Redrafting the 2018 NBA Draft: Who do Mavericks select after Luka Doncic goes No. 1?

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9. New York Knicks select Michael Porter Jr.

Original draft position: 14

Michael Porter Jr. came to Missouri as a heralded recruit. Porter Jr. was tabbed as a Kevin Durant clone. A big man, with the skillset and shooting ability of a guard, Porter Jr. seemed like shoo-in for the first overall pick before the 2018 collegiate season began.

Porter Jr. ultimately dropped in the draft due to a back injury that cost him all but three games. And, to begin his NBA career, Porter Jr. sat out his entire rookie season as he got a second surgery on his back.

Porter Jr. returned to the floor in 2019 and quickly emerged as an elite scorer. Over the course of his career, Porter Jr. has displayed advanced shot-making, but little else. He rebounds well and can defend, but has shown no offensive playmaking whatsoever.

10. Philadelphia 76ers select Miles Bridges

Original draft position: 12

Conceivably the toughest player from the 2018 draft class to rank, Bridges comes in at ten in the redraft. A talented player, who has shown the ability to score 20-plus points, rebound better than most forwards, and facilitate. Bridges' 2022-23 season was lost due to a suspension stemming from a domestic violence incident.

Prior to his suspension, Bridges vastly improved his game throughout his career. He came into the league as an incredible athlete, without a true go-to skill. The explosive Bridges looked like a solid contributor his rookie season, but nothing special.

His improvements were nominal between his second and third seasons before he took off in season four. Bridges averaged 20.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.9 threes made per game. If Bridges can regain form, he'll immediately contribute to a subpar Hornets squad.

11. Charlotte Hornets select Robert Williams III

Original draft position: 27

Former Texas A&M Aggie, Robert Williams III, had one of the largest falls on draft day. Multiple mock drafts had Williams III as a lottery lock before he fell to 27 on draft night. Williams' upside was off the charts, as an athletic rim-runner with an uncanny ability to protect the rim.

However, Williams fell down team draft boards due to questions about his competitiveness and a lack of growth from his freshman to sophomore seasons.

Now, while playing for the Boston Celtics, Williams has starred in a limited role. It took Williams a few seasons to truly make a difference, but he sure has. Although plagued with injuries, Williams III is an advanced stats darling. The Celtics big man does everything you could ask for as a shot-blocking, rim-rolling center.