It’s that time of year again…time for Duke Report’s Annual NBA Mock Draft.
This year our resident NBA Expert Zion Olojede and myself (who’s not an expert) are joined by WFNZ‘s own Travis Hancock (T-Bone to his adoring fans). We make selections for every pick in the first round, as well as provide insight into why the Duke players selected were good fits for the teams who chose them.
|Pick #||Team||Selection||Pick Made By|
|1||Boston Celtics||Markelle Fultz||Zion|
|2||Los Angeles Lakers||Lonzo Ball||Chris|
|3||Philadelphia 76ers||Josh Jackson||Zion|
|4||Phoenix Suns||Jayson Tatum||Chris|
|5||Sacramento Kings||De'Aaron Fox||Zion|
|6||Orlando Magic||Malik Monk||Chris|
|7||Minnesota Timberwolves||Lauri Markkanen||Zion|
|8||New York Knicks||Justin Jackson||T-Bone|
|9||Dallas Mavericks||Jonathan Isaac||Chris|
|10||Sacramento Kings||Zach Collins||Zion|
|11||Charlotte Hornets||Luke Kennard||T-Bone|
|12||Detroit Pistons||Donovan Mitchell||Chris|
|13||Denver Nuggets||Dennis Smith||Zion|
|14||Miami Heat||John Collins||Chris|
|15||Portland Trail Blazers||Frank Ntilikina||Zion|
|16||Chicago Bulls||OG Anunoby||Chris|
|17||Milwaukee Bucks||Jarrett Allen||Zion|
|18||Indiana Pacers||Terrance Ferguson||Chris|
|19||Atlanta Hawks||Ike Anigbogu||Zion|
|20||Portland Trail Blazers||Justin Patton||Chris|
|21||Oklahoma City Thunder||Jawun Evans||Zion|
|22||Brooklyn Nets||Harry Giles||Zion|
|23||Toronto Raptors||T.J. Leaf||Chris|
|24||Utah Jazz||D.J. Wilson||Chris|
|25||Orlando Magic||Tyler Lydon||Zion|
|26||Portland Trail Blazers||Jonathan Jeanne||Chris|
|27||Brooklyn Nets||Isaiah Hartenstein||Zion|
|28||Los Angeles Lakers||Ivan Rabb||Chris|
|29||San Antonio Spurs||Rodions Kurucs||Zion|
|30||Utah Jazz||Frank Jackson||Chris|
The Suns already have T.J. Warren and Darren Jones Jr. at the SF spot on their roster, but they’ll take the best available player on the board and worry about that later. Jones is under contract relatively cheap, while Warren has qualifying offer after next season. He also hasn’t played a full season yet in the NBA. Tatum gives them a long term dynamic scorer and athlete at both ends of the floor.
Hornets have passed on Klay Thompson, Bradley Beal, and Devin Booker in recent drafts. They can’t afford to pass up another great scorer who is more than just a 3pt shooter. Sure he isn’t a great defender but he rebounds well for a guard and is just the type of player Kemba can drive and kick to.
Nets have no current piece to build off of and no first round picks in the 2019 draft. Caris LeVert and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson could evolve into solid players but haven’t flashed star potential. With another pick at 27, they should take a shot on Giles because if he grows into the player we all thought he was going to be out of high school, he can turn the struggling franchise around.
Many felt the only way Frank Jackson would leave Duke after his freshman year would be if he had a first round promise from a team. The Utah Jazz look to be that team. Frank will be recovering from surgery but should be ready in time for training camp. He’ll fit in nicely with the nice young team the Jazz have built and could take over the starting PG duties in a couple of years.