Latest 2018 NBA Mock Draft: Deandre Ayton Rising, Luka Doncic Slipping

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    11. Charlotte Hornets: Miles Bridges (Michigan State, SF/PF, Sophomore)

    The Hornets could be nearing a rebuild, which means they’ll just be looking for the best available player and not a need. An explosive leaper and proven shot-maker, Bridges could be better suited for the pros, where he can play the 4 and exploit his quickness and shooting.


    12. Los Angeles Clippers (via Pistons): Collin Sexton (Alabama, PG, Freshman)

    The Clippers could use an offensive upgrade at point guard. A Sexton-Lou Williams backcourt would put constant pressure on defenses. And between Sexton and Patrick Beverley, L.A. would have two tough-minded defenders to alternate minutes.


    13. Los Angeles Clippers: Robert Williams (Texas AM, C, Sophomore)

    The Clippers can plug Williams right in for DeAndre Jordan assuming he opts out and signs elsewhere. Similarly athletic and long, Williams is in the same mold of finisher, rebounder and shot-blocker.


    14. Denver Nuggets: Kevin Knox (Kentucky, SF/PF, Freshman)

    Will Barton and Richard Jefferson are unrestricted free agents, and Wilson Chandler has a player option for one more season. Knox gives Denver a scoring wing to eventually play between Gary Harris and Paul Millsap. With Jamal Murray, Nikola Jokic and Millsap being the focal points of the offense, Knox would make sense for his ability to work off the ball.  


    15. Washington Wizards: Zhaire Smith (Texas Tech, SG/SF, Freshman)

    The Wizards need a big, but they’ll use free agency since no power forwards or centers are worth taking at No. 15. Smith, 19 years old, has become a trendy predraft name for his explosive leaping, defensive versatility, promising shooting stroke and room to improve as a creator. 


    16. Phoenix Suns (via Heat): Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Kentucky, PG, Freshman)

    The Suns may look to move up using this pick and No. 31. Gilgeous-Alexander could be a target either way for his passing and defensive potential at point guard.      


    17. Milwaukee Bucks:  Donte DiVincenzo (Villanova, SG, Sophomore)

    The Bucks could use DiVincenzo’s high activity level and offensive versatility from the shooting guard position. He’s one of the top athletes in the draft but also a threatening playmaker and shooter, as well as a pesky defender. 


    18. San Antonio Spurs: Dzanan Musa (Bosnia and Herzegovina, SG/SF, 1999)

    One of Europe’s most productive young prospects, Musa just finished up in Europe, scoring 21 points in the Croatian League finals. He isn’t a stud athlete, but his size, footwork, scoring instincts and competitiveness create an intriguing case for teams in the Nos. 15-30 range. 


    19. Atlanta Hawks (via Timberwolves): Jerome Robinson (Boston College, SG, Junior)

    Despite not getting national recognition, scouts have picked up on Robinson, who averaged 22.6 points during ACC conference play this past season. He’d give the Hawks an athletic, well-rounded scorer who’d offer more firepower than Kent Bazemore. 


    20. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Thunder): Kevin Huerter (Maryland, SF, Sophomore)

    Huerter has been a hot name trending upward since the combine, and chances are, he’s making more fans during workouts with his shooting. The Wolves made fewer threes than any NBA team in 2017-18 and could use Heurter’s shot-making off the bench.