NBA Mock Draft 2018

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  • Crowded race for No. 1

    There's a new leader for the No. 1 pick, as well as more movement in the top seven. Insider

Draft scouting

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  • How to find elite role players

    What do elite role players look like in the modern NBA, and how do scouts find them in the draft? These are the 13 types to watch. Insider

Traded Picks

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  • Draft assets for every team

    What upcoming draft picks does every NBA team owe and own? Here's our team-by-team breakdown. Insider

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Spent yesterday afternoon at St. John's practice. Red Storm are older, deeper and look to have better chemistry than last year. Practice was a little sloppy but fairly intense. Coach Mullin has quite a few weapons and lineup configurations he can go to. Addition of transfers from programs like Arizona, Michigan State and South Carolina will hopefully add more of a defensive component to this group, which is what this team will certainly need more of this year. Shamorie Ponds looks a little bigger but still needs time to round out his game. Bashir Ahmed had a very good practice and looks much more focused. Justin Simon is a physical marvel who can do a little bit of everything, but will need to show some semblance of a jumper to keep scouts' interest. South Carolina transfer (sitting out this season) Sedee Keita is a bit of a sleeper. Stud physically with a man's frame, length and very quick feet. Can really move his feet defensively when he's locked in. Even shows some budding skill. Motor, focus seems to come and go. Someone to keep an eye on next season. Productive afternoon in Queens overall.

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UCLA PG Aaron Holiday expected to have a big junior season in Westwood. Spent some of the summer training with big brothers, Jrue and Justin. Strong frame, 6-6 wingspan, physical defender, smooth stroke. Making strides as a leader, playmaker.

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Tremendous game from Donovan Mitchell. First time ever in Staples center and the rookie went for 26 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assist in 33 minutes. Had a lot of success playing on the ball. PG skills evolving. Plays with supreme confidence.

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Lonzo Ball, who is out tonight vs the Jazz, getting shots up pregame. After shooting 41.2% from 3 on 194 attempts at UCLA, Ball is 12-of-50 (24%) between Summer League and preseason. Still has touch and great rotation despite unorthodox release point.

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2018 combo forward and Syracuse commit Darius Bazley has shown some impressive flashes at USAB. Fluid and bouncy, quick twitch, can handle it, developing shooter. Chatted with the ESPN #9 recruit about his game and fit with Syracuse.

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At the USA Basketball Junior National team mini-camp. 54 of the top high school prospects in their country going head to head.

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Here's Danny Green discussing the good-natured ribbing the team gave Manu Ginobili a couple of seasons ago when he took a knee to the groin that resulted in surgery:

Michael C. Wright, ESPN Staff Writer

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Draft News

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  • Rockets flying high into Sacramento

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  • Warriors roller coaster opening night

    It was a night of highs and lows for the Warriors as they received their NBA Championship rings, but blow a lead in a loss to the Rockets in their home opener.

  • Jazz face offensive questions, Nuggets in opener

    Replacing an All-Star is never easy to do. For the Utah Jazz, it means creating a new offensive identity this season.

  • Urgent Mavs open vs. Hawks

    The Dallas Mavericks head into a new season determined to play with a new sense of urgency. Not an urgency as in making a playoff push, which figures to be an uphill battle in the stacked Western Conference, but urgency with the ball.

  • New-look Grizzlies face playoff-hungry Pelicans

    One team with a recent run of postseason appearances and another without begin jockeying for playoff position in the stacked Western Conference when the Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans tip off the season Wednesday night in Memphis.