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NBA draft 2018: Date, Time, Mock Draft, Draft Order, Trade, Rumors, Analysis




NBA commissioner Adam Silver sets out with Trae Young, Marvin Bagley III, Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic before the 201
8 NBA draft. (Mike Lawrie / Getty Images)

The NBA draft is ongoing, and already Dallas Mavericks has chocked the league by trading up from No. 5 to No. 3 for Luka Doncic. Hawks will get the draft Trae Young and Dallas "protected 2019 first round picking.

Find the latest selections and analysis below.

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Draft Order and Last Selection

1. Phoenix Suns


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Pick : Deandre Ayton, C, Arizona

Analysis : Ayton has been locked in this place for weeks. A physical test should immediately be a productive player for Phoenix and fulfill a long-term needs at the center. The difference between him is a very good player and one big becomes how much improvement he makes defensively. – Tim Bontemps

What he brings : 7-foot-1 Ayton has been prepared as the draft's top choice because he was a teenager fitting to North Carolina in an exhibition game in his native Bahamas. Despite Arizona failing the last season, Ayton thrived: Missing some form of circumference, halfway or offensive flow, Ayton scored an offensive score of 1.26 points per possession while trying nearly 30 percent of the Wildcats bouts. The opponents knew that Ayton was the first option of each holding but could not slow down the great one who dominated with a versatile skill combining classical layout moves with an agility to pick and pop from both the middle hose and beyond the bow – not to mention an inherent ability to rim and connect somewhere near the basket. The center was completely dominant as a beginner, who converted almost 65 percent of their two-point field goals. Per Synergy Sports only two other bigs had a higher score + play and assist in half the course than Ayton (1.28) and both of the bigs (Bogdan Bliznyuk and Jock Landale) tried to have a higher proportion of their respective teams. Certainly, Ayton has his deficiencies, especially on the defensive side of the ball, but it is unthinkable that Sean Miller's squad would have won both the regular season and the conference titles in Pac-12 without Aton's presence.

– Matthew Giles

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2.

Sacramento Kings

The Picking : Marvin Bagley III, PF, Duke

Analysis : Sacramento joined DeAaron Fox last year – a guy who wanted to be there – and has done the same thing this year with Bagley. Like Ayton, he should be able to enter and immediately post large numbers. And like Ayton comes his biggest question mark at the defensive end, why a comparison for him has been Amar's Stoudemire. – Tim Bontemps

What he brings : The freshman was an offensive savant on Duke during the 2018 season. Trying only a quarter of the team's shot, 6-foot-11 Bagley scored 1.13 points in a half, which ranked fifth in Division I (per Synergy Sports). But what was most impressive was the way he got bucket-especially the different moves and counts he used when he felt a defense shift in trying to accommodate Bagley's offensive sui generis skill. Bagley was a master in utilizing angles and relying on his length and hanging time, giving him enough space to get out of his shot. He has a seemingly endless set of ups and downs, reviews and other post-treatment movements that he has clearly spent years practicing. As such, he deployes each with such confidence that the movements are related to muscle memory. And while he has not shown the same commitment to the defense so far, it is easy with the Bagley point underlining any problems with defensive constraints. – Matthew Giles

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3. Atlanta Hawks


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Pick : Luka Doncic, PG, Slovenia (rights traded to Mavericks for fifth pick, Trae Young and 2019 first round pick)

Analysis : While Atlanta does this, Doncic seems to actually come to Dallas, as Mavericks hopes Doncic will be the successor to Dirk Nowitzki as a European star in the Lone Star State. Doncic gives Mavericks another shooter to join Dennis Smith, Jr. – and this might open the door to Dallas to chase DeMarcus cousins ​​in the free agency as well. – Tim Bontemps

What he brings : The 6-foot-6-guard spent this season redefined the expectations of all future international lottery clocks. Doncic published a 36-minute statue line by 20.3 points, 7.6 returns, 6.5 assists and 1.2 steals, while showing a true 59 percent shootout: unpleasant percentages for his Real Madrid group, especially with considering that Doncic competed as an 18-year-old. He does not have athleticism for any of the draft field's other lottery picks but it does not matter: he can dissect an opposing defense as few can and chart how he plans to score a long way before the defensive opening seems to be obvious to others while then absorbing the contact and finishing with a soft touch. And in the open court, Doncic is a maestro who cuts his body and allows relief through the tightest spaces. Perhaps his slipping down in the draft chart in recent weeks due to a subconscious bias against international players, or maybe NBA GMs and execs can not understand how a teenager can construct a crime and completely disrupt a game as efficiently as Doncic can. – Matthew Giles

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4. Memphis Grizzlies

The Picking : Jackson Jackson Jr., PF, Michigan State

Analysis : After trying to start going to Memphis, Jackson has become more comfortable with thought. Now that he's there we see if it's still the case. Nevertheless, he has an exciting skill and can be an ideal long-term replacement for Marc Gasol at the center – with the potential to possibly play with him now. – Tim Bontemps

