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ESPN: New 2018 NBA Mock Draft| Trae Young In NY!
 

 

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1) Phoenix Suns -
Deandre Ayton - Arizona - Freshman - C
Ayton is answering many of the questions scouts have had about him since high school with a string of dominant performances down the stretch. Physically, he's one of the most gifted prospects we've seen in the draft in the past few years, and he has an impressive skill-level to boot.

Phoenix, the worst defensive team in the NBA, will be right to question Ayton's impact on that end of the floor, but his sheer productivity makes it difficult to not slot him at the top of this class.


2) Memphis Grizzlies -
Luka Doncic - Real Madrid - Age: 19.0 - PG
After playing 80 games in the 2016-2017 season, Doncic went straight into preparation for the EuroBasket, which extended deep into September, giving him no offseason whatsoever. His body is paying the toll for that now, as he clearly hit a wall in the month of February and was recently shut down by Real Madrid for at least a couple of weeks. It will be interesting to see if Doncic can regain his early season form heading into the EuroLeague and ACB playoffs, which will help him reestablish his candidacy for the No. 1 pick..

3) Atlanta Hawks -
Jaren Jackson Jr. - Michigan State - Freshman - PF/C
The youngest prospect in the draft, Jackson may have the highest ceiling of anyone in this class in terms of his ability to affect the game on both ends of the floor. He has enviable physical tools, including a 7-4 wingspan and tremendous mobility. Jackson's ability to space the floor (40 percent from 3, 80 percent from the line), block shots (5.7 per 40 minutes), switch on every screen and, increasingly, put the ball on the floor from the perimeter make him an ideal fit for the modern NBA.

4) Sacramento Kings -
Marvin Bagley III - Duke - Freshman - PF/C
Although there are some positional concerns regarding Bagley and his fit in the modern NBA, particularly on the defensive end, at some point his talent level and sheer production are likely too great to pass on.

The Kings are still figuring out just how good their young frontcourt prospects are and might not be in a situation to pass on a "best talent available" type due to positional considerations. Bagley's athleticism, motor, rebounding and finishing ability would complement their existing pieces nicely.

5) Orlando Magic -
Mo Bamba - Texas - Freshman - C
Bamba is one of the most unique prospects in this class, with game-changing defensive potential to go along with a rapidly improving skill level that combined gives him significant long-term potential. Nagging injuries to his foot and toe have hampered Bamba somewhat recently, but every team in the NBA is looking for a big man who can anchor a defense. That includes the Magic, who have struggled badly on that end of the floor.

Although the Magic could very well be in the market for a point guard, there are still question marks about whether Trae Young or Collin s3xton are worthy of being picked this high.

6) Chicago Bulls -
Wendell Carter Jr. - Duke - Freshman - C
Its Carter, not Bagley, who has been Duke's best big man in many key ACC games, leaving many scouts to wonder just how good he might look if he were utilized in more modern lineups with better floor spacing.

For the Bulls, Carter's ability to rebound, block shots and score from inside and out would complement the promising Lauri Markkanen well in many ways.

7) Dallas Mavericks -
Michael Porter Jr. - Missouri - Freshman - SF/PF
Porter's stock has dropped this season. While spinal surgery set him back, teams have also come away from background checks questioning his commitment to winning and ability to fit into team schemes.

8) Cleveland Cavaliers (via Nets) -
Collin s3xton - Alabama - Freshman - PG
While highly inconsistent over the course of the season -- partially due to injuries -- s3xton has shown enough flashes in the right areas to comfortably project him as a starting-caliber point guard, with plenty of upside. Fiercely competitive, s3xton is an aggressive downhill driver who has proven to be a pesky defender and capable shot-maker when operating at his best.

The Cavs have a great deal of uncertainty around their future due to the unknowns surrounding LeBron James' return, but s3xton is a fit here regardless of what James decides to do.
Cleveland will receive Brooklyn's first-round pick unprotected.


9) New York Knicks -
Trae Young - Oklahoma - Freshman - PG
Frank Ntilikina has had some nice rookie moments, but the Knicks are finding out that the long-armed, 6-foot-5 guard is seemingly better suited playing alongside a more dominant ball handler and shot creator who can take some of the scoring responsibilities off his shoulders.

Enter Young, who looks like a nice pairing with his ability to navigate pick-and-rolls, make shots off the dribble and find the open man with impressive creativity. Having the luxury of hiding him defensively will be a key to his early success.


