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By: Jeff Leong

Here are who I think teams should select based on skill set and how they will fit in with the team. Let's get right into some of the bold predictions I have for the 2018 NBA Draft.


1     Phoenix Suns     DEANDRE AYTON     7'1"     260     19     C     Arizona     Fr.

Elite physical tools. Offensively skilled around the rim. Rebounding machine. Active shot blocker. Phoenix is in need of a dominant presences in the paint on both ends of the floor.


2     Sacramento Kings     LUKA DONCIC     6'8"     230     19     SG/SF     Slovenia     Intl.

Supreme confidence. Proven clutch ability. At his best when able to play make as the point forward. Won MVP of EuroLeague at age 19. Will bring offensive versatility to Sacramento.


3     Atlanta Hawks     MOHAMED BAMBA     7'1"     225     19     C     Texas     Fr.

7'10" wingspan will bring immediate defensive versatility. He has changed his shooting mechanics over the offseason as well as extending his shooting range to the 3 point line. Highest ceiling player in this draft.


4     Memphis Grizzlies     MARVIN BAGLEY     6'11"     235     19     PF     Duke     Fr.

Prototype PF in today's NBA. Bouncy player. Polished offensive player with ability to score from all three levels. Moves well in transition for a big man. Will give Memphis an immediate starter and contributor on the offensive side.


5     Dallas Mavericks     JAREN JACKSON JR.     6'11"     235     18     PF/C     Michigan St.     Fr.

Brings a lot of length on the defensive end. Ability to pick and pop at the big man position. Has a lot of athleticism to finish at the rim. Can improve on his touch around the rim. Best player available to this point.


6     Orlando Magic     COLLIN SEXTON     6'2"     185     19     PG     Alabama     Fr.

Athletic and explosive playmaker. Ready to become the leader of a team. Orlando is desperate for a franchise PG. His energy will be contagious to his teammates. High motor. Plays with a fierceness. Ultra competitor. Focused individual. One of the hardest workers in the draft.


7     Chicago Bulls     MIKAL BRIDGES     6'7"     210     21     SG/SF     Villanova     Jr.

Purest shooter in the draft. High IQ. Athletic wing. Team player. Experienced winner. Chicago placed in the bottom 10 of 3 point shooting % last season and will look to address that void in this year's draft.


8     Cleveland Cavaliers     TRAE YOUNG     6'2"     180     19     PG     Oklahoma     Fr.

Limitless shooting range. Thrives in transition. Understands how to control the tempo throughout a game. Great court vision with ability to create for his teammates. His elite offensive skills will be effective with or without LeBron.


9     New York Knicks     MICHAEL PORTER     6'11"     210     19     SF     Missouri     Fr.

The wildcard of this year's draft. Not enough high level game tape. Above average ball skills at his height. Capable shooter and ability to create his own shot. Not the fastest but moves well for his size. Knicks looking for a homerun with the 9th overall pick.


10     Philadelphia 76ers     MILES BRIDGES     6'6"     220     20     SF/PF     Michigan St.     So.

Highlight reel above the rim. Athletic wing. Has improved on consistency of his jumper. Ability to score at all levels. Ability to guard multiple positions. Will give the 76ers more physicality on the defensive end.


11     Charlotte Hornets     KEVIN KNOX     6'9"     215     18     SF/PF     Kentucky     Fr.

Lengthy athletic wing. All around game. 2 way player. Calm and even-keeled. Not afraid of the big moments. Only 18 years old and showed his development throughout a season.


12     Los Angeles Clippers     SHAI GILGEOUS-ALEXANDER     6'6"     180     19     PG     Kentucky     Fr.

Long-armed point guard with great size. Will make an impact on the defensive end. Strongest when attacking the rim. Understands how to draw defenders and create opportunities for teammates. Clippers can get their future starting PG.


13     Los Angeles Clippers     WENDELL CARTER     6'10"     250     19     PF/C     Duke     Fr.

Under utilized in college. Has offensive upside. Can finish strong at the rim. Ability to read defenses out of the post and kick out to open shooters. Active on the glass. Will provide Clippers with more scoring options in the paint.


14     Denver Nuggets     LONNIE WALKER IV    6'5"     195     19     SG     Miami     Fr.

Untapped potential. Elite athleticism. Streaky shooter. Microwave scorer. Crafty finishing ability around the rim. High scoring upside as a starting shooting guard.


15     Washington Wizards     ROBERT WILLIAMS     6'9"     240     20     PF/C     Texas A&M     So.

Above the rim player. Rim runner in transition. Athletic big. Not a natural shooter. John Wall can use an athletic running mate for lobs at the center position, an element they don't have.


