2018 NBA Mock Drafts

  • # Team Player Pos
    1 Deandre AytonArizona, Fr C

    You can't go wrong with a number of players at No. 1: Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, or Luka Doncic. But Ayton is the player a general manager doesn't want to have on his resume as passing on, because on paper he seems like the surest thing. The Bahamanian big man is the type of physical specimen who makes jaws drop when he walks into a gym. Plus he's versatile. Ayton is David Robinson-like on the offensive end.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    33.5 20.1 11.6 1.6 61.2
    2 Marvin Bagley IIIDuke, Fr PF

    Another potential unicorn. Bagley is a physical marvel who works harder than anyone else on the floor. Bagley's and Ayton's collegiate stats were virtually identical: Bagley averaged 21.0 points, 11.1 rebounds and shot 39.7 percent from 3-point range, while Ayton averaged 20.1 points, 11.6 assists and shot 34.3 percent from 3-point range. All things being equal, I'm tempted to go against the emerging consensus and take Bagley over Ayton as No. 1. That motor is what sets Bagley apart.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    33.9 21 11.1 1.5 61.4
    3 Luka DoncicInternational SG

    The 19-year-old Slovenian dominated this season while he played against grown men in the Spanish league. Doncic was 15th in the Spanish ACB league in points, fourth in assists, and 12th in rebounds. He's a remarkable shot creator and shot maker ? a smart, shifty, versatile, confident player. Think Manu Ginobili.

    4 Mohamed BambaTexas, Fr PF

    Bamba would join John Collins in giving the Hawks a young frontcourt with sky-high potential. Bamba has some potential unicorn in him as well ? he can put the ball on the floor, has a nice shooting stroke and shot a promising 68.1 percent from the free-throw line ? but the incredibly long 7-footer will make his money as a Rudy Gobert-like defensive force. Bamba ranked second in college basketball in blocked shots as a freshman.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    30.2 12.9 10.5 0.5 54.1
    5 Trae YoungOklahoma, Fr PG

    A reach to pick Young this high? Perhaps. But the Magic need a point guard, badly, as well as some excitement surrounding a franchise that's been stuck in neutral, and utterly identity-less, since Stan Van Gundy was fired. Young is a potential star. Sure, the Steph Curry comparisons put way too much pressure on the young man's shoulders, but his playing style as well as his collegiate stats back it up.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    35.4 27.4 3.9 8.7 42.2
    6 Jaren Jackson Jr.Michigan St., Fr PF

    Jackson is big, long, athletic and versatile, with an outrageous ceiling on both ends of the floor. His versatility as a playmaker and as a shooter ? he shot 80 percent from the free-throw line, 40 percent from 3-point range ? would fit well in Fred Hoiberg's system. I'm not sure how the fit with Lauri Markkanen would be, but when you can get this big of a talent with the sixth pick, you take it. Period.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    21.8 10.9 5.8 1.1 51.3
    7 Michael Porter Jr.Missouri, Fr SF

    If you saw Porter only during his ill-fated return from back surgery to Missouri in March, you didn't see the true Porter. Before this season, I thought he'd be in contention for the No. 1 pick over this very strong competition. Porter can make shots from anywhere on the court. The Kevin Durant comparison some have made is going too far, but I see where the thought comes from. I see Porter as a Jayson Tatum-type player, but just a tick better in almost every way (and a tick taller, too).

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    17.7 10 6.7 0.3 33.3
    8 Collin SextonAlabama, Fr PG

    Traded from: BKN

    The Cavaliers presumably won't know what will happen with LeBron's future until after the draft, which makes this pick difficult. Adding an experienced two-way player like Villanova's Mikal Bridges, for example, could be the type of pick that would provide immediate dividends for a LeBron-led team with title aspirations. But the younger Sexton's ceiling is higher, and I expect this pick to be a building block for the future. Sexton is streaky, and his confidence can border on an off-putting arrogance, but the explosive, exciting score-first point guard is the closest there is to a Russell Westbrook in this draft.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    29.9 19.2 3.8 3.6 44.7
    9 Wendell Carter Jr.Duke, Fr PF

