2018 NBA Mock Draft – v 1.0

Draft order based on my pre season predictions.

Players included based off our NBA 2K18 2018 Draft Class

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2017 NBA Draft – Round 1

Pick Team Player H/W Hometown Position
1. Chicago Bulls 5o2wuto6hq2592hhy9e4prm6e Michael Porter, Fr, Missouri 6’11, 234 lbs Columbia, MO SF/PF
2016-2017 Stats: N/A
There are several players in contention for the number one overall pick, but right now, Michael Porter slightly leads the pack. The Bulls just drafted a power forward in 2017, but Porter’s game defies positions. He fits what teams look for in today’s NBA, as he can run the floor, shoot, rebound and score. Porter is also a strong competitor and is a very high character kid, and could be the guy to lead the new look Chicago Bulls.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Nets) e4701g88mmn7ehz2baynbs6e0 Marvin Bagley III, Fr, Duke 6’11, 234 lbs Phoenix, AZ PF/C
2016-2017 Stats: N/A
A great Cavaliers trade could become even better if this pick ends up in the top three. Of course, this pick could belong to any number of teams if Cleveland opts to move it for a superstar. Regardless of who owns this pick, Marvin Bagley’s recent inclusion in the 2018 draft makes this class even deeper. Bagley is raw, but could offer the most talent of anyone in this class, Porter included. You can’t teach his height and natural scoring ability.
3. Sacramento Kings yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Luka Doncic, Slovenia 6’8, 218 lbs Ljubljana, Slovenia SG/SF
2016-2017 Stats: 7.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.2 apg
You may have to take your time machine way back to the early 90’s to find the last All Star caliber pure European wing player. Luka Doncic may be the most talented wing since Drazen Petrovic. He is the complete package offensively. He can shoot, handle the ball and score from all over the court. The biggest worry, like most Euro’s, is his athleticism. Playing the 2 and 3 in the NBA is very difficult if you are not a supreme athlete, but Doncic could be savvy enough to pull it off. He would make a young, athletic Kings roster even more intriguing.
4. New York Knicks yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Mohamed Bamba, Fr, Texas 7’0, 226 lbs New York, NY PF/C
2016-2017 Stats: N/A
For the past twenty years the Knicks have been rebuilding, and with the Carmelo Anthony trade, the clock resets again. New York has a nice collection of big men on the roster, but picking this high, they ned to go with the best player available. Mohamed Bamba gets the nod over DeAndre Ayton due to versatility, hustle and positional versatility. Bamba, a New York City native, is extremely intelligent and has the work ethic to be great. The offense will take a while to develop, but he should be a force defensively next to guys like Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter.
5. Atlanta Hawks yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p DeAndre Ayton, Fr, Arizona 7’1, 250 lbs Nassau, Bahamas C
2016-2017 Stats: N/A
A couple of years ago it seemed that DeAndre Ayton would be the no doubt cream of the 2018 crop. However, his game seems to have stagnated a bit. That is common with big men who can so easily dominate high school kids, but scouts will want to see if he actually has passion for the game. The same questions that surrounded Andre Drummond years ago caused him to fall to number 10 in the draft. The Hawks have three first round picks and a roster without much talent, making this a solid gamble.
6. Indiana Pacers lhf2fxwjfmysj71nzmqw Robert Williams, So, Texas A&M 6’9, 237 lbs Vivian, LA PF/C
2016-2017 Stats: 11.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.5 bpg
I had Robert Williams pegged as a top ten pick in my 2017 mocks, so I was very surprised when he chose to return to school. All eyes are on him to see if he can improve on a tremendous freshman season. Williams showed a supreme ability to score in an efficient fashion, and was a monster on the boards and a fantastic shot blocker. After a lackluster summer scouts will want to see more of the same, and with so many fantastic freshman big men in this class, it will be up to Williams to up his game. The Pacers do have TJ Leaf and Domantas Sabonis on the roster, but neither have the talent of Williams, who would be a good fit next to Myles Turner.
7. Orlando Magic 66395011978 Collin Sexton, Fr, Alabama 6’3, 190 lbs Atlanta, GA PG/SG
2016-2017 Stats: N/A
There were five point guards drafted in the top ten of the 2017 draft. There might not be five point guards taken in the entire first round in 2018, but there are still a few solid lead guard prospects. Top prospect Collin Sexton chose to be the man at Alabama and should put up big numbers as an offensive minded point guard. Sexton is still learning the intricacies of the point after being more of a scorer in high school, but the potential is there to be an Eric Bledsoe type. The Magic will not be a playoff team unless they can score more points, and Sexton has 20 point per game potential.
