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2018 NBA Mock Draft


IT IS FINALLY NBA DRAFT WEEK!

NBA Draft week is my favorite week of the year. All of the rumors, misinformation, and smokescreens flying around makes for a fun time on NBA Twitter and this year's draft figures to be a wild one. The first pick appears to be locked in but beyond that, it's anybody's guess.

How high will Michael Porter, Jr. go after missing most of his freshman season at Missouri? How low will Luka Doncic fall after being a consensus Top 2 pick all season and winning the Euroleague's Most Valuable Player award? What will the Cleveland Cavaliers do to entice LeBron James to stay? Who will the Philadelphia 76ers add to The Process? Will an All-Star like Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry or Kemba Walker be dealt? Will the Memphis Grizzlies "blow it up" and deal their aging, oft-injured stars?

Nobody knows anything which should up the potential for chaos between now and the end of Thursday night but I took a stab at putting together a mock draft. Given the potential for volatility at the top of the draft, I have very little faith in its accuracy. Therefore, I put this together based on who I'd pick if I was the GM of each team mixed with some of the scuttlebutt surrounding each franchise.

Make sure to join me on the TECKnical Foul Twitter account (@TECKnicalfoul) this Thursday at 6:00PM CDT where I'll be live tweeting the 2018 NBA Draft.

1. Phoenix Suns: DeAndre Ayton | Big | Arizona

Height: 7'0" | Weight: 260 pounds | Age: 19 | Last Mock: 1 Stats: 20.1 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 61.2% FG

2. Sacramento Kings: Marvin Bagley III | Big | Duke

Height: 6'10" | Weight: 235 | Age: 19 Stats: 21.0 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 61.4% FG

3. Atlanta Hawks: Luka Doncic | Wing | Real Madrid

Height: 6'8" | Weight: 220 | Age: 19 Stats (all competitions): 14.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.6 APG

4. Memphis Grizzlies: Michael Porter, Jr. | Wing | Missouri

Height: 6'10" | Weight: 210 | Age: 19 Stats: 10.0 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 33% FG

5. Dallas Mavericks: Jaren Jackson, Jr. | Big | Michigan State

Height: 6'11" | Weight: 235 | Age: 18 Stats: 10.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.0 BPG

6. Orlando Magic: Mohamed Bamba | Big | Texas

Height: 7'0" | Weight: 225 | Age: 19 Stats: 12.9 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 3.7 BPG

7. Chicago Bulls: Wendell Carter, Jr. | Big | Duke

Height: 6'10" | Weight: 250 | Age: 19 Stats: 13.5 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 2.1 BPG

8. Cleveland Cavaliers: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander | Guard | Kentucky

Height: 6'6" | Weight: 180 | Age: 19 Stats: 14.4 PPG, 5.1 APG, 1.6 SPG

9. New York Knicks: Kevin Knox | Wing | Kentucky

Height: 6'9" | Weight: 215 | Age: 18 Stats: 15.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 34.1% 3FG

10. Philadelphia 76ers: Trae Young | Guard | Oklahoma

Height: 6'1" | Weight: 180 | Age: 19 Stats: 27.4 PPG, 8.8 APG, 36.1% 3FG

11. Charlotte Hornets: Collin Sexton | Guard | Alabama

Height: 6'1" | Weight: 185 | Age: 19 Stats: 19.2 PPG, 3.6 APG, 33.6% 3FG

12. Los Angeles Clippers: Miles Bridges | Wing | Michigan State

Height: 6'6" | Weight: 220 | Age: 20 Stats: 17.1 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 36.4% 3FG

13. Los Angeles Clippers: Lonnie Walker IV | Wing | Miami

Height: 6'4" | Weight: 195 | Age: 19 Stats: 11.5 PPG, 2.0 APG, 34.6% 3FG

14. Denver Nuggets: Mikal Bridges | Wing | Villanova

Height: 6'7" | Weight: 210 | Age: 21 Stats: 18.0 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 43% 3FG

15. Washington Wizards: Robert Williams | Big | Texas A&M

Height: 6'9" | Weight: 240 | Age: 20 Stats: 10.4 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 2.6 BPG

16. Phoenix Suns: Zhaire Smith | Wing | Texas Tech

Height: 6'4" | Weight: 195 | Age: 19 Stats: 11.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 55.6% FG

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Élie Okobo | Guard | France

Height: 6'3" | Weight: 180 | Age: 20 Stats: 13.8 PPG, 4.7 APG, 41.8% 3FG

18. San Antonio Spurs: Keita Bates-Diop | Big | Ohio State

Height: 6’8” | Weight: 225 | Age: 22 Stats: 19.8 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 35.9% 3FG

19. Atlanta Hawks: Donte DiVincenzo | Guard | Villanova

Height: 6'4" | Weight: 200 | Age: 21 Stats: 13.4 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 3.5 APG

20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Jerome Robinson | Guard | Boston College

Height: 6'4" | Weight: 190 | Age: 21 Stats: 20.4 PPG, 3.4 APG, 41.9% 3FG

21. Utah Jazz: Aaron Holiday | Guard | UCLA

Height: 6'0" | Weight: 185 | Age: 21 Stats: 20.3 PPG, 5.8 APG, 43% 3FG

22. Chicago Bulls: Kevin Huerter | Wing | Maryland

Height: 6'7" | Weight: 195 | Age: 19 Stats: 14.8 PPG, 3.4 APG, 41.7% 3FG

23. Indiana Pacers: Troy Brown, Jr. | Wing | Oregon

Height: 6'7" | Weight: 210 | Age: 18 Stats: 11.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.6 SPG

24. Portland Trailblazers: Chandler Hutchison | Wing | Boise State

Height: 6'7" | Weight: 200 | Age: 21 Stats: 20.0 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 3.3 APG

25. Los Angeles Lakers: Mitchell Robinson | Big | Western Kentucky

Height: 6'11" | Weight: 230 | Age: 20 Stats (2016–17 HS): 25.7 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 6.0 BPG

26. Philadelphia 76ers: Khyri Thomas | Guard | Creighton

Height: 6'3" | Weight: 200 | Age: 22 Stats: 15.1 PPG, 1.7 SPG, 41.1% 3FG

27. Boston Celtics: Josh Okogie | Wing | Georgia Tech

Height: 6’4” | Weight: 210 | Age: 19 Stats: 18.2 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.8 SPG

28. Golden State Warriors: Grayson Allen | Guard | Duke

Height: 6'4" | Weight: 195 | Age: 22 Stats: 15.5 PPG, 4.6 APG, 37.0% 3FG

29. Brooklyn Nets: Melvin Frazier | Wing | Tulane

Height: 6'6" | Weight: 200 | Age: 21 Stats: 13.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 35.9% 3FG

30. Atlanta Hawks: Moritz Wagner | Big | Michigan

Height: 6'11" | Weight: 240 | Age: 20 Stats: 14.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 39.4% 3FG

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