2018 NBA Mock Draft



By Mike Elworth.

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David Kay's 2018 NBA Mock Draft

Past Mocks From David Kay
2017 NBA Mock Draft
2016 NBA Mock Draft
Updated: Nov. 17, 2017.



    The draft order is based on my preseason power rankings

  1. Chicago Bulls: Luka Doncic, SG, Slovenia, 1999.
    Having spent the summer dominating in international play and given his ridiculous start with Real Madrid, one of the best teams in the world, Doncic seems to have staked his claim as the No. 1 talent for the 2018 NBA Draft. Despite being 18, he is he one of the best players in Europe's best league, what more can you ask? The Bulls will take the best player, which is Doncic, who could give them a 1-2 European foundation with rookie stud Lauri Markkanen.


  2. Sacramento Kings: Michael Porter Jr., F, Missouri, Fr.
    The Kings have young talent at all five positions, but they do not have a franchise player. Porter Jr. has been a big name among scouts for years and following his coach-father to Missouri, he will have a chance to carry a non-elite school to the NCAA Tournament. Porter is a pure scorer, and with his size and talent, he should be a beast in the NBA. He and De'Aaron Fox would be a very nice young foundation for the Kings.


  3. Atlanta Hawks: Marvin Bagley Jr., PF/C, Duke, Fr.
    Marvin Bagley Jr. is another franchise talent in the 2018 NBA Draft. There seem to be no holes in his game today, and he can handle the ball and shoot as a big, which are two aspects NBA teams currently love. The Hawks are rebuilding and need a franchise player, and Bagley would fit the bill and pair nicely with rookie John Collins in the frontcourt. I see Bagley as an NBA center.






  4. Dallas Mavericks: DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona, Fr.
    The best offensive true center in the 2018 NBA Draft, Ayton is a stud prospect. He is an elite rebounder and shot-blocker, too, meaning this is a player who the Mavericks could build around. A trio of Ayton, Dennis Smith Jr. and Harrison Barnes could be something excellent.


  5. Boston Celtics (From Lakers): Mohamad Bamba, C, Texas, Fr.
    The Celtics may have traded the Nets' pick away, but they still have the Lakers' if its No. 2-5, which looks like a real possibility this season. The one thing the Celtics lack is size, and although Al Horford is a fine starting center, they need to go big sometimes, plus they could use a true center who could to take Horford's spot in a few years. This is a big year for big men, especially centers, as you will see a lot in this first round, but the big two are Mohamed Bamba, the defensive freak, or Jared Ayton, the offensive savant. The Celtics are a defensive team, so Bamba it is. Bamba is literallly one of the longest prospects in NBA history, and although he is a twig, he is a potential Defensive Player of the Year.




  6. Phoenix Suns: Robert Williams, PF/C, Texas A&M, So.
    Williams should be in the NBA right now, but he stayed in school. Probably best as a NBA center, he is one of the best rebounders and shot-blockers in college, and an efficient scorer as well. The Suns could use a young center to groom, as Alex Len may not re-sign and Tyson Chandler might be traded this season.


  7. Cleveland Cavaliers (From Nets): Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State, So.
    Bridges is an elite shooter and scorer who should already be in the NBA, but he would be a key piece for the Cavaliers whether LeBron James re-signs or not. Bridges has a very strong chance to win National Player of the Year, and although the Brooklyn pick is likely to not be what the Cavaliers hoped, this is a big-time draft and Bridges would be a perfect find for them.


  8. New York Knicks: Jaren Jackson, PF, Michigan State, Fr.
    Jackson is the perfect modern power forward. He is a shooting big man, but also has athleticism and size, plus he would match well with Enes Kanter and Kristaps Porzignis, one of the league's best big man duos.




  9. Phoenix Suns (From Heat): Trevon Duval, PG, Duke, Fr.
    The No. 1-ranked freshman guard by ESPN, Duval will join a long list of talented freshman point guards at Duke. With the Eric Bledsoe situation in Phoenix, the organization will need a franchise point guard, and Duval would fit the need. He is a monster athlete and scorer, as well as a strong play-maker, who like many point guard prospects - Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, John Wall etc.- lacks a jump shot. If Duval finds his jump shot, he could be a stud.


  10. Indiana Pacers: Colin Sexton, PG, Alabama, Fr.
    Darren Collison is a fine role player, but he is no franchise point guard, and Sexton will be. He is a fast, athletic scoring savant who actually tries on defense, and with the coaching of Avery Johnson at Alabama, he could develop his point guard skills more than at any college in the country. Sexton reminds me of NBA rookie De'Andre Fox.




  11. New Orleans Pelicans: Bonzie Colson, F, Notre Dame, Sr.
    The first senior in my mock 2018 NBA Draft, Colson is a scoring and rebounding machine who has slowly developed a three-point shot. If he were a few inches taller - he's just 6-foot-6 - he would probably already be in the NBA. As for the Pelicans, they need depth and a bench, so they would likely go with the best-player-available approach to the 2018 NBA Draft. Colson would arguably be their fifth-best player today.


  12. Portland Trail Blazers: Mikal Bridges, SG, Villanova, Jr.
    Bridges was a key guy on Villanova's National Title team of two years ago, but for the first time, the junior should be the program's best player - the core guys from two years ago are now in the NBA. Bridges is an ace shooter and a very efficient scorer with play-making ability and defensive talent. The Trail Blazers could really use a two-way guard of his caliber, and with his experience, he could make their rotation in his first season.


  13. Orlando Magic: Justin Jackson, F, Maryland, So.
    Jackson is a a strong shooter and scorer who is a very talented rebounder plus defends. Small forward isn't this franchise's best position, making Jackson a nice fit. I like his talent and three-and-D potential, which is an important talent in today's league.




  14. Utah Jazz: Hamidou Diallo, SG, Kentucky, Fr.
    Probably the most athletic player in the nation, Diallo was actually at the NBA Combine and was the most athletic prospect there, but decided to go to school - he was already NBA eligible. Hamidou Diallo could give the Jazz the athletic scorer they crave and would also fit their culture of defense and work-ethic.


  15. Philadephia 76ers: Mitchell Robinson, C, USA, 1998.
    Robinson had signed with Western Kentucky, but now will forego college and prepare for the NBA. He apparently made some big-name NCAA coaches drool at a session this year though, and he is now firmly considered one of the 2018 NBA Draft's best big men, but he's just talent at this point; he is a ridiculous athlete and huge. The 76ers won't shy from raw talent and need Joel Embiid insurance at center.



  16. Go to Mike's 2018 NBA Mock Draft: Round 1 - Picks 16-30
    Sorry for cutting this into two halves; I've received complaints about load times and putting the mock draft on two pages saves bandwidth.


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