2018 NBA Mock Draft

NEW: 2018 Big Board Top 30
# Team Player Pos. Updated 5/24/18 Comp.
DeAndre Ayton C HT: 7-1 - WT: 260 - WING: 7-5 - FROM: Arizona
The Suns land the #1 overall pick and get to choose from a deep and talented draft pool. They'll be tempted by Doncic, who played for their new coach Kokoskov, but it's hard to pass on a dominant center like Ayton, especially for a franchise that desperately needs one. In his only season at Arizona Ayton flashed huge upside and a very advanced game for a young 7-1 player. He's got a few red flags on defense but his offensive production and elite upside are hard to deny. Finding a dominant center is rare and Ayton has looked as dominant as any center we've seen in recent memory. His offensive game is far advanced for his age and his physical profile is pretty much unmatched. He'd be a great fit with the young Suns roster.

Marvin Bagley III PF HT: 6-11 - WT: 235 - WING: 7-1 - FROM: Duke
Bagley is far from a finished product at this stage of his career but he's an incredible athlete who runs the court like a deer and is still only 19 years old with plenty of room to develop. The Kings have some young talent at the power forward position but Bagley is a special talent who would give them a potential star in the frontcourt. His ability to run the floor would fit well with the up-tempo Fox and his offensive rebounding and all-out hustle would be welcomed additions.
Kevin Garnett, Beasley
Luka Doncic SG HT: 6-8 - WT: 225 - WING: 6-11 - FROM: Slovenia
Doncic is still in the conversation at #1 overall but don't be surprised if teams draft for upside and athleticism over the pure basketball skills that Doncic possesses. The Hawks are a team in need of an identity and Doncic would help put them back on the map and give them an intriguing ball handler to build their offense around. If you've read our Big Board you know that we're not as high on Doncic as most scouts but he's still an incredible talent with enough athleticism to get by. He just might not have the upside that teams covet at the top of the draft.
Rubio, Mike Miller
4 Grizzlies Jaren Jackson Jr. PF HT: 6-11 - WT: 240 - WING: 7-5 1/4 - FROM: Michigan St.
Jaren Jackson Jr. is one of the youngest players in the draft and has as much upside as any prospect available. He's a defensive menace who excels at protecting the rim, while also showing a lot of promise on the offensive end. He isn't a close to a finished product but has flashed big time ability. His post game is a work in progress but he show promise as a shooter, with range out to three and he's got big time athletic ability with tremendous length. The Grizzlies could go a number of ways with this pick but JJJ is a high upside prospect who also has a high floor and would give the team a defensive presence in the paint.
Mourning, Myles Turner

Michael Porter Jr. SF HT: 6-11 - WT: 215 - WING: 7-0 - FROM: Missouri
Some fans may have forgotten about the talents of Michael Porter Jr. but NBA scouts remember him well, despite the fact that he missed most of the year with an injury. When healthy he's a top 3 talent with big time upside as a scorer. It might take him a few months to get back into playing shape, so his NBA draft workouts will be crucial. If he had been healthy all season there's a chance he'd be picked #1 overall, he's that good. The Mavs need to add talent everywhere except at PG and a scoring forward like MPJ would help the team transition from the Dirk era, to the next generation of Mavericks basketball.
stronger Brandon Ingram

Mohamed Bamba C HT: 7-1 - WT: 220 - WING: 7-10 - FROM: Texas
Bamba has all the tools to be a top 3 pick but needs to play with better intensity if he wants to be elite. His insane length and shot blocking prowess remind of a young Rudy Gobert and he's got a chance to be a special defender at the next level. He's got a chance to move up during the draft workout process. The Magic would put together an extremely long and athletic frontline with Bamba, Isaac and Gordon.
a more mobile Rudy Gobert
Wendell Carter Jr. PF HT: 6-10 - WT: 260 - WING: 7-4 1/2 FROM: Duke
Carter Jr. gets overshadowed by Bagley but he's a top 10 talent who can play either front court position. The Bulls could use a burly post player to put next to the perimeter oriented Luari Markannen. He's a terrific passer and talented scorer who also does a good job of defending the rim.
Greg Monroe, Al Horford
Cavs (from Nets)
HT: 6-4 - WT: 200 - WING: 6-10 - FROM: Miami
Walker is not yet consistent and his game is raw but the upside is undeniable. He can hang in the air and make plays at the rim that few players can make. He's got very good handles and shows some promise as a primary ball handler, not just a wing. The draft is about upside and Walker has a lot of that. He'd give the Cavs a new face (and hair) to build around if/when King James departs.
Brandon Roy
Trae Young PG HT: 6-2 - WT: 177 - WING: 6-3 - FROM: Oklahoma
Trae Young is an interesting case. If he's allowed to play with a neon green light he can be an offensive force but in the NBA he'll have to differ to his teammates more and his shortcomings will be exposed. He's an incredible shot maker with filthy passing ability but his lack of size and athleticism promise to limit his upside. As great as Young has been in college he could end up as just a good but not great NBA player The Knicks need firepower and star-power and Young comes into the League promising both of those things.
Tyus Jones +, Steve Nash

