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2018 NBA Mock Draft 6.0: The final edition

2018 NBA Mock Draft 6.0: The final edition

We're now down to the final hours before the 2018 NBA Draft.

After all the sifting through workouts, reports, rumors, and lies, a picture is starting to take shape about where teams may actually go Thursday night. 

This draft is loaded with a ton of big man prospects, from DeAndre Ayton, Jaren Jackson Jr., Marvin Bagley, and Mohamed Bamba, all coming with varying opinions as to how much of an impact these players can have in the NBA. 

Add that to the never-ending guesses as to where Trae Young will end up and what he'll actually look like at the next level, and it makes sense so many GM's are said to be sweating buckets when building their final draft boards. 

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This could be the draft we look back on as the one that brought back the big man to the NBA.

It can also be the draft that brings us more unreached potential than anything else. 

Then again, the NBA Draft is so full of crossing fingers and hoping for the best, we should honestly be used to this narrative by now.

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That being said, let's take a look at the five "can't-miss" prospects, and the five "teams shouldn't touch them with a really long pole" ones as well.

It doesn't mean these guys are deserving of being a top-5 pick per say, it just means that what you expect to get from them, you will.

Heck, it's not our job on the line if it's wrong anyway, so no pressure here.

WIZARDS TOP FIVE FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PROSPECTS

1. Robert Williams: 6-10 PF/C with a freakish wingspan. Could be off the board if the Clippers look to prepare for life without DeAndre Jordan. But if Williams is there at No. 15, it's hard to see the Wizards not taking him.

2. Zhaire Smith: Freak athlete who started his college career as an unheralded 3-star recruit. But he has a lot to work on aside from his athleticism

3. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: Could be off the board by No. 15, but the Wizards really like him and would be a solid fit as an understudy to John Wall.

4. Kevin Knox: Like his Kentucky teammate Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox might be off the board at No. 15, but his abillity to hit the otuside shot and his improving low-post skills make him a great fit as a power wing.

5. Lonnie Walker: Arguably the most entertaining player in the draft. the former Miami Hurricane isn't the best fit for the Wizards, but if options are limited, it will be hard to pass on such an explosive playmaker.

WIZARDS' TOP FIVE SECOND-ROUND DRAFT PROSPECTS

1. Keita Bates-DiopThe versatile Ohio State wing was the Big Ten Player of the Year and showed a huge leap in improvement his final season in Columbus. He can do a bit of everything and is a polsihed player with a high I.Q.

2. Brandon McCoy: a 7-1 UNLV freshman with a ton of upside> he's raw, but if the Wizards draft a wing in the first-round, drafting a future frontcourt player is a good direction to head in.

3. Hamidou Diallo: The Kentucky wing did a bit of everything for the Wildcats and projects as a smaller version of Kelly Oubre. 

4. Jevon Carter: The WVu guard is the toughest competitor in the draft. In fact, agents were steering their young clients away from draft workouts in which they would have to compete against Jevon Carter. He may not be the best player in the draft, but he will make everyone on the team a better competitor.

5. Sviatoslav Mykhailuk: An elite marksman from Kansas who can create his own shot and is adept at taking and making shots off the screens and in catch and shoot situations.

FIVE CAN'T MISS 2018 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS

1. Luka Doncic: 6-8 wing who can also be the primary ball-handler, with the ability to score off the dribble. Euroleague MVP at just 19 years old.

2. Mo Bamba: Offensive game will determine his ceiling, but that pterodactyl-like wingspan will assure he's one of the all-time great rim-protectors. 

3. Collin Sexton: Fast, aggressive guard who can attack the rim and score. 

4. Mikal Bridges: May never be a star, but will have a great career as a starting 3-and-D player at worst.

5. Aaron Holiday: Great shooter/scorer that can distribute as well. 6-6 wingspan means he can defend either guard position. 

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FIVE 2018 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS TO STAY AWAY FROM

1. Trae Young: Small, can't defend. When was the last time the "next (fill in the blank name here)" guy actually became that guy?

