2018 NBA Mock Draft 1.0: The Draft Lottery is Set
By Kohl Rast
MANNY: He may not necessarily replace Blake Griffin, but who really knows how good Kevin Knox can be? The Los Angeles Clippers are in line to find out. Sure, he’s not a high-flyer of Griffin’s caliber, but Knox is crazy athletic in his own right and is a more natural shooter from long range.
DeAndre Jordan is likely to receive a lot of offers, in an attempt to pry him away from L.A. Knox will have ample opportunities to find his place on a new-look Clippers team, where its identity and place in the Western Conference rat race are still unclear.
KOHL: The Kentucky Wildcats underperformed a little bit this year considering that, once again, they were full of NBA level talent. Although Kevin Knox is a great NBA prospect, Gilgeous-Alexander may be even more ready. At 6’6″, he is one of the bigger point guards in the draft and he uses his size well.
He is also a very good distributor, averaging 5.1 assists per game in his lone year under Coach Calipari. The Nuggets were awfully close to making a playoff run this year, but fell short in the last game of the season. Adding a point guard with size and playmaking ability will help compliment Jamal Murray and Gary Harris and push the team forward for the future.
SEAN: The younger brother of Michael, Jontay is often overshadowed by the hype of his sibling. Jontay Porter had a very productive freshman season at Missouri and is primed to be a first round pick. He fills a void for the Wizards whether they opt to play him at center or power forward. He is an excellent passer for his size and runs the floor well.
Porter is a great screener and has shown he can be a positive influence on the defensive end. The questions for Porter come down to rebounding and athleticism. If he can prove himself in those areas, he will be a solid player in the league for many years.
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