16     Phoenix Suns     AARON HOLIDAY     6'1"     185     21     PG     UCLA     Jr.

Polished offensive game. Seasoned player. High volume, streaky shooter. NBA ready scorer. Will be able to run the second unit for Phoenix and give them immediate scoring off the bench.


17     Milwaukee Bucks     DONTE DIVINCENZO     6'5"     200     21     SG     Villanova     So.

Plays with a swagger. Efficient 3 point shooter. Ability to create own shot or catch and shoot. Sneaky athleticism. High IQ player. Makes winning plays. The Bucks are ready to surround Giannis with complementary talents.


18     San Antonio Spurs     OMARI SPELLMAN     6'9"     255     20     PF/C     Villanova     Fr.

Draymond Green-esque build and style of play. The new breed of play-making power forwards. Defensive versatility. Can space the floor as well as bang in the paint. Quick decision maker. Would fit in well with the Spurs system.


19     Atlanta Hawks     KEITA BATES-DIOP     6'8"     225     22     SF/PF     Ohio State     Jr.

Tough shot maker. 3 and D player. Big Ten Player of the Year. Will be able to contribute as a role player right away. Will add much needed depth and versatility for the Hawks.


20     Minnesota Timberwolves     JEVON CARTER     6'1"     195     22     PG     West Virginia     Sr.

Hands down the toughest player in the draft. High motor, high energy, max effort player. Rugged style of play. Type of player Tom Thibodeau embraces. Won't back down from any challenge. Defensive intensity is his calling card.


21     Utah Jazz     KEVIN HUERTER     6'7"     195     19     SG     Maryland     So.

3 point sharp shooter. Fundamentally sound. Understands off the ball spacing. Runs off screens well. Enough athleticism to compete on the defensive end. Will add length at the guard position for the Jazz.


22     Chicago Bulls     SVIATOSLAV MYKHAILIUK     6'8"     210     20     SG     Kansas     Sr.

More of a 3 point shooter than mid range. Ability to pull up or catch and shoot. Can handle the ball well enough. Chicago will look to continue adding 3 point shooting to the roster.


23     Indiana Pacers     TROY BROWN     6'7"     210     18     SG     Oregon     Fr.

Capable of being a point forward. Understands how to play make for teammates. 3 and D type player. Position-less basketball type player will fit right in with Indiana.


24     Portland Trail Blazers     BRANDON MCCOY     7'1"     250     19     C     UNLV     Fr.

The 7 footer being slept on in this draft. Finishes strong as well as having a soft touch around the rim. Ability to take mid range jumpers. Active shot blocker. Lateral mobility needs improvement. Portland has been lacking a consistent scorer in the paint.


25     Los Angeles Lakers     GARY TRENT JR.     6'5"     205     19     SG     Duke     Fr.

3 point specialist. Quick release. Great shooting form. Understands how to create separation. Has an NBA ready body. Will help the Lakers space the floor for Lonzo Ball to play make.


26     Philadelphia 76ers     GRAYSON ALLEN     6'4"     200     22     SG     Duke     Sr.

Athletic play maker. High IQ. Plays with passion. Combo guard. Big shot maker. Crafty around the rim. Handles the ball well. Will add to the grittiness of Philadelphia.


27     Boston Celtics     MORITZ WAGNER     6'11"     240     20     PF/C     Michigan     Jr.

Ideal stretch four in today's NBA. Plays with joy and intensity. High motor. Very agile and quick for his size. Above average dribble skills for a big man. Pick and Pop game. Fits the style of play Brad Stevens has implemented in Boston.


28     Golden State Warriors     LANDRY SHAMET     6'5"     190     21     PG/SG     Wichita State     So.

Efficient shooter as a combo guard. Tough shot maker. Creates for teammates. Solid handles. Able to control tempo of the game. Wiry build. Brings length on the defensive end at the guard position. Will be groomed to eventually take on the Shaun Livingston role.


29     Brooklyn Nets     JALEN BRUNSON     6'2"     200     21     PG     Villanova     Jr.

Poised and always under control. Floor general. Knows how to slow down the game. Cerebral player. Rarely forces bad shots. Consistently makes winning plays. Scrappy defensive player. Ultimate team player.


30     Atlanta Hawks     JACOB EVANS     6'5"     200     21     SG/SF     Cincinnati     Jr.

Defensive hound. Aggressive on ball defender. High motor. Strong frame. Two way player. Athletic wing. Streaky shooter. Ability to create his own shot. Tough shot maker.

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