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

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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

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    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.

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    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.

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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 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.

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