2018 NBA Mock Draft, Post-Draft Lottery: DeAndre Ayton Goes to Suns, Trae Young to Mavericks

2018 NBA Mock Draft, Post-Draft Lottery: DeAndre Ayton Goes to Suns, Trae Young to Mavericks


2018 NBA Mock Draft, Post-Draft Lottery: DeAndre Ayton Goes to Suns, Trae Young to Mavericks


#11 Charlotte Hornets – Kevin Knox, SF/ PF, Kentucky – Kevin Knox is athletic and can play either forward position, who doesn’t want that? It is not hard to envision a very productive career alongside Michael Kidd Gilchrist. Knox’s inability to create plays for other is a concern, however.

#12 Los Angeles Clippers – Wendell Carter, C, Duke – He’s already much better defensively inside and out than Bagley; the potential for outside shooting is there – he made 19 three-pointers while making 40 percent from deep – and the Clippers are losing DeAndre Jordan after this season.

#13 Los Angeles Clippers – Lonnie Walker, G, Miami – One of the better defenders in the draft, just needs to work on his jump shot. He’s got a good veteran in Lou Williams to learn from. I can see him as an offensive-minded Iman Shumpert who plays sooner than later because he’s so rapid defensively.

#14 Denver Nuggets – Robert Williams, C, Texas A&M – While the Nuggets already have their franchise center in Nikola Jokic, he’s a terrible defender. Enter Williams, a run and jump center who was fantastic for the Aggies down the stretch this year. He and Jokic actually complement each other well and he’d be the rim protector Denver is sorely missing. There’s offensive upside with Williams, but right now he’s an energetic defender and rebounder who would be a lob target in half court sets.

#15 Washington Wizards – Omari Spellman, F/C, Villanova – Not saying he’s Draymond Green, but let’s see how he measures in Chicago. Spellman, unlike Green, shot 40 percent on 3-pointers. He was a freshman. Could be a Top 5 upside guy in the entire draft. Toughness? Check. Go watch the West Virginia and Kansas tape.

#16 Phoenix Suns – Troy Brown, SF, Oregon – The Suns get a smart, versatile player in Troy Brown to help bolster their rebuild. He will be able to defend multiple positions across the NBA within a few years of pro experience. Will he ever score a lot of points? No. Can he be an above average role player? Yes.

#17 Milwaukee Bucks – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky – Even though Eric Bledsoe would nominally be ahead of him on the depth chart, SGA shot over 40% from 3 in his lone year at Kentucky. The Bucks could definitely use a shooter to complement the Greek Freak.

#18 San Antonio Spurs – Keita Bates-Diop, SF, Ohio State – Bates-Diop is 22 years old, but he would seem to be someone San Antonio could plug in right away who can get points. If Kawhi Leonard is gone this offseason or a year from now, Bates-Diop could be his replacement for the time being.

#19 Atlanta Hawks – Khyri Thomas, SG, Creighton – Thomas shot over 40% on his 3-pointers in his junior season at Creighton. He could come in and immediately compete with Tyler Dorsey to start at shooting guard for the Hawks.

#20 Minnesota Timberwolves – Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech – Smith came out of nowhere to be a big contributor for a very good Texas Tech team. He’s athletic–a great shotblocker at 6’5″–and has upside to get better. In limited attempts, he shot over 40% from deep last year. Jamal Crawford opted out of his contract and is a free agent, Derrick Rose is a shell of himself, and the Wolves could use depth at guard.

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