Frank Mason III. 2 pick won't make any headlines while his son plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. Picks: De'Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson, Harry Giles 39. Ball isn't a perfect prospect. New York Knicks: Frank Ntilikina, France. The Philadelphia 76ers completed the process by selecting Markelle Fultz. 7, Zach LaVine (who is coming off of an ACL tear), and Kris Dunn (whose ability to score has a long way to go). Sacramento Kings (from Pelicans) (UPDATE: Pick traded to Trail Blazers) - Zach Collins. Allen entered the season as the favorite to be the first center off the board, but his freshman year had plenty of bumps.
But now that we’re one day after the draft, all anyone cares about is how every team did. Stop me if you're surprised. Knicks owner James Dolan is too busy with Blues shows to care about the draft, and their President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson falls asleep during workouts and the NBA combine, not exactly a great look New York.
The Bulls and Timberwolves agreed to a trade that sends Jimmy Butler and No. The Mavs were one of the worst fast break teams in the league last season, and Smith gives them an immediate boost with his gifted athleticism and combination of scoring and playmaking. Wesley Iwundu He's a smooth combo guard who's got the highest floor in the draft, and arguably the highest ceiling. The Boston Celtics simply don't have space for another guard—particularly one, like Jabari Bird, who isn't ready to hold his own defensively. Atlanta Hawks (from Warriors via 76ers and Jazz) - Alpha Kaba. He’s a big, physical guy with plus athleticism and has a bit of a mean streak, so this is the exact kind of center you’d think Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra would like. Giles’ injury concerns are real, but his ceiling is non-existent. T.J. After addressing their rebounding need in Dwight Howard, they addressed their shooting need in Malik Monk – whose potential to help them down the line surely gives Charlotte reasons to be excited about their future insofar as what he can offer as a prospect. His 6'4" frame gives him plenty of size, and his eye-popping athleticism will only make him tougher for opposing point guards to check. Suddenly Tom Thibodeau’s budding young squad finally looks like a legitimate playoff team. If you need a comparison, think about a more polished version of Norman Powell. It must be something about that Kentucky water. The 2017 NBA draft is in the books—how did your team do? He's also tough and could be a good defender. The Spurs took a great fit in Derrick White, who ascended up draft boards in the weeks before draft night. He'll stay fresher throughout the season, and they might avoid a midseason downward spiral while chasing a playoff berth. Vezenkov is a good one, though. He should fit into the team’s wing rotation immediately. Adebayo has the physical tools and the motor to be a successful backup big man in the league, at the very least. Finally, the Pacers also traded cash considerations for the rights to Edmond Summer, a well-rounded shooting guard from Xavier who could crack the rotation as well. After all, an elite defender is just what Mitchell has become. Was his play last year the result of diminished athleticism, or just tentativeness?
It's an aggressive evaluation of a player who often displayed lackluster effort during his brief time at Duke and doesn't quite possess the prototypical explosiveness we've come to expect from superstar wings. Only 19 years old, it may be a little before Hartenstein comes to the United States, which could be the best thing for his development. Who made all … It's even harder to understand what Chicago sees in Dunn, a player who struggled for almost the entire season last year. If they eventually sign Paul George next summer, not trading for him tonight will look brilliant. There is one overwhelming positive for this fit, though: This shooting guard has a last name Celtics fans might enjoy. It is safe to say that the Lakers’ first draft in the Magic Johnson era was a successful one. Utah Jazz (from Warriors) - Josh Hart. Ntilikina is a heck of a fit for the triangle, and has an exceedingly high upside as a long-armed point guard that can play on both ends of the floor.
At the very least, he’s going to be a special defender and the kind of guy whose effort on that side of the ball gets his teammates to buy in to defending. This is going to be tough to top as the best value pick the rest of the night. If not for this year's injuries, he might have been a top-eight pick. The Hawks also took Tyler Dorsey in the second round, a great shooter and shot creator who could definitely find a permanent role off the Atlanta bench providing a spark offensively.
Plus, after four years in college, he should be able to play right away. Given the rate at which wings had been coming off the board, it was worth pulling the trigger early. If Jaron Blossomgame's game is going to blossom in any location, it'll be with the San Antonio Spurs. With Trey Lyles heading to the Denver Nuggets and Jeff Withey hitting the open market as an unrestricted free agent, the Utah Jazz needed to find depth behind Rudy Gobert. Markkanen gives Chicago the type of floor-spacing threat that it really needs, as the Finnish 7-footer will likely step into the NBA as one of the top-shooting centers from Day One. 42. To answer, we gave draft grades to all 30 teams, 28 of whom had selections on Thursday night. During his senior season at SMU, Brown took 3.9 triples per game and connected at a 44.9 percent clip. NBADraft.net’s William P. Desautelle III (West) and Jacob Stallard (East) break down the entire draft. Prepare yourselves for the intersection of LaVar Ball and Hollywood. 16 to the Timberwolves and Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and No. But that's part of what makes Tatum, the draft's most natural scorer, such a good fit: He's different.
