NewArena’s NBA Mock Draft 1.0

26. Cleveland Cavaliers (from HOU): Bruno Fernando, C, Maryland

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Fernando’s stock is dipping a bit, which could result in a huge boon for a team picking late in the first round. The former Maryland center is a physical specimen. Fernando’s upper body looked like it was chiseled out of granite. He’s showed a solid post game during his two years at Maryland, but will have to take giant leaps on the defensive end if he wants to stay on the floor at the next level.

25. Portland Trail Blazers: Cameron Johnson, F, North Carolina

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Carolina’s unsung hero in ’19, Johnson is a smooth scorer who developed immensely on the defensive end. The 6-foot-9 wing hit an ACC-best 45.7 percent of his three-point attempts last year. Portland has been desperately looking for a wing to pair with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Johnson fits the bill as a good shooter with length who can switch across multiple positions on defense.

24. Philadelphia 76ers: Carsen Edwards, G, Purdue

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No single player boosted their draft stock during the NCAA Tournament more than Purdue’s Edwards. The gutsy point guard was tremendous through March, posting multiple 40-point performances including the barrage of three-pointers he made against Virginia in the Elite Eight. Even though his efficiency was down this past year, Edwards projects as a shifty guard who can get buckets in a hurry. With T.J. McConnell’s impending free agency, the 76ers attempt to bring in another ball handler who can hit shots from beyond the arc.