Consensus Mock Draft: Alex Sarr retains his spot at No. 1

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Alexandre Sarr remains a potential favorite for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft.

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Some notes in our first look at the mock drafts from around the web ahead of the 2024 NBA Draft presented by State Farm, where the Atlanta Hawks are on the clock with the No. 1 pick.

Remember, the Consensus Mock Draft is a compilation of the best mock drafts on the internet. We bring them together to make a solid assessment of how the Draft could turn out (Last update: June 7, 8:54 am):

  • We have a challenge at the top! Now that the Draft Combine is behind us, 8 of the 10 mocks have been updated and previous consensus #1 Alexandre Sarr has joined by a fellow Frenchman Zacharie Risacher in a 4-4 split decision. Sarr fills the second slot in any draft he doesn’t list first, while Risacher has some variance, so the center retains the lead for now.
  • The third French prospect in the lottery mix, Tidjane Salaun, has climbed to No. 5 overall (Yahoo), as its perceived upside begins to overwhelm its youth.
  • ESPN reported that the knee injury suffered under Serbian foresight Nikola topic has a partially torn cruciate ligament, the cause of his fall from a clear third to seventh place in the middle of the peloton and possibly beyond.
  • Reed Sheppard has risen in the void, third or fourth in 7 of the 8 updated mocks… and 5th in the others. That’s an oppressive projection, friends.
  • Dropping out of the Consensus LotteryIsaiah CollierWho is is replaced by emerging Providence Watch Devin Carter.
  • Nine players appear in the lottery in 8 updated mocks we interviewed: Alex Sarr, Zaccharie Risacher, Reed Sheppard, Nikola Topic, Donovan Clingan, Stephon Castle, Matas Buzelis, Dalton Knecht and Ron Holland; Robert Dillingham and Cody Williams each slipped out of the lottery on at least one board.

MOST COMMON CHOICES

No. 1 (hawks): Zaccharie Risacher (4), Alex Sarr (4)

No. 2 (wizards): Alexander Sarr (4)

No. 3 (missiles): Reed shepherd (4)

No. 4 (Spurs): Nikola topic (3)

No. 5 (Pistons): Matas Buzelis (3)

No. 6 (gadflies): Stephon Castle (3)

No. 7 (Trail Blazers): Donovan Clingan (4)

No. 8 (Spurs): Nikola topic (3)

No. 9 (Grizzly bears): Dalton Knecht (3)

No. 10 (jazz): Robert Dillingham, Ron Holland, Cody Williams (2)

No. 11 (bulls): Ron Holland (3)

No. 12 (Thunder): Cody Williams (3)

No. 13 (kings): Devin Carter, Ja’Kobe Walter (2)

No. 14 (Trail Blazers): Ron Holland, Kel’el Ware (2)

Most common (above): Choose where the player is most projected, with the number of fake drafts in brackets. For example, Alex Sarr is expected to finish first in four of the eight updated trials listed below.


Top 14 (below): To calculate the consensus, we award 14 points for each mock draw in which the player placed first overall, 13 for second place, continuing up to one point for the final lottery pick. The player with the highest point total represents the best overall selection, which is as follows:


1. Alexandre Sarr | Atlanta Hawks

Perth Wildcats (Australia) | Position: F/C | Height: 7-1
Status: International
Most common: 1.2 (4)

An impact player on defense who has grown into a bigger role on the other end. Must provide additional assistance immediately with the potential for more.


2. Zacharie Risacher | Washington Wizards

JL Bourg-en-Bresse (France) | Position: G/F | Height: 6-8
Status: International
Most common: 1 (4)

Looks good and has all the two-way options to fulfill that potential. The floor is high, but so is the ceiling. What will he achieve?


3. Reed herder | Houston Rockets

Kentucky | Position: G | Height: 6-3
Status: Freshman
Most common: 3 (4)

Sharpshooting and decorated freshman for the Wildcats who came high on Draft boards, especially considering the open field.


4. Donovan Clingan | San Antonio Spurs

Connecticut | Position: C | Height: 7-2
Status: Sophomore
Most common: 7 (4)

A defensive anchor for the back-to-back NCAA champions, he should provide a steady presence once he adjusts to the professional game. The offensive potential is there.


