Getting a workout invite from an NBA team doesn’t suggest that there’s a serious interest level. In fact, there have been plenty of players drafted by teams that they never worked out for or even interviewed with.
Projecting the NBA Draft is a hard thing to do. No offense to the “professional mock draft” dudes, but they’re just guessing. I have zero front office NBA experience, but I’d say most teams without top three picks don’t necessarily wanting people to know what they’re going to do.
With all of that said, mock draft boards and “NBA Draft Insiders” are all we have to go off of until the actual draft happens later this month.
We won’t find out June 22, but Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell appears to have made the right decision in forgoing his remaining college eligibility. Mitchell is projected by every mock draft you can find to be a first round pick and some have him going in the lottery.
Again, who knows what it’s worth, but there are at least two teams with top ten picks that are showing interest in the former Cardinal.
The Sacramento Kings will have Mitchell in for a workout this week. The Kings have the fifth and tenth overall pick in this year’s draft. Mitchell going at No. 5 isn’t likely considering how loaded this draft class is at the very top. However, the No. 10 pick isn’t that big of a stretch if you go off of the buzz Mitchell has had since last month’s combine.
According to the New York Post’s Marc Berman, the New York Knicks are interested in drafting Donovan Mitchell. The Knicks have the No. 8 overall pick and are rumored to be in the market for a guard.
“According to an NBA source, the Knicks put Mitchell on their combine interview list, but the league controls the meetings, and he wasn’t sent their way. The Knicks hope to work Mitchell out before the draft on June 22,” Berman said in his report.
Nick Coffey is the creator and lead publisher for TheCardinalConnect.com. Along with covering Louisville basketball, football and recruiting, Nick also hosts The Red Zone weekdays from noon – 3:00 PM on Cards Radio 790 KRD.