2018 NBA Mock Draft

  1. Phoenix: Deandre Ayton, C, Arizona

Would rather see Luka Doncic go here, since new Suns head coach Igor Kokoškov used to coach him overseas, but Ayton is a good fit here as well.

  1. Sacramento: Luka Doncic, G, Real Madrid

The Kings have depth at every position so the best option here is to take the best player available. I don’t see why Doncic wouldn’t go top 2 in this year’s draft unless Bamba is in the conversation. He’s great in nearly every aspect of basketball besides defense, and is a rare talent.

  1. Atlanta: Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas

There is too much potential not to take Bamba here.

  1. Memphis: Marvin Bagley III, PF/C, Duke

Not a big fan of Bagley, but someone is going to draft him high regardless. It might as well be Memphis.

  1. Dallas: Jaren Jackson Jr., C, Michigan State

Not a fan of Jackson Jr. either, but he has a lot of hype coming into this draft, so he’s going to get picked high regardless as well.

  1. Orlando: Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma

Not only does Orlando need a point guard, they need shooters, and Young helps with both of those needs.

  1. Chicago: Michael Porter Jr., F, Missouri

The Bulls need a small forward and Porter Jr. fits that need.

  1. Cleveland: Wendell Carter Jr., C, Duke

Cleveland need a big man, because Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson aren’t cutting it.

  1. Knicks: Mikal Bridges, Villanova, SF, 6-7, 210

The Knicks are at a tough spot here because this is where the talent and potential pool falls off. But Bridges should still be a decent player regardless.

  1. Philadelphia (via Lakers): Lonnie Walker, SG, Miami

The Sixers need shooters and Walker has been raved about in his workouts. It wouldn’t be much a reach if he were taken here.

  1. Charlotte: Kevin Knox, SF/PF, Kentucky

I could see Miles Bridges here as well, but Charlotte could opt to take the forward with more potential.

  1. L.A. Clippers (via Pistons): Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama

Sexton gives the Clippers the point guard they need ever since they lost Chris Paul.

  1. L.A. Clippers: Miles Bridges, F, Michigan State

The Clippers already filled their need in the draft so they might as well take the best player available.

  1. Denver: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky

This is a player that Denver can use all over the floor.

  1. Washington: Robert Williams III, C, Texas A&M

Williams III fits Washington’s need in the frontcourt.

  1. Phoenix (via Heat): Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech

The Suns get the best player available in Smith.

  1. Milwaukee: Jerome Robinson, SG, Boston College

The Bucks get the scorer they need in Robinson.

  1. San Antonio: Elie Okobo, G, France

The Spurs get their new point guard and he can replace Tony Parker hopefully.

  1. Atlanta (via Timberwolves): Troy Brown, F, Oregon

The Hawks draft a player from Oregon for the second straight year and get to fill their need at small forward.

  1. Minnesota (via Thunder): Chandler Hutchinson, F, Boise St

Tom Thibodeau could try to be petty here and take the player that his old team in the Bulls are coveting so much. Hutchinson is a great underrated player regardless, and should be taken a lot higher than what he likely will be taken at. He looks to be this year’s Kyle Kuzma.

  1. Utah: Kevin Huerter, G, Maryland

The Jazz could use more shooters for Donovan Mitchell.

  1. Chicago (via Pelicans): Aaron Holiday, G, UCLA

The Bulls get to pair Holiday with his older brother Justin, but it’s doubtful that he falls this far.

  1. Indiana: Keita Bates-Diop, F, Ohio State

Bates-Diop is a wing with great size, but it isn’t clear if he can create as much offense as he did in college, on the NBA level.

  1. Portland: Donte DiVincenzo, G, Villanova

This is a player who can perform well on both sides of the ball for Portland. It’s likely that he gets drafted higher than this.

  1. L.A. Lakers (via Cavaliers): Josh Okogie, SG, Georgia Tech

The Lakers get a solid shooter in Okogie.

  1. Philadelphia: Grayson Allen, G, Duke

As mentioned previously, Philly needs shooters, and Allen would be a steal at this spot and is a great player who’s underrated in this draft.

  1. Boston: Mitchell Robinson, C, Chalmette High School

The Celtics need a center so might as well use a low pick for a possible high reward.

  1. Golden State: De’Anthony Melton, G, USC

Melton can be a solid backup guard behind Steph Curry.

  1. Nets: Moritz Wagner, C, Michigan

Wagner would be a great compliment to Jarret Allen. He’s a very underrated big man in this draft, and has potential to be a great starter in this league.

  1. Atlanta: Dzanan Musa, G, Bosnia

With the last pick in the first round, Atlanta might as well take a risk here and pick Musa as he’s good at creating his own offense, but he just needs time to develop.

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