2018 NBA Mock Draft: Final Mock 2 Rounds
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: June 21, 2018.
Phoenix Suns: Trevon Duval, PG, Duke
- The Suns need insurance at point guard if Brandon Knight goes down again. Trevon Duval is a legit late first round point guard prospect. The Phoenix Suns nabbing Duval atop the second round is a huge steal for them.
- The 6-3 191 lb point guard averaged 7.5 points per game in High School. He improved under Coach K averaging 10.3 points per game and 5.6 assists per game. He lost 5 lbs to get down to 186 lbs, is a terrible defender, and only has a .290 three point percentage meaning he only hits 29 percent of three point shots.
- Duval is capable of succeeding. He needs to go to a team like the Phoenix Suns where he won't be rushed into the lineup and will not have to play unless Brandon Knight gets into foul trouble. He could improve over time to the point where he becomes a quality point guard down the road, but right now I see an effective sixth man at best.
Memphis Grizzlies: Donte DiVincenzo, SG, Villanova
- Marshon Brooks can be effective when healthy. Depth is needed behind him though. Villanova shooting guard Donte DiVincenzo took over for Josh Hart at shooting guard. He may be the ideal player for Memphis to develop behind Marshon Brooks.
- The 6-4 205 lb Donte DiVincenzo is a good three point shooter. He had his best season as a junior with 13.8 points per game, 4.8 rebounds per game, and 3.5 assists per game. DiVincenzo may not bring the same impact that Brooks does, but he's a nice role player that Memphis can develop for the future.
- Worst case scenario he goes to the G League. Best case scenario he takes over for Brooks at shooting guard if Brooks goes down again.
Atlanta Hawks: Dzanan Musa, SF, Cedevita
- Atlanta takes the top player on the board. The 6-9 195 lb Dzanan Musa is a good prospect and an International player with a first round grade. Musa plays small forward, but has the body of a shooting guard. He can play point guard, shooting guard, or small forward with his versatility, plus Atlanta is stashing him for depth at this point.
Dallas Mavericks: Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA
- Dennis Smith Jr. was one of the best shooters in last years 2017 NBA Draft. His glaring weakness was defensive play. Aaron Holiday is the younger brother of Jrue Holiday.
- The 6-1 185 lb Aaron Holiday averaged 10.3 points per game as a freshman starting every game at point guard even leading UCLA in three point percentage as true freshman. Holiday got demoted to sixth man when Lonzo Ball arrived and still improved as a scorer and sixth man off the bench.
- Aaron Holiday broke out this year with 20.3 points per game and 5.7 assists per game. Holiday had a .429 three point percentage as a junior and hit at least 41 percent of three point shots in all three seasons at UCLA even when he came in as a backup to Lonzo Ball he still hit that many three point shots.
- One of my friends said he's a first round talent, and I'm starting to feel dumb for ranking him so low meaning he probably moves up in my final mock. His strengths compliment Dennis Smith Jr.'s weaknesses so I'm sure the Mavericks would be thrilled if Holiday somehow ended up in the second round.
Orlando Magic: Chimezie Metu, PF, USC
- Orlando gets some forward depth here. The 6-11 225 lb Chimezie Metu averaged a career high 15.7 points per game, but his three point percentage took a hit last year and some scouts will wonder if that limits Metu to short range and mid range shots which is why Metu will fall to the second round. Metu is a great pick for Orlando.
Previous Pick: Jacob Evans, SF, Cincinnati
Sacramento Kings: Jacob Evans, SF, Cincinnati
- The Kings get a small forward here. Jacob Evans can play the 2 or the 3 for Sacramento at 36.
Previous Pick: Chimezie Metu, PF, USC
New York Knicks: Shake Milton, PG, SMU
- The Knicks get competition for last years first round pick who had a disappointing rookie campaign. 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 in 2017. Milton had 18 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, and 4.4 assists per game in 2018. He can play both point guard or shooting guard with his versatility.
Previous Pick: Jevon Carter, PG, West Virginia
Philadelphia 76ers: Alize Johnson, PF, Missouri State
- The 6-9 212 lb forward is versatile enough to play small forward or power forward. Johnson averaged 15 points per game and 11.6 rebounds per game at Missouri State. He has a .281 three point percentage which is one of the worst three point percentages in the entire class so for that reason its going to be an uphill battle for Alize Johnson when it comes to getting drafted. Philadelphia has only one power forward on the roster so they are basically stashing Johnson for depth by taking the best player on the board.
Los Angeles Lakers: Grayson Allen, SG, Duke
- The Los Angeles Lakers get a backup shooting guard to compliment last years first round pick Josh hart. Grayson Allen is a steal this early in the second round even though I believe he projects as a career backup.
Previous Pick: Thomas Welsh, C, UCLA
Brooklyn Nets: Melvin Frazier, SF, Tulane
- With no centers on the board, Brooklyn ignores need and grabs the best player available. Melvin Frazier is a first round talent on some boards. Thanks to slipping this far he gets to be the face of the Long Island Nets until Demarre Carroll and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson play their way out of Brooklyn.
