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    NBA mock draft: Lottery picks for Cavs, Bulls and Knicks
    Jonathan Givony
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    8/23/17

    Editor's note (Aug. 22): This mock draft has been updated after the Celtics traded the Nets' 2018 first-rounder to the Cavaliers in the Kyrie Irving deal.

    The 2018 NBA draft got an extra boost of star power with Marvin Bagley's reclassification on Monday. But Bagley is just one of seven players with a legitimate shot to be the next No. 1 pick.

    Here's our debut 2018 mock draft, featuring picks for both rounds.


    The ESPN Summer Forecast was used to project draft order.

    1. Chicago Bulls


    Michael Porter
    Missouri
    Freshman
    SF/PF



    Porter's size, shot-creation skill and scoring instincts will make him a coveted prospect next June. He's a playmaker on both ends of the floor who is just starting to figure out how to put his talent to full use. NBA scouts will want to see him lead Missouri to the NCAA tournament while playing efficient basketball on both ends of the floor.

    2. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Nets)


    Marvin Bagley
    Duke
    Freshman
    PF/C



    Bagley is a fluid athlete with a natural feel for scoring, rebounding and blocking shots, which helps him post elite numbers at the high school and AAU level. He's a terror in the open court and very difficult for opposing big men to stay in front of in one-on-one situations, getting him to the free throw line at an excellent rate. NBA teams will want to see how easily he'll be able to make the transition to the intensity level of the college game and get a better gauge for his defense and outside shooting potential.

    3. Atlanta Hawks


    DeAndre Ayton
    Arizona
    Freshman
    C



    Ayton has elite physical tools, standing 7 feet tall with a 7-foot-5.5 wingspan and an excellent frame. He also is fairly skilled offensively, showing potential as a finisher and jump-shooter. NBA scouts question his motor and defensive awareness, things they'll be monitoring closely at Arizona.

    4. Phoenix Suns


    Luka Doncic
    Real Madrid
    Age: 18
    SG



    Doncic posted historic numbers in the Euroleague, Spanish ACB for a 17-year old, thanks to an incredibly high basketball IQ and polished skill set that allows him to play both backcourt positions. He will now be asked to take his game to the next level, as he's finally NBA draft-eligible, which won't be an easy task. Scouts wonder if he's athletic enough to guard his position and create his own shot quite as seamlessly in the NBA as he does in Europe.

    5. Sacramento Kings


    Robert Williams
    Texas A&M
    Sophomore
    PF/C



    Williams is a physical specimen with an NBA body, 7-foot-4 wingspan and tremendous athleticism. He has impressive potential as a rim-protector and pick-and-roll finisher but also shows some ability to pass the ball and even make perimeter jumpers. As a late bloomer, Williams' polish, feel for the game and consistent productivity are still catching up to his potential and tools.

    6. Orlando Magic


    Miles Bridges
    Michigan State
    Sophomore
    SF/PF



    Bridges is arguably the best athlete in this draft and plays a coveted position as a two-way forward who can guard all over the floor. He converted 39 percent of his 3-pointers as a freshman and is making strides with his ball-handling and playmaking abilities as well. After passing up the chance to be a lottery pick in last year's draft, Bridges will be expected to show significant improvement while leading Michigan State on a deep NCAA tournament run.

    7. New York Knicks


    Mohamed Bamba
    Texas
    Freshman
    C



    Bamba has a 7-foot-9 wingspan that would be the longest of any player currently in the NBA. He's a solid basketball player as well, with good hands, impressive timing as a shot-blocker and rebounder and more offensive ability than you might expect. Bamba doesn't always operate at maximum intensity, and there are some question marks about his toughness.

    8. Indiana Pacers


    Collin Sexton
    Alabama
    Freshman
    PG



    Sexton is a scoring machine who produced a point per minute in both the Nike EYBL and FIBA competition with USA Basketball. He's an exceptional athlete with a 6-foot-7 wingspan and the type of aggressiveness and nasty streak you want to see in a lead guard. His decision-making, court vision and leadership skills need refinement and are the things NBA scouts will be monitoring at Alabama under head coach Avery Johnson.

    9. Philadelphia 76ers (via Lakers)


    Jaren Jackson
    Michigan State
    Freshman
    PF/C



    A big man with elite physical tools in terms of size, frame, wingspan and athleticism, Jackson has budding skills with his ability to shoot 3-pointers, protect the rim and even create his own shot on occasion. He's still putting it all together on a consistent basis. His toughness and feel for the game are a work in progress.

