Draft Order NBA: 2018 NBA Draft Outstanding Trades Cleveland Cavaliers (from Brooklyn Nets), Philadelphia 76ers (from Los Angeles Lakers) 1 or 6-30 if pick lands in 2-5 range Boston Celtics receive this pick, Phoenix Suns (from Miami Heat) top 7 protected, Minnesota Timberwolves (from Oklahoma City Thunder) top 14 protected, Atlanta Hawks (from Houston Rockets) top 3 protected

2018 NBA Mock Draft: 2.0

Round 1 Picks 16-30

Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: August 26, 2017.

  1. 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.

  2. Phoenix Suns: Brandon McCoy, C, UNLV

    The Phoenix Suns get their starting center at 17. Brandon McCoy drew consideration as a lottery pick.

    The 7-0 251 lb Brandon McCoy had 21.2 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game in High School. Phoenix can draft McCoy as thier starting center here.

    Previous Pick: Jaren Jackson, PF, Michigan State

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 and USC power forward Chimezie Metu.

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Minnesota Timberwolves: Rodions Kurucs, SF, F.C. Barcelona

    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.

    Rodions Kurucs is the top prospect on the board and would have been a first round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft if he didn't withdraw from the draft. Minnesota can draft him for depth here though.

    Previous Pick: Brandon McCoy, C, UNLV

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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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