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. Chicago, Marvin Bagley III, F, Duke

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. New York, Luka Doncic, SG, Real Madrid

3. Cleveland via Brooklyn, 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

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4. 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.

5. 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

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6. 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.

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7. 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. Go here for more on Jackson.

8. 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.

9. Portland, 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

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

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11. 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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12. New Orleans, 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.

13. 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!

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

15. 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

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16. Philadelphia, Mitchell Robinson, C, Western Kentucky

17. Charlotte, Bruce Brown, SG, Miami

18. Atlanta via Houston, Troy Brown, SG, Oregon

19. Atlanta, Isaac Bonga, SF, Germany

20. 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

King is a former McDonald’s All-American with some substantial NBA Draft stock. He’s a smooth scorer on the wing who should flourish this season in an expanded role. Go here for more on King. 

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


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. Milwaukee, 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.

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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 Kaminsky. Ethan 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, 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. Golden State, 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.

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

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