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The 2024 NBA Draft is less than a week away, and it remains to be seen what the Atlanta Hawks will do with the No. 1 overall selection. Will they trade it? Make the pick at No. 1? Run out of time to make the selection? All options appear to be on the table.

Recent reports suggest that either Donovan Clingan, Alex Sarr or Zaccharie Risacher will be the pick if the Hawks don't trade it away before NBA commissioner Adam Silver steps to the podium on Wednesday night. ESPN reported Wednesday that Clingan appears to be Risacher's main rival at No. 1, citing his solid workout with the Hawks.

The discourse around Clingan's draft stock has been a hot topic amongst people who follow the draft closely -- so much so that the question "Is Clingan worthy of the No. 1 pick?" was one of the true or false questions I answered alongside 247Sports' Adam Finkelstein and CBS Sports' Kyle Boone earlier this week.

The case for Clingan at No. 1 is tricky. I personally don't think Clingan is worth the top selection because of his low upside, but I'll play devil's advocate here and mock Clingan to the Hawks instead of Sarr -- the popular selection -- in my final mock draft of the cycle. 

With Clint Capela's future in Atlanta uncertain, the Hawks need a center. While Sarr is the higher upside play, there are reasons to believe Clingan could work with the Hawks long-term. Let the debate begin. 

Our latest NBA mock draft is below.

Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
Connecticut • 7'2" / 282 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
2nd
PPG
13
RPG
7.4
APG
1.5
BPG
2.5
Reports suggest that the Hawks are very high on Clingan and he is in play to go off the board first. Clingan is an intriguing prospect because of his high floor. He can slot into Atlanta's lineup immediately and be a defensive anchor in the middle. The drawbacks of his overall game are that he isn't a great offensive scorer, and he played just under 23 minutes per game last season at UConn. Clingan doesn't have the upside of others in his class, and I want to reiterate that Sarr should be the pick here. If the Hawks want to postpone their rebuild, Clingan is the right choice because you know exactly what you're getting.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Alex Sarr C
France • 7'0" / 224 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
PPG
9.6
RPG
4.5
APG
1.0
BPG
1.5
With Sarr still on the board, the Wizards shouldn't hesitate to make the French big man the selection. Sarr has one of the highest ceilings in this class because of his elite two-way potential. The shooting is still a work in progress and it will be his swing skill. Sarr would be another foundational piece for Washington's rebuild next to Bilal Coulibaly.
Round 1- Pick 3
Kentucky • 6'2" / 182 lbs
Projected Team
Houston
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
PPG
12.5
RPG
4.1
APG
4.5
3P%
52.1%
Sheppard's draft ceiling likely starts with this pick. The Rockets will have to decide if they want to keep this pick or trade it for a win-now player. Sheppard is one of the best shooters in this class and if the Rockets keep this pick, he could serve as the point guard of the future.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Zaccharie Risacher SF
France • 6'9" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
San Antonio
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
PPG
11.1
RPG
4.0
APG
0.9
3P%
38.7%
Risacher is a strong contender to be the No. 1 overall pick, but in this mock draft, he slides to an ideal situation in San Antonio. He is a skilled forward with tremendous shooting upside and would fit perfectly next to Victor Wembanyama in the frontcourt. Point guard remains the biggest need for the Spurs, but taking the best player available is the smart play.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Matas Buzelis SF
G League Ignite • 6'9" / 197 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
2nd
PPG
14.4
RPG
6.9
APG
2.0
3P%
27.3
Buzelis has a connection to the Pistons front office that could make him the favorite at this spot. Buzelis' agent, Michael Tellem, is the son of Pistons Vice Chairman Arn Tellem. While that connection alone isn't going to make him the surefire selection, his unique blend of dribbling, passing and shooting is worth the swing.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Connecticut • 6'6" / 210 lbs
Projected Team
Charlotte
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
1st
PPG
11.1
RPG
4.7
APG
2.9
3P%
26.7%
Castle has expressed a strong desire to play point guard in the NBA, and while his wish may get granted, Castle would fit perfectly next to LaMelo Ball in the backcourt. Castle is a defensive menace and can double as a wing distributor. A young core of Ball, Castle and Brandon Miller would be fun to watch.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Tennessee • 6'5" / 212 lbs
Projected Team
Portland
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
2nd
PPG
21.7
RPG
4.9
APG
1.8
3P%
39.7%
Knecht is the safest pick in this draft because of his high floor and polished offensive game. Knecht can come into the league and be a double-digit scorer immediately because of his shotmaking abilities. Knecht worked out for Portland earlier in the cycle and would be a perfect match for a rebuilding Trail Blazers team.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Kentucky • 6'1" / 164 lbs
Projected Team
San Antonio
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
2nd
PPG
15.2
RPG
2.9
APG
3.9
3P%
44.4%
With the Spurs going with a wing at No. 4, Dillingham is the perfect selection with their other lottery pick. I ranked Dillingham No. 1 overall on my personal big board because he has the goods to be an elite guard in the NBA. Yes, there are concerns about his height and defense, but when in doubt, pick a Kentucky guard.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Providence • 6'2" / 193 lbs
Projected Team
Memphis
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
4th
PPG
19.7
RPG
8.7
APG
3.6
3P%
37.7%
The Grizzlies need a win-now type player from this class to get back to the playoffs, and Carter fits that bill perfectly. Carter is a tough-nosed defender who can rebound at a high level. His testing numbers at the NBA Draft Combine were among the best in his class.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Colorado • 6'7" / 178 lbs
Projected Team
Utah
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
3rd
PPG
11.9
RPG
3
APG
1.6
3P%
41.5%
The Jazz could use a player of Williams' caliber and drafting him near the end of the lottery is tremendous value. When you watch the film from his freshman season at Colorado, there's reason to believe that if he puts more weight on his lengthy frame -- like his older brother Jalen Williams did during his first two seasons in the NBA -- he can be the best two-way player in his class.
Round 1 - Pick 11
USC • 6'3" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
5th
PPG
16.3
RPG
2.9
APG
4.3
3P%
33.8%
The former No. 2 recruit from the 2023 cycle dealt with a hand injury mid-way through his season at USC that sidelined him for about a month. After his return, Collier showed why he was one of the best freshmen in his class. Collier is a point guard built like a middle linebacker, and his strong frame allows him to bully his way to the rim. The numbers also don't do it justice to how skilled of a passer Collier is. He can be the PG of the future for the Bulls.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Purdue • 7'4" / 299 lbs
Projected Team
Oklahoma City
PROSPECT RNK
23rd
POSITION RNK
5th
PPG
25.2
RPG
12.2
APG
2
BPG
2.2
The Thunder need size, so drafting Edey would fill that void. Another reason Edey could make sense in OKC is he can play next to Chet Holmgren in the frontcourt. Holmgren is a versatile defender who can stretch the floor, so playing them in certain situations could work. OKC ranked near the bottom of the league in team rebounding, so drafting one of the best rebounders in the country could be worth the gamble.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Ron Holland SF
G League Ignite • 6'7" / 197 lbs
Projected Team
Sacramento
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
3rd
PPG
20.6
RPG
6.6
APG
3.0
3P%
24%
Sacramento Kings GM Monte McNair tends to shy away from drafting teenagers, but Holland should be the exception if he falls this fall. Holland's athleticism is evident, but his defensive potential intrigues me. He has quick hands and tends to get into passing lanes while defending off the ball.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Tidjane Salaun SF
France • 6'9" / 207 lbs
Projected Team
Portland
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
4th
PPG
9.7
RPG
3.9
APG
0.9
3P%
31.6%
