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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: 2019 60-Pick NBA Mock Draft- 2/12/19

With the 2019 NBA Trade Deadline out of the way, here is another look at all 60 picks of the 2019 NBA Draft and how things could shake out.

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With the NBA Trade Deadline out of the way, more and more focus will shift to the 2019 NBA Draft. The general consensus from NBA insiders is that the 2019 class lacks a lot of meaningful depth, and that the top of the class – while star-studded – may be the only thing worth getting excited about.

Here is an updated look at how the class may shake out.

There are a number of first-round picks that are owed. Here is 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 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 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 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 – 2019 60-Pick NBA Mock Draft

With the 2018-19 NBA Trade Deadline approaching, the 2019 NBA Draft will play a major factor in how deals get constructed. Steve Kyler takes a look at all 60-picks of the 2019 NBA Draft in the latest Basketball Insiders Mock Draft.

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With the 2018-19 NBA Trade Deadline just around the corner, the 2019 NBA Draft will play a major factor in some of the deals that get done.

The general vibe from NBA Insiders is the 2019 NBA Draft lacks the heft of previous drafts, so that chance to trade into a better pick, especially with a flatter lottery system kicking in this year, makes the draft a significant factor as the deadline approaches.

With that in mind, here is Basketball Insiders’ first look at all 60 picks of the 2019 NBA Draft.

There are a number of first-round picks that are owed. Here is 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 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.

There are a ton of second-round pick trades that will impact the draft. As we get closer, we’ll map out where all of those came from as well.

Look for the next 60-pick Mock Draft after the February 7th NBA Trade Deadline, as some of these picks may change hands again.

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2018 NBA Consensus Mock Draft – Final

For the last eight weeks, four of Basketball Insiders’ experts have offered up their views on the 2018 NBA Draft, here is their Final 60-pick Consensus.

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For the last eight weeks, four of Basketball Insiders’ experts have offered up their views on the 2018 NBA Draft, here is their Final Consensus, with notebooks to follow:

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Benny’s Notebook: It’s finally here — whew.

This is our last set of mocks and mine is mostly the same over the first 30 picks. One week after dropping Luka Dončić down, I’m moving him back up to No. 2 with Sacramento. Obviously, Marvin Bagley III appears to be the popular favorite here, but Dončić has just continued to impress during his never-ending season with Real Madrid. Truthfully, the Kings can’t really go wrong here — but Dončić is the type of do-it-all prospect that the franchise could really use moving forward. For now, the jury is out on Willie Cauley-Stein, Buddy Hield, and Skal Labissiere but pairing Dončić with De’Aaron Fox feels incredibly shrewd.

Elsewhere, Jerome Robinson has been a late riser and will head into the draft night as a hot topic. The Hawks own three first round picks and walking away with Bagley, Robinson, and Grayson Allen would be a no-doubt success. They’ll have plenty of intriguing options in each slot, so watching how they mix-and-match their selections by position and current roster talent may be one of the draft’s most interesting narratives.

Another team with picks to shuffle around are the Brooklyn Nets — current holders of No. 29, No. 40 and No. 45. While reports have indicated that the Nets would like to move up, it’s tough to see them giving up any future picks after finally leaving the Billy King era behind. Some combination of those picks could see them snag a higher selection, but nominally at best. No matter what picks they end up with, look for general manager Sean Marks to swing for the fences as usual.

Ultimately, a full 60-pick mock will come with some second-round guesswork — but I feel confident about those names included here. As I mentioned last weekend, international players will almost certainly get selected, and I’ve included five of them here: Rodions Kurucs, Isaac Bonga, Issuf Sanon, Arnoldas Kulboka and Tryggvi Hlinason. Embrace the overseas journey!

Moke’s Notebook: We’ve finally arrived at the final mock draft, and there are a few poorly-kept secrets that we can relay with some confidence on the day before the 2018 NBA Draft. First, unless there is a late change of heart, the Phoenix Suns will draft DeAndre Ayton. We have a similar amount of certainty in the Sacramento Kings’ love with Marvin Bagley III, but the draft will basically have two completely separate permutations based on what the Atlanta Hawks opt to do with the third pick. The word on the street is that the Hawks like Trae Young, but are reluctant to take the risk on him at third with so many “can’t miss” prospects available in the top five. Aside from the Hawks infatuation with Young, we also have been led to believe that both the Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies covet Luka Doncic. Considering the fact that the Grizzlies have been rumored to be open to trading back, though, it suggests that there isn’t really one prospect for whom they’re head over heels, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Grizzlies actually walk away with Mo Bamba. That second permutation of the draft will likely come to fruition if the Mavs do leapfrog the Grizzlies for Doncic after executing a deal with the Hawks…

Aside from that drama right at the top of the draft, we’ve known for several weeks that the Knicks covet Michael Porter, Jr., and I’ve been led to believe that he and Kevin Knox are the two prospects most likely to wind up as Knicks with Collin Sexton sitting at third on the depth chart.

What’s important to understand about the pre-draft process and the mock drafts that we do is that the entire monthlong process between the Combine and the draft is a period of discovery where teams (as well as us) are consistently getting new information that changes our predictions. And at the end of the day, that’s all these are—predictions. So while we do have a high degree of certainty with respect to which prospects are coveted by which team, one player being drafted much higher than initially thought (keep an eye on Kevin Huerter and Wendell Carter, each of whom have lottery-busting potential) or one slipping (I’ve heard that Trae Young or Michael Porter could fall to the backend of the lottery) could literally change everything.

