his stock with dominant play in March, Clingan looks ready to contribute as a long-term defensive anchor, best suited to drop coverage and using his size to wall off angles in the paint. He's been aiming to showcase skill potential and three-point range in workout settings, helping teams envision offensive upside and versatility, and has earned looks at the very top of the draft. Clingan was arguably the top prospect most harmed by how the lottery shook out, as none of the teams picking in the top five as constituted have an express need to select a true center -- even if NBA executives expect him to be firmly in play with Atlanta, Washington and Houston.

Charlotte looks like a soft landing spot, with a clear need at the five to help shore up their defense behind Brandon Miller and LaMelo Ball. Landing Clingan, arguably the top rim protector in the draft, would be an ostensible coup for the Hornets after their pick slipped here. -- Woo

7. Portland Trail Blazers

Nikola Topic, PG, Mega MIS (Adriatic League) | Age: 18.7

The status of Topic's knee will play a big part in determining how high he ends up being selected -- something we'll learn more about following the NBA Global Camp in Treviso in two weeks, where he's expected to undergo a battery of physical examinations. He missed a big chunk of the season with a ligament strain he suffered in early January and then again reinjured the same knee, which ruled him out of the Adriatic league Finals.

The Trail Blazers drafted what they hope is their point guard of the future last year in Scoot Henderson and have two talented backcourt players in the fold already in Shaedon Sharpe and Anfernee Simons. Topic's size, playmaking ability, feel for the game and improving perimeter shooting should allow him to play in a variety of lineup configurations, but Portland will also likely look at pure wing prospects in addition to frontcourt players who may fill a more immediate need. -- Givony

8. San Antonio Spurs

Tidjane Salaun, PF, Cholet (France) | Age: 18.7

Salaun turned in an excellent performance last week in the French LNB playoffs and has closed the season on a more productive stretch offensively, showcasing his tools, energy, and flashes of talent as a stretch forward. Yet to turn 19, Salaun offers plenty of untapped upside, making him an intriguing lottery name in an uncertain draft where long-view organizations will want to swing big on potential.

San Antonio looks like a viable top-end landing spot for Salaun, particularly if it opts for a guard at No. 4; he might offer more optimal spacing and athleticism from the four spot than Jeremy Sochan in the long run, and as a potential complementary player alongside star countryman Wembanyama. -- Woo

More: Victor Wembanyama breaks down France's 2024 draft prospects 9. Memphis Grizzlies

Dalton Knecht, SF, Tennessee | Age: 23.0

An injury-plagued season gives the Grizzlies a chance to add more talent to a roster already featuring three significant building blocks in Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Desmond Bane. Considering the team's timetable, and the urgency surely in place to make a run back to the NBA playoffs next season, finding plug-and-play options who can contribute immediately without too long of a development runway will likely be important.

At 23 years old, coming off an All-American season, Knecht looks like an attractive option with that in mind. He's one of the best shooters in this class, but can put the ball in the basket in a variety of ways and has the frame and length to play either wing position. -- Givony

10. Utah Jazz

Stephon Castle, PG/SG, UConn | Age: 19.5

The versatile role Castle supplies, coupled with room to grow offensively, puts him in play all over the mid-to-late lottery -- but it's worth noting that he appears to be marketing himself to teams as a point guard. Accordingly, Castle is being selective with where he works out, targeting teams that have a need for a lead ball handler. The new CBA rules have granted teams wider access to medicals, reducing agents' leverage in steering players to specific destinations -- but it's always easier from an optics standpoint to select a player who wants to play for your team.

Castle's versatile perimeter defense and playmaking potential makes him an interesting fit next to smaller, offensive-minded guards, which the Jazz have several of. As Utah aims to improve the league's worst defensive rating, grabbing a player who addresses needs both present and future would be a win here at No. 10. Castle makes a lot of sense from that vantage point, and if he can improve his shaky three-point shooting, he could provide quite a bit of lineup versatility in the long-term. -- Woo

11. Chicago Bulls

Ron Holland, SF, G League Ignite | Age: 18.8

The Bulls have been treading water for several years and now are staring at an aging roster with few prospects for improvement internally. Rolling the dice on an 18-year old prospect like Holland, at one point ranked the No. 1 player in his high school class and a strong candidate at the top of this draft, could make sense at this point in the draft. Holland's competitiveness, aggressiveness and scoring instincts gives him a chance to emerge as a very productive NBA player as his perimeter shooting and decision-making continue to evolve. -- Givony

12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Rockets)

