2018 NBA Mock Draft: Final Mock 2 Rounds
Round 1 Picks 16-30
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: June 21, 2018.
Phoenix Suns: 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.
- Troy Brown averaged 11.3 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game at Oregon despite averaging slightly more assists with 3.2 assists per game. He can score and defend effectively. He's not a very good three point shooter and that's the one concern you have with him. The Suns need depth at point guard, shooting guard, and small forward so they can draft the best player on the board at 16 for depth here.
Previous Pick: Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech
Milwaukee Bucks: Lonnie Walker IV, SG, Miami FL
- Lonnie Walker IV is a 6-4 206 lb shooting guard who showed the versatility to play point guard, shooting guard, or small forward in High School. Walker 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.
- The one thing keeping the Milwaukee Bucks from a legit starting five is a shooting guard. Lonnie Walker IV only had 11.5 points per game despite being healthy as a freshman. Walker is a top 20 player, but he's not the lottery pick I thought he would become heading into the season despite being one of the higher ranked recruits last season.
Previous Pick: Hamidou Diallo, SG, Kentucky
San Antonio Spurs: Keita Bates-Diop, SF, Ohio State
- The San Antonio Spurs draft the top small forward on the board with Kawhi Leonard wanting out. Small forward Keita Bates-Diop is the best player on the board and fills a position of need.
- San Antonio grabs the best player on the board in Keita Bates-Diop at 19 who averaged 19.7 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game as a freshman at Ohio State.
- Bates-Diop 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. His ability as a two way player is off the charts and you can certainly argue that he's someone who could end up beign a lottery pick.
Previous Pick: Shake Milton, PG, SMU
Atlanta Hawks: Jerome Robinson, PG, Boston College
- The Minnesota Timberwolves gave this pick up for Payne a bust who Atlanta drafted back in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft. I really don't understand the idiocracy of Minnesota's front office here. Atlanta grabs the best player on the board in the 6-4 195 lb Jerome Robinson who is a combo guard with the body of a point guard and the skill set of a shooting guard. Atlanta drafts him here for depth behind Dennis Schroeder at 19 with Schroeder now on the trading block.
- Jerome Robinson led Boston College with 20.7 points per game, 3.6 rebounds per game, and 3.3 assists per game. He gave both of Duke's starting guards problems in Boston College's upset win over Duke and has top 20 tape. Robinson was one of the sleepers I pinpointed as the draft process unfolded and now he's someone who is expected to go in the top 20.
Previous Pick: Keita Bates-Diop, SF, Ohio State
Minnesota Timberwolves: Chandler Hutchinson, SG, Boise State
- 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 6-7 190 lb Chandler Hutchinson had a career high .735 free throw percentage as well as averaging 20 points per game, 7.7 rebounds per game, and 3.5 assists per game.
Previous Pick: Jalen Brunson, PG, Villanova
Utah Jazz: Moritz Wagner, PF, Michigan
- The 6-11 245 lb Moritz Wagner is versatile enough to play power forward or center. The Jazz get Derrick Favors replacement knowing that Favors is a Free Agent. Wagner averaged 14.6 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game. He carried Michigan to the 2018 Mens Basketball Championship versus Villanova. Wagner not only gives the Nets a starter he's got the ability to become the leader of this team down the road.
Previous Pick: Omari Spellman, PF, Villanova
Chicago Bulls: Kevin Heurter, SG, Maryland
- The 6-7 190 lb Kevin Heurter went 15/15 from three point shooting at the 2018 NBA Combine. Heurter is now considered a top 25 prospect in this draft.
Previous Pick: Chandler Hutchinson, SG, Boise State
Indiana Pacers: Jalen Brunson, PG, Villanova
- The Pacers have a great starting five with Darren Collison at point guard, Victor Oladipo at shooting guard, Bojan Bogdanovic at small forward, Thaddeus Young at power forward, and Myles Turner at center. Indiana has Sabonis and Al Jefferson for depth too. They can draft the best player on the board for depth with Jalen Brunson here.
