NBA Mock Draft 2018

After seeing how most of the top NBA prospects have looked so far this year, here is an early look at an NBA mock draft. The draft order is based on the records of NBA teams as of November 25th. The full list of my top 100 NBA prospects as of now can be found in the link below.

Top 100 NBA Prospects

First Round

Pick: Team: Name: Position: Year: College: Height: Weight:
1 CHI Marvin Bagley PF FR Duke 6’11 225
Bagley is a dominant post presence that has all the gifts to become an All-Star power forward. If he stays healthy, he’ll be a 20 and 10 guy for a long time. Whether it be facing up from the perimeter or posting on the block, there is little defenders can do to contain the former top overall recruit. A frontcourt of Lauri Markkanen and Bagley would be a solid foundation for the rebuild in Chicago.
2 ATL Luka Doncic SG 1999 Slovenia 6’8 220
In the 2nd best league in the world, Doncic is averaging nearly 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists as an 18-year old. There’s not a single guard in college basketball that could play with his poise and efficiency. Doncic is a supreme competitor that can score from all over the court, rebound at an elite level for a guard, and sees the game two plays ahead. I don’t usually call foreign players locks to be impact players, but Doncic is the real deal. Atlanta could really use a versatile playmaker here.
3 DAL DeAndre Ayton C FR Arizona 7’1 250
Michael Porter is a better prospect, but Dallas’ need for a post player to succeed Dirk can’t be ignored any longer. Ayton is over 7-feet tall with a 45-plus inch vertical and effortless fluidity. While he’ll need to work on staying engaged throughout games, he has a tantalizing skill set with high activity around the basket and uncanny comfort scoring from the perimeter. He could very well be the next unicorn in the NBA.
4 SAC Michael Porter SF FR Missouri 6’10 215
I still hold the belief that there’s a decent chance Porter returns to Mizzou after missing all season with an injury. If he leaves, he’ll still be a top five pick for the sole fact that he is the best wing player in the draft when healthy. Not only does he pose a mismatch with his size, but he doesn’t have to work hard to put up numbers. Porter is so smooth and possesses such a soft touch that there is a serious argument that he is the best offensive weapon in this draft. Sacramento would be getting a steal at 4.
5 CLE (via BRO) Mo Bamba PF/C FR Texas 7’0 216
Bamba’s 7-foot-9 wingspan has been well documented and for good reason. There hasn’t been a prospect with this type of defensive potential since Anthony Davis. It’s not like he is a slouch on offense either, with range out to the three-point line and good hands catching passes. I imagine LeBron would appreciate having an elite shot-blocker to protect the basket for an aging team.
6 PHO Miles Bridges SF SO Michigan State 6’7 230
The way it looks right now, Phoenix could realistically have three first rounders. Bridges, the favorite for National Player of the Year, is a juiced up 3-and-D prospect that can absolutely control the game with his athleticism and power. If he can tighten up that handle just a bit, we could be looking at a guy that can be one of the top scoring options while guarding the other team’s best wing on a nightly basis. Bridges could step in and up the intensity level for the Suns.
7 LAC Collin Sexton PG/SG FR Alabama 6’2 185
The loss of CP3 has been far more detrimental than the Clippers management expected. Enter Sexton, the most confident, exciting guard in college basketball, to bring some fire back to LA. Sexton has been doubted at every level and every time he proves that passion and playmaking ability can translate from the park to the NBA. He has that one-on-one ability and relentlessness to succeed as a shorter lead guard. Not to mention he is a terrific on-ball defender and a proven winner.
8 MEM Robert Williams PF SO Texas A&M 6’9 240
Williams has a motor and physical presence that you can’t teach. His rebounding and finishing around the paint are truly remarkable. Memphis looks like a team ready to start over, so why not bring on a big with high upside whose effort will fit into that tough culture.
9 PHI (via LAL) Jaren Jackson PF FR Michigan State 6’11 225
The Process is hitting its stride, with an already stacked frontcourt. Adding a shooter may be more important for them, but Jackson would give Philly that bench big that every competing team needs. At this point he’s just scratching the surface of who he will become, figuring out how to use his size and bounce to affect the college game. Though his shooting form isn’t textbook, Jackson has been able to show off outside touch that I didn’t know he had. Any team that drafts the Spartan big won’t be disappointed.
10 ORL Trevon Duval PG FR Duke 6’3 183
It may be time for the Magic to find a new floor general to run their team. Elfrid Payton is a solid player, but Duval is an excellent playmaker that takes good care of the ball while playing at a high speed. That’s something that can rarely be said about teenage point guards.
11 UTA Wendell Carter Jr. PF FR Duke 6’9 255
Carter has been overlooked to an extent due to the talent that surrounds him. But the Georgia native is a low-post force in his own right, with a grown mans body and a mature play style. Post depth is just one issue that Utah will need to address this offseason.
12 CHA Kevin Knox SF FR Kentucky 6’8 205
In terms of wing players, Knox has all the prerequisites to be a good player in the league. He lacks top-shelf athleticism, but makes up for it with his size and long strides on both ends. On a team heavy with freshmen, Knox has asserted himself as a go-to offensive option that can hit big shots. Charlotte is very defense oriented on the wings, but need a scoring weapon like Knox.
13 PHO (via MIA) Gary Trent SG FR Duke 6’6 210
What Trent provides is immediate offense. He is an underrated defender as well, using an NBA-ready frame to guard the best perimeter players that Duke has faced. He is a strong penetrator that is known for his sweet shooting stroke. His game is built for the next level and his stock should rise as the year goes on.
14 PHO (via MIL) Mikal Bridges SG JR Villanova 6’7 210