5. Stephon Castle| Detroit Pistons

Connecticut | Position: G | Height: 6-6
Status: Freshman
Most common: 6 (3)

Will do what needs to be done, whatever it is, whatever end of the floor. A move with the ball can unlock another level.


6. Matas Buzelis | Charlotte Hornets

G League Ignite | Position: F | Height: 6-8
Status: G League
Most common: 5 (3)

Big forward with a shooting touch that eluded him in one season at Ignite. Its return could provide a big win for a team willing to rely on it.


7. Nikola Topic | Portland Trail Blazers

KK Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) | Position: G | Height: 6-6
Status: International
Most common: 4 (3)

A tall guard with deft passing and the ability to create chances for himself and others. The positive play here is a bet that the knee is stable and the outside shot comes around.


8. Dalton Knecht | San Antonio Spurs

Tennessee | Position: G/F | Height: 6-6
Status: Senior
Most common: 9 (3)

Capitalized on a transfer to Tennessee, scoring over 25 points and scoring in a variety of ways, but mostly from deep. The veteran transition could be smoother than most.


9. Tidjane Salaun | Memphis Grizzlies

Cholet basket | Position: F | Height: 6-9
Status: International
Most common: 8 (2), 12 (2)

Raw 18-year-old projects as a slim, switchable defender who can benefit from strong off-ball instincts and a developing shot from distance.


10. Robert Dillingham | Utah Jazz

Kentucky | Position: G | Height: 6-3
Status: Freshman
Most common: 9 (2), 10 (2)

The shooting is there, and he is a certified bucket. But the size limitations kick in when playmaking isn’t an issue, meaning you have to adapt or overcome.


11. Ron Holland | Chicago Bulls

G League Ignite | Position: F | Height: 6-6
Status: G League
Most common: 11 (3)

Athletic and explosive swingman who held his own in the G League, even as turnover issues and shooting issues put a damper on his play.


12.Cody Williams | Oklahoma City Thunder

Colorado | Position: F | Height: 6-9
Status: Freshman
Most common: 12 (3)

Cody, the brother of Thunder wunderkind Jalen, has the game and physique to suit most styles, and all it takes is one team to believe the upside is real for a surprise shot on the board.


13.Devin Carter | Sacramento Kings

Providence | Position: G | Height: 6-2
Status: Junior
Most common: 12 (2), 13 (2)

A defensive standout with offensive potential to grow into, the ‘3-and-D’ shape seems like a solid foundation. Combo guard with a chance to develop as a lead man.


14. Ja’Kobe Walter | Portland Trail Blazers

Baylor | Position: G/F | Height: 6-5
Status: Freshman
Most common: 13 (2)

The shooting and defensive potential is there, and there is a knack for finding ways to get to the line. Contributions can come quickly, and game play can follow over time.


MOCK DESIGNS

ESPN.com

  1. Zacharie Risacher
  2. Alexandre Sarr
  3. Reed Sheppard
  4. Stephen’s Castle
  5. Matas Buzelis
  6. Robert Dillingham
  7. Donovan Clingan
  8. Tidjane Salaun
  9. Dalton Knecht
  10. Nikola topic
  11. Ron Holland
  12. Devin Carter
  13. Ja’Kobe Walter
  14. Cody Williams

Last updated: May 31


The bell

  1. Zacharie Risacher
  2. Alexandre Sarr
  3. Donovan Clingan
  4. Matas Buzelis
  5. Reed Sheppard
  6. Tidjane Salaun
  7. Stephen’s Castle
  8. Nikola topic
  9. Kel’el Ware
  10. Cody Williams
  11. Devin Carter
  12. Zach Edey
  13. Dalton Knecht
  14. Ron Holland

Last updated: June 4


The Athletics

  1. Alexandre Sarr
  2. Zacharie Risacher
  3. Reed Sheppard
  4. Stephen’s Castle
  5. Matas Buzelis
  6. Dalton Knecht
  7. Donovan Clingan
  8. Nikola topic
  9. Robert Dillingham
  10. Cody Williams
  11. Ron Holland
  12. Tidjane Salaun
  13. Devin Carter
  14. Jared McCain

