2018 NBA Mock Draft 6.0: The final edition
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 is all but guaranteed to be the pick here. He's already been seen signing Suns jerseys for fans.
He 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.
2. Sacramento Kings: 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.
Sacramento hasn't had a ton of success with the big men they've taken outside of DeMarcus Cousins, so they're certainly hoping Bagley can change that trend.
3. Atlanta Hawks: Luka Doncic
Team: Real Madrid
Doncic is young, but has the potential to be a star.
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.
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.
He may not have as high a ceiling as some of the other bigs in this draft, but he can fit a role that you need in this league.
5. Dallas Mavericks: Mohamed Bamba
Mo Bamba has the potential to end up being the best big in this draft, which just happens to be loaded with them.
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.
6. Orlando Magic: Trae Young
Young has one of the widest ranges in this draft, being mentioned anywhere from No.3 to barely staying in the lottery.
Orlando would make sense, because they've been linked to him since the beginning, and could use an exciting name that would generate some interest in the team again.
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, which isn't a bad resume either.
Plus, when people throw around Steph Curry comparisons, it makes plenty of teams say "what if?".
7. Chicago Bulls: 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, teams were worried, or at least pretended to be worried, about how his health would hold up.
Nevertheless, Porter was considered a possible No.1 overall pick coming out of high school, and the talent is certainly there.
8. Cleveland Cavaliers: (from Brooklyn) - Wendell Carter, Jr.
A 6-foot-10 big-man with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Carter was considered the prize Duke recruit until Bagley came along.
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.
9. New York Knicks: Kevin Knox
Knox has the size (6-foot-9) to play the 4 and the agility for small forward duties.
The Knicks are in no position to win next year, and could take a young developing prospect with a high ceiling like Knox.
He's shown significant growth on the defensive end too, but don't expect him to be a rim-protector.
Also has solid NBA range that could fit an important role on the wing New York desperately needs.
The safer and also very real possibility could be Mikal Bridges here as well.
10. Philadelphia 76ers (via LA Lakers): Mikal Bridges
This just makes sense on so many levels. The Sixers get a versatile, NBA-ready player right away, on a young roster ready to take the next step.
Your classic 3-and-D player, with solid athleticism and more experience playing at the highest level in college nearby.
The biggest knock on Bridges is his strength, but an NBA-level weight training program can improve that.
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 the right piece to fit right in.
Offensively he needs time to grow, especially learning to use more than just his athleticism on that end of the floor.
13. LA Clippers: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
He's 6-6 with a 7-foot wingspan, and could become a great perimeter defender in time, which is obviously a terrific skill in the modern NBA where perimeter players dominate the league.
Still very raw, but as with most prospects from Kentucky, has room and the potential to grow his game.
14. Denver Nuggets: 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.
Could definitely play the role as a small-ball 4.
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 Miles Bridges don't fall to them, they very well could take a high energy athlete that is a very good shot blocker for his size in Smith.
Smith has a high basketball IQ, and after being a sub-100 player coming out of high school, his ability to become mid-first round prospect shows his work ethic and potential for growth.
Shooting will need improvement, will also need to improve his ball handling at the next level.
16. Phoenix Suns (via Miami): Aaron Holiday
Seen around the NBA as a safe bet to become at least a solid lead guard, Holiday would bring the young Suns value and experience here.
Not necessarily a starting-caliber point guard, but certainly one that can add depth to a second unit at first.
Has a 6-6 wingspan that means he can defend either guard position, while shooting almost 43 percent from three last year at UCLA.
17. Milwaukee Bucks: Lonnie Walker IV
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.
Walker only averaged 8.1 points in 20.9 minutes per game through Miami's first 15 games.
18. San Antonio Spurs: 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, and could play the 3 as well, possibly easing the pain slightly if/when Kawhi Leonard gets moved.
Was seen out of high school as a potential 3-and-D prospect at the NBA level.
19. Atlanta Hawks (via Minnesota): Jerome Robinson
Team: Boston College
Robinson has jumped up the boards over the last few days and looks likely to be a mid-first round pick
A great scorer and solid playmaker, Robinson can still be streaky at times.
Also a solid athlete that can generate steals on the defensive end.
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: Elie Okobo
Team: Pau-Orthez, France
Okobo is a good scorer off the dribble that can pretty much shoot from all over the floor, even on the move.
Can be streaky, and could work on getting to the free throw line more.
Okobo's toughness and grit on defense would fit perfectly in Utah.
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: De'Anthony Melton
The Trojans held Melton out of his sophomore season because of a connection to the FBI's college basketball bribery case before he ultimately decided to withdraw from school in February and focus on the NBA.
Melton is very athletic, who can score off the dribble, but can be a bit too passive on offense, and has a streaky shot.
A solid playmaker that can rebound well for his position as well.
24. Portland Trail Blazers: Kevin Huerter
Another big winner at the combine, that's risen ever since.
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.
His broken hand may scare some teams off, but don't expect him to fall too far past this point in the first round.
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.
Definitely fits today's needs in the NBA for his position, but is he worth the risk?
26. Philadelphia 76ers: Dzanan Musa
Team: Cedevita, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Seen as a quality scorer from the wing.
Not a major threat from three, but a good free throw shooter, so that's a sign his range could improve.
The Sixers have long proven that they're willing to let players slowly develop, which could make for a perfect situation for Musa.
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, bringing both a scoring punch and enough defensively that coach Brad Stevens can mold and make better, as he's done with so many others already.
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): 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.
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.