2. Michael Porter Jr.: Tough because there's a ton of talent there, but his early injury history makes you worry how he'll hold up in the NBA. 

3. Lonnie Walker IV: Rough start to his freshman year. Shot just 34.6 percent from three. Defensive effort lags and can be inconsistent on both ends. 

4. Mitchell Robinson: Who exactly is this guy anyway? Are we sure he actually exists?

5. Grayson Allen: Could get a first-round look, but the whole, you know, tripping and temper tantrum thing might be an issue at the next level too. 

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NBA offseason grades: With Kawhi Leonard, Raptors shined most in Atlantic Division

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NBA offseason grades: With Kawhi Leonard, Raptors shined most in Atlantic Division

Here is a look at how the 2018 NBA offseason went for teams in the Atlantic Division...

Toronto Raptors, B+

2017-18 finish: 59-23, 2nd round of playoffs
In: F Kawhi Leonard, G Danny Green, C Greg Monroe
Out: G DeMar DeRozan, C Jakub Poeltl, C Lucas Nogueira

The Raptors had one of the more consequential offseasons of any NBA team this year. First, they fired Dwane Casey, the 2017-18 NBA Coach of the Year, following a season in which they won 59 games. Then, they pulled off the biggest trade of the summer, a deal that featured two perennial All-NBA players. They let go of DeRozan and brought in Leonard in return. If they hadn't parted with DeRozan and Casey, they may have gotten an A. But it's hard to tell how much better they will be following the deal and Leonard does bring with him some concerns based on his quadriceps injury and the fact he has only one year left on his contract. The Raptors do, however, also get points for re-signing point guard Fred VanVleet.

Boston Celtics, C

2017-18 finish: 55-27, conference finals
In: C Robert Williams, G Brad Wanamaker
Out: C Greg Monroe

One year ago, the Celtics flipped nearly their entire roster and brought in Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. This year, they mostly stood pat and didn't add much of anything in free agency or trades. Their biggest acquisition was Williams, who they took 27th overall in the first round of the draft. The Celtics will hope they improve from within. They re-signed Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes, and should get Irving and Hayward back from injuries. They should have plenty of talent to compete for an NBA Finals berth, but as far as this offseason goes, they didn't do much.

Philadelphia 76ers, D+

2017-18 finish: 52-30, 2nd round of playoffs
In: F Wilson Chandler, C Mike Muscala, G Zhaire Smith, G Landry Shamet
Out: G Marco Belinelli, F Ersan Ilyasova

Where do we begin? This summer was about as dramatic and bad as it could get for the Sixers. First, they had to fire their general manager because of a burner Twitter account scandal. Then, they struck out miserably in free agency with LeBron James and Paul George, and in trade talks for Leonard. After that, Smith - their first round pick - hurt his foot. And along the way, Ben Simmons has been dating a Kardashian, flirting with the curse that has claimed many pro athletes before him. Philly did re-sign J.J. Redick and Johnson, and the Chandler trade was nice, but all in all it was an offseason that fell way short of the Sixers' expectations. That said, they can still get way better next season based solely on their young players taking another step.

New York Knicks, B

2017-18 finish: 29-53, missed playoffs
In: F Mario Hezonja, F Kevin Knox, F Noah Vonleh, C Mitchell Robinson
Out: F Michael Beasley, G Jarrett Jack, F Kyle O'Quinn

It's been a while since the Knicks had an offseason to write home about and this one is no exception. There was nothing they did that would flirt with an A-grade. However, the early returns on their draft are excellent. Knox and Robinson were both standouts in the Summer League and offer fans a little bit more hope about the team's future. As long as Kristaps Porzingis can return this season safe and sound from his ACL tear, the Knicks could take a step forward in 2018-19.

