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2018 NBA Mock Draft Marvin Bagley over Michael Porter

College basketball kicks off this weekend so here is a primer on potential NBA stars to watch
2018 NBA Mock Draft, Marvin Bagley
Marvin Bagley is set to begin his collegiate basketball career at Duke. Getty Images

In our first 2018 NBA Mock Draft to coincide with the start of the college basketball season, we have Duke power forward Marvin Bagley going ahead of small forward Michael Porter. With Duke on national TV almost every game, the buzz surrounding Bagley’s play is going to be palpable. Not that NBA GMs really care about national buzz, but by the time February rolls around a consensus is typically formed on the No. 1 overall pick. Historically, playing at blue blood school helps. Here are the last five No. 1 overall picks: Markelle Fultz (Washington), Ben Simmons (LSU), Karl-Anthony Towns (Kentucky), Andrew Wiggins (Kansas), Anthony Bennett (UNLV).

Porter playing at Missouri is not exactly college basketball wilderness but if Bagley gets off to a dominant start to this season, expect the No.1 pick buzz to increase rapidly.

Also something to look at regarding this NBA Mock is the odd order of teams right now. No one in their right mind thinks the Pistons will be picking at No. 27 next June and no one in their right mind thinks the Oklahoma City Thunder will be picking seventh.

There’s still, obviously a ton to sort out so think of this as an extremely rough draft of a mock.

1. Dallas Mavericks: Marvin Bagley, PF, Duke

2. Atlanta Hawks: Michael Porter, SF, Missouri

3. Sacramento Kings: Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas

4. Chicago Bulls: Lonnie Walker, SG, Miami

5. Phoenix Suns: Kevin Knox, SF, Kentucky

6. Cleveland Cavaliers: Wendell Carter, PF, Duke

7. Oklahoma City Thunder: DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona

8. Milwaukee Bucks: Robert Williams, PF, Texas A&M

9. Miami Heat: Luka Doncic, SG, Slovenia

10. Utah Jazz: Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama

11. Charlotte Hornets: Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State

12. Brooklyn Nets: Jaren Jackson Jr., PF, Michigan State

13. Indiana Pacers: Nick Richards, C, Kentucky

14. Philadelphia 76ers: Killian Tillie, SF, Gonzaga

15. Los Angeles Clippers: Lamar Peters, PG, Mississippi State

16. Washington Wizards: Mikal Bridges, SG, Villanova

17. Denver Nuggets: Rodions Kurucs, SF, Latvia

18. New Orleans Pelicans: Gary Trent Jr., SG, Duke

19. Portland Trail Blazers: Austin Wiley, C, Auburn

20. Philadelphia 76ers: Rui Hachimura, SF, Gonzaga

21. New York Knicks: Omer Yurtseven, C, NC State

22. Toronto Raptors: Brandon McCoy, C, UNLV

23. Orlando Magic: PJ Washington, PF, Kentucky

24. San Antonio Spurs: Bruce Brown, SG, Miami

25. Memphis Grizzlies: Chimezie Metu, PF, USC

26. Minnesota Timberwolves: Josh Okogie, SF, Georgia Tech

27. Detroit Pistons: Billy Preston, PF, Kansas

28. Golden State Warriors: Elijah Stewart, SG, USC

29. Houston Rockets: Jarred Vanderbilt, SF, Kentucky

30. Boston Celtics: Troy Brown, SG, Oregon

 
 
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