Bridges was known as strictly a defensive stopper the last couple years. He is finally in a position to show his offensive game and hasn’t disappointed. His three has always been reliable, but the lengthy wing is getting to the basket and being effective in the mid-range. He will be a lockup wing, that’s a guarantee. The more he can show the growth on the other side, the better his pro prospects will appear.
15 MIN (via OKC) Dzanan Musa SF 1999 Bosnia 6’9 187
Musa can score it in a variety of ways, specializing as a knock-down shooter. He’s a hard-nosed forward that seems to glide around the court. Musa has the skill and length to be a reliable 2/3 whenever he decides to come over. I’m sure Thibs would prefer an immediate contributor, but Musa is worth developing.
16 NY Hamidou Diallo SG FR Kentucky 6’5 190
A New York native, Diallo is an athletic freak that slashes as well as anyone in college basketball. His shooting is streaky at the moment, but I think he could really be solid in that area with some more work. The Knicks would add a guy that could push the pace and be a big-time transition player for an up-and-coming core.
17 WAS Bruce Brown SG SO Miami 6’5 190
Already putting up a triple-double, Brown can change the game in multiple facets. His shooting hasn’t really improved as I would have expected, though his explosiveness and playmaking makes him an intriguing prospect. He looks comfortable as a primary ball-handler, which should only add value for Brown. The Wizards could use the energy and defensive ability to take pressure off of John Wall and Bradley Beal.
18 NO Lonnie Walker SG FR Miami 6’4 195
His health has been a big question. When he is on the court, Walker can score with the best of them. The Pelicans would really take any sort of perimeter shot-maker at this point.
19 IND Troy Brown Jr. SF FR Oregon 6’7 215
Brown plays like he’s been in the league for 5 years already. He is under control, high IQ, and skilled enough to play 3 or 4 positions in the NBA. The only knock on him is that he isn’t necessarily great at anything, though I’d argue his vision as a playmaker is elite for a wing. Either way, the Oregon 5-star is a guy who can step in and be a difference maker in the right rotation.
20 DEN Rodions Kuracs SF 1998 Latvia 6’9 200
Kuracs is an attacking wing that is incredibly long. He would have been a first-rounder last year and should only benefit from another year in the weight room. There is some 3-and-D intrigue here, something Denver could use.
21 ATL (via MIN) Chimezie Metu PF/C JR USC 6’11 225
Metu has been growing exponentially in his time at USC. Now he has added the three-pointer to his game to complement his agility and 15-and-in prowess. Without a lot to look forward to in the frontcourt other than John Collins, the Hawks could add a nice piece.
22 POR Mitchell Robinson C FR None 6’11 215
There will definitely be a lot of questions about why Robinson chose to take the whole year off of school instead of attending Western Kentucky. Even so, having a year of preparing like a pro may only help the physically gifted center from Louisiana. If his shoulders are any indication, Robinson should develop a powerful frame that will be a terror for opposing bigs. If you’re Portland, this is a low risk-high reward pick this late.
23 PHI Anfernee Simons SG/PG HS IMG Academy 6’4 180
Simons is next up in this new trend of attending a post-grad school and going directly to the NBA. He is a consensus top-10 recruit that has a sensational skillset. The worry right now is his slight frame that may make it hard to withstand a long season. But if we’re talking strictly potential and ability, Simons is going to be given a long look in the late lottery.
24 BRO (via TOR) Brandon McCoy C FR UNLV 7’0 250
McCoy is putting up historic numbers per-40 minutes right now (35.6 points and 21.5 rebounds). By going to UNLV, he is the centerpiece of their offense and is called to be the defensive anchor as well. He moves well for a 7-footer and can hit from the mid-range when given space. McCoy is also a big-time shot-blocker. Brooklyn has no answer at center right now, so picking a big here would provide immediate minutes to learn the league.
25 SA Isaac Bonga SF 1999 Germany 6’9 200
I think of Bonga as the German Giannis, with a nearly identical playstyle. Of course Bonga is still a teenager, so don’t expect a him to come in and take the league by storm like a 22-year-old Giannis. He isn’t nearly as athletic, but the potential to be an oversized playmaker is there. If any team will bring the most out of him, it will be the staff in San Antonio.
26 CLE Jaylen Hands PG FR UCLA 6’3 175
In an effort to get younger, bringing in uber-athetic Hands would be ideal. He still has a ways to go in terms of reading defenses. Still, he can get to the basket well, has a workable jump shot, and has good instincts both as a playmaker and as a defender. As long as a team doesn’t give up on him, Hands can yield a great return 3 or 4 years down the line.
27 DET Justin Jackson SF SO Maryland 6’8 230
Detroit is currently overachieving, but this is going in plan with their goal to begin turning their youth into results. What Jackson brings is a strong wing that can hit outside shots but also guard multiple positions. He can operate as a small ball four or as a big three in lineups.
28 GS Bonzie Colson PF SR Notre Dame 6’5 220
One area of improvement for Golden State is post depth. Colson is way undersized for a four, but makes up for it with superior length and intelligence. On the offensive end, he can pass out of the high post and is highly efficient all the way out to the three point line. He doesn’t necessarily look the part, but the Warriors are one team that picks off of productivity and fit.
29 ATL (via HOU) Grayson Allen SG SR Duke 6’5 202
A player with the athleticism and shooting precision of Allen will always be on a team’s draft radar. He finally has a true point guard that allows him to showcase at his natural position off-guard. Because of his athleticism, he has a chance to become an above average defender and be more than just a floor spacer. This late in the first round, finding a guy with an elite translatable skill and a high IQ is worth it.
30 BOS Bennie Boatwright PF JR USC 6’10 230
Boatwright is what you think of when you hear stretch four. Long, perimeter oriented and excellent behind the arc. He’s been on another level of production as both a scorer and rebounder this year.

