Sporting News' Sean Deveney reports on the latest news and rumors around the 2018 NBA Draft, including concerns about potential No. You don’t have to work as hard as the guys who are 6-4 to stand out. And he played well too. But let the record show that, if I were in charge of a franchise, I'd probably take Bagley first in this draft. But he's not just a defensive player. But stressing too much about that is probably overthinking it because the 6-6 sophomore is an explosive athlete who can pass and shoot and guard multiple positions.
Published on May. To be clear, the executive said, Ayton has a higher overall ceiling than Drummond. Assuming DiVincenzo doesn't return to school, it'll rob college basketball of yet another likely All-American while making an already deep draft even deeper. And, I concede, he's neither an ideal power forward nor center for the modern NBA. There's also potential on the offensive end -- even if it's a work in progress, at the moment.
But, remember, Walker shot 40 percent from beyond the arc two summers ago on the Nike EYBL circuit. Zhaire Smith | Texas Tech | Fr | SG Smith is the rare one-and-done player who was a sub-100 prospect coming out of high school. Allen is a good athlete with good size who made 273 3-pointers in his final three years of college while shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc. CBS Interactive. Let us not forget that Doncic did file paperwork to enter the 2018 draft, as Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania reported last month .
With that reality settling in, the buzz around this week’s predraft combine here is that the Grizzlies are ripe for a move out of the No. The defense that Arizona had, they were playing Deandre out of position at the 4,” according to the executive. “He should have been a 5. I have him going 20th to Minnesota in my updated mock draft. But Bagley is still a consensus top-ranked high school player who averaged 21.0 points and 11.1 rebounds in one year of college for a great ACC team.
The 6-10 athlete averaged 10.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 25.6 minutes per game while leading Texas A&M to the Sweet 16. The 6-7 freshman averaged 11.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 31.5 minutes per game. Bruce Brown Jr. | Miami | Soph | SG A lot of people projected Brown to have a breakout season this season. Mitchell Robinson | N/A | C Robinson made a mess of his college situation by enrolling at Western Kentucky before, just two weeks later, leaving campus and asking for a release.
The preference would be to move into the top two and take Ayton or Doncic, but it’s a longshot that Phoenix (No. Their guards were not great defensively. Deandre Ayton | Arizona | Fr | C There's little doubt, now that the lottery order is set, that the Suns will take Ayton first overall and hope the Arizona star becomes a Phoenix legend. Simply put, I think he'll figure it out. The only concern I've heard is that he's such a bright young man with so many interests that some wonder if he actually wants to live in the gym, which is a prerequisite to NBA stardom.
He averaged 15.5 points and shot 41.1 percent from 3-point range as a junior. But it didn't really happen considering he played more minutes and took more shots but recorded a worse percentage from both inside and outside of the arc. Then the 7-foot center never actually enrolled in another school -- meaning he did not play competitive basketball anywhere this past season. Potential No. Is Doncic just putting up a smokescreen?
Sacramento (No. Smith’s jump shot is the big question. The 7-foot-1 forward averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds in 33.5 minutes per game this season while helping the Wildcats win the Pac-12 regular-season title and Pac-12 Tournament title. Michael Porter Jr. | Missouri | Fr | SF Back surgery robbed Porter of his first and only season of college basketball, which is unfortunate. But his positives seem to outweigh any negatives, real or otherwise.
Pick acquired from Minnesota Dzanan Musa | International | SF Musa is a 19-year-old Bosnian who averaged 20.2 minutes this season for Cedevita in the Adriatic League. His free-throw percentage was also down. That's neither ideal nor smart. Luka Doncic made headlines at a press conference before this week’s EuroLeague Final Four, saying he may not come to the U.S. in 2018. It’s also not like what Doncic said from his news conference is all that surprising, either.
He made 45.0 percent of his 3-pointers, but shot only 1.1 per game. His physical gifts make him unique and provide an opportunity for superstardom. To be clear, if doctors show concern, drafting Porter is a non-starter for Memphis. The 6-3 point guard is super-fast, super-quick and forever aggressive -- all of which are great qualities for anybody entering the NBA. The 6-9 athlete with a strong frame averaged a team-high 15.6 points and 5.4 rebounds in 32.4 minutes per game while leading Kentucky to the Sweet 16.
