NBA Mock Draft: LaMelo Ball headlines a class of unknown prospects

NBA Draft prospect Lamelo Ball (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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17. Boston Celtics (via Memphis) – Vernon Carey Jr., F/C, Duke

Assuming he makes the move to join the NBA Draft, Vernon Carey Jr. would be a solid addition to the current Boston Celtics core. There’s a real need for this team at the center position and adding one in the draft – even in the middle of the first round – would be a smart move for the franchise.

During his freshman season at Duke, Carey averaged 18 points and nine rebounds per game on 58 percent shooting from the field. He’s definitely a work in progress but could be worth the gamble for the team at No. 17.

18. Dallas Mavericks – Tyler Bey, G/F, Colorado

Averaging 14 points and nine rebounds per game, Tyler Bey seems like a solid potential pick for the Dallas Mavericks at No. 18. He isn’t a prospect that is going to jump off the screen – it’ll be tough to find one at this point in the draft – but he could be a good rotation player for the Mavs if he continues to develop at the NBA level.

At this point in the draft, this is a good value selection. Whether it pays off or not remains to be seen.