2018 NBA Mock Draft 1.0: The Draft Lottery is Set
By Kohl Rast
MANNY: The rebuilding Chicago Bulls will need more than just Trae Young to catapult itself back into the Eastern Conference hierarchy. In fact, it will be at least another draft, or free agent signing until we see the Bulls back in contention for a Playoff spot.
Adding a versatile forward like Justin Jackson out of Maryland is one of those moves that gets overlooked, but means a lot when the team is back to its winning ways. For this reason, his season-ending shoulder injury should be of little to no concern.
Jackson will walk into a situation where not too much is expected of him right away. During his career in College Park, he averaged 10 points, 6.5 rebounds and nearly a steal and block per contest.
KOHL: The NCAA Player of the Year is deserving of a first round pick if for no other reason than he has shown that he knows how to win games. This year’s Villanova team was one of the best full team’s to come together in a long time. With 4-5 players on that team worthy of being drafted, their is no doubt that Brunson was the leader of the team.
Brunson would be a great addition to a Pacers team that is only a piece or two away from real playoff relevance. Darren Collison played out of his mind this year but that can’t be expected for years to come. Brunson would pair well with Victor Oladipo in the backcourt on both ends of the floor.
SEAN: Jacob Evans is your classic 3-and-D prospect that is now getting so popular in today’s game. Evans defends with passion and rarely makes mistakes. He is not the type of player you expect to score a lot of points but he will make you pay if you leave him open.
He can play either the SG or SF position. The Trailblazers could use him as a cheaper and younger version of Evan Turner. He would fit well next to Lillard and McCollum and him and Al-Farouq Aminu would be good defensive combo. Evans and Portland are a good match.
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