Podcast: Five-Year NBA Mock Draft

Podcast: Five-Year NBA Mock Draft

This article is part of our Fantasy Basketball Podcast series.

Nick Whalen is joined by Alex Barutha to draft their 12-player rosters with the goal of constructing the best team for the next five NBA seasons. 

Player's ages and trajectories were the factors most heavily considered, but several current stars in or near their 30s received plenty of love. Though the first four picks were younger stars, Kawhi Leonard (28 years old) came off the board at No. 5, while 35-year-old LeBron James (7), 30-year-old James Harden, and 29-year-old Damian Lillard (10) were all top-10 selections.

Fit and team context were also considered, but the primary goal was to build the team with the most talent and the most longevity between the 2020-21 and 2024-25 seasons. 

FULL RESULTS (pick number)

TEAM BARUTHATEAM WHALEN
C: Nikola Jokic (3)C: Anthony Davis (4)
F: Giannis Antetokounmpo (1)F: Karl-Anthony Towns (6)
F: Kawhi Leonard (5)F: Jayson Tatum (8)
G: James Harden (9)G: Luka Doncic (2)
G: LeBron James/Bronny James (7)G: Damian Lillard (10)
B: Joel Embiid (12)B: Zion Williamson (11)
B: Kevin Durant (14)B: Bam Adebayo (13)
B: Paul George (16)B: Stephen Curry (15)
B: Trae Young (18)B: Pascal Siakam (17)
B: Ben Simmons (20)B: Kyrie Irving (19)
B: Devin Booker (22)B: Brandon Ingram (21)
B: Kristaps Porzingis (24)B: Bradley Beal (23)
Coach: Nick NurseCoach: Jeff Van Gundy

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Alex Barutha
Alex is RotoWire's NBA Assistant Editor. He writes articles about daily fantasy, year-long fantasy and sports betting. You can hear him on the RotoWire NBA Podcast, Sirius XM, DraftKings Live and other platforms. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.
Nick Whalen
RotoWire's NBA Editor and host of the RotoWire NBA Podcast. Nick was awarded the FSWA Best Podcast -- All Sports award in 2017 and 2018. Many years ago, Stromile Swift gave Nick his unbelievably sweaty headband after a preseason game. Despite its failure to match his school colors, Nick went on to wear that headband for the entirety of his sixth grade basketball season. Catch Nick on Twitter @wha1en.
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