The NBA Finals are in full swing and the draft is coming soon. Some underclass prospects, including Tyus Battle (Syracuse), PJ Washington (Kentucky) and Bruno Fernando (Maryland) have opted to return to school for another year. But many have stayed in the draft, making this another bloated draft with a lot of talent but a few potential superstars.
Five teams have multiple picks in the first round:
- Phoenix: 1, 16
- Atlanta: 3, 19, 28
- Chicago: 7, 22
- Philadelphia: 10, 25
- LA Clippers: 12, 13
It would appear that Deandre Ayton from Arizona will stay in the state and head to Phoenix with the number one pick. The most intriguing names in the draft are a couple guards.
The first is Luka Doncic, who might be the most talented player in the draft. He's recently sent mixed messages about when he'll come to the NBA from Europe, which might be a factor in where he's selected.
The other is Villanova guard and Final Four MOP Donte DiVincenzo, who surpised many in coming out and a few more by staying in the draft. His stock is soaring; he might end up a top ten pick by the time the draft takes place.
So here we go. Our first round 2018 NBA Mock Draft.
1. Phoenix - Deandre Ayton, C, Arizona
2. Sacramento - Marvin Bagley, Jr, PF, Duke
3. Atlanta - Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas
4. Memphis - Luka Doncic, PG, Real Madrid
5. Dallas - Jaren Jackson, PF, Michigan State
6. Orlando - Michael Porter, Jr, SF, Missouri
7. Chicago - Wendell Carter, Jr, PF, Duke
8. Cleveland (from BRK) - Trea Young, PG, Oklahoma
9. New York - Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama
10. Philadelphia (from LAL) - Mikal Bridges, SF, Villanova
11. Charlotte - Donte DiVincenzo, G, Villanova
12. LA Clippers (from DET) - Robert Williams, PF, Texas A&M
13. LA Clippers - Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky
14. Denver - Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA
15. Washington - Kevin Knox, SF, Kentucky
16. Phoenix (from MIA) - Lonnie Walker IV, SG, Miami
17. Milwaukee - Mitchell Robinson, PF, n/a
18. San Antonio - Kevin Huerter, G, Maryland
19. Atlanta (from MIN) - Zhaire Smith, SF, Texas Tech
20. Minnesota (from OKC) - Chandler Hutchinson, SF, Boise State
21. Utah - Keita Bates-Diop, F, Ohio State
22. Chicago (from NO) - Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State
23. Indiana - Jalen Brunson, PG, Villanova
24. Portland - Troy Brown, SG, Oregon
25. Philadelphia - Melvin Frazier, SF, Tulane
26. Boston - Jarred Vanderbilt, F, Kentucky
27. Brooklyn (from TOR) - Khyri Thomas, SG, Creighton
28. Atlanta (from HOU) - Rodions Kurucs, PF, Barecelona
29. LA Lakers (from CLE) - Bruce Bowen, SG, Miami
30. Golden State - Moritz Wagner, C, Michigan