    I'm assuming the Knicks are sticking with Frank Ntilikina as their point guard of the future; otherwise, Kentucky's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander would be an intriguing, high-upside option here. (He could also be an intriguing option playing beside Ntilikina.) But Carter and his fundamentally solid, versatile game ? as a post scorer and a perimeter shooter, as a rebounder and a shot-blocker ? would give the Knicks a helluva frontcourt alongside Kristaps Porzingis.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    26.9 13.5 9.1 2 56.1
    10 Mikal BridgesVillanova, Jr SF

    Traded from: LAL

    A win-now pick for a team that's looking to win now. Plus the Villanova star gets to stay in a city that loves him for the two titles he helped win in three seasons at Villanova. The 21-year-old Bridges is an excellent athlete, a two-way stud who can make 3-pointers and make plays. He could have an immediate impact.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    32.1 17.7 5.3 1.9 51.4
    11 Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderKentucky, Fr PG

    It sure sounds like Mitch Kupchak is taking a stick of dynamite to an organization that's been mired in mediocrity for years. As such, I don't know what sort of chance there will be for Kemba Walker to stick around. So why not get a head start on a potential point guard of the future? If Gilgeous-Alexander were to stick around for a sophomore season at Kentucky, add some muscle and some leadership experience, I believe he could be in the running for a top-five or perhaps top-three pick in the 2019 draft. He was the main reason why Kentucky morphed from an incoherent team in January to a team that was rolling come March. He's tall and long, a good athlete, and a very good shooter.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    33.7 14.4 4.1 5.1 48.5
    12 Miles BridgesMichigan St., Soph SF

    Traded from: DET

    A shorter Blake Griffin, sorta maybe? Bridges could be the most explosive athlete in this draft. Yes, there are questions whether being a tweener could hurt his NBA ceiling. And there are questions whether he's a real basketball player or just an athlete playing basketball. But the dude is exciting, has incredible raw natural abilities, and is a very good shooter and rebounder.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    31.4 17.1 7 2.7 45.7
    13 Lonnie Walker IVMiami (Fla.), Fr SG

    Walker is an explosive athlete with beautiful shooting form, shooting 34.6 percent from 3-point range and 73.8 percent from the line this season. His stats were hampered because he took a while to get up to speed to the college game after an offseason injury. He's a long, lean athlete with a big ceiling.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    27.8 11.5 2.6 1.9 41.5
    14 Robert WilliamsTexas A&M, Soph PF

    A freak. A total athletic freak. Williams can jump out of the gym, blocking shots and grabbing rebounds others can't get. He averaged close to a double-double, yet his sophomore season felt somewhat disappointing because the expectations were so high. Williams offensive game is somewhat limited and didn't show growth during his sophomore year. Perhaps he could develop into a Clint Capela-like character, and really help the Nuggets on defense.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    25.6 10.4 9.2 1.4 63.2
    15 Brandon McCoyUNLV, Fr C

    In December, UNLV faced off with Arizona in a matchup of two stud big men: McCoy and potential No. 1 pick DeAndre Ayton. It was an incredibly fun, tight game, despite Arizona having much more talent than UNLV, and McCoy more than held his own. He scored 33 points and had 10 rebounds; Ayton had 28 points and 10 rebounds. Against the best competition, McCoy has always been at his best, like when he played for Team USA at the FIBA U-19 World Cup last summer. The Wizards have a great core of John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter, but a massive void in the post. McCoy could make an immediate impact here.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    28.8 16.9 10.3 0.5 54.5
    16 Kevin KnoxKentucky, Fr SF

    Traded from: MIA

    I'm surprised I have Knox slotted so low here, as I have long believed he's a mid-lottery talent. This would be a steal for the Suns. I don't see Knox as anything close to an NBA star, but as a very good rotation player who can do a bit of everything for a winning team. He can get to the rim, he can shoot it well-enough from deep and he can defend multiple positions. Knox is a valuable prospect.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    32.4 15.6 5.4 1.4 44.5
    17 Aaron HolidayUCLA, Jr PG

    Eric Bledsoe has one year left on his contract. Do we even know if he's the long-term solution for the Bucks anyway? Holiday is an explosive scorer. He may only be 6-1, but his incredibly long wingspan makes him an excellent perimeter defender. For a win-now team, this upperclassman with NBA pedigree feels like a great fit.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    37.7 20.3 3.7 5.8 46.1
    18 Chandler HutchisonBoise St., Sr SF

