2018 NBA Mock Draft

Written by David Kay - @david_kmiecik.

This 2018 NBA Mock Draft was updated: May 16, 2018.

2018 NBA Mock Draft: Round 1 - Picks 16-30
2018 NBA Mock Draft: Round 2

  1. Phoenix Suns: DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona, 7-1, Fr.
    With the ability to operate on the block or step out and knock down jumpers, Ayton possesses the ideal skill set for a franchise NBA big man. He can be a defensive liability but there aren't many prospects with his combination of size, skill and athleticism. He would be a building block inside to complement the talented, young wings the Suns have on the perimeter.

  2. Sacramento Kings: Luka Doncic, SF, Slovenia, 6-8, 1999.
    Doncic is extremely skilled and has a terrific feel for the game at a young age. He is a dangerous outside shooter but can also use his handles and touch to score around the rim. The Kings need a franchise scorer on the wing, making Doncic the pick over Bagley.

  3. Atlanta Hawks: Marvin Bagley III, PF, Duke, 6-11, Fr.
    Bagley is a crazy athlete who can handle the ball really well for his size. The lefty shoots the ball well from the outside and reminds many of Chris Bosh. He is the next best franchise-type player available, which is what the Hawks need.

  4. Memphis Grizzlies: Mikal Bridges, SF, Villanova, 6-7, Jr.
    This is interesting since outside of Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, the Grizzlies need help all across their roster and should select the best non-point guard/center available. That would take Bamba, Sexton, Young, and maybe even Jackson out of the equation. Bridges brings tremendous versatility on the defensive end and has continued to improve every year as a well-rounded scorer.

  5. Dallas Mavericks: Jaren Jackson, PF/C, Michigan State, 6-11, Fr.
    Due to his combination of length, athleticism, and range on his jumper, Jackson has the makings of a modern-day NBA frontcourt player. He was also the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year, so he is capable of getting it done on both ends of the floor. With Dirk Nowitzki on his final legs in the NBA and no great big on the roster, a prospect like Jackson is needed on this team.

  6. Orlando Magic: Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama, 6-3, Fr.
    I'm all in on the "Collin Sexton will be a better pro than Trae Young" argument. A fierce competitor on both ends of the floor, Sexton can stroke it from deep but is also extremely athletic. He is terrific in the open floor and an impressive play-maker off the bounce, which is a major void in Orlando.

  7. Chicago Bulls: Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas, 7-0, Fr.
    A force in the paint as a rebounder and shot blocker, Bamba makes his biggest impact on the defensive end due to his crazy 7-foot-9 wingspan and athleticism. His all-around offensive game still needs to develop, but has shown the ability to step out and knock down shots. Bamba would provide a defensive presence inside to complement the perimeter abilities of Lauri Markkanen.

  8. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Brooklyn): Michael Porter Jr., SF, Missouri, 6-10, Fr.
    The Cavaliers' point guard situation was unsettled this season, and they could go with Trae Young, but Porter Jr. is the better prospect here. Once considered a candidate for the top-overall pick, a somewhat mysterious back injury sidelined Porter Jr. for almost his entire freshman season, which is a big question mark on his draft status. When healthy, Porter Jr. is the complete package. He has great size, athleticism,and versatility, as he can put the ball on the deck but also shoot it from deep. I have him slipping in this mock draft, which means he could be a steal at this point for the Cavaliers.

  9. New York Knicks: Wendell Carter Jr., PF, Duke, 6-10, Fr.
    With Enes Kanter holding a player option, a hurt Kristaps Porzingis possibly missing all of next season with a torn ACL, and Joakim Noah being a massive waste of cap space; the Knicks need to address their frontcourt depth. Carter Jr. was in the shadows a bit during his freshman season at Duke, but he has the tools and physical attributes to be an effective big man at the next level.

  10. Philadelphia 76ers (from Lakers): Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma, 6-2, Fr.
    Young has limitless range as a shooter and is a pure distributor as well. He lit up the college basketball world in the first half of the season, but showed flaws during conference plays as teams figured out how to defend him. His shooting ability could be a welcomed addition to Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz, who are not known for their three-point prowess.

  11. Charlotte Hornets: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky, 6-5, Fr.
    Gilgeous-Alexander played his way into lottery discussion with a terrific freshman campaign. He brings great size to the floor and can score in a variety of ways. With Kemba Walker entering the final year of his contract, the Hornets would be wise to look to the future. Even if Walker is back in Charlotte for the long term, Gilgeous-Alexander fills a need for a backup point guard.

  12. Los Angeles Clippers: Kevin Knox, SF, Kentucky, 6-9, Fr.
    A high-flying combo-forward, Knox has great size and versatility for the next level since he could play either forward spot. The Clippers have versatility at forward with Tobias Harris and Danilo Gallinari, but could use some depth behind them.

  13. Los Angeles Clippers: Kyrie Thomas, G, Creighton, 6-3, Jr.
    Thomas is one of my favorite sleepers in this year's draft. He is a terrific defender, can play either guard spot, and has become a consistent outside shooter. For a team needing an influx of talent in its backcourt, this pick makes sense despite seeming like a reach.

  14. Denver Nuggets: Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State, 6-7, Soph.
    Extremely explosive at the rim, Bridges brings versatility to the floor as he can shoot it from the outside and use his strength to finish inside. He is physically NBA-ready and provides insurance on the wing in case free agent Will Barton leaves and/or Wilson Chandler opts out of his contract.

  15. Washington Wizards: Robert Williams, PF, Texas A&M, 6-9, Soph.
    Due to his strength, athleticism and ability to clean up the glass, Williams is a borderline lottery prospect. The Wizards could use someone with his bounce in their frontcourt or could look to target guard depth behind John Wall and Bradley Beal.

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Written by David Kay - @david_kmiecik.

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