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2018 NBA Consensus Mock Draft – Ver 5.0

Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ experts take a look at the draft class and weigh in on what they are seeing and hearing in the march up to the 2018 NBA Draft.

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Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers will break down the latest news and notes surrounding the 2018 NBA Draft. Included is an updated mock draft that reflects how each writer sees the draft landscape based on the latest news, workouts, and information from the pre-draft process.

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Moke’s Notebook: 

Over the past week I’ve gotten some intel from outside of Sacramento that suggests that the Kings are seriously considering Marvin Bagley III with the second pick. A team that’s in a perpetual rebuild needs as close to a “sure thing” as possible to pair with DeAaron Fox and Willie Cauley-Stein. For them, I’ve been told, Luka Dončić and Bagley, at least right now, are the two likeliest choices. Time will tell.

From there, if the Kings do indeed take Bagley, there will be a domino effect, but I don’t see the Grizzlies passing on Doncic. So this week, I have the biggest wildcard in the draft falling to the Grizzlies at fourth.

I suspect that things will continue to change between now and the actual draft, but the way I see things playing out will result in the Magic getting Trae Young with the sixth pick and the Knicks being shut out on both he and Michael Porter, Jr. In New York, they’re looking for a wing player, with Kevin Knox and each of the Bridge “brothers” drawing their interest.

Based on what I know now, this is how I see the top 10 picks stacking up.

Surprisingly, Wendell Carter is the one I expect to slip, with the Clippers ending up with him and a backcourt player at the end of the lottery.

The two players whose stock has risen quite dramatically over the past few weeks are Donte DiVincenzo and Jevon Carter. I can see a scenario where Philadelphia nabs Colin Sexton at 10th and still opts for Carter at 26th, but if they do manage to get their hands on Sexton, it would make sense for Carter to be traded to a team looking for a point guard. Carter hasn’t gotten much press, but I’ve been told there are at least four teams that are looking at him as a second-round prospect, but that Philadelphia could reach for him.

Aside from that, I’ve been told that the Lakers will go best player available while the Warriors will look to add help on the wing. The Brooklyn Nets, I’m told, would love to move up while the Thunder (who won’t select until 53rd) are trying to get their hands on an earlier pick so they can get some shooting help.

I’d expect most things to remain the same for me for the next few weeks, but we’ll see what happens, especially with a number of lottery players will be hosting pro days.

Jesse’s Notebook: It’s unclear what the Sacramento Kings plan on doing with the No. 2 overall pick but there is now more noise that Luka Dončić could drop out of the top two on draft night. I still expect Dončić to go top three, but there seems to be genuine concern that Dončić doesn’t have the ceiling that many argue he has. The leverage Dončić has in terms of remaining in Europe for another season is another factor that could potentially play into this situation.

The more I watch film of Mohamed Bamba, the more I become convinced he could go higher on draft night than many project. The league continues to trend toward pace-and-space, small-ball lineups, which limits the value on true big men. But Bamba has the size and defensive potential to be a true anchor that teams can build their defense around. I won’t be surprised if Bamba is ultimately picked behind guys like DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, and Jaren Jackson Jr., but I think it’s a closer race than many realize.

As for the back end of the first round, it appears Aaron Holiday will be picked in the late teens. Additionally, I think wing players like Keita Bates-Diop and Jacob Evans have the potential to impress in workouts and jump a few spots higher than their current projections. This draft class doesn’t have a ton of star power at the wing position, but there is a lot of depth. I expect these players to shift up and down mock drafts as teams bring them in for workouts and filter out their impressions to people around the league who are plugged into the pre-draft process.

Benny’s Notebook: While there’s a massive amount of unpredictability outside of the lottery, it still feels like almost anything could happen up top. Of course, my top ten remains the same — but should Michael Porter Jr. or Wendell Carter Jr. jump a spot or two, the entire draft board may just crumble in chaos.

Right now, I find myself really fascinated by the Los Angeles Clippers’ back-to-back picks at No. 12 and 13 — their possibilities are truly endless. I’ve had them locked on Miles Bridges and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander since the start, but plenty of intriguing options exist if Robert Williams, Collin Sexton or Lonnie Walker are available in those slots as well. It goes without saying, but this is a big chance for the Clippers to jumpstart their next era of basketball.

