2018 NBA Mock Draft: March Madness edition
2018 NBA Mock Draft
The latest look at how the 2018 NBA Draft could look. Early entrants have until April 22 to declare, the NBA Draft Lottery is held May 15, and the 2018 NBA Draft comes June 21.
1. Phoenix Suns: DeAndre Ayton
Ayton has now shown in his one year of college he has the talent to be a generational big with game-changing talent.
Has the ability to score from anywhere on the floor, with a solid outside shot, which everyone needs in today's NBA.
2. Memphis Grizzlies: Marvin Bagley III
Athletic with a 7-foot wingspan, it's rare to find someone his size with his body control this early.
Solid touch around the basket too.
Can score in a variety of ways, but would need to work on his perimeter game to really succeed in today's NBA.
Capable ball-handler but would need to tighten it up at the next level.
3. Atlanta Hawks: Mohamed Bamba
You can't coach size and that's what Mo Bamba has.
A 7-foot-8 wingspan and comparisons to Rudy Gobert, Bamba could be one of the all time great rim-protectors in the NBA.
4. Orlando Magic: Luka Doncic
Team: Real Madrid
Quickly the 6-foot-7 Slovenian guard has skyrocketed to the top of NBA mock drafts.
Already he brings the experience of playing against older players that many of his fellow draftees don't have.
As the NBA starts to see more and more bigs handle the ball (see Ben Simmons and Giannis Antetokounmpo), Doncic will fit right in, with his point guard skills in a wing's body.
5. Dallas Mavericks: Michael Porter Jr.
Long wing with great athleticism, that could translate well to either forward position in the NBA.
Smooth shooting form, and also has the ability to get to the line, where he's a dependable shooter as well.
Porter played just two minutes in the season opener and later had back surgery.
There was speculation that he wouldn't play again this season, but he decided to come back and played two games: one in the SEC tournament and one in the NCAA tourney.
Most scouts seem to feel his coming back and playing shows he can play when he's not 100 percent, and few seem to hold his 9-of-29 shooting after his return against him.
6. Cleveland Cavaliers: (from Brooklyn) - Trae Young
This would be a perfect fit for Young. A more talented team that slips into the lottery because of a trade, and not a losing season.
Young could be a huge spark off the bench, and be given more time to adjust to the NBA level, without the pressure most lottery picks have to turn a franchise around.
Unless of course, LeBron James leaves.
Young averaged 27.4 points and 8.7 assists per game, shot 36 percent from 3-point range and was named a first-team All-American.
7. Sacramento Kings: Wendell Carter, Jr.
A 6-foot-10 big-man with a 7-foot-3 wingspan.
Carter runs the floor well, can score with finesse around the basket but also tough enough to defend the post well.
Also a solid passer that has good court vision.
8. Chicago Bulls: Jaren Jackson, Jr.
Team: Michigan State
Jackson would add versatility to Chicago, as someone who can defend other wings, space the floor, and protect the rim.
The Bulls just need to stockpile talent, and Jackson is a great fit here.
9. New York Knicks: Mikal Bridges
The Knicks would get a versatile, NBA-ready player right away. Solid value for a team trying desperately to keep losing but not making up much ground in the odds department.
Your classic 3-and-D player, with solid athleticism and more experience playing at the highest level in college.
The biggest knock on Bridges is his strength, but an NBA-level weight training program can easily improve that.
10. Charlotte Hornets: Collin Sexton
With Kemba Walker continually being shopped by Charlotte, the Hornets would love to find a young point guard to pair with Malik Monk, and build their backcourt of the future.
A dynamic guard that can play through contact that pairs well with his slashing and playmaking ability.
11. Philadelphia 76ers (via LA Lakers): Kevin Knox
Knox has the size (6-foot-9) to play the 4 and the agility for small forward duties.
Has shown significant growth on the defensive end, and possesses an NBA range that will be valuable to any team at the next level.
12. LA Clippers (via Detroit): Robert Williams
Team: Texas A&M
Blake Griffin is gone. DeAndre Jordan could still be pushed out the door.
Even if Jordan stays, their depth in the post is lacking and Robert Williams can be everything the other two were if given time to develop.
13. LA Clippers: Miles Bridges
Team: Michigan State
Bridges shot almost 39 percent percent from behind the arc at 6-foot-7.
