2018 Duke Report NBA Mock Draft

Grayson Allen and Marvin Bagley III

The 2018 NBA Draft will be held this Thurs. June 21st at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. It begins at 7pm on ESPN.

Like recent drafts, this will have a heavy Duke feel to it with potentially five Blue Devils being selected among the 60 picks. There is a good chance that four of the five starters from last year’s Elite 8 squad are picked in the first round.

Zion Olojede (our NBA expert) and myself (not an expert at anything) recently sat down to complete our 2018 Duke Report NBA Mock Draft. We make selections for every team in the first round, as well as give our thoughts on the Blue Devils in this draft.

Pick #TeamSelectionPick Made By
1Phoenix SunsDeAndre AytonZion
2Sacramento KingsMarvin Bagley IIIChris
3Atlanta HawksMo BambaZion
4Memphis GrizzliesLuka DoncicChris
5Dallas MavericksJaren Jackson Jr.Zion
6Orlando MagicTrae YoungChris
7Chicago BullsMichael Porter Jr.Zion
8Cleveland CavaliersColin SextonChris
9New York KnicksWendell Carter Jr.Zion
10Philadelphia 76ersMikal BridgesChris
11Charlotte HornetsShai Gilgeous-AlexanderChris
12Los Angeles ClippersKevin KnoxZion
13Los Angeles ClippersRobert WiliamsZion
14Denver NuggetsLonnie Walker IVChris
15Washington WizardsMiles BridgesZion
16Phoenix SunsBrandon McCoyChris
17Milwaukee BucksAaron HolidayZion
18San Antonio SpursDonte DiVincenzoChris
19Atlanta HawksZhaire SmithZion
20Minnesota TimberwolvesKhyri ThomasChris
21Utah JazzKevin HuerterZion
22Chicago BullsKeita Bates-DiopChris
23Indiana PacersElie OkoboZion
24Portland Trail BlazersDzanan MusaChris
25Los Angeles LakersTroy BrownZion
26Philadelphia 76ersJalen BrunsonChris
27Boston CelticsJacob EvansZion
28Golden State WarriorsGary Trent Jr.Chris
29Brooklyn NetsChandler HutchinsonZion
30Atlanta HawksDe'Anthony MeltonChris

Marvin Bagley III | Photo: Chris Summerville

Marvin Bagley III
Sacramento Kings

The Kings will have a lot of young talent going in to next season and they will happily add arguably the best player in college basketball, Marvin Bagley III. Bagley will join former Blue Devil Harry Giles, as well as former Kentucky Wildcats Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere to give the Kings a lot of options in the post for the future.

Wendell Carter Jr. | Photo: Chris Summerville

Wendell Carter Jr.
New York Knicks

Wendell Carter Jr. will compliment Kristaps Porzingis nicely in the frontcourt. His arrival would form one of the most talented young duos in the league. Although I wish going to the Knicks upon anyone, Carter has a character that can handle New York and all the drama that comes with it. With Porzingis still recovering, Carter will likely get a chance to assume the spotlight for a bit or at least make a significant impact.

Gary Trent Jr. | Photo: Chris Summerville

Gary Trent Jr.
Golden State Warriors

The Warriors could potentially lose a lot of scoring and playmakers off the bench this offseason. While Gary Trent Jr. doesn’t wow you with one thing, he does all the little things that will help keep Golden State atop of the mountain next season as they look to win their third consecutive championship.

Grayson Allen | Photo: Chris Summerville

Grayson Allen

Zion: Grayson Allen’s name still has a strong chance to be called in the first round on Thursday but it’s not, he’ll definitely be picked up early second round. Let’s hope Allen lands on a winning team because that‘ll likely be the best situation for him.

Chris: Grayson Allen should be drafted in the first round, likely between picks #25-30. The Boston Celtics seem to be really interested in him at #27 and he would be a great fit for that organization (who also happen to have two former Blue Devils currently on the team in Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum).

Trevon Duval | Photo: Chris Summerville

Trevon Duval

Zion: Trevon Duval will likely be the final Blue Devil drafted on Thursday and he’ll likely end up mid-late second round. It’s been a quiet draft process for Duval but all he needs is for one team to see the potential he showed in high school and flashed sporadically at Duke. He’s still only 19 years old so he’s worth taking a risk on. The physical attributes are there, he just needs maturation and development.

Chris: Trevon Duval came in with a lot of hype as the next one-and-done at Duke. Before he even committed to the Blue Devils, he let it be known he was only going to be in college for one season. He really could use another year under his belt to improve his draft stock, but he’ll be getting paid to perfect his craft. It’s highly unlikely he will be a first round pick, but someone in the mid to late second round will see his potential and take a shot on him.

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