Tonight's NBA draft seems to be seriously frontloaded, as this year's bigmen prospects have a chance to leave their mark in the League. Most of them are long, athletic and can shoot the ball, perfectly alligned with the era we live in. The TOP10 is about to be dominated by a bunch of PF/C freshmen and that hasn't happened in a while.
As far as my selections go, I expect several draft night trades to come so in this mock I have taken into account that teams might be moving up or down to select the players I have them picking. For example I believe Suns' new head coach, Igor Kokoskov, does have a huge man crush on the wonderkid Luca Doncic and I believe the Suns will do their best to trade down. If they can't find an acceptable deal I can even see them passing on DeAndre Ayton and getting their guy with the first overall pick.
Apart from the selections I have added a couple comparisons to current or former NBA players for each rookie, after an extensive video-scouting I conducted on them.
So without further ado, here is my mock for the 2018 NBA Draft... Enjoy!
1. Luca Doncic, PG/SG/SF, Real Madrid
Comp: Tony Kukoc / Gordon Hayward
2. DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona, Fr.
Comp: David Robinson / Patrick Ewing / Joel Embiid
3. Michael Porter (SG/SF/PF) Missouri, Fr.
Comp: Kevin Durant / Paul George
4. Wendell Carter Jr. (PF/C), Duke, Fr.
Comp: Al Horford
5. Marvin Bagley III (PF/C) Duke, Fr.
Comp: Amar’e Stoudamire / Willie Cauley-Stein / Javale McGee
6. Mikal Bridges (SG/SF) Vilanova, Jr.
Comp: Kawhi Leonard / Trevor Ariza / Otto Porter
7. Miles Bridges (SF/PF) Michigan St., So.
Comp: Rudy Gay / Harrison Barnes
8. Trae Young (PG) Oklahoma, Fr.
Comp: Steve Nash / D’Angelo Russell / Steph or Seth Curry
New York Knicks
9. Collin Sexton (PG) Alabama, Fr.
Comp: Eric Bledsoe / Terry Rozier
10. Mohamed Mamba (C) Texas, Fr.
Comp: Rudy Gobert / Norlens Noel
11. Kevin Knox (SF/PF) Kentucky, Fr.
Comp: Jason Tatum / Tobias Harris / Al Faruq Aminu
Los Angeles Clippers
12. Jaren Jackson Jr. (PF/C) Michigan State, Fr.
Comp: Marvin Williams / Anthony Rundolph
Los Angeles Clippers
13. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (PG) Kentucky, Fr.
Comp: Shaun Livingston / D’Aron Fox / Elfrid Payton
14. Lonnie Walker IV (SG) Miami, Fr.
Comp: Eric Gordon / OJ Mayo
15. Robert Williams III (PF/C) Texas A&M, So.
Comp: Ben Wallace / Bismark Biyombo
16. Aaron Holiday (PG) UCLA, Jr.
Comp: Jeff Teague
17. Donte DiVincenzo (SG/SF) Villanova, So.
Comp: Chandler Parsons / Courtney Lee
San Antonio Spurs
18. Elie Okobo (PG) France
Comp: Darren Collison / Rodrigue Beaubois
19. Zhaire Smith (SG) Texas Tech, Fr.
Comp: Austin Rivers / Avery Bradley / Gerald Green
20. Troy Brown (SG) Oregon, Fr.
Comp: Evan Turner / Steve Smith
21. Chandler Hutchison (SG/SF) Boise State, Sr.
Comp: Tobias Harris
22. Kevin Huerter (SG) Maryland, So.
Comp: Danny Granger
23. Omari Spellman (PF/C) Villanova Fr.
Comp: Trevor Booker
24. Gary Trent Jr. (SG) Duke, Fr.
Comp: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Buddy Hield
Los Angeles Lakers
25. Khyri Thomas (SG) Creighton, Jr.
Comp: Arron Afflalo / Marcus Smart
26. Anfernee Simons (PG/SG), USA, HS Sr.
Comp: Markelle Fultz / Lou Williams / Monta Ellis
27. Mitchell Robinson (C) USA, HS Sr.
Comp: DeAndre Jordan
Golden State Warriors
28. Keita Bates-Diop (SF/PF) Ohio State, Jr.
Comp: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Luc Mbah a Moute
29. Moritz Wagner (PF/C) Michigan, Jr.
Comp: Kelly Olynyk / Dragan Bender / Meyers Leonard
30. Jacob Evans (SG/SF) Cincinnati, Jr.
Comp: Demarre Carroll
I hope you enjoyed it.
I'll be glad to hear your takes and reactions on my draft order with a comment on our Facebook page "Got Game Xperts", where I will be hanging around until the end of tonight's event! Talk to you soon...