8. Philadelphia 76ers (from Lakers) yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Bruce Brown, So, Miami 6’5, 190 lbs Boston, MA PG/SG
2016-2017 Stats: 11.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.2 apg
I had Bruce Brown in the first round for virtually all of my 2017 mocks. I love his all around game, and likened him to a young Russell Westbrook at times. Brown is a combo guard who can create his own offense, drive the paint and find the open man. On top of that, he is a fantastic rebounder and on the ball defender. Brown is still improving as a shooter, but could wind up as the best guard in this class. The Sixers have plenty of ball handlers and scorers, and Brown does not need the ball in his hands to be effective.
9. New Orleans Pelicans 496226812014 Kevin Knox, Fr, Kentucky 6’9, 211 lbs Tampa, FL SF/PF
2016-2017 Stats: N/A
Kevin Knox has the look of a young Rudy Gay, with nice size and a good shooting touch. Knox is inconsistent, and struggles at times to play within a team concept, but has the potential to score 17-20 points per game. The Pelicans simply have to find someone who can create their own offense, or talented basketball players period.
10. Memphis Grizzlies 793 Jaren Jackson Jr., Fr, Michigan State 6’11, 230 lbs Indianapolis, IN PF/C
2016-2017 Stats: N/A
Another prospect who fits the mold of a modern day NBA big, Jaren Jackson Jr. has great length, the ability to score well past the three point line, and solid rebounding and shot blocking instincts. Like most incoming college freshman, he will need to bulk up and grow into his body, but he is an obvious one and done lottery pick. The Grizzlies have spent early second round draft picks on big men, but none offer the upside of Jackson.
11. Phoenix Suns yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Wendell Carter, Fr, Duke 6’10, 260 lbs Fairburn, GA PF/C
2016-2017 Stats: N/A
Wendell Carter is one of those big men who would have been a shoo-in top five pick 15 years ago. Now, his lack of athleticism and shooting could cause him to slip down the boards a bit into the Bam Adebayo range. On the plus side, Carter is an advanced post scorer who a team can run it’s offense through, and is explosive enough to score over his opponent and gather in tough rebounds. Other than perhaps Marquese Chriss, none of the Suns young big men have impressed. Carter could be the center of the future in Phoenix.
12. Philadelphia 76ers yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Miles Bridges, So, Michigan State 6’7, 229 lbs Flint, MI SF/PF
2016-2017 Stats: 16.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.1 apg
Other than Robert Williams, Miles Bridges was the other surprise freshman to return to school. Luckily for the NBA, Bridges will be able to continue to develop his game under Tom Izzo. Bridges could stand to improve on his shooting and consistency, but brings leadership, toughness and rebounding to the table. He is a tweener but positions matter less in today’s NBA. He would make a nice combo forward off the bench behind starters Dario Saric and Ben Simmons in Philadelphia.
13. Portland Trail Blazers 7456 Troy Brown Jr., Fr, Oregon 6’7, 220 lbs Las Vegas, NV SG/SF
2016-2017 Stats: N/A
Troy Brown Jr. is your classic wing player. He has good size, is a strong athlete and a talented scorer. Brown has solid defensive potential, and is a very good mid range scorer. Like most incoming freshman, his game needs to be developed and reeled in, but there is nice potential here. Portland is set at the guards and center, but wing players are needed.
14. Dallas Mavericks yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Nick Richards, Fr, Kentucky 6’11, 244 lbs Manhasset, NY PF/C
2016-2017 Stats: N/A
Minutes in the Kentucky front court are always hard to come by, but if you are the starting center, chances are a first round pick awaits. Freshman Nick Richards is expected to be a starter, and has the ability to develop into a very good center in the NBA. He is raw, passive and might not be more than a role player for John Calipari, but scouts are already taking notice of his all around game. He has starting potential, and the Mavericks might not want to spend big to retain upcoming free agent Nerlens Noel.
