NBA Mock Draft 5.0: Kings pass on Doncic, Porter; Dubs go with wing
2018 NBA Mock Draft 5.0
The NBA Draft is just a day away and things are getting wild. Deandre Ayton continues to hold onto the top spot, but the Sacramento Kings have gone radio silent at No. 2, leaving the top end of the draft in chaos. We have movers and shakers all over the draft board as we approach the point of no return.
Age: 19 Height: 7-foot-1 Weight: 250
It’s an easy decision. Franchise big men don’t grow on trees. Ayton has some holes in his game, but he has the look and feel of a star at the next level. The Suns will make this selection and never look back.
Marvin Bagley III
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-11 Weight: 220
Barring an unexpected last second change, Sacramento intends to pass on European star Luka Doncic and Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr. and go with Bagley. Nothing is a sure bet until the pick is in, but the Kings have a lot of work to do on their roster if this is indeed the selection.
Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-8 Weight: 225
Atlanta will run this pick to Adam Silver before the Kings can change their minds at No. 2. Doncic has a trophy case full of awards from the Euro leagues and at 19, he’s only just begun. For a team looking for a player to build around, the Hawks just stumbled into a good one.
Jaren Jackson Jr
Age: 18 Height: 6-foot-11 Weight: 236
Jackson might go a few picks higher. He also might fall a spot or two. He’s a versatile big that can play the four or the five. He projects as one of the better two-way players in the draft, but he’s very young and will need time to develop.
Age: 19 Height: 7-foot Weight: 215
Bamba needs to get stronger and develop on the offensive end, but he has the ability to change the game on the defensive end with his 7-foot-10 wingspan. The Mavs are in the middle of a rebuild. If Bamba works out, they have a building block in the middle.
Trae Young Point Guard
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 180
Orlando is in search of a lead guard. There are questions about Young’s defense and his size is a concern, but he’s a next level scorer. The Magic have the size and length to mask some of his deficiencies and this is by far their biggest position of need.
Michael Porter Jr
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-10.75 Weight: 211
Porter’s a huge risk, but he also has one of the highest upsides in the draft. Chicago has had plenty of time to assess the potential star forward. Porter very well could be the best player in this year’s draft, but the injury history could cost him Thursday night.
8. Cavs (via Nets)
Wendell Carter Jr
Age: 18 Height: 6-foot-10 Weight: 260
The Cavs are in limbo. LeBron James will make or break the franchise this summer when he either bolts for greener pastures or sticks around for another few years. Cleveland might be active with this pick, but whomever is drafting at No. 8, Carter will get a long look. He has tremendous upside and great size. He’s also one of the youngest players in the draft.
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-6 Weight: 180
Gilgeous-Alexander is a riser. He has the size to play either the one or the two, although he’ll need time to learn the point guard position at the NBA level. Scott Perry has a lot of work in front of him in New York.
10. 76ers (via Lakers)
Age: 21 Height: 6-foot-7 Weight: 210
If Philly wants to be a contender, they need as many players as possible to match up with the Golden State Warriors. Bridges is a mature, 3-and-D wing with upside. He also won’t break the bank at the No. 10 while the 76ers pinch pennies for a run at a star.
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-7 Weight: 230
Back-to-back Bridges. Mitch Kupchak started reshaping the roster with the reported deal that sent Dwight Howard to the Nets on Wednesday. Bridges is a bulldog that plays with force. He’ll bring excitement to an otherwise boring roster.
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-1.5 Weight: 185
Sexton could still sneak into the Top 10, but he’s a great value pick here for the Clippers. He’s an exciting player with plenty of room to grow. Los Angeles will dangle these picks until it’s time to draft, but if Sexton is still on the board here, they have to take him.
13. Clippers (via Pistons)
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-4.5 Weight: 195
You have to like Walker’s confidence. After declaring that he is a franchise player, the 19-year-old shooting guard has a lot to live up to. Every team in the league is looking for the next Donovan Mitchell, whether Walker can be that guy or not has yet to be seen. Walker fits well on a team that loves to mix Hollywood drama and hoops.
Age: 18 Height: 6-foot-9 Weight: 212
Giving Jokic more options on the perimeter should be priority No. 1 for Denver. They’ve done a nice job developing their young guards. Now they need another piece or two at the forward position to push them over the top.
