*The arrows displays where each player has moved to since our last NBA Mock Draft*
1. Phoenix Suns – DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona, Freshman (-)
After a workout with the Suns, Ayton said that he’s going to be picked number one. In addition, he said that the Suns are the only team he’s going to work out for. Barring any last minute crazy scenarios, Ayton is the pick here. The 7’1 center from Arizona has ridiculous athleticism and skill, and can shoot, in addition to dominating the paint.
2. Sacramento Kings – Marvin Bagley, PF, Duke, Freshman (-)
Luka Doncic received early hype for pick two, but that seemed to die down a bit. The Kings take Marvin Bagley here, who is definitely the second best player in the class in my opinion. Bagley has drawn comparisons to Amare Stoudemire and Chris Bosh, and can be a future star that the Kings need.
3. Atlanta Hawks – Luka Doncic, PG/SG, Slovenia, International (-)
Luka Doncic is the best European prospect we’ve ever seen. The 6’8″ point guard can do everything. He can shoot, pass, and defend, and was the youngest ever to win EuroLeague MVP this season with Real Madrid (19 years old). Expect Doncic to have as big of an immediate impact as Kristaps Porzingis did with the Knicks, as the Hawks will have a future franchise centerpiece to start building around.
4. Memphis Grizzlies – Michael Porter Jr., SF, Missouri, Freshman (↑4)
It is extremely unfortunate that Michael Porter Jr. missed nearly the entire season at Missouri due to a back issue. If he didn’t have that injury, we could have been sitting here talking about him potentially going number one. However, Porter Jr. has looked amazing in workouts, and is rumored to potentially sneak into the top three. As of now, I can’t see that happening, but that could change within the next week and a half. The Grizzlies are ecstatic to get Porter here.
5. Dallas Mavericks – Mo Bamba, C, Texas, Freshman (-)
Mo Bamba is probably my third favorite player in this class behind Ayton and Bagley. He’s going to be Rudy Gobert 2.0, and he can shoot. His wingspan at 7’10” is going to be the longest in the NBA, and he’s able to get up to a height of over 12 feet when jumping. Bamba is a rare breed, and Mark Cuban and Dallas would be partying if Bamba falls to them.
6. Orlando Magic – Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma, Freshman (-)
Things could change, but Trae Young to the Magic makes too much sense. Orlando has failed to draft well in recent memory, so why not take one of the most exciting players in college basketball? Young is the closest thing I’ve seen to Steph Curry, and his ability to shoot from anywhere as well as set up his teammates for open shots is rare. The Magic also have absolutely no guards, so this is a start.
7. Chicago Bulls – Jaren Jackson Jr., PF/C, Michigan State, Freshman (↓3)
Although his potential is sky-high, I’m not as high as everyone else is on Jaren Jackson Jr. Jackson is long and can easily be a center in the league. Like Bamba, he can shoot the three as well. While Jackson is raw, the Bulls can’t pass up the chance to get a steal at this pick, as Jackson Jr. could be the perfect piece to play next to Lauri Markkanen in the future.
8. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Nets) – Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama, Freshman (↑4)
The Cavaliers worked out Collin Sexton, and seem to be extremely intrigued by him. Sexton’s playmaking ability could give him the potential to be a franchise player for Cleveland. In addition, Cleveland is in dire need of a point guard. This could be a bit of a reach for the Cavs, but they fill the need at the point guard spot in a last-ditch effort to lure LeBron back.
9. New York Knicks – Wendell Carter Jr., C, Duke, Freshman (↓2)
I think that Wendell Carter is the guy that the Knicks want, but don’t expect to fall. In this scenario, Carter falls due to Sexton being taken by the Cavs. Carter would be the perfect player to put next to Kristaps Porzingis, as he could be a defensive anchor and great rebounder.
10. Philadelphia 76ers (via Lakers) – Mikal Bridges, SF, Villanova, Junior (↓1)
Mikal Bridges is probably one of the safest picks in this draft. He’s going to be a great 3 and D guy, as he shot over 43% from downtown in his junior season at Villanova, and can defend multiple positions. The 76ers could fit the hometown prospect into their lineup perfectly, as he would give them the shooting that will leave when J.J Redick departs in free agency. Mikal Bridges is one of my favorite prospects in the draft.
