2018 NBA Mock Draft – June 21, 2018

by Matt Fischer

It’s Draft Day!  The 2018 NBA Draft happens tonight beginning at 7 PM ET on ESPN live from Barclays Center.

Here is my 2018 NBA Mock Draft for what’ll happen tonight when 30 players are drafted in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft.   This is what I think will transpire tonight, not how I rank the prospects.  For that list, check out my 2018 NBA Draft Big Board.

I think there’s going to be at least two big trades tonight.  I’m not going to speculate on them here but I’ve got a feeling the NBA will be shaken up from a couple of moves as teams as jockeying for position to challenge the Warriors’ dynasty.

Teams I think could be moving up are the Sixers and Clippers.  With multiple picks, each could move up to get a difference maker.

Teams I could see moving down include the Grizzlies, Magic and Nuggets.  Each could move down to add more assets.  The Grizz and Magic are both in rebuilds.  The Nuggets are a borderline playoff team so do they try to move down and accumulate future assets?

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2018 NBA Mock Draft

  1. Phoenix Suns – DeAndre Ayton (C – Arizona)
  2. Sacramento Kings – Marvin Bagley III (PF – Duke)
  3. Atlanta Hawks – Luke Doncic (PG – Real Madrid)
  4. Memphis Grizzlies – Jaren Jackson Jr. (C – Michigan State)
  5. Dallas Mavericks – Mo Bamba (C – Texas)
  6. Orlando Magic – Trae Young (PG – Oklahoma)
  7. Chicago Bulls – Michael Porter Jr. (SF – Missouri)
  8. Cleveland Cavs – Wendell Carter Jr. (PF – Duke)
  9. New York Knicks – Kevin Knox (SF – Kentucky)
  10. Philadelphia 76ers – Mikal Bridges (SF – Villanova)
  11. Charlotte Hornets – Collin Sexton (PG – Alabama)
  12. Los Angeles Clippers – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (PG – Kentucky)
  13. Los Angeles Clippers – Lonnie Walker (SG – Miami)
  14. Denver Nuggets – Zhaire Smith (SG – Texas Tech)
  15. Washington Wizards – Miles Bridges (SF – Michigan State)
  16. Phoenix Suns – Aaron Holiday (PG – UCLA)
  17. Milwaukee Bucks – Kevin Huerter (SG – Maryland)
  18. San Antonio Spurs – Khyri Thomas (SG – Creighton)
  19. Atlanta Hawks – Robert Williams III (C – Texas A&M)
  20. Minnesota Timberwolves – Troy Brown (SG – Oregon)
  21. Utah Jazz – Elie Okobo (PG – France)
  22. Chicago Bulls – Chandler Hutchison (SF – Boise State)
  23. Indiana Pacers – Keita Bates-Diop (SF – Ohio State)
  24. Portland Trail Blazers – Donte DiVencenzo (SG – Villanova)
  25. Los Angeles Lakers – Justin Jackson (SF – Maryland)
  26. Philadelphia 76ers – Bruce Brown (SG – Miami)
  27. Boston Celtics – Grayson Allen (SG – Duke)
  28. Golden State Warriors – Jacob Evans (SF – Cincinnati)
  29. Brooklyn Nets – DeAnthony Melton (SG – USC)
  30. Atlanta Hawks – Josh Okogie (SG – Georgia Tech)

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2018 NBA Draft Big Board

by Matt Fischer

The 2018 NBA Draft is tonight so it’s time to unveil my 2018 NBA Draft Big Board!  That means it’s time to give NBA GM’s a heads up on who’s the best player available at their draft position.  This is who I think are the best prospects in 2018, not where I expect them to be drafted.  For that, check out my 2018 NBA Mock Draft.

Here’s the SportsFormulator 2018 NBA Draft Big Board ranking the 30 best prospects.

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2018 NBA Draft Big Board:

