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My Mock Drafts - gaganb87's 2018 NBA Draft

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Round Totals:

1st Round: 35/150 points

Total Points?:

35 points out of 300 overall

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T147 out of 236 mocks (39% Overall)

gaganb87's 2018 NBA Mock Draft Picks - Last updated: 06-20-2018

Rnd. ▴ Pick   Team Player Pos. School
1 1Phoenix PhoenixDeAndre Ayton C Arizona
gaganb87's comments: Luka Doncic is the best player in the 2018 draft, but the Suns say heck to BPA and go with positional need with Phoenix product DeAndre Ayton. Potential generational big with some flaws in his game, compared by some (probably unfairly) to HOFer David Robinson. His defense is a legitimate concern. Rough Player Comparison: KAT
1 2Sacramento SacramentoLuka Doncic SG Slovenia
gaganb87's comments: Best player available in the draft. Kings really win the lottery big, in drafting the 6'8" point forward who can do it all. Some question his athleticism, but no one can question the incredible accolades this kid has put up this season as a teenager against grown men. European champion. Euroleague champion. Euroleague MVP. Euroleague final 4 MVP. And yes, the Euroleague is the 2nd best professional league outside the NBA. This means that Luka is doing this as a teenager against professional grown men, which means that my man Luka Doncic is a true generational talent, through and through. Immediate impact, barring the Kings don't screw this up (always a real possibility).
1 3Atlanta AtlantaMarvin Bagley III PF Duke
gaganb87's comments: At number 3, the Hawks can't pass up Duke product Marvin Bagley. Bag has offensive game, and lots of it, but his defense is a legitimate question mark at the next level (and college level too) and might (probably will) limit his ceiling. For ther record, I personally am not a fan of Bagley as an NBA prospect due to his defensive limitations probably limiting his court time, but hes still a solid prospect in NBA eyes nonetheless, and I am doing this mock from a 'what teams will do' perspective, along with some of my own rankings merged in. Rough PC: Michael Beasley
1 4Memphis MemphisMichael Porter Jr. SF Missouri
gaganb87's comments: A lot of names to consider here, but the Grizzlies roll the dice on the preseason favourite to go number 1. Health is obviously the main concern here, but Porter is a 6'10" wing who can shoot and dribble. Defensive game called into question, but not fair to evaluate kid based on 0 body of work this year in college. Still an elite talent. Rough PC: Jayson Tatum with MUCH higher offensive ceiling
1 5Dallas DallasMohamed Bamba C Texas
gaganb87's comments: Texas big man Mo Bamba falls to the Mavs at 5. Perfect fit. Mavs are set at PG with DSJ, but Bamba comes in and immediately has the widest wingspan in the league. Bamba gets compared a lot to Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz and rightfully so, as the similarities are obvious. However, Bamba offers a much, much higher offensive ceiling than Gobert. Bamba has smooth shooting mechanics, to go along with soft hands and an extremely high basketball IQ (and IQ in general). Will become legitimate 3 point threat in NBA. Rudy Gobert with an offensive game? Yes, please. And btw, also fielded scholarship offers from Ivy league schools such as Harvard, before deciding on Texas. Total package. RPC: Rudy Gobert with a 3 point shot
1 6Orlando OrlandoTrae Young PG Oklahoma
gaganb87's comments: Magic go with the pure scorer here in Trae Young. Great shooter, tremendous passer, great court vision. Small stature, not so tremendous athlete. People are quick to compare to Steph Curry and its easy to see why, but people must remember that Steph is a lot bigger than Trae, and was a lot better athlete coming out of college as well. Time will tell, but this is a boom or bust pick for the Magic here. RPC: Mike Bibby
1 7Chicago ChicagoJaren Jackson Jr. PF Michigan State
gaganb87's comments: Wendell Carter Jr would probably be the better fit here and is more NBA ready (for some reason, Gar Pax is still saying the Bulls will draft someone that will help them immediately next year), but the Bulls can't pass up (or shouldn't) on tantalizing big man prospect JJ Jr. Perfect fit for modern NBA with freakish athleticism, a nice stroke and 3 point range, and great defensive versatility. His basketball IQ may not be the greatest, which may not allow him to put all of his tools together. But hey, they call these lottery picks for a reason. RPC: JaVale McGee
1 8Cleveland ClevelandCollin Sexton PG Alabama
