2018 NBA Mock Draft


# Team Player Pos. Updated 4/13//18 Comp.
1
Suns
DeAndre Ayton C HT: 7-1 - WT: 260 - WING: 7-5 - FROM: Arizona
With the pre-lottery draft order set the Suns are in position to get an elite center to add to the young core. In his one 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 can fall asleep on defense and doesn't always play with the best motor but he's got superstar potential.The Suns have been desperate for help at center and would love to add Ayton to the team.
Boogie

2
Grizzlies
Michael Porter Jr. SF HT: 6-10 - WT: 215 - WING: 7-0 - FROM: Missouri
Most draftniks won't like this projection but NBA teams haven't forgotten about MPJ, 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 Grizzlies have a glaring hole on the wing and MPJ would be a great addition to a team that could make a quick turn around and be in playoff contention again next year.
stronger Brandon Ingram

3
Mavericks
Marvin Bagley III PF HT: 6-11 - WT: 235 - WING: 7-1 - FROM: Duke
We've been on the Bagley bandwagon all season long and it's clear that his upside is still incredibly high but his defensive development has been lacking. On the offensive end he's a force on the glass but is also a bit one-dimensional (although his three point shot shows a lot of promise) and he's mostly a dunker and a put-back scorer. With all that said, he's an incredible athlete who runs the court like a deer and is still only 19 years old. We know that PF/Cs take longer to develop and the future is extremely bright for Bagley. It just might take some time. The Mavs are in a full rebuild and could use a stud PF to develop.
Kevin Garnett, Beasley
4 Hawks Luka Doncic SG HT: 6-8 - WT: 225 - WING: 6-11 - FROM: Slovenia
Doncic is a polarizing prospect who is ranked #1 on a lot of boards but comes with some question marks as well. He has a unique adjustment to make coming into the NBA game and there are some boom or bust scenarios with him. He's an elite talent but his average foot-speed and lack of above the rim play might limit his upside. He has the skill-set needed to excel in today's NBA and the Hawks would be a great landing spot as he'd fit their system well.
Rubio, Mike Miller
5
Magic
Jaren Jackson Jr. PF HT: 6-11 - WT: 240 - WING: 7-4 - FROM: Michigan St.
The phrase "just scratching the surface of his potential" was made up for players like Jackson. He's got ideal length and size plus a great feel for the game, especially on the defensive end. He shows promise as a shooter and seems to have the work ethic to grow his game and reach his immense potential. The Magic would do well to pair JJJ with Isaac to form a formidable young front-court, especially on the defensive end.
Mourning, Myles Turner

6
Bulls
Mohamed Bamba C HT: 7-0 - WT: 220 - WING: 7-9 - 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 Bulls would do well to pair a shot blocking big like Bamba with the offensive minded Lauri and these two could form a very intriguing frontcourt with a bright upside.
a more mobile Rudy Gobert
7
Kings
Wendell Carter Jr. PF HT: 6-10 - WT: 260 - WING: 7-3 FROM: Duke
Carter Jr. gets overshadowed by Bagley but he's a top 10 talent who can play either front court position. The Kings have some nice young power forwards but adding a versatile big man like Carter Jr. would still be a good move. He's got an all around skill set that Skal lacks and he'd be an instant upgrade, with plenty of upside as well.
Greg Monroe, Al Horford
8
Cavs (from Nets)
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 the Cavs keep LeBron this pick would seem like a no-brainer, as Bridges would provide the floor-spacing and defensive play-making that the King needs to make one last run.
Otto Porter