15. Detroit Pistons yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p De’Anthony Melton, So, USC 6’4, 190 lbs North Hollywood, CA PG/SG
2016-2017 Stats: 8.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.5 bpg
One of the most slept on freshman from an outstanding 2016-2017 class was De’Anthony Melton. He filled up the stat sheet with everything from rebounds and assists to blocks and steals. He still needs to improve a jump shot but has a decent chance to carve out a role as a solid starting point guard. This may be a bit of a reach but the Pistons seem to want to move away from the failed Reggie Jackon experiment.
16. Milwaukee Bucks 3pjgog0vs8brehugdqzh Trevon Duval, Fr, Duke 6’3, 196 lbs Hockessin, DE PG
2016-2017 Stats: N/A
Collin Sexton and Trevon Duval might be the only two lottery point guards in this class. Like Sexton, Duval was used almost exclusively as a scorer in high school. However, Duval is even more raw as a point guard. Luckily, he will be able to spend a year at Duke feeding the rock to a plethora of talented scorers. If Duval can learn to reel it in and get his teammates involved when necessary, he could have a very good pro career. Though he’s a couple years away from making a difference, Jason Kidd would like the opportunity to coach a point guard with Duval’s talent.
17. Utah Jazz 2632 Hamidou Diallo, Fr, Kentucky 6’5, 193 lbs Queens, NY SG
2016-2017 Stats: N/A
Hamidou Diallo flirted with the 2017 NBA Draft, but decided to attend Kentucky for at least one year. Diallo reminds me of Zach LaVine coming out of UCLA. He may be the top athlete in this class, and could win a slam dunk contest, but has a way to go until he develops into a useful NBA player. He will need to work on a jump shot and gain consistency throughout his entire game, but has the potential to be a 20 point per game scorer. The Jazz are very deep and could afford to develop him.
18. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Thunder) 23296692018 Gary Trent Jr., Fr, Duke 6’5, 205 lbs St. Paul, MN SG/SF
2016-2017 Stats: N/A
Gary Trent Jr. plays like you would expect from a kid who grew up with an NBA father. He has a great basketball IQ and will not hurt you in many ways. Trent is a nice mid range scorer with the ability to knock down some threes. He is not a fantastic athlete, and may be more of a Shane Battier type than a Vince Carter type. Even if he tops out as a high level bench player, he could help make up for the loss of guard depth the Timberwolves suffered this summer.
19. Charlotte Hornets 512019262015 Mikal Bridges, Jr, Villanova 6’7, 210 lbs Malvern, PA SG/SF
2016-2017 Stats: N/A
There is still quite a bit of leftover talent on the Villanova team that won the national title two years ago. Mikal Bridges really stepped his game up as a sophomore and could be one of the premier three and D small forwards in this class. Like most Wildcats, he rarely takes a bad shot and has excellent percentages across the board. On top of that, he has what it takes to become a very good perimeter defensive threat. The Hornets continue to add scorers to the second unit with this selection.
20. Washington Wizards 21956712016 Justin Jackson, So, Maryland 6’8, 230 lbs East York, Ontario, Canada SF/PF
2016-2017 Stats: 10.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.9 apg
At times last season, Justin Jackson looked like a solid first round pick, but, like the rest of the Maryland team, he struggled with consistency. Another year playing with a better supporting cast should punch his ticket to the first round. Jackson brings a James Johnson like game, with his ability to do a little bit of everything. He offers a nice blend of shooting, rebounding and shot blocking, and could provide solid minutes off a Wizards bench that is one of the worst in the NBA.
21. Brooklyn Nets (from Raptors) 76753092008 Chimezie Metu, Jr, USC 6’11, 225 lbs Lawndale, CA PF/C
2016-2017 Stats: 14.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.5 bpg
Chimezie Metu had a very good sophomore year for the Trojans, showing that he can be more than just a shot blocking specialist. He will still make his money swatting shots and gobbling rebounds, but he showed enough on offense to suggest he could grow into a decent starter. The Nets have the makings of a nice backcourt, but still need bodies up front.
22. Los Angeles Clippers 23654622016 Rodions Kurucs, Latvia 6’9, 200 lbs Cecis, Latvia SF
2016-2017 Stats: N/A
Rodions Kurucs should be the most popular draft and stash candidate in this class. There is a lot of talent here, and he could become a solid scorer in the league. However, he is young, thin and injury prone, and he needs to work on his body to become a legit NBA player. Doc Rivers has never met a rookie that he didn’t despise, so the Clippers could leave Kurucs over seas to develop.
