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2018 NBA Draft results tracker: Who will be selected?

By Rob Wolkenbrod
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Follow along with our results tracker for the 2018 NBA Draft.

The 2018 NBA Draft will finally arrive Thursday, emanating from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. It’s the chance for 60 collegiate and international players to be selected by any of the 30 NBA teams, whether it’s in the first or second round.

Draft coverage will get underway at 7:00 p.m. ET, with the Phoenix Suns on the clock. The Sacramento Kings follow up with the No. 2 pick and whoever they select (likely anyone but Deandre Ayton).

Our draft coverage will cover multiple angles, with the San Antonio Spurs at the forefront and looking at everything that may take place. It starts with a subjective big board of the top 25 prospects:

Big Board

  1. Deandre Ayton
  2. Jaren Jackson Jr.
  3. Mohamed Bamba
  4. Luka Doncic
  5. Michael Porter Jr.
  6. Marvin Bagley
  7. Wendell Carter
  8. Mikal Bridges
  9. Zhaire Smith
  10. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  11. Kevin Knox
  12. Collin Sexton
  13. Trae Young
  14. Donte DiVincenzo
  15. Lonnie Walker
  16. Miles Bridges
  17. Kevin Huerter
  18. Josh Okogie
  19. Elie Okobo
  20. Robert Williams
  21. Jerome Robinson
  22. Anfernee Simons
  23. Melvin Frazier
  24. Chandler Hutchison
  25. Keita Bates-Diop

