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2018 NBA Mock Draft | Final edition

Zach Harper

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Mar 16, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Michael Porter Jr. (13) shoots against the Florida State Seminoles during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
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Thursday night, the 2018 NBA Draft will occur and many people around the league expect maximum chaos. The top part of the draft holds several projected franchise-changers. We then experience a pretty significant drop-off in ceiling with the prospects.

There are still plenty of good role players available after the top six or seven in the draft. Maybe one of these guys will even surprise us as the next “how did this guy go so low” steal. But the biggest currency in the draft exists in those first six or seven picks.

That means they’ll be highly coveted and teams outside of that range will be extremely aggressive in trying to move up. Draft night will feature some potentially huge trades that begin he reshaping of the league that will kick into overdrive when free agency hits. In the process, we’ll find out which smokescreens leading up to the draft masked true intentions and which executives wanted their bluffs called.

With only two more sleeps until draft day, here’s my latest attempt at a mock draft for the entire draft. This is based on fit, best player available, presumed drafting strategy, and some intel sprinkled throughout. Take 100 percent of this mock draft as a serious prediction for everything involved.

First Round

1. Phoenix Suns: DeAndre Ayton, Arizona, C

Needs: Everything except shooting guard

New coach Igor Kokoškov has ties to Luka Doncic and maybe all of this DeAndre Ayton stuff has been a smokescreen for Doncic. Why would the Suns throw up a smokescreen when they have the top pick in the draft? They could be looking to leverage that into moving down to keep acquiring assets. Or maybe they just want to play the rumor game and see what all the fuss is about. Either way, the intel around the NBA is convinced Ayton will be the top pick in this draft.

Pairing Ayton next to Devin Booker gives the Suns a phenomenal 1-2 punch for the future. If Josh Jackson builds off his strong second half to the rookie season, then they might be better sooner rather than later. If someone like Marquese Chriss or Dragan Bender can develop into something meaningful, this becomes a phenomenal young core to get excited about. Ayton anchors all of that in the middle with his ready-made NBA body.

Ayton has plenty of skill attached to his physical attributes.

Previous pick: DeAndre Ayton x2

2. Sacramento Kings: Michael Porter Jr, Missouri, F

Needs: You need kind of everything but don’t take a point guard

This is where we see our first bit of chaos. With Vlade Divac and company apparently not feeling enamored with Luka Doncic, the next logical choice on the board seemed to be Marvin Bagley III. Maybe you want to talk yourself into Mo Bamba as that next option instead of Bagley. That wouldn’t sound ridiculous if you believe he’ll turn into Rudy Gobert with a jumper. But a lot of momentum has been heading toward the Kings selecting Michael Porter Jr with the second pick.

Porter as the target gives the Kings a high risk, high reward type of selection here due to his injury concerns. Already having a back injury history that cost him almost his entire freshman season scared a lot of teams away from considering him this high. A team like Chicago or Cleveland would love for Porter to fall to them in the 7-8 range. The Kings, at least momentarily, seem less concerned with the long-term possibilities of his back being damaged. They feel confident in their ability to keep him healthy. Had he not injured his back and played his entire freshman season, we would like have more of a debate about him and Ayton rather than throwing Doncic into the mix.

Also, look for the Kings to try to move down in this draft while still moving to a slot that allows them to grab Porter. If the deal isn’t there on draft night, Porter at number two becomes maybe the biggest talking point outside of a star being dealt.

Previous pick: Marvin Bagley III, Luka Doncic

3. Atlanta Hawks: Mo Bamba, Texas, PF/C

Needs: Just grab best player available

Three different ways I can see this going for Atlanta and what if Luka Doncic isn’t involved with any of them? First and secondly, Hawks pursue a big man here. That means either taking Marvin Bagley III (consensus here) or going with Mo Bamba as a surprise. The Hawks obviously won’t build around John Collins but he’s an intriguing young big man for them to utilize in their future plans. They still want to find the right fit next to him. As intriguing as Bagley-Collins can be from an offensive standpoint, things might prove more well-rounded on both ends with Bamba-Collins.

With Bamba, the Hawks get the defensive enforcer who will likely compete on the perimeter as well. If his workout jumpers turn into real game jumpers, then he brings them the versatility on offense Travis Schlenk would love to emulate from his time with Golden State.  Bamba as any kind of a stretch option turns him into arguably the most intriguing prospect in this draft. He will either be the best rim protector or the second best rim protector behind Jaren Jackson Jr out of Michigan State.