Brooklyn Nets, C+

2017-18 finish: 28-54, missed playoffs
In: F Ed Davis, F Kenneth Faried, F Jared Dudley
Out: F Dante Cunningham, G Nik Stauskas, C Jahlil Okafor

The best news about the Nets' offseason is that their trade with the Celtics, the one that stripped them of years of first round picks, is finally over. Next year, the Nets will have a first round pick. This summer, they once again didn't add any major pieces in the draft, but seemed to make some smart moves in free agency. The Davis deal is solid and Faried may benefit from a change of scenery. More baby steps for Brooklyn.

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NBA offseason grades: Wizards, Magic highlight Southeast Division

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NBA offseason grades: Wizards, Magic highlight Southeast Division

Here is a look at how the 2018 NBA offseason went for teams in the Southeast Division...

Washington Wizards, B+

2017-18 finish: 43-39, 1st round of playoffs
In: C Dwight Howard, G Austin Rivers, G Troy Brown, Jr., F Jeff Green, C Thomas Bryant
Out: C Marcin Gortat, F Mike Scott, G Ty Lawson, G Tim Frazier, G Ramon Sessions, F Chris McCullough

Given the circumstances of their salary cap situation, the Wizards did quite well for themselves this summer. They shook things up by trading Gortat and actually got something solid back for him in Rivers. They then filled Gortat's spot with an eight-time All-Star in Howard and did so at a bargain price, the taxpayer mid-level exception. They also added Green at a nice price and Brown, who acquitted himself nicely in the Summer League. Whether the Wizards made a major leap forward is debatable, but the potential is there for them to re-install themselves as contenders in the East. The possibility things go wrong is also there, but all in all, a strong summer for the Wizards.

Atlanta Hawks, B

2017-18 finish: 24-58, missed playoffs
In: G Jeremy Lin, C Alex Len, G Trae Young, G Vince Carter, G Kevin Huerter, F Justin Anderson, F Omari Spellman
Out: G Dennis Schroeder, C Mike Muscala, C Dewayne Dedmon, G Malcolm Delaney, G Isaiah Tayor

The Hawks did a nice job with the draft by picking up an extra first round pick just to move back two spots (from third to fifth) in their trade with the Mavericks. They added Young with the fifth pick and then got Huerter later on at No. 18. The Len signing at two years and $8.5 million looks like a bargain and they added a nice mix of veteran free agents and young players to develop. It will probably be a few years before the Hawks are back in the playoffs, but they seemed to take a step forward this summer.

Miami Heat, D

2017-18 finish: 44-38, 1st round of playoffs
In: F Duncan Robinson
Out: G Dwyane Wade, G Wayne Ellington, F Luke Babbitt

The Heat had one of the least impactful summers of any team in the NBA. The biggest addition they have so far, and this is true, is Robinson. They didn't make any draft picks and struck out in free agency. What they did do is let go of Wade, Ellington and others. The only way the Heat improve year-over-year is if their young guys like Bam Adebayo or Justise Winslow take a big step forward. 

Charlotte Hornets, C+

2017-18 finish: 36-46, missed playoffs
In: C Bismack Biyombo, F Miles Bridges, G Devonte' Graham
Out: C Dwight Howard, G Michael Carter-Williams, G Treveon Graham

New Hornets GM Mitch Kupchak quickly turned the franchise into a different direction this offseason by trading Howard to the Nets. They then added Biyombo in a deal with the Magic and acquired Bridges through the draft. There isn't a lot to love or hate about the Hornets' offseason, so they fall in the middle of the grading scale. The real question now is what they do with Kemba Walker, who has just one year left on his contract.

Orlando Magic, B+

2017-18 finish: 25-57, missed playoffs
In: C Mohamed Bamba, C Timofey Mozgov, F Justin Jackson, F Jarell Martin, G Jerian Grant
Out: G Mario Hezonja, C Marreese Speights, G Arron Aflalo

The Magic had a strong summer. The re-signed forward Aaron Gordon, a rising young player, and drafted Bamba, who has the tools to become an All-Star and a dominant defensive force. They had some questionable moves, like trading for Mozgov, but the future looks a lot brighter for the Magic than it did just a few months ago.

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