Draft Order/Results

  1. Phoenix Suns: Deandre Ayton, C, Arizona — No surprise here. Ayton has the physical tools and the offensive skills that translate to the NBA. Defensive skills will determine how great he becomes.
  2. Sacramento Kings: Marvin Bagley III, PF, Duke — Bagley will look to become Sacramento’s next great big man. The offensive tools are already there that should make an immediate impact, even on the boards. Defense, as with Ayton, will be a concern. The shot blocking was not there at Duke, but will that change at the next level?
  3. Atlanta Hawks: Luka Doncic, SG/SF, Slovenia — This pick will go to the Dallas Mavericks via trade. Doncic is the international man of mystery, but maybe not so much since he has received plenty of exposure these past two months. He can do a bit of everything on offense, but has a passing game that stands out and can shoot from the outside. This is also the heir apparent to Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas.
  4. Memphis Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson Jr., PF/C, Michigan State — Jackson Jr.’s defense should translate to the NBA. He’s athletic and roams around the paint as a shot blocker. Plus, there’s enough offensive upside to be excited, as he already has a solid outside game. How this works next to Marc Gasol remains to be seen, but Jackson should become the heir apparent big man in Memphis.
  5. Dallas Mavericks: Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma — This pick will go to the Atlanta Hawks via trade. Young flashed star power at school, dazzling with his shooting skills in the first half of the season. The second half was a tail-off, though, featuring a poor shooting percentage on a high number of shots. There are concerns about his athleticism and defensive ability at the next level, but the Hawks are betting on his star power, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. Questionable, for sure.
  6. Orlando Magic: Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas — Bamba became one of the stars of the combine, showing off his 7-foot-10 wingspan to highlight a potential defensive anchor. He should be able to work around the rim offensively, and it’s possible the outside shooting he flashed in workouts translates. What that means, though, for either Nikola Vucevic or Aaron Gordon in Orland is unknown, as the latter is a restricted free agent.
  7. Chicago Bulls: Wendell Carter Jr., PF/C, Duke — Carter Jr. played second fiddle to Marvin Bagley, but that doesn’t take away anything. No one attribute stands out, but he can do a little bit of everything as a polished defensive player and someone who holds his own under the basket and from the outside. Carter will play next to Lauri Markannen and form an interesting frontcourt duo, although what that means for Bobby Portis could be something to watch; he can hit restricted free agency next summer.
  8. Cleveland Cavaliers: Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama — The 2018 NBA Finals showed how much the Cavaliers needed guard help, as Jordan Clarkson and Kyle Korver were invisible, while J.R. Smith struggled and George Hill was only fine. Sexton steps in as the projected starter at point guard, if not someone who steps in immediately, pending what happens with Hill. Sexton is an athletic guard with solid defensive ability, but it’s about how well he shoots from the outside that will make the difference.
  9. New York Knicks: Kevin Knox, SF, Kentucky — Knox has the frame of a wing, at 6-foot-9 and about 220 pounds. He offers versatility at both forward spots, with his ability to shoot from the outside, pull up for jumpers and grab rebounds if needed. This player has the potential to be the No. 2 or 3 scorer on the Knicks. Oh, and the New York fans booed Knox. Surprised?
  10. Philadelphia 76ers: Mikal Bridges, SG/SF, Villanova — Bridges will not have to travel far. He steps in as a scorer with size that can play between Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, whether it’s as a “3-and-D” guy or a little more than that. The Sixers need this, so it’s a solid pick.
  11. Charlotte Hornets: Shai Gilegous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky — This pick will go to the Los Angeles Clippers via trade. Gilgeous-Alexander will join fellow disruptive point guard, Patrick Beverley, in the backcourt. He’s athletic and should project as a very good defender. Even with the shooting questions, he can still drive to the hoop and find baskets. Playing under Doc Rivers can’t hurt, either.
  12. Los Angeles Clippers: Miles Bridges, SF/PF, Michigan State — This pick will go to the Charlotte Hornets via trade. Bridges has terrific athleticism and finds his way on the glass at both ends of the floor. His defense may translate, as well, and the outside shot has some questions. It’s an interesting fit in Charlotte, who needs young pieces amidst multiple players that have double-figure salaries and with the potential loss of Kemba Walker in 2019.
  13. Los Angeles Clippers: Jerome Robinson, SG, Boston College — Robinson soared up draft boards over the past few days and made his way into the lottery, ahead of Donte DiVincenzo, Zhaire Smith and Lonnie Walker. Why, though? Robinson was a scoring machine at Boston College and shot well from the outside. Defense is a question, but he could make for an intriguing duo with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the backcourt.
  14. Denver Nuggets: Michael Porter Jr., SF, Missouri — Porter Jr. falls all the way to No. 14, the very end of the lottery. The back and newly created hip problems are a concern and could limit how much he plays in the interim. Long-term, it’s a question, too. However, when healthy, this player looked, like, the No. 1 overall pick before the 2017-18 college season. He’s a long, lanky scorer that has the potential to be a star and a steal for Denver at No. 14. It’s a good enough spot for a risk to be taken.
  15. Washington Wizards: Troy Brown, SF, Oregon — Brown is a player without a specific position, but someone who has a long wingspan and should bring defensive ability at the next level. He will play multiple positions, maybe just as a backup, but enough to be intrigued by.
  16. Phoenix Suns: Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech — This pick will go to the Philadelphia 76ers via trade. Smith is an athletic guard that has quality wingspan, which should turn him into a quality defender. There’s some semblance of an outside-shooting game, but he needs work. It’s a curious landing spot with the Sixers, as well, since they needed a bigger player to go between Embiid and Simmons, and Bridges would have fit better.
  17. Milwaukee Bucks: Donte DiVincenzo, SG, Villanova — DiVincenzo became one of this draft’s highest risers after a breakout combine performance. This included a 42-inch vertical leap and more of the outside shooting he flashed in the 2018 NCAA Championship Game, putting up 31 points. He will at least play as a 3-point shooter off the bench, but this player has the chance to be a starter and someone who enters at least one dunk contest.
  18. San Antonio Spurs: Lonnie Walker IV, SG, Miami — Walker profiles like most shooting guards taken so far; he has the wingspan and athleticism to translate at the defensive end, while there are questions on how much he will provide offensively. The Spurs have a history of molding players, however, and could turn this into someone who makes an impact in the short-term. It’s also insurance for an aging backcourt, even with Dejounte Murray and Derrick White around.
  19. Atlanta Hawks: Kevin Huerter, SG, Maryland — Huerter put on a shooting clinic at the combine when only testing the waters in the draft process. Now, he’s a first round pick and is slated to join Trae Young in the Atlanta backcourt. An attempt to recreate “Splash Bros.”?
  20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Josh Okogie, SG, Georgia Tech — To continue the run on shooting guards, Okogie goes to the Timberwolves, who have a defensive-minded coach and executive, Tom Thibodeau. Okogie should at least be a perimeter defender off the bench, but there’s upside beyond that. It won’t help the team’s scoring issues, however.
  21. Utah Jazz: Grayson Allen, SG, Duke — Allen makes this the sixth consecutive shooting guard taken, or the seventh if Troy Brown counts. The former Blue Devil displayed the intangibles to be a solid role player in the NBA, with outside shooting ability and can play some perimeter defense.
  22. Chicago Bulls: Chandler Hutchison, SG, Boise State — When Hutchison canceled his workouts weeks ago, it lined him up to the Bulls at No. 22, and all that time later it became the case. Hutchison is a solid scorer with an impressive wingspan to make the transition to the NBA. He should work well as a role player, but will the outside shooting come around?
  23. Indiana Pacers: Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA — Holiday gives the Pacers a younger point guard option to go next to Victor Oladipo, who turned into an all-pro this season. He’s a bit small at 6-foot-1, but the wingspan should make up for some of it.
  24. Portland Trail Blazers: Anfernee Simons, SG, N/A — Simons did not attend college so he’s a bit of a domestic mystery man. If he went to school, though, there’s a chance he goes in the lottery, given the ability to score from the outside and the athleticism to pair. For now, though, this is depth behind Damien Lillard and CJ McCollum.
  25. Los Angeles Lakers: Moritz Wagner, PF, Michigan — To sum up Wagner, he’s a big man that can stretch the floor. He’s reminiscent of Davis Bertans but with more skill to put the ball on the floor. Should at least be a decent player off the bench.
  26. Philadelphia 76ers: Landry Shamet, PG, Wichita State — Shamet should provide point guard depth in Philadelphia, with an outside shot as what he’s mostly known for. He could supplement Ben Simmons well.
  27. Boston Celtics: Robert Williams, PF/C, Texas A&M — A minor surprise that Williams fell this far, and it did not receive the same headlines as Michael Porter Jr. On-court character issues hurt Williams, however, and his game beyond the rim-protecting end is unknown. Though, he’s among the draft’s most athletic players and should be decent value for Boston at No. 27.
  28. Golden State Warriors: Jacob Evans, SG, Cincinnati — Golden State upgrades its guard depth, here, at No. 28. Even though they won three of the last four championships, their bench still had questions, especially behind Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry. Evans can settle in as a defender with good wingspan for his size and likely win a title in 2019.
  29. Brooklyn Nets: Dzanan Musa, SF, Bosnia & Herzegovina — The ESPN broadcast said Musa wants to head to the NBA now, so the Nets could receive a payoff from this pick immediately. Musa has upside as a scorer with size, but he needs to add muscle and find some consistency on defense. It’s a decent value selection at No. 29, but a potential project.
  30. Atlanta Hawks: Omari Spellman, PF/C, Villanova — Spellman gives the Hawks the big man they had the chance to take at No. 3. However, this player at least provides some outside shooting ability and can crash the boards.

Next: 2018 Mock Draft: The final edition

Elie Okobo, Keita Bates-Diop and Melvin Frazier all remain on the board. A little surprised, especially with Okobo. He was lower on my draft board due to potentially staying in France, but he has starter upside in the next few years.

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