76ers (from Lakers)
HT: 6-8 - WT: 210 - WING: 7-1 - FROM: Villanova
Mikal is the top 3 and D prospect in the draft and should have a very clear role at the next level. He's an efficient offensive player with a sweet shooting stroke and an emerging dribble-drive game. There's a lot of talk about the Sixers going after LeBron, but either way having a floor spacer like Mikal would be a great fit on this young Sixers team.
Otto Porter

Collin Sexton PG HT: 6-3 - WT: 185 - WING: 6-6 - FROM: Alabama
Sexton wasn't the most consistent player during his Freshman season but when he's on his game he looks like a top 5 pick. The Hornets should take the best player available and this selection would allow them to explore a Kemba trade. If Sexton improves his three point shooting he could become one of the better point guards in a league full of good ones.
better Beverley, Chauncey Billups
12 Clippers (from Pistons) Miles Bridges SF HT: 6-7 - WT: 225 - WING: 6-9 1/2 - FROM: Michigan St.
A powerful wing player with good elevation and an NBA body but an unrefined game. Seems destined to be a second scorer and glue guy at the next level. Bridges would be a nice addition to the Clippers roster, bringing defense, rebounding and above the rim play.
Justise Winslow
Shai Gilgeous- Alexander PG HT: 6-6 - WT: 180 - WING: 6-11 - FROM: Kentucky
Shai lacks a consistent jumper but his ability to penetrate and score in the lane puts a lot of pressure on the defense. He's got length, creativity with the ball and good upside as a defender. He's versatile enough to play on or off the ball but could takeover the primary ball handling duties for the Clips.
Tyreke Evans
Kevin Knox SF HT: 6-9 - WT: 215 - WING: 7-0 - FROM: Kentucky
Knox has a ton of natural ability and a lot of upside but he's young and still learning to put it all together on the court. He might take a year or two before he's ready to contribute big minutes to the Nuggets but the wait could be worth it.
Paul George
15 Wizards Mitchell Robinson C HT: 7-0 - WT: 225 - WING: 7-4 - FROM: USA
Robinson is a bit of mystery man, as he trains for the NBA draft outside of the spotlight. He's got the raw ability of a lottery pick but does he have the intangibles, maturity and BBIQ to make it in the League? Robinson may need a few years to develop but he's a high upside prospect with NBA center size who would give the Wizards much needed help up front.
Whiteside, Bynum
Suns (from Heat)
Zhaire Smith SF HT: 6-4 - WT: 198 - WING: 6-9 3/4 - FROM: Texas Tech
A big time athlete with a high motor who fills up the stat sheet. Has big defensive upside, a great understanding of the game and has shown an improved three point shot. Smith would bring a ton of defense and athleticism to the Suns second unit with a chance to develop into a starter down the road.
John Starks
HT: 6-9 - WT: 240 - WING: 7-4 - FROM: Texas A&M
A very long and powerful forward with a lot of natural talent. A force on the defensive end who can guard at the rim but has a limited offensive game. Has big time leaping ability. The Bucks need help at the center position and Williams brings some upside while also being able to contribute in some areas right away.
Antonio Davis, Chris Wilcox
18 Spurs Elie Okobo PG HT: 6-3 - WT: 194 - WING: 6-8 - FROM: France
A dynamic PG with good length who can really fill it up. Has been on fire recently and is moving up draft boards. A prolific scorer and solid shooter. Can be a bit turnover prone and needs to learn to harness his talents. The type of player the Spurs love to draft and develop, even though it might not be a team need.
Dennis Schroeder
Hawks (from T-Wolves)
Jalen Brunson PG HT: 6-2 - WT: 195 - WING: 6-3 - FROM: Villanova
A rock solid PG with great basketball instincts and high skill level, Brunson has taken his game to a new level and became dominant in college. The Hawks would do well to add Brunson, giving them options at the point guard position.
Andre Miller
T-Wolves (from Thunder)
Jontay Porter PF HT: 6-11 - WT: 240 - WING: 7-0 1/4 - FROM: Missouri
The younger brother of Michael Porter, Jontay is a versatile forward who can score inside and out and is an outstanding passer. His three point shot is setting him apart from most of the other PFs in this class and would help space the floor for whichever team drafts him. The Wolves might see a roster shake up this offseason but Porter would be a good value with this pick either way.
Markieff, Drew Gooden
Troy Brown SG HT: 6-6 - WT: 215 - WING: 6-11 - FROM: Oregon
A big guard with a lot of play-making ability but who is a bit heavy-footed and lacks top end explosion. Has excellent length, good scoring ability and a lot of upside as a defender. Would be a nice addition on the wing in Utah.
Morris Peterson
22 Bulls (from Pelicans) Chandler Hutchison SF HT: 6-7 - WT: 195 - WING: 7-1 - FROM: Boise State
A long, athletic wing who has developed a nice three point shot and plays an efficient game. A defensive menace who can guard multiple positions and would bring depth and athleticism to the wing for the Bulls.
Devean George
23 Pacers Donte DiVincenzo SG HT: 6-5 - WT: 205 - WING: 6-3 - FROM: Villanova
A big time shot maker who can take over a game with his scoring ability. Has good size and athleticism and plays a hard-nosed game. Projects as a solid rotation guy at the next level, who could be a 6th man, scorer off the bench. The Pacers could use some more firepower on the wing.
Courtney Lee
24 Blazers Anfernee Simons SG HT: 6-3 1/4 - WT: 183 - WING: 6-9 1/4 - FM: Altamonte Sp., FL
A lethal shooting combo guard who has improved athleticism and might be the best three point shooter in his HS class. Has good handles and is quick with the ball.