    The senior's game steadily progressed through his four years in college to the point where he's a top-five wing in a draft that's short on elite wings. He's a capable athlete who can do a bit of everything on the court. His 3-point shooting is far from elite, but it's good enough, and has shown vast improvement there.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    31 20 7.7 3.5 47.5
    19 Bruce Brown Jr.Miami (Fla.), Soph SG

    Traded from: MIN

    Brown's sophomore season was heading toward disappointment even before it ended early with an injury. His 3-point shooting was the most alarming part, dipping all the way down to 26.7 percent. But it's not as if he has a broken shot. And his high-level defense, toughness and athleticism mean there's a whole lot to like here. He's much better than the player we saw this season.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    33.7 11.4 7.1 4 41.5
    20 Khyri ThomasCreighton, Jr SG

    Traded from: OKC

    Yep, another Creighton product heading to Minneapolis in the footsteps of Justin Patton a year ago. While the Patton pick has yielded absolutely zero results so far, Thomas could be different. Thomas may be the best two-way guard available in this draft. He can shoot it ? something the Timberwolves need ? and he can defend multiple positions ? something the Timberwolves need. Tom Thibodeau will love the way he competes.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    31.7 15.1 4.4 2.8 53.8
    21 Donte DiVincenzoVillanova, Soph SG

    What do the Jazz need most? A secondary scorer outside of Donovan Mitchell. DiVincenzo is one of the best raw athletes in this draft, plays with incredible intensity on offense and defense, and can flat-out score. DiVincenzo shot 40 percent from 3-point range for a Villanova team that was one of the most efficient offenses of all time. After DiVincenzo went ham in the national title game, scoring 31 points, former Villanova point guard Ryan Arcidiacono told a couple of reporters that DiVincenzo could end up becoming the best NBA player to ever come from Villanova. Perhaps this is too early for DiVincenzo, but there's no obvious weakness in his arsenal.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    29.3 13.4 4.8 3.5 48.1
    22 Keita Bates-DiopOhio St., Jr SF

    Traded from: NO

    Bates-Diop projects as an athletic 3-and-D player for a Bulls team with a bunch of intriguing young pieces. He can do a bit of everything on the court and ought to make a nice role player.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    33.1 19.8 8.7 1.6 48.0
    23 Zhaire SmithTexas Tech, Fr SG

    A high upside pick for the already deep Pacers. The long and athletic Smith is a force on the defensive end, and is could develop into an explosive offensive player.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    28.4 11.3 5 1.8 55.6
    24 Dzanan MusaInternational SF

    A versatile wing in a wing-starved draft. In EuroCup competition this season the young, lean Musa has shot 36.4 percent from 3-point range while averaging 18.7 points per 36 minutes.

    25 De'Anthony MeltonUSC, Soph PG

    Traded from: CLE

    It's a shame we didn't get to see more of Melton during his sophomore season at USC, which was cut short by his involvement in the FBI investigation into college basketball. I saw Melton at a USC practice in February -- he was the best player on the court, and he knew it. He has a certain swagger to his game, on offense and defense, though shooting from deep is not his forte.

    26 Jalen BrunsonVillanova, Jr PG

    I've been in love with Brunson since seeing him in high school. There wasn't a smarter player in college basketball than Brunson, nor was there a consistently more efficient scorer. TJ McConnell has one year left on his contract; Brunson could immediately be slotted in as the perfect point guard to throw teams off their rhythm when Ben Simmons is catching a breather. He's going to be a winning NBA player for 15 years.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    31.8 18.9 3.1 4.6 52.1
    27 Mitchell RobinsonN/A, Fr C

    A home-run swing no matter where he's taken. Robinson is a helluva physical specimen, a hugely athletic 7-footer who is one of the best shot-blockers in a draft that has a few stellar ones. Robinson is a liability on the offensive end for now, but with some time in the G-League, this project could become a late-first-round gem.

