NBA Draft

2018 NBA Mock Draft (June 14)

  1. Phoenix Suns – DeAndre Ayton (C, Arizona, Freshman): The just makes sense. Hometown kid and the best player/prospect in the draft goes first to a team that he will fit perfectly.
  2. Sacramento Kings –  Luka Doncic (G, Real Madrid, 19 Years Old): Unless Michael Porter’s injury problems are not a concern, I can’t imagine Vlade passing on Doncic.
  3. Atlanta Hawks – Jaren Jackson Jr. (PF, Michigan St, Freshman): This is too high in my opinion, but teams seem to love Jackson in his workouts. He can be an elite shot-blocker, but anything more?
  4. Memphis Grizzlies – Michael Porter Jr. (F, Missouri, Freshman): Porter might be the biggest Risk/Reward prospect in the draft. Grizzlies might have to take that risk.
  5. Dallas Mavericks – Mo Bamba (C, Texas, Freshman): 7’10 WINGSPAN! Bamba has huge upside on the defensive end, but has a long way to go on his offensive game. This won’t be the short term fix for the Mavericks, but could be a centerpiece moving forward.
  6. Orlando Magic – Marvin Bagley (PF/C, Duke, Freshman): Yes, another PF for the Magic, but the difference is Bagley will score for a team that desperately needs a go-to scorer.
  7. Chicago Bulls – Wendell Carter Jr. (PF/C, Duke, Freshman): Markannen needs a big man to help him on the defensive end. Plus, I like Dunn as a future PG than the PGs in this draft.
  8. Cleveland Cavaliers – Trae Young (PG, Oklahoma, Freshman): The Cavs will be drafting without knowing the future of LeBron James. They are going to have to try to hit this pick big.
  9. New York Knicks – Collin Sexton (PG, Alabama, Freshman): Ntilikina and Sexton would make one hell of a defensive backcourt.
  10. Philadelphia 76ers – Mikal Bridges (SG/SF, Villanova, Junior): This might be the ideal pick for the Sixers. Mikal fits into the offense and provides much needed wing defensive help.
  11. Charlotte Hornets Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (G, Kentucky, Freshman): Nobody helped improved their draft late in the season than SGA. He became the best player on Kentucky at the end of the year, and if the Kemba trade rumors are true, the Hornets will need a PG.
  12. Los Angeles Clippers – Lonnie Walker (SG, Miami, Freshman): Clippers need help everywhere, and this won’t be a quick fix.
  13. Los Angeles Clippers – Miles Bridges (F, Michigan St, Sophomore): Take the best player available. Miles makes plays and should be able to make an immediate impact.
  14. Denver Nuggets – Kevin Knox (F, Kentucky, Freshman): Already a team with a lot of solid players, but needs to make that next step. Maybe bringing Knox off the bench next season can help make that step.
  15. Washington Wizards – Robert Williams (PF/C, Texas A&M, Sophomore): I don’t know. This team needs so much depth.
  16. Phoenix Suns – Zhaire Smith (SG/SF, Texas Tech, Freshman): Smith and Jackson playing defense together? Good luck opposing wings.
  17. Milwaukee Bucks – Omari Spellman (PF, Villanova, Freshman): Too high? Maybe. But this fit just seems too good to me.
  18. San Antonio Spurs – Troy Brown (SG, Oregon, Freshman): We all know this pick will end up being great. How often do the Spurs miss? And we all know that someone will fall to the Spurs that shouldn’t (Not saying Brown is that player, but someone will fall).
  19. Atlanta Hawks – Anfernee Simons (G, HS, 19 Years Old): Hawks are taking big swings with Simons and Jackson.
  20. Minnesota Timberwolves – Donte DiVincenzo (SG, Villanova, Sophomore): The Big Game Hero. Donte isn’t just a one game wonder, and he impressed scouts at the Combine with his athleticism and his play in the scrimmages. I honestly won’t be surprised if he is taken before this.
  21. Utah Jazz – Kevin Huerter (SG, Maryland, Sophomore): Surgery won’t hurt his stock. He has the size and shooting ability to make it in this league and can be a huge steal.
  22. Chicago Bulls – Džanan Musa (SF, KK Cedevita, 19 Years Old): 2nd picks in the 1st round are worth taking risks and stashes.
  23. Indiana Pacers – Elie Okobo (PG, Elan Bearnais, 20 Years Old): Oladipo needs a running mate.
  24. Portland Trailblazers – Moritz Wagner (PF/C, Michigan, Junior): Spread the floor. Rebound. He will be in the league for a long time.
  25. Los Angeles Lakers – Mitchell Robinson (C, HS, 20 Years Old): Robinson might not help the Lakers attract LeBron, but not too many players at 25 will help their cause.
  26. Philadelphia 76ers – Jacob Evans (SG/SF, Cincinnati, Junior): Wings on wings on wings! Keep bringing them on the team!
  27. Boston Celtics – Rodions Kurucs (SF, Barcelona, 20 Years Old): They don’t need any more players on the current roster, right?
  28. Golden State Warriors – Landry Shamet (G, Wichita St, Sophomore): I mean he shot 44% from 3, so I need to say more?
  29. Brooklyn Nets – Chandler Hutchinson (SG/SF, Boise St, Senior): He could go much higher, but age (already 22) might make him drop.
  30. Atlanta Hawks – Keita Bates-Diop (SF, Ohio St, Junior): Can’t hurt to draft a wing that can score.

–Kevin McClernand

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