2. Sacramento Kings select Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Original draft position: 11
Coming out of Kentucky, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander looked good, yet unspectacular. He was anointed as a good scorer, passer, and defender, but didn't project to be a franchise-altering talent.
And upon entering the NBA, his scouting report held true. Throughout the course of his first season with the Los Angeles Clippers, Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 10.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game. Solid, yet unspectacular.
However, the entire course of his career changed after he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Paul George mega-deal. Gilgeous-Alexander's statistical output jumped mightily. He averaged 19.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 3.3 assists while upping his three-point volume.
Now, the former Wildcat looks like a perennial All-NBA first-teamer. He made his first All-NBA team and All-Star team selection last season, but will likely ascend to greater heights soon.
Gilgeous-Alexander is the lead man on an up-and-coming Thunder squad that surprised everyone last season en route to winning 40 games and making the Play-In Tournament as a developing team. The Thunder look like a playoff team this season, with their star guard leading the way.
Gilgeous-Alexander is a do-it-all offensive hub. He works as a dominant driver, who slithers his way to the rim with a nifty array of moves rather than relying on elite athleticism. Although not the highest-volume three-point shooter, Gilgeous-Alexander instead gets to the free-throw line to an extraordinary degree.
It could be debated whether Gilgeous-Alexander or the player on the next slide is the second-best from the 2018 draft. However, the Canadian star was given the nod here, as he doesn't have any true weaknesses in his game and has only gotten better since stepping on the hardwood.