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

Brian Bayless 2018 NBA Mock Draft

Round 1 Picks 1-15

DeAndre Ayton is the top player in the 2018 NBA Draft. He's probably a lock for Arizona at 1.

Brian Bayless Last Updated: June 14, 2018.

  1. Phoenix Suns: DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona

    Last year I had 8 picks in the first round of my mock draft correct with Chris barely beating me out with 9. This year I'm hoping for another strong mock. I'm going with Ayton to Phoenix because they need a center and the Suns seem locked in on getting a new center with DeAndre Ayton still on the board.

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

    The Kings have a good starting lineup. Bogdan Bogdanovich can play shooting guard or small forward complimenting De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Zach Randolph, and Willie Cauley-Stein in the starting five. I feel like Randolph is the most likely player in the starting five that could get replaced and Marvin Bagley III said he'd love to play for the Kings after a private workout in Sacramento. Marvin Bagley III can be a stud if you give him one year to learn behind Zach Randolph and improve defensively so I feel like he's who the Kings will take at 2.

    Bagley's one weakness is his inconsistent defensive play which can be horrendous at times. Chris has a lot of coverage on Bagley that you can check out on Draft Utopia's Youtube Channel.

  3. Atlanta Hawks: Jaren Jackson Jr., PF, Michigan State

    Atlanta has a good starting five. Jaren Jackson Jr. acknowledged his flaws like foul trouble and improved decision making and interviewed well after working out with the Hawks. There are also reports that teams outside the top 4 want to move up for Jaren Jackson Jr. I see him going third now if the Kings take Marvin Bagley III second overall.

  4. Memphis Grizzlies: Luka Doncic, SF, Real Madrid

    Memphis picks at 4 here. Luka Doncic has expressed that he wants to play with Marc Gasol because of his Spanish roots, but will play anywhere he goes. I can't see the Grizzlies passing on Doncic at 4 realizing the value at that point is too great to ignore.

  5. Dallas Mavericks: Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas

    The Dallas Mavericks have most of the pieces in place. They are gonna take the best player at 5 regardless of need. I really believe that player is Mohamed Bamba out of Texas even though they could also consider Michael Porter Jr. at 5 if he's there as well.

  6. Orlando Magic: Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma

    I have a feeling the Magic will screw this up. They are looking at both Trae Young and Michael Porter Jr. heavily. With last years first round pick jonathon simmons dealing with injuries, I feel like the Magic will shy away of Michael Porter Jr. because of this and end up taking Trae Young at 6 even though its something they could regret.

  7. Chicago Bulls: Michael Porter Jr., SF, Missouri

    Michael Porter Jr. has been sporting a lot of Chicago Bulls gear during the 2018 NBA Draft Process. He's been sporting just as much gear as Saquon Barkley was sporting before the Giants took him second overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. I don't think that's a coincidence. I think the Bulls are going with Michael Porter Jr. and getting a wing player to compliment Lauri Markkanen last years first round pick at 7.

  8. Cleveland Cavaliers: Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama

    I think Cleveland will draft a point guard at 8 hoping he can have a Kyrie Irving impact. They know its the only chance they got to keep LeBron in Cleveland who is probably leaving as a Free Agent this Summer. I think LeBron is gonna end up on the Lakers even though I've heard a lot of speculation about him going to the Houston Rockets.

  9. New York Knicks: Mikal Bridges, SF, Villanova

    The Knicks need a point guard, small forward, and center. I think the Knicks want to trade up for Michael Porter Jr., but realize they do not have the capital to do that. So they do the next best thing and take Mikal Bridges at 9.

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

    The 76ers use this pick from the Lakers to take the best player available. Miles Bridges is a great wing player to compliment Ben Simmons at point guard plus you got Embiid back too.

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

    The Charlotte Hornets have their starting lineup in tact. Wendell Carter Jr. was Duke's best defender last year. The Hornets attended Wendell Carter Jr.'s Pro Day. He's a clear steal at this point with a lot of mocks posting Wendell Carter Jr. in the top 10.

  12. Los Angeles Clippers: Kevin Knox, PF, Kentucky

    The Clippers get Blake Griffin's replacement here. One player that they worked out who could go this high is Kentucky power forward Kevin Knox who can play the 3 or the 4 at small forward or power forward with his versatility.

    Previous Pick: Ethan Happ, PF, Wisconsin

  13. Los Angeles Clippers: Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA

    The Clippers have back-to-back picks. They get Chris Paul's replacement by taking a local point guard out of UCLA who they worked out. Aaron Holiday still averaged double digit points per game last year despite being Lonzo Ball's backup. This says a lot about the skill and talent that Aaron Holiday provides out of UCLA.

  14. Denver Nuggets: Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech

    Denver has a good core. They have starters now they add another guard/wing for depth here with Zhaire Smith at 14 who I believe is the top player on their board at this spot.

  15. Washington Wizards: Robert Williams, PF, Texas A&M

    The Washington Wizards get some depth at power forward here. Robert Williams is a quality player who gives the Wizards depth at a position of need.

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