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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5. Detroit Pistons – Cole Anthony, G, North Carolina

A few months ago, Cole Anthony was one of the biggest names in college basketball. However, after having somewhat of a lackluster freshman season with the Tar Heels, he saw his draft stock take a bit of a hit. Assuming he can salvage some of that, I don’t think he makes it out of the top 10.

The Detroit Pistons need help in the backcourt and Anthony is the big-name prospect that they can select at No. 5.

6. New York Knicks – RJ Hampton, G, NZ Breakers

Ah, the New York Knicks. Making a pick at No. 6 wouldn’t be ideal and the hope is that they can, somehow move up in the NBA Draft Lottery, however, look for the team to make a big splash should they stick at No. 6.

RJ Hampton is the type of player that just makes sense for the Knicks. He’s a big enough name where it would move the needle for their fans and has the potential where this pick could end up paying off big for the team in a few years. Plus, the Knicks need help to stabilize their backcourt.