2nd Round

31 NY (via CHI) P.J. Washington PF FR Kentucky 6’8 225
Washington is still figuring things out with Kentucky. His passing ability and physicality out of the four spot are impressive. He hasn’t been able to show his jumper yet, but he has potential as a dangerous pick-and-pop weapon.
32 ATL Josh Okogie SG SO Georgia Tech 6’4 215
Okogie hasn’t played yet in the wake of investigations for accepting illegal benefits. Once he gets back on the court, he will be able to prove his freshman season was no fluke. His downhill playstyle is going to translate even better if he can show his jumpshot is consistent at a higher volume.
33 DAL Shake Milton PG JR SMU 6’6 205
Playing in more of an off-guard role this season, Milton is able to use his size and feel to take over games with his scoring ability. He projects more as a big combo guard than a true 2-guard at the next level.
34 SAC Alize Johnson PF SO Missouri State 6’9 200
Most people probably don’t tune in to Missouri State games, even though Johnson makes the experience worthwhile. The 6-9 forward has a lot of energy on the glass and definitely passes the eye test. He looks like a guy who can be a tough inside-outside matchup, which he showed when he was MVP of a talent-heavy Adidas camp.
35 PHI (via BRO) Drew Eubanks C JR Oregon State 6’10 250
Eubanks has first-round upside as a bruising, powerful athlete who is still relatively new to the game of basketball. He is one of the best above-the-rim finishers in college basketball and brings impressive rim-protecting ability with his leaping ability. If his free-throw shooting (84%) is any indication, Eubanks could develop a nice face-up jumper over time.
36 PHO Moritz Wagner PF/C JR Michigan 6’11 240
Wagner hasn’t really taken the substantial leap forward that I was anticipating, but it’s still early. He does seem more rebound focused and is spending more time on the inside. With an improved level of strength, Wagner’s shooting ability could become more valuable in a lineup where he is forced to play against bulkier bigs.
37 PHI (via LAC) Joel Berry PG SR North Carolina 6’0 195
Still gaining form after a 2K hand injury, Berry is still the steady point guard that can run any team. With his toughness and shooting ability, the Carolina floor general will have a long career as a backup point guard.
38 MEM Nick Richards C FR Kentucky 6’11 250
He has put together some surprising offensive performances so far, but his calling card is on the defensive end where he can be a force.
39 ORL (via LAL) Andrew Jones PG/SG SO Texas 6’4 190
Jones is looking a lot more natural as an undersized scoring two-guard than a true point guard. He wants to attack and he wants to put up shots, which isn’t an issue with his ability to contain bigger guards with his athleticism and length.
40 BRO (via ORL) Arnoldas Kulboka SF 1998 Lithuania 6’9 200
Kulboka is a 6-9 wing that can shoot for days and rarely sees a shot he doesn’t like. His willingness to put the ball on the ground and attack closeouts is something that will aid his transition to the states.
41 UTA Tyus Battle SF SO Syracuse 6’6 205
Battle has taken that sophomore jump to the point where he is averaging around 20 points a game and still showing an ability to create problems with his length on defense. While he probably won’t add much else in the NBA, shooting and defense are something that is sought after in the second round.
42 PHO (via CHA) Allonzo Trier SG JR Arizona 6’5 190
So far Trier has been a scoring monster and this surprises no one. He’s not the biggest of guards, but his inate ability to get buckets will be enough.
43 HOU (via MIA) Billy Preston PF FR Kansas 6’10 230
Preston has yet to play yet beause of an questions about his car. When he plays, he’s got a really unique game with having perimeter skills in a true post player’s body. His stock could go up if he can be a difference maker when/if he is allowed to play.
