Frankly, I'm surprised his defensive acumen alone wasn't enough for him to get some first-round love, because he was that good in any and all situations. He can space the floor. He can stuff the post-up attempt of a bigger opponent with either hand on one possession, then rotate from the weak side and explode for an above-the-rim swat on the next trip down the floor. It's not exactly what the Knicks needed, but it's still a valuable mold. Medical concerns are the story there, with the USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt reporting that lingering back issues are so troubling he could end up sitting out for the entirety of the 2018-19 campaign. The Nets will likely pay his buyout, which will be a good move as he is in desperate need of being put on an NBA strength and conditioning program. With Carter, Markkanen and others supporting him, Hutchison might become even more efficient while showcasing the well-rounded nature of his game. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins with more size and hustle. 57. With Dennis Smith already in place, Doncic’s addition give the Mavs an exciting young core while adding, possibly the most NBA ready player in the draft. But the Oklahoma City Thunder have to be intrigued by the scoring tools this former Maverick—no, not the Dallas variety—put on display. Grade: A+, Carter is as solid and easy to fit into an NBA lineup as anyone still available at this point. For a team that needs a center upgrade and always seems to prioritize lankiness, the Villanova standout makes for a questionable selection—yes, even outside the lottery. His defense alone should make him rosterable, but Brown won't carve out a rotation role unless he can fix his woeful shooting mechanics, prove the foot injury that ended his sophomore season prematurely is firmly rooted in the past and show he can create quality looks against NBA defenders. Thomas is a defensive menace, but we're still not quite sure whether his shooting form will allow him to make the leap from college treys to NBA threes. But his aggression as a scorer from all areas of the court, both in transition and within the half-court set, is already a positive. He's a good offensive player who plays hard and can shoot as a stretch-center. With their second pick, the Suns grabbed Mikal Bridges via a trade with the 76ers. He's got two brothers who are solid NBA players. It works sometimes. When Fansided's Brandon Jefferson ranked the best pure shooters in this year's class, he slotted Maryland's Kevin Huerter at No. have matched or exceed that volume/efficiency combination. Booker and Ayton could become a modern-day. But Brown doesn't stretch the floor, and he's not quite quick enough to hang with true backcourt members at the highest level. Welsh is a 7 foot, slow stretch 5 who played four years at UCLA and nailed 40% of his three point attempts as a senior, and quite possibly the best mid range shooter (HORSE player) in the draft. Is he going to the Cleveland Cavaliers because he can take the reins if the world's best player leaves in free agency this summer? With the 2018 NBA Draft in the books, it’s time to take a look at which teams made the best and worst decisions on draft night. The two embraced in Brooklyn shortly after the selection, so apparently Mitchell is completely on board with the pick. reported the Philadelphia 76ers were trading him to the Phoenix Suns for the No. To find a solution with this much upside on a rookie-scale deal is a big plus. The 2018 NBA Draft is in the books. The Wizards chose to pass on Lonnie Walker for Troy Brown, a player who, in my opinion, has both less NBA readiness and less upside than Walker. They might be the squad best suited to mitigate his primary weakness, and his improvements as a distributor under Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski will only help the offense continue to blossom. That's his floor, and most teams still covet players who profile as potential lockdown defenders with above-the-rim offensive ability. Well, it just so happens that Bamba flashed some three-point range during his lone NCAA campaign and has been, If anything, he's more like a newer, shinier version of. He's got the same potential of 2014 No. And that means he's getting high marks. De'Anthony Melton hasn't scored a point, collected a rebound, dished out a dime or made a single defensive play in a full collegiate season. Obviously, that's worked out rather nicely. , they're trading the No. The extent of the positivity, however, remains uncertain. TRADE: Detroit made this pick after trading two future second-round picks to Philadelphia. I’m not an expert on Portland’s needs, but based upon what I saw last season, they need help in the front court. Better still, the players who finished ahead of him were largely big men—natural beneficiaries of this particular metric. Meanwhile, they sat all the way down at No. 3, writing: "Huerter, a 6'7" New York native, mostly spotted up around the perimeter and waited for Melo Trimble drive-and-kick passes, catch-and-shoot opportunities off offensive rebounds or kickouts from post players to get off shots. 50, followed an interesting journey to the NBA: "Johnson is a max-effort player who developed a reputation as a workhorse in college. Grade: C-, Can a college role player become an NBA role player? 