2024 NBA Mock Draft: Rockets snag potential star at 4, Wizards change fortunes

The Rockets could add more young talent to their core if things fall right.
2024 NBA Draft, Ron Holland
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28. Boston Celtics draft Juan Nunez

The Celtics would love to add another ball-handler and playmaker as they build around Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Nunez loves to get his teammates involved. He played for Spain at the 2023 FIBA World Cup and is in his fourth professional season.

The 6’3 guard could climb draft boards if he continues to showcase his passing and playmaking chops for Ratiopharm Ulm this season. Nunez would be the perfect backup behind Jrue Holiday in Boston.

29. Milwaukee Bucks snag Riley Kugel

The Bucks could use another wing after trading for Damian Lillard, and Kugel impressed during the second half of his freshman campaign. The 6’5 wing must improve his playmaking and overall game, but there is a ton of upside.

Kugel could blossom in the NBA with more space on the floor. It is a massive season for him, but the best is still yet to come. Expect him to solidify himself as a first-round pick and eventually blossom into an impactful NBA role player.

30. Denver Nuggets take Garwey Dual

The defending champions need depth as they attempt to keep their spending under control. Denver has done well at finding talent late in the first round in recent years, and Dual could be a fast-rising prospect.

The 6’5 wing is another player with two-way potential. Can the 18-year-old stand out for Providence and work his way into a first-round pick? The upside exists, and it will come down to what he puts on tape.

The 2024 NBA Draft has a ton of uncertainty. There is a competition for number one overall, and others have time to work their way into the lottery and first round. Keep an eye on the prospects this season because the Houston Rockets may be back in the lottery.