44 MIL Jacob Evans SG JR Cincinnati 6’6 210
You know what you’re getting with Evans. A plus defender that is lights out from three and has strong athleticism. Those traits can’t fall too far in this draft.
45 OKC D.J. Hogg SF JR Texas A&M 6’8 200
Hogg is finally showing that stroke that makes his 6-8 size so impressive. Add in his playmaking ability and it’s easy to see what has scouts talking.
46 NY Austin Wiley C SO Auburn 6’11 255
Wiley is another guy struck by the FBI investigation bug. He can dominate in the paint with ridiculous length and power.
47 WAS Sviatoslav Mykhauliuk SG/SF SR Kansas 6’8 205
Svi is young for a senior and is getting more touches than he ever has. Every year his shooting has brought up questions about leaving early for the draft. He’s an underrated athlete as well.
48 CHI (via NO) De’Vonte Graham PG SR Kansas 6’2 185
Most players wouldn’t be able to fill the shoes of a player like Frank Mason, but Graham has done an admirable job in that same role. He is an ultimate competitor that defends and has deep range. He’s showing he can lead a team as the primary ball-handler, which many expected he would.
49 IND Keita Bates-Diop SF/PF SR Ohio State 6’7 235
Athletic and lengthy, Bates-Diop bounced back from an injury-plagued junior year to reestablish his draft stock. He’s a nice defender and is hitting a respectable amount of threes this year.
50 LAL (via DEN) Deng Adel SF JR Louisville 6’7 200
Adel isn’t really shooting that well at this point in the year. Still, he is Louisville’s top defender and go-to scorer because he understands how to use his size. He will find a role in the league as a stopper.
51 MIN Kevin Hervey SF SR UT Arlington 6’8 220
Hervey is one of those guys that just looks like a pro. He’s mature and wastes no movement on either end. Not to mention he’s a legit 6-8, can shoot it, and defends effectively. Hervey could rise up this board for teams looking for a safe, reliable player.
52 DEN (via POR) Rawle Alkins SG/SF SO Arizona 6’5 220
An injury has kept him out, and it’s showing for the Wildcats. Alkins brings tenacity as a driver though he’s not the tallest wing. He’s still got a lot of room for improvement that will be capitalized on through his work ethic.
53 PHI Kostja Mushidi SG 1998 Germany 6’5 210
Mushidi would have been drafted last year. He’s still the same shot-making, athletic guard that produces against solid competition overseas.
54 PHO (via TOR) Vanja Marinkovic SG 1997 Serbia 6’7 197
Marinkovic has a bunch of upside as a guard that seemingly keeps growing both physically and with his skills. He’s a smooth ball-handler with a lot of scoring ability and defensive potential.
55 SA Thomas Welsh C SR UCLA 7’0 245
UCLA’s big man is a real threat as a pick-and-roll outlet due to his shooting touch. Welsh is a good rebounder and can move fairly well too.
56 CHA (via CLE) Trevon Blueitt SG SR Xavier 6’6 205
Blueitt is a scorer first and a scorer second. He hangs his hat on putting the ball in the hole, something that will be worth it this late.
57 DET Vince Edwards SF SR Purdue 6’8 225
Edwards is a big wing that can do it all on the offensive end. Though not a great scorer, he can pass and hit open shots when called upon.
58 DEN (via GS) Johnathan Williams PF SR Gonzaga 6’9 228
Williams is a skilled scorer in the post and from mid-range. The lefty big is the top offensive post player on a Gonzaga team known for churning out frontcourt players.
59 PHI (via HOU) Matthew Fisher-Davis SG SR Vanderbilt 6’5 185
Fisher-Davis is a pure shooter that will need to prove he can produce in another area to stick in the league.
60 BOS Anas Mahmoud PF SR Louisville 7’0 215
Mahmoud is one of the ACC’s best defensive bigs, being able to switch onto smaller players when necessary. Offensively he’s still a project, but that’s not what makes him a pro.

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