2018 NBA Mock Draft | Who Needs What?

June 9, 2018

 

 

I wrote this article when the 2018 NBA Finals had the Golden State Warriors pressuring the Cleveland Cavaliers in some one-sided collaboration. Apparently, Dub City wants a sweep but Lebron James wants none of it.

 

By the time you are reading this, Cleveland is probably checking out the best possible options to either give Lebron James a reason to stay… or give the Cavs a consolation prize for his departure.

 

Ladies and gents, this is my 2018 NBA Draft predictions.

 

 

 

 

1 | PHOENIX SUNS | 21-61

 

DRAFT HISTORY

2017 | Josh Jackson (4)

2016 | Dragan Bender (4), Marquese Chriss (8 from SAC)

2015 | Devin Booker (13)

 

TOP 6 ASSETS

 

1 | DEVIN BOOKER | SG

2 | ELFRID PAYTON | PG

3 | TJ WARREN | SF

4 | ALEX LEN | C

5 | JOSH JACKSON | SF

6 | MARQUESE CHRISS | PF

 

TEAM NEEDS | SUPERSTAR BIG MAN / TEAM LEADER 

 

SUGGESTED DRAFT PICK | DEANDRE AYTON 

 

 

 

 

2 | SACRAMENTO KINGS | 27-55

 

DRAFT HISTORY

2017 | De’Aaron Fox (5), Justin Jackson (15 from PORT), Harry Giles (20 from PORT)

2016 | Georgios Papagiannis (13 from PHO), Malachi Richardson (22 from CHA), Skal Labissiere (28 from PHO)  

2015 | Willie Cauley-Stein (6)

 

TOP 6 ASSETS

 

1 | WILLIE CAULEY-STEIN | C

2 | BUDDY HIELD | SG

3 | BOJAN BOGDANOVIC | SF

4 | DE’AARON FOX | PG

5 | SKAL LABISSIERE | PF

6 | ZACH RANDOLPH | PF

 

TEAM NEEDS | SUPERSTAR BIG MAN

 

SUGGESTED DRAFT PICK | MARVIN BAGLEY

 

 

 

 

3 | ATLANTA HAWKS | 24-58

 

DRAFT HISTORY

2017 | John Collins (19)

2016 | Taurean Prince (12 from UTA), DeAndre’ Bembry (21)   

 

TOP 6 ASSETS

 

1 | DENNIS SCHRODER | PG

2 | KENT BAZEMORE | SG

3 | JOHN COLLINS | PF

4 | TAUREAN PRINCE | SF

5 | DEWAYNE DEDMON | C

6 | ISAIAH TAYLOR | PG

 

TEAM NEEDS | SUPERSTAR SCORER... WITHOUT COMMUNICATION ISSUES 

 

SUGGESTED DRAFT PICK | JAREN JACKSON JR. 

 

 

 

 

4 | MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES | 22-60

 

DRAFT HISTORY

2016 | Wade Baldwin (17)

2015 | Jarell Martin (25)

 

TOP 6 ASSETS

 

1 | MARC GASOL | C

2 | TYREKE EVANS | SF

3 | MIKE CONLEY | PG

4 | JAMYCHAL GREEN | PF

5 | ANDREW HARRISON | PG

6 | DILLON BROOKS | SG

 

TEAM NEEDS | SUPERSTAR SCORER 

 

SUGGESTED DRAFT PICK | LUKA DONCIC 

 

 

 

 

5 | DALLAS MAVERICKS | 24-58

 

DRAFT HISTORY

2017 | Dennis Smith Jr. (9)

2015 | Justin Anderson (21)

 

TOP 6 ASSETS

 

1 | HARRISON BARNES | SF

2 | DENNIS SMITH JR. | PG

3 | JJ BAREA | PG

4 | DIRK NOWITZKI | PF

5 | WESLEY MATTHEWS | SG

6 | NERLENS NOEL | C

 

TEAM NEEDS | STARTING BIG MAN 

 

SUGGESTED DRAFT PICK | MOHAMED "MO" BAMBA 

 

 

 

 

6 | ORLANDO MAGIC | 25-57

 

DRAFT HISTORY

2017 | Jonathan Isaac (6)

2015 | Mario Hezonja (5)

 

TOP 6 ASSETS

 

1 | NIKOLA VUCEVIC | C

2 | AARON GORDON | PF

3 | EVAN FOURNIER | SG

4 | JONATHON SIMMONS | SG

5 | DJ AUGUSTIN | PG

6 | MARIO HEZONJA | SF

 

TEAM NEEDS | KEY BENCH MOB 

 

SUGGESTED DRAFT PICK | MICHAEL PORTER JR. 

 

 

 

 

7 | CHICAGO BULLS | 27-55

 

DRAFT HISTORY

2017 | Lauri Markkanen (7 from MINN)

2016 | Denzel Valentine (14)

2015 | Bobby Portis (22)

 

TOP 6 ASSETS

 

1 | LAURI MARKKANEN | PF

2 | KRIS DUNN | PG

3 | BOBBY PORTIS | PF

4 | ZACH LAVINE | SG

5 | DENZEL VALENTINE | SF

6 | DAVID NWABA | SF

 

TEAM NEEDS | KEY BENCH MOB 

 

SUGGESTED DRAFT PICK | WENDELL CARTER 

 

 

 

 

 

8 | CLEVELAND CAVALIERS | 50-32 (EAST CHAMPS)

 

DRAFT HISTORY

2015 to 2017 | No First Round Picks

 

TOP 6 ASSETS

 

1 | LEBRON JAMES | SF

2 | KEVIN LOVE | PF

3 | LARRY NANCE | PF

4 | JORDAN CLARKSON | SG

5 | RODNEY HOOD | SG

6 | GEORGE HILL | PG

 

TEAM NEEDS | STARTING POINT GUARD 

 

SUGGESTED DRAFT PICK | TRAE YOUNG 

 

 

 

 

 

9 | NEW YORK KNICKS | 29-53

 

DRAFT HISTORY

2017 | Frank Ntilikina (8)

2015 | Kristaps Porzingis (4), Jerian Grant (19 from WAS)  

 

TOP 6 ASSETS

 

1 | KRISTAPS PORZINGIS | PF

2 | ENES KANTER | C

3 | TIM HARDAWAY JR. | SG

4 | MICHAEL BEASLEY | SF

5 | COURTNEY LEE | SG

6 | TREY BURKE | PG

 

TEAM NEEDS | STARTING SHOOTING GUARD / SMALL FORWARD 

 

SUGGESTED DRAFT PICK | MIKAL BRIDGES 

 

 

 

 

10 | PHILADELPHIA 76ERS | 52-30 (EAST SEMIS)

 

DRAFT HISTORY

2017 | Markelle Fultz (1)

2016 | Ben Simmons (1), Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (24 from CLE), Furkan Korkmaz (26 from DEN)  

2015 | Jahlil Okafor (3)

 

TOP 6 ASSETS

 

1 | BEN SIMMONS | PG

2 | JOEL EMBIID | C

3 | DARIO SARIC | SF

4 | ROBERT COVINGTON | PF

5 | JJ REDICK | SG

6 | MARKELLE FULTZ | PG

 

TEAM NEEDS | BENCH MOB 

 

SUGGESTED DRAFT PICK | MILES BRIDGES 

 

No LiAngelo Ball? Not dissing on the brand but I hope he shocks people when he goes to the summer league.

 

Because yeah... it's hard to picture Ball as a first rounder given the flak his brother got last season. 

 

Get Sydrified. 

 

 

 

 

 

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