Last updated: June 5


Yahoo Sports

  1. Zacharie Risacher
  2. Alexandre Sarr
  3. Stephen’s Castle
  4. Reed Sheppard
  5. Tidjane Salaun
  6. Matas Buzelis
  7. Donovan Clingan
  8. Ron Holland
  9. Dalton Knecht
  10. Robert Dillingham
  11. Nikola topic
  12. Cody Williams
  13. Kyshawn George
  14. Kel’el Ware

Last updated: June 4


Bleacher Report

  1. Zacharie Risacher
  2. Alexandre Sarr
  3. Reed Sheppard
  4. Nikola topic
  5. Cody Williams
  6. Donovan Clingan
  7. Dalton Knecht
  8. Stephen’s Castle
  9. Robert Dillingham
  10. Ron Holland
  11. Matas Buzelis
  12. Tidjane Salaun
  13. Devin Carter
  14. Kel’el Ware

Last updated: May 30


NetScouts Basketball

  1. Alexandre Sarr
  2. Zacharie Risacher
  3. Reed Sheppard
  4. Nikola topic
  5. Donovan Clingan
  6. Stephen’s Castle
  7. Robert Dillingham
  8. Tidjane Salaun
  9. Matas Buzelis
  10. Dalton Knecht
  11. Ron Holland
  12. Cody Williams
  13. Ja’Kobe Walter
  14. Yves Missi

Last updated: May 30


CBS Sports (Gary Parris)

  1. Alexandre Sarr
  2. Reed Sheppard
  3. Zacharie Risacher
  4. Nikola topic
  5. Matas Buzelis
  6. Stephen’s Castle
  7. Donovan Clingan
  8. Ja’Kobe Walter
  9. Dalton Knecht
  10. Robert Dillingham
  11. Isaiah Collier
  12. Cody Williams
  13. Kyle Filipowski
  14. Ron Holland

Last updated: May 14


CBS Sports (Kyle Boone)

  1. Alexandre Sarr
  2. Zacharie Risacher
  3. Donovan Clingan
  4. Reed Sheppard
  5. Dalton Knecht
  6. Tidjane Salaun
  7. Stephen’s Castle
  8. Nikola topic
  9. Matas Buzelis
  10. Ron Holland
  11. Kyshawn George
  12. Devin Carter
  13. Johnny Furphy
  14. Ja’Kobe Walter

Last updated: May 24


SB nation

  1. Alexandre Sarr
  2. Nikola topic
  3. Robert Dillingham
  4. Ron Holland
  5. Zacharie Risacher
  6. Matas Buzelis
  7. Donovan Clingan
  8. Stephen’s Castle
  9. Reed Sheppard
  10. Cody Williams
  11. Isaiah Collier
  12. Kyle Filipowski
  13. Dalton Knecht
  14. Tidjane Salaun

Last updated: May 12


USA Today/FTW

  1. Alexandre Sarr
  2. Nikola topic
  3. Reed Sheppard
  4. Zacharie Risacher
  5. Matas Buzelis
  6. Stephen’s Castle
  7. Cody Williams
  8. Rob Dillingham
  9. Donovan Clingan
  10. Dalton Knecht
  11. Kyle Filipowski
  12. Yves Missi
  13. Isaiah Collier
  14. Tidjane Salaun

Last updated: May 12

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ESPN Insider: Jonathan Givony/Jeremy Woo | Draft coverage

The bell: Kevin O’Connor | Mock Concepts | Draft coverage

The athletic: Sam Vecenie | Draft coverage

Bleach report: Jonathan Wasserman | Draft coverage

Yahoo Sports: Kristen Peek | Draft coverage

NetScouts Basketball: Carl Berman | Mock design

CBS Sports: Kyle Boone, Gary Parrish | Mock Concepts | Draft coverage

SB nation: Ricky O’Donnell | Draft coverage

US Today / FTW: Bryan Kalbrosky