2018 NBA Draft grades: Pick-by-pick results, analysis for all 60 picks in the first and second round Only one pick fell into the D range. However, even if he flounders on the preventing end, his offensive aptitude will allow him to shine so brightly that the Suns still won't be disappointed. But he's also not as high-upside as Lonnie Walker IV. With a couple nice young guards, and Nikola Jokic manning the middle, Porter actually makes some sense from a personnel standpoint as well. He could be the playmaker for a post-LeBron future, too. He can run the show in the pick-and-roll, spot up on the wings or even body up against some forwards. Grade: C+, They need a shooter because almost everyone on their roster who can shoot is a free agent. He's got great measurables, and he's worth the flier (on a former Flyer). Thomas can play offense and defense at high levels right away. 54) to Philadelphia, His ability to fill a box score is intriguing, but he also has a lot of holes to his offense and might not be big enough to make the same defensive impact. Moreover, his game should translate nicely to the NBA because of the sneaky athleticism that manifests itself as cutting excellence and his dual ability to spot up and create for himself.’s Dave Ray (West) and Jacob Stallard (East) break down the entire draft. Frazier was one of only 44 qualified NCAA players to take at least three triples per game, connect on at least 38 percent of them and post a defensive box plus/minus north of two. But isn't it strange that a team in perpetual search of more quality backups is going the draft-and-stash route? He's rail-thin but could develop because he's one of the younger players in this class. Grading the 2018 NBA Draft The first pick is in, and as expected Deandre Ayton won’t have to move far from his dorm room. This is a player who was forced to go the junior college route because of his academic performance. His skillset is very similar to Musa’s and didn’t a little stronger than the thin Musa but didn’t coming off of multiple major injuries in his young career and is less likely to come over to the NBA right away, although its still a possibility. He's a polished player, but is this another win-now pick from a franchise that might not be there yet? And if Porzingis' recovery from a torn ACL is delayed, which would thrust more scoring responsibilities onto the shoulders of this incoming rookie, he could show off his full arsenal of skills quicker than expected. Of course, looking at the season-long numbers is a mistake. But that's not where Graham's skills end. Shows flashes in transition. Focus instead on his. Wendell Carter Jr. is not Robin Lopez, and that has to excite the Chicago Bulls as they seek frontcourt upside to pair with rising sophomore Lauri Markkanen. Health permitting, the rich get richer here as the Celtics got a big man who many see as a lottery level talent. 26. And the Brooklyn Nets apparently saw enough to like that they sprung for him at No. 2018 NBA Draft Grades By: David Ray. Handle still developing. Lost your password? This is a win because you can try him out in a lot of roles, but he also might never be an NBA player. 4 in offensive rating. On the one hand, they got a guy with late-first round value in Khyri Thomas, a long and talented 3-and-D kind of guy at the shooting guard. For all intents and purposes, we're considering him an OKC acquisition. With a marvelous combination of finishing ability (both of the finesse-driven and overpowering variations) and range that extends to the three-point arc, he's everything a team covets in a new-age center. Moore noted for Bleacher Report, Alize Johnson, the newest member of the Indiana Pacers after he came off the board at No. The Kings were among the league’s worst rebounding teams, and Marvin can clean up misses right out of the gate. But his defensive prowess is limited by his inability to maintain focus throughout an entire 40-minute game, much less a 48-minute battle. Bagley is a high level athlete for a player 6’11” tall, and teamed up with Willie Cauley-Stein, DeAaron Fox, and Buddy Heild he could potentially be that All-Star level player their young nucleus needs. Nonetheless, he stayed in the draft. Bridges is a polished, 3 and D wing who can add depth behind Josh Jackson and T.J. Warren. Though he's an intelligent passer from the blocks and the perimeter, that skill still pales in comparison to his shooting stroke, which allowed him to connect on 39.5 percent of his 3.0 deep tries per game as a sophomore and 39.4 percent of his 4.1 triple attempts per contest as a junior. 56 and 60 selections for the No. Wait, no—that’s what they should’ve done. Motor isn’t in question.". Devon Hall brings that Virginia toughness to the Thunder, and while didn’t not overly gifted in terms of length and athleticism, Tony Bennett’s former players have a track record of finding a way to succeed at the next level. Their immediate needs definitely aren't for an offensive-minded guard. Landry Shamet Giving up a first-rounder to move up for a player of that caliber is a sensible decision. Anfernee Simons has immense upside as a scorer, but he's a 19-year-old without a game of experience above high school. But he could add a lot to a team that has needed help on the wings for years. John Wall. As a legitimate 7-footer with an unfathomable wingspan and three-point potential, how could he not be?