Draft Order NBA: 2018 NBA Draft Order: Round 1: 1. Phoenix Suns: 21-61, 2. Sacramento Kings: 27-55, 3. Atlanta Hawks: 24-58, 4. Memphis Grizzlies: 22-60, 5. Dallas Mavericks: 24-58, 6. Orlando Magic: 25-57, 7. Chicago Bulls: 27-55, 8. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Brooklyn Nets): 28-54, 9. New York Knicks: 29-53, 10. Philadelphia 76ers (from Los Angeles Lakers): 35-47, 11. Charlotte Hornets: 36-46, 12. Los Angeles Clippers (from Detroit Pistons): 39-43, 13. Los Angeles Clippers: 42-40, 14. Denver Nuggets: 46-36, 15. Washington Wizards: 43-39, 16. Phoenix Suns (from Miami Heat): 44-38, 17. Milwaukee Bucks: 44-38, 18. San Antonio Spurs: 47-35, 19. Atlanta Hawks (from Minnesota Timberwolves): 47-35, 20. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Oklahoma City Thunder): 48-34, 21. Utah Jazz: 48-34, 22. Chicago Bulls (from New Orleans Pelicans): 48-34, 23. Indiana Pacers: 48-34, 24. Portland Trailblazers: 49-33, 25. Los Angeles Lakers (from Cleveland Cavaliers): 50-32, 26. Philadelphia 76ers: 52-30, 27. Boston Celtics: 55-27, 28. Golden State Warriors: 58-24, 29. Brooklyn Nets (from Toronto Raptors): 59-23, 30. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston Rockets): 65-17

2018 NBA Mock Draft: Final Mock 2 Rounds

Round 1 Picks 1-15

My two round 2018 NBA Mock Draft is now up. Enjoy!

Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: June 21, 2018.

  1. Phoenix Suns: DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona

    I'm hoping to defend my title after having nine picks correct in my 2017 NBA Mock Draft so I'll do my best to top that in 2018. Even though I had the most accurate NBA Mock last year nobody cares about that. It's time to move on to the 2018 NBA Draft. The Phoenix Suns are on the clock.

    The Phoenix Suns have Brandon Knight at point guard, Devin Booker at shooting guard, Josh Jackson at small forward. Chriss finally stepped up at power forward. Tyler Ulis provides nice depth at point guard behind Knight and could use some competition.

    I feel like taking DeAndre Ayton is the smartest thing the Phoenix Suns can do at 1. They haven't made a decision yet though and at this point have narrowed the top pick down to DeAndre Ayton, Luka Doncic, and Marvin Bagley III.

    Their GM said they are open to trading down for the right price. That's the smokescreen because you already got the first pick and the sixteenth pick and unless a team gives up multiple first round picks, I don't see a trade happening.

    Philadelphia is the only team with the capital to move up and I don't think the Suns want to move down from 1 to 10. The furthest I can see the Suns wanting to move down is 6 or 7.

    Only one player in this draft has checked all of the boxes for me both offensively and defensively on tape while showcasing the durability to stay healthy. You got a lot of guys who either play offense well and do terrible on defense or a lot of guys who defend well, but don't give you enough on offense. That lone player is DeAndre Ayton and unless the Suns want to re-unite Luka Doncic with his former head coach on Real Madrid, I can't see the Suns passing on the home town Ayton which would be a grave mistake that warrants an F grade.

    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 had 20.1 points per game and 11.6 rebounds per game at Arizona in his freshman season at Arizona. I have seen Ayton hit short range, mid range, and long range shots on tape. He also blocks defenders, wins with his size and can be very imposing defending the basketball.

    Ayton 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. Their backup center Alex Len is a Free Agent and with Len leaving Arizona needs to draft a new center to be the face of the franchise to round out Arizona's starting five giving them the core they need to become a playoff team.

    DeAndre Ayton may be the most complete offensive and defensive player in the entire 2018 NBA Draft. I posted his tape against Alabama on my Youtube Channel. Be sure to subscribe for more content.