Cody Williams, SG/SF, Colorado | Age: 19.4

The Thunder can go in any direction here, with depth and young talent across positions as the team shifts forward into what could be a contention window ahead of schedule. Finding players who fit their mold and successfully developing them on cost-controlled deals is still imperative, considering general manager Sam Presti will eventually need to start consolidating the roster. Once viewed as a potential candidate near the top of the draft, Williams' stock appears to have slipped into this range; at the moment, teams view him as a more likely candidate to come off the board in the late lottery on down than in the top 10. His long-term upside as an oversized, two-way wing contributor does fit the Thunder's typical mold, if they swing for upside. -- Woo

13. Sacramento Kings

Ja'Kobe Walter, SG/SF, Baylor | Age: 19.7

The Kings could look to bolster their wing depth with key reserve Malik Monk entering free agency, through either the draft or other means. A movement shooter such as Walter who can run off screens and bring high-level intensity defensively makes plenty of sense. He also has plenty of upside to grow into at 19 years old. Other perimeter shooters such as local product Jared McCain and sharpshooting wings Johnny Furphy and Kyshawn George will also likely be in play here. -- Givony

14. Portland Trail Blazers (via Warriors)

Zach Edey, C, Purdue | Age: 22.0

Edey's incredible productivity and size profile makes him a unique option for teams looking to develop a big in this part of the draft. While it's probable he winds up as more of a situational role player in an NBA context due to his defensive limitations, it's also hard to totally rule out the type of impact he could still have as a play-finisher and screener. With two lottery picks and a collection of young perimeter players on the roster, Portland could stand to experiment here and shore up its depth behind DeAndre Ayton, considering Robert Williams III' struggles to stay healthy. -- Woo

15. Miami Heat

Jared McCain, PG, Duke | Age: 20.2

The Heat offense -- ranked second worst among playoff teams -- may need a jolt coming off a gentleman's sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. Enter McCain, one of the best shooter/scorers in this draft class, who brings quite a few of the off-court intangibles the Heat often covet with his competitiveness, work ethic and smarts. The Heat will likely hope to see the Duke freshman grow into more of an on-ball threat as his career progresses, but have some playmaking reps to offer on this roster. -- Givony

16. Philadelphia 76ers

Devin Carter, PG/SG, Providence | Age: 22.1

The blend of experience, athletic tools, defensive motor and high-level intangibles Carter brings figures to hold strong appeal to playoff-caliber teams in this range of the draft. Carter tested quite well at the combine and fared well in four-on-four drills, electing to play and showcase his competitiveness, which likely helped further his case. The 76ers are in position to grab whichever prospect falls to them here outside the lottery, but creating some short-term value is likely imperative as Philadelphia pushes to improve the team around Joel Embiid. -- Woo

17. Los Angeles Lakers*

Tristan Da Silva, SF/PF, Colorado | Age: 22.1

The Lakers are still waiting to hear about New Orleans' plans, as it has until June 1 to decide whether to take this pick or defer it to 2025. Should the Lakers be picking, they'll likely be in the market for proven players who can play an immediate role on an experienced roster centered around soon-to-be 40-year old LeBron James. Da Silva is a plug-and-play option at 23 years old who brings coveted defensive versatility, feel for the game and perimeter shooting, making 40% of his 3-point attempts this past season. Expect this pick to be in trade talks as well as the Lakers weigh the option of adding a third star to the roster. -- -- Givony

18. Orlando Magic

Johnny Furphy, SG/SF, Kansas | Age: 19.4

Orlando has built a young, playoff-caliber roster and may not be selecting early in the draft anytime soon, making this pick a possible opportunity to swing on upside one more time rather than target an immediate contributor. The late-blooming Furphy is the type of tall, skilled, low-maintenance perimeter prospect the Magic have favored in recent drafts, and Orlando has enough talent on the roster to afford him some low-pressure development time.

Although Furphy left the door open for a return to Kansas, the likelihood he hears his name called in the first round may be enough to keep him in the draft -- his youth, athleticism and shooting potential give him pretty real upside, provided he can get up to speed on the defensive end. -- Woo

19. Toronto Raptors (via Pacers)

Kyshawn George, SG/SF, Miami | Age: 20.4

The Raptors were one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the NBA last year both in terms of 3-point makes and accuracy and will need to continue to surround Scottie Barnes with enough floor spacing to keep opposing defenses honest. George is the type of oversized, long-armed wing this front office often covets, making 41% of his attempts at Miami and still having plenty of upside to grow into thanks to his feel for the game, playmaking and the unique developmental trajectory he's on, having grown nine inches in the past five years. -- Givony