The third option has been circulating the past few days. Atlanta could trade down with Trae Young as the target. Schlenk gets to try to turn Young into the next Steph Curry and hope he emulates even 80 percent of the two-time MVP and three-time champion. Of course, all of these things could be smokescreens to grab Doncic with the third pick. Basically, anything can happen here and the Hawks are playing everything very tight-lipped.

Previous pick: Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley III

4. Memphis Grizzlies: Marvin Bagley III, Duke, PF/C

Needs: Shooting guard, both forward positions, direction

If Bamba goes third to the Hawks then the Grizzlies have a tough decision. They’ve shopped Chandler Parsons’ terrible contract attached to the fourth pick in the draft in the hopes of ridding themselves of that financial burden. Should they keep the pick and Parsons’ deal, they’ll decide between Bagley and Doncic in this scenario. Doncic likely looms as the best prospect in the draft at this point, but his stock took a hit because he wasn’t stateside doing workouts against folding chairs with nobody in them. He was off winning titles in Europe for Real Madrid.

Mike Conley and Doncic could pair together remarkably, but the Grizzlies probably need an option to move on from Marc Gasol. Jaren Jackson Jr has been the pick here in previous mocks but neither Bagley nor Doncic were available in those mocks at this point. Gasol’s impending free agency could get ugly with his age and contract expectation. That moves priority to taking the best big man available here. Bagley still being available becomes too enticing so they take him over Doncic. They grab an unbelievable scoring option JB Bickerstaff will try to mold into a plus-defender.

Previous pick: Jaren Jackson Jr x2

5. Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic, Slovenia, PG/SG

Needs: Everything except point guard

The Dallas Mavericks need a big man in the worst way but Doncic dropping to them at 5 becomes too good to pass up. Pairing Doncic with Dennis Smith Jr as the backcourt for the next decade-plus immediately turns them into a must-watch league pass team. It allows them the proper young core duo to start building around. There could be concerns over the shooting ceiling of these two players. Smith really struggled from beyond the arc as a rookie and has a lot of work to do in order to correct that. Doncic projects to be a more consistent shooter than we saw this past season in Spain, but he has to prove he can create separation to fire clean shots off.

Still, Doncic may end up as the best player in this draft. If Doncic didn’t fall to 5, you can expect the best big man to be scooped up here. That could be Mo Bamba in another scenario or Jaren Jackson Jr in this case. The Mavs need everything moving forward as they prepare for building in the post-Dirk Nowitzki era. Dallas has had success with that Euro prospect in the past and even turning Doncic into half of Dirk’s career would be a resounding success.

Previous pick: Mo Bamba x2

6. Orlando Magic: Jaren Jackson Jr, Michigan State, PF/C

Needs: Backcourt, center position

Sure, Orlando has Nikola Vucevic and Bismack Biyombo at the center position. But imagine them with a good center that you actually want them to put on the court. JJJ measured with the third longest wingspan in this draft class. The timing on his shot blocking is nearly impeccable, despite his large foul rate. Jackson finds plenty of shots to swat down even before they leave the shooter’s hand. That’s how good the timing on his shot blocking is. On top of that, he moves his feet well on the perimeter, hedges hard on pick-and-rolls, and manages to retreat to protect the paint once his teammates recover. 

JJJ doesn’t rebound all that well but he does stretch the floor on offense. He also knocks down free throws at around an 80 percent clip. For Orlando here, they have a chance to build a defensive juggernaut with their young core. Steve Clifford had top ranked defenses in Charlotte with Al Jefferson as the rim protector. Give him a couple years with JJJ, Aaron Gordon, and a molded Jonathan Isaac and the Magic could lock a lot of teams down. Jackson could go as high as 3 to the Hawks or maybe he slips down to 6 here. It’s hard to imagine him falling any lower than this.

