2018 NBA Mock Draft - The Lottery Edition
1. Sacramento Kings - Michael Porter Jr., SF/PF, Missouri
The nation's top incoming freshman follows the trend of other recent No. 1 recruits: Lands with a not-so-hot team. The versatile 6-foot-10 Porter should impress regardless
2. Phoenix Suns - DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona
The 7-footer with a 7-foot-5 wingspan takes his talents to Tucson. In this scenario, he'd remain in the state. Phoenix could lose Alex Len in free agency and the ex-Terp hasn't lived up to his lottery status.
3. Boston Celtics (via Brooklyn) - Robert Williams, PF, C, Texas A&M
Will the Celtics still own this Nets pick by next year or do they finally make a major move for a proven star? If they hang tight, Boston should look for an inside talent. Williams blocked 2.5 shots during his freshman season while averaging 11.8 points and 8.2 rebounds.
4. New York Knicks - Luka Doncic, SG, Real Madrid
The hype is scorching for the next international standout. The 6-foot-8 guard has a 3-point shot and a game loaded with upside. The Knicks have gone overseas for recent picks, including 2017 1st round selection Frank Ntilikina
5. Orlando Magic - Miles Bridges, SF/PF, Michigan State
Perhaps the most surprising player who passed on the NBA this season. Bridges is all kinds of athletic; the 6-foot-7 forward blocked 1.5 shots last season. Also hit nearly 40 percent of his 3-point attempts..
6. Chicago Bulls - Mohamed Bamba, PF, Texas
It sure looks like the Bulls are punting this season. How low they sink depends on whether they unload veterans Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo sooner than later. As for the 7'1" Bamba, Shaka Smart's top incoming recruit has a staggering 7-foot-9 wingspan. His offensive game is a work in progress, but as we know, you can't coach size.
7. Philadelphia 76ers (via LA Lakers) - Wendell Carter, PF, Duke
Duke adds another skilled big man to replace the two selected in round one of the 2017 first round. The 6-foot-10 Carter isn't just a physical freak, but one who competes and produces.
8. Indiana Pacers - Lonnie Walker, SG, Miami
The talented 5-star recruit with strength and length can score and score and score some more. Indiana will need that type of player one way or another by next summer assuming Paul George is gone. Playing at one season at Miami under coach Jim Larranaga should help boost Walker's hoops acumen.
9. Atlanta Hawks - Jaren Jackson Jr., PF, Michigan State
The one son of a former Georgetown player who didn't sign with the Hoyas. The 6-foot-10 Jackson and Miles Bridges will provide Tom Izzo with a potent frontcourt tandem.
10. Dallas Mavericks - Chimezie Metu, PF/C, USC
Metu averaged 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds during his freshman season with the Trojans. The question here isn't size or skill, but consistency. The question in Dallas is what kind of team the Mavs are building for the post-Dirk Nowitzki era.
11. New Orleans Pelicans - Hamidou Diallo, SG, Kentucky
The 6-foot-5 guard blows away those into measurements thanks to hiss 44-inch vertical leap and 6-foot-11 wingspan. Though eligible for the 2017 Draft, Diallo decided to spend at least one year with John Calipari at Kentucky.
12. Denver Nuggets - Trevon Duval, PG, Duke
Another example of how the Blue Devils don't rebuild, but reload. The 6-foot-2 Duval can sky at the rim and set up teammates for open looks. Denver could be in the market for a point guard next year if Emmanuel Mudiay doesn't take another leap or two in his third NBA season.
13. Detroit Pistons - V.J. King, SF, Louisville
The 6-foot-6 swingman posted modest stats (5.5. pts, 13.5 min) during his freshman season. There's a real chance he takes his game up several notches in year two. The Cleveland native, who played in the D.C. area for Paul VI, shot over 40 percent from beyond the arc and 82 percent on free throws.
14. Portland Trail Blazers - Kevin Knox, SF, Kentucky
Knox has the size (6-foot-9) to play the 4 and the agility for small forward duties. Late lottery might be a stretch based on current projections, but we've seen Kentucky players rise up draft boards over the years.
15. Ones to watch - Justin Jackson, SF, Maryland; Grayson Allen, SG, Duke; Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama; Troy Brown, SG, Oregon; Mitchell Robinson, C, Western Kentucky
Jackson returned to College Park, but Maryland fans shouldn't count on a repeat next summer assuming the sleek forward improves on his solid freshman campaign. Allen, college basketball's bad boy, has an NBA game and athleticism.