Previous Pick: Jerome Robinson, PG, Boston College
Portland Trail Blazers: Isaac Bonga, SF, Fraport
- Portland takes the best player on the board at 24. Isaac Bonga from the Fraport Skylanders is my top ranked International Player on the board. Fraport Skylanders small forward Isaac Bonga is undersized at 6-9 172 lbs, but he averaged 15.6 points per game despite his size in 2017. He only averaged 14.3 points per game this season. I no longer believe he's a lottery pick, but he could still get selected in the late first round because of his versatility to play point guard, shooting guard, or small forward.
Los Angeles Lakers: Mitchell Robinson, C, Western Kentucky
- Brook Lopez is a Free Agent after this season. The Lakers get insurance in case he leaves here by drafting Mitchell Robinson at 25. The 7-0 223 lb center had 20 points per game and 13.3 rebounds per game in his Senior year of High School, but withdrew from Western Kentucky two weeks into the school year. Robinson's lack of committment to College Basketball may cause him to drop to the Lakers, but he's worth a flyer here because if Robinson plays like he did two years ago as a High School Senior he's a huge steal this late in the first round.
Philadelphia 76ers: Khyri Thomas, SG, Creighton
- Philadelphia gets a shooting guard to put in their starting lineup with J.J. Reddick set to be a Free Agent. If they bring Reddick back, then the shooting guard they draft can be a bench player.
- The 6-3 210 lb Khyri Thomas broke out with 15.1 points per game his .788 free throw percentage is also the highest free throw percentage he's had in his three year career at Creighton. Thomas averages 4.4 rebounds per game which is incredible for a shooting guard. Thomas takes up a lot of space when playing zone after studying him more on tape so I really like the idea of Khyri Thomas in Philadelphia and this is someone I'm considering moving up next time.
Boston Celtics: Anfernee Simons, SG, IMG Academy
- The Celtics can take the best player on the board. Anfernee Simmons is 19-years-old and one year removed from High School. I originally had him in our 2018 High School Prospects page and he did committ to Louisville prior to the Rick Pitino scandal. Then he went to IMG Academy after graduating from Edgewater High School in Florida and averaged 21 points per game. Boston has a stacked roster and they are one team with the luxury to take a flyer on Simmons at this point.
Golden State Warriors: Gary Trent Jr., SG, Duke
- Golden State tweaked their starting five. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are still the faces of the franchise at point guard and shooting guard. The rest of their lineup got tweaked though. Andre Igudola is now the starting small forward. Steve Kerr moved Kevin Durant from small forward to power forward and Draymond Green from power forward to center. Golden State has Curry and Green locked up long-term and word is the Warriors want to extend both Thompson and Durant. I feel like they can only bring back one of those two and will ultimately bring back Durant and draft a successor to Thompson while they have the chance.
- The 6-6 209 lb Gary Trent Jr. averaged 14.5 points per game in his freshman season at Duke. He's a great three point shooter with a .402 three point percentage and he will fit right in with Golden State as a depth player with that core of veterans. I saw Duke at PPG Paints Arena when Duke was in this years Tournamnent and Gary Trent Jr. was dropping three point shots at will.
Brooklyn Nets: Omari Spellman, PF, Villanova
- The 6-9 245 lb Omari Spellman averaged 10 points per game and 8 rebounds per game in his lone season at Villanova. He's raw, but with one big season he could end up joining Jalen Brunson as a late first round pick.
Previous Pick: Moritz Wagner, PF, Michigan
Atlanta Hawks: Brandon McCoy, C, UNLV
- Atlanta takes the top center on the board for depth. The 7-0 251 lb Brandon McCoy had 21.2 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game in High School. McCoy had 14.6 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per game. McCoy had 33 points and 10 rebounds against DeAndre Ayton and Arizona so for me he's worth a late first round pick for the Atlanta Hawks to wrap up the opening act of this two round NBA Mock Draft.
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