: What he brings with : Like Doncic, YJ's potential is intertwined with his youth – 6-foot-11 Jackson does not turn 19 to September. Prior to the season, it was unclear how Jackson, a 5 on paper, would match Nick Ward, who largely lives on the post, but Froshen showed a skill rate that fits perfectly with the modern NBA: Jackson stretched the floor with his agility, handles and perimeter touch (43 percent in Big Ten play) and can also be completed around the basket (per Synergy Sports, Jackson scored 1.24 points per set-up or offensive backback). The Spartans were not completely dependent on Jackson to bear his crime, so while the percentage of shot he tried to be relatively low, it was great unmanageable when he had the ball able to score and released 1.04 points in half. court which led all the Big Ten freshmen (and was 12 th total in the conference). Jackson was far from one-dimensional, and was in a first-class champion champion, while letting the troop defend himself aggressively in the half-lane. Jackson blocked 14 percent of opponents' attempts while still grabbing about 20 percent of defensive boards.

– Matthew Giles

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5. Dallas Mavericks


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Pick : Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma (rights traded to Hawks for No. 3 pick, Luka Doncic)

Analysis : Young has probably been the most shattering view of the draft this year because of his unique game style and his small size. That status will not change after Atlanta handed down – and handed away Luka Doncic – to take him fifth overall. Having said that, Hawks has been linked to having an interest in him for a while, and Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk knows everything about explosive three-point shooters after spending more than a decade with the Golden State Warriors before taking over Atlanta last summer. – Tim Bontemps

What he brings : Yes, there is a gap between Young's efficiency rate during nonconference and Big 12 play. And yes, that difference does not matter. With all respect for Young's teammates in Oklahoma, the 6-foot-2-shooter Sooner was crimes in 2018. Coach Lon Krueger allowed Young the freedom of some college college teachers ever to enjoy, and Young's skill mode, containing boundless choice (by Will Schreefer from Stepien, Young made 36 percent of three-point goal from beyond the NBA arc) and an incredible ability to bounce their small frame of defenders to score points at the rim (51 percent, per Hoop-math.com) perfectly suited to anchor a previous crime: per KenPom only two other DI players (Mike Daum and Chris Clemons) were crucial for their respective breakdowns as effective as Young (1.12 PPP). And while Young tried more than a third of the team's shot, Oklahoma was 0.02 per possession higher when Young was on the floor, which directly relates to his absurd court vision – an assistance rate of 49 percent, which led to DI. The net result of these games and help meant that Young initiated a possession, Oklahoma made 1.27 PPA, which ranked something behind Jon Elmore of Marshall in college basketball last season. – Matthew Giles

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6. Orlando Magic

Pick : Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas

Analysis : Bamba has long been linked to Dallas for a while but with Maverick's trading for Luka Doncic, Orlando's front office – which has a history to prioritize length – to draft Bamba, one of the longest players in the draft. It may be hard to beat thanks, but his thanks is a potential defensive player of the year's talent with three-point shooting ability. – Tim Bontemps

What he accomplishes : Injuries and inconsistencies took place much of Bamba's single season in Texas and the 7-foot-1 could never show off all his skills but the glimpses he revealed promisingly – a field track, a shot that blocks big with the potential to pick and pop from deep and suddenly transform into a stretch 5 with a 7-foot-10-wing tip. Aka a true failure nightmare. The bump of the bamba has always been his lush frame, but his timing and length quieted these fears (block rate of 13.2 percent while he only made three errors per 40 minutes). While his crimes seemed to stagnate at times, Texas worked without a true punisher or a twilight of perimeter shooting, which forced Bamba to compete against defense that primed to massage the interior – but the big ones still had an offensive effectiveness rating of 1.15 PPP. He used to have used the entire training period before the draft to refine his perimeter, but his free kick team – Bamba converted 70 percent of his attempt from the strip – indicates he has the potential to connect from beyond the three-point line. – Matthew Giles

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7. Chicago Bulls

Picking : Wendell Carter Jr., PF, Duke

Analysis : After getting Lauri Markkanen with the seventh pick in last year's NBA draft, Chicago now gets a big man like complement to Markkanen with the same election this year in Carter Jr. As he was overshadowed by Bagley on Duke, Carter could get a chance to become a better NBA player – and his skills also fit well with Markkanen. – Tim Bontemps

What he takes with : 6-foot-10 frosh was one of the most skilled players to work on the little post in 2018. The problem was that he did not get any contact where he was most effective, accounts for only 20 percent of Blue Devil's attempt (second lowest of Duke's starters), but the missing points did not end up for Carter's overall game. The great ones did their best to strengthen the squad's often porous zone defense, receiving almost a quarter of opponents misses and displaying a block rate of 7.6 percent. However, when looking at the other side of the ball, he took more than a lot of capital, scoring 1.06 points per game and his semi-field's effective field target percentage (57 percent) ranked second on the team (to Marvin Bagley III). Carter is adept at using his body to make an advantage on the record and then outmaneuvering higher and wider opposite bigs, and he would have been even more efficient during his alone season in Durham if he could have further reps. – Matthew Giles

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8. Cleveland Cavaliers ( via Network )