  1. Luka Doncic (G – Real Madrid) – He’s been playing as a pro already and is just 18. He’s NBA ready. He’s got multiple NBA All-Star appearances in his future.
  2. Marvin Bagley III (PF – Duke) – Bagley can score from all over. He needs to improve his D some but he will score and rebound as a rookie.
  3. Collin Sexton (PG – Alabama) – He can get to the basket and finish. He was the go-to player as a freshman at Alabama and carried his team to the NCAA Tournament.
  4. Wendell Carter Jr. (PF – Duke) – He will be a steady starter in the NBA for the next decade. I think he averages a double double for his career.
  5. Trae Young (PG – Oklahoma) – Simply put, he’s a playmaker. Young had one of the best freshman seasons in NCAA history. Can he handle the NBA? Teams are going to beat him up nightly on the defensive end to see if he’s still standing late in the fourth quarter.
  6. Jaren Jackson (C – Michigan State) – Great athleticism. Such a versatile player. He’ll be a tremendous asset to a team needing defense and rebounding.
  7. DeAndre Ayton (C – Arizona) – Ayton has offensive skills. My biggest question, will he help a team win? I think he’s a guy who’s going to put up numbers on bad teams.
  8. Lonnie Walker (SG – Miami) – Walker is a scorer. He has real potential to become an All-Star in the NBA if he can become more consistent.
  9. Michael Porter Jr. (SF – Missouri) – MPJ was the best player in the country his senior year. His freshman season at Mizzou didn’t go well. Injured for nearly all of it and was erratic the few games he played. Can he handle an 82 game season?
  10. Kevin Knox (SF – Kentucky) – Outstanding athlete. He’ll contribute from day 1 as he can score from the wing and play defense.
  11. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (PG – Kentucky) – He’s a leader. Plays with confidence and has a lot of potential. I don’t know if he’ll ever make an All-Star game but 10 years from now he’ll still be running a team in the NBA.
  12. Mo Bamba (C – Texas) – I’d say he’s the draft’s most intriguing prospect due to his size and wingspan. If he can learn to score consistently and continue to be a defensive menace, he could become a great player. A lot of work to do though.
  13. Mikal Bridges (SF – Villanova) – He’s a good defender and can hit the outside shot.
  14. Zhaire Smith (SG – Texas Tech) – Intriguing prospect. Was unheralded at Texas Tech but ended up leading them to the Elite 8 as a freshman last season. He’s got serious potential in the NBA.
  15. Robert Williams III (C – Texas A&M) – He’s a physical player who can hold his own in the paint. He’s a double double guy.
  16. Miles Bridges (SF – Michigan State) – I think he’ll be a great role player with his ability to defend the wing but can he create his own shot or be a good enough shooter to just spot up?
  17. Troy Brown (SG – Oregon) – Great perimeter defender who can create shots.
  18. Keita Bates-Diop (SF – Ohio State) – Versatile player who will be a steal for a playoff team in the middle of this draft.
  19. Kyri Thomas (SG – Creighton) – Outstanding defender. Needs to work on his ball skills to become a consistent scoring threat in the NBA.
  20. Donte DiVencenzo (SG – Villanova) – Broke out at the Final Four at Nova. He’s going to be a solid contributor to a team. The big question, can he become a star or will he just be a role player?
  21. Chandler Hutchinson (SF – Boise State) – He’s a guy used to carrying his team. I think he contributes off the bench with solid minutes right away for a playoff team.
  22. Bruce Brown (SG – Miami) – Can defend right away but has to improve his scoring ability to become a starter in the NBA.
  23. Kevin Huerter (SG – Maryland) – Tremendous shooter. If he finds his range in the NBA could become a big time threat from deep.
  24. Elie Okobo (PG – France) – He’s a scorer. I think becomes a guy who can contribute off the bench and be a playmaker for the second unit.
  25. Justin Jackson (SF – Maryland) – He’s got potential to become a starter. He plays hard and can defend multiple positions.
  26. Jacob Evans (SF – Cincinnati) – Can shoot and defend on the perimeter so he’ll get playing time in today’s NBA.
  27. Dzanan Musa (SF – Bosnia) – Needs to become more disciplined but shows flashes of being a reliable scorer. He’s got experience but will need a coach who can mold him into a quality NBA starter.
  28. De’Anthony Melton (SG – USC) – Fantastic defensive player. He’s a guy who you can assign to defend a great scorer on the other end but don’t expect a lot of scoring.
  29. Josh Okogie (SG – Georgia Tech) – He’s a versatile player who’s going to be an energy player off the bench.
  30. Grayson Allen (SG – Duke) – Allen can shoot but can he become next JJ Reddick?

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2018 Game 4 NBA Finals Prediction – June 6, 2018

NBA playoff predictions for the 2018 NBA Finals.   The Warriors lead the series 3-0.

Game 4 is Friday, June 8, 2018 as the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Golden State Warriors.  Will the Cavs force game 5?  Will the Warriors win back-to-back NBA titles?  Will tonight be LeBron’s last game as a Cav?

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NBA Finals Game 4
TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Golden State Warriors 54% 112 -5.5
Cleveland Cavs 46% 110 217.5

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2018 Game 3 NBA Finals Prediction – June 6, 2018

NBA playoff predictions for the 2018 NBA Finals.   The Warriors won game 1 by a score of 124-114 in OT and took game 2 122-103..

