Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: August 26, 2017.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Michael Porter Jr., SF, Missouri
- The 6-10 213 lb forward weighed 220 lbs at one point. Michael Porter Jr. is a special player who averaged 24.8 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per game in High School. I got nine picks correct in my 2017 NBA Mock Draft so I'll do my best to top that in 2018.
- Michael Porter Jr. grew up in Missouri and chose to play college there. He can hit short range, medium range, or long range shots on tape. Porter is a guy who can defend well against a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 at point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, or center.
- Cleveland got this pick since they traded Kyrie Irving to the Celtics. I'm guessing LeBron James will leave Cleveland after this season so Michael Porter Jr. comes in to take his place.
Previous Pick: Luka Doncic, SG, Real Madrid
Phoenix Suns: Marvin Bagley III, PF, Duke
- The Phoenix Suns have Eric Bledsoe at point guard, Devin Booker at shooting guard, Josh Jackson at small forward. Getting a power forward that is an upgrade over Chriss and a center are the only remaining needs.
- The 6-11 220 lb Marvin Bagley III had 24.6 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game at Sierra Canyon High School in Arizona. He's versatile enough to play the 3 at small forward or the 4 at power forward. Bagley was previously our top ranked player on our High School page where we have the top 40 recruits for football and basketball in 2018 posted.
- Getting Marvin Bagley as a starter is big. Getting Bagley as a starter and moving Chriss to a bench role where he may be more effective is huge.
Previous Pick: Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas
Atlanta Hawks: DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona
- Atlanta lost center Dwight Howard and power forward Paul Millsap. They got John Collins to replace Millsap and now get Ayton to replace Dwight Howard.
- The 7-1 250 lb center averaged 19.8 points per game and 12 rebounds per game in High School. He is versatile enough to play power forward or center in the NBA with the size and strength of a center. Ayton is a projected top 3 pick and is in the running with Michael Porter Jr. and Luka Doncic to be the top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. All of those three should go top 3 barring an injury.
New York Knicks: Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas
- The Knicks just need a center to complete their starting five. Mohamed Bamba is a top 5 talent.
- The 7-0 211 lb Mohamed Bamba is versatile enough to play power forward or center. Bamba averaged 12.6 points per game and 11.7 rebounds per game in High School.
- Texas produced two first round bigs in the last three years with Myles Bridges and Jarrett Allen. Bamba is better than both of them so he comes off the board here.
Previous Pick: Wendell Carter, C, Duke
Orlando Magic: Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama
- Elfrid Payton started all 82 games improving as a scorer which is why he kept his starting job. The 6-2 183 lb Collin Sexton averaged 28.5 points per game in High School. Sexton will go in the top 7 if he averages at least 20 points per game at Alabama under former NBA head coach Avery Johnson.
Sacramento Kings: Wendell Carter, C, Duke
- The Kings will get Willie Cauley-Stein's replacement if he does not break out in 2017. The 6-10 263 lb Wendell Carter averaged 14 points per game and 9.4 rebounds per game in High School and is going to Duke. Carter is versatile enough to play power forward or center.
Previous Pick: Isaac Bonga, SF, Fraport
Indiana Pacers: Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State
- The Pacers traded away Paul George. They pick here as a result. The 6-6 226 lb Miles Bridges averaged 16.9 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game, and 2.1 assists per game at Michigan State. He has great dribbling and can attack the basket. He's versatile enough to play small forward or power forward. Some believe he's a top 5 pick in 2018 after turning down the chance to be a lottery pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, so the Pacers get Bridges here.
Memphis Grizzlies: Luka Doncic, SG, Real Madrid
- Memphis picks at 8 here. Luka Donic is one player in the running to go as high as first overall. He fell to 8 due to many teams not having needs at shooting guard, but he's the best overall player who fills a need for Memphis at 8.
Previous Pick: Michael Porter Jr., SF, Missouri
New Orleans Pelicans: Troy Brown, SF, Oregon
- The 6-7 210 lb Troy Brown is versatile enough to play point guard, shooting guard, or small forward in the NBA. He averaged 15.8 points per game, 8.1 rebounds per game, and 3 assists per game in High School. If he builds on that at Oregon showcasing the same versatility, he could easily go in the top 10.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Robert Williams, PF, Texas A&M
- The Minnesota Timberwolves are one power forward away from being a playoff team. The additions of Jeff Teague and Jimmy Butler help tremendously, but at the same time if Jeff Teague, Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins, or Karl-Anthony Towns goes down with an injury, this team is screwed since most of their depth players would struggle as starters.
- Everyone is gonna label the Timberwolves a playoff team thanks to Butler. I won't go that far yet, because of all the teams in the top 10 this is clearly the team with the least amount of depth.
- Minnesota still needs a power forward though. Texas A&M big man Robert Williams is versatile enough to play power forward or center and could have been a lottery pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Returning to school allows him to improve his game and potentially sneak into the top 10.
- At 6-9 237 lbs, Williams projects more as a power forward. He averaged 11.8 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game at Texas A&M. Williams should improve on that at Texas A&M in 2017 as a sophomore.
Philadelphia 76ers: Lonnie Walker, SG, Miami FL
- Philadelphia gets a shooting guard for depth since they are set at most positions. This is still a young team that is a year or two away from returning to the NBA Playoffs even if all of their first round picks stay healthy.
- Lonnie Walker is a 6-4 206 lb shooting guard who averaged 16.8 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game, and 3 assists per game in High School. Walker can be a lottery pick if he recovers from the Torn Meniscus Surgery he had since he was the #12 player in the country coming out of High School.
Dallas Mavericks: Mitchell Robinson, C, Western Kentucky
- The Dallas Mavericks get the 6-11 215 lb Mitchell Robinson who averages 20 points per game and 13.3 rebounds per game. Robinson can play center plus pairing him with Dennis Smith Jr. makes this a playoff team in 2019 if Dirk Nowitzki can stick around for one more year after the 2017-2018 NBA Season.
Chicago Bulls: Trevon Duval, PG, Duke
- Chicago will get a point guard to push Kris Dunn if they miss the 2018 NBA Playoffs. Trevon Duval only averaged 7.5 points per game in High School, but if Coach K gets the best out of the 6-3 191 lb point guard, he could easily surge up boards.
Portland Trail Blazers: Nick Richards, C, Kentucky
- Portland takes a center here. The 6-11 231 lb Nick Richards had 12.4 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game in High School. His goal is to be the first overall pick. Richards should be a lottery pick under John Calipari at Kentucky.
Philadelphia 76ers: Isaac Bonga, SF, Fraport
- The 76ers use this pick from the Lakers to take the best player available. Fraport Skylanders small forward Isaac Bonga is undersized at 6-9 172 lbs, but he averages 15.6 points per game despite his size plus Philadelphia would be drafting him strictly as a bench player.
Previous Pick: Rodions Kurucs, SF, F.C. Barcelona