    28 Gary Trent Jr.Duke, Fr SG

    A beautiful shooter for a team that's already full of them. He's not the most impressive athlete, but he's an absolute pit bull on the court.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    33.9 14.5 4.2 1.4 41.5
    29 Omari SpellmanVillanova, Fr PF

    Traded from: TOR

    A hard-working and surprisingly nimble big man who can hit from 3-point range. An incredibly smart, intuitive player who Nets general manager Sean Marks ought to love.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    28.1 10.9 8 0.8 47.6
    30 Tyus BattleSyracuse, Soph PG

    Traded from: HOU

    A long and athletic wing, Battle played more minutes than any other player in college basketball last season. His efficiency suffered because of it, but that should not take away the fact he averaged nearly 20 points for a team that made the NCAA Tournament. His 32 percent 3-point shooting should be offset by his 84 percent free-throw shooting.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    39 19.2 2.9 2.1 39.9
  • # Team Player Pos
    1 Deandre AytonArizona, Fr C

    There's little doubt, now that the lottery order is set, that the Suns will take Ayton first overall and hope the Arizona star becomes a Phoenix legend. The 7-foot-1 forward averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds in 33.5 minutes per game this season while helping the Wildcats win the Pac-12 regular-season title and Pac-12 Tournament title. His physical gifts make him unique and provide an opportunity for superstardom. He's not a sure thing, in my opinion. But Ayton definitely looks the part.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    33.5 20.1 11.6 1.6 61.2
    2 Luka DoncicInternational SG

    The Kings were the big winners on lottery night -- moving up to second even though they only had the seventh-best lottery odds. Now the prediction is that they'll select Doncic, the Real Madrid star whom some have described as the best young European prospect in history. He's a 6-8 shot-creator and shot-maker who seems like a plug-and-play prospect. His ceiling might not be as high as some other's in this draft. But it's hard to imagine Doncic not being a capable starter in the NBA for a long time.

    3 Marvin Bagley IIIDuke, Fr PF

    I know I'm in the minority. But let the record show that, if I were in charge of a franchise, I'd probably take Bagley first in this draft. Yes, I understand the concerns about him -- specifically that his incredible production at the collegiate level was mostly the byproduct of superior athleticism and quickness to literally everybody he ever played against, point being the 6-11 forward won't be able to just physically overwhelm people as a professional. And, I concede, he's neither an ideal power forward nor center for the modern NBA. But Bagley is still a consensus top-ranked high school player who averaged 21.0 points and 11.1 rebounds in one year of college for a great ACC team. Simply put, I think he'll figure it out. And I personally project him as a future All-Star.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    33.9 21 11.1 1.5 61.4
    4 Michael Porter Jr.Missouri, Fr SF

    Back surgery robbed Porter of his first and only season of college basketball, which is unfortunate. But that won't stop franchises like Memphis from taking a serious look at the one-and-done former high school All-American because, this time last year, Porter projected as a serious contender to be the top pick of the 2018 NBA Draft -- meaning the Grizzlies could get real value here the way Philadelphia got real value when it snatched up an injured Joel Embiid with the third pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. To be clear, if doctors show concern, drafting Porter is a non-starter for Memphis. Period. But if everything checks out OK, I will not be surprised if the 6-10 combo forward plays his home games inside FedExForum and becomes the high-scoring/athletic wing the Grizzlies have needed forever.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    17.7 10 6.7 0.3 33.3
    5 Jaren Jackson Jr.Michigan St., Fr PF

    I'm not as high on Jackson as most others, if only because he didn't produce at Michigan State the way so many other heralded freshmen produced on other campuses in their only years of college basketball. The 6-11 forward averaged just 21.8 minutes per game and often struggled with foul trouble. That's a concern. But his physical tools are undeniable. And the potential for stardom is clearly there considering Jackson is A) a top-shelf athlete, B) somebody who shot 39.6 percent from beyond the arc, and C) an asset, in a variety of ways, on the defensive end of the court.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    21.8 10.9 5.8 1.1 51.3
    6 Trae YoungOklahoma, Fr PG

    Scouts seem to be all over the place on Young -- who was the story of college basketball for much of this season while leading the nation in points (27.4) and assists (8.7) per game. Some believe he could become something similar to Stephen Curry thanks to his shot-making ability and range. But others think the player who mostly struggled in February and March is a truer version of this little point guard literally nobody projected as a one-and-done lottery pick coming out of high school. My opinion: Young will be really good. Probably not good enough to be a two-time NBA MVP like Curry. But good enough to make him a worth pick in the top half of the lottery.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    35.4 27.4 3.9 8.7 42.2
    7 Mohamed BambaTexas, Fr PF

