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

NCAAM

Impressive Red-Blue game performance for Arizona 7-foot freshman DeAndre Ayton: 21 points (10-of-14 FGs) and 9 rebounds in 19 minutes. Elite physical profile, advanced face up game, can stretch it to 3 on occasion, and has the tools to be a monster on the glass and defensively both inside and out. The question has never been talent for Ayton, who has clear No. 1 pick traits at 7-0, 243 pounds with a 7-6 wingspan, outstanding agility, and modern skills. Buying into becoming a consistent defensive force and playing with more discipline have always been the questions surrounding Ayton, who landed with the perfect coach to help him progress in those areas in Sean Miller.

Mike Schmitz, ESPN

NCAAM

In Tucson for Arizona's annual Red-Blue game. I sat in on the Wildcats shootaround. Unbelievably talented group top to bottom. Potential #1 pick DeAndre Ayton is as impressive of a physical specimen as you'll see at his age. The 7-footer has made great strides in terms of skill level and motor since we first evaluated him as a wide-eyed 14-year-old at Pangos All-American Camp. 6-5 scorer Allonzo Trier is poised for a big junior season. Freshman wings Emmanuel Akot (defender, slasher, playmaker) and Brandon Randolph are intriguing young prospects. Shaq and his son Shareef, a 2018 Arizona commit, both in attendance.

Mike Schmitz, ESPN

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A true 'welcome to the NBA' moment for Lonzo Ball versus the feisty Patrick Beverley tonight. Ball has traditionally had issues with guards who apply heavy ball pressure (see: De'Aaron Fox) and his struggles breaking down defenders in the half court really showed up against Beverley. Becoming more of a threat as a pick and roll scorer, namely adding a reliable pull up and floater, will open up the floor for Ball in the half court. Only 10% of Ball's possessions at UCLA came via pick and roll, and he played a very transition-heavy style with Chino Hills as well. The adjustment to the ball-screen-based NBA was expected for Ball, who also struggled during UCLA's season-opening Australia tour and his Summer League debut. Despite tonight's struggles, Ball has elite instincts, is tremendous in transition, plays a quick-decision style that require much breakdown game, and will surely settle in as the season progresses if the Lakers can surround him with shooting.

Mike Schmitz, ESPN

Clippers

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Clippers 30-year-old 6-5 rookie PG Milos Teodosic getting shots up in Staples Center. The Serbian legend is a lifetime 38.3% 3-point shooter on 3,031 attempts. Arguably the most creative passer in the NBA, Teodosic holds a career average of 7.6 assists per 40 minutes spanning 662 games across Serbia, Greece and Russia.

Mike Schmitz, ESPN
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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.

Jonathan Givony, ESPN

UCLA

NCAAM

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.

Mike Schmitz, ESPN
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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.

Mike Schmitz, ESPN
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Lakers

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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.

Mike Schmitz, ESPN
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Syracuse

NCAAM

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.

Mike Schmitz, ESPN
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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.

Jonathan Givony, ESPN
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Draft News

  • Bucks move on to next game against Trail Blazers

    After the Milwaukee Bucks opened the season with games against Boston and Cleveland, it would be easy to look at a Saturday night date with the Portland Trail Blazers as a bit of relief for the Bucks.

  • Jazz get first glimpse at retooled Thunder

    Offensive firepower isn't the only thing new-look Oklahoma City has to offer. The Thunder are showing early signs of being equally capable of overwhelming opponents on the defensive end.

  • Grizzlies run into Warriors in second home game

    The Memphis Grizzlies will test their new up-tempo style against the best defense the NBA had to offer last season when they attempt to open 2-0 at home at the expense of the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

  • Nuggets hope to avoid fade route vs. Kings

    For three quarters Wednesday night, the Denver Nuggets looked like a team ready to take the next step.

  • Heat, Pacers both missing big men

    The Miami Heat will be without center Hassan Whiteside and the Indiana Pacers will play their second straight game without big man Myles Turner when the teams meet on Saturday night.

  • Lonzo takes control in Game 2

    Lonzo Ball's debut wasn't must see, but he stepped up with a near triple-double to guide the Lakers past the Suns the following night.