2018 NBA Mock Draft

With the draft a few days away, let’s take a look at how I see the draft playing out.

  1. Phoenix Sun, Deandre Ayton, Center Arizona. Deandre Ayton, in my opinion, is the best player in this year’s draft. He’s big, mobile and has a versatile skill set. Pairing him with Devin Booker would provide The Suns with a nice 1-2 punch.
  2. Sacramento Kings, Marvin Bagley III, Power Forward, Duke. Marvin Bagley III should technically be preparing for his Freshmen year but he will now be teamed up with De’Aaron Fox and the Sacremento Kings. Bagley will bring a much-needed boost of talent to a frontcourt that features Cauley-Stein and Kosta Koufos and Skal Labissiere.
  3. Atlanta Hawks, Luka Doncic, International. This year’s best international prospect lands at number three to the Atlanta Hawks. Doncic provides Atlanta, with a dynamic playmaker and someone to help take pressure off of Point Guard, Dennis Schröeder.
  4. Memphis Grizzlies, Micheal Porter Jr, Forward, Missouri. Michael Porter Jr’s wait to hear his name does not last long as I have him going fourth to the Memphis Grizzlies. As Michael Conley and Marc Gasol continue to age, The Grizzlies are selecting what they hope will be the future face of the franchise.
  5. Dallas Mavericks, Mo Bamba, Center, Texas. The Dallas Mavericks draft Mo Bamba at five solidifying the center position. With free agents, Nerlens Noel and Salah Mejri, the Center position is very thin for the Mavericks.
  6. Orlando Magic, Trae Young, Point Guard, Oklahoma. The Magic get their Point Guard of the future with the dynamic Young. Young brings a ton of talent and swagger that the Magic have not seen since Penny Hardaway.
  7. Chicago Bulls, Wendell Carter Jr., Center, Duke. The Bulls add depth in the frontcourt by selecting Wendell Carter Jr out of Duke. Carter Jr is a traditional big man who has a skillset for today’s NBA. He’s a big body who competes on the glass. Pairing him with Markkanen will provide the Bulls with a high-low option on offense.
  8. Cleveland Cavaliers, Collin Sexton, Point Guard, Alabama. With the uncertainty surrounding LeBron James, The Cavs must do what is best for their future. George Hill obviously isn’t the answer. Sexton brings a competitive edge that they Cavs will need, with or without James.
  9. New York Knicks, Mikal Bridges, Forward, Villanova. The Knicks add Bridges here at nine. He brings with him, toughness on D and the ability to stretch the floor. Not a splash pick, but one that improves the Knicks.
  10. Philadelphia 76ers, Jaren Jackson Jr, Center, Michigan State. The Sixers have their share of options heading into the draft. For my mock draft, I have Jaren Jackson Jr going to them.
  11. Charlotte Hornets, Robert Williams, Center, Texas A&M. With Dwight being an unrestricted free agent next summer, the Hornets would be wise to invest in grabbing a big man to add depth.
  12. Los Angeles Clippers, Kevin Knox, Forward, Kentucky. Kevin Knox has been generating a lot of buzz and rightfully so. The Clippers select him to bolster there wing position/
  13. Los Angeles Clippers, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Point Guard, Kentucky. Gilgeous-Alexander came on last season and looked like the Wildcats best player. He’s 6’6 with solid playmaking ability. With only one Guard signed past 2018, this pick provides the Clippers with a necessary upgrade going forward.
  14. Denver Nuggets, Miles Bridges, Forward, Michigan State. Bridges is selected with the last pick in the lottery and he finds himself in a nice situation landing with the Nuggets. He should be more productive in the pros as he is an elite athlete who could be a nightmare as a small ball four.
  15. Washington Wizards, Keita Bates-Diop, Forward, Ohio State. The Big Ten player of years lands with the Wizards at 15. Coming off a down year, the Wizards need to provide Wall and Beal with some help. Bates-Diop can contribute right away on offense and defense and should be a nice addition to the Nations Capitol.
  16. Phoenix Suns, Aaron Holiday, Point Guard, UCLA. After trading Bledsoe during the regular season, the Suns now only have Brandon Knight and Tyler Ulis signed. Not sure if they’ll be able to re-sign Payton, so the choice here is Holiday. After playing behind Lonzo Ball last season, Holiday reminded people why he was one of the top Point Guards in the Pac 12 this past season. Teaming him with a former Pac-12 rival, Ayton should please Devin Booker.
  17. Milwaukee Bucks, Mo Wagner, Center, Michigan. The one area where the Bucks seem to struggle is generating offense. Giannis is as talented as they come but on most nights he seems like the Bucks offense. Selecting Wagner provides them with more scoring and shooting in the front-court.
