Now that we know the NBA’s draft order, following Tuesday night’s lottery, it’s time to take a look at how the draft will shake out. Here is The Post’s first stab at doing so, as we project how the lottery portion of the first round (plus the Washington Wizards’ pick) will play out next month in Brooklyn.
1. Phoenix Suns: Luka Doncic, SF, Real Madrid
This will likely either be Doncic or Deandre Ayton, and people are leaning in Ayton’s direction because he played college ball nearby. But with the way the NBA is going, wing players are a premium asset, and Doncic — who is very familiar with new Suns Coach Igor Kokoskov from their time together with the Slovenian national team — would be an ideal partner for Phoenix’s rising star Devin Booker.
2. Sacramento Kings: Deandre Ayton, C, Arizona
If he’s on the board, Ayton should be an easy pick for Sacramento. He’d be a nice long-term pick-and-roll partner for De’Aaron Fox, the Kings’ point guard of the future, and has the chance to be a superstar if he develops properly.
3. Atlanta Hawks: Marvin Bagley, PF/C, Duke
The next in a line of bigs to go off the board, Bagley is — at least as of now — the player at the top of this next grouping. The middle of this lottery is full of bigs, though, and the order they go off the board could easily shift.
4. Memphis Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson, PF/C, Michigan State
One of the youngest players in the draft, Jackson is a high-upside play. For now we’ll leave him here because he’s a good fit with Marc Gasol, but it’s unclear if Memphis would go this direction or pursue someone who can help them win sooner.
5. Dallas Mavericks: Mo Bamba, C, Texas
“Rudy Gobert with a jump shot” is what fans of Bamba dream of him becoming. That happening, though, will require a lot of work, and there are questions about his motor. Still, Dallas needs a center, and if he works out, he could be a spectacular fit for what Rick Carlisle likes.
6. Orlando Magic: Wendell Carter Jr., C, Duke
The Magic need a little bit of everything, and it likely would take Bamba if he’s on the board. He isn’t in this mock, though, so we’ll give them Carter, another skilled big with the kind of length Orlando’s front office craves.
7. Chicago Bulls: Michael Porter, SF/PF, Missouri
Porter could go anywhere from second to 10th, depending on how the next few weeks shake out. He has superstar upside, but after he spent much of last season sidelined with a back injury, interviews and medical evaluations will be critical.
8. Cleveland Cavaliers (from the Brooklyn Nets): Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma
Whether LeBron James stays or goes, the guess is — if Cleveland still has this pick and he’s available — the team takes Young. This is the type of player owner Dan Gilbert tends to fall in love with, and Young can be a headline-grabber either alongside James or in his wake.
9. New York Knicks: Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama
Both Porter and Young make sense here and likely would be the pick if they made it this far. Because they don’t here, though, we’ll put Sexton in New York. He’d enjoy the spotlight of playing in New York and could make for a tenacious defensive backcourt with Frank Ntilikina — something that will be a priority for new Coach David Fizdale.
10. Philadelphia 76ers (from the Los Angeles Lakers): Mikal Bridges, SF, Villanova
This one is too easy. The Sixers need more depth on the wings, particularly defensively, and Bridges can provide that. He’s the quintessential “3-and-D” player, and will immediately be able to step in and contribute on a roster that needs a rookie who can do just that.
11. Charlotte Hornets: Miles Bridges, SF/PF, Michigan State
Bridges came back to Michigan State and disappointed a bit as a sophomore, but his versatility makes him an interesting fit in Charlotte on a team seeking a new identity with a new coach. He also should be able to contribute quickly, which will help if Charlotte wants to keep Kemba Walker.
12. Los Angeles Clippers (from the Detroit Pistons): Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky
It won’t be surprising if Gilgeous-Alexander climbs up draft boards as this process plays out — just as he did all season at Kentucky in becoming the team’s top NBA talent after being an afterthought in that regard coming into the season. If he develops a consistent jumper, he has all the remaining tools to be a stud.
13. Los Angeles Clippers: Robert Williams, PF/C, Texas A&M
The Clippers had success taking a center from Texas A&M a decade ago in DeAndre Jordan. They can hope for a similar outcome here by taking Williams — a young but talented big — with their second pick in a row.
14. Denver Nuggets: Keita Bates-Diop, SF, Ohio State
This is a little higher than Bates-Diop has been projected (which would be bad for the Wizards, for whom he seems like a perfect fit). But for a Denver team that needs defense and already has enough scorers, the idea of bringing in another wing player that can shoot threes and defend — and also should be able to produce right away — makes a lot of sense.
15. Washington Wizards: Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech
Bates-Diop truly would be an ideal fit, and UCLA’s Aaron Holiday could make sense, too, as another potential backup option for John Wall. But we’ll go with Smith, who shot up boards by helping Texas Tech make the Elite Eight this year and is young, long and athletic — much like Washington’s last first-round pick, Kelly Oubre Jr.