15. Wizards (via Heat)
Age: 20 Height: 6-foot-9 Weight: 235
We’ve left Williams at No. 15 for a while. He’s a freak athlete with good size. His numbers weren’t great at A&M, but there is plenty of upside here for a team looking for length and youth on the frontline.
16. Suns (via Pistons)
Age: 21 Height: 6-foot-5 Weight: 188
After three productive years at Boston College, Robinson has moved up draft boards in a big way. He’s a creative scorer with good range and has the ability to play either the point or shooting guard position.
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-4 Weight: 199
Smith is a wild card. He has incredible tools, but he’s raw. Milwaukee has drafted well over the last few seasons, pulling in incredible value with Antetokounmpo, Brogdon and Middleton. Smith has incredible potential, but they’ll have to give him time.
Age: 22 Height: 6-foot-8.5 Weight: 224
With Rudy Gay opting out and Kawhi Leonard’s future with the team in limbo, San Antonio could use help at the wing. Bate-Diop took a huge leap during his final season at Ohio State and his his measurements at the combine (6-foot-8.5 with 7-foot-3 wingspan) stand out.
19. Hawks (via T-Wolves)
Age: 21 Height: 6-foot-1 Weight: 187
Holliday is a solid player that can step in and play minutes right away, especially if the Hawks deal point guard Dennis Schroeder. The UCLA star put up big numbers after regaining his starting position in his junior year, including 20.3 points, 5.8 assists while shooting 42.9 percent from long range.
20. T-Wolves (via Thunder)
Age: 21 Height: 6-foot-4.5 Weight: 200
A fierce competitor, DiVincenzo has worked his way into the first round during the draft process. He can handle the ball, shoot it deep and has a knack for making the right play. Plus, he comes from a winning culture, which never hurts. Thibs doesn’t like to go to his bench, but his team needs shooters on the wing.
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-7 Weight: 195
After hitting paydirt with Donovan Mitchell last season, the Jazz should be looking for another high upside player at pick No. 21. One of the late climbers during draft season, Huerter will miss the next two months after undergoing surgery on his hand.
22. Bulls (via Pelicans)
Age: 18 Height: 6-foot-7 Weight: 208
Brown is long and athletic and has major potential as a defender. Chicago has plenty of holes to fill, but this is a player for the future that might develop in the right situation.
Age: 20 Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 180
Darren Collison is the now, but there should be a long term plan in place in Indy. Okobo has moved up draft boards after a strong showing in Europe. Playing behind a seasoned vet for a season or two would do him good.
Age: 18 Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 183
Portland brought Simmons back through for a second workout this week. It could be nothing. Or it could mean that he won’t fall below 24. He’s leaper, posting a 41.5 inch vertical at the combine, but he’s also a bit of an unknown after skipping the college experience this season.
25. Lakers (via Cavs)
Age: 18 Height: 6-foot-9 Weight: 195
This is a big summer for the Lakers. They have targets and cash to spend. This pick is almost an afterthought. Musa is a draft and stash candidate that would help keep the Lakers from commiting cash and a roster space if they need it.
Age: 22 Height: 6-foot-7 Weight: 197
You know what you’re getting with Hutchison. He posted 20 points and 7.7 rebounds in his senior season at Boise State and can step in and help right away. Philly has multiple first round selections and might move off this pick, but if Hutchison is still on the board at this point, he’s a safe choice.
Age: 22 Height: 6-foot-4 Weight: 195
Danny Ainge is one of the best in the league at managing assets. Allen was a workout warrior at the combine, turning heads with his speed, quickness and vertical. He has a few personality quirks, but this late in the draft, he’s probably worth the gamble.
Age: 21 Height: 6-foot-6 Weight: 198
Andre Iguodala light? Frazier is a seasoned college player that improved in each of his three years at Tulane. He dropped in a solid 38.5 percent from 3-point range in his junior season and his 7-foot-2 wingspan and 40.5 inch vertical turned heads at the combine.
29. Nets (via Raptors)
Age: 22 Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 200
The Nets have no choice but to be active. It appears they’ve already landed Dwight Howard in a deal with Charlotte. That free them up to be players in the summer of 2019. Thomas can help right away and has the potential to stick around once the tear down is over in Brooklyn.
30. Hawks (via Rockets)
Gary Trent Jr
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-6 Weight: 204
Reports have Atlanta using the 19 and 30 picks to try and move up in the draft. With so many holes, they should probably just stand pat and try to add talent through the draft. Trent has great size for the shooting guard spot and NBA pedigree.