gaganb87's comments: Cavs don't get the top 3 seclection they hoped for in the offseason when they acquired this pick from the Boston Celtics (via the Brooklyn Nets), but still get the opportunity to draft a potential impact player in this spot. Cavs could go a number of directions here, and obviously all of this weighs on if LBJ decides to bolt Leaveland (which he will), but Cavs lack of a true NBA caliber PG (until Hill) has been painstakingly evident this year. Alabama speedster Collin Sexton is the pick. RPC: Mike Conley
1 9New York New YorkWendell Carter Jr. PF Duke
gaganb87's comments: Mikal Bridges makes some sense here, but Knicks go with the BPA in WC Jr out of powerhouse Duke. Carter Jr is NBA ready with tremendous athletisicm, and many pundits indluing myself would not be surprised in the least to see him carve out a much more successful career than fellow Duke freshman Marvin Bagley. Great athlete, wonderful potential at the 4. Would be top 3 pick in any other draft. That good. RPC: modern day Zack Randolph
1 10Philadelphia PhiladelphiaMikal Bridges SF Villanova
gaganb87's comments: RoCo's replacement. Wings are gold in today's NBA, and Bridges has the chance to be a great one. Great size, great defensive potential, can knock down the 3. Good fit in Philly. RPC: Robert Covington
1 11Charlotte CharlotteShai Gilgeous-Alexander PG Kentucky
gaganb87's comments: Heres where things may start to get a little tricky. The top 10 players are off the board, and barring any real surprises (or fuck ups), the top 10 players selected should probably be the top 10 listed above. At 11, MJ and the Charlotte Hornets take Canadian Shai Gilgeous-Alexander out of Kentucky. SGA has rocketed up draft boards this year with a stellar freshman season at Kentucky. 6'6" point guard with almost 7 foot wingspan. You can see why NBA teams are drooling over his potential defensive versatility at the PG position. Will need to improve his jump shot considerably at the next level, but offers a comfortable floor with his defense. Also an insurance policy incase the Hornets decide (stupidly) to trade Kemba Walker. RPC: Rajon Rondo
1 12LA Clippers LA ClippersKevin Knox SF Kentucky
gaganb87's comments: The first of back to back mid 1st round picks, the suddenly rebuilding Clippers make it back to back Kentucky products and select SF Kevin Knox out of John Calipari's program. Good athlete, good size on the wing. Good shooter with decent room for growth in his offensive game. If offensive game rounds out to form and he can become an average defender, can become solid NBA starter one day. RPC: Tobias Harris
1 13LA Clippers LA ClippersRobert Williams PF Texas A&M
gaganb87's comments: I don't like tit for tat player comparisons, but when you think Robert Williams from TAMU, think one player and one player only. The longtime Clipper and potentially departing as a FA Deandre Jordan. Freak athlete great shot blocker can catch lobs. That's about it. Not bad getting both Knox and Williams with these picks. Lots to build on here moving forward for Clip city. PC: Deandre Jordan
1 14Denver DenverMiles Bridges SF Michigan State
gaganb87's comments: The team most infamously known for trading down from the pick eventually used to draft the late, great, Spida D Mitchell, the Denver Nuggets have a lot to attone for in this years historically deep draft. Nuggets are actually pretty solid at many positions, but like I mentioned earlier with the 6ers pick (coincidentally, also a Bridges), wings are gold in this day's NBA. WIlson Chandler is old and injury prone and won't be around much longer, 'the other' Bridges is his replacement.
1 15Washington WashingtonMitchell Robinson C United States
gaganb87's comments: Here is where the draft truly starts to get murky, and the talent level really begins to drop off a cliff. Wiz could go any number of directions here, but with a washed up and aging Marcin Gortat and a useless Mahinmi currently manning the middle in DC, it makes sense to swing for the fences on big man Mitchell Robinson. Missed his entire freshman season due to NCAA suspension (don't even get me started on the hypocrisy), Robinson has a legit chance to one day lead the league in blocked shots. Freak defender, offensive game needs a ton of work. True project.
1 16Phoenix PhoenixTrevon Duval PG Duke
gaganb87's comments: After taking Arizona big man Ayton number 1, Suns shore up their need for a PG of the future and take Trevon Duval. Duval was a freshman at Duke this year after being the number 1 point guard prospect coming out of high school, but his game at the college level showed some flaws. Mainly his shooting. Amazing athlete who could probably benefit from another year or 2 at college, but has legit starting NBA PG potential nonetheless.
