2018 NBA Mock Draft 6-21-18 Final Edition

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Welcome to our fourth version of our 2018 NBA Mock Draft. It’s the first edition post lottery. 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 sometimes, but not always taken into account, and the order was derived 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.

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John Calipari on Kentucky Wildcats NBA Draft Prospectus (Audio)

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For Kentucky Wildcats Coach John Calipari, the NBA Draft is like his Christmas and five graduation parties rolled into one. Behold! Because the yuletide/grad parties will take place on Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Like every draft during the Coach Cal era, the Kentucky Wildcats will have a very significant presence. Five Kentucky Wildcats are eligible for this NBA Draft: Hamidou Diallo, Wenyen Gabriel, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox and Jarred Vanderbilt.

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Kendall Gill on the Chicago Bulls NBA Draft, Illini Hoops (EXCLUSIVE)

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Fighting Illini legend and former Chicago Bull Kendall Gill just turned 50 a couple weeks ago, but he’s in as phenomenal physical shape as he’s ever been. Boxing is a big reason why, and Gill was going to box the day after we caught up to him- at the second annual Illini Athletics Hall of Fame gala. If you’re into boxing, and need a new heavy bag, see more about them at this product review site. Boxing is one of the best cardio activities that one can partake in. 

 “It’s one of my main workouts, it keeps me in good shape,” Gill told The Sports Bank during our exclusive interview, conducted at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

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NBA, Illini Legend Deron Williams on His Present, Future (EXCLUSIVE)

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Illini legend and three time NBA All-Star Deron Williams walked up the orange carpet with his wife Amy Friday night at the second annual Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame Gala at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

D. Will was a part of the inaugural Hall of Fame class but was unable to attend last year’s gala as he was just coming off a NBA Finals appearance with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Williams couldn’t pass up this opportunity again, especially when you consider the manner in which he was invited.

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Isaac Haas Accused of Knowingly Spreading STDs; Sued for $1M

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If you’ve ever had a detailed conversation with Isaac Haas, then you would agree that he is essentially the last person you would expect to be implicated in a story like this. The 7’2″ former Purdue Boilermakers center is being sued for $1,000,000 in civil court by his former sexual partner, Alyssa Chambers. The suit, filed yesterday, accuses Haas of lying about his having contracted sexually transmitted diseases, and therefore knowingly infecting others.

Isaac Haas has yet to comment publicly on these allegations. Purdue University and Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter declined the opportunity to comment publicly.

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Arizona’s Deandre Ayton Faces Ridicule En Route to March Madness

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During the PAC 12 tournament, Deandre Ayton walked into chants of “100,000” from the opposing student section. Sweating through the court, Ayton seemed to only be playing better despite the banter from the opposing fans. Knocking down free throws and swishing long bombs effortlessly across his 7’1″ frame. The “100,000” chants, represent the alleged amount paid to Deandre Ayton in exchange for bringing his talents to the University of Arizona.

A more lengthily investigation will surely be conducted by the NCAA, but as of now, allegations have drawn ridicule to students mentioned in the reports.

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Mo Wagner Could Ring Cycle His Way into the NBA Draft

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Mo Wagner might be the only true NBA Draft hopes for the B1G outside of East Lansing; at least this year. Certainly so for the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft.

In Jaren Jackson, Michigan State has a sure fire lottery pick. In Miles Bridges, they have a likely late lottery/mid first round prospect. Beyond that, it’s pretty much only Mr. Moritz Wagner who possesses any potential to crack the first round. After him, Vince Edwards at Purdue could be a second round pick, ditto for Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ and Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop.

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Pete Carroll, Charles Barkley, Mark Cuban Respond to Trump UGLINESS

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Friday night Donald Trump held a campaign rally for an election that he already won 10 months ago. At the rally he called Colin Kaepernick, and other NFL players who don’t stand for the national anthem, “sons of bitches.”

Therefore he also called mothers of NFL players “bitches” in the process. Naturally and deservedly, he’s getting a ton of blowback for such hateful and divisive commentary. Chicago Bears Team Captain Akiem Hicks called Trump out on Saturday.

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Chicago Bulls Fans Have Every Right to “Check Out” For a Very Long Time

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Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman lied to the media several times about shopping Jimmy Butler, so on the night that he finally dealt away his franchise player, some backlash was to be expected. The 20 cents on the dollar the Bulls got in return for Butler also opened the team up to being heavily critiqued.

Forman probably didn’t expect to be publicly called out as harshly as he was by Butler’s trainer though-

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Caleb Swanigan Could Get Minutes Immediately, Given Portland Trail Blazers Needs

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You’ve read all the scouting reports on Caleb Swanigan, the 6’9” Power Forward/Center out of Purdue University who was taken by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 26th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

You already know the limitations of his athleticism and his defense. You’ve already heard/read about how Swanigan turns the ball over too much. On the flip side, you also know how well he rebounds and passes, what a great shooter he is for a player his size, and that he takes care of business at the free-throw line too.

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2017 NBA Draft: Several Reasons this “Event” is Receiving Almost No Buzz

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A few years ago, a Twitter user (and we only use the term “Twitter user” because we literally cannot locate the Tweet now) posted “the NFL Draft is porn, the NBA Draft is comfort food and the MLB Draft is stamp collecting.”

He did not even bother analogizing the NHL Draft, and he was right not to do so. Here in 2017, his hilariously accurate at the time metaphors are now a bit off. While the NFL Draft is still a huge event it has definitely peaked in relevance. Its importance was overrated anyway. The MLB Draft is still certainly about as exciting as stamp collecting, but the NBA Draft is definitely not comfort food.

It’s more like a mediocre frozen dinner or run-of-the-mill cafeteria fare.

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Jimmy Butler Puts on Skills Display at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge (Video)

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Chicago Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler was one of the hottest sports news topics today as multiple sources reported that the team is actively shopping him.

Butler himself was actually at Stamford Bridge, home ground for Chelsea Football Club on the same exact day that his name was dominating headlines. While we’ve covered those trade rumors in a previous post, we now want you show a Jimmy Butler video that is sure to go viral.

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