Way-too-early 2018 NBA Mock Draft: Celtics take Mizzou's Michael Porter at No. 1
Texas' Mohamed Bamba and Arizona's DeAndre Ayton also in the top 4 in next year's NBA Draft
The 2017 NBA Draft was deep and filled with at least five incredible point guard prospects. The 2018 NBA Draft should be neither of those things. But that doesn't mean there won't be stars at the top - most notably Missouri's Michael Porter Jr., Texas' Mohamed Bamba, Arizona's DeAndre Ayton -- and Luka Doncic, a 6-foot-8 guard from Slovenia.
I love them all.
And ranking them in almost any order is reasonable.
But I prefer Porter to the other three - if only because I can't envision a scenario (barring injury) where the 6-10 forward doesn't prove to be an amazing slasher and scorer from the wing. He's not Kevin Durant any more than Lonzo Ball is Jason Kidd. But when you watch him play, you can see where the comparison comes from. And that's why I can't wait to watch him play in the SEC.
Bottom line, I think, Porter will be the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. And if the projections for SportsLine's Stephen Oh prove correct, he will become a member of ... the Boston Celtics. So the rich get richer.
And here's my first 2018 NBA Mock Draft:
VIA TRADE WITH NETS
Luka Doncic, SG, Slovenia
Mohamed Bamba, PF, Texas
DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona
Miles Bridges, SF/PF, Michigan State
Wendell Carter, PF, Duke
Robert Williams, PF/C, Texas A&M
Trevon Duval, PG, Duke
VIA TRADE WITH LAKERS
VIA TRADE WITH HEAT
Hamidou Diallo, SG, Kentucky
Mitchell Robinson, C, Western Kentucky
Kevin Knox, SF, Kentucky
Lonnie Walker, SG, Miami
Isaac Bonga, SF, Germany
Bruce Brown, SG, Miami
Nick Richards, C, Kentucky
VIA TRADE WITH TIMBERWOLVES
Allonzo Trier, SG, Arizona
Jarred Vanderbilt, SF, Kentucky
De'Anthony Melton, PG, USC
V.J. King, SF, Louisville
Vince Edwards, SF, Purdue
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