2018 NBA Mock Draft 1.0: The Draft Lottery is Set
By Kohl Rast
MANNY: The process continues, for the Philadelphia 76ers. Though there is a possibility of adding a marquee free agent this offseason, in the interim, Philly can use some insurance on the interior. That’s where Wendell Carter Jr. comes in. He is one of the most versatile big men in this year’s draft class.
Often overshadowed by his frontcourt running mate, Marvin Bagley III, Carter Jr. is a hidden gem. As a proven shot-blocker that can find his offense in the paint or behind the arc, the 6’10” Blue Devil may be another piece to Philadelphia’s ongoing puzzle. Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid have given the front office an early return on its investment, and adding a young stud is yet another step in the right direction.
KOHL: One of my favorite players in this draft, Miles Bridges should not make it out of the lottery without being picked. One of the top players in the nation during both his years at Michigan State, Bridges is a great player, an incredible athlete, and a very mature 20-year old basketball player.
Bridges would fit well with the Hornets. Charlotte does not have the strongest wing players but they are serviceable and would give Bridges a chance to learn. At worst, he would be a very serviceable wing defender down the road. At best, he could really hone in his offensive game and become a regular starter in the NBA.
SEAN: With potential free agent DeAndre Jordan’s future uncertain in Los Angeles, the Clippers select Robert Williams III out of Texas A&M. Williams III may have disappointed some by not taking the next step in his game this year in college, but he is still a promising prospect.
He plays a similar style to Clint Capela in Houston. He is a great rim-runner, rebounder, and finisher in traffic. He has flashed some good things as a rim protector and even tries his hand at (unsuccessfully) outside shooting every once in awhile. Williams III would be a pick with good upside for the Clippers at twelve.
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