    10. Dallas Mavericks


    Wendell Carter
    Duke
    Freshman
    PF/C



    Carter is a physically mature big man with a 257-pound frame and a 7-foot-3 wingspan, which allows him to play the center position with ease. He's a polished player with excellent hands and touch around the basket who has relied heavily on his strength until this point in his career. Can he continue to score and rebound at a high rate against older players as well?

    11. Memphis Grizzlies


    Trevon Duval
    Duke
    Freshman
    PG



    The Duke freshman is a quick-twitch athlete with great size, a strong frame and a 6-foot-9.5 wingspan, allowing him to defend either guard position. He's explosive in transition and capable of playing at different speeds in the half court, though he's extremely limited as a shooter and needs to work on his decision-making skills as well.

    12. Detroit Pistons


    Bruce Brown
    Miami
    Sophomore
    SG



    Brown is a hard-working combo guard with long arms and good athleticism, playing the game in attack mode on both ends of the floor. He's also a lockdown defender and a capable shooter, but does he score enough to project as a starter in the NBA? One knock on Brown: The sophomore is the same age (21) as some seniors.

    13. New Orleans Pelicans


    Lonnie Walker
    Miami
    Freshman
    SG



    A long-armed shooting guard with a strong frame and impressive athleticism, Walker has strong 3-and-D attributes but has shown flashes of being able to do more. He needs to improve his ballhandling and shot creation. His assertiveness and effort also come and go at times.

    14. Portland Trail Blazers


    Mitchell Robinson
    College: TBD
    Freshman
    C



    Robinson is a freakishly athletic 7-footer with a big wingspan and an impressive frame who plays quick off his feet with solid hands and touch. However, his on-court awareness and feel for the game are very underdeveloped. He left Western Kentucky after a handful of practices, and now his situation is in flux. Did NBA scouts see enough on the all-star circuit to draft him in the top 20?

    15. Philadelphia 76ers


    Justin Jackson
    Maryland
    Sophomore
    SF/PF



    The Maryland sophomore is a versatile combo forward who can even play some small-ball center, thanks to his strong frame and 7-foot-3 wingspan. Jack has made steady improvement defensively and as a 3-point shooter, making him easy to project to today's NBA game. He needs to continue to improve his feel for the game and ball-handling ability.

    16. Charlotte Hornets


    Dzanan Musa
    Cedevita
    Age: 18
    SF



    A precocious European wing with tremendous size and scoring instincts, Musa is already putting up big numbers at a very high level of competition. He's an aggressive player who can put up points from anywhere on the floor and plays with a level of confidence and swagger that will make his transition to the NBA game easier. He lacks length, negating his size to a certain degree and limiting his defensive potential. Plus, he's a just OK athlete who lets his emotions get the best of him at times.

    17. Phoenix Suns (via Heat)


    Troy Brown
    Oregon
    Freshman
    SG



    Thanks to his strong frame and 6-foot-11 wingspan, Brown is a Swiss-army knife who can play anywhere from 1-4. He's a good passer, ball handler and defender with a competitive streak and good feel for the game. He lacks elite athleticism and is a very streaky shooter.

    18. Utah Jazz


    Hamidou Diallo
    Kentucky
    Sophomore
    SG



    Diallo is an athletic shooting guard with a massive, 6-foot-11 wingspan who is highly explosive in the open court. He also brings significant potential defensively, though he's a very poor shooter and just a rudimentary ball-handler in the half court.

    19. LA Clippers


    Mikal Bridges
    Villanova
    Junior
    SF



    Bridges is a prototypical 3-and-D wing with good size, a 7-foot-1 wingspan and an improving frame. He's a highly efficient player on both ends of the floor and a multipositional defender. However, his skill level is still a work in progress, in terms of shot creation and ability to shoot off the dribble.

    20. Denver Nuggets


    Chimezie Metu
    USC
    Junior
    Center



    The USC junior is a mobile big man with a strong frame and high-level athleticism. He has shown flashes offensively both facing and with his back to the basket. His soft hands and touch help him knock down an occasional midrange jumper, though he doesn't always play hard enough, considering his projected role and that his defensive toughness and intensity come and go. He also doesn't rebound at a great clip. Metu has upside but will need to translate that into more consistent production this season.