11. Charlotte Hornets – Kevin Knox, SF, Kentucky, Freshman (↑3)
Kevin Knox seems to have a wide range in this draft. I have heard rumors of him potentially going in the top ten, but think there’s also a possibility he can fall out of the lottery. Knox is a player with a tons of potential, and a guy that has drawn comparisons to Paul George. The Hornets get their small forward of the future at this pick, a guy that can hit the three and has great athleticism.
12. Los Angeles Clippers (via Pistons) – Lonnie Walker IV, SG, Miami, Freshman (↑5)
Lonnie Walker is another player similar to Knox, in the sense that they have an extremely wide range in this draft. At Miami, Walker didn’t have the best season, but showed flashes of why he was such a highly recruited player out of high school. Lonnie Walker is another athletic guard, who could potentially develop into an offensive machine.
13. Los Angeles Clippers – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky, Freshman (-)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a player that I think may be a lock for the Clippers, as long as the Clippers don’t trade away both picks to move up. The Clippers are in need of a point guard, and Gilgeous-Alexander showed flashes of brilliance towards the end of the year at Kentucky with his great size and quickness. Pair him with Walker and you could be looking at the Clippers future backcourt.
14. Denver Nuggets – Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State, Sophomore (↓4)
Miles Bridges is a player that I think can fall down the board pretty far, and he did in this mock draft. The Michigan State product could also go top-ten, but I have many doubts about Bridges. Bridges seems to be a great catch-and-shoot guy, but can’t seem to shoot off the dribble. Luckily for Bridges, he’s one of the most athletic players in the draft, so if he can work out hitting shots of the dribble, the Nuggets may get an absolute steal at pick 14.
15. Washington Wizards – Robert Williams, PF/C, Texas A&M, Sophomore (↓5)
The Wizards get lucky here, and Robert Williams falls all the way down to them at 15. The Wizards need to take a big man badly, but unfortunately the position isn’t deep in this draft, as there is a huge drop off in talent at bigs after Williams. Williams is a crazy athlete, and can block shots extremely well. If he polishes his offensive game, he can be a great piece moving forward for Washington.
16. Phoenix Suns (via Heat) – Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA, Junior (-)
The Suns need a point guard, and are trying to trade up in this draft to take one. If they don’t wind up trading up, the guy is Aaron Holiday, brother of Jrue and Justin. Holiday is a solid player with great scoring ability, and can step in sooner rather than later at point guard for Phoenix.
17. Milwaukee Bucks – Zhaire Smith, SG/SF, Texas Tech, Freshman (↓2)
Zhaire Smith fits the mold of a Milwaukee Buck. In past drafts, Milwaukee has gone after athletes, and Smith is certainly a great one. Smith has over a 40 inch vertical, and is my pick to be the Donovan Mitchell of the 2018 NBA Draft. His shooting was a concern for scouts, but that area of Smith’s game seems to be moving along nicely.
18. San Antonio Spurs – Donte DiVencenzo, SG, Villanova, Sophomore (↑1)
Donte DiVencenzo has skied up draft boards, and I expect him to keep moving up until June 21st. While DiVencenzo is known for his lights out shooting (we all saw it in the National Championship), he is also a great athlete. His athletic skills (42 inch vertical) showed at the combine and that’s the reason he will be taken inside the top-20. Imagine what Gregg Popovich could do with a guy like this.
19. Atlanta Hawks (via Timberwolves) – Khryi Thomas, PG/SG, Creighton, Junior (↓1)
Khyri Thomas could go as early as 14 and as late as 30, as his range in this draft is huge. However, you know what you’re getting in Thomas as he is a playmaker that can flat out shoot. His three point shooting percentage was at 41% in two of his three seasons at Creighton (and 39% the other). He’d be a nice piece next to Luca Doncic at the 2.
20. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Thunder) – Kevin Huerter, SG/SF, Maryland, Sophomore (↑4)
Kevin Huerter benefitted tremendously from the NBA Combine, as he went from being a second round prospect, to a near-guaranteed first round pick. I think that the Timberwolves need a guy who can move without the ball and be a catch-and-shoot guy. Huerter is that guy.
21. Utah Jazz – Omari Spellman, PF, Villanova, Freshman (↓1)
Omari Spellman is being chalked in as a second round pick by many, but I’d be shocked if he fell out of the first round. I don’t believe he would have left Villanova without the knowledge that he was going to be a first round pick. Spellman fits the mold of a stretch four in today’s NBA, as he is is 6’9″ and shot 43.3% from downtown during his freshman season at Villanova. The Jazz can use another power forward, and I believe Spellman is the guy.
22. Chicago Bulls (via Pelicans) – Chandler Hutchinson, SF, Boise State, Senior (-)
The rumor is that Hutchinson got a first round guarantee from the Chicago Bulls. I think this is going to remain the Bulls pick in the rest of my mocks unless something changes. Hutchinson has great size, and will be a nice 3 and D player in the NBA. The Bulls can use a small forward, so I don’t doubt that Hutchinson is their guy.
23. Indiana Pacers – Ellie Okobo, PG, France, International (↑31)
Ellie Okobo is the unknown gem in this draft. I wouldn’t be surprised if Okobo goes as high as 16 to the Suns. The French point guard raised eyebrows after dropping 44 in one of his playoff games in France. Okobo is an athletic guard, who can score at will. He could very well be Darren Collison’s replacement if all works out in Indiana.
24. Portland Trail Blazers – Keita Bates-Diop, SF, Ohio State, Junior (↓3)
I like Keita Bates-Diop a lot more than others, and always thought that Portland was the perfect team for him. Bates-Diop can score at will, and defend extremely well. His jump shot is great, and he can take it to the hoop as well. Bates-Diop’s athleticism is decent and nothing special, but I don’t see that being an issue for him in the NBA. He’ll fill the void at small forward nicely in Portland.
25. Los Angeles Lakers (via Cavaliers) -Mitchell Robinson, C, USA (-)
Mitchell Robinson is definitely the Lakers’ guy at 25. The 7’1″ center decided not to play college basketball, after he was originally going to play at Western Kentucky. Robinson is athletic, has great size, and can shoot the three, but may take some time to develop being that he never played college basketball. The Lakers are more than willing to wait for a guy that can turn out to be a huge steal in this draft.
26. Philadelphia 76ers – Jalen Brunson, PG, Villanova, Junior (↑2)
I didn’t mock two Villanova players to the 76ers on purpose, it is just ironic that that happened. Anyway… Jalen Brunson is a guy that’s going to be a lot better than his draft stock. People fear his lack of athleticism and quickness, but his skills are so good, that it makes up for that. Brunson is a lights out shooter and playmaker, and could be a great backup point guard to Markelle Fultz (assuming Fultz works out).
27. Boston Celtics – Grayson Allen, SG, Duke, Senior (↓1)
The Celtics pick 27, but would like a guy who can contribute right away to a potential championship. Allen is that guy, as he is the definition of NBA ready. Has he not had his outbursts at Duke, he could have been in the league for a few years already. Allen is a great three point shooter, extremely athletic, and can be a great spark off the bench for Boston, who can use another shooter.
28. Golden State Warriors – Jerome Robinson, PG, Boston College, Junior (↓5)
Jerome Robinson is an underrated prospect in this draft, as he averaged over 20 points in the ACC, arguably the toughest conference in college basketball. A great shooter and scorer, the Warriors will be happy to have Robinson as a backup guard.
29. Brooklyn Nets (via Raptors) – Mo Wagner, PF/C, Michigan, Junior (↑4)
Mo Wagner was a guy that was probably going to be a second round pick, but benefitted from the lack of bigs in this draft class. The Michigan product is an energy guy, who will be able to come off the bench in the league and give you great minutes. Wagner can shoot the three at a high percentage, and has good size at 6’11.”