  2. Sacramento Kings: Marvin Bagley III, PF, Duke

    Sacramento has a starting five of De'Aaron Fox at point guard, Buddy Hield at shooting guard, Bogdan Bogdanovic at small forward even though he can play the 2 at shooting guard as well, Zach Randolph at power forward, and Willie Caulie-Stein at center. This team has a good core and had the luxury to grab the best player on their board at 2.

    Outside of DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III is the best offensive player in this years class so I'm amazed that the Kings actually got this right even though they are also considering Michael Porter Jr. and Luka Doncic. Bagley is the overwhelming favorite to go second overall and with both the Dallas Morning News and Bleacher Report confirming the Kings will take Bagley I'm confident enough to post a grade for that pick.

    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 50 recruits for football and basketball in 2018 posted.

    Bagley added 15 lbs of muscle to get up to 235 lbs since enrolling at Duke. Bagley averaged 21 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per game at Duke. He is a great passer, can hit short range, mid range, or long range shots. To top that off he's great at attacking the glass to get both offensive and defensive rebounds.

    Bagley's one weakness is his inconsistent defensive play which can be horrendous at times. I saw Bagley in person at Consol Energy Center for the 2018 March Madness edition and I even did a film session on Bagley versus Virginia on my Youtube channel.

    Previous Pick: Luka Doncic, SG, Real Madrid

  3. Atlanta Hawks: Luka Doncic, SG, Real Madrid

    Atlanta will not get one of their top two players in DeAndre Ayton or Marvin Bagley III at 3. Jaren Jackson Jr. and Luka Doncic are the top 2 in play for the Hawks. They have a starting five with Dennis Schroeder at point guard, Kent Bazemore at shooting guard, Taurean Prince at small forward, John Collins at power forward, and DeWayne Dedmond at center.

    I had Atlanta picking at 3 back in the preseason. Jaren Jackson Jr. was my front runner to go third. With Atlanta placing Schroeder and Bazemore on the trading block, I feel like Doncic is now the front runner to get picked by the Hawks at 3.

    Point guard Dennis Schroder led the Hawks with 19.4 points per game, shooting guard Kent Bazemore averaged 12.9 points per game, small forward Taurean Prince averaged 14.1 points per game, power forward John Collins averaged 10.5 points per game, and center Dewayne Dedmond averaged 10 points per game.

    Atlanta's starting five was very consistent when healthy. If you are confident in this starting five I almost feel like moving this pick for more picks this year or multiple first round picks is the smartest thing the Hawks can do considering they have picks 3, 19, and 30. I feel like Atlanta will move one of their two guards for another pick so they can put Doncic in their starting five.

    The 6-8 227 lb Luka Doncic played on Real Madrid as a combo guard at both point guard and shooting guard. He's got the ideal size of a small forward though. He's a great passer plus he can shoot from short range, mid range, or long range. He's got a jump shot that reminds me a lot of John Stockton's jump shot.

    Doncic averaged 16 points per game, 4.8 rebounds per game, and 4.3 assists per game. Doncic averaged 20.5 points per game at the beginning of the season with 7 assists per game and 6 rebounds per game before his average dropped in the second half of the season before a strong postseason in 2018. He's versatile enough to play point guard, shooting guard, or small forward.

    Doncic made his debut with Real Madrid at the mere age of 16-years-old in Europe. The 19-year-old became the youngest EuroLeague MVP in history and led Real Madrid to the EuroLeague Final 4 taking home EuroLeague MVP honors in 2018.

    There are some questions about Doncic's athleticism and ability to defend consistently on tape which show up as weaknesses on tape. At the same time the versatility to play three different positions is there. The leadership is there. The raw emotion and intensity that you want your player to play with is there.

    I posted a Luka Doncic film session on my Youtube Channel. It's the most watched film session of all the film sessions I've posted for the 2018 NBA Draft so far.