10) Philadelphia 76ers (via Lakers) -
Mikal Bridges - Villanova - Junior - SF
The Sixers are in line to draft in the top 10 due to the shrewd Michael Carter-Williams trade made by Sam Hinkie three years ago (as long as the pick is not second, third, fourth or fifth, in which case it goes to Boston).

Philadelphia will receive L.A.'s pick if it lands at No. 1 or Nos. 6-30. Otherwise, the pick goes to Boston.

11) Charlotte Hornets -
Miles Bridges - Michigan State - Sophomore - SF/PF
Charlotte continues to search for long-term solutions at both forward positions, and will likely look to add athleticism to what has become a fairly disappointing roster.

Bridges is a freakish athlete who has struggled at times to make the full-time transition to small forward, but he undoubtedly has potential as a two-way forward who can guard all over the floor and give you enough shooting, ballhandling and passing to get by at one of the most important positions in today's NBA.

12) LA Clippers (via Pistons) -
Lonnie Walker IV - Miami - Freshman - SG
The Clippers could definitely use a jolt of energy on the wing, where they have cycled through countless options all season and are still in search of a long-term solution.

Walker hasn't had a consistent freshman season, but his talent, combined with the lack of depth at his position, has kept his name in the top-20 conversation. His youth, strong frame, 6-foot-10˝ wingspan and ability to shoot with his feet set or off the dribble make him a candidate to rise during the pre-draft process as teams search for upside and diamonds in the rough.

13) Denver Nuggets
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Kentucky Freshman PG/SG
The Nuggets are one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA and will likely be looking to add multi-positional versatility to their backcourt, which has been inconsistent on that end of the floor.

Gilgeous-Alexander has the size, length, defensive prowess and unselfishness needed to operate as a role player alongside a variety of different types of guards. His offense has made significant strides as the year has moved on, helping him surprisingly emerge as arguably Kentucky's best top long-term prospect.

14) LA Clippers
Robert Williams Texas A&M Sophomore PF/C
Williams has had a somewhat disappointing sophomore season, partially due to his playing out of position as a power forward in traditional dual-post player lineups.

His game is tailor-made for the NBA, though, as a rim-running, pick-and-roll-finishing, shot-blocker/offensive rebounder in the Clint Capela mold. With DeAndre Jordan in the final year of his contract and Blake Griffin headed to Detroit, the Clippers could certainly look to Williams as a potential successor.


15) Phoenix Suns (via Bucks)
Kevin Knox Kentucky Freshman SF/PF
Sporting the worst defense in the NBA, the Suns will surely be looking to add more size, length, athleticism and versatility at every position.

Knox was inconsistent this season on that end of the floor, but as the second-youngest player in the draft, that's not all that surprising. His ability to stretch the floor, make plays in the open court and theoretically guard either forward spot is attractive in today's NBA.

16) Phoenix Suns (via Heat)
Aaron Holiday UCLA Junior PG
The Suns could very well be looking to add firepower at the point guard position depending on their thoughts about (and the cost of) resigning Elfrid Payton.

Holiday has broken through in a major way in his senior season, and he would bring a number of attractive traits with his microwave scoring ability, long wingspan and toughness.

17) Indiana Pacers
Troy Brown Oregon Freshman SG
Indiana's wing rotation could certainly use more depth, and Brown's versatility as a big ball handler, defender and rebounder is intriguing in a league that is starved for players at his position.

Brown's inconsistency as a perimeter shooter has made it difficult for him to fully break out, but being the third-youngest player in this draft class means he still has time to address that.

18) Utah Jazz
Anfernee Simons IMG Academy (HS) Age: 18.7 SG
The Jazz might look for a versatile guard who can operate in different lineups without dominating the ball alongside Donovan Mitchell. Simons is one of the least NBA-ready players in the draft, but he's intriguing due to his combination of youth, explosiveness and shot-making prowess.

He's a few years away from panning out, but at this stage of the draft, there isn't much risk, and adding a prospect with his upside would be intriguing.

19) San Antonio Spurs
Daniel Gafford Arkansas Freshman PF/C
With the Spurs' incumbent big-men starters both in their mid-30s and no clear-cut successor in waiting, it might make sense for San Antonio's front office to consider drafting a project center to develop long-term.

Gafford's tremendous physical tools and significant upside give him lottery potential, somewhere he might still end up with a strong pre-draft process, but for now the glut of big men is pushing him down.

20) Chicago Bulls (via Pelicans)
Dzanan Musa Cedevita Age: 18.8 SF
The Bulls have a gaping hole at the small forward position and could use all the firepower they can find on the perimeter.