30. Atlanta Hawks (via Rockets) – Troy Brown, SF, Oregon, Freshman (-)
Troy Brown was a highly recruited player out of high school, and is a great defender and playmaker. However, his jump shot is a disaster, so I think he could have used another year at Oregon to work on that. The Hawks take Brown at 30 with the hope that he’ll develop into a nice bench player, or even better, a potential starter.
31. Phoenix Suns – Anfernee Simons, PG, IMG Academy (-)
32. Memphis Grizzlies – Jevon Carter, PG, West Virginia, Senior (↑4)
33. Dallas Mavericks – Dzanan Musa, SF, Bosnia & Herzgovina, International (↑4)
34. Atlanta Hawks – Landry Shamet, PG/SG, Wichita State, Sophomore (↓5)
35. Orlando Magic – Josh Okogie, SG/SF, Georgia, Tech, Sophomore (-)
36. New York Knicks (via Bulls) – Bruce Brown, PG/SG, Miami, Sophomore (↑10)
37. Sacramento Kings – Melvin Frazier, SF, Tulane, Junior (↓5)
38. Philadelphia 76ers (via Nets) – Gary Trent Jr., SG, Duke, Freshman (↓10)
39. Philadelphia 76ers (via Knicks) – Rodions Kurucs, SF, Latvia, International (↑8)
40. Brooklyn Nets (via Lakers) – Trevon Duval, PG, Duke, Freshman (↓6)
41. Orlando Magic (via Hornets) – Shake Milton, PG/SG, SMU, Junior (NEW)
42. Detroit Pistons – DeVonte’ Graham, PG, Kansas, Senior (-)
43. Denver Nuggets (via Clippers) – Tony Carr, PG, Penn State, Sophomore (↓5)
44. Washington Wizards – Brandon McCoy, C, UNLV, Freshman (↓4)
45. Brooklyn Nets (via Bucks) – Isaac Haas, C, Purdue, Senior (↑4)
46. Houston Rockets (via Heat) – Rawle Alkins, SG, Arizona, Sophomore (↓3)
47. Los Angeles Lakers (via Nuggets) – Malik Newman, SG, Kansas, Sophomore (↑1)
48. Minnesota Timberwolves – Chimezie Metu, PF, USC, Junior (↓9)
49. San Antonio Spurs – Wenyen Gabriel, SF/PF, Kentucky, Sophomore (↓5)
50. Indiana Pacers – Kevin Hervey, SF, UT Arlington, Senior (↑9)
51. New Orleans Pelicans – Hamidou Diallo, SG, Kentucky, Sophomore (-)
52. Utah Jazz – De’Anthony Melton, PG/SG, USC, Sophomore (↓11)
53. Oklahoma City Thunder – Alonzo Trier, SG, Arizona, Junior (↑7)
54. Dallas Mavericks – Alize Johnson, Missouri State, PF, Senior (↓9)
55. Charlotte Hornets (via Cavaliers) – Ray Spalding, PF, Louisville, Junior (-)
56. Philadelphia 76ers (via Celtics) – Svi Mykhailuiuk, SG/SF, Kansas, Senior (-)
57. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Celtics) – Jacob Evans, SG/SF, Cincinnati (↓4)
58. Denver Nuggets (via Warriors) – Jarred Vanderbilt, PF, Kentucky, Freshman (↓2)
59. Phoenix Suns (via Raptors) – Isaac Bonga, SF, Germany, International (↓7)
60. Philadelphia 76ers (via Rockets) – Brian Bowen, SF, South Carolina, Freshman (↓10)
Best Available Undrafted:
- Kostas Antetokounmpo SF, Dayton, Freshman
- Bonzie Colson, PF, Notre Dame, Senior
- Tyler Davis, C, Texas A&M, Junior
- Vince Edwards, PF, Purdue, Senior
- Keenan Evans, PG, Texas A&M, Senior
- Devon Hall, SG, Virginia, Senior
- D.J Hogg, SF, Texas A&M, Junior
- Justin Jackson, SF, Maryland, Sophomore
- Theo Pinson, SG, North Carolina, Senior
- Lagerald Vick, SG, Kansas, Junior
- Kenrich Williams, SG/SF, TCU, Senior