2018 NBA Mock Draft: Debut
Round 1 Picks 16-30
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: July 17, 2017.
Los Angeles Clippers: Shake Milton, PG, SMU
- Los Angeles uses this pick to find Chris Paul's replacement. Shake Milton is a 6-5 195 lb point guard who had 13 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game, and 4.5 assists per game at SMU. Milton could be a riser with a huge season.
Phoenix Suns: Jaren Jackson, PF, Michigan State
- The Phoenix Suns get a power forward with this pick from the Miami Heat since Marquese Chriss got injured in the Summer League after underperforming as a rookie since he could use some competition. Jaren Jackson had 16.4 points per game in High School. He can attack the basket plus he's versatile enough to play small forward, power forward, or center despite being 6-10 227 lbs. Some have Jackson as a top 10 pick so he's a clear steal here.
Milwaukee Bucks: Hamidou Diallo, SG, Kentucky
- The 6-6 188 lb Hamidou Diallo has not played a College Basketball game. The 19-year-old could be a huge riser after averaging 18.1 points per game in High School before enrolling in Kentucky in January. Diallo is a guy who can post a 44 1/2 inch vertical jump and has the versatility to play point guard, shooting guard, or small forward. I would not be surprised if Diallo managed to creep his way into the top 10 10 if he plays well at Kentucky in 2017.
Charlotte Hornets: Jarred Vanderbilt, SF, Kentucky
- The Charlotte Hornets have their entire starting five and backups under contract for next season. The 6-8 200 lb Jarred Vanderbilt is a project player with some durability questions. At the same time he's got the size of a shooting guard, can play small forward, and was a power forward in High School. The versatility to play the 2, 3, or 4 is there as he could end up playing shooting guard, small forward, or power forward in the NBA, but will most likely play the 3.
Denver Nuggets: Chimezie Metu, PF, USC
- Denver will either get a center for depth or a shooting guard with Garry Harris being an RFA and their other shooting guards being UFA's. The three players I considered here were Miami FL guard Bruce Brown who can play the 1 or the 2, USC power forward Chimezie Metu, and UNLV center Brandon McCoy.
- Chimezie Metu averaged 14.8 points per game with 28 points in USC's March Madness loss to Baylor. Metu is an excellent low post player, but needs a few years to develop the rest of his game. Paul Millsap turns 33-years-old in February and Kenneth Faired is expendable which is why Metu is a good depth player for Denver here.
- Paul Millsap is under contract until 2021. I think the Nuggets can develop Metu's game in that depth role for a few years though. If you think Brown or McCoy should be the pick comment below.
Detroit Pistons: Ethan Happ, PF, Wisconsin
- The Pistons traded their power forward to get Avery Bradley. The 6-9 230 lb Ethan Happ had 14 points per game and 9 rebounds per game as Wisconsin's power forward. Detroit takes him at 21 here.
Utah Jazz: Arnoldas Kulboka, SF, Brose Bamberg
- The Jazz get Gordon Hayward's replacement here. The 6-9 201 lb Arnoldas Kulboka averaged 26.8 points per game overseas. If he can add some muscle he may be able to do what Gordon did for the Jazz down the road.
Toronto Raptors: Kevin Knox, PF, Kentucky
- The 6-9 203 lb Kevin Knox can play small forward or power forward with his versatility. He makes sense for Toronto as a depth player.
Atlanta Hawks: Dzanan Musa, SF, Cedevita
- Atlanta takes the top small forward on the board. Dzanan Musa is a good prospect and an International player with a first round grade.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Brandon McCoy, C, UNLV
- Minnesota will have Jeff Teague, Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins, Robert Williams, and Karl-Anthony Towns in their starting five. They still could use some depth though.
- The 7-0 251 lb Brandon McCoy had 21.2 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game in High School. Karl-Anthony Towns is the best center in the NBA. This is simply a luxury pick though and something the Timberwolves have the luxury of making here since some believe Brandon McCoy is a lottery pick.
Washington Wizards: Bruce Brown, PG, Miami FL
- The Washington Wizards draft a backup for depth. Washington's backup point guard is a Free Agent. The 6-3 200 lb Bruce Brown averaged 11.8 points per game as a freshman at Miami FL. He has the versatility to play point guard or shooting guard in the NBA.
Boston Celtics: Bonzie Colson, PF, Notre Dame
- The Celtics get a power forward for depth here. Bonzie Colson out of Notre Dame is the top senior prospect in the 2018 NBA Draft. Colson had 17.8 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game in his junior season.
San Antonio Spurs: Austin Wiley, C, Auburn
- The 6-11 235 lb Austin Wiley is the top player available. He would be a good addition for the Spurs.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Grayson Allen, SG, Duke
- Cleveland gets a shooting guard here. Allen had 14.5 points per game as a junior. Allen turned down two chances to be a first round pick and provides great value as a senior here.
Golden State Warriors: Drew Eubanks, C, Oregon State
- Golden State gets an upgrade at center. Drew Eubanks would have been a second round pick if he left after his sophomore season. His decision to stick around allows him to sneak into the first round of my first 2018 NBA Mock Draft after averaging 14.5 points per game with the Oregon State Beavers.
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