    Previous Pick: Marvin Bagley III, PF, Duke

  4. Memphis Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson Jr., PF, Michigan State

    Memphis picks at 4 here. The Grizzlies starting five when healthy consists of point guard Mike Conley Jr., shooting guard Marshon Brooks, small forward Dillon Brooks, power forward JaMychal Green, and center Marc Gasol. Having this starting five gives Memphis the luxury to go for value over need and take the best player on the board at 4 and stash them for depth.

    With Luka Doncic, Mohamed Bamba, and Jaren Jackson Jr. refusing to release medicals ot the Memphis Grizzlies this puts the team in an awkward situation where they will either have to move 4 to another team or reach for Michael Porter Jr. at 4 who did release his medicals to the Grizzlies. Go to our 2018 NBA Draft Game to pick one of those players at 4. Jaren Jackson Jr. released his medicals prior to the draft so I'm now swapping Jaren Jackson Jr. with Michael Porter Jr. last minute.

    The 6-11 241 lb Jaren Jackson Jr. averaged 10.9 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game, and 1.1 assists per game. Jaren Jackson Jr. is probably the best defender in the draft outside of DeAndre Ayton. He needs to improve his court vision as well as his decision making when passing despite having the short range, mid range, and long range that teams covet when shooting the basketball. Jaren Jackson Jr. is a better three point shooter then Marvin Bagley III so he could end up going third to Atlanta plus he's more versatile too, but will not fall past 4 with Green entering a contract year in 2018. This allows Jaren Jackson Jr. to start out as a depth player as a rookie and then take over at power forward in 2019 which may be best for him considering he's a pure 4 and a pure power forward.

    I posted a Jaren Jackson Jr. film session on my Youtube Channel. Jaren Jackson Jr. struggled in this game so maybe going to a team like the Grizzlies where he can develop is the best fit.

    Previous Pick: Jaren Jackson Jr., PF, Michigan State

  5. Dallas Mavericks: Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas

    The Dallas Mavericks have most of the pieces in place. With point guard Dennis Smith Jr., shooting guard Wesley Matthews, small forward Harrison Barnes, and power forward Dirk Nowitzki back you would think that drafting the best center on the board whether its Mohamed Bamba out of Texas or Wendell Carter Jr. out of Duke would be the plan since both are the best defenders on their team. Bamba made it to 5 so the Mavericks get a hometown center much like the Suns at 1.

    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.

    The Dallas Mavericks have most of the pieces in place. With point guard Dennis Smith Jr., shooting guard Wesley Matthews, small forward Harrison Barnes, and power forward Dirk Nowitzki back you would think that drafting the best center on the board whether its Mohamed Bamba out of Texas or Wendell Carter Jr. out of Duke would be the plan since both are the best defenders on their team. Bamba made it to 5 so the Mavericks get a hometown center much like the Suns at 1.

    Mohamed Bamba averaged 12.9 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per game. He's very sound defensively as far as blocking and rebounding goes. You can certainly argue that Bamba is a better defender then Ayton despite being 211 lbs. His defense is that good.

    Now his offensive game is another story. Yes he can hit shots from short range and mid range. He cannot hit a long range shot like Ayton can which is why Ayton averaged 20.1 points per game compared to Bamba's 12.9 points per game even though both can be effective scorers at times.

    Ayton had a .343 three point percentage where Bamba had a .275 three point percentage. Bamba also struggles on short range shots when a defender is in his face and he needs to improve both court vision and decision making when passing to teammates. Bamba can be a star and potentially a better player then Ayton if he fixes those areas of his game. Right now Ayton will get drafted ahead of Bamba because Bamba has those weaknesses.

    Even though Ayton will probably get picked ahead of Bamba, I think Dallas is the best spot for Bamba. The local gets to learn under veterans who won Championships on how to get better offensively from guys who won Championships like Dirk Nowitzki and Harrison Barnes which will allow him to make an impact day 1 as he grows and gets better over time.

    I posted a Mohamed Bamba film session on my Youtube Channel. Bamba struggled offensively, but looked very good defensively.

