2018 NBA Mock Draft 11-6-17

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Welcome to version 1.0 of our 2018 NBA Mock Draft. It’s never too early. For more on a given prospect, click his name where hyper-linked. That will take you to an in-depth feature piece on said player. Team needs were not taken into account, and the order was randomized for this 2018 NBA mock draft.

Enjoy! For our NFL mock draft link go here.

    1. Cleveland via Brooklyn,  Michael Porter Jr., SF/PF, Missouri 

He’s so much more than just the 2017 edition of basketball’s “next big thing.” The 6’10” small forward from Seattle now tries to help revitalize and renew a program that’s never been to the Final Four and a team that finished 8-24 last season. Go here for more on Porter.

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2. Chicago, 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

3. Orlando, 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.

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4. 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

5.  New York, Luka Doncic, SG, Real Madrid

6. Philadelphia via L.A. Lakers, 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.

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7. Dallas, 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.

8. Sacramento, Wendell Carter, PF, Duke

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

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10. Denver, 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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11. New Orleans, Trevon Duval, PG, Duke

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

13. Indiana, Chimezie Metu, PF/C, USC

14. Atlanta via Minnesota, 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

15. Philadelphia, Mitchell Robinson, C, Western Kentucky

16. Charlotte, Bruce Brown, SG, Miami

17. Portland, Troy Brown, SG, Oregon

18. Atlanta, Isaac Bonga, SF, Germany

19. Milwaukee, Allonzo Trier, SG, Arizona

2o. L.A. Clippers, Shake Milton, PG, SMU

21. Minnesota via Oklahoma City, Jarred 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. Washington, Justin Jackson, SF, Maryland

23. Brooklyn via Toronto, V.J. King, SF, Louisville

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

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25. Utah, 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

26. Atlanta via Houston, Charles Matthews, SG, Michigan

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27. Boston, Ethan Happ, PF, Wisconsin

Happ, just like his Badgers predecessors before him, has developed a versatile game that works both inside and on the perimeter. After all, he is the protege of Frank KaminskyEthan Happ is the next chapter in the Wisconsin basketball story that we’ve all come to known- big, tall white guy who was lightly recruited develops into an elite on the national level player.

Go here for more on Happ

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28. San Antonio, Vince Edwards, SF, Purdue

In 2017-18, Vince Edwards becomes the new alpha dog for the Boilermakers, with Caleb Swanigan now gone to the Portland Trail Blazers. He possesses a really solid skill set which translates well to the next level. Go here for more on Edwards 

29. Cleveland, Moritz Wagner, PF, Michigan

30. Golden State, Tacko Fall, C, Central Florida

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

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