Previous pick: Trae Young, Michael Porter Jr

7. Chicago Bulls: Wendell Carter Jr, Duke, PF/C

Needs: Center, wings, point guard

Bulls are in a bit of a tricky spot here. Ideally, Michael Porter Jr would fall to them at 7 after the Kings take anybody but him at 2. Then the Bulls could grab him, throw him next to Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine, and have a lot of firepower in this early rebuild. Sure, you have to worry about his back and medical history, but that’s something any team will worry about with Porter. In this scenario, Porter doesn’t exist past the second pick. That basically leaves the Bulls with Wendell Carter Jr or Trae Young as their primary options at 7. Maybe they get nuts and reach for someone projected to go later in the draft but let’s just keep it with Young and Carter.

I think the Bulls go Carter here to beef up the frontcourt. Robin Lopez won’t be around forever and they need a versatile big man who can play both ends of the floor next to Markkanen. Carter can really do it all. Maybe he won’t be great at a lot of things but he doesn’t really have weaknesses at much either. He only took 46 3-pointers this season so it’s hard to know if he can actually shoot from deep. He excelled everywhere else on the floor though. Carter should be able to thrive with mid-post passing and hand-off plays. His ceiling may be a little lower than Young’s peak, but Carter is entirely solid here.

Previous pick: Michael Porter Jr, Wendell Carter Jr

8. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Brooklyn): Trae Young, Oklahoma, PG

Needs: Everything because plan for LeBron possibly leaving

Trae Young is the hardest player to peg in this draft from these top 8 prospects. First half of the season was incendiary for him. Second half of the season was a disaster. The Steph Curry comparisons came quickly and they don’t appear entirely ridiculous in various areas of his offensive attack. His biggest hurdle to clear is making defenses respect him inside the arc to set him up for space outside of the arc. If Young can’t be a threat attacking the basket then teams will overplay him on the perimeter. Then it’s a lot easier to deal with his outside shooting.

For the Cavs though, they can’t really pass on him here. Unless they feel someone like Collin Sexton or Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will absolutely be better than Young, their point guard of the future played at Oklahoma last season. Will this entice LeBron James to stay and keep going with the Cavs? Probably not. Young is unlikely to enhance their chances or deter. James won’t be swayed by someone like Young either way. But should LeBron leave, Young gives them a prospect at 8 with star potential. Maybe that potential is improbable to reach but they need to start early with grabbing a potential star. They have to hope he becomes their next Kyrie Irving.

Previous pick: Wendell Carter Jr, Trae Young

9. New York Knicks: Kevin Knox, Kentucky, F

Needs: Fill in the wings, big man depth

Kevin Knox has been blowing teams away in pre-draft workouts. His size, shooting, and potential as a scorer has enticed plenty of teams to start moving him up the draft board while someone like Miles Bridges slides down. Knox didn’t dominate from beyond the arc at Kentucky but the shooting displays in these workouts make him look like the sharpshooter teams covet at the 4 position. Knox at 9 definitely looks like a risk. His defensive ceiling is unknown but I’m not sure how much of that is a good thing. The Knicks have to believe in a healthy Kristaps Porzingis playing the 5 and being able to withstand that punishment. They also need to believe Knox can make a difference defensively at the 4. 

If all that happens, then Knox becomes a great option for them on both ends of the floor. Under David Fizdale, the Knicks clearly believe in spreading the floor with every position out there and making life hell for their opponents’ defensive schemes.

Previous pick: Collin Sexton, Miles Bridges

10. Philadelphia 76ers (via Lakers): Mikal Bridges, Villanova, G/F

Needs: Fill in the wings

Zhaire Smith at 10 could be a real option for the Sixers, but I just don’t believe Philadelphia can pass up on Mikal Bridges. He checks too many boxes on both ends of the floor. He’s not nearly the athlete that Smith is but Bridges is better everywhere else on the court. This gives them flexibility in either not re-signing JJ Redick (should be prove to be too expensive) or if moving Robert Covington in a trade yields them a star player to pair next to Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. This isn’t even a parochial type of selection with Bridges being from the area. He’s the best player available and he fills a need.

Previous pick: Mikal Bridges x2

11. Charlotte Hornets: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky, PG/SG

Miles Bridges, Michigan State, SF/PF

Needs: You’re the Hornets; you need everything

Miles Bridges makes the most sense to me here. He can defend multiple positions. He looks like a capable shooter and he corrected his free throw troubles from his freshman year. Bridges has great athleticism and maybe he’ll be one of those super glue guys teams are desperate for. But the Hornets go with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander here because of the flexibility they want long-term. If SGA proves to be an NBA point guard and not just a shooting guard occasionally leading an offense, then the Hornets have a ton of flexibility with the Kemba Walker situation. They can play SGA next to Kemba or they can move Kemba as part of a retool/rebuild. 

