2018 NBA Mock Draft: 5.0
2018 NBA Mock Draft
The latest look at how the 2018 NBA Draft could turn out before commissioner Adam Silver heads to the podium on 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.
Defense is one area he could use improvement though.
Luka Doncic would be another possible choice here, especially with new coach Igor Kokoskov having coached him.
2. Sacramento Kings: Luka Doncic
Team: Real Madrid
If Phoenix passes on Doncic, he won't stay on the board long, even with the rumors that teams are worried about him staying overseas.
There's still plenty of skepticism that Doncic will stay with Real Madrid, and he's still expected to remain in the draft.
Besides, any team at the top of the draft isn't expecting to make the postseason the same year anyway, so he's worth the wait even if he does stay there.
He already 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.
3. Atlanta Hawks: 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.
Would be a great choice for Atlanta to start their rebuild around.
4. Memphis Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson Jr.
Team: Michigan State
Jackson would add versatility to Memphis, as someone who can defend other wings, space the floor, and protect the rim.
The Grizzlies just need to stockpile talent, and Jackson is a great fit here, especially if they plan to keep Marc Gasol.
5. Dallas Mavericks: Mohamed Bamba
You can't coach size and that's what Mo Bamba has.
A record 7-foot-10 wingspan and comparisons to Rudy Gobert, Bamba could be one of the all-time great rim-protectors in the NBA.
He's also been working on his range, and if he can improve offensively, he could end up being a steal at this spot.
Orlando may have some depth already at his position, but they'd be smart to take the best guy on the board here and figure out the puzzle pieces later.
6. Orlando Magic: Trae Young
More and more teams seem to be excited about the potential of Young.
He became the first player, as a freshman, to lead men's Division I in scoring and assists, averaging 27.4 points and 8.7 assists per game.
He also shot 36 percent from 3-point range and was named a first-team All-American.
When people throw around Steph Curry comparisons too, it makes plenty of teams say "what if?".
7. Chicago Bulls: 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. Cleveland Cavaliers: (from Brooklyn) - 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, and even though he returned at the end of the season, that will continue to be a worry for some teams until more of his medicals are known.
9. New York Knicks: Mikal Bridges
The Knicks would get a versatile, NBA-ready player right away.
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 improve that.
10. 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, although don't expect him to be a rim-protector.
Also has solid NBA range that will be valuable to any team at the next level.
11. 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.
12. LA Clippers (via Detroit): Robert Williams
Team: Texas A&M
Blake Griffin is gone. DeAndre Jordan might not be far behind.
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 from behind the arc at 6-foot-7.
Can space the floor, get out in transition, and obviously has 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.
Still very raw, but with other guards in front of him, would have time to grow in Denver.
15. Washington Wizards: Zhaire Smith
Team: Texas Tech
The Wizards could desperately use some athleticism in the frontcourt, but the issue is tons of other teams picking before them need that as well.
If Robert Williams or Kevin Knox don't fall to them, or don't want the risk in Mitchell Robinson, they'd be smart to take a high energy athlete that is a very good shot blocker for his size in Smith.
Great athlete with a high basketball IQ, Smith's biggest strength is on the defensive end right now.
Shooting will need improvement, will also need to improve his ball handling at the next level.
16. Phoenix Suns (via Miami): Anfernee Simons
Team: IMG Academy
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 fit if it could develop, especially with new coach Igor Kokoskov having a lot of experience in developing guards.
17. Milwaukee Bucks: Lonnie Walker
Team: Miami (FL)
Walker can be streaky at times, but adding another scorer and shooter that has the ability to get to the rim would be a major plus here.
He's really improved his stock through the pre-draft process, and some teams see the possibility of a Donovan Mitchell-type player.
18. 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 a 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.
They especially love ones that don't come with a ton of hype, and being the younger brother of Michael Porter, Jr., he's just that.
He projects to be a productive stretch 5 or a strong two-way center.
19. Atlanta Hawks (via Minnesota): Aaron Holiday
Seen around the NBA as a safe bet to become at least a solid lead guard, Holiday would bring the Hawks great value here.
Not necessarily a starting-caliber point guard, but certainly one that can add depth to a second unit to start.
Could be seen as their future if Dennis Schroder is moved too.
20. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Oklahoma City): Donte DiVincenzo
He continued to show his ability to hit open shots while at the combine while generating turnovers as well.
DiVincenzo is a skilled combo guard that can play either backcourt position.
One of the things he'll need to improve is being a bit more unselfish, along with guarding quicker players on the other end.
21. 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's a sign his range could improve.
22. Chicago Bulls (via New Orleans): Chandler Hutchison
Team: Boise State
The Bulls could use a more seasoned rookie to add to the mix of their young, rebuilding roster.
Hutchison has a high basketball IQ, and the ability to contribute on both ends.
23. 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.
24. Portland Trail Blazers: Kevin Huerter
Another big winner at the combine.
His size, shot making ability both spotting up and off the dribble are always a need in the NBA.
Huerter also showed he's strong at making quick decisions.
25. Los Angeles Lakers (via Cleveland): Mitchell Robinson
Robinson has an interesting story. He committed to Western Kentucky before withdrawing and sitting out the college season.
Certainly a high-risk pick, but Robinson was also a five-star recruit before this year.
He raised some eyebrows when he backed out of the combine at the last second, adding to his mystery though.
Definitely fits today's needs in the NBA for his position, but is he worth the risk?
26. Philadelphia 76ers: 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, also has three years of experience at the major college level as well.
27. 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.
28. 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.
29. Brooklyn Nets (via Toronto): Jerome Robinson
Team: Boston College
Great at scoring on the move but can be a streaky shooter.
Solid playmaker and athlete, but can be turnover prone.
30. Atlanta Hawks (via Houston): Khyri Thomas
Solid two-way player that can score off the dribble while being able to shoot from all over the floor.
Ball handling could use improvement, but with what he can do on both ends, Thomas brings solid value this late in the first round.