Where Holmgren and Nembhard are expected to land in NBA Draft

The NBA Draft begins Thursday at 4:30 p.m. PST. Find out where former Zags Chet Holmgren and Andrew Nembhard are likely to end up.

SPOKANE, Wash. — We’re less than 24 hours from the start of the NBA draft and a pair of Gonzaga Bulldogs will be taken.

It’s just a matter of when and who chooses them.

So let’s look at when you can expect the two to be drafted.

For a long time it was thought that Chet Holmgren was the number one pick in the NBA draft.

I mean, a seven-footer being projected as a future Defensive Player of the Year who can score close to the basket and put down the three balls? What’s not to like!?

Well, after the NBA draft evaluation process, Holmgren’s lack of mass is what’s holding him back. Teams are reportedly nervous when it comes to a seven-footer that weighs less than 200 pounds. Specifically, the Orlando Magic, which hold number one. They are said to be very high on Auburn 6’10” forward Jabari Smith.

The projections
ESPN: Round 1, Pick 2 — Oklahoma City Thunder
CBS Sports: Round 1, Pick 2 – Oklahoma City Thunder
Bleacher Report: Round 1, Pick 2 – Oklahoma City Thunder
Banned from Podcast Network: Round 1, Pick 2 – Oklahoma City Thunder

There is general agreement across the board as to where Holmgren is likely to end up. ESPN, CBS Sports, Bleacher Report and Locked On Podcast Network all have Oklahoma City’s WCC Newcomer of the Year with the second-pick Thunder in the draft, which also sees Magic Holmgren submit for Smith.

Is it possible that the Magic will decide to take Holmgren and reunite him with his high school teammate Jalen Suggs in Orlando? Of course. But it seems unlikely, as ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reports: “Every NBA team we spoke to expects Smith to be the pick here – any other scenario would be a huge surprise to league executives.”

As for Andrew Nembhard, he probably won’t be a lottery pick, but he has a chance to go into the late first round.

The projections
ESPN: Round 2, select 31 – Indiana Pacers
Bleacher Report: Round 2, Pick 32 – Orlando Magic

ESPN projects the point guard to end up with the Pacers with the first pick in the second round. Bleacher Report later had Nembhard picked to the Orlando Magic with the 32nd pick in the draft.

Both outlets mention Nembhard as an opportunity to go into the late first round.

ESPN’s Jonathan Givony says the Bucks are a real possibility on pick #24.

“The Bucks are said to be looking at a variety of options with this pick, with names like Andrew Nembhard … the team is looking for ‘senior’ players who can help the team win now while the championship window is open,” Givony said.

Of course, Nembhard has four years of college experience.

Right now it’s a waiting game until Thursday’s draft, which starts at 4:30 p.m. PST.

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