Musa's size, scoring instincts and aggressiveness could be intriguing at this stage of the draft. He's one of the youngest players in this class, but he is already productive in Europe, playing at a fairly high level.

21) Washington Wizards
Mitchell Robinson College: None Freshman C
Physically, Robinson is one of the most gifted prospects -- with impressive length, athleticism and shot-blocking instincts -- but he is a long way from contributing. The fact that he elected not to play college basketball this season won't help his NBA readiness, but at some point in the draft, he's worth taking a gamble on as a developmental project.


22) Atlanta Hawks (via Wolves)
Keita Bates-Diop Ohio State Junior SF
With the second of their three first-round picks, the Hawks might look to add some depth at forward.

Bates-Diop has increased his stock dramatically with a breakout season. He has been moving among all of the frontcourt positions for overachieving Ohio State and looks like an ideal fit for the modern NBA if he can find a way to rev his motor into higher gear at the professional level.

23) Minnesota Timberwolves (via Thunder)
Jacob Evans Cincinnati Junior SF
Evans is an ultra-versatile player who guards all over the floor, plays on and off the ball for Cincinnati and sports a career 38 percent mark from 3-point territory at the college level.

24) Philadelphia 76ers
Khyri Thomas Creighton Junior SG
Thomas is one of the better defenders in college basketball, capable of guarding three positions with his 6-foot-11 wingspan. He's also a willing ball-mover, a promising spot-up shooter and exactly the type of gritty and unselfish character the NBA covets in role players.

The Sixers have seen their wing depth stretched incredibly thin this season and might look to bolster their rotation with a player in Thomas' mold.


25) Los Angeles Lakers (via Cavs)
Bruce Brown Miami Sophomore SG
Even with Lonzo Ball in place, the Lakers should be looking to solidify their backcourt rotation and add more shooting, ball-handling and athleticism. Ball's size gives him the ability to operate alongside another combo guard, and it would be beneficial for him to have scoring to take the pressure off

26) Portland Trail Blazers
Chandler Hutchison Boise State Senior SF
Portland's wing rotation could use some added depth.
Hutchison has made significant strides with his game as a senior. He looks primed to take advantage of the lack of wings in the draft -- and the NBA in general -- this June. He has outstanding physical tools and is a much-improved ball handler and perimeter shooter.

27) Boston Celtics
De'Anthony Melton USC Sophomore PG/SG
The Celtics have a tough decision in front of them with Marcus Smart entering free agency, and may need to find a cheaper backcourt option to avoid luxury tax issues.

Melton looked to be on the verge of a breakout season for USC before the FBI investigation shut him down indefinitely. His defensive versatility, toughness and intangibles make him a prospect worth investing in.


28) Brooklyn Nets (via Raptors)
Melvin Frazier Tulane Junior SF
Nets are still figuring out what their long-term wing rotation looks like and could very well take a flyer on a high-upside boom-or-bust prospect at this late stage of the first round.

Frazier is coming off an inconsistent season, but he's a tremendous athlete, standing 6-foot-6 with a reported 7-2 wingspan and made 39 percent of his 3-pointers this season

29) Golden State Warriors
Devonte' Graham Kansas Senior PG
The Warriors are way over the luxury tax and will want to find contributors on cheap rookie scale contracts.

Graham is a ready-made role-player thanks to his terrific experience playing winning basketball at Kansas for four years. He's a 41 percent 3-point shooter and strong defender who ranked third in the country in a.ssists

30) Atlanta Hawks (via Rockets)
Grayson Allen Duke Senior SG
With their third and final first-round pick, the Hawks may look to add some backcourt depth, specifically someone who can play behind or alongside incumbent starters Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore.

Allen is one of the best shooter/scorers in the college game, and made significant strides as a senior with his playmaking and defense.


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 3 months ago '15        #2
Cooley High 81 heat pts81
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We're like 1-20 this year and we're still 9th
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 3 months ago '10        #3
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 Cooley High said:
We're like 1-20 this year and we're still 9th
Starting off hot at the beginning of the year was a real kick in the a.ss.

With that said Mikal Bridges>>>>>>>>
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Cooley High 81 heat pts81
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 Blkboipurp said:
Starting off hot at the beginning of the year was a real kick in the a.ss.