20. Cleveland Cavaliers

Carlton Carrington, PG/SG, Pittsburgh | Age: 18.8

Teams view the 18-year-old Carrington as one of this draft's true upside swings, with positional size (measuring just under 6-foot-4 barefoot) and flashing the talent as a scorer, playmaker and defender to deliver a strong return outside the lottery. He's still raw enough that there's some downside here, and some scouts felt he missed an opportunity to help himself by playing in the combine scrimmages, but there's certainly optimism around his long-term potential as his body fills out. With the future of the Donovan Mitchell/Garland pairing in Cleveland uncertain, the Cavs could justify swinging on a younger guard at this spot. -- Woo

21. New Orleans Pelicans (via Bucks)

Isaiah Collier, PG, USC | Age: 19.6

This would be a big slide for Collier, who slated 11th in our previous mock and was at one point considered a candidate at No. 1. With few teams in the 12-20 range in the market for a lead guard with questionable shooting ability, Collier has a wide range due to the amount of playmaking usage he'll likely need to reach his full potential and the fact that most of the teams picking outside the top 10 are in win-now mode. The Pelicans might be a team willing to take a longer view, as they don't have any glaring needs on their roster that they are likely to fill at this stage of the draft. -- Givony

22. Phoenix Suns

Kyle Filipowski, PF/C, Duke | Age: 20.5

The Suns are in a precarious position as they attempt to construct a contender around their trio of highly paid stars. Phoenix is spending more aggressively than any team in the league and has also traded away control of its future drafts with picks and swap rights outgoing through 2030. It's imperative they it cultivates talent on rookie contracts to help balance the roster.

Expect the Suns to look for a ready-made contributor at this spot, with Filipowski's size and skill level adding a potentially useful dimension to their frontcourt. Phoenix also has a glaring need for a true point guard, which is something it will likely consider here as well. -- Woo

23. Milwaukee Bucks (via Pelicans)

Yves Missi, C, Baylor | Age: 20.0

The Bucks have needs at several positions and will likely be opportunistic depending on which player falls to their pick. Missi's impressive size, length, mobility and explosiveness gives him significant upside to tap into long-term. He's only been playing organized basketball for three years but showed notable progress offensively at Baylor this past season, along with flashes of rim-protection prowess. -- Givony

24. New York Knicks (via Mavericks)

Tyler Smith, SF/PF, G League Ignite | Age: 19.5

It's unclear at this stage whether the Knicks will make both these picks or try to leverage them into improving the roster via other means, but this is an opportunity to shore up their depth as they try to sustain this season's success into the future. Smith made positive strides with G League Ignite and has the blueprint to develop into an effective floor-spacing forward, as well as enough size to hold his own on defense. That could be appealing to the Knicks, with a roster presently lacking for stretch bigs. -- Woo

25. New York Knicks

Kel'el Ware, C, Indiana | Age: 20.0

When healthy, the Knicks have strong depth and versatility at nearly every position and can afford to take a couple of swings on long-term upside if they decide to keep one or both of their first-round picks. Ware has tremendous physical ability with his size, length and mobility as well as his ability to stretch the floor and protect the rim in small doses. If he can buy into playing the type of toughness and intensity that Tom Thibodeau requires, he could be a steal in this part of the draft. -- Givony

26. Washington Wizards (via Clippers)

Bobi Klintman, SF/PF, Cairns (Australia) | Age: 21.2

Klintman has been a polarizing name for teams for the past couple seasons, but he supplies real size, shooting and skill potential at either forward spot. He's the type of project that might make sense for the Wizards, who are in a talent collection phase, and can afford to bet on upside at all stages of the draft. Consistency has been the issue for Klintman to this point in his career, as he can be selectively competitive and doesn't always harness his physical gifts as effectively as he could. There's palpable upside here for a team that trusts its player development and believes it can get more out of him, which might make him a worthy bet in the late first round. -- Woo

27. Minnesota Timberwolves

Baylor Scheierman, SG/SF, Creighton | Age: 23.6

The Timberwolves are in the midst of a fantastic season, currently competing in the Western Conference finals, and have enviable depth and talent at nearly every position. Like every team, adding wing depth and shooting will likely be priorities to continue to space the floor effectively for their twin-towers lineup, which have been very successful. Scheierman was one of the big winners of the combine, being one of the best players on the floor in the live action and looking like a plug-and-play option with his excellent combination of size, perimeter shooting versatility, feel for the game and competitiveness. -- Givony

28. Denver Nuggets

Tyler Kolek, PG, Marquette | Age: 23.1

Kolek opted not to play at the combine, feeling secure in his stock as a first-round pick, and has suitors in the 20s as a potential plug-and-play guard. His pick-and-roll acumen and notable competitive streak should appeal to playoff-caliber teams looking for immediate help. The Nuggets have primarily targeted experienced college talent in recent drafts as they work to build out a sustainable roster around Nikola Jokic. Expect them to consider shoring up perimeter depth at this spot, particularly with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Reggie Jackson holding player options this summer. -- Woo

