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 #||Team||Selection||Pick Made By|
|1||Phoenix Suns||DeAndre Ayton||Zion|
|2||Sacramento Kings||Marvin Bagley III||Chris|
|3||Atlanta Hawks||Mo Bamba||Zion|
|4||Memphis Grizzlies||Luka Doncic||Chris|
|5||Dallas Mavericks||Jaren Jackson Jr.||Zion|
|6||Orlando Magic||Trae Young||Chris|
|7||Chicago Bulls||Michael Porter Jr.||Zion|
|8||Cleveland Cavaliers||Colin Sexton||Chris|
|9||New York Knicks||Wendell Carter Jr.||Zion|
|10||Philadelphia 76ers||Mikal Bridges||Chris|
|11||Charlotte Hornets||Shai Gilgeous-Alexander||Chris|
|12||Los Angeles Clippers||Kevin Knox||Zion|
|13||Los Angeles Clippers||Robert Wiliams||Zion|
|14||Denver Nuggets||Lonnie Walker IV||Chris|
|15||Washington Wizards||Miles Bridges||Zion|
|16||Phoenix Suns||Brandon McCoy||Chris|
|17||Milwaukee Bucks||Aaron Holiday||Zion|
|18||San Antonio Spurs||Donte DiVincenzo||Chris|
|19||Atlanta Hawks||Zhaire Smith||Zion|
|20||Minnesota Timberwolves||Khyri Thomas||Chris|
|21||Utah Jazz||Kevin Huerter||Zion|
|22||Chicago Bulls||Keita Bates-Diop||Chris|
|23||Indiana Pacers||Elie Okobo||Zion|
|24||Portland Trail Blazers||Dzanan Musa||Chris|
|25||Los Angeles Lakers||Troy Brown||Zion|
|26||Philadelphia 76ers||Jalen Brunson||Chris|
|27||Boston Celtics||Jacob Evans||Zion|
|28||Golden State Warriors||Gary Trent Jr.||Chris|
|29||Brooklyn Nets||Chandler Hutchinson||Zion|
|30||Atlanta Hawks||De'Anthony Melton||Chris|
Marvin Bagley III
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.