Salaün is soaring up draft boards as of late, and there's a real chance he will end up as a lottery pick. In this mock, the Trail Blazers selected Knecht with their first lottery pick. Drafting Salaün at the end of the lottery fills the need for a wing on a roster full of talented guards.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Duke • 6'2" / 203 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
6th
PPG
14.3
RPG
5
APG
1.9
3P%
41.4%
Arguably the best 3-point shooter in his class, McCain was elite in knocking down shots from beyond the arc in transition. McCain projects as more of an off-ball guard at the next level, but his strong rebounding skills make him equipped to thrive at the next level.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Colorado • 6'8" / 217 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
24th
POSITION RNK
6th
PPG
16
RPG
5.1
APG
2.4
3P%
39.5%
Da Silva is a big wing who was a great shooter at Colorado. Da Silva is one of the oldest prospects in the draft. He is also one of the most NBA-ready players because of his ability to score off cuts, catch and shoot attempts, dribble handoffs, and in isolation.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Duke • 6'11" / 230 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Lakers
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
3rd
PPG
16.4
RPG
8.3
APG
2.8
3P%
34.8%
If the Lakers are looking to draft a big man to either backup Anthony Davis or play next to him in the frontcourt, Filipowski should be an option. Filipowski is probably the most skilled player offensively at his size in this class. Filipowski is more of a four than a five at the next level, but his archetype is what NBA teams are looking for.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Nikola Topic PG
Serbia • 6'6" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
Orlando
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
7th
PPG
14.5
RPG
3.2
APG
5.5
3P%
30.6%
The latest injury news about Topić's knee is cause for concern and could result in him dropping on draft night. This would be a drastic slide for a player once projected as a surefire top-10 pick. Topić isn't going to blow you away with his speed with the ball, but he plays in control. He's worth the swing at No. 18.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Pittsburgh • 6'5" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
Toronto
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
7th
PPG
13.8
RPG
5.2
APG
4.1
3P%
32.2%
Carrington has been one of the biggest risers throughout this process and may be off the board before the Raptors have the chance to pick him. Carrington could serve as the point guard of the future for a rebuilding Raptors team.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Baylor • 6'4" / 198 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
4th
PPG
14.5
RPG
4.4
APG
1.4
3P%
34.1%
Walter's 3-point shooting will be his swing skill. As for everything else, he will need to be more aggressive in driving to the basket and getting to his spot on mid-range jumpers. Walter shot 214 3-pointers, compared to 160 shots from inside the arc.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Baylor • 6'11" / 229 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
4th
PPG
10.7
RPG
5.6
APG
0.4
BPG
1.5
Missi is one of my favorite prospects in this class because of his skill set as a rim runner and shot blocker who is also very fluid with his movements. Missi isn't going to knock down a ton of jumpers and 3-pointers in the NBA, but his athleticism can fill a need for a Pelicans team in need of a backup center.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Marquette • 6'1" / 197 lbs
Projected Team
Phoenix
PROSPECT RNK
26th
POSITION RNK
8th
PPG
15.3
RPG
4.9
APG
7.7
3P%
38.8%
The Suns biggest need heading into next season is finding a cheap and reliable point guard. Kolek checks both of those boxes. He's a skilled playmaker who can complement Kevin Durant, Bradley Beal and Devin Booker.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Indiana • 7'0" / 230 lbs
Projected Team
Milwaukee
PROSPECT RNK
27th
POSITION RNK
6th
PPG
15.9
RPG
9.9
APG
1.5
BPG
1.9
After an up-and-down freshman season at Oregon, Ware transferred to Indiana, where he turned his career around and put himself back in the conversation as a first-round pick. Ware could serve as a valuable backup center for the Bucks.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Virginia • 6'6" / 214 lbs
Projected Team
New York
PROSPECT RNK
22nd
POSITION RNK
5th
PPG
8.1
RPG
6.9
APG
0.8
3P%
20%
Dunn's offensive game isn't going to blow you away, but his defense is his most valuable skill. Dunn can step in right away and be a key rotation piece for the Knicks because of it.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Dayton • 6'9" / 236 lbs
Projected Team
New York
PROSPECT RNK
20th
POSITION RNK
1st
PPG
20.4
RPG
8.5
APG
2.6
3P%
38.6%
With the Knicks going with a wing with their first first-round selection, Holmes makes sense as a potential Isaiah Hartenstein replacement. Holmes would fill a need on New York's roster for a rim-protecting stretch big. If Holmes makes it to No. 25, he will be the steal of the draft.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Miami (Fla.) • 6'8" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
29th
POSITION RNK
7th
PPG
7.6
RPG
3
APG
2.2
3P%
40.8%
It's hard not to be excited about the upside George showed during his freshman season at Miami. George will need time to develop his game and Washington would be a perfect fit for that very reason. Coming out of the draft with Sarr and George should give Wizards fans hope.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Creighton • 6'6" / 202 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
28th
POSITION RNK
6th
PPG
18.5
RPG
9
APG
3.9
3P%
38.1%
Scheierman will turn 24 this September, which means he will have a chance to become the oldest first-round pick since Chris Duarte went 13th overall in 2021. Scheierman is a high-volume shooter from distance who can score in various ways from outside.
Round 1 - Pick 28
California • 6'6" / 218 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
31st
POSITION RNK
8th
PPG
19.6
RPG
6.8
APG
3.5
3P%
36%
Tyson would be the perfect pick for an experienced team less than a year removed from winning an NBA title. Tyson was Cal's No. 1 option last season. He is a proven two-way wing who could contribute to the rotation from Day 1.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Tyler Smith PF
G League Ignite • 6'9" / 224 lbs
Projected Team
Utah
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
2nd
PPG
13.4
RPG
5.1
APG
1.1
3P%
36.4%
Smith knocked down 36% of his 3-pointers this past season for G-League Ignite. The southpaw can stretch the floor, and his wingspan (7-foot-1) could intrigue NBA decision-makers. Coming out of the draft with Williams and Smith — two skilled wings — would be quite the haul for Danny Ainge and company.
Round 1 - Pick 30
UCLA • 6'8" / 243 lbs
Projected Team
Boston
PROSPECT RNK
43rd
POSITION RNK
7th
PPG
12.4
RPG
5.9
APG
1.2
BPG
1.8
There's been buzz over the last few weeks that Bona could sneak into the end of the first round because of his performance at the NBA Draft Combine and how he's fared in team workouts. Bona is a standout defender who can contribute to winning from Day 1. Bona would give the reigning champs another rotation piece who can help in their quest to repeat.