At the end of the day, the Clippers are going to walk away with a player that would have gone top 10 in a lesser-talented class. Aaron Holiday, Keita Bates-Diop and Moritz Wagner are the mid-to-late first rounders that I think will have fruitless careers.

It all ends tomorrow night, and I can’t wait.

Jesse’s Notebook: The 2018 NBA Draft is almost here! We enter the draft with a lot of open questions and some uncertainty. As of yesterday, the Atlanta Hawks are now leaning toward drafting Luka Dončić if he is still on the board at No. 3. Some reports suggest that Michael Porter Jr. has a generally good medical outlook, though that does not seem to be a consensus opinion. Porter Jr. is in play to go No. 2 overall but also could slip a bit as well. I still have the sense that big trades could throw off the projections and create significant chaos. I am keeping an eye on the Los Angeles Clippers, who have the 12th and 13th overall picks. They could try to trade up for a top prospect (they have been linked to Luka Dončić in some reporting), but could ultimately stand pat. The Clippers should be positioned to add two talented players that can bring added youth and talent to positions of need.

The Kawhi Leonard situation continues to be a factor that certain teams have to consider in every move they make. Leonard reportedly met with Gregg Popovich last night and seemingly has not changed his insistence in being dealt out of San Antonio. It’s not clear this will have any impact on how teams go about their business on draft night, but it’s something to keep in mind.

Steve’s Notebook: With draft day upon us, there seem to be some answers at the top of the draft board, and a lot more questions in the middle, so let’s start with the top overall pick to the Phoenix Suns. Sources close to the process said last night that the overwhelming belief is the Suns will draft DeAndre Ayton number one. This isn’t a huge shock, but it seems it would take something earth-shattering for him not to be the top pick.

The Sacramento Kings at number two are still a little bit of wild card; the word is that several members of the Kings front office believe strongly that Michael Porter Jr will be an elite player in the NBA and that while he has questions surrounding his back, its worth the risk. It’s unclear if that will win out in the room, but Porter Jr is still firmly in the mix in Sacramento at number two. The conventional wisdom says the Kings will pass on the risk, which puts their next guy on the board in Marvin Bagley III in a Kings draft hat on Thursday.

The Atlanta Hawks seem to be tipping their hand that Euro sensation Luka Dončić is moving into the top spot on their draft board with the Hawks having done some aggressive background on Luka recently and may be ready to take him number three overall. The Hawks are said to be equally high on Bagley and Michigan State big man Jaren Jackson Jr. The Hawks seem to have moved off Trae Young despite weeks of signals that he was their guy. The Hawks are still considered a team to watch in trade down situations, but it’s looking more likely they will use the third pick, and Dončić could be their guy if Bagley is off the board at number two.

The fourth pick is said to be very much in play with the Grizzlies continuing to explore deals to shed contract money (Chandler Parsons) and picking up rookie scale talent or picks later in the draft. The Grizzlies struggled to get top level players to come in for visits and workouts, and many believe they’d rather trade down than draft a player that may not want to be there. If the Grizzlies keep the pick, the belief is it will be Jackson, although his camp has reportedly refused to provide medical information to the Grizzlies and that’s a huge red flag.

The Dallas Mavericks at five have a few options with both Wendell Carter Jr. and Mo Bamba being the likely targets. There is a scenario in which Dallas grabs not only the Grizzlies pick at four but retains their own pick at five and takes on Parson who they have a history with. The Mavericks have explored deals all over the place to leverage their existing cap room to obtain talent and assets.

The Orlando Magic at six seem to be all over the place; there were reports that the Magic may have Collin Sexton higher on their board than fan favorite Trae Young, which would line up with commentary that started around the team in early April. The Magic have kept their process somewhat quiet, but there is a real chance the Magic grab Sexton at six if the draft plays out as currently scripted.

The Chicago Bulls at seven could catch a lot of interesting options including both Porter and Bamba. The Bulls were the first team to see Porter and their medical staff did the physical that was circulated to teams. While the upside on Porter is very real, there isn’t a sense the Bulls are ready to pull the trigger despite what Bulls fans may want so that it could be an interesting scenario to watch.

The Cleveland Cavaliers at eight could find themselves with a lot to choose from. The Cavaliers had a last-minute clandestine workout with Trae Young this week and have been rumored to be very high on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. If the draft plays out as scripted the Cavs could have their choice of Young, Porter or Bamba and that would be a massive win for the Cavs.

On the trade front league source have pegged Orlando, Charlotte, Dallas, and Miami as teams to watch on the trade front, all of them seem to be willing to make big moves if deals present themselves.

There were reports last night that the San Antonio Spurs and disgruntled star Kawhi Leonard were able to meet face to face. There still is not a sense that the Spurs will pull the trigger on a trade, expect that to take shape today if they decide to open the phones on Leonard.

The Basketball Insider NBA Draft Diary is up: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/2018-nba-draft-diary/ – it will have all the latest news, rumors and trades as they are happening, so it you want to see everything going on in one place, bookmark the Diary and hit it early and often.

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 has finished his first season covering the NBA for Basketball Insiders.

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