The NBA draft is one of the biggest events of the summer, where all the rebuilding and tanking processes begin and sometimes end for teams across the league. The lottery has given us the picking order for the 2018 draft, and the pool is full of talent, but where will they land?
1. Phoenix Suns
The Suns have a lot of young talent in their backcourt with emerging star Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis, and Josh Jackson. While they were one of the worst team in the league last season, with the right offseason moves and a good selection at #1 the Suns could be on the come up soon.
Where they do struggle is in the paint with their big men, on the roster their notable big men are Alex Len and Tyson Chandler, that’s it. The solution in Phoenix could be to strengthen up their post scoring and defensive presence at the rim, while continuing to develop their guard play and the best center on the board, could be a once in a lifetime talent.
Pick: Deandre Ayton, C, Arizona
2. Sacramento Kings
The Kings are one of the worst drafting teams in recent memory. Plenty of opportunities and high picks because they haven’t reached the playoffs since the ‘05-’06 season. The Kings have young talent on the roster like De'aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, and Bogdan Bogdanovic.
Sacramento needs all the help they can get regardless of the position, and their savior might be arriving from Spain. Luka Doncic won the EuroLeague MVP as well as the championship with Real Madrid and at only 19 years old, can be the face of basketball in Sacramento for years to come. Doncic will bring a scoring spark to the aged Kings roster and if used correctly can be a huge help to develop the rest of their younger talent.
Pick: Luka Doncic, G, Real Madrid (Spain)
3. Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks are one of the NBA teams in league purgatory. They really don’t have much noteworthy talent on the roster besides Dennis Schroder, and they were very lucky to receive such a high pick. While there is plenty of talent available in the draft, the player I believe could transform Atlanta’s franchise is projected to be a much lower pick.
Michael Porter Jr. was widely considered the best player in last years recruiting class before suffering a back injury missing most of the season for Mizzou. When he did return, Porter really didn’t impress but I believe he came back a little too soon from his injury. Porter is 6’10” with a lengthy frame that reminds me of Kevin Durant.
His scoring is similar to Durant as well, as he’s very refined on the offensive end and has potential to be one of the best scorers in the league if he can stay healthy. He’s projected around 5-8 in mock drafts, but if he hadn’t been injured Porter might’ve went number one, if you’re the Hawks it’s gotta be tough to pass on that potential.
Pick: Michael Porter Jr., F, Mizzou