2018 Mock Draft

Although members of their braintrust recently went to Spain to see Luka Doncic again, the Kings are still thought to be lukewarm and looking at frontcourt help. The year-old is a competitive force, and his presence alongside Ntilikina would give the Knicks an interesting defensive backcourt in time. He might fit as an interesting piece in Philadelphia, where he could play alongside either Ben Simmons or Markelle Fultz. Anything different and new -- expect to see that. Outstanding Trades

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The year-old averaged More enticing, though, is his potential short roll play-making. Need and fit intersect here at No. Orlando shipped out point guard Elfrid Payton at the trade deadline, so the front office will need a long-term replacement. Read more about Trae Young here. But the upside of Bamba is too much to pass up. Bamba projects as a shot-erasing rim protector. He has a wingspan and averaged 4. Read more about Mohamed Bamba here. The year-old remains an intriguing, high-upside play for a franchise seemingly lacking in future star power.

Porter has the potential to be a go-to scoring option on the wing. His size allows him to get his shot off over smaller opponents, and his quickness is too much for bigger defenders to handle. Porter would also give Sacramento a more modern look on frontline. Read more about Michael Porter Jr. Assuming LeBron James sticks around, there may not be a better marriage in the draft than Bridges with Cleveland. He also possesses an excellent understanding of team defensive concepts.

His improvement shooting off movement makes him a more versatile threat. If James leaves in free agency, Bridges will remain a valuable part of a rebuild. Every team needs viable wing prospects, and he still may possess some untapped potential as an offensive creator. Read more about Mikal Bridges here. The year-old is a competitive force, and his presence alongside Ntilikina would give the Knicks an interesting defensive backcourt in time.

However, he still needs to develop into an above average 3-point shooter to be a more well-rounded offensive player. Read more about Collin Sexton here. A Philadelphia-based reunion with Mikal Bridges was cut short a few picks ago, so a replacement Bridges will have to do. He would also give Ben Simmons another perimeter outlet.

Philadelphia is primarily concerned with rounding out its roster around Simmons and Joel Embiid. Bridges fits the bill. Read more about Miles Bridges here. The year-old is an exciting playmaker on the offensive end where his ability to dribble, pass and shoot is impressive for a young center. On defense, there are more question marks. Read more about Wendell Carter Jr. Gilgeous-Alexander forced his way up draft boards with some impressive late-season performances. No freshman in college basketball was as crafty getting to the rim as the year-old Kentucky star.

Gilgeous-Alexander excelled as a pick-and-roll ball-handler and finisher at the rim. On the other end, his length offers up some interesting potential versatility should he put on strength. After shipping out Blake Griffin earlier this season, the Clippers are looking for an influx of talent with their two late lottery picks. A smart player who plays his role. If he can add shooting off-screens to his repertoire he will be in high demand.

Evans has had success on catch-and-shoot plays while in college and is a good decision-maker and passer as well. Under his leadership, Cincinnati finished No. Thanks for signing up. Please check your email for a confirmation. DunkWire , Jacob Evans. Here is the projected starting lineup for Rockets after signing Carmelo Anthony. Projecting the Top 30 shooting guards for Please enter an email address. Sign up Like this article? Sign up for the HoopsHype email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning.

Success Thanks for signing up. It feels like Simons is headed for the second round given his lack of experience and the uncertainty and variance involved in his long-term projection. Worst case, a team who believes in their G League staff, values roster flexibility and can afford to take some time to develop him will give him a guaranteed deal in this range.

Evans is a potential role player with some shooting ability and solid defensive acumen, but who lacks an elite skill that would make him a bit more convincing as a first-rounder. If not, there will be plenty of teams interested in taking fliers on wings in the second. Alkins brings strength and athleticism as a power wing who competes on both ends of the floor but needs to continue working on his offensive skill set.

That type of skill set could be attractive to Sacramento, who could use more defensive contributions from their wings. It feels like Carter will be a value pick anywhere he lands in the second round, with his elite on-ball defense giving him some level of floor as a bench guy. He can hit open three, handle the ball enough to initiate offense, and make opposing ball-handlers miserable.

Thomas has a shot at landing in the late first round if a team is sold on his defense and shooting. Trent is a sharpshooter who still has plenty of time to expand his skill set, but there are lasting doubts about his athletic ability and questionable perimeter defense. He should be drafted in the second round and may have a chance to sneak into the late first if a team were to fall in love. There are still teams willing to take fliers on Duval after a down year at Duke, and he does have big-time athleticism and defensive potential.

His jump shot might be broken, though, and his decision-making skills are somewhat lacking. Those things will likely drive him into the early to mid second round. Spellman needs to get in better shape, but is a highly intelligent player with a long frame and deceptive athleticism who has a chance to find an NBA home in the right situation. Kurucs has some skill and talent on the wing, but has struggled to find consistent playing time overseas which has hurt his development.

Houston can always use more shooters, and Shamet can certainly do that. Concerns about his athleticism and defense make him a likely second-rounder. He will come with serious injury concerns, but has strong rebounding skills and could be a useful energy big. Vanderbilt struggles to shoot the three, which despite some ball skills probably keeps him from being much of a perimeter player. Graham will enter the NBA as a readymade backup point guard after being thoroughly tested at Kansas.

He plays both ends, can shoot open threes, but struggles to get into the paint and finish and is already Given the political nature of how the second round works, Carr may end up pushed down to the fringes of the draft after an extremely productive year at Penn State. Metu is another player who once sat on the first-round cusp and is now pretty firmly in the second, although he may end up benefiting from teams prioritizing big men higher up than this.

Hall is another fringe player who has won teams over with his intangibles. Able to play on and off the ball, Hall is an intelligent, high-effort guy who will have a chance to overachieve and find a place in the NBA. He could be a strong two-way contract candidate. He has serious athletic tools, but a highly questionable feel for the game that limits his upside. His season was cut short by an ACL injury, but he has some ability as a two-way wing player that will warrant a look.

The Nuggets scout Europe as well as any team and have stashed an international second-rounder in each of the last four drafts. He needs to get stronger and expand his secondary skills to have a chance at contributing in the NBA. Between his three-point shooting skills and the fact he could easily be stashed overseas due to his passport, Mykhailiuk should be in the mix at the back end of the draft for a team that needs to maintain roster flexibility.

A native of Ukraine, he began his college career early at 17 and steadily improved into a key scorer for Kansas. On a quest to become the second-ever NBA player from Iceland, it seems like Hlinason will hear his name called after choosing to remain in the draft. Please enter your email address associated with the account so we can help reset your password. Stay up-to-date with the latest news and scores from your favorite teams anywhere and get customized notifications, special offers and much more.

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