  18. San Antonio Spurs, Donte DiVincenzo, Guard, Villanova.  The second player from the reigning National Champions goes at number 18 to the San Antonio Spurs. DiVincenzo is the perfect pick for the Spurs. He is a versatile player, who is well coached and will be one of those picks who develops and potentially becomes a star in the league.
  19. Atlanta Hawks, Lonnie Walker IV, Guard, Miami. Walker IV provides the Hawks with an upgrade at the off-guard position. Noted as one of my sleepers, he should flourish at the next level. With an array of skills offensively and an NBA ready body, I expect Lonnie Walker to have an immediate impact.
  20. Minnesota Timberwolves, Kevin Huerter, Guard, Maryland. One of the best shooters in the draft, he provides The T-Wolves with a knockdown shooter. The Wolves struggled shooting from deep and this pick helps provide spacing for Butler, Wiggins, and Towns.
  21. Utah Jazz, Khyri Thomas, Guard, Creighton. A very solid player defensively with a 6’10’ wingspan, he will need to improve at creating offense for others but playing alongside Donovan Mitchell should help smooth things over for Thomas.
  22. Chicago Bulls, Troy Brown, Guard, Oregon. The Bulls need a lot in terms of talent. They found some with their earlier pick getting Carter Jr, they now add to the wing by Drafting Troy Brown. Brown is a versatile player who could even play point with his ability to create for teammates.
  23. Indiana Pacers, Jacob Evans, Forward, Cinncinatti. After taking the Cavs to seven games, the Pacers need to stockpile pieces to put around Oladipo and Myles Turner. Evans will bring effort and toughness on the defensive end. If he can develop a consistent three point shot, he will be one of the better 3 and D players in the league.
  24. Portland Trailblazers, Elie Okobo, Guard, International. Okobo has been climbing up boards and this is a perfect spot for him to go as Portland needs help for Lillard and McCullom. A very crafty scorer and someone who is still developing as a Point Guard could make a strong case for the best Point Guard in this draft.
  25. Los Angeles Lakers, Mitchell Robinson, Center, Chalmette High School. An athletic rim runner, Robinson can benefit from playing with Lonzo Ball.
  26. Philadelphia 76ers, Omari Spellman, Forward, Villanova. Spellman is a perfect player for today’s NBA, he can pass, shoot and put the ball on the floor. Tough rebounder who plays much bigger than his listed height of 6’9.
  27. Boston Celtics, Anfernee Simons, Guard, IMG Academy. One of many mystery prospects goes to Boston at 27. A nice combo guard who can score give Brad Stevens another piece to add to a Celtic team looking to continue to get better.
  28. Golden State Warriors, Chandler Hutchinson, Guard, Boise State. Hutchinson provides the Warriors with shooting and defense. Things that they already excel at, but within today’s NBA, you can never have too much shooting and defense.
  29. Brooklyn Nets, Hamidou Diallo, Guard, Kentucky. After an up and down year, Diallo finds himself back home as he is selected by the Nets. One of the more explosive players in the draft, his upside is tied to whether his offensive game develops and gets more polished. His athletic ability should allow him to be a threat defensively.
  30. Atlanta Hawks, Josh Okogie, Guard, Georgia Tech. To finish the First Round, the Hawks select Josh Okogie out of Georgia Tech. After getting Lonnie Walker earlier and Luka before then, they now have assembled three players who provide versatility, shotmaking, and playmaking at the Guard and Wing positions.
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12 Comments

  1. You sure know your stuff. I can admit I am not a big sports fan but your passion definitely shows in your excellent writing.

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  2. I think you got your forecast pretty much laid out. I am also interested in who picks who! I I hope the lower ranked team will get the boost they need from the draft picks.

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  3. You did your research really well. Although I don’t follow the draft picks, I know my husband would find this post pretty interesting!

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  4. Wow, I’m impressed at how close you were at forecasting the draft. I know who to confirm with prior to in the future lol! The Hawks and Mavericks got some big picks this year too!

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