Previous pick: Miles Bridges, Robert Williams

12. Los Angeles Clippers (via Detroit): Collin Sexton, Alabama, PG

Needs: Fill out the perimeter

Throw SGA into the player pool at 12 and I think the Clippers roll with him right away. With Collin Sexton falling out of the top 10 and finding his way to 12, the Clippers have to roll the dice. Milos Teodosic doesn’t seem long for this franchise. Austin Rivers and Lou Williams serve roles for them but the Clippers need a lead guard of the future. Sexton needs a lot of work on his fundamentals when it comes to shooting, but his ceiling at the position might be higher than most other prospects at their respective positions. 

Previous pick: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Collin Sexton

13. Los Angeles Clippers: Miles Bridges, Michigan State, SF/PF

Needs: Still fill out the perimeter

If Miles Bridges drops to 13 here, the Clippers would be insane not to take him. They have money tied up in Tobias Harris and Danilo Gallinari. They want to re-sign DeAndre Jordan. That proves to be a crowded frontcourt. But Bridges offers up so much flexibility for them that the Clippers can then afford to jettison Gallinari or Harris to free up some flexibility. The Clippers want to start developing young talent, which wasn’t a high priority under Doc Rivers previously. The Clippers were focused on plugging in veterans around Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. With both players gone, the Clippers now focus on the future and a haul of SGA and Bridges is a great start.

Previous pick: Kevin Knox x2

14. Denver Nuggets: Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech, SG/SF

Needs: Forward positions, rim protector

A lot of people think Robert Williams could be an option to pair next to Nikola Jokic for defensive purposes. And maybe that is where the Nuggets end up going. However, with Will Barton hitting free agency hoping for a payday, grabbing wing insurance with Zhaire Smith makes a ton of sense. Smith has made waves with his workouts as teams become enamored with his athleticism. If his jumper proves consistent at the NBA level, Smith turns into a huge threat on the perimeter. Having to close out on him means he can blow by defenders attack the rack. He’s such a gifted player off-ball that playing with Jokic would fit perfectly. 

Previous pick: Lonnie Walker IV, Zhaire Smith

15. Washington Wizards: Lonnie Walker IV, Miami, SG

Needs: Big men they can play, backup wings

Wizards really need a big man to take minutes away from Ian Mahinmi and whatever is left of Marcin Gortat’s NBA career. They badly need this so they don’t have to hope Markieff Morris can protect the rim. But as enticing as Robert Williams might be, Lonnie Walker IV falling to 15 becomes too enticing. Walker struggled from 3-point range in his year at Miami but a lot like Wizards guard Bradley Beal, he projects to have it figured out at the NBA level. This gives the Wizards some much-needed depth at the wings and maybe they don’t need to pay to desperately retain Kelly Oubre. 

Previous pick: Robert Williams, Lonnie Walker IV

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16. Phoenix Suns (via Miami): Aaron Holiday, UCLA, PG

Needs: Everything but center and shooting guard

Aaron Holiday really might end up as the best point guard in this draft. Young, Gilgeous-Alexander, and Sexton have a lot more hype and they’re younger by a couple of years. But Holiday turned into a scoring monster as a junior. His defensive effort and acumen makes up for a lack of size. He can shoot the lights out from deep. Holiday runs a team extremely well and putting him next to Devin Booker gives a guy who can play off the ball, if needed. Suns make out great so far in this draft with Ayton and Holiday. 

Previous pick: Zhaire Smith, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Jerome Robinson, Boston College, PG/SG

Needs: Big men, point guard

The Bucks would love for Aaron Holiday to fall here but since he’s gone in this scenario, the next best option at point guard is probably Jerome Robinson. He measures out as a big guard who can play both positions in the backcourt. His versatility and size allows the Bucks to still shrink the court on both ends by eating up real estate. They just need to get Robinson up to speed with playing team defense at the NBA level. Robinson struggled with scoring efficiency as a high volume option in his sophomore season but he figured out his junior year. He can play for Mike Budenholzer.

