1. Phoenix Suns-Deandre Ayton-7’1″-Freshman-Center-Arizona
Deandre Ayton is the best player heading into NBA Draft which makes it a no-brainer that the Suns will take him here.
2. Sacramento Kings-Luka Donocic-6’8″-Shooting Guard-Slovenia
We all know that Ayton will go first, but whatever the Kings decide to do with the second overall pick will shape how the rest to the top ten works out.
3. Atlanta Hawks-Michael Porter Jr.-6’10”-Freshman-Small Forward-Missouri
If Michael Porter Jr. is healthy, we could be looking at the NBA Rookie of the Year.
4. Memphis Grizzlies-Mohamed Bamba-7’1″-Freshman-Power Forward-Texas
Mo Bamba might be the best athlete in this draft as he could be a spark to turn things around in Memphis.
5. Dallas Mavericks-Jaren Jackson Jr.-6’11”-Freshman-Power Forward-Michigan State
The Mavericks will get another big that can shoot as Jaren Jackson Jr. will take some of the scoring load off of an aging Dirk Nowitzki.
6. Orlando Magic-Collin Sexton-6’2″-Freshman-Point Guard-Alabama
For a franchise that has been so bad for so long, the Orlando Magic need something positive to hang their hats on.
7. Chicago Bulls-Mikal Bridges-6’7″-Junior-Small Forward-Villanova
Mikal Bridges heads into the NBA Draft as one of the most versatile players available, and he could be a starter from his first day in Chicago.
8. Cleveland Cavaliers (from the Brooklyn Nets via the Boston Celtics)-Marvin Bagley III-6’11”-Freshman-Power Forward-Duke
Regardless of whether or not that LeBron James is staying in Cleveland, the Cavaliers need to get more rebounding from their front court.
9. New York Knicks-Kevin Knox-6’9″-Freshman-Small Forward-Kentucky
The eyes of New York City will be on Kevin Knox, but will he be able to live up to it?
10. Philadelphia 76ers (from the Los Angeles Lakers via the Phoenix Suns)-Miles Bridges-6’7″-Sophomore-Small Forward-Michigan State
The Sixers are a team on the rise, but they still need to work on their perimeter scoring.
11. Charlotte Hornets-Wendell Carter Jr.-6’10”-Freshman-Power Forward-Duke
In selecting Wendell Carter Jr., Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan would have to own up to the fact that he made a mistake in selecting Michael Kidd-Gilchrist a few years back.
12. Los Angeles Clippers (via the Detroit Pistons)-Trae Young-6’2″-Freshman-Point Guard-Oklahoma
With Jerry West on board in the front office of the Los Angeles Clippers, they won’t pass on the potential of Trae Young.
13. Los Angeles Clippers-Robert Williams-6’10”-Sophomore-Power Forward-Texas A&M
The Clippers could lose center DeAndre Jordan in free agency, and it would be ironic that he’d be replaced by a player from his alma mater.
14. Denver Nuggets-Keita Bates-Diop-6’9″-Junior-Small Forward-Ohio State
I would not be surprised to see the Nuggets trade this pick, but Keita Bates-Diop could be a fall back option for them if Wilson Chandler decides to test free agency.
15. Washington Wizards-Mitchell Robinson-7’0″-Center-United States
There is plenty of intrigue around Mitchell Robinson, and he could be a spark to an aging Wizards front court.
16. Phoenix Suns (via the Miami Heat)-Chandler Hutchinson-6’7″-Senior-Boise State
The Suns must use this draft to address their issues in the front court.
17. Milwaukee Bucks-Dzanan Musa-6’9″-Small Forward-Bosnia
I could see the Bucks packaging this pick, but if they decide to keep Dzanan Musa, they’ll get a versatile player to compliment Giannis Antentonkounmpo.
18. San Antonio Spurs-Donte DiVincenzo-6’5″-Sophomore-Shooting Guard-Villanova
If the Spurs are going to trade Kawhi Leonard this summer, they might as well take one of best athletes available in this draft to kick start the process of replacing him.
19. Atlanta Hawks (via the Minnesota Timberwolves)-Lonnie Walker IV-6’5″-Freshman-Shooting Guard-Miami
Lonnie Walker IV could be one of the most underrated players in this year’s draft.
20. Minnesota Timberwolves (from the Oklahoma City Thunder via the Utah Jazz)-Shai Gilgeous-Alexander-6’6″-Freshman-Point Guard-Kentucky
Will Shai Gilgeous-Alexander be the point guard who can kick start the Minnesota Timberwolves offense?
21. Utah Jazz-Brandon McCoy-7’1″-Freshman-Center-UNLV
The Jazz could lose power forward Derrick Favors in free agency and they could find a replacement in Brandon McCoy who not only has tremendous potential, but also an impressive wingspan.
22. Chicago Bulls (via the New Orleans Pelicans)-Gary Trent Jr.-6’6″-Freshman-Shooting Guard-Duke
This draft will see the Bulls focus on improving their perimeter game.
23. Indiana Pacers-Aaron Holiday-6’1″-Junior-Point Guard-UCLA
The Pacers have their new franchise player in Victor Oladipo, but they need another ball handler who will take some of the pressure off of him.
24. Portland Trail Blazers-Zhaire Smith-6’4″-Freshman-Shooting Guard-Texas Tech
Yes the Portland Trail Blazers have their starting back court set with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, but what about the players behind them on the bench?
25. Los Angeles Lakers (from the Cleveland Cavaliers via the Portland Trail Blazers)-Moritz Wagner-7’0″-Junior-Center-Michigan
The Lakers could be making this selection for the Spurs if both sides are able to work out a deal for Kawhi Leonard. But if either one of these teams gets Mo Wagner, they are getting a big that can flat out shoot the basketball.
26. Philadelphia 76ers-Khyri Thomas-6’4″-Junior-Shooting Guard-Creighton
If you watched the Sixers in the playoffs this year, you know that they struggled to shoot the basketball and the addition of Khyri Thomas will help to remedy that.
27. Boston Celtics-Omari Spellman-6’10”-Freshman-Power Forward-Villanova
The Boston Celtics could add some front court depth by taking a player in Omari Spellman who has a wealth of untapped potential.
28. Golden State Warriors-Kevin Huerter-6’7″-Sophomore-Shooting Guard-Maryland
The Warriors don’t have too many holes on their team, but bench depth is one of them.
29. Brooklyn Nets (via the Toronto Raptors)-Troy Brown-6’7″-Freshman-Shooting Guard-Oregon
In watching the Brooklyn Nets play this past season, it’s clear that they need some more explosion from their perimeter game.
30. Atlanta Hawks (from the Houston Rockets via the Los Angeles Clippers)-Chimezie Metu-6’10”-Junior-Power Forward-USC
If the Hawks play their cards right, they could come out of this draft smelling like a rose if they put their first-round picks to good use.