29. Utah Jazz (via Thunder)

Justin Edwards, SG/SF, Kentucky | Age: 20.4

Edwards did not have the season many expected at Kentucky but is still worthy of consideration in this area of the draft at 6-7 with some perimeter shooting acumen and upside to grow into after one season in college. The Jazz have multiple picks at their disposal and can afford to take a swing on a player many considered a top-10 candidate entering the season. -- Givony

30. Boston Celtics

Kevin McCullar, SF, Kansas | Age: 23.1

Late season injuries put a bit of a damper on McCullar's season, but a strong first month helped reframe his NBA readiness and moved him from two-way contract candidate into what will likely be guaranteed money on draft night. The Celtics are in a contention window and have a need for wing depth behind Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Grabbing an experienced player on a cheap contract at this spot could be a valuable route for Boston. -- Woo

*The New Orleans Pelicans have the option to take the Los Angeles Lakers' pick at No. 17 overall or defer it to 2025. They have until June 1 to decide.

ROUND 2

31. Toronto Raptors (via Pistons) Ryan Dunn, SF, Virginia | Age: 21.3

32. Utah Jazz (via Wizards) Jaylon Tyson, SG/SF, California | Age: 21.4

33. Milwaukee Bucks (via Trail Blazers) Terrence Shannon Jr., SG/SF, Illinois | Age: 23.8

34. Portland Trail Blazers (via Hornets) A.J. Johnson, SG, Illawarra (Australia) | Age: 19.4

35. San Antonio Spurs Cam Christie, SG, Minnesota | Age: 18.8

36. Indiana Pacers (via Raptors) Alex Karaban, PF, UConn | Age: 21.5

37. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Grizzlies) Juan Nunez, PG, Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany) | Age: 19.9

38. New York Knicks (via Jazz) Ulrich Chomche, C, NBA Academy Showcase (Africa) | Age: 18.3

39. Memphis Grizzlies (via Nets) Adem Bona, C, UCLA | Age: 21.1

40. Portland Trail Blazers (via Hawks) Jonathan Mogbo, C, San Francisco | Age: 22.5

41. Philadelphia 76ers (via Bulls) Nikola Djurisic, SG/SF, Mega MIS (Adriatic League) | Age: 20.2

42. Charlotte Hornets (via Rockets) Pelle Larsson, SG, Arizona | Age: 23.2

43. Miami Heat Pacome Dadiet, SG/SF, Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany) | Age: 18.8

44. Houston Rockets (via Warriors) Ajay Mitchell, PG, UC Santa Barbara | Age: 21.9

45. Sacramento Kings KJ Simpson, PG, Colorado | Age: 21.7

46. LA Clippers (via Pacers) Harrison Ingram, SF/PF, North Carolina | Age: 21.4

47. Orlando Magic Keshad Johnson, PF, Arizona | Age: 22.9

48. San Antonio Spurs (via Lakers) Melvin Ajinca, SG/SF, Saint Quentin (France) | Age: 19.8

49. Indiana Pacers (via Cavaliers) Dillon Jones, SF/PF, Weber State | Age: 22.5

50. Indiana Pacers (via  Pelicans) DaRon Holmes II, PF/C, Dayton | Age: 21.7

51. Washington Wizards (via Suns) Payton Sandfort, SF, Iowa | Age: 21.8

52. Golden State Warriors (via Bucks) Izan Almansa, PF/C, G League Ignite | Age: 18.8

53. Detroit Pistons (via Knicks) Jamal Shead, PG, Houston | Age: 21.8

54. Boston Celtics (via Mavericks) Bronny James, PG/SG, USC | Age: 19.6

55. Los Angeles Lakers (via Clippers) Hunter Sallis, SG, Wake Forest | Age: 21.1

56. Denver Nuggets (via Timberwolves) Jalen Bridges, SF, Baylor | Age: 23.0

57. Memphis Grizzlies (via Thunder) Ariel Hukporti, C, Melbourne (Australia) | Age: 22.1

58. Dallas Mavericks (via Celtics) Isaac Jones, PF/C, Washington State | Age: 23.8

Note: The Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns forfeited a 2024 second-round draft pick.

Jonathan Givony is an NBA draft expert and the founder and co-owner of DraftExpress.com, a private scouting and analytics service used by NBA, NCAA and international teams. 

Jeremy Woo is an NBA analyst specializing in prospect evaluation and the draft. He was previously a staff writer and draft insider at Sports Illustrated