Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: June 21, 2018.
Philadelphia 76ers: Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech A+ Grade Grade
- The 6-5 195 lb Shooting guard Zhaire Smith out of Texas Tech is a top 20 talent. Smith is a shooting guard with the body of a point guard. He's also lined up at small forward and even played like a point forward at Texas Tech. Despite averaging only 11.3 points per game he has a lot of strong qualities on tape can play point guard, shooting guard, or small forward just like Luka Doncic. Smith also tested well and interviewed well at the 2018 NBA Combine so you really can't read too much into his stats.
Milwaukee Bucks: Donte DiVincenzo, SG, Villanova C Grade
- This is a reach. Done DiVincenzo was a guy Greg Popovich would have loved to draft him at 18 so that's what keeps it from being a D grade. He also won a Championship at Villanova despite being the fourth best player.
San Antonio Spurs: Lonnie Walker IV, SG, Miami FL A+ Grade
- 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.
- 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. I had this guy graded much higher then DiVincenzo and mocked him to the Bucks at 17.
Atlanta Hawks: Kevin Heurter, SG, Maryland A+ Grade
- 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. Some mocks even had him going in the top 20 so I love the value that Heurter provides here.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Josh Okogie, SG, Georgia Tech C Grade
- he 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 a reach at 20, but it still warrants a C grade here.
Utah Jazz: Grayson Allen, SG, Duke C Grade
- I had Grayson Allen ahead of Josh Okogie on my board. That doesn't change the fact that this pick is a reach. He's not even the best shooting guard on his own team. I think Gary Trent Jr. is much better personally.
Chicago Bulls: Chandler Hutchinson, SG, Boise State A+ Grade
- I mocked Hutchinson to 22 in my May mock. This is the seventh pick in the first round that I mocked at some point. Draft Utopia was the first to report that the Bulls would take Hutchinson at 22 if he fell to that pick heading into June.
- 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.
Indiana Pacers: Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA B Grade
- Solid pick. I had an early second round grade on Jrue Holiday's younger brother, but this is a nice value pick.
- 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.
Portland Trail Blazers: Anfernee Simons, SG, IMG Academy A Grade
- Anfernee Simons was the only player to work out with Portland twice. Then he went to IMG Academy after graduating from Edgewater High School in Florida and averaged 21 points per game. Portland is grooming him behind C.J. McCollum.
Los Angeles Lakers: Moritz Wagner, PF, Michigan A+ Grade
- The 6-11 245 lb Moritz Wagner is versatile enough to play power forward or center. 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 Lakers a starter he's got the ability to become the leader of this team down the road
Philadelphia 76ers: Landry Shamet, PG, Wichita State C Grade
- He was the forty fifth best player on my board. Taking him at 26 is less of a reach then the Timberwolves taking Josh Okogie. While its a reach, he's a good free throw shooter and three point shooter so the worst I can give this pick is a C grade.
Boston Celtics: Robert Williams, PF, Texas A&M A+ Grade
- I had Robert Williams going in the lottery range. The Celtics may have gotten the steal of the 2018 NBA Draft.
- At 6-9 237 lbs, Williams projects more as a power forward. He averaged 11.8 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game at Texas A&M. Williams should improve on that at Texas A&M in 2017 as a sophomore. He improved as a rebounder with 9.2 rebounds per game, but had less points per game with only 10.4 points per game. Williams could be a huge steal for the Boston Celtics.
Golden State Warriors: Jacob Evans, SG, Cincinnati B+ Grade
- Jacob Evans can play the 2 or the 3. He played small forward. He's 6-5 199 lbs and is a better fit at shooting guard. I mocked him at 36, but saw him go as high at 18. Cincinnati's head coach called him a the smartest plaeyr he ever coached. He's got the Basketball IQ to learn under Klay Thompson and potentially take over for him.
Brooklyn Nets: Dzanan Musa, SF, Cedevita B+ Grade
- 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 his favorite player is Kobe Bryant so if he does a fraction of what Kobe Bryant can do this is a great value pick.
Atlanta Hawks: Omari Spellman, PF, Villanova A Grade
- The 6-9 245 lb Omari Spellman averaged 10 points per game and 8 rebounds per game in his lone season at Villanova. I am giving this an A grade and had the Nets taking him one pick earlier. I like Jalen Brunson more then Spellman which is the only reason this pick did not get an A+ grade.