    Bamba, at worst, projects as a menace on the defensive end of the court -- where his 7-9 wingspan should allow him to alter shots at an elite level and rebound well. But he's not just a defensive player. There's also potential on the offensive end -- even if it's a work in progress, at the moment. So this 7-foot forward who averaged 12.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.7 blocks in 30.2 minutes per game at Texas absolutely has a chance to develop into an All-Star in the frontcourt. The only concern I've heard is that he's such a bright young man with so many interests that some wonder if he actually wants to live in the gym, which is a prerequisite to NBA stardom. But his positives seem to outweigh any negatives, real or otherwise. So even if Bamba doesn't go this high, he won't go much lower.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    30.2 12.9 10.5 0.5 54.1
    8 Collin SextonAlabama, Fr PG

    Traded from: BKN

    Regardless of whether LeBron James returns or not, the Cavaliers would likely be wise to just take the best available talent. And, in my opinion, that player, at this point in this mock draft, is Sexton -- the one-and-done star who averaged 19.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 29.9 minutes per game while leading Alabama to the NCAA Tournament. The 6-3 point guard is super-fast, super-quick and forever aggressive -- all of which are great qualities for anybody entering the NBA. He puts pressure on the defense basically every possession.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    29.9 19.2 3.8 3.6 44.7
    9 Wendell Carter Jr.Duke, Fr PF

    Carter was Duke's "other" frontcourt one-and-done standout -- not quite as productive as Bagley but still really good. The 6-11 forward averaged 13.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 2.0 assists in 26.9 minutes per game while shooting 41.3 percent from 3-point range (on limited attempts) for a Duke team that advanced to the Elite Eight. His versatility on the offensive end of the court makes him an intriguing prospect. But whether he'll be able to handle pick-and-roll situations on the defensive end is a reasonable concern unless Carter improves his foot speed.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    26.9 13.5 9.1 2 56.1
    10 Mikal BridgesVillanova, Jr SF

    Traded from: LAL

    I'm not sure any non-freshman helped himself more this season with NBA people than Bridges -- who averaged 17.7 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting a career-best 43.5 percent from 3-point range in 32.1 minutes per game for a Villanova team that won the national title. More than anything, the 6-7 wing spent the season making "pro shots" more regularly than ever and doing most of the things any franchise would want him to do at the next level. His ability to guard multiple positions makes him somebody who could theoretically contribute to a playoff team, like the 76ers, on Opening Night. Bridges likely isn't equipped to create his own scoring opportunities, at least at this point. But he's a great catch-and-shoot prospect -- perhaps the best in this draft.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    32.1 17.7 5.3 1.9 51.4
    11 Miles BridgesMichigan St., Soph SF

    Bridges is probably a better small-ball power forward than he is a full-time wing. But stressing too much about that is probably overthinking it because the 6-6 sophomore is an explosive athlete who can pass and shoot and guard multiple positions. He averaged 17.1 points and 7.0 rebounds in 31.3 minutes per game while leading Michigan State to the Big Ten regular-season title. In a mostly position-less NBA, I'm comfortable trusting the Big Ten Player of the Year will figure things out.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    31.4 17.1 7 2.7 45.7
    12 Robert WilliamsTexas A&M, Soph PF

    Traded from: DET

    DeAndre Jordan's future with the Clippers remains uncertain -- and Williams is the prospect available at this point in this mock draft who is best equipped to eventually do similar things at the NBA level. The 6-10 athlete averaged 10.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 25.6 minutes per game while leading Texas A&M to the Sweet 16. Williams projects as a strong finisher, rebounder and shot-blocker at the next level who could be a 10-year starting center in the NBA if his motor and focus improve and get consistent.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    25.6 10.4 9.2 1.4 63.2
    13 Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderKentucky, Fr PG

    Gilgeous-Alexander was only the seventh-best prospect in Kentucky's 2017 class, according to 247 Sports, but he should be the first Wildcat selected in the 2018 NBA Draft. The one-and-done guard averaged 14.4 points, 5.1 assists and 4.1 rebounds while leading UK to the Sweet 16. At 6-6, with a 7-foot wingspan, Gilgeous-Alexander could become a great perimeter defender in time, which is obviously a terrific skill in the modern NBA where perimeter players tend to dominate the league.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    33.7 14.4 4.1 5.1 48.5
    14 Kevin KnoxKentucky, Fr SF