Game 3 is Wednesay, June 6, 2018 as the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Golden State Warriors.  Will the Cavs get back in the series or will the Warriors go up 3-0?

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NBA Playoff Predictions for June 6, 2018:

NBA Finals Game 3
TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Golden State Warriors 47% 111 -4.5
Cleveland Cavs 53% 112 217.5

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2018 Game 2 NBA Finals Prediction – June 3, 2018

NBA playoff predictions for the 2018 NBA Finals.   The Warriors won game 1 by a score of 124-114.

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NBA Finals Game 2
TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Cleveland Cavs 33% 106 215.5
Golden State Warriors 67% 113 -12

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2018 Game 1 NBA Finals Prediction – May 31, 2018

NBA playoff predictions for the 2018 NBA Finals.   After coming from behind 3-2 series deficits, the Warriors and Cavs will collide for the fourth straight season for a NBA Championship.

Will the Golden State Warriors repeat as NBA Champions or can the Cavs dethrone them?

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NBA Finals Game 1
TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Cleveland Cavs 42% 108 214.5
Golden State Warriors 58% 111 -12

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2018 NBA Mock Draft – May 29, 2018

It’s year 4 of Warriors vs. Cavs for the NBA Championship.  While we wait for the NBA Finals to begin, I decided to do a 2018 NBA mock draft for round 1.  Here’s how the 2018 NBA Draft should unfold:

2018 NBA Mock Draft – Round 1

1 – Phoenix Suns

It’s Devin Booker and nobody else. The Suns could use help everywhere on the court. With the top pick, they have to take the best available player.

The Pick – DeAndre Ayton (C- Arizona)

2 – Sacramento Kings

They could use a big guy who can score. Let De’Aaron Fox penetrate and set up a few easy baskets for this big.

The Pick – Marvin Bagley III (PF – Duke)

3 – Atlanta Hawks

With a pending Dennis Schroder trade, the Hawks could look for a guard here.

The Pick – Luca Doncic (SG – Slovenia)

4 – Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies could use a wing player who can score. They roll the dice that Michael Porter will be healthy and can get buckets.

The Pick – Michael Porter Jr. (SF – Missouri)

5 – Dallas Mavericks

The Mavs have a PG after last year’s lottery pick, Dennis Smith Jr. They could use a big to help replace Dirk Nowitski who’s going on his retirement tour this season.

The Pick – Mo Bamba (C – Texas)

6 – Orlando Magic

They need someone to help out Aaron Gordon. They go with the best scorer in this draft.

The Pick – Trae Young (PG – Oklahoma)

7 – Chicago Bulls

Lauri Markkanen looks like he has superstar potential. The Bulls should get some backcourt help.

The Pick – Collin Sexton (PG – Alabama)

8 – Cleveland Cavaliers (via Nets)

This pick is so difficult to predict right now with LeBron’s impending free agency. If he stays, they probably look for a point guard. If he goes, they’ll take the best available player.

The Pick – Jaren Jackson Jr. (PF – Michigan State)

9 – New York Knicks

Porzingis is a star but is proving to be injury prone. David Fizdale is the new coach in NYC. The Knicks are building some young talent and hitting on this pick could push them toward the eight seed in a weak Eastern Conference.

The Pick – Mikal Bridges (SF – Villanova)

10 – Philadelphia 76ers (via Lakers)

The Sixers proved their contenders in the East but are still a ways away from being NBA Championship contenders. They need to add depth down low to improve.

The Pick – Wendell Carter Jr. (PF – Duke)

11 – Charlotte Hornets

Will Kemba Walker be traded? That’ll determine what the Hornets do with this pick. If he’s traded, they’ll have to find a scorer in this draft.

The Pick – Miles Bridges (SF – Michigan State)

12 – Los Angeles Clippers (via Pistons)

With back to back picks and potential roster moves including trading DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers could go many directions here.

The Pick – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (PG – Kentucky)

13 – Los Angeles Clippers

They get the Jordan replacement here.

The Pick – Robert Williams (C – Texas A&M)

14 – Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets need depth. They’re a team that’s right on the cusp of the playoffs in the ultra competitive Western Conference. They’ve got to draft someone who can come off the bench and contribute right away.

The Pick – Kevin Knox (SF – Kentucky)

15 – Washington Wizards

The Wizards seem settled around the perimeter. A stretch 4 would be ideal here if they’re to become contenders in the East.

The Pick – Jontay Porter (PF – Missouri)

16 – Phoenix Suns (via Heat)

The Suns took DeAndre Ayton at the top of this mock.