Also, it’s finally time to mention Donte DiVincenzo, the NCAA Tournament’s most recent folk hero. I waited on discussing him because I truly thought he’d return to school — it’s just how that program works. DiVincenzo’s incredible performance in Chicago this month gave him the confidence to remain in the pool, and he’s set to cash in next month. Obviously, I’m not the first to suggest this, but DiVincenzo to Philadelphia (No. 26) makes a ton of sense. If not, one pick later to the Boston Celtics (No. 27) does as well.

Steve’s Notebook: As NBA teams start getting a sense of where things may land for them, there are a few things flowing out of the process worth noting – the way fans and the media see this draft class isn’t how teams see it. That’s typically true in most drafts, but more so in the 2018 Draft, where it seems the same three names were cemented at the top of Mock Drafts for months.

The prevailing thought in NBA circles is that DeAndre Ayton will go number one overall. While there are a lot of reasons for the Suns to consider other candidates, its seems at this point Ayton is their guy.

The Sacramento Kings at the number two spot seem to be looking past euro sensation Luka Dončić in favor of some of the domestic big men, with league sources pegging Marvin Bagley III at the likely front-runner. The Kings are also said to be fairly high on Missouri big man Michael Porter Jr, so there could be some drama that plays out in the march up to the June 21 NBA Draft.

The Hawks at number three are interesting because there has been a pretty constant narrative that the Hawks are very very high on Oklahoma guard Trae Young. That doesn’t seem practical at number three, meaning either the Hawks trade down, trade for an additional pick towards the top of the draft or simply pick a different player. Assuming the Hawks stay at three the name to watch could be Jaren Jackson Jr, there is a sense his camp isn’t going to work out for a team outside the top 6 or 7.

The Memphis Grizzlies and the Dallas Mavericks seem to be weighing the same group of “fall to them” players – Dončić, Texas big man Mo Bamba and Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr.’s.

The smart money says the Grizzlies pounce on Dončić if he is generally there at four, leaving the Mavericks to choose between Carter and Bamba, with league sources pegging Carter as more likely than Bamba.

Assuming the draft plays out as it looks today, that could leave some big options available in the next five with Bamba, Young and Porter Jr. all looking to be on the board at this point in the process.

Who are these guys anyway? Steve Kyler is the Publisher of Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last 19 years. Moke Hamilton is a Deputy Editor and Columnist for Basketball Insiders and has covered basketball for the last eight years. Jesse Blancarte is a Senior NBA Writer and Deputy Editor for Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last four years. Benny Nadeau is an NBA Writer and finished his first season covering the NBA for Basketball Insiders.

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NBA Daily: 60-Pick NBA Mock Draft – 4/16/19

The deadline to declare for the 2019 NBA draft is April 29th, however, most of the notable prospects have already declared and started the training and preparation process. Steve Kyler offers up his latest weekly 60-Pick Mock Draft.

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Let the chaos begin!

The 2019 NBA Draft class has taken on more of a defined shape with the bulk of the expected early entry players having already declared for the draft, with several already in pre-draft gyms training and preparing for the marathon pre-draft process that will play out over the next 65 days.

There are a few dates to keep in mind as the draft process ramps into full speed.

The NBA deadline to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft is 11:59 p.m. on April 29th. Players must submit in writing to be a part of the draft. Once the early entry players are official, teams can start working those players out.

The NBA Draft lottery which will determine the top four selections of the 2019 NBA Draft will be held in Chicago on May 14th, just as the annual Draft Combine kicks off.

The NCAA has changed its rules and will allow players to not only test “the waters” but retain an agent, assuming that player does not accept anything more than transportation, reasonable lodging and meals related to meeting with that agent or conducting workouts for NBA teams.

The NCAA requires those players that wish to remain eligible to withdraw from the draft by May 29th.

The last date to withdraw from the draft by NBA is 5 p.m. on June 10th. This is usually not college level players; this date is typically international players that opt out of the draft.

The 2019 NBA Draft is set for June 20th.

Here is this week’s 60-pick Mock Draft:

Here are the first-round picks that are owed and how those picks landed where they are.

The Atlanta Hawks were to receive the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first-round pick as a result of the Kyle Korver trade in 2017, which is top-10 protected. But based on the final standings, that pick will not be conveyed.