    Anybody looking for a combo forward this late in the lottery would have to seriously consider Knox if he's still on the board. The 6-9 athlete with a strong frame averaged a team-high 15.6 points and 5.4 rebounds in 32.4 minutes per game while leading Kentucky to the Sweet 16. And he's still only 18 years old, which makes him younger than most freshmen and almost everybody in this NBA Draft. Knox didn't shoot it well from 3-point range at Kentucky. But there's nothing obviously wrong with his shot, which is why he could thrive as the type of stretch-4 every NBA franchise values.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    32.4 15.6 5.4 1.4 44.5
    15 Keita Bates-DiopOhio St., Jr SF

    Bates-Diop went from averaging 9.7 points in an injury-shortened 2016-17 season to 19.8 points in the 2017-18 season and improved in basically every way, which is why Ohio State spent much of this season nationally ranked and finished tied for second in the Big Ten regular-season standings. Not every player who returns to school to "improve his NBA stock" actually does. In fact, most don't. But Bates-Diop clearly did. And draft night will prove it.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    33.1 19.8 8.7 1.6 48.0
    16 Lonnie Walker IVMiami (Fla.), Fr SG

    Traded from: MIA

    Walker's freshman season didn't get off to a great start -- evidence being how he only averaged 8.1 points in 20.9 minutes per game through Miami's first 15 contests. But the 6-4 freshman averaged 14.0 points in Miami's final five regular-season games to remind NBA scouts why they view him as a strong-framed shooting guard with a future. Yes, he only shot 34.6 percent from 3-point range this season. But, remember, Walker shot 40.0 percent from beyond the arc two summers ago on the Nike EYBL circuit. So his lower percentage at Miami isn't too concerning.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    27.8 11.5 2.6 1.9 41.5
    17 Troy BrownOregon, Fr SG

    Brown developed a reputation in high school as somebody who values defense and could reasonably play at least three positions at the collegiate level, and he showed flashes of that at Oregon. The 6-7 freshman averaged 11.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 31.5 minutes per game. If he can develop a consistent 3-point shot -- Brown only shot 29.1 percent from beyond the arc this season -- he'll be capable of providing the versatility NBA franchises crave while flourishing at both forward positions.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    31.2 11.3 6.2 3.2 44.4
    18 Khyri ThomasCreighton, Jr SG

    Thomas is a two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year -- one who used a 6-11 wingspan on a 6-3 frame to get into passing lanes and, in other ways, just make things difficult on opposing guards. He averaged 15.5 points and shot 41.1 percent from 3-point range as a junior. So anybody looking for a 3-and-D wing should give the Omaha native a serious look.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    31.7 15.1 4.4 2.8 53.8
    19 Dzanan MusaInternational SF

    Traded from: MIN

    Musa is a 19-year-old Bosnian who averaged 20.2 minutes per game this season for Cedevita in the Adriatic League. The 6-8 wing has long had a reputation with scouts as a potential quality scorer in the NBA. The only concern is whether he's a good-enough athlete, and mature enough, to guard his position and flourish in general when he moves to the United States. But that concern shouldn't keep somebody -- especially a franchise with three first-round picks like Atlanta -- from selecting Musa in the first round.

    20 Mitchell RobinsonN/A, Fr C

    Traded from: OKC

    Robinson made a mess of his college situation by enrolling at Western Kentucky and then, just two weeks later, leaving campus and asking for a release. The 7-foot forward never actually enrolled in another school -- meaning he did not play competitive basketball anywhere this season. That's neither ideal nor smart. And it's possibly a red flag. But there's no guarantee it'll cost Robinson much on draft night. In fact, it's actually reasonable to think it could help Robinson go in the top 20 given that he never ran the risk of being exposed in a college game before someone spends a draft pick on him.