17 – Milwaukee Bucks

The Greek Freak has Milwaukee ready to contend. He needs help though. The Bucks look for a wing and get someone who can play D and shoot the 3.

The Pick – Khyri Thomas (SG – Creighton)

18 – San Antonio Spurs

Will Kawhi Leonard be back?   The Spurs will look for scoring just in case he doesn’t return.

The Pick – Lonnie Walker IV (SG – Miami)

19 – Atlanta Hawks (via Timberwolves)

Earlier in this mock, the Hawks draft Luca Doncic. The Hawks need to take the best player available here.

The Pick – Jalen Brunson (PG – Villanova)

20 – Minnesota Timberwolves (via Thunder)

The Timberwolves took strides forward this season. They need depth if they’re to challenge for a NBA Title.

The Pick – Troy Brown (SG – Oregon)

21 – Utah Jazz

Utah surprised this year as Donovan Mitchell became a star in his rookie season. As they found out in the playoffs against the Rockets, they need more firepower to challenge in the West.

The Pick – Aaron Holiday (PG – UCLA)

22 – Chicago Bulls (via Pelicans)

The Bulls took a PG earlier in this mock. They go for a guy who’s shooting up draftboards after filling the stat sheet in the NCAA Championship for ‘Nova.

The Pick – Donte DiVencenzo (SG – Villanova)

23 – Indiana Pacers

One of the biggest surprises in the NBA was the Pacers not just making the playoffs but taking the Cavs to game 7 in the first round. They know they’re just a player away from being contenders.

The Pick – Keita Bates Diop (SF – Ohio State)

24 – Portland Trail Blazers

The Blazers have one of the league’s best backcourts. They’ve got to improve their front court if they have any chance of contending in the West. They take a chance on a player who sat out his college season but he’s a 7 footer so he might be worth the risk at this spot in the draft.

The Pick – Mitchell Robinson (C – High School)

25 – Los Angeles Lakers (via Cavs)

The Lakers have a young nucleus but need more talent to try to make the playoffs.

The Pick – Gary Trent Jr. (SG – Duke)

26 – Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers took a big earlier in this mock. They’ll look for a shooter with the potential loss of J.J. Reddick to free agency.

The Pick – Grayson Allen (SG – Duke)

27 – Boston Celtics

The Celtics went to game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. This pick could be someone they look to develop as their won’t be much playing time available next season.

The Pick – Dzanan Musa (SF – Bosnia)

28 – Atlanta Hawks (via Rockets)

This is the Hawks third first round pick. They’ll go with a wing that can tighten up their D.

The Pick – Jacob Evans (SF – Cincinnati)

29 – Brooklyn Nets

The Nets just need talent. They can get a player who vastly improved during his only season in college.

The Pick – Zhaire Smith (SG – Texas Tech)

30 – Golden State Warriors

The Warriors are headed to their fourth straight NBA Finals. They’ve got the best starting 5 in the NBA but their bench could use a boost.

The Pick – Josh Okogie (SG – Georgia Tech)

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2018 Game 7 NBA Western Conference Finals Prediction – May 28, 2018

Happy Memorial Day!  Thank you to all who’ve served and given their lives for us in the USA.  

We’d head for game 7 tonight!  NBA playoff predictions for every game on the board.  We’re down to the Final 4 in the NBA Playoffs.  It’s the Western Conference Finals between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors.

Can the Rockets eliminate the Warriors or will we head back to Houston for game 7?   Game 6 is May 26 as the Warriors host the Rockets trailing 3-2 in the series.  Check out our data driven NBA prediction below.

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NBA Playoff Predictions for May 28, 2018:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Golden State Warriors 53% 111 -6
Houston Rockets 47% 110 209

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2018 Game 7 NBA Eastern Conference Finals Prediction – May 27, 2018

It’s win or die in game 7 of the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals!  One team will win and advance to the NBA Finals while the other begins the offseason.

NBA playoff predictions for the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers.

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NBA Playoff Predictions for May 27, 2018:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Cleveland Cavs 41% 104 199.5
Boston Celtics 59% 108 -2.5

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2018 Game 6 NBA Western Conference Finals Prediction – May 26, 2018

NBA playoff predictions for every game on the board.  We’re down to the Final 46 in the NBA Playoffs.  It’s the Western Conference Finals between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors.

Can the Rockets eliminate the Warriors or will we head back to Houston for game 7?   Game 6 is May 26 as the Warriors host the Rockets trailing 3-2 in the series.  Check out our data driven prediction below.

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NBA Playoff Predictions for May 26, 2018:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Houston Rockets 32% 104 212.5
Golden State Warriors 68% 112 -12

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