NBA Mock Draft 2018

By: Reed Hunnicutt


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Pick Team Name: Position: Year: College/Country: Height: Weight:
1 Phoenix Suns DeAndre Ayton C FR Arizona 7’1 250
Ayton is the guy Phoenix wants. I’m not bought into the Kobe-Shaq reincarnation with Devin Booker, but the Arizona big man has star upside. He has all the tools to be one of the league’s best offensive bigs but his effort and energy will decide if he reaches that point.
2 Sacramento Kings Luka Doncic SG 1999 Slovenia 6’8 228
This pick will come down to Doncic, Marvin Bagley, and Michael Porter. Sacramento needs a player that can bring out the best in their young pieces. Even as a teenager, Doncic makes the game easier for his teammates with his playmaking ability, big shot-making, and invaluable win-first mentality.
3 Atlanta Hawks Marvin Bagley PF FR Duke 6’11 225
There is no player more likely to be a double-double threat from day one in the NBA. The combination of energy, athleticism, and skills will mesh well with John Collins, even if neither is a lockdown defender. Bagley could be the face of the Hawks.
4 Memphis Grizzlies Jaren Jackson PF FR Michigan State 6’11 236
Memphis is wise to shop the Chandler Parsons contract to move down a few picks. If they stand pat, Jackson makes a lot of sense as a hard-working big that has serious two-way potential.
5 Dallas Mavericks Mo Bamba C FR Texas 7’1 225
Bamba’s improved shooting form is drawing substantial attention, as it should for a 7-footer that will have the biggest wingspan in the NBA and the speed of a perimeter player. Dallas is weak on the interior so this would be an easy choice to pick an anchor like Bamba.
6 Orlando Magic Trae Young PG FR Oklahoma 6’2 180
As a team without a point guard and in desperate need of playmaking, Young is the best option given the freedom he could have in Orlando. With plenty of active wings and forwards, the Magic need a lead guard to set everyone up and create space for drives. Young does both.
7 Chicago Bulls Michael Porter Jr. SF FR Missouri 6’11 211
I would love Wendell Carter too, but there seems to be a sense that the Bulls will take Porter if he’s still here. With one of the worst small forward situations in the league, Chicago hasn’t been shy about addressing the issue. If Porter’s health meets expectations, his upside as a huge scoring wing is too good to pass up.
8 Cleveland Cavaliers (via Nets) Wendell Carter Jr. PF/C FR Duke 6’10 250
Carter is both security and immediate production for a LeBron decision. Had Bagley not reclassified, Carter would be a top-5 pick. He has a mature, patient game with the inside-out scoring to make an impact.
9 New York Knicks Collin Sexton PG/SG FR Alabama 6’1 183
Sexton would bring some swagger that New York hasn’t seen in years. He’s a scoring point guard that could make a fearsome defensive backcourt with Frank Ntilikina.
10 Philadelphia 76ers (via Lakers) Mikal Bridges SG/SF JR Villanova 6’7 210
I would expect the Sixers to either try to move up into the top five or trade for a starting-caliber player. Barring any agreements, Bridges is a guy ready-made to be a role player in the NBA as a skilled 3-and-D wing.
11 Charlotte Hornets Kevin Knox SF FR Kentucky 6’9 205
The different levels of Knox’s game are being noticed in workouts. As such a young freshman, he has the body and smoothness to grow into an effective wing scorer for a team in Charlotte that has nothing close to that.
12 Los Angeles Clippers (via Pistons) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander PG FR Kentucky 6’6 180
The Clippers overperformed last year, without a complete roster. Gilgeous-Alexander is destined to be a solid contributor due to his multi-positional defense and feel. With the injuries in their backcourt, he could have an opportunity to gain Doc Rivers’s trust early.
13 Los Angeles Clippers Robert Williams PF/C SO Texas A&M 6’9 240
Similar to DeAndre Jordan, a fellow Texas A&M product, Williams is an uber-athletic big that can control a game without scoring. Expect the Clips to target him.
14 Denver Nuggets Miles Bridges SF SO Michigan State 6’7 220
In an up-tempo system, drafting a transition finisher like Bridges makes a lot of sense. If Wilson Chandler tests free agency, Bridges could challenge for a starting role as a defensive-minded guy in a lineup full of scoring weapons.
15 Washington Wizards Lonnie Walker SG FR Miami 6’5 196
Walker could go as high as 10 based largely on his potential to develop into a dynamic scorer. Washington could use his offensive punch off the bench, even if it takes him a little while to adjust.
16 Phoenix Suns (via Heat) Donte DiVincenzo SG SO Villanova 6’5 200
DiVincenzo has that dog in him that every team needs. Phoenix is in dire need of backcourt depth and the Final Four MVP can play both guard spots effectively. He can be a microwave off the bench that brings a competitive fire on both ends.
