2018 NBA Mock Draft 1-8-18


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Welcome to our 2018 NBA Mock Draft. It’s never too early.

For more on a given prospect, click his name where hyper-linked, and that will take you to an in-depth feature piece on said player. Team needs were not taken into account, and the order was taken from Tankathon, who we linked here. You may not agree with the picks in this 2018 NBA mock draft, and yes, somebody will get left out, but you can air your grievances in the comments section.

Just keep it all above board.


Enjoy! For our NFL mock draft link go here.

1. Chicago, Marvin Bagley III, F, Duke

The Bulls are an absolute s@#tshow on every level of the organization, up and down. It is unfathomable that the GarPax is still employed there, because that idiotic duo have taken a once very proud franchise and utterly destroyed it. They should definitely be the team that ends up with the most balls in the lottery this year.

Bagley is no doubt a NBA Draft lottery level talent, and his 49 points through his first two games is a Duke record; tied with Jabari Parker. He’s also the first freshman in Duke history with double doubles in each of the first two contests that he played in. Go here for more on Bagley


2. Sacramento, DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona

Who says the true center is becoming an endangered species? The next crop of elite freshmen to enter into college basketball is brimming with blue chip big men. DeAndre Layton might be the most promising prospect of all. Go here for more on Ayton.

3.Orlando, Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma

There’s definitely a Buddy Hield type feel here as you see a Sooners guard kind of sneak up on people, have a dominant, national player of the year kind of season, and shoot up his NBA Draft stock, and send it to Pluto. Did you see how he utterly destroyed Northwestern? Did you see how he has been demolishing all comers this campaign?

Well, if you haven’t, here’s your notice that Young is must see television.

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4. Atlanta, Mohamed Bamba, PF, Texas

The 6’11” center from West Chester, Pennsylvania, whose game has been compared to Thon Maker, had some other excellent quotes you should hear in the interview linked here.

“There’s a difference between greed and hunger,” as Mo Bamba put it. Go here for more on Bamba


5. Sacramento, Jaren Jackson Jr., PF/C, Michigan State

Jackson is a 6’11” stretch-four with a massive wingspan and a truly gifted skill set. Combining with Bridges, he gives Tom Izzo the greatest 1-2 punch of pro talent that he’s ever had in Sparta. Jackson has answered the doubters who wondered if he could be physical to play in the B1G.  Go here for more on Jackson.

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6. Dallas, Luka Doncic, SG, Real Madrid

Everyone raves about this guy; including a lot of people that haven’t even seen him play yet.


7. Phoenix, Miles Bridges, SF/PF, Michigan State

Bridges brings a multitude of skill sets to the table as he can both shoot well from the outside and attack the rim quite explosively. He provided quite a pleasant surprise to Spartan Nation when he unexpectedly returned to East Lansing.  Go here for more on Bridges

8. Philadelphia via L.A. Lakers, Michael Porter Jr., SF/PF, Missouri

The 6’10” forward now sees his season and perhaps his collegiate career end after just two minutes played due to injury and back surgery. What a washout for Mizzou, who will now move on to his younger brothers. His early ending will obviously devalue his draft stock significantly as he’ll be much less experienced now than everyone else in the lottery mix.

Of course, he can male up for that by excelling in the pre-draft process. Go here for more on Porter.

9.Utah, Robert Williams, PF/C, Texas A&M

A force on defense who needs to augment his game at the other end. Still, he looks like he could be a longer Antonio Davis type.

10. Cleveland via Brooklyn, Wendell Carter, PF, Duke

Carter, at 6-10, 259, is best suited to bang bodies on the low block, but he has also brings stretch four capabilities to this Duke basketball team.  Go here for more on Carter

11. Phoenix via Miami, Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama

Maybe the best overall point guard in the country, Sexton dropped 40 against Minnesota, in a game where his side was playing 3-on-5 for the last 13:40! Dang!

12. L.A. Clippers, Hamidou Diallo, SG, Kentucky

A high-character kid, who’s a great size for a two guard. Athleticism is off-the-charts, so his long-term potential is sky high. However, his skill set needs major improvement, as he really needs to work on his shot. Go here for more on Diallo.

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13. Charlotte, Kevin Knox, SF, Kentucky

Knox on the system Kentucky employs:

“They like to run in transition that’s something I really like to do. They have a lot of good players coming in next year and I get along with all of them, they like to run to, and that’s just something we get along.” Go here for more on Knox.

