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2018 Mock(Predictions Post-Lottery)
Published at 1/26/2018 9:15:25 PM
Standings are based on what I think the draft order will be once the Draft Lottery has taken place. Picks are based on what the teams need, and what the players will be like after this season.
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Kings need another game-changer down on the block, so I went with Ayton here, because he is the most well-rounded big man.
Kings's Needs via ESPN's RPM
I truly think that Jaren could become the best player in this draft. He has tremendous length, great shot blocking ability, a perimeter jump shot, and good low-block skills. The Hawks take the best available talent.
Hawks's Needs via ESPN's RPM
I would have him going first to the Kings, but I haven't seen enough consistency on the offensive end, although I believe he can easily develop a good offensive game. I believe Aaron Gordon and Isaac will develop, I don't think there's a SG that should go this high. And I would rather see Trae Young go elsewhere.
Magic's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Nothing to be said here, except for how he is still on the board at 4. Based on the team needs and the fact that I like Jaren, is why I have him here. Clearly, the Mavs cannot pass up on Bagley with the 4th pick.
Mavericks's Needs via ESPN's RPM
I believe that he will recover in time for the combine, and we have seen enough in high school to see what he's going to bring to a team. Also, him and Josh Jackson can both play either forward position, in my opinion. Would love to see Booker, Jackson, and Porter become a dominant Big 3.
Suns's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Kris Dunn is proving why the Timberwolves spent the 3rd pick on him, IMO. LaVine is going to get back to health, and get back on track of developing a good offensive game. Markenen looks like a future star. The need a dominant big and 3PT marksmen. There isn't an available big man worthy of the 6th pick.
Bulls's Needs via ESPN's RPM
They need help everywhere on the defensive end. And while Wendell Carter isn't the most dominant defender, I like the way he grabs boards and runs the court. Could be a good replacement for Tristian, baring he also goes after a Kardashian. Plus, I believe you can find great defenders with later picks.
Cavaliers's Needs via ESPN's RPM
I don't see a position on the 76ers that desperately needs help. I believe, eventually, Fultz will recover and start at PG, moving Simmons to the SF, pushing Robert Covington to the bench. You could make an argument for a SG, but this draft isn't too deep with out and out SG. Mikal Bridges can be slotted there, but I believe his natural position is SF. But the 76ers can't pass up on him, and take the best available talent.
76ers's Needs via ESPN's RPM
This pick really all depends on what happens with Kemba. I believe he can be a top PG in the NBA in the right system, and would love to see him leave and excel somewhere else. Therefore, the Hornets look for a replacement, and draft the best available guard, Collin "YoungBull" Sexton
Hornets's Needs via ESPN's RPM
In all the Kentucky games I have watched, Shai has mostly played at the PG, I think he'll end up being a SG in the NBA. He reminds of Andrew Wiggins alot, and not only beacause the number. He's a lengthy 6'6 Guard, who have tremendous defensive instincts and potential. His offense needs to come along more, but he has shown flashes of offense at the college level. Plus, I'm a Grizzlies fan and I REALLY want him, and want him to become what Andrew Wiggins is.
Grizzlies's Needs via ESPN's RPM