17 Milwaukee Bucks Zhaire Smith SG FR Texas Tech 6’4 198
As much as the Bucks could use a big, most of the posts at this point would be a reach. Instead, they should look to add to a weak wing group. Smith is more than just the best athlete in the draft. He has good instincts, rebounds especially well for his size, and could become a shutdown defender.
18 San Antonio Spurs Gary Trent SG FR Duke 6’6 204
The whole Kawhi situation could lead to this pick being shipped elsewhere. Assuming they keep their pick, Trent is a good outside shooter who projects as a scoring specialist.
19 Atlanta Hawks (via Timberwolves) Kevin Huerter SG SO Maryland 6’7 194
The growing belief is that the Lakers promised Huerter. Plenty of teams ahead of them will consider picking the best pure shooter in the draft, including the Hawks who worked him out early in the process. Huerter’s combination of size, passing, and outside stroke would be a plus for Atlanta.
20 Minnesota Timberwolves (via Thunder) Keita Bates-Diop SF/PF JR Ohio State 6’9 223
Minnesota’s bench is going to need some work. Tom Thibodeau loves defensive-minded guys and Bates-Diop should be able to guard two or three spots with his length. He is efficient with his offensive touches and should blend into any roster.
21 Utah Jazz Troy Brown Jr. SF FR Oregon 6’7 208
Utah wasn’t able to trust their bench last year. Brown can function as a big playmaker with the two-way versatility that will give Quin Snyder options in his second unit.
22 Chicago Bulls (via Pelicans) Chandler Hutchison SG/SF SR Boise State 6’7 200
Even if the Bulls pick Porter at 7, Hutchison would give depth to Chicago’s weakest position. He’s more of a 2/3 than a 3/4 like Porter, but he has the complete game that should fit well all over the court.
23 Indiana Pacers Dzanan Musa SF 1999 Bosnia 6’9 187
Musa can fill it up on the perimeter and has the size and length to be a solid defender down the road. While he wouldn’t be the most NBA-ready player at this point, he fits Indiana’s need for a 3-and-D wing.
24 Portland Trail Blazers Bruce Brown SG SO Miami 6’5 195
Brown is one of the top perimeter defenders in the draft and offers good vision that will allow him to serve as a nice complementary piece when either Damian Lillard or C.J. McCollum sit.
25 Los Angeles Lakers (via Cavaliers) Mitchell Robinson C FR N/A 7’1 225
The center position is going to be an issue for the Lakers next year and free agency doesn’t offer a lot of viable options. Robinson is sort of a mystery man after skipping college basketball, but he is one of the most athletic bigs in recent memory with rim-protecting potential.
26 Philadelphia 76ers Khyri Thomas SG JR Creighton 6’4 200
Thomas is a tenacious defender that will be useful in a spot-up shooting role. He should be a good fit playing in an off-ball role in Philadelphia.
27 Boston Celtics Jerome Robinson PG/SG JR Boston College 6’5 188
Boston has a solid core but they could improve with shot-making on the bench to avoid those long scoring droughts. Robinson can get his own shot when called upon and has the size to play in lineups with multiple guards.
28 Golden State Warriors Grayson Allen SG SR Duke 6’5 198
The draft has been a great way for Golden State to fill their needs at a low price. Allen is a league-ready shooter that plays with energy and can handle the ball as a secondary ball-handler. A lot of college basketball fans will continue to despise him in Golden State.
29 Brooklyn Nets Chimezie Metu PF/C JR USC 6’10 220
Brooklyn has a lot of weaknesses, but interior scoring should be near the top of their wish list. Metu, Moe Wagner, or Ray Spalding would make sense. Metu is a little raw offensively but his activity around the rim is impressive. He should be a decent defensive presence as well.
30 Atlanta Hawks (via Rockets) Jalen Brunson PG JR Villanova 6’2 198
Atlanta lacks backcourt depth. Brunson will be a rotation guard for a long time with his pace, IQ, and shooting instincts.


31 Phoenix Suns Anfernee Simons SG/PG HS IMG Academy 6’3 183
Simons was a 5-star recruit for a reason. A team could take a look at him in the mid-to-late first round for his explosiveness and perimeter skills. He’s probably a G-League guy for next year but the upside is there for this to be a steal.
32 Memphis Grizzlies Elie Okobo PG 1997 France 6’2 180
Okobo’s experienced in a pick-and-roll game and has the athleticism to make it work. It could be a little bit of an adjustment to the American game, but he is a capable backup.
33 Atlanta Hawks Aaron Holiday PG JR UCLA 6’1 187
Holiday would be a solid insurance policy if Dennis Schroder gets his wish to leave Atlanta.
34 Dallas Mavericks Jacob Evans SG JR Cincinnati 6’6 200
The Mavs could use a wing player like Evans that defends and is comfortable in a low usage role as a floor spacer.
35 Orlando Magic Josh Okogie SG SO Georgia Tech 6’4 215
Okogie is a strong, aggressive wing scorer whose defense would be a welcome addition to the Magic.
