NBA Draft 2018 Results: Live Updates, Reaction and Highlights
Luka Doncic, Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley and more gathered in New York for the 2018 NBA Draft. Ayton heard his name called first. Michael Porter slipped all the way to the Denver Nuggets at 14. And the Dallas Mavericks traded up to take Luka Doncic. Ayton has the potential to revive the center position in the NBA. The 7'1" center averaged a whopping 20.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks for an Arizona team that went 27-8. No. 2 pick Bagley posted 21 points and 11.1 rebounds for Duke. They’re two of the most productive prospects in this class. And even though he went third, Doncic may be the steal of the draft. He's coming off the most decorated season by a teenager in EuroLeague history. He averaged 20.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.6 steals per 36 minutes, while posting a .592 True Shooting Percentage, for Real Madrid this season. He won both the EuroLeague and Spanish ACB titles, as well as EuroLeague MVP, EuroLeague Finals MVP and Spanish ACB MVP. Frankly, we’ve never seen a resume like this on an NBA Draft prospect. Others to who went in the first round included Jaren Jackson, Jr. to the Memphis Grizzlies, Mohamed Bamba to the Orlando Magic, Trae Young to the Atlanta Hawks, Wendell Carter, Jr. to the Chicago Bulls, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to the Los Angeles Clippers, Mikal Bridges to the Phoenix Suns and Miles Bridges to the Charlotte Hornets. Scroll below for live updates, highlights and analysis from throughout the draft.
- June 22, 2018
- via Bleacher Report
NBA Draft Picks 2018: List of Results, Grades and Analysis
51. New Orleans Pelicans, Tony Carr 52. Utah Jazz, Vince Edwards 53. Oklahoma City Thunder, Devon Hall 54. Dallas Mavericks, Shake Milton 55. Charlotte Hornets, Arnoldas Kulboka 56. Philadelphia 76ers, Ray Spalding 57. Oklahoma City Thunder, Kevin Hervey 58. Denver Nuggets, Thomas Welsh 59. Phoenix Suns, George King 60. Philadelphia 76ers, Kostas Antetokounmpo
41. Orlando Magic, Jarred Vanderbilt 42. Detroit Pistons, Bruce Brown 43. Denver Nuggets, Justin Jackson 44. Washington Wizards, Issuf Sanon 45. Brooklyn Nets, Hamidou Diallo 46. Houston Rockets, De'Anthony Melton 47. Los Angeles Lakers, Svi Mykhailiuk 48. Minnesota Timberwolves, Keita Bates-Diop 49. San Antonio Spurs, Chimezie Metu 50. Indiana Pacers, Alize Johnson
One of the Night's Biggest Slides
Several mock drafts had Keita Bates-Diop as high as the top 20 in recent mock drafts. Excellent value for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Nuggets Take Justin Jackson No. 43 Overall
35. Orlando Magic, Melvin Frazier 36. New York Knicks, Mitchell Robinson 37. Portland Trail Blazers, Gary Trent 38. Philadelphia 76ers, Khyri Thomas 39. Philadelphia 76ers, Isaac Bonga 40. Brooklyn Nets, Rodions Kurucs
Looks Like This Pick Is Headed to the Blazers
One of the Most Intriguing Bigs in the Draft
Mitchell Robinson missed his entire freshman season, but draft experts had him at a similar level to guys like Ayton and Bamba 12 months ago.
The picks are coming fast and furious now that we're in the second round, so let's play catch-up.
31. Phoenix Suns, Elie Okobo 32. Memphis Grizzlies, Jevon Carter 33. Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Bruson 34. Atlanta Hawks, Devonte Graham
More Shooting for Atlanta!
The Hawks have added Trae Young, Kevin Huerter and Omari Spellman tonight. Threes for days.
Dzanan Musa doesn't fit the 3-and-D mold quite as well as some of the guys who were taken in the teens, but he could really score in the Adriatic League this past season.
Another Multipositional Wing for the Champs
Jacob Evans does a little bit of everything, which should help him fit in just fine with the Warriors.
This Is a Steal
Williams averaged 14.4 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per 40 minutes during his sophomore campaign at Texas A&M.
He's one of the very best athletes in this class.
More Shooting in Philly
Shamet hit 43.7 percent of 364 three-point attempts during his three years at Wichita State.
A Stretch 5 for the Lakers?
If Brook Lopez leaves in free agency, Moritz Wagner could potentially replicate his shooting.
One of This Year's Most Intriguing Guards
Anfernee Simons is a monster athletically. He has a ways to go in terms of skills, but there's a lot of upside with this pick.