  6. Orlando Magic: Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama

    The 6-2 183 lb Collin Sexton averaged 28.5 points per game in High School. Sexton averaged 19.2 points per game under Avery Johnson at Alabama. He's also a great passer and defender. Trae Young is a better scorer, but his defense is sloppy, plus I believe Sexton is more disciplined as far as attitude and work ethic goes. Young could easily be the pick here though since Orlando needs a point guard, but I'm going against the grain and keeping Sexton in Orlando where I had him back in August before the College Basketball season started. Orlando loved Sexton in his workout with the Magic, and word has it he holds a slight edge over Young at the moment to be the sixth overall pick.

    I posted a Collin Sexton film session on my Youtube Channel. Sexton showed why he's the best communicator in this years NBA Draft Class.

  7. Chicago Bulls: Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma

    Chicago will get a point guard to push Kris Dunn if they miss the 2018 NBA Playoffs. I said that back in August, and still believe they will go that route considering Trae Young and Michael Porter Jr. are the only logical options.

    The 6-2 190 lb Trae Young is the top player on the board for the Chicago Bulls at this point. He had 27.4 points per game and 8.7 assists per game. I see the Bulls taking Trae Young at 7 considering he gives Kris Dunn competition at point guard and because he's the best player on the board. Whether he beats out Dunn for the starting job remains to be seen, but I got the Chicago Bulls bringing him in for competition.

    I posted a Trae Young film session on my Youtube Channel. Young actually showed good passing versus Texas. I still like Collin Sexton a lot more as far as the tape goes though.

  8. Cleveland Cavaliers: Mikal Bridges, SG, Villanova

    Mikal Bridges is a combo wing player at 6-6 210 lbs with the versatility to play shooting guard or small forward. He won two out of three championships at Villanova and is the perfect player for Cleveland to build around at 8 with Michael Porter Jr. and both point guards off the board.

    Mikal Bridges averaged 17.7 points per game at Villanova. He can play shooting guard on the Cavaliers at 8 or they can take him at 11 and trade this pick to Charlotte for Kemba Walker. I'm not sure how legit the Walker rumors are at this point, but I don't do trades in mocks, so for now I'm giving the Cleveland Cavaliers Mikal Bridges at 8.

    Previous Pick: Michael Porter Jr., SF, Missouri

  9. New York Knicks: Michael Porter Jr., SF, Missouri

    The Knicks have power forward Kristaps Porzingis and shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. The Knicks have needs at point guard, small forward, and center. Frank Ntilikina was a player I mocked to the Knicks at 8. He has a great shooting chart, but he only averaged 5 points per game in Europe and looks like a bust. If Collin Sexton or Trae Young falls to 9 then the Knicks may very well consider upgrading the point guard position despite spending a first round pick on this position last year.

    Small forward Michael Beasley is a Free Agent in 2018. He will not be back with the Knicks. Enes Kanter will not excersize his player option so taking a flyer on Michael Porter Jr. at 4 makes complete sense for the Knicks here.

    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. He only averaged 10 points per game in 17.7 minutes per game at Missouri missing most of the season due to injuries, but Memphis reaches for Michael Porter Jr. at 4.

    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.

    Previous Pick: Mikal Bridges, SG, Villanova

  10. Philadelphia 76ers: Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State

    The 76ers use this pick from the Lakers to take the best player available. The 6-7 226 lb Miles Bridges averaged 16.9 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game, and 2.1 assists per game at Michigan State in 2017. He averaged 17.1 points per game, 7 rebounds per game, and 2.7 assists per game as a sophomore in 2018. He has great dribbling and can attack the basket. He's versatile enough to play small forward or power forward.

  11. Charlotte Hornets: Wendell Carter Jr., C, Duke

    The Charlotte Hornets have their entire starting five under contract for next season. Point guard Kemba Walker, shooting guard Jeremy Lamb, small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, power forward Frank Kaminsky, and center Dwight Howard all did well this season. They just traded Dwight Howard to Brooklyn yesterday opening up a hole at center. Wendell Carter should be the pick if he's there at 11 now potentially starting right away.

    The 6-10 254 lb Wendell Carter Jr. 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.