Lakers (from Cavs)
Keita Bates-Diop SF HT: 6-8 1/2 - WT: 223 - WING: 7-3 1/4 - FROM: Ohio State
KBD has shown steady improvement in all aspects of the game, becoming an efficient scorer and solid defender. Has nice length for size. Projects as a solid role player at the next level.
James Posey
26 76ers HT: 6-5 3/4 - WT: 215 - WING: 6-8 3/4 - FROM: Duke
A talented scorer with good feel for the game and enough athleticism to get by. Isn't a big upside type of prospect and isn't likely to be a star at the next level but his three point shooting is special. Trent Jr. would help space the floor for Ben and Joel.
Wesley Mathews

27 Celtics HT: 6-6 - WT: 210 - WING: 6-9 1/4 - FROM: Cincinnati
An efficient offensive player and outstanding defender with good size for the SG position. A gamer who plays with intensity and makes good basketball decisions. Evans is a college Junior who is the same age as some Freshman. The Celtics love to draft wing players, so why not another one.
Eric Gordon

Melvin Frazier SF HT: 6-6 - WT: 200 - WING: 7-2 - FROM: Tulane
Is testing the waters but might return to Tulane if he doesn't get a first round promise. Frazier is a defensive menace who can really guard in space. Prototypical 3 and D prospect who would bring depth to the Warriors and could eventually replace AI.
Ronnie Brewer
29 Nets (from Raptors) Dzanan Musa SF HT: 6-9 - WT: 195 - WING: 6-8 - FROM: Bosnia
A skilled offensive talent who can light it up from three and has good open court speed. Lacks length and is limited on defense but is young and talented. Could develop into a solid piece for the rebuilding Nets.
Gordon Hayward, Sam Dekker
Hawks (from Rockets)
Khyri Thomas SG HT: 6-3 3/4 - WT: 210 - WING: 6-10 1/2 - FROM: Creighton
Combo guard who's a high level athlete and aggressive defender. Has a lot of length and brings a ton of energy on defense. Has become a good three point shooter with some upside as a scorer.
Avery Bradley

76ers get Lakers pick via Suns (MCW trade)
Cavs get Nets pick via Celtics, unprotected (Kyrie trade)
Clippers get Pistons pick, Blake Trade
Bulls get Pelicans pick (Mirotic trade)
Timberwolves get the Thunder's pick, via the Jazz (Rubio trade)
Suns get Heat pick (Dragic trade)
Nets get Raptors pick (Carroll trade)
Hawks get Timberwolves pick (Payne trade)
Hawks get Rockets pick