    21. Brooklyn Nets (via Raptors)


    Rodions Kurucs
    Barcelona
    Age: 19
    SF/PF



    The big wing/combo forward has a nice frame and an intriguing skill set. He's a capable shooter with a fluid stroke off the catch. Kurucs can create his own shot from the perimeter and is a solid passer, but his defensive intensity wavers, and his jumper is prone to streakiness. Will he see enough minutes in the ACB this season to prove he's worth a first-round selection?

    22. Milwaukee Bucks


    Nick Richards
    Kentucky
    Freshman
    C



    A 7-footer with a tremendous frame and a 7-foot-4 wingspan, Richards is quick off his feet and fluid in the open floor. He shows flashes with his footwork and touch in the post and has timing as a shot-blocker. His motor runs hot and cold, though, and he isn't very polished on either end of the floor.

    23. Atlanta Hawks (via Timberwolves)


    Shake Milton
    SMU
    Junior
    PG



    The big point guard has the size, length and frame to defend both backcourt positions with his 7-foot wingspan. He's a career 3-point shooter at the college level and very versatile with his ability to shoot, pass and guard, but he has somewhat of a vanilla approach to the game. His defensive intensity tends to waver.

    24. Washington Wizards


    Grayson Allen
    Duke
    Senior
    SG



    Allen is a high-level shot maker coming off a down year at Duke, partially due to injuries and a variety distractions. He has deep range on his jumper and can make shots off the bounce from well beyond NBA range. The senior is a vertically explosive leaper but doesn't have much side-to-side wiggle and struggles to guard anyone, even at the college level, due to his poor size, length and lateral quickness.

    25. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Thunder)

    Isaac Bonga
    Frankfurt
    Age: 17
    PG/SF



    A 6-foot-9 point guard with a 7-foot wingspan and an excellent feel for the game, Bonga uses his size to see over the top of the defense and find teammates with creativity. He has great instincts and versatility defensively, perhaps his biggest value at the NBA level. He also plays hard and has toughness. However, he is limited by his lack of quickness and almost complete inability to shoot from the perimeter. He needs the ball in his hands but struggles to get by better defenders.

    26. Cleveland Cavaliers


    De'Anthony Melton
    USC
    Sophomore
    PG/SG



    Melton is a tough-minded combo guard who fills up the stat sheet and guards at a high level. The high-IQ passer keeps the offense flowing and is instinctual on the glass and getting in the passing lanes. He has also shown flashes as a shooter, though he struggles to utilize his athleticism due to his extremely poor ball-handling skills and plays at just one speed. Can he take the next step in his development offensively and shoulder a bigger role?

    27. San Antonio Spurs


    Austin Wiley
    Auburn
    Sophomore
    PF



    Wiley stands 6-foot-11 with a 7-foot-5 wingspan, a 9-foot-1 standing reach and a chiseled 250-pound frame. He has improved his motor, feel for the game and conditioning dramatically. He's an outstanding offensive rebounder with soft hands and touch. But he plays below the rim and struggles to step out onto the perimeter, protect the rim, pass out of double teams or score outside of the paint, which makes him a very old-fashioned big man, the type that isn't really en vogue in today's NBA.

    28. Boston Celtics


    Tyus Battle
    Syracuse
    Sophomore
    SG



    A solid-sized wing with a frame that will fill out nicely in time, Battle has some untapped potential athletically. He made 37 percent of his 3s as a freshman, but he struggles to create his own shot in the half court. He also doesn't have great awareness defensively.

    29. Atlanta Hawks (via Rockets)


    Brandon McCoy
    UNLV
    Freshman
    Center



    McCoy is a 7-footer with a massive 250-pound frame and a big standing reach. He can operate with his back to the basket using footwork, touch and body control. He's also aggressive on the offensive glass. Still, McCoy needs to improve his on-court decision-making, and he's somewhat of a black hole offensively. He also really struggles to make his presence felt defensively, especially stepping outside the paint.

    30. Golden State Warriors


    Andrew Jones
    Texas
    Sophomore
    PG



    The physically talented guard stands 6-foot-4 with a 6-foot-6.5 wingspan. He's a good athlete, especially in the open court, who shows some nice versatility with his ability to handle, pass, guard multiple positions and make an occasional open 3-pointer. However, he didn't do anything consistently as a freshman and needs to improve his decision-making skills and off the dribble shooting ability to take on more ball-handling responsibilities.
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    michael porter is the only real prospect out of this class imo
    there's a steep drop off of talent after him
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