First they used their own pick to grab Ike Anigbogu, a second UCLA big man who was getting first round buzz but fell due to injury (and skill) concerns.
Hart is a pitbull who is going to defend like crazy and do whatever the team needs on offense, while Bryant is a talented big man with long arms whose offensive and defensive games still have a way to go. But if the Thunder can just be patient and let the 19-year-old continue his development, he could be an ideal running mate as soon as two years into the future. He rarely takes bad shots but instead picks the spots to showcase his perimeter jumper while constantly seeking out open mid-range attempts. ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla called Anunoby a “sexy blogger pick,” which sounds about right. New York Knicks (from Rockets) - Ognjen Jaramaz. Sumner had first-round potential entering the season, but an injury and uneven play before it led him here. Then they turned the No. The 76ers traded a future first-rounder to the Orlando Magic for this pick, USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Zillgitt reports. When Wilson is on his game, he’s a difference maker on offense. 42. The Frenchman is certainly a raw product. He won't work his way into the starting five anytime soon, but every team can use an athletic slasher off the bench, especially when that player is also capable of knocking down treys. 2017 NBA Draft Re-Grades: Round 1 - Picks 16-30 2018 NBA Mock Draft Published: July 3, 2018. Those contributions, moreover, came while he shot 38.1 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from beyond the arc. He's an amazingly versatile defender and aggressive rebounder, but his offensive game is so under-developed that teams wondered if he'd be too much of a liability on that end. Bradley is a tremendous rebounder who needs to prove he can be more than just the rotation player he was at North Carolina, while Williams-Goss is a solid, steady point guard who isn’t a great athlete or scorer but can run an offense in a pinch. 28.
This site has no affiliation with the National Basketball Association | Website by, They apparently tried to work out a deal for Ivan Rabb suring the draft, but not having a GM apparently made that tricky. Versatility is the name of the game here. On one hand, I like the idea of him being able to sit behind Gorgui Dieng, Cole Aldrich and, of course, Karl-Anthony Towns given that he's a project. Rebounding is simply his speciality after he averaged 14.1 boards per 40 minutes, and that, along with his size, should make him a good low-minute backup from the get-go. Dallas had to go out and find a point guard. The Sixers paid a steep price to acquire the No. Questions about his efficiency and headstrong attitude persisted and caused him to slip a little, but at No. But especially if Allen can add a perimeter jumper—he went 0-of-7 from beyond the arc during his lone season as a Longhorn—it'll be well worth the stylistic shift. 51. Jaramaz is incredibly fun to watch. Semi Ojeleye is a prospect I really liked, but with Ante Zizic and Guerschon "Dancing Bear" Yabusele coming over, I wonder whether they even have minutes for him. He also has the kind of athleticism that the Thunder value under Sam Presti, and his defense could go well with what OKC has on that end. Bird can rain 3s but lacks the physical frame and athletic ability for the NBA. Possibly the best go to scorer in this draft, Monk should pair with Kemba Walker to form an exciting backcourt. Still, the solution for Orlando will take a few years and Isaac's versatility is a solid place to start. If Collins puts some weight on his frame and continues developing as a rim protector, watch out. 38 pick from the Chicago Bulls. Brooks was one of the best players in college hoops a year ago, a legitimate monster who is really skilled both as a shot-maker and passer. The Wolves’ core of Butler, Andrew Wiggins, and Karl-Anthony Towns is kind of terrifying. There's a reason this pick was confirmed by reporters including USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick before the Suns' pick was made official: Fox is a strong fit with the Kings, in need of a leader and a point guard.
But Evans consistently thrived as a two-way player for Oklahoma State, as he could use his quickness and vision to keep defenses on their collective toes while showing a complete understanding of the Cowboys' defensive schemes. He's athletic enough to play in the NBA. Portland Trail Blazers (UPDATE: Pick traded to Kings) - Justin Jackson. He's a very skilled scorer, but questions about his toughness are worth considering. An immediate ROY candidate. 50. But he has the strongest basketball IQ in this draft and is going to create a culture of unselfishness wherever he goes. Still, Donovan Mitchell's positional versatility and athleticism might have been the better fit here, given the Pistons already have plenty of good shooters. That’ll do it. Allen is the perfect Celtics pick, a scrappy defender whose offensive game is better than advertised.
Ferguson might need to spend time in the G League playing for the Oklahoma City Blue. This is the second top-20 player they've taken on our board, despite picks No. His lack of a handle and ideal offensive feel were exposed as well, and he didn't play much.
A potentially elite defender, he would have been off the board 20 spots earlier if not for worries about a knee injury popping up shortly before the draft. Dotson is a dead-eye shooter, going 108-for-245 (44.1 percent) as a senior. Fortunately, Portland is prepared for that situation, still in possession of high-scoring guards (Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum).