BallnRoll’s 2018 NBA Draft Live Results and Breakdown
The day is finally here!
The 2018 NBA Draft is tonight and BallnRoll has you covered on all of tonight’s selections. Tonight, the League will welcome a new group of rookies, all filled with talent and potential. From DeAndre Ayton to Luka Doncic to Mo Bamba, NBA teams and fans should be all excited for what the future holds.
And with that being said, the Phoenix Suns are on the clock…
1. Phoenix Suns: DeAndre Ayton (Arizona)
One of the most offensively polished players in the draft with some question marks on the defensive end. Compared to DeMarcus Cousins, Ayton is a physical big man who can score inside as well and step out and hit the three.
2. Sacramento Kings: Marvin Bagley III (Duke)
A high-motor power forward with elite rebounding ability. Bagley projects to become a force on both ends of the floor, while at this point is more of an offensive-minded player who can finish at the rim and shoot from the perimeter.
3. Atlanta Hawks (Trade to Dallas): Luka Doncic (International)
One of the most advanced prospects to ever come out of Europe. While Doncic lacks athleticism, his basketball IQ is off the charts, he can shoot and play-make. Many scouts believe he could become the best player in this draft.
4. Memphis Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson Jr. (Michigan State)
The best all-around defensive player in this draft, Jackson’s dad spent 13-seasons in the NBA, winning a championship ring with the San Antonio Spurs. A bit raw on offence, Jackson will get stronger and has all the tools to become a force on both ends of the floor. Can also step out and shoot threes.
5. Dallas Mavericks (Traded to Atlanta): Trae Young (Oklahoma)
An undersized point guard, Trae Young may remind many of a smaller Stephen Curry. A good passer with plenty of range, Young is able to create his own shot and despite the lack of size, he is unafraid of attacking the basket.
6. Orlando Magic: Mo Bamba (Texas)
A mature and lengthy prospect, who set the NBA combine record for wingspan, Bamba has the potential to develop into an elite shot blocker and rim protector. Offensive game is still a work in progress, but Bamba is athletic, agile, and shows the potential to develop a three-point shoot and a good face-up game.
7. Chicago Bulls: Wendell Carter Jr. (Duke)
A versatile big man out of Duke, Wendell Carter is a good rebounder who shot 56% from the field in his lone season in college. Mobility is a question, but Carter projects to be a solid all-around player on both ends of the floor.
8. Cleveland Cavaliers: Collin Sexton (Alabama)
The second ranked point guard in the draft, Collin Sexton is a score-first one, with a high competitive drive and good explosiveness. Known to be a very hard worker, Sexton becomes the first Alabama player drafted in the past decade.
9. New York Knicks: Kevin Knox (Kentucky)
Versatile player who comes from the John Calipari system. Streaky shooter with good athleticism, Knox has good length and some aggressiveness to his game.
10. Philadelphia 76ers (Traded to Phoenix): Mikal Bridges (Villanova)
One of the best shooters in the draft, with good size and length. Prototypical 3-and-D player who compares to Klay Thompson. Good transition player with advanced catch-and-shoot ability. Struggles to create his own shot, but fits perfectly in Philadelphia.
11. Charlotte Hornets (Traded to Los Angeles): 🇨🇦 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Kentucky)
A long and projectable frame, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is an above average defender out of Canada who can guard multiple positions. Shot is a work in progress with some good passing ability.
12. Los Angeles Clippers (Traded to Charlotte): Miles Bridges (Michigan State)
A physical forward out of Michigan State. While Jackson was the Spartans’ best prospect, Bridges was their best player. Good rebounder for his size. Can shoot effectively, is aggressive-minded with great athleticism.
13. Los Angeles Clippers: Jerome Robinson (Boston College)
An athletic combo-guard who led the ACC in scoring. Good body control when attacking the rim, Jerome Robinson is a good finisher at the cup with the ability to shoot from all over the court.
14. Denver Nuggets: Michael Porter Jr. (Missouri)
While medical concerns have caused the big fall, Michael Porter is the best shooter among bigs. Kevin Durant-like frame and shooting ability, he is fluid and athletic. Struggles to create for others and lacks a defensive game, but has the potential to become an elite offensive player in the game if healthy.
15. Washington Wizards: Troy Brown (Oregon)
Good at a bunch of different things on the floor, Troy Brown is a good scorer and passer with length. Some athleticism with an improving jump shot.
16. Phoenix Suns (Traded to Philadelphia): Zhaire Smith (Texas Tech)
One of the best athletes in the draft with a defensive edge. Hard-working forward who still needs to develop a consistent jump shot. First player drafted in the first round who was not on ESPN’s top 100 prospect list in 2017.
17. Milwaukee Bucks: Donte DiVincenzo (Villanova)
The Most Outstanding Player of the National Tournament, DiVincenzo followed up his final game with Villanova with a very impressive Combine. Good tools all across the board on both ends.