Picking : Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama

Analysis : The Cavaliers Have Many questions this summer – obviously starting with LeBron James status. But one thing that this roster needs no matter what is a goalkeeper, and Cleveland went in Collin Sexton's direction with the eighth pick. A fierce competitor, Sexton personally, was investigated by Cavalier's owner Dan Gilbert this season in a game between Alabama and Oklahoma in Tuscaloosa. – Tim Bontemps

What he takes with : Alabama guard is absolute energy as soon as he goes to court, explosive in the transition and then easily get an edge on a defender when he crosses in halfway and finishes at the rim. There is no metric to measure the wish, but it is often described as Sexton's best attribute: in a game that will almost be memorized by its own 30 to 30, Sexton and two other Crimson Tide players almost destroyed a whole Minnesota team ( the other Alabama players had been destroyed). According to Hoop-math.com, almost 30 percent of his attempts were around the bucket and he converted 58 percent of these shots and utilized his natural strength and athleticism to muscle through contact – 6-foot-3-Sexton drew more than seven mistakes per 40 minutes , which was the most of some freshmen in Division I last season. He probably did not have a shot shot – he shot only 34 percent from the depths and scored 0.88 points per jumper (as per Synergy Sport ranked in the 44 th percentage) – but his free throw percentage (78 percent) indicates that his bad shot like a frosh should not really be a problem. But where Sexon made it probably the biggest effect was on the defensive side of the ball, with the same athleticism sweeping more than one steal per 40 minutes. – Matthew Giles

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9. New York Knicks

Picking : Kevin Knox, SF, Kentucky

Analysis : Knicks fans here get mad for Michael Porter, Jr. but the choice instead was Kevin Knox. One of the youngest players in the draft, Knox has exciting upside, and played out of his position on a strangely constructed Kentucky team. Knicks is in the middle of what stands for being a long reconstruction, and Knox is a choice for the future. – Tim Bontemps

What he brings : The most deceiving player in the entire Division I last season. Sometimes Knox looked like a potential top pick and scored 34 points against West Virginia and 20 against Kansas. On other occasions, Knox seemed totally faded in the background of Wildcats' blue chip recruits. 6-foot-9-wing shot percentages believed his actual value at the court; Especially while Knox made 51 percent of his twos and 34 percent of his three years, Knox scored 93 points per half-possession (per Synergy Sports), which ranked fourth among all freshmen (ranked behind Deander Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, and Trae Young) in Division I. His game is smooth until the moment he finds an opening on the track, and then he rises quickly and shows a near picturesque shape when he commits jumper after jumper: Knox converted 42 percent of all his midfielder (and 36 percent of his three from the NBA series). – Matthew Giles

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10. The Philadelphia 76ers via Lakers )

The Pickup : Mikal Bridges, SF, Villanova

Analysis : Bridges Mom is a staff resource manager for the 76ers, and Villanova is a of the most NBA-ready players in this draft. He has a chance to play an immediate role in one of the best teams in the East – just what Philadelphia needs. Perfect marriage with fits and needs. – Tim Bontemps

What he brings : The lush 6-foot-7-wing roll was developed continuously at Villanova. After a redshirt beginner season he was a shooter outside the bench who impressed with his exhibitions of athleticism and absurd length. As a sophomore he shined like a prototypical 3-and-D – only on the Big East level – but it was not until the last season where the junior was completely developed into one of the country's most dominant and very exciting players. His multifaceted game is anchored by a consistent circumference (44 percent from depth) and confidence that he can create his own shot at the semi-high school (per Hoop-math.com, only one-third of his half-shot was assisted), but Bridges spent this season showing that he is more than just a scorer – his Wildcat teammates scored 1.15 points per roll, which was ranked in 83 percent in Division I. Of course, the court shared with Jalen Brunson meant Bridges did not have to be often distributed, but that improvement suggests that the wing has a high roof: according to Hooplens.com, Villanova scored 0.4 PPP better with Bridges in lineup.

[MatthewGiles

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11. Charlotte Hornets

Picking : Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky (proposed trade to Clippers for the 12th election and two future second round picks)

Analysis : Hornets had a chance to get their goalkeeper for the future to take Shai Gilgeous Alexander – but instead chose to get two other rounds to move back a place instead. This allowed Clippers to get the long Canadian floor genre instead, giving them a potential long-term replacement for Chris Paul in the process. – Tim Bontemps

What he brings with : The 6-foot-6-guard quickly picked and rolled in his one-off season in Kentucky. He handed out more than six assists per 40 minutes, and many of these dimes were the result of Gilgeous-Alexander who slipped a pick, probing the track before methodically finding the open Wildcat teammate for either a dribbles or a doorway. The wild cats scored .95 points per SGA P & R Assistance, ranked 12 th in Division I (and tops of all freshmen). And the guard is not a slash when he chooses to attack the rim of the voter who scores 1.13 points per P & R boll dealer (and a giant 1.29 points in the bucket after a P & R). His jump shot is clearly an ongoing job (he tried only 57 three points field goals), and while he could attend school defenders, it will change at the next level. But his ability to ease a crime, lulling an opposing defense to a false sense of defensive security while setting the same group for a backbreaking P & R alley-open is unmatched.
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