Previous pick: Aaron Holiday x2

18. San Antonio Spurs: Josh Okogie, Georgia Tech, SG

Needs: Young big man, active wings

Josh Okogie measured out as one of the most impressive athletes in the draft class and we know he can shoot the ball.  Okogie shot extremely well in both years at Georgia Tech, showing great consistency while doubling his 3-point attempts per game. He has a 7-foot wingspan, allowing him to probably defend most small forwards at the NBA level despite his 6-foot-4 height. Spurs need to rebuild their wing core and he’s a good start. 

Previous pick: Josh Okogie, Keita Bates-Diop

19. Atlanta Hawks (via Minnesota): Kevin Huerter, Maryland, SG/SF

Needs: Fill out the perimeter

Hawks already have taken a center in this scenario. That means the perimeter needs their attention next. Kevin Huerter provides a lot of intrigue with this pick. Huerter really made a name for himself so far in the pre-draft process. He’s lighting up the rims with his workout shooting displays. His shooting numbers in his sophomore season at Maryland are crazy impressive. He knocked down 45.3 percent of his spot-up 3-pointers, 59.3 percent of his transition 3-pointers, and 46.7 percent of his unguarded catch-and-shoot deep shots.

Previous pick: Chandler Hutchison, Anfernee Simons

20. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Oklahoma City): Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova, PG/SG

Needs: Wings who can shoot

Enough buzz around the Wolves liking Donte DiVincenzo exists that it’s safe to place him here in the mock draft. He came out of nowhere, which can always scare some fan bases. But DiVincenzo can shoot the ball. The Wolves desperately need that type of outside presence. He also attacks off the dribble well and can play multiple positions on the perimeter. He will compete on the defensive end, which sounds pretty basic. But not a lot of players did that for the Wolves last year and that kind of attitude will be something Tom Thibodeau craves for his second unit.

Previous pick: Khyri Thomas x2

21. Utah Jazz: Troy Brown, Oregon, SG/SF

Needs: Versatile forwards, backup shooting guard

Troy Brown struggles to shoot the ball, but the Jazz won’t likely be deterred by that. Their skill improvement résumé shows enough success stories that they should feel confident in catching Brown up to speed with outside shooting. Brown gives the Jazz a versatile wing. Dennis Lindsey and Quin Snyder will love his ability to defend all over the floor while also making extra passes to set up teammates. He looks like the type of project they love to surprise people with how much they improve under this program.

Previous pick: Troy Brown, Chandler Hutchison

22. Chicago Bulls (via New Orleans): Robert Williams, Texas A&M, PF/C

Needs: Wings and point guard

The Bulls have already taken Wendell Carter Jr in this scenario but Robert Williams inexplicably falling this far means they can’t let him slip further. Williams can protect the rim, rebound, and flush home anything around the rim. The Bulls can play Carter and Williams together. They can play Williams and Markkanen together. He serves the purpose of filling out the depth chart perfectly and they can always use him as a trade chip.

Previous pick: Jacob Evans x2

23. Indiana Pacers: De’Anthony Melton, USC, PG/SG

Needs: Depth at the wing, point guard

De’Anthony Melton is a bit of a project because of his shooting issues, but his size, length, and comfort on the floor make him an intriguing option for Indiana. He can’t shoot a lick, but he’s a good play-maker, good defender, and he can learn how to find comfort in scoring the basketball. His 6-foot-8 wingspan gives him the potential to be very disruptive in the backcourt. Indiana could be in need of point guards by next free agency so Melton gives them a little early insurance. 

Previous pick: Kevin Huerter, Dzanan Musa

24. Portland Trail Blazers: Chandler Hutchison, Boise State, SG/SF

Needs: Wings and big men

Portland needs wings, and initially, I had them grabbing Dzanan Musa here. Musa is younger and may have a bit more upside, but Hutchison can play right away in that wing rotation. His last two years at Boise State displayed a huge improvement in 3-point shooting and overall scoring. Hutchison can really distribute the ball too, which Terry Stotts can use in the second unit. He gives the Blazers’ second unit a player who can create something out of nothing when it comes to scoring opportunities.