The Boston Celtics were to receive the Memphis Grizzlies first-round pick as a result of the three-team Jeff Green trade in 2015; the pick is top-eight protected and, based on the final standings, that pick will not be conveyed.

The Atlanta Hawks are to receive the Dallas Mavericks first-round pick as a result of the Luka Dončić – Trae Young swap on draft night in 2018. The pick is top-five protected and, based on the final standings, that pick will be conveyed.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the more favorable of either the Sacramento Kings or Philadelphia 76ers first-round picks as part of the Markelle Fultz pre-draft trade in 2017. Based on the final standings, that pick will be conveyed; the Kings pick is the more favorable and would convey to Boston.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the LA Clippers first-round pick as a result of the Deyonta Davis draft day trade with Memphis in 2016. The Grizzlies got the pick in their Jeff Green/Lance Stephenson deal at the deadline in 2016. The pick is lottery protected and, based on the final standings, that pick will be conveyed.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are to receive the Houston Rockets first-round pick as a result of the three-team deadline deal that sent out Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss.

The Brooklyn Nets are to receive the Denver Nuggets first-round pick as a result of the Kenneth Faried – Darrell Arthur trade in July 2018. The pick is top-12 protected and, based on the final standings, that pick will be conveyed.

The San Antonio Spurs are to receive the Toronto Raptors first-round pick as a result of the Kawhi Leonard – DeMar DeRozan trade in July 2018. The pick is top-20 protected and, based on the final standings, that pick will be conveyed.

The Phoenix Suns are to receive the Milwaukee Bucks first-round pick as a result of the Eric Bledsoe trade in 2017. The pick has top 3 and 17-30 protections, designed to yield a lottery-level pick to Phoenix. Based on the final standings this pick would not convey. Given that the debt is not settled this year, the Bucks pick in 2020 would be top-7 protected.

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NBA Daily: 60-Pick NBA Mock Draft – 4/9/19

With the NCAA Tournament officially in the books, a wave of early entry candidates has already declared for the 2019 NBA Draft, with more expected in the coming days. Steve Kyler takes another look at the upcoming draft with his latest 60-pick mock.

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Congratulations to the Virginia Cavaliers on their 2019 NCAA Tournament win.

With the tournament now officially in the books, all eyes will turn to those players who will declare for the 2019 NBA Draft. A large number of players have already announced their intentions, with new names dropping basically every day.

There are a few dates to keep in mind as the draft process ramps into full speed.

The NBA’s deadline to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft is 11:59 p.m. on April 29th. Players must submit in writing to be a part of the draft.

The NBA Draft lottery, which will determine the top four selections of the 2019 NBA Draft, will be held in Chicago on May 14, just as the annual Draft Combine kicks off.

The NCAA has changed its rules and will allow players to not only test “the draft waters” but also retain an agent, assuming that player does not accept anything more than transportation, reasonable lodging and meals related to meeting with that agent or conducting workouts for NBA teams.

Players seeking to leave the door open to return to college must declare their intentions to enter the draft to the NCAA by 11:59 pm on April 11th.

The NCAA also requires those players to withdraw from the draft by May 29th.

The last date to withdraw from the draft by NBA is 5 p.m. on June 10th. This is usually not college level players, as this date is typically international players that opt out of the draft.

The 2019 NBA Draft is set for June 20th.

Here is this week’s 60-pick Mock Draft:

Here are the first-round picks that are owed and how those picks landed where they are.

The Atlanta Hawks are to receive the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first-round pick as a result of the Kyle Korver trade in 2017, which is top-10 protected. But based on the standings, it will not be conveyed.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the Memphis Grizzlies first-round pick as a result of the three-team Jeff Green trade in 2015; the pick is top-eight protected and, based on the current standings, would not convey.

The Atlanta Hawks are to receive the Dallas Mavericks first-round pick as a result of the Luka Dončić – Trae Young swap on draft night in 2018. The pick is top-five protected and, based on the standings, would convey.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the more favorable of either the Sacramento Kings or Philadelphia 76ers first-round picks as part of the Markelle Fultz pre-draft trade in 2017. Based on the current standings, the Kings pick is the more favorable and would convey to Boston.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the LA Clippers first-round pick as a result of the Deyonta Davis draft day trade with Memphis in 2016. The Grizzlies got the pick in their Jeff Green/Lance Stephenson deal at the deadline in 2016. The pick is lottery protected and, based on the current standings, would convey.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are to receive the Houston Rockets first-round pick as a result of the three-team deadline deal that sent out Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss.