    21 Zhaire SmithTexas Tech, Fr SG

    Smith is the rare one-and-done player who was a sub-100 prospect coming out of high school. It's a remarkable story -- one that features the 6-5 wing putting himself in this position by displaying top-shelf athleticism while averaging 11.3 points and 5.0 rebounds for a Texas Tech team that advanced to the Elite Eight.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    28.4 11.3 5 1.8 55.6
    22 Aaron HolidayUCLA, Jr PG

    Traded from: NO

    Holiday averaged 20.3 points and 5.8 assists in 37.7 minutes per game this season while shooting 42.9 percent from 3-point range for a UCLA team that made the NCAA Tournament. His 6-6 wingspan should prove beneficial while guarding opposing point guards. His ability to consistently make perimeter jumpers means he's a capable passer and shooter.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    37.7 20.3 3.7 5.8 46.1
    23 Anfernee SimonsIMG Academy SG

    Simons was a consensus top-10 prospect in the Class of 2018 who is eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft only because he's one year removed from high school graduation and will turn 19 this calendar year. The 6-4 combo guard out of IMG Academy in Florida is a nice athlete who shoots it well. He probably won't help anybody, the Pacers included, as a rookie. But Simons' longterm future is bright.

    24 Chandler HutchisonBoise St., Sr SF

    Hutchison had the best season of his four-year college career while establishing himself as a first-round talent this year. The 6-7 Mountain West Conference star has all the tools necessary to be a quality NBA wing. He averaged 20.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 31.0 minutes per game for a Boise State team that won 23 times.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    31 20 7.7 3.5 47.5
    25 Bruce Brown Jr.Miami (Fla.), Soph SG

    Traded from: CLE

    A lot of people projected Brown to have a breakout season this season. But it didn't really happen considering he played more minutes and took more shots but recorded a worse percentage from both inside and outside of the arc. His free-throw percentage was also down. And he missed Miami's final 12 games with a broken foot. So it wasn't a great year. But, that said, the 6-3 guard remains worthy of a first-round flyer because he projects as the type of tough defender NBA franchises need on the perimeter.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    33.7 11.4 7.1 4 41.5
    26 Grayson AllenDuke, Sr SG

    J.J. Redick is an unrestricted free agent who may or may not return to the Sixers. So drafting another off-guard who can shoot would make some sense. Allen is a good athlete with good size who made 273 3-pointers in his final three years of college while shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc. The Duke graduate should be equipped to play meaningful minutes as a rookie, even for a playoff team like Philadelphia.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    35.6 15.5 3.3 4.6 41.8
    27 Jacob Evans IIICincinnati, Jr SF

    Evans is a do-everything wing who guards multiple positions, plays tough and consistently makes outside jumpers -- evidence being how he shot 39.4 percent from 3-point range in his final two years at Cincinnati while helping the Bearcats earn a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    30.8 13 4.7 3.1 42.7
    28 Landry ShametWichita St., Soph PG

    Wichita State has made a habit of developing guards into NBA players -- most notably Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker. Shamet should be next. The 6-4 sophomore averaged 14.9 points and 5.2 assists for a WSU team that finished the regular season 24-6. He shot 44.2 percent from 3-point range while taking nearly six 3-pointers per game, which makes Shamet one of the best shooters in this draft and a perfect fit for Golden State's roster.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    31.7 14.9 3.2 5.2 48.9
    29 De'Anthony MeltonUSC, Soph PG

    Traded from: TOR

    Melton is a nice combo-guard prospect who was sidelined this preseason by an ongoing FBI investigation. So that's not ideal. But the 6-3 sophomore still has a chance to go in the first 30 picks. And if he slips into the second round, for whatever reason, multiple franchises will be trying to move up to grab him considering he's an unselfish ball-handler who is comfortable in pick-and-roll situations. The only real concern with Melton is his jumper. He only shot 28.4 percent from beyond the arc in his one season at USC.

    30 Shake MiltonSMU, Jr PG

    Traded from: HOU

    Milton missed SMU's final 11 games with a hand injury -- and the Mustangs went 2-9 in his absence. So that should tell you how much he meant to what would've otherwise been a borderline NCAA Tournament team. Prior to the injury, the 6-6 guard was shooting 43.4 percent from 3-point range and averaging a career-high 18.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists. His ability to play on or off the ball should serve him well in the NBA.

    2017 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    36.4 18 4.7 4.4 44.9
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