This year’s NBA Draft wasn’t as exciting as previous years. There were no major trades involving superstars this year. But the teams lucky enough to draft at the top got players that they hope will help their resurgence next season.
As expected, the Phoenix Suns went with the top big man, and the consensus top prospect of the draft in DeAndre Ayton. The Suns are looking to pair Ayton with their growing young core that includes previous lottery picks Devin Booker, Josh Jackson and Marquese Chriss. Ayton is a dominant big man that averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds with the Arizona Wild Cats last season.
The Sacramento Kings added another young big man to their team when they drafted Marvin Bagley III second overall. Bagley was a top high-school prospect and he showcased his skill in his one year with Duke. He averaged 21.1 points and 11.5 rebounds in the NCAA. He joins last year’s first round pick DeAaron Fox, Buddy Hield and Willie Cauley-Stein.
A trade of first round picks happened early in the draft. The Dallas Mavericks traded up to the third pick from the fifth pick to acquire Real Madrid point guard Luka Doncic. The Mavericks send their fifth pick and a 2019 first round pick to the Atlanta Hawks. The Mavericks get a versatile guard who can create for the rest of the team. He pairs up with last year’s pick, Dennis Smith Jr. to form a potent back court in Dallas.
The Memphis Grizzlies went with a big man in Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr. The Atlanta Hawks nabbed an explosive point guard when they drafted Okalhoma’s Trae Young. The Orlando Magic got Texas Center Mo Bamba, the Chicago Bulls got Duke big man Wendell Carter Jr., the Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Alabama guard Colin Sexton and the New York Knicks selected Kentucky’s Kevin Knox.
The Suns pulled off a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers to get Villanova forward Mikal Bridges. The Sixers get the Suns’ 16th pick (Zhaire Smith) and a 2021 first round pick.
One of the biggest stories in this year’s draft was how far Michael Porter Jr. fell in the lottery. Porter Jr. suffered a back injury before the NCAA season started and only played three games for Missouri. He was slated as one of the top three prospects for this year’s draft coming out of high school. But because of concerns with his health, Porter fell all the way to the back of the lottery, falling to the Denver Nuggets at 14. If he is back to 100%, Porter Jr. could end up becoming one of the steals of the draft.
Here is the complete list of First Round picks in the 2018 NBA Draft:
1. Phoenix Suns – Deandre Ayton
2. Sacramento Kings – Marvin Bagley III
3. Dallas Mavericks (via Atlanta Hawks) – Luka Doncic
4. Memphis Grizzlies – Jaren Jackson Jr.
5. Atlanta Hawks (via Dallas Mavericks) – Trae Young
6. Orlando Magic – Mo Bamba
7. Chicago Bulls – Wendell Carter Jr.
8. Cleveland Cavaliers – Collin Sexton
9. New York Knicks – Kevin Knox
10. Phoenix Suns (via Philadelphia 76ers) – Mikal Bridges
11. LA Clippers (via Charlotte Hornets) – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
12. Charlotte Hornets (via LA Clippers) – Miles Bridges
13. LA Clippers – Jerome Robinson
14. Denver Nuggets – Michael Porter Jr.
15. Washington Wizards – Troy Brown
16. Philadelphia 76ers (via Phoenix Suns) – Zhaire Smith
17. Milwaukee Bucks – Donte DiVencenzo
18. San Antonio Spurs – Lonnie Walker
19. Atlanta Hawks – Kevin Huerter
20. Minnesota Timberwolves – Josh Okogie
21. Utah Jazz – Grayson Allen
22. Chicago Bulls – Chandler Hutchison
23. Indiana Pacers – Aaron Holiday
24. Portland Trail Blazers – Anfernee Simmons
25. LA Lakers – Mo Wagner
26. Philadelphia 76ers – Landry Shamet
27. Boston Celtics – Robert Williams
28. Golden State Warriors – Jacob Evans
29. Brooklyn Nets – Dzanan Musa
30. Atlanta Hawks – Omari Spellman
Here are the 2018 Second Round picks of the 2018 NBA Draft:
31. Phoenix Suns – Elie Okobo
32. Memphis Grizzlies – Jevon Carter
33. Dallas Mavericks – Jalen Brunson
34. Charlotte Hornets (via Atlanta Hawks) – Devonte Graham
35. Orlando Magic – Melvin Frazier Jr.
36. New York Knicks – Mitchell Robinson
37. Portland Trail Blazers (via Sacramento Kings) – Gary Trent Jr.
38. Detroit Pistons (via Philadelphia 76ers) – Khyri Thomas
39. LA Lakers (via Philadelphia 76ers) – Isaac Bonga
40. Brooklyn Nets – Rodions Kurucs
41. Denver Nuggets (via Orlando Magic) – Jarred Vanderbilt
42. Detroit Pistons – Bruce Bowen Jr.
43. Orlando Magic (via Denver Nuggets) – Justin Jackson
44. Washington Wizards – Issuf Sanon
45. OKC Thunder (via Brooklyn Nets) – Hamidou Diallo
46. Houston Rockets – De’Anthony Melton
47. LA Lakers – Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
48. Minnesota Timberwolves – Keita Bates-Diop
49. San Antonio Spurs – Chimezie Metu
50. Indiana Pacers – Alize Johnson
51. New Orleans Pelicans – Tony Carr
52. Houston Rockets (via Utah Jazz) – Vince Edwards
53. OKC Thunder – Devon Hall
54. Philadelphia 76ers (via Dallas Mavericks) – Shake Milton
55. Charlotte Hornets – Arnoldas Kulboka
56. Dallas Mavericks (via Philadelphia 76ers) – Ray Spalding
57. OKC Thunder – Kevin Hervey
58. Denver Nuggets – Thomas Welsh
59. Phoenix Suns (via Toronto Raptors) – George King
60. Dallas Mavericks (via Philadelphia 76ers) – Kostas Antetokounmpo
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