36 Sacramento Kings Moritz Wagner PF/C JR Michigan 7’0 240
The Kings lack consistent post play, so adding Wagner after drafting Doncic in the first would check off key areas of improvement in Sacramento.
37 New York Knicks (via Bulls) Raymond Spalding PF JR Louisville 6’10 215
Without a clear timeline on Porzingis’s recovery timeline, Spalding could compete for minutes early on. Of all the bigs in this draft, Spalding is the one who will probably go lower than his talent suggests.
38 Philadelphia 76ers (via Nets) Rodions Kurucs SF 1998 Latvia 6’9 200
Kurucs would have gone in the first round last year. He is a lanky wing that would be low risk for the Sixers here.
39 Philadelphia 76ers (via Knicks) Omari Spellman PF/C FR Villanova 6’9 253
As a stretch four/five, Spellman would be an interesting player who could compete for second unit minutes early in his career.
40 Brooklyn Nets (via Lakers) Hamidou Diallo SG FR Kentucky 6’6 197
Diallo will be a better pro than college player. The fast pace and spacing will give him more chances to excel. Brooklyn would get a high-upside player if he falls this low.
41 Orlando Magic (via Hornets) De’Anthony Melton PG/SG SO USC 6’3 193
Melton can disrupt an offense with his physical gifts. He is a jump shot away from being a key contributor for a team.
42 Detroit Pistons Melvin Frazier SG JR Tulane 6’6 198
If Frazier is available at this point, the Pistons should jump at the opportunity to bring in some help on their underperforming perimeter.
43 Denver Nuggets (via Clippers) Trevon Duval PG FR Duke 6’3 191
Duval is criticized a lot for his lacking jumper, but he is just scratching the surface as a point guard who can create scoring opportunities consistently.
44 Washington Wizards Brandon McCoy C FR UNLV 7’0 250
Without a lot of long-term options at center, McCoy is a project worth investing in this late.
45 Brooklyn Nets (via Bucks) Jevon Carter PG/SG SR West Virginia 6’2 196
This late, Carter is the one guy with a defined role in the NBA as a lockdown defender.
46 Houston Rockets (via Heat) Kevin Hervey SF SR UT Arlington 6’8 211
Hervey isn’t the best athlete but he can stretch the court in small lineups and rebounds well for his size.
47 Los Angeles Lakers (via Nuggets) Landry Shamet PG SO Wichita State 6’5 188
Shamet is one of the top shooters in the draft. The Lakers lack outside threats, especially from their guard positions.
48 Minnesota Timberwolves Goga Bitadze C 1999 Georgia 6’11 250
Bitadze may stay overseas for a few more years to hone his skills before joining a team like the Timberwolves.
49 San Antonio Spurs DeVonte’ Graham PG SR Kansas 6’2 186
Graham is a hard-nosed point guard that should have value in San Antonio’s system.
50 Indiana Pacers Shake Milton PG/SG JR SMU 6’6 207
Milton has size and shooting for a guard. He could go higher if teams like his playmaking potential.
51 New Orleans Pelicans Malik Newman PG/SG SO Kansas 6’3 189
The Pelicans could use perimeter scoring. Newman is going to be a spark plug no matter where he ends up.
52 Utah Jazz Yante Maten PF SR Georgia 6’9 245
Maten added layers to his game over four years and should outplay his draft position.
53 Oklahoma City Thunder Joel Berry PG SR North Carolina 6’0 195
Berry could be a backup point guard with the Thunder.
54 Dallas Mavericks (via Trail Blazers) Isaac Bonga SF 1999 Germany 6’9 200
Bonga’s style of play as a point forward continues to draw attention. Some team will draft-and-stash and hope for the best.
55 Charlotte Hornets (via Cavaliers) Theo Pinson SF SR North Carolina 6’7 211
Pinson can guard, pass, and rebound at a high level. Despite not being a great scorer, he has the look of a role player.
56 Philadelphia 76ers Tryggvi Hlinason C 1997 Iceland 7’1 250
Hlinason is very raw but the right training could turn him into a forceful interior player.
57 Oklahoma City Thunder (via Celtics) Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk SG/SF SR Kansas 6’8 211
Mykhailiuk’s size and shooting excellence were highlighted at Kansas. OKC has been in need of shooting for years.
58 Denver Nuggets (via Warriors) Tony Carr PG SO Penn State 6’5 198
Carr’s draft range is borderline first-round to undrafted. His gifts as a shot-maker for such a big lead guard could entice a team much higher.
59 Phoenix Suns (via Raptors) Bonzie Colson PF SR Notre Dame 6’5 220
Colson would go higher if he never broke his foot. Going undrafted is a real possibility, but the Suns have a lot of picks and got to see him workout since he has returned.
60 Philadelphia 76ers  (via Rockets) Arnoldas Kulboka SF 1998 Lithuania 6’9 200
Kulboka has a sweet outside stroke that will translate to any level of basketball.