The Gang at NCAAM Review have come up with their own NBA Mock Draft. Through college ball statistics, team rosters, and personal opinion, we believe this is the mock draft to follow.
With the Number 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns select…
Luka Doncic – G
A backcourt with Doncic and Booker? That sounds scary to us. The Suns do need a center, BUT, Tyson Chandler and Alex Len have held their ground and they are waiting for their young big men to develop.
With the Number 2 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Sacramento Kings select…
Deandre Ayton – C
Possibly the best center the NBA has seen in at least 10 years, the Kings would be lucky for him to fall into their hands. Matching the speedy De’Aaron Fox with a huge body down low sets up a scary pick and roll offense in Sacramento.
With the Number 3 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks select…
Marvin Bagley III – F/C
The Hawks current center is Mike Muscala. Wait, I’m sorry, who? The Hawks have practically no one down low and they need someone who can be consistent on the boards and be successful from the line when fouled. Bagley has shown he can do both of these extremely well and will fit well in Atlanta.
With the Number 4 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Memphis Grizzlies select…
Michael Porter Jr. – SF
Although he wasn’t able to show his talent on the court in college, he will have plenty of time to do so with the Grizzlies. Marc Gasol down low, Mike Conley as the primary ball handler, Porter Jr. will fit right in.
With the Number 5 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Dallas Mavericks select…
Mohamed Bamba – C
The Dallas Mavericks are in the rebuilding phase, and pairing a 7’0 big guy down low with DSJ is the right move. His skills are improving every day and the Mavs must find a replacement for soon to be retired Dirk Nowitzki.
Number 6: Orlando Magic
Trae Young – G
A shooter who is compared to Steph Curry, Trae Young could fit in the Magic’s scheme. Flashy moves and ve quick feet, Young provides talent at the guard position the Magic don’t own.
Number 7: Chicago Bulls
Jaren Jackson – C
With Kris Dunn and a healthy Zach Lavine coming back into the Bulls lineup, Chicago could have a dangerous young lineup. Lauri Markkanen showed off his first year and Jaren Jackson pairing up with him down low will provide shots around the perimeter for the Bulls.
Number 8: Cleveland Cavaliers
Wendell Carter Jr. – C
In the shadows of MB3, Carter Jr. didn’t have much time to show the world his full talent. With plenty to learn and a very high ceiling, Wendell Carter can be Tristan Thompson’s replacement assuming he leaves after a disappointing season. Also, any Duke player selected by or involved with the Cavs have been very successful.
Number 9: New York Knicks
Kevin Knox – F
Porzingis will most likely be the face of the Knicks in the future, but he can’t handle the Garden by himself. The addition of Kevin Knox provides a winger who can shoot besides Tim Hardaway Jr. and a solid scorer off the bench.
Number 10: Philadelphia 76ers
Mikal Bridges – SF
The Process don’t own this pick, they have the rights from the Lakers. Looks like “The Process” has finally paid off. The local city kid could land at number 10 helping the Sixers further deepen their bench and find another leader on and off the court.
Number 11: Charlotte Hornets
Collin Sexton – G
With rumors going around that Kemba could be on the market, the Hornets need to find a point guard that can keep them going. A leader for Alabama, Sexton can provide young talent and a possible long term replacement for Cardiac Kemba.
Number 12 and 13: Los Angeles Clippers
Miles Bridges – F
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – G
The Clippers have the 12th and 13th pick and can make some moves. If they don’t trade one of their picks, they can boost their offense and defense. Miles Bridges is an extremely athletic athlete who has only shown improvement in his second year at MSU. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander can move the ball well, and be a bench playmaker regardless of how many minutes he plays.
Number 14: Denver Nuggets
Zhaire Smith – G/F
With a quiet resume but jaw dropping talent, Zhaire Smith could be the steal of the draft. A two-way player who can contribute anywhere on the floor, this addition to the Nuggets could provide some problems in the West.
This is the NCAAM Review NBA Mock Draft 1.0! To hear our thoughts and debate behind each of these picks, tune in to our podcast coming out later next week!