Can space the floor, get out in transition, and has great experience playing big time college basketball.
14. Denver Nuggets: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Could be a nice pair with Garry Harris and/or Jamal Murray.
His great length can help him on the defensive end.
15. Phoenix Suns (via Miami): Daniel Gafford
More of a project big-man, Gafford could provide a big body for a young team that will likely have to fill Tyson Chandler's minutes at some point, but also will be under little pressure to produce right away if the Suns go Ayton first.
Athletic and a good shot blocker, Gafford brings strong potential.
16. Phoenix Suns (from Milwaukee): Anfernee Simons
Team: IMG Academy
Simons is an interesting story. He's playing a post-graduate season at IMG after graduating high school.
Looks to be more of a combo-guard right now, but his upside and explosiveness paired with Devin Booker would be a nice combo if it could develop.
17. Utah Jazz: Dzanan Musa
Utah could use another scorer on the wing.
Not a major threat from three, but a good free throw shooter, so that could improve.
18. Washington Wizards: Mitchell Robinson
Another interesting story in the draft would be Robinson. He committed to Western Kentucky, but is now sitting out the college season to prepare for the NBA.
Certainly a high-risk pick, but Robinson was also a five-star recruit before this year.
An athletic rim-protector is something the Wizards could use, along with some more athleticism at the center spot, to go along with his youth.
19. Atlanta Hawks (via Minnesota): Khyri Thomas
Beautiful shot. A bit undersized at 6-foot-3, but a 6-foot-10 wingspan will help him defensively.
Turns 22 in May, which may make some teams shy away who are hoping for more upside with their pick.
20. Indiana Pacers: Troy Brown
Averaged 11.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game for the Ducks this season, but shot under 30 percent from three-point range.
Excellent size for a guard at 6-foot-7.
21. Philadelphia 76ers: Chandler Hutchison
Team: Boise State
The Sixers have plenty of youth already on their roster. They could use a more seasoned rookie to add to the mix.
Hutchison has a high basketball IQ, and the ability to contribute on both ends.
22. Chicago Bulls (via New Orleans): Lonnie Walker
Team: Miami (FL)
The Bulls are just looking to stockpile talent with multiple picks in the first round.
Walker can be streaky at times, but has the ability to score as both a slasher and shooter.
23. San Antonio Spurs: Jontay Porter
This would be just such a "Spurs pick".
Porter is still raw, but he has a solid outside shot, and good passer for a 6-foot-11 big man.
Doesn't have a ton of athleticism and not the quickest, but the Spurs always find a way to get the best out of players like this.
24. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Oklahoma City): Keita Bates-Diop
Team: Ohio State
The Big Ten Player of the Year averaged 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for the Buckeyes, including 25 points in an NCAA Tournament loss to Gonzaga.
Can play and guard multiple positions which makes him a natural fit for the modern NBA game.
25. Los Angeles Lakers (via Cleveland): Grayson Allen
The Lakers could use a proven winner with some veteran college experience on their young team.
Sure, Allen had some "tripping" issues during his time at Duke, but he also has talent, and the Lakers could use what he would bring to the growing roster.
26. Portland Trail Blazers: Brandon McCoy
More of a post playing big man who wil occassionally step outside and shoot.
Still a raw talent, and can struggle with double-teams, but is a good rebounder.
27. Brooklyn Nets (via Toronto): Zhaire Smith
Team: Texas Tech
A high energy athlete that is a very good shot blocker for a wing.
Shooting will need improvement, will also need to improve his ball handling at the next level.
28. Boston Celtics: Gary Trent Jr.
Good at shooting off the dribble and scoring on the move, but can be streaky at times.
Would fit well with Boston off the bench, especially if the Celtics decide to move on from Marcus Smart.
29.. Golden State Warriors: Landry Shamet
Team: Wichita State
Shamet would be a perfect fit for the Warriors. Unselfish, with good size for a point guard (6-foot-4).
Has deep range and a high basketball IQ. The Warriors would love him to be on the board for them.
30. Atlanta Hawks (via Houston): Trevon Duval
With three first-round picks for the Hawks, they can use their last one on a player with a lot of upside.
Duvall can't shoot, but that can be worked on. He can make plays and get out on the break, and the team has been rumored to be looking to move on from Dennis Schroder soon anyway.