PG of the Future?
A year or two down the road, an Aaron Holiday/Victor Oladipo backcourt could be one of the most dynamic in the NBA.
Another 3-and-D Wing
This type of player has dominated the draft from around the 10th pick to now. The red flag is that it took him a few years to dominate the college level.
Utah Adds Some Shooting
Allen probably needs some work on defense, but the offensive potential of Allen/Donovan Mitchell lineups is intriguing.
More Athleticism in Minnesota
The Wolves already have one high-flyer in Andrew Wiggins. Okogie and his 42-inch vertical gives them more explosiveness on the wing.
The Newest Spur
Lonnie Walker has great size and athleticism if he's going to play the 1. He needs a lot of work on shooting consistency, though. San Antonio may be the best place for that. Chip Engelland has worked some magic before.
This Pick Is a Home Run
DiVincenzo is a 40-plus percent three-point shooter with a 42-inch vertical. Just remember what Mike Budenholzer did for Kyle Korver's career.
A Statistical Gem
Zhaire Smith has the 10th-best freshman Box Plus-Minus in Sports Reference's database.
A Solid Upside Pick
Troy Brown shot worse than 30 percent from three this season, but he has good size and some playmaking chops. He could be a nice wing complement to Kelly Oubre off the bench.
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This Could Be the Steal of the Draft
Michael Porter has No. 1-overall talent. He was predicted to go there by plenty of people before injuries derailed his freshman season at Missouri. If he can get fully healthy, Denver will be loaded offensively.
An Interesting Pick for the Clippers
Jerome Robinson's Box Plus-Minus never really hit NBA levels, and it didn't even become mediocre until his junior season.
Could Be a Steal for the Hornets
Wings like this are going to be all the rage over the next few years. Bridges has a chance to be a dynamic 3-and-D player.
Some Versatility for the Clippers
The Hornets made this pick, then traded it to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Mikal Bridges is from Philly. He played at Villanova. His mom works for the 76ers. He looks like a prototypical modern wing. This pick makes so much sense.
An Upside Pick
The advanced numbers don't love Kevin Knox, and his three-point shooting was up and down, but there's a lot of potential here.
A New PG in the Land
Cleveland obviously missed Kyrie Irving this season. Can Collin Sexton bring some of that dynamism back?
One of the Most Versatile Players in the Draft
Passing, shooting and protecting the rim are paramount for big men in today's game. Carter was statistically better than Deandre Ayton in all three of those skills this season.
The Next Great Magic Big?
Shaquille O'Neal carried the Magic to an NBA Finals appearance in the 90s. Can Mohamed Bamba do the same?
The Next Damon Stoudamire?
Danny Manning compared Trae Young to Damon Stoudamire shortly before the draft, and that makes sense. Mighty Mouse was a guy who averaged nearly 20 and 10 in his first few years in the league.
- June 21, 2018
This Might Be the Best Player in the Draft
It's easy to see how Jaren Jackson fits in today's NBA. He's probably the best defender in this class. He shoots threes. And Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Davis are the only players in Sports Reference's database who posted better freshman Box Plus-Minuses.
Do These Two Fit Together?
There are some questions about Dennis Smith and Luka Doncic being able to share the ball-handling duties, but a similar dynamic with Goran Dragic and Doncic worked all the way to gold for Slovenia at EuroBasket.
This is the most skilled player in this draft. Pairing him with Rick Carlisle feels perfect.
The Next Great King?
Sacramento hasn't had a ton to cheer about since the Vlade Divac/Chris Webber era. Can Bagley's offense bring them back?
This is a home run for the Mavericks. Luka Doncic is hands down the most accomplished player in this class.
The Suns go ahead and do what everyone's expected for weeks. Ayton's statistical profile is nearly identical to Jahlil Okafor's, but it's hard not to fall for that size.
The Winner of the Fashion Show Portion of Tonight's Affair
Wendell Carter may be underrated in this draft. Just look at how he stacks up next to Deandre Ayton and tell me which guy makes more sense in today's NBA.
Ayton: 21.4 REB%, 10.2 AST%, 6.1 BLK%, 1 STL%, 26.6 USG%, 10.9 BPM
Carter: 18.4 REB%, 13 AST%, 7.6 BLK%, 1.7 STL%, 22.8 USG%, 13.5 BPM
Here We Go!
The draft is (kinda) underway! For the first year ever, the league is introducing everyone in the green room before any picks are made. Once the fashion show is over, we'll start to get some answers!
Considering the Mavericks won't be good for a few years, passing on this deal seems like a bad idea.