Orlando Magic: Gary Clark, SF, Cincinnati
- The Magic get the best small forward on the board for depth. Gary Clark is a good addition at this point in the second round.
Detroit Pistons: Josh Okogie, SG, Georgia Tech
- The Pistons got their shooting guard in the first round. Luke Kennard is not the answer and depth is needed. The 6-4 213 lb Josh Okogie averaged 18.2 points per game at Georgia Tech last season. Some have a late first round grade on Okogie so this is an awesome value pick.
Denver Nuggets: Jevon Carter, PG, West Virginia
- The Nuggets get a point guard for depth. Jevon Carter is a steal here.
- The 6-2 205 lb Jevon Carter had a career high 17.3 points per game, 6.6 assists per game, .858 free throw percentage, and .393 three point percentage during his senior season at West Virginia in 2017-2018. Carter has the body of a shooting guard, but played the point meaning he could be an effective combo guard in the NBA.
Previous Pick: De'Anthony Melton, PG, USC
Washington Wizards: Thomas Welsh, C, UCLA
- The Washington Wizards get a center here in case Gortat leaves. Thomas Welsh is the only draftable center left.
Previous Pick: Kevin Heurter, SG, Maryland
Brooklyn Nets: Landry Shamet, PG, Wichita State
- Landry Shamet can go to Long Island for a year. After a year of development in the G-league, he may ready to take over for Linn and Russell in Brooklyn.
Houston Rockets: De'Anthony Melton, PG, USC
- A successor to Chris Paul would be nice after getting injured during the 2018 Western Conference Finals. Houston can bring Melton in slowly and mold him. If he scored more then 10 points per game I wouldn't have a problem with him in the first round. Anyone taking this guy in the first is getting an automatic F grade.
Previous Pick: Devonte Graham, PG, Kansas
Los Angeles Lakers: Devonte Graham, PG, Kansas
- The Los Angeles Lakers get a backup point guard. Devonte Graham out of Kansas is a bargain at this point.
Previous Pick: Grayson Allen, SG, Duke
Minnesota Timberwolves: Justin Jackson, SF, Maryland
- The Minnesota Timberwolves get depth at small forward here. Justin Jackson out of Maryland is the best player on the board at this point late in the second round.
San Antonio Spurs: Malik Newman, SG, Kansas
- The San Antonio Spurs draft a G-League player to push last years first round pick Derrick White. Malik Newman can push Derrick White for the starting shooting guard spot once Manu Ginobli moves on from the Spurs.
Indiana Pacers: Kenrich Williams, SF, TCU
- The Pacers take a flyer on Kenrich Williams for depth here. Williams can play shooting guard, small forward, or power forward with his versatility.
New Orleans Pelicans: Kaleb Martin, SF, Butler
- New Orleans gets a small forward for depth. Kaleb Martin is the best forward left on the board.
Utah Jazz: Kostas Antetokounmpo, SF, Dayton
- The Jazz get a small forward for depth. Giannis Antetokounmpo's little brother gets picked by the Jazz.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Bruce Brown, SG, Miami FL
- Oklahoma City grabs a shooting guard for depth. Bruce Brown is the best player on the board at this point in the late second round.
Dallas Mavericks: Kevin Hervey, SF, UT Arlington
- Kevin Hervey was a Maverick at UT Arlington. He remains a Maverick and could become a quality backup to Harrison Barnes in due time.
Charlotte Hornets: Elie Okobo, PG, Pau-Lacq-Orthez
- The Hornets get an International Player here. Kemba Walker gets to mentor a French point guard who plays very similar to Walker.
Philadelphia 76ers: Tony Carr, PG, Penn State
- Philadelphia gets a backup to Ben Simmons. Tony Carr is the best player on the board. Carr is a steal at this point.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Ajdin Peneva, PF, Marshall
- Depth is needed at power forward in Oklahoma City. Ajdin Peneva can play three different positions at small forward, power forward, and center plus he reminds a lot of another former Thunder big man in Enes Kanter.
Denver Nuggets: Yante Maten, PF, Georgia
- The 6-8 240 lb Yante Maten averaged 19.2 points per game, 8.6 rebounds per game, and 1.5 assists per game. Maten won SEC Player Of The Year in 2018 so he's someone you can get late that plays the same three positions as Ajdin Peneva.
Phoenix Suns: Hamidou Diallo, SG, Kentucky
- I know I'm giving the Suns multiple shooting guards. They can send Diallo to the G-League and I don't really care at this point since Diallo is the best player on the board plus the Suns have one of the more stacked rosters in terms of talent.
Philadelphia 76ers: Rodions Kurucs, SF, F.C. Barcelona
- Rodions Kurucs decision to return to F.C. Barcelona backfires. After being a 2017 first round pick, Kurucs becomes Mr. Irrelvant in this years 2018 NBA Draft.
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