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2024 NBA Mock Draft: How 5 Trades Could Impact Round 1

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 2: Trae Young #11 and Dejounte Murray #5 of the Atlanta Hawks poses for a portrait during 2023-24 NBA Media Day on October 2, 2023 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2023 NBAE (Photo by Adam Hagy/NBAE via Getty Images)

The NBA draft lottery set the selection order for next month’s talent grab.

That might be all we know with this draft, though. And even that isn’t entirely certain, since the New Orleans Pelicans still have until June 1 to decide whether they want the Los Angeles Lakers’ first-round pick (No. 17) or if they’d rather wait to get next year’s.

Scouts and analysts alike seem less than thrilled with the top prospects in this class. There isn’t a consensus No. 1 prospect on the board, meaning even the first pick is a mystery. Throw in the likelihood of some draft-night (or draft-nights, rather) dealing, and there are myriad ways in which this process could play out June 26 and 27.

We’ll take a step at predicting the unpredictable anyway with a first-round mock featuring five different potential deals along the way.

1. Atlanta Hawks: Alex Sarr, PF/C, Perth Wildcats

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 13: Alexandre Sarr shoots the ball during the 2024 NBA Combine on May 13, 2024 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2024 NBAE (Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/NBAE via Getty Images)

Alex Sarr seemingly comes closest to being this draft’s top prospect. He’s the name most frequently found atop mock draft boards, and if Atlanta’s against-all-odds climb to No. 1 impacted that at all, it only cemented it.

The Hawks may see him both as the best prospect in the class and the one most able to address their needs. His defense is ahead of his offense, but that’s where the Hawks need the biggest boost.

They landed 27th in defensive efficiency, their third consecutive campaign with a bottom-third ranking. He’s an all-purpose stopper with the length and athleticism to protect the paint and the fluidity and quickness to chase players around the perimeter.

Offensively, there is considerable room for growth, especially if he’s able to play off a playmaker like Trae Young or Dejounte Murray. Sarr will be crushing lobs as soon as he steps foot on an NBA hardwood, but the real intrigue lies with his potential as a spacer and creator.

He could be a dream pick-and-choose partner for whichever guard Atlanta opts to keep.

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