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Where Indiana’s Kel’el Ware stands in mock drafts after 2024 NBA draft lottery – Inside the Hall

Where Indiana's Kel'el Ware stands in mock drafts after 2024 NBA draft lottery - Inside the Hall

Indiana sophomore Kel’el Ware is a projected first-round pick by most in June’s 2024 NBA draft.

On Sunday afternoon, the NBA draft lottery took place, with the Atlanta Hawks winning the No. 1 pick. The 2024 NBA draft will take place over two days – June 26 and 27 — at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

With the complete draft order now known, a flurry of updated mock drafts were released. Here’s an updated look at the projections for Ware following the lottery and ahead of this week’s combine in Chicago:

ESPN.com, Jonathan Givony and Jeremy Woo: No. 27 to Minnesota

Minnesota has found considerable success in the playoffs with its superior size advantage and might want to continue to lean into that strategy by stockpiling frontcourt talent. Ware has tremendous physical ability with his size, length and mobility as well as his ability to stretch the floor and protect the rim in small doses. There could be some parallels drawn between his pathway and the one Sixth Man of the Year Naz Reid is on. — Givony

Bleacher Report, Jonathan Wasserman: No. 16 to Philadelphia

It seems like Kel’el Ware can only rise during a pre-draft process that will highlight his outstanding measurements, athleticism and comfort level shooting threes.

Though he struggled during Indiana’s finale and loss to Nebraska, he mostly had a strong last two months in terms of scoring and impact.

Narratives that point out empty stats or low-impact production have lost steam. He delivered more consistently in one-on-one situations around the basket while also flashing bonus shotmaking touch and range that create more offensive upside.

The Ringer: Kevin O’Connor: No. 17 to New Orleans

Consider how critical Dereck Lively has been to the Mavericks, even as a rookie. Could Ware have a similar influence in New Orleans? He is a vertical threat and has flashed an ability to shoot 3s. If the Pelicans opt to keep the pick, they’d have their choice of a number of different types of bigs to support their core players and another first to select an additional contributor.

The Athletic, Sam Vecenie: No. 33 to Milwaukee

NBAdraft.net: No. 22 to Phoenix

SBNation, Ricky O’Connell: No. 17 to New Orleans

Ware is oozing with talent as an athletic 7-footer with a projectable jump shot, nice scoring touch inside the paint, and the ability to finish plays above the rim on both ends of the floor. After a woeful freshman year with Oregon, Ware…

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