The expected first six picks of the 2018 NBA Draft
Just hours before the 2018 NBA Draft, most reports are indicating that the Phoenix Suns will select Arizona’s Deandre Ayton first overall and the Sacramento Kings will take Duke’s Margin Bagley III with the second pick. A number of teams are rumored to have interest in trading into the top five, but according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the top six picks have taken shape:
Here’s how the Top 6 of tonight’s NBA Draft is taking shape: 1. Suns: Deandre Ayton. 2. Kings: Marvin Bagley Jr.; 3. Hawks: Luka Doncic; 4. Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson, Jr.; 5. Mavericks: Mo Bamba; 6. Magic: Trae Young.
As of yesterday, Sacramento was reportedly “torn” between Bagley III and Doncic before zeroing in on the former. The Slovenian product was believed to be a possibility for Phoenix at number one when they hired head coach Igor Kokoškov, who previously coached Doncic in Europe. But, as it stands right now, he’ll go third overall to Atlanta (if they don’t move the pick).
Jackson, still just 18 years old, has skyrocketed up draft boards after just one year at Michigan State. Fellow big man Mo Bamba slots in with the Dallas Mavericks at number five, staying in Texas after one season at UT-Austin. His recorded wingspan of 7’10” was the longest in NBA Combine history.
Finally, Woj has the Orlando Magic taking Oklahoma’s Trae Young with the sixth overall pick. Young drew comparisons to Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry this year due to his precision from long-range, and he has gone as far as to say he could outshoot both Curry and Klay Thompson.
There’s also a rumor floating around about the Hawks possibly taking Doncic and then trading him to Dallas for the fifth pick, which they would use on Young. We’ll see how it plays out over the coming hours.