18. San Antonio Spurs: Lonnie Walker IV (Miami)
Two-way player with elite athleticism, Lonnie Walker IV has the potential to develop into a great wing defender with his length. Explosive guard with good playmaking ability.
19. Atlanta Hawks: Kevin Huerter (Maryland)
Great footwork with athleticism, Kevin Huerter has quick and smooth stroke, which will translate over to the NBA level. Not afraid to put it on the floor as well.
20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Josh Okogie (Georgia Tech)
A defense-first player with length and athleticism. Shot well in college, but will need to refine his shot as he is still very raw on the offensive side on the ball.
21. Utah Jazz: Grayson Allen (Duke)
Senior out of Duke who has become a household name in college basketball. Good shooter with hard work ethic and a winning attitude. Excels in the pick-and-roll and is a solid passer. Lacks lateral quickness and good defensive ability, but has some good athleticism. Intense personality and great competitor, Allen also blew teams away at the draft combine.
22. Chicago Bulls: Chandler Hutchison (Boise State)
First Boise State player drafted in the 21st century, Chandler Hutchison has solid athleticism and foot work with a superior shot and an aggressive edge to him on the offensive side.
23. Indiana Pacers: Aaron Holiday (UCLA)
A third Holiday brother in the league, Aaron led the Pac-12 in scoring and excelled at UCLA. One of the best ball-handlers in this draft and is a pure scorer, who finishes well at the rim.
24. Portland Trailblazers: Anfernee Simons (US)
Currently lacks strength and defensive ability, but is athletic with good scoring ability. One of the more unknown players in the draft as he did not honour his collegiate commitment.
25. Los Angeles Lakers: Moritz Wagner (Michigan)
High-energy guy who led Michigan to the National Championship game. Crafty and fundamentally sound big-man with great makeup with a nice shot from the perimeter.
26. Philadelphia 76ers: Landry Shamet (Wichita State)
A good option off the bench at the guard spot who can make plays and shoot. Not a great transition player, but can do a lot of good things on the floor, despite not having a defined carrying tool.
27. Boston Celtics: Robert Williams (Texas A&M)
Best lob catcher in the draft who fits perfectly with the Celtics, Robert Williams provides great rim protection and is the best shot blocker remaining on the board.
28. Golden State Warriors: Jacob Evans (Cincinnati)
Tough-minded and long shooting guard with good basketball IQ, Jacob Evans will be able to blend in with the Warriors and has the ability of making shots.
29. Brooklyn Nets: Dzanan Musa (International)
Projectable frame who is a proven scorer on the international level, Dzanan Musa is a stash candidate who is believed to come to the NBA this upcoming year.
30. Atlanta Hawks: Omari Spellman (Villanova)
A third Villanova player taken in the first round of the 2018 Draft, Omari Spellman is a shooting big who can put the ball on the floor and finish on the rim. Good size with a strong frame.
31. Phoenix Suns: Elie Okobo (International)
32. Memphis Grizzlies: Jevon Carter (West Virginia)
33. Dallas Mavericks: Jalen Brunson (Villanova)
34. Atlanta Hawks (Traded to Charlotte) : Devonta Graham (Kansas)
35. Orlando Magic: Melvin Frazier (Tulane)
36. New York Knicks: Mitchell Robinson (US)
37. Sacramento Kings (Traded to Portland): Gary Trent Jr. (Duke)
38. Philadelphia 76ers (Traded to Detroit): Khyri Thomas (Creighton)
39. Philadelphia 76ers: Isaac Bonga (International)
40. Brooklyn Nets: Rodions Kurucs (International)
41. Orlando Magic (Denver Nuggets): Jarred Vanderbilt (Kentucky)
42. Detroit Pistons: Bruce Brown Jr. (Miami)
43. Denver Nuggets (Traded to Orlando): 🇨🇦 Justin Jackson (Maryland)
44. Washington Wizards: Issuf Sanon (International)
45. Brooklyn Nets (Traded to Charlotte): Hamidou Diallo (Kentucky)
46. Houston Rockets: De’Anthony Melton (USC)
47. Los Angeles Lakers: Svi Mykhailiuk (Kansas)
48. Minnesota Timberwolves: Keita Bates-Diop (The Ohio State University)
49. San Antonio Spurs: Chimezie Metu (USC)
50. Indiana Pacers: Alize Johnson (Missouri State)
51. New Orleans Pelicans: Tony Carr (Penn State)
52. Utah Jazz: Vincent Edwards (Purdue)
53. Oklahoma City Thunder: Devon Hall (Virginia)
54. Dallas Mavericks (Traded to Philadelphia): Shake Milton (SMU)
55. Charlotte Hornets: Arnoldas Kulboka (International)
56. Philadelphia 76ers (Traded to Dallas): Ray Spalding (Louisville)
57. Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Hervey (UT Arlington)
58. Denver Nuggets: Thomas Welsh (UCLA)
59. Phoenix Suns: George King (Colorado)
60. Philadelphia 76ers (Traded to Dallas): Kostas Antetokounmpo (Dayton)