2024 NBA Mock Draft: Raptors win the Lottery, Kentucky guards plummet

It's time for another 2024 NBA Mock Draft! This version has the Raptors picking first, the Spurs taking another Frenchman, and Kentucky's guards plummeting.
Jesse Wagstaff, Alex Sarr, Perth Wildcats and Matas Buzelis, Ron Holland, G League Ignite
Jesse Wagstaff, Alex Sarr, Perth Wildcats and Matas Buzelis, Ron Holland, G League Ignite / Ethan Miller/GettyImages
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10. Atlanta Hawks select Dalton Knecht

The Atlanta Hawks look to be headed toward an offseason of roster turnover, and it's unlikely that both Trae Young and Dejounte Murray will be back in Atlanta next season. That leaves room on the roster for another offensive creator, and Dalton Knecht is an intriguing option to boost the roster on that end.

The breakout star of the college basketball season, Knecht was an All-American at Tennessee this past season on the back of his prodigious scoring ability. He shot from everywhere, finishing at the rim, rising up in the midrange or smoothly pulling up from deep. The Hawks will need offense once Young or Murray are gone, and Knecht is a good bet to bring some.

11. Chicago Bulls select Ja'Kobe Walter

Because the Chicago Bulls found a long-term keeper at point guard in Coby White, they can afford to take a swing here on a player who looks like a long-term co-star. Ja'Kobe Walter probably won't be the top option for a team at any point in his career moving forward, but he is ideally suited to play alongside other stars, be they White or Zach LaVine or DeMar DeRozan in Chicago.

Walter is 6'5" with a massive 6'10" wingspan and a constant motor, making him a defensive difference-maker who generates a lot of steals and pulls down rebounds even amidst larger players. On offense, he is a good, not great, scorer, but in an ecosystem where he's attacking weaker defenders or defenses shaded toward other scorers, he could be a lethal secondary scorer.