Jordan Lawson’s 2018 NBA Mock Draft 1.0

It’s NBA Draft season for all of us outside of the Cleveland and Golden State fan bases. The 2018 class is looking rather strong with a surplus of wing prospects, some impressive big men, and a few guards who could make a splash early.

The Philadelphia 76ers hold two 1st round picks this season thanks to the Michael Carter-Williams trade. There’s a very likely chance they trade one of their picks but I won’t be implementing trade scenarios until my 2.0 version. Below I’ve mocked picks for every team based on their needs and the best available prospects on the board. For the Sixers specifically, I give you a brief background on the player and what he’ll bring to the team.

Knowing most people that click on Mock Drafts you’ve probably scrolled down to your teams pick already so I’ll stop talking. Check out my Mock Draft 1.0 below!


1. 

Selection: Luka Doncic
Slovenia, Shooting Guard


2. 

Selection: DeAndre Ayton
Arizona, Center


3. 
Selection: Mohamed Bamba
Texas, Center


4. 
Selection: Marvin Bagley III
Duke, Power Forward


5. 
Selection: Jaren Jackson Jr.
Michigan State, Power Forward


6. 
Selection: Trae Young
Oklahoma, Point Guard


7. 
Selection: Michael Porter Jr.
Missouri, Small Forward


8. 
Selection: Wendell Carter Jr.
Duke, Center


9. 
Selection: Mikal Bridges
Villanova, Small Forward


10. 
Selection: Lonnie Walker IV
Miami, Shooting Guard

I believe the Sixers go with the hometown kid here. Walker’s ability to play off the ball offensively makes him a great fit in Philadelphia. As a freshman at Miami he was in the 98th percentile in iso scoring which is something the Sixers lacked with predominantly catch and shoot players in Belinelli and Redick taking up most of the minutes.

Defensively, the sky is the limit for Walker. He is a great athlete with a near 6-11 wingspan. Whether he’s paired with Simmons and the 1st team unit or Fultz and the 2nd, he’ll shine here in Philadelphia.


11. 
Selection: Kevin Knox
Kentucky, Small Forward


12
Selection: Collin Sexton
Alabama, Point Guard


13. 
Selection: Miles Bridges
Michigan State, Small Forward


14. 
Selection: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Kentucky, Point Guard


15. 
Selection: Robert Williams
Texas A&M, Center


16. 
Selection:  Elie Okobo
France, Point Guard


17. 
Selection: Mitchell Robinson
N/A, Center


18. 
Selection: Zhaire Smith 
Texas A&M, Shooting Guard


19. 
Selection: Aaron Holiday
UCLA, Point Guard


20. 
Selection: Khyri Thomas
Creighton, Shooting Guard


21. 
Selection: Anfernee Simons
IMG Academy, Point Guard


22. 
Selection: Donte DiVincenzo
Villanova, Shooting Guard


23. 
Selection: Troy Brown
Oregon, Point Guard


24. 
Selection: Chandler Hutchinson
Boise State, Small Forward


25. 
Selection: Gary Trent Jr.
Duke, Shooting Guard


26. 
Selection: Keita Bates-Diop
Ohio State, Small Forward

The reigning BIG10 Player of the Year gives you a ton of versatility. At 6-8ft with a 7-3ft wingspan, Bates-Diop projects to be able to defend multiple positions at the next level. His improvement in shooting from deep over the years just adds to his value as a NBA prospect.

Philadelphia saw in the Boston series that they lacked a sufficient amount of athletic 3 and D players to contain Tatum and Brown. Bates-Diop is a great fit here for that reason.


27. 
Selection: Moritz Wagner
Michigan, Power Forward


28.  
Selection: Omari Spellman
Villanova, Power Forward


29. 
Selection: Kevin Hueter 
Maryland, Shooting Guard


30. 
Selection: De’Anthony Melton
USC, Point Guard


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