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14. New York, Trevon Duval, PG, Duke

Duval was ranked as the nation’s best point guard coming in this class, and he’s an explosive, powerful playmaker and excellent finisher. However, he’s not the finished product as he still needs to develop as a shooter to complement his ability to penetrate. Go here for more on Duval.

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15. Oklahoma City, Grayson Allen, SG, Duke

In 1945, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in Notebook E, “Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.” In some ways that applies to Duke Blue Devils Junior Shooting Guard Grayson Allen.

One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter is a phrase popularized by the James Bond movie franchise, but it was first written by Gerald Seymour in his 1975 book Harry’s Game. The expression certainly applies to the media coverage of Allen.

Go here for more on Allen

16. New Orleans, Nick Richards, C, Kentucky

Richards said that he developed his athletic ability from soccer, track and field and especially the high jump. On the soccer pitch he played both midfield and goalkeeper.

He’s a big follower of Cristiano Ronaldo and his favorite team is CR7’s Real Madrid.

“I sometimes stay up and watch them play,” Richards said during our exclusive with him at McDonald’s All-American Game Media Day.  Go here for more on Richards

17. Portland, Bruce Brown, SG, Miami

18. Washington, Troy Brown, SG, Oregon

19. Indiana, Isaac Bonga, SF, Germany

20. Milwaukee, Shake Milton, PG, SMU

21.  Atlanta via MinnesotaJarred Vanderbilt, SF, Kentucky

“I think Cal has started something,” Vanderbilt said.

“To have that many McDonald’s All-Americans go to one school, year after year, it’s never been done before. And for them to be producing not only at that level but at the next level- it’s like we, Kentucky guys, are just taking over. We’re becoming a mecca, I think he’s built like a dynasty over there. and i’m just happy to be a part of it.”

Go here for more on Vanderbilt

22. Denver, Kris Wilkes, SF, UCLA

A good mid range scorer who thrives in the open court.

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23. Philadelphia, Jeremiah Tilmon, C, Mizzou

Maybe the numbers aren’t really there, but he certainly has the size and the skill set. Also, his opponents have scouted Tilmon, and they see him as a one-and-done type player. Go here for more on Tilmon

24. Detroit, De’Anthony Melton, PG, USC

25. San Antonio, Bonzie Colson, G/F, Notre Dame

In the era of position-less basketball, Colson stands out as even more versatile than everyone els who is a guard/wing/forward/two/three/four etc.


26. Brooklyn via Toronto, Wenyen Gabriel, F, Kentucky

Gabriel is an inside-out forward with a high motor, length to cause problems inside, and an ability to stretch opposing defenses with a great shooting touch for a big man.

Go here for more on Gabriel.

27. Cleveland, Jontay Porter, PF, Mizzou

Maybe the numbers aren’t really there, but he certainly has the size and the skill set. Also, he isn’t too far behind his brother when it comes to the raw material here for coaches to work with. Yes, an SEC program not named Kentucky might be seeing not one, not two, but three big men go early entry to the NBA.


28. Golden State, Nick Ward, F, Michigan State

Another member of #TheClass, Ward is averaging 15.4 points and 7.4 rebound per game, both of which place him in the top 10 in the Big Ten. Yes, the league is way way down this year, but hey, you can only play the competition in front of you.

29. Atlanta via Houston, Brian “Tugs” Bowen, SF, Louisville

Brian “Tugs” Bowen, the McDonald’s All-American at the center of the Adidas scandal will never play for UL, the school announced on black Wednesday. The German sportswear maker funneled $100,000 to Bowen, Federal documents allege, and Bowen is now free to either transfer or pursue professional aspirations.

Go here for Bowen


30. Boston, Gary Trent Jr, SG, Duke

His father was a 1995 NBA Draft Lottery pick, by the Milwaukee Bucks, who then dealt him to Portland. Trent the Elder would go on to play in the association for nine seasons with four different teams. He also has powerful, well-connected, name brand friends, who can help him in showing the ropes to his son. Go here for more on Trent.

This 2018 NBA mock draft is listed on several databases including Walter Football, DC Pro Sports Report, Eat, Drink and Sleep Football and The Hoop Doctors.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and the Tribune company’s blogging community Chicago Now.

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