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2018 NBA Draft Preview/Mock & Big Board

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New York Knicks

With the 9th pick in the draft, expect the Knicks to go with the best player available. It’s hard to predict who will be available at that point as this is one of the most fluid drafts in a while. Either way, be assured, there will be a very good player available for Scott Perry and the Knicks. When the Knicks are on the clock, I believe the three players they’ll be choosing between will be Kevin Knox, Mikal Bridges, and Lonnie Walker IV.

Knox is a special talent. At just 18 years of age, Knox stands at 6’9’’ with a fluidity reminiscent to last year’s #3 pick, Jayson Tatum. Despite being a pure scorer, Knox has been scrutinized about his defense. However, he’s put many of these concerns to rest, impressing teams with his competitiveness and tenacity in workouts. Knox’s defensive activity was also very impressive in high school, leading many scouts to believe he’ll be solid at the defensive end in the pros.

Villanova’s Mikal Bridges is another intriguing option for New York. Bridges, a 21-year old senior who one two national titles as a Wildcat, is a more refined player. Although he might not have as much room for growth as the freshman Knox, Bridges is a prototypical ‘3&D’ wing that should be able to find his niche and contribute right away in the NBA.

The wild card in all of this is Miami’s Lonnie Walker IV. Walker has been soaring up draft boards, killing both his workouts and interviews. The eloquent Walker is an athletic, combo guard that should find success in the NBA with better floor spacers around him.

I think the Knicks ultimately opt for the player with the highest ceiling, selecting Kentucky’s Kevin Knox with the 9th pick.

PREDICTION: F KEVIN KNOX

Brooklyn Nets

After acquiring Dwight Howard (who will reportedly be bought out) yesterday for Timofey Mozgov and a pair of second round picks, the Nets enter the draft with the 29th and 40th picks. In terms of need, the Nets could use a power forward, specifically a player that can stretch the floor. However, I’d expect them to go with the best player available as they are still in the talent accumulation stage of their rebuild.

Multiple reports have suggested that the Nets have a desire to move up in the draft, dangling G Spencer Dinwiddie, along with the 29th pick to do so. Even after the Howard trade, the Nets remain one of the few teams around the league with valuable cap space. They could opt to take on an expiring contract for draft compensation. One possibility could be Philadelphia’s Jerryd Bayless; the Sixers own the 26th pick, as well as a handful of second rounders.

Some names that have been linked to the Nets over the draft process include: Hamidou Diallo, Moritz Wagner, Grayson Allen, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Chandler Hutchison. Nets GM Sean Marks has proved to be hard to predict, but if the Nets aren’t able to move up, all signs point to Kentucky’s Hamidou Diallo.

PREDICTION: G HAMIDOU DIALLO

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My Big Board

  1. Marvin Bagley III
  2. Deandre Ayton
  3. Luka Doncic
  4. Mo Bamba
  5. Kevin Knox
  6. Michael Porter Jr.
  7. Wendell Carter Jr.
  8. Lonnie Walker IV
  9. Mikal Bridges
  10. Jaren Jackson Jr.
  11. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  12. Elie Okobo
  13. Donte DiVincenzo
  14. Collin Sexton
  15. Robert Williams
  16. Chandler Hutchison
  17. Zhaire Smith
  18. Miles Bridges
  19. Anfernee Simmons
  20. Trae Young
  21. Jerome Robinson
  22. Kevin Heurter
  23. Hamidou Diallo
  24. Aaron Holiday
  25. Mortiz Wagner
  26. Grayson Allen
  27. Keita Bates-Diop
  28. Jarred Vanderbilt
  29. Issac Bonga
  30. Troy Brown Jr.
  31. Trevon Duval
  32. Gary Trent Jr.
  33. Omari Spellman
  34. Dzanan Musa
  35. Josh Okogie
  36. Mitchell Robinson
  37. Landry Shamet
  38. Jalen Brunson
  39. Bruce Brown
  40. Rodions Kurucs
  41. Svi Mykhailiuk
  42. Khyri Thomas
  43. Jevon Carter
  44. Shake Milton
  45. Brandon McCoy
  46. Melvin Frazier
  47. Devonte Graham
  48. Rawle Alkins
  49. Jacob Evans
  50. Justin Jackson
  51. Tony Carr
  52. De’Anthony Melton
  53. Allonzo Trier
  54. Chimezie Metu
  55. Arnoldas Kulboka
  56. Kevin Hervey
  57. Goga Bitadze
  58. Alize Johnson
  59. Matur Maker
  60. Theo Pinson

My Mock Draft (Without Trades)

  1. Phoenix – C Deandre Ayton
  2. Sacramento – F Marvin Bagley III
  3. Atlanta – G Luka Doncic
  4. Memphis – F Wendell Carter Jr.
  5. Dallas – F Jaren Jackson Jr.
  6. Orlando – C Mo Bamba
  7. Chicago – F Michael Porter Jr.
  8. Cleveland – G Trae Young
  9. New York – F Kevin Knox
  10. Philadelphia – F Mikal Bridges
  11. Charlotte – G Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  12. Los Angeles – G Lonnie Walker IV
  13. Los Angeles – C Robert Williams
  14. Denver – G Collin Sexton
  15. Washington – F Miles Bridges
  16. Phoenix – G Aaron Holiday
  17. Milwaukee – G Jerome Robinson
  18. San Antonio – G Kevin Heurter
  19. Atlanta – G Zhaire Smith
  20. Minnesota – F Keita Bates-Diop
  21. Utah – G Donte DiVincenzo
  22. Chicago – F Chandler Hutchison
  23. Indiana – G Anfernee Simmons
  24. Portland – G Josh Okogie
  25. Los Angeles – C Mitchell Robinson
  26. Philadelphia – G Troy Brown Jr.
  27. Boston – G Grayson Allen
  28. Golden State – C Mortiz Wagner
  29. Brooklyn – G Hamidou Diallo
  30. Atlanta – G Elie Okobo