With that said Mikal Bridges>>>>>>>>
I def want Mikal bridges after their last game.
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 3 months ago '10        #5
Blkboipurp 
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 Cooley High said:
I def want Mikal bridges after their last game.
Supposedly Dolan,Mills and Perry were at that game
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 3 months ago '13        #6
1of1 717 heat pts717
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Booker, Warren, Jackson, Ayton

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 3 months ago '09        #7
dadon85 137 heat pts137
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Damn pistons. Wanted to tank this year and fire sale
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 3 months ago '17        #8
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Would rather see Colin in NYC than Cleveland.
 3 months ago '16        #9
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Trae aint it
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 3 months ago '10        #10
sho 2010 201 heat pts201
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Knicks lost
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Re-sign Jared Jack to a long term also while you're at it.
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Knicks stocking up on point guards and keeping them in the bunker for doomsday.
 3 months ago '17        #13
yousabitch 
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I was the most die hard knock fan. They’ve been bad for so long that I stopped watching or giving a fu*k. They sign every single washed up player to the roster for crazy money smh. Wake me up when we are ready to really play
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Adam Is BeTTeR 2 heat pts
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Stupid a.ss team should’ve been tanking from the start, but some of ya were hyped af and wanted that 8th seed. I knew this sh*t was gon happen, it always does around January/ All-Star break, ya remember when the Knicks started off hot with Marbury and he said we were the best team in the league, then January came and the losses did too

Back to mid lotto pick as usual

Away from another top talent, just like how we missed out on Steph because we wanted to win meaningless games, missed out in the 08 draft too that had Rose and Westbrook etc, always winning these stupid meaningless games. How many times have we been just a few picks away from a top talent

I can’t take this sh*t man

Bout to miss out again, on a player like Doncic, fu*k this team and James Dolan

I need Silver to rig this sh*t for me one time


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 3 months ago '16        #15
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Second round

31) Suns - Shake Milton | SF | Junior | SMU
32) Grizzlies - Landry Shamet | SF | Sophomore | Wichita St
33) Hawks - Jalen Brunson | SG | Junior | Villanova
34) Kings - Jerome Robinson | SG | Junior | Boston College
35) Magic - Tyus Battle | SG | Sophomore | Syracuse
36) Knicks (via Bulls) - Chimezie Metu | PF/C | Junior | USC
37) Mavericks - Jalen Hudson | SF | Junior | Florida
38) 76ers (via Nets) - Tony Carr | PG | Sophomore | Penn State
39) 76ers (via Knicks) - Rodions Kurucs | SG | ACB | Barcelona
40) Nets (via Lakers) - Kevin Hervey | PG/SG | Senior | Texas Arlington
41) Magic (via Hornets) - Trevon Duval | PG | Freshman | Duke
42) Pistons - Rawle Alkins | PG | Sophomore | Arizona
43) Lakers (via Nuggets) - Hamidou Diallo | PG | Freshman | Kentucky
44) Nuggets (via Clippers) - Jevon Carter | SG/SF | Senior | West Virginia
45) Nets (via Bucks - )Brandon McCoy | PF/C | Freshman | UNLV
46) Rockets (via Heat) - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk | SG | Senior | Kansas
47) Pacers - Elie Okobo | PG | France | Pau-Orthez
48) Jazz - Moritz Wagner | SF/PF | Junior | Michigan
49) Spurs - Ray Spalding | SF | Junior | Louisville
50) Pelicans - Vincent Edwards | PG | Senior | Purdue
51) Wizards - Arnoldas Kulboka | SG | Italy | Capo D'Orlando
52) Wolves - Bonzie Colson | SG | Senior | Notre Dame
53) Thunder - MiKyle McIntosh | PG | Senior | Oregon
54) 76ers - Amine Noua | C | France | Villeurbanne
55) Hornets (via Cavs) - Milik Yarbrough | SG | Junior | Illinois State
56) Mavericks (Blazers) - Alize Johnson | PG | Senior | Missouri State
57) Thunder (Celtics) - Allonzo Trier | C | Junior | Arizona
58) Suns (via Raptors) - Billy Preston | PF | Adriatic | Igokea
59) Nuggets (Warriors) - Devon Hall | SF/PF | Senior | Virginia
60) 76ers (via Rockets) - Karim Jallow | SF | Germany 3 | Bayern Muenchen II





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 3 months ago '11        #16
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n*gga is trash take mikal or shai and call it a day.
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 3 months ago '14        #17
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Trae gone buss n*ggas a.ss in the tournament
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 3 months ago '06        #18
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Raps had to give our first rounder for the Nets to take Carroll.

Masai will get it back.
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deandre hunter going undrafted

this sh*t trash.
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Knowing our luck we probably draft a busy
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