    Wendell Carter Jr. averaged 13.5 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game in his freshman season at Duke. He was Duke's best defender and is the one player with the best chance of joining teammate Marvin Bagley III in the top 10 this season. If he makes it to 11 Charlotte will draft him and start him right away.

  12. Los Angeles Clippers: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky

    The Pistons traded their first round pick to the Clippers for Blake Griffin. Seriously, if the Pistons just read Draft Utopia and took Donovan Mitchell out of your own state of Michigan, who we mocked to the Pistons they would be in a much better situation. Instead they took Kennard, missed the playoffs, and are in a total rebuild with a new President of Basketball Operations, GM, and HC. Oh, and the Clippers own this pick now so you Pistons fans will have to wait until I post the second round to find out who you got muhaha.

    The 6-6 180 lb Shai Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 14.1 points per game, 5.1 assists per game, and 4.1 rebounds per game. He's a better defender then Trae Young, and I think he will end up having a better career then Trae Young. Someone is going to reach for Young though which is going to cause Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to drop to a team like the Clippers allowing them to get a huge steal.

    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a better defender then Trae Young, but he's not as consistent of a scorer and Young is a better passer too which is why he falls. I still think he could have a better career then Young, so the Clippers getting Shai Gilgeous-Alexander at 12 is a great pick for them.

  13. Los Angeles Clippers: Robert Williams, PF, Texas A&M

    The Clippers have back-to-back picks thanks to the Pistons. They got Chris Paul's replacement at 12 so now they get Blake Griffin's replacement at 13 I guess.

    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. He improved as a rebounder with 9.2 rebounds per game, but had less points per game with only 10.4 points per game. Williams seems like a better fit for the Clippers then Kevin Knox after reviewing what both players can do.

  14. Denver Nuggets: Kevin Knox, PF, Kentucky

    Denver has their starting five featuring point guard Jamal Murray, shooting guard Gary Harris small forward Wilson Chandler, power forward Paul Millsap, and center Nikola Jokic back for 2019 if the Nuggets are smart and decide to keep this core together.

    Right now the Nuggets have the luxury to get value over need. If the Nuggets decide not to excersize a club option on Jokic or if Wilson Chandler opts out of his player option then small forward or center becomes top priority for Denver.

    The 6-9 203 lb Kevin Knox can play small forward or power forward with his versatility. He added 12 lbs of muscle to get up to 215 lbs.

    Kevin Knox had 15.6 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game in his first year at Kentucky. He can score and rebound effectively and goes to Denver where he can be a fantastic depth player. He can defend the 1-4 as well.

    Previous Pick: Troy Brown, SF, Oregon

  15. Washington Wizards: Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech

    The Washington Wizards have John Wall at point guard, Bradley Beal at shooting guard, Otto Porter at small forward, Markeiff Morris at power forward, and Marcin Gortat at center. They need depth behind Morris at power forward.

    Morris and Gortat are Free Agents. Word is Washington wants to deal a player with an expiring contract and the fifteenth pick to clear up cap space. I could see a team like Atlanta making a move here, and even sweetening things for the Wizards by taking Gortat's contract and Jodie Meeks contract for Kent Bazemore as a backup, 19, and pick 30. Logistically I can see a trade like that going down since Atlanta wants to move 19 and 30 to move up to 13 or 14, but I don't predict trades in mock drafts.

    If Washington keeps this pick it will be either Robert Williams, Kevin Knox, or Zhaire Smith. With Smith being the only one of those three left on the board, the Wizards draft Smith as a replacement to Meeks and a backup shooting guard to Bradley Beal.

    The 6-5 195 lb Shooting guard Zhaire Smith out of Texas Tech is a top 20 talent. Smith is a shooting guard with the body of a point guard. He's also lined up at small forward and even played like a point forward at Texas Tech. Despite averaging only 11.3 points per game he has a lot of strong qualities on tape can play point guard, shooting guard, or small forward just like Luka Doncic. Smith also tested well and interviewed well at the 2018 NBA Combine so you really can't read too much into his stats.

    Previous Pick: Kevin Knox, PF, Kentucky

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