And he missed Miami's final 12 games with a broken foot. And it's possibly a red flag. Reporter: “Are these your last two games in Europe that you will play in the EuroLeague?” Doncic: “Ι’m not sure if these are the last two games. We don’t put much stock into players offering guarded responses when asked the same question during the NCAA tournament. NBA Draft . The Grizzlies are woefully short on depth and would like to add another player, or short of that, add another draft pick for next season.
He's not a sure thing, in my opinion. The 6-11 forward averaged just 21.8 minutes per game and often struggled with foul trouble. Wendell Carter Jr. | Duke | Fr | PF Carter was Duke's "other" frontcourt one-and-done standout -- not quite as productive as Bagley but still really good. And he's still only 18 years old, which makes him younger than most freshmen and almost everybody in this NBA Draft.
So it wasn't a great year. But Robinson remains a lottery talent. We are yet to make this decision. I want to concentrate on where I am,” the conversation around him centered on his NBA life next season. “If everything goes right,” his life will be different next year, he added. His combination of size (6-foot-6), agility (see highlights ) and projectable upside make him a potential franchise cornerstone for a team fortunate enough to draft him.
That's a concern. His versatility on the offensive end of the court makes him an intriguing prospect. Knox didn't shoot it well from 3-point range at Kentucky. But thanks to that effort, and a tremendous week at the combine, the 6-5 guard is now considered a likely first-round pick. So that's not ideal. NCAA Tournament. Perhaps after the season.” How high would Luka Doncic go in the draft? Why else might Doncic hesitate to come to the NBA?
More than anything, the 6-7 wing spent the season making "pro shots" more regularly than ever and doing most of the things any franchise would want him to do at the next level. Not every player who returns to school to "improve his NBA stock" actually does. On the season, DiVincenzo averaged 5.3 3-point attempts per game and made 40.1 percent of them. But the 6-3 sophomore still has a chance to go in the first 30 picks.
There were plenty of other reasons to believe Doncic was a lock to join Devin Booker in Phoenix. I’m going to make 2 million Euro next year, and I’m not coming over until you trade my rights.’ “He’s never at any point said 100 percent that he’s coming over next year. If he were to announce he's set on leaving for the NBA, it could give off a strong vibe to his teammates that he's quit on the team and looking toward the next chapter of his life.
In fact, most don't. So he projects as a bouncy two-way player who can be a weapon on the perimeter. The only real concern with Melton is his jumper. Pick acquired from Toronto Josh Okogie | Georgia Tech | So | SG Okogie really helped himself at the combine -- where he measured 6-4 with a 7-foot wingspan. Doncic to the Suns confirmed. I think he would like to. Top EuroLeague prospects have been drafted high before and intentionally delayed their departure, such as Ricky Rubio , who was drafted fifth overall in 2009 but didn't come to the States until 2011.
His 6-6 wingspan should prove beneficial while guarding opposing point guards. Grayson Allen | Duke | Sr | SG J.J. The 6-4 combo guard out of IMG Academy in Florida is a nice athlete who shoots it well. Peep the caron. pic.twitter.com/YtnfhVn93R — Taco Trey Kerby (@treykerby) May 16, 2018 If the Suns were not planning to select Doncic No. Obviously, you want to get your rookie scale contract started.
What happens a lot of times is, if you’re a 7-footer, you go through and play in high school and you dominate just because you are so much bigger than everyone else. Donte DiVincenzo tested and measured well at the NBA Combine. Marvin Bagley III | Duke | Fr | PF I know I'm in the minority. Probably not good enough to be a two-time NBA MVP like Curry. Miles Bridges | Michigan State | Soph | SF Bridges is a better small-ball power forward than he is a full-time wing.
The 6-7 Mountain West Conference star has all the tools necessary to be a quality NBA wing. Redick is an unrestricted free agent who might not return to the Sixers. He probably won't help anybody, the Hawks included, as a rookie. Doncic’s comments from the EuroLeague Final Four in Serbia enter some doubt into this conversation. What he has been able to do, it speaks to both the talent and preparedness for Luka.