Previous pick: Keita Bates-Diop, Troy Brown

25. Los Angeles Lakers (via Cleveland): Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State, SF/PF

Needs: Outside shooting

The Lakers need some depth in the backcourt but Keita Bates-Diop falling to 25 gives them some wiggle room at the 4 position. Things will be in flux with the free agency bonanza potentially hitting their shores. Julius Randle’s restricted free agency could also leave them with a bit of a hole at the playmaking forward positions. Even if LeBron James or Paul George or Kawhi Leonard or all three of them come this summer, the Lakers will have to replenish some forward depth for the second unit. 

Bates-Diop helps at the forward positions and gives them a pretty mature combo forward to work into the mix. His 3-point shot returned enough his senior season at Ohio State to believe he can stretch the floor efficiently for his position. He could be the type of weapon to grab a rebound, push it up the floor against a scrambling defense, and put a ton of pressure on the opponents to make quick decisions correctly.

Previous pick: Jerome Robinson, Jontay Porter

26. Philadelphia 76ers: Mitchell Robinson, Chalmette High School, C

Needs: Backup big man

The Sixers will always want to develop some big man insurance. Despite a phenomenal season from Joel Embiid, those injury scares and concerns won’t go away any time soon. The Sixers could have a glut of big men in their stables, but their love for developing projects makes passing on Mitchell Robinson just too tough. They can throw Robinson into the G-League right away and let him cut his teeth there. He can score inside, rebound, and protect the rim. But he needs a lot of seasoning before the Sixers or any team feel comfortable throwing him in real games. It’s essentially a draft-and-stash, except he’ll be in the G-League on that rookie deal.

Previous pick: Dzanan Musa, Mitchell Robinson

27. Boston Celtics: Bruce Brown, Miami, SG

Needs: Rim protection, shooting guard

This still seems like a perfect Brad Stevens/Danny Ainge pick to me for this Boston team.

Bruce Brown regressed as a shooter in his second year at Miami, but the potential to knock down shots exists. He has a good wingspan approaching 6-foot-10 for his 6-foot-4 height. He rebounds well and defends well for his position. Brown won’t replace Marcus Smart if he leaves, but he’s solid insurance if restricted free agency gets out of hand.

Previous pick: Bruce Brown x2

28. Golden State Warriors: Khyri Thomas, Creighton, SG

Needs: Two-way wings

There’s a chance Khyri Thomas falls into the second-round of this draft. He was projected early on as a guy in the low 20s, but so many two-way wings currently populate this draft class. Thomas is already 22 years old, which can deter some executives hoping for high upside. Thomas defends well and he can shoot the lights out. His 65.0 percent true shooting in his junior year pops out and he cut down on his turnover rate, as well. He can play-make a little bit. Mostly, the champs need some wing depth and Thomas can play right away in their system. I like him at the end of the first-round here.

Previous pick: De’Anthony Melton x2

29. Brooklyn Nets (via Toronto): Dzanan Musa, Bosnia and Herzegovina, SF

Needs: Help inside

Kenny Atkinson loves to develop and Dzanan Musa has plenty of time to do just that. He’ll likely try to come over next season so there’s no real draft-and-stash threat. Musa can’t shoot the ball all that well from deep, but he can score from everywhere else on the floor. The Nets just need to keep adding perimeter players they can flood the rotation with at any given time. Musa has been projected all over the 20s. But he’s competing with more ready-to-go options like Hutchison, Bates-Diop, and Huerter. The Nets pluck someone with very solid upside here.

Previous pick: Grayson Allen x2

30. Atlanta Hawks (via Houston): Grayson Allen, Duke, SG

Needs: Fill out the perimeter, depth inside

Hard to imagine Grayson Allen slips out of the first-round. He can really score the ball and we know his outside shot looks like the floodgates have opened. Atlanta needs some shot-making after finishing near the bottom in both offensive rating and effective field goal percentage. Allen can play both guard positions off the bench. If they keep Dennis Schroder, Allen can flank him too. This is a safe pick that will stick in the rotation. 

Previous pick: Anfernee Simons, Jalen Brunson

Zach Harper is a basketball obsessive with a penchant for outside shooting and high volume scorers. He believes in living life 3-point line to 3-point line. Zach has worked for ESPN, Bleacher Report, and CBS Sports since 2010. He's as interested in exploring the minutiae of the game of basketball as he is in finding the humor in it. Basketball in previous eras was fun, but it's much better now. Embrace change.

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