James Ham's 2018 NBA Mock Draft 1.0
2018 NBA Mock Draft 1.0
The NBA Draft is three months away, but it’s already time to start looking over prospects. Deandre Ayton looks like he’s ready to be a No. 1 overall pick, but the rest of the draft is wide open. Here is NBC Sports California’s Mock Draft 1.0.
Teams listed in draft position as of March 19, 2018.
Age: 19 Height: 7-foot-1 Weight: 250
Ayton did enough in final weeks of the season to lock up the top spot in the 2018 NBA Draft. There are plenty of holes in his game, but whichever team is lucky enough to land the top spot, they’ll invest the time and energy into developing him.
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-11 Weight: 220
Bagley has springs in his legs and an incredible ability to finish on the move. He’s more of an old school big, but his athleticism, rebounding and defensive acumen translate well to the next level. He’s a perfect fit alongside Marc Gasol in Memphis.
Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-8 Weight: 225
Doncic is one of the best prospects to come out of Europe in a while. He has star potential and an incredibly high basketball IQ for a 19-year-old player. He’s also versatile enough to play the one, two or three and could fill one of the many needs the Hawks have on their roster.
Michael Porter Jr.
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-10 Weight: 215
Early season back surgery will make teams think twice about Porter Jr, but he’s long, athletic and can do it all. Orlando needs a high ceiling player and future forward pairing of Porter and Jonathan Isaac is crazy intriguing. The medical report will either make or break Porter’s draft stock.
Jaren Jackson Jr
Age: 18 Height: 6-foot-10 Weight: 225
Dallas has holes all over the court. Dirk Nowitzki is long in the tooth and they could use a big that can play the four and five. One of the youngest players in the draft, Jackson has the potential to be special.
6. Cavs (via Nets)
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 185
Will LeBron stay or will he go? That is the question that will consume the entire offseason for Cleveland. Either way, the Cavs need scoring in the backcourt and someone to build around long term. Sexton shows flashes of brilliance, but he’s young and will need time.
Age: 21 Height: 6-foot-7 Weight: 210
Sacramento has a hole at the wing. Bridges is a 3-and-D small forward with a huge wingspan and a flair for the big shot. The Kings would love to be closer to top where Doncic and Porter Jr. are projected, but this is a safe pick.
Age: 19 Height: 7-foot Weight: 215
The Bulls hit a homerun with Lauri Markkanen last season. They could use an athletic defender to pair alongside him. He’s raw offensively, but Bamba sports a 7-9.5 wingspan and he averaged 3.7 blocks per game in his lone season in the NCAA.
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 180
New York used a Top 10 pick on a point guard last season, but there are concerns as to whether Frank Ntilikina is long-term solution at the point. Young is a mad chucker who could instantly energize a struggling Knicks franchise.
Wendell Carter Jr
Age: 18 Height: 6-foot-10 Weight: 260
This might be too far of a drop for Carter Jr, but the Top 10 is littered with bigs. He’s been overshadowed by Bagley at Duke, although he’s had plenty of standout performances. This kid has all the skills that teams are looking for in a post player.
11. Clippers (via Pistons)
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-7 Weight: 230
Bridges has the look of an elite role player at the NBA level. He has incredible athleticism and a toughness that his teammates feed off of. He’ll have an opportunity to move up the board during the pre-draft process. The Clippers would be lucky to land him at 11.
12. 76ers (via Lakers)
Age: 18 Height: 6-foot-9 Weight: 205
Pretty jumper. Good size. Knox will be packaged as a 3-and-D combo forward with upside. There are still questions about his motor and he disappears at times. But he’s young and has plenty of tools. Philly needs shooters and Knox looks like one of the better ones in this year’s draft class.
Age: 21 Height: 6-foot-1 Weight: 187
The junior point guard has made a huge leap in the post-Lonzo Ball era of UCLA basketball. He’s the younger brother of Jrue and Justin, but he looks primed to make his own way in the NBA. The Clippers are caught between rebuild and compete mode. Holiday is local boy that comes in with plenty of experience both as a starter and off the bench.
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-6 Weight: 180
Gilgeous-Alexander has great size for an NBA point guard, but he’s raw. He has defensive potential, which would play great in Denver and his numbers at UK are impressive since the end of January.
15. Suns (via Heat)
Age: 20 Height: 6-foot-9 Weight: 235
There is a lot to like from this sophomore big. He’s athletic and active, but his numbers don’t jump off the page at all. There is a chance that his game translates to the NBA in a way that it hasn’t in two years at A&M. The Suns need all the size they can get.