The Brooklyn Nets are to receive the Denver Nuggets first-round pick as a result of the Kenneth Faried – Darrell Arthur trade in July 2018. The pick is top-12 protected and, based on the current standings, would convey.

The San Antonio Spurs are to receive the Toronto Raptors first-round pick as a result of the Kawhi Leonard – DeMar DeRozan trade in July 2018. The pick is top-20 protected and, based on the current standings, would convey.

The Phoenix Suns are to receive the Milwaukee Bucks first-round pick as a result of the Eric Bledsoe trade in 2017. The pick has top 3 and 17-30 protections, designed to yield a lottery-level pick to Phoenix. Based on the current standings this pick would not convey. If the debt is not settled this year, the pick in 2020 would be top-7 protected.

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NBA Daily: 60-Pick NBA Mock Draft – 4/2/19

With the Final Four set and a large number of the top prospects eliminated, things on the NBA Draft front are picking up steam. Steve Kyler offers up a new 60-pick Mock Draft.

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With the Final Four set and a large number of would-be draft prospects being eliminated, things will get interesting from here.

The draft cycle is expected to have an unprecedented number of Early Entry candidates, with the NBA expecting more than 200 names to declare this year. That volume of non-seniors – combined with the ability for players to sign with an agent and still be able to return to school – will make this draft class very interesting to gauge, especially for second and third-tier prospects.

The NBA’s annual Draft Combine in Chicago will expand a little this year into two parts, likely featuring as many as 100 to 110 players. The first part will be a mini-combine of sorts for those prospects generally considered to be outside the top 70. They will audition in front of NBA and G-League executives and can earn a spot in the full NBA Draft Combine a few days later if they really show promise. Normally players outside the top 70 don’t get invited to Chicago, so this could help a few of the guys on the fringe find more traction in their quest to be drafted.

Here is this week’s Mock Draft:

Here are the first-round picks that are owed and how those picks landed where they are.

The Atlanta Hawks are to receive the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first-round pick as a result of the Kyle Korver trade in 2017, which is top-10 protected. But based on the standings, it will not be conveyed.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the Memphis Grizzlies first-round pick as a result of the three-team Jeff Green trade in 2015; the pick is top-eight protected and, based on the current standings, would not convey.

The Atlanta Hawks are to receive the Dallas Mavericks first-round pick as a result of the Luka Dončić – Trae Young swap on draft night in 2018. The pick is top-five protected and, based on the standings, would convey.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the more favorable of either the Sacramento Kings or Philadelphia 76ers first-round picks as part of the Markelle Fultz pre-draft trade in 2017. Based on the current standings, the Kings pick is the more favorable and would convey to Boston.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the LA Clippers first-round pick as a result of the Deyonta Davis draft day trade with Memphis in 2016. The Grizzlies got the pick in their Jeff Green/Lance Stephenson deal at the deadline in 2016. The pick is lottery protected and, based on the current standings, would not convey.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are to receive the Houston Rockets first-round pick as a result of the three-team deadline deal that sent out Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss.

The Brooklyn Nets are to receive the Denver Nuggets first-round pick as a result of the Kenneth Faried – Darrell Arthur trade in July 2018. The pick is top-12 protected and, based on the current standings, would convey.

The San Antonio Spurs are to receive the Toronto Raptors first-round pick as a result of the Kawhi Leonard – DeMar DeRozan trade in July 2018. The pick is top-20 protected and, based on the current standings, would convey.

The Phoenix Suns are to receive the Milwaukee Bucks first-round pick as a result of the Eric Bledsoe trade in 2017. The pick has top 3 and 17-30 protections, designed to yield a lottery-level pick to Phoenix. Based on the current standings this pick would not convey. If the debt is not settled this year, the pick in 2020 would be top-7 protected.

More Twitter: Make sure you are following all of our guys on Twitter to ensure you are getting the very latest from our team: @stevekylerNBA, @LangGreene, @EricPincus, @TommyBeer, @jblancartenba, @SpinDavies, @JamesB_NBA, @MattJohnNBA, @DrewMaresca, @JordanHicksNBA, and @Ben__Nadeau .

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