1 17Milwaukee MilwaukeeLonnie Walker SG Miami
gaganb87's comments: Bucks need shooting, and get a potential steal in preseason lottery pick hopeful Lonnie Walker. Lonnie was slated to go in the top 10 preseason, but had a disappointing freshman campaign at Miami. Nonetheless, Lonnie is a natural scorer and great athlete, and if any team knows how to mold young talented toolsy kids, its the Giannis-lead Bucks.
1 18San Antonio San AntonioZhaire Smith SG Texas Tech
gaganb87's comments: San Antonio goes way off the board here and selects Zhaire Smith, combo guard out of Texas Tech. After seeing Donovan Mitchell's success this year at the NBA level, no body should be surprised to see Smith go this high (and potentially even higher), based on his 6'6" athletic frame and game changing scoring ability. Also has the potential to be a good defender. Solid pick here, and has a chance to really flourish in a great San Antonio system.
1 19Atlanta AtlantaAnfernee Simons SG IMG Academy
gaganb87's comments: With their 2nd 1st round pick in this years draft, the Hawks roll the dice and select Anfernee Simons. Simons gains early eligibility into this draft straight out of high school ala Thon Maker a few years ago, and was selected by most pundits to be a sure fire lottery pick in next years draft. That alone is tremendous value for the Hawks here at 19, and they can afford to take on a more toolsy project/boom or bust pick with their 2nd 1st round pick here.
1 20Minnesota MinnesotaGary Trent Jr. SG Duke
gaganb87's comments: Poised freshman out of Duke with NBA blood lines. Can really shoot the 3 ball, and the Wolves sorely lack 3 point shooting. Father also played for the wolves and Gary grew up in Minnesota. Good fit here.
1 21Utah UtahJontay Porter C Missouri
gaganb87's comments: Replacement for the probably departing Derrick Favors. Offers good defensive versatility and athleticism. 3 point range. Really fits the Jazz mold.
1 22Chicago ChicagoBruce Brown Jr. PG Miami
gaganb87's comments: 2 way guard out of Miami Florida. Or should I say, 2 way freak.
1 23Indiana IndianaAaron Holiday PG UCLA
gaganb87's comments: Darren Collison and Cory Joseph make a nice current PG combo for Indy, but Collison is a FA and Joseph is no more than a career backup, so taking a shot with the youngest Holiday here makes some sense. Aaron had a tremendous freshman season at UCLA, and although many doubt his pro potential, he'll be looking to put doubters to rest come this fall.
1 24Portland PortlandGrayson Allen SG Duke
gaganb87's comments: Blazers need shooting, and go with the 4 year senior out of Duke. Tenacious defender, good shooter, I actually like this pick. He will most likely flame out and never be an impact NBA player, but also, never say never. Theres something about Allen that makes him special IMO (based on nothing, I know), but I wouldn't be surprised to see him carve out a nice lengthy NBA career. More likely, however, journeyman. Worth the gamble for the shooting starved Blazers.
1 25LA Lakers LA LakersHamidou Diallo SG Kentucky
gaganb87's comments: Lakers lost their pick to Philly, but get a nice prospect in Diallo. Another player that probably could have benefited from another year of college seasoning, Diallo is a tremendous athlete and nothing much more at this stage. A pure project and lottery pick for Magic Johnson and co.
1 26Philadelphia PhiladelphiaRodions Kurucs SF Latvia
gaganb87's comments: With their 2nd 1st round pick, 76ers go with draft and stash prospect Kurucs to add to their already impressive stable of young prospects, including draft and stash prospect Jonah Bolden.
1 27Boston BostonJalen Brunson PG Villanova
gaganb87's comments: Boston loves their tenacious players, and no one in this draft is more of a bull dog than 4 year senior and NCAA champion Jalen Brunson. Brunson lead number 1 seed Villanova to an NCAA championship this season, and although nothing really pops out at you in terms of his skills and tools, you can't doubt his toughness, heart, and leadership abilities. Lazy comparison I know, but reminds me a lot of fellow Villanova bulldog and alum Kyle Lowry.
1 28Golden State Golden StateDevonte' Graham PG Kansas
gaganb87's comments: Dubs lack of PG depth exposed this year with the injury bug hitting Curry and backup PG Shaun Livingston. Graham is a solid athlete and has potential to be an NBA caliber PG one day.
1 29Brooklyn BrooklynBrandon McCoy C UNLV
1 30Atlanta AtlantaJevon Carter PG West Virginia