16. Suns (via Bucks)
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-4 Weight: 206
A big, strong, shooting guard, Walker is a late riser candidate in the draft process. He needs to improve his defensive intensity and his shooting numbers aren’t great, but a lot of his issues can be worked out at the next level. The Suns could use a point guard at this spot as well, but taking the best available player usually wins out.
Age: 18 Height: 6-foot-4 Weight: 180
The 76ers have the patience to wait for this kid to develop. He’s coming straight from the high school ranks into the league and he’s not going to be ready for a while. For a team that has multiple first round selections and loves to red shirt young players, this pick makes perfect sense.
18. Hawks (via T-Wolves)
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-11 Weight: 235
Atlanta needs a lot of everything. Gambling on a 19-year-old big to pair alongside rookie John Collins makes sense, especially if they land a wing at the top of the draft. Gafford is a rim-running big that finishes strong around the basket and blocks shots. The Clint Capela player type is in vogue this season and Gafford has the right tool set.
Point Guard/Shooting Guard
Age: 18 Height: 6-foot-6 Weight: 210
The Pacers could use a boost of size in the backcourt. Brown is a big freshman combo guard that can handle the ball and make plays. He needs to improve as a shooter, but he has a nice frame and a 6-11 wingspan.
20. Bulls (via Pelicans)
Age: 18 Height: 6-foot-9 Weight: 195
A fiery Euro with range, handles and versatility. Like Doncic, Musa can play the one, two and three and he’s been playing professionally for a while. The Bulls have multiple picks and multiple needs coming into the draft. Musa looks like a player.
Gary Trent Jr
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-6 Weight: 215
There was a time when no one left Coach K and the Duke Blue Devils early. This season, it looks like three freshman will make the jump to the NBA and there is potential for four first rounders if senior Grayson Allen can sneak into the back end of the first round. Washington needs depth in the backcourt and Trent is a big guard that can shoot it.
Age: 21 Height: 6-foot-7 Weight: 197
Draft for the future or look for a seasoned college player ready to step in and help now. That is the challenge facing the Spurs. Hutchinson has improved in all four seasons of his college career and looks ready to play. Finding a diamond in the rough in the 20’s has been a hallmark of San Antonio’s incredible run.
Age: 22 Height: 6-foot-7 Weight: 235
Bates-Diop finished his junior season at Ohio State the right way, averaging over 25 points per game over his final four contests. He can score, rebound, shoot the 3-ball and play multiple positions. Quin Snyder loves versatility.
24. Lakers (via Cavs)
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-11 Weight: 215
Someone is going to gamble on the 7-foot prospect that sat out this past season. He has all of the measurements that you look for in a project big, but he hasn’t played organized ball against top flight talent since high school. The Lakers could use size, even if it’s a few years away from producing.
25. T-Wolves (via Thunder)
Age: 21 Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 197
Minnesota is ready to compete now. Thibs doesn’t love going to his bench, but this is a player that is ready on day one. Brunson has good size, he can shoot the rock and he even plays defense.
26. Trail Blazers
Age: 22 Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 200
Portland loves it’s backcourt, but they need more depth at the position. Thomas is a mature combo-guard with a sweet stroke and a 6-foot-10 wingspan. He’d fit nicely into Terry Stotts rotation and he’s NBA ready.
Age: 20 Height: 6-foot-6 Weight: 210
Evans is a stat-stuffing wing that plays all over the court. With the uncertainty surrounding Marcus Smart’s contract heading into next season, the Celtics could use a jack-of-all-trades type player to help fill the holes behind Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward.
28. Nets (via Raptors)
Age: 21 Height: 6-foot-5 Weight: 190
Brooklyn has paid dearly for the decision to deal away all of their picks way back in 2013. This is the final season of purgatory for the Nets. They are looking for players that can help now, play multiple positions and love to run. Brown fits the mold.
Age: 20 Height: 6-foot-9 Weight: 200
Kurucs thought about the draft last season, but decided to head back to Europe. He’s has good size for a wing and he might work as a draft and stash prospect for a team that dearly values its roster spots.
30. Hawks (via Rockets)
Age: 20 Height: 6-foot-5 Weight: 200
Carr put up solid numbers in his Freshman season at Penn State, but he came back a more complete player in year two. After shooting 44.4 percent from three point range, Carr has a chance to jump into the back end of the first round. Atlanta has plenty of holes to fill in their roster. Three first round picks will help, but not solve all of their issues.