2018 NBA Mock Draft

NEW: 2018 Big Board Top 30
# Team Player Pos. Updated 6/17/18 Comp.
1
Suns
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.
Boogie

2
Kings
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
3
Hawks
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 Hawks are rumored to be enamored with Bagley and Jackson Jr, so could select whichever of those two is still on the board at no.3. They could also entertain the idea of moving down in the draft, if there's a team desperate to move up for JJJ, Doncic or MPJ.
Mourning, Myles Turner

4 Grizzlies Michael Porter Jr. SF HT: 6-11 - WT: 215 - WING: 7-0 - FROM: Missouri
When he's healthy he's a top 3 talent in this class with big time upside as a scorer. If he had been healthy all season there's a chance he'd go #1 overall, he's that good. His biggest challenges in the league will be on the defensive end, where he could struggle to guard quicker 3's and stronger 4's, and with his learning to become a great leader in the locker room but his immense offensive talents out-way the risks. The Grizzlies could add the high scoring wing to help them make a quick return to playoff contention.
stronger Brandon Ingram

5
Mavs
Luka Doncic SG HT: 6-8 - WT: 225 - WING: 6-11 - FROM: Slovenia
Doncic is losing steam as a draft prospect, despite his standout performances on the court. There are questions about his foot-steed, his three point shooting and how his game translates to the NBA but despite the question marks it's clear that he has all the tools to excel in today's League. Landing in Dallas would allow Doncic to share ball-handling duties with DSJ, forming an intriguing backcourt that could grow together as the new face of Mavs basketball.
Rubio, Mike Miller
6
Magic
Mohamed Bamba C HT: 7-1 - WT: 220 - WING: 7-10 - FROM: Texas
It feels like a crime to have Bamba this low but with so many other high-end talents in this class, he could slide out of the top 5. 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 also shown a vastly improved shooting stroke with range out to 3, making him a versatile player who impacts both ends of the floor. He could move up during the draft workout process, thanks to his insane measurables, great character and high upside. If he slides to no.6 the Magic should draft him without a second thought.
a more mobile Rudy Gobert
7
Bulls
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
8
Cavs (from Nets)
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 was in college he could end up as just a good but not great NBA player. With LeBron likely out the door, the Cavs will need a new face of the franchise and Trae Young would come in with a lot of hype.
Tyus Jones +, Steve Nash

9
Knicks
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. The Knicks need scoring talent and Walker could play next to Frank to form a long and athletic backcourt/wing duo for the Knicks.
Brandon Roy
10
76ers (from Lakers)
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's getting a lot of interest from teams in the top 12 of the draft, suggesting that he's a near lock for the lottery. The Sixers are building something special and Knox could be a key piece to help get them over the top. Or this pick could potentially be on the move, either with Philly trading up in the draft or packaging draft picks for a big name player.
Paul George
11
Hornets
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) 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. If he falls to no.12 the Clippers would be getting solid value with this pick.
Otto Porter

13
Clippers
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
14
Nuggets
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 Nuggets roster, bringing defense, rebounding and above the rim play.
Justise Winslow
15 Wizards
C
HT: 6-9 - WT: 240 - WING: 7-4 - FROM: Texas A&M
A very long and powerful PF/C with a lot of natural talent but has shown slower than expected development. Williams is a force on the defensive end who can guard at the rim but has a limited offensive game. Has big time leaping ability and is a great dunker. Would give the Wizards much needed help up front.
Antonio Davis, Chris Wilcox
16
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
17
Bucks
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. The Bucks need help at the center position and Robinson brings a lot of length and upside.
Whiteside, Bynum
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
19
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
20
T-Wolves (from Thunder)
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, would be a nice addition on the wing for the Wolves.
Devean George
21
Jazz
Kevin Huerter SG
HT: 6-7 - WT: 190 - WING: 6-7 1/2- FROM: Maryland
A lethal three point shooter with deep range who could be a specialist at the next level. Out until late summer with a hand injury. Would give the Jazz a young wing to develop next to Mitchell.
Klay-lite, Stauskas
22 Bulls (from Pelicans) 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
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.
D'Angelo

25
Lakers (from Cavs)
Jerome Robinson SG HT: 6-5 - WT: 191 - WING: 6-7 1/4 - FROM: Boston College
A lights out shooter with deep range and good shot selection. Hits a high percentage from deep and from the ft line. Would give the Lakers a floor spacer to open up the floor for whichever big name free agent(s) joins the team.
Spencer Dinwiddie
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

28
Warriors
Melvin Frazier SF HT: 6-6 - WT: 200 - WING: 7-2 - FROM: Tulane
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) Omari Spellman PF HT: 6-9 - WT: 250 - WING: 7-2 - FROM: Villanova
A bruiser who controls the paint with his strength and can also step out and make plays on the perimeter. Has a nice mid range game and a lethal three point shot. The Nets just need to keep adding talent.
Kris Humphries
30
Hawks (from Rockets)
HT: 6-4 - WT: 190 - WING: 6-6 - FROM: Duke
Hard working and gutsy player who can score the ball in a variety of ways. Versatile but doesn't have big upside. Would be a nice addition at SG for the Hawks.
Bob Sura
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Trades
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