9
Knicks
Collin Sexton PG HT: 6-3 - WT: 185 - WING: 6-6 - FROM: Alabama
Sexton hasn't been the most consistent player but when he's on his game he looks like a top 5 pick. The Knicks need help on the wing but are also desperate for play-making from their guards and could use Sexton's penetrating skills and aggressive style of play. If he 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
10
76ers (from Lakers)
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. There's some risk with this pick but his ceiling is very high and he'd a be a great fit with the young 76ers, giving them an insanely athletic duo of Fultz and Walker.
Brandon Roy
11
Hornets
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 next to Kemba and could take over the PG duties if the Hornets decide to trade the veteran star.
Tyreke Evans
12 Clippers (from Pistons) Trae Young PG HT: 6-2 - WT: 180 - WING: 6-4 - FROM: Oklahoma
Trae Young is an interesting case. If he's allowed to roam free and 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. As the Clippers redefine themselves, Young would help give the team an identity.
Tyus Jones +

13
Clippers
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. The Clippers should go with the best player available and Knox has the most upside at this point in the draft.
Paul George
14
Nuggets
Miles Bridges SF HT: 6-7 - WT: 225 - WING: 6-8 - 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 Jontay Porter PF HT: 6-10 - WT: 240 - WING: 7-0 - 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 the Wizards All-Star backcourt. He might not have the upside of a guy like Mitchell Robinson but is a much safer pick who should have a long NBA career.
Markieff, Drew Gooden
16
Suns (from Heat)
Zhaire Smith SF HT: 6-5 - WT: 195 - WING: 6-9 - 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
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. Would give the Bucks a talented shooter to space the floor for Giannis and the gang.
Gordon Hayward, Sam Dekker

18 Spurs 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 land in a great situation if he goes to the Spurs.
Whiteside, Bynum
19
Hawks (from T-Wolves)
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 Hawks need help up front and even though Williams and John Collins don't seem like a great pair on paper, this pick would give the Hawks depth at the PF/C positions.
Antonio Davis, Chris Wilcox
20
Pacers
Isaac Bonga SF HT: 6-9 - WT: 200 - WING: 6-11 - FROM: Germany
A 6-9 combo guard/wing who is has great physical tools but a long way to go to be NBA ready. One of the youngest players in the draft, could be a developmental player for a Pacers organization that is in need of upside talent.
taller John Salmons

21
Jazz
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. Putting Brunson next to Donovan Mitchell would give the Jazz a super talented and mature backcourt that would set them up for years of success.
Andre Miller
22 T-Wolves (from Thunder) Trevon Duval PG HT: 6-2 - WT: 186 - WING: 6-9 - FROM: Duke
High level athlete who does a nice job of getting into the lane and has a lot of bounce to the rim. A talented play-maker who excels at finding his teammates but is inconsistent shooting the rock. Duval could develop behind Teague as he learns to run an NBA team.
Jay Williams
23 Bulls (from Pelicans) 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 fill a need for the Bulls.
Ronnie Brewer
24 Blazers HT: 6-5 - WT: 215 - WING: 6-8 - 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. The Blazers could use depth at the SG position and Trent Jr. is one of the best shooters in the draft.
Wesley Mathews

25
Lakers (from Cavs)
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 give the Lakers another talented wing to add to the young core.
Morris Peterson
26 76ers Chimezie Metu PF HT: 6-10 - WT: 225 - WING: 6-11 - FROM: USC
A great athlete for his size who can play above the rim and throw down some nasty dunks. Raw but with a lot of natural talent, Metu would bring depth and upside to the 76ers frontcourt.
Damian Jones

27 Celtics 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. Seems like a Danny Ainge type of pick.
Dennis Schroeder
28
Warriors
HT: 6-6 - WT: 210 - WING: NA - 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. He'd bring depth to the Warriors wing and could eventually replace or take minutes from AI, Livingston and McCaw.
Eric Gordon

29 Nets (from Raptors) Anfernee Simons SG HT: 6-4 - WT: 177 - WING: 6-7 - 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. The Nets need talent in the worst way and would do well to swing for the fences with a pick like Simons.
D'Angelo

30
Hawks (from Rockets)
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 Hawks.
Devean George
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Trades
76ers get Lakers pick via Suns (MCW trade)
Celtics get the Lakers pick via 76ers only if it's #s 2-5 (Fultz 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