23. Denver Nuggets yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Isaac Bonga, Germany 6’8, 180 lbs Neuwied, Germany SG/SF
2016-2017 Stats: N/A
Denver has one of the deeper rosters in the NBA, so they might want to find a guy to stash here. Isaac Bonga is one of the most polarizing prospects in Europe. A point forward type, he evokes visions of a young Boris Diaw. He is a great athlete and creative scorer and playmaker. However, his level of competition is very low and he is extremely raw and underdeveloped physically, making him a classic boom or bust draft choice.
24. San Antonio Spurs 76753092008 Joshua Langford, So, Michigan State 6’5, 210 lbs Huntsville, AL SG/SF
2016-2017 Stats: 6.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.1 apg
Joshua Langford was a top recruit who got lost in the shuffle a bit after not playing a lot as a freshman. However, he is set to take on a much bigger role and could work his way back into the first round with a solid sophomore season. During his limited opportunities, he proved to be a good shooter and adequate defender. The upside is not huge, but he could grow into a quality rotation piece for the Spurs.
25. Boston Celtics yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Grayson Allen, Sr, Duke 6’5, 202 lbs Jacksonville, FL SG
2016-2017 Stats: 14.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.5 apg
Despite a terrible (by Grayson Allen’s usual standards) 2016-2017 season, the slate is wiped clean and Allen can build upon a tremendous sophomore year. He is a great shooter and can fill in at point guard, which would make him a nice fifth guard off the bench in Boston, with the chance to grow into more if the team is unable to retain Marcus Smart.
26. Atlanta Hawks (from Rockets) yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Jontay Porter, Fr, Missouri 6’10, 245 lbs Columbia, MO PF/C
2016-2017 Stats: N/A
Lost in all of the hype surrounding Michael Porter’s decision to join Missouri is the fact that they also landed his brother. Jontay Porter is a very solid prospect in his own right, and a solid mid to late first round talent. Porter profiles as a solid backup big man who can do a little bit of everything, especially on offense, from shooting to rebounding. Even with the addition of DeAndre Ayton earlier, there will definitely be front court minutes available in Atlanta.
27. Phoenix Suns (from Heat) yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Nick Ward, So, Michigan State 6’8, 250 lbs Gahanna, OH PF
2016-2017 Stats: 13.9 ppg, 6’5 rpg, 1.5 bpg
Nick Ward is the fourth Spartan to go in the first round of this mock. Like Joshua Langford, Ward only played 20 minutes per game for Tom Izzo’s squad. Unlike Langford, he put up starters numbers anyway. Ward showed quite the ability to score down low, rebound and block shots. While a lack of athleticism could limit his draft stock, any team would love to have an energy big man like him in the rotation. He could be a better version of Alan Williams for the Suns.
28. Atlanta Hawks (from Timberwolves) yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Jalen Brunson, Jr, Vilanova 6’3, 195 lbs Lincolnshire, IL PG/SG
2016-2017 Stats: 14.7 ppg, 4.1 apg, 2.7 rpg
I have been higher on Jalen Brunson than most of the draft community and I will continue to conduct the train. Brunson might not be athletic enough to be a true starting point guard, but his smarts, ability to lead an offense and efficient shooting should make him a part of an NBA rotation. As aforementioned, the Hawks are set for a long rebuild and need talent everywhere.
29. Cleveland Cavaliers e4701g88mmn7ehz2baynbs6e0 Bonzie Colson, Sr, Notre Dame 6’6, 224 lbs New Bedford, MA SG/SF
2016-2017 Stats: 17.8 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 1.4 bpg
Bonzie Colson will be on every preseason “player of the year” list, and for good reason. He fills up the box score like few NCAA players do. He might not ever be a starter in the NBA, but his rebounding and defense should translate nice to the next level. If he can continue an improving jump shot, he would make an intriguing 3 and D player for a Cavaliers team that could look much different next year.
30. Golden State Warriors qhhir6fj8zp30f33s7sfb4yw0 Ethan Happ, Jr, Wisconsin 6’10, 235 lbs Milan, IL PF/C
2016-2017 Stats: 14.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.8 apg
Ethan Happ is one of the best players in college basketball, but his pro prospects are murky. On one hand, he is a good shooter and can also rebound and pass. However, athletic limitations could cloud his potential among scouts. I cannot help but think he would make a good fit for a Warriors team that prioritizes ball movement and shooting.

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