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UPDATE: June 22, 2018

The 2018 NBA Draft unfolded much as expected with Deandre Ayton going first overall to the Phoenix Suns. The Arizona big man was consistently in the top spot in our average draft rankings from early March onwards. Take a look below to see which other players were selected in the lottery.

2018 NBA Draft Lottery Selection

Pick Team Player Selected
1 Phoenix Suns Deandre Ayton
2 Sacramento Kings Marvin Bagley III
3 Atlanta Hawks Luka Doncic
4 Memphis Grizzlies Jaren Jackson Jr.
5 Dallas Mavericks Trae Young
6 Orlando Magic Mo Bamba
7 Chicago Bulls Wendell Carter Jr.
8 Cleveland Cavaliers Collin Sexton
9 New York Knicks Kevin Knox
10 Philadelphia 76ers Mikal Bridges
11 Charlotte Hornets Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
12 Los Angeles Clippers Miles Bridges
13 Los Angeles Clippers Jerome Robinson
14 Denver Nuggets Michael Porter Jr.

DeAndre Ayton and Luka Doncic aren’t the only ones who stand to make a fortune when their names are announced at 2018 NBA Draft. Savvy bettors can also cash in by accurately predicting when each lottery-level talent will be chosen.

That’s where we come in. We’ve been tracking the movement of the world’s top 14 prospects across five popular NBA draft sites, and have come up with a single number for each player that represents their average ranking.

We’ve included the information below in an easy-to-read graph and have also added stats and facts about the most-talked about players. Check back regularly before the NBA Draft on Thursday, June 21st to see how their numbers fluctuate.

DeAndre Ayton hasn’t budged from the top of draft boards since the end of his freshman year. The 7’1″ center averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 boards in his only season with the Wildcats and is an athletic freak with a polished post game. Expect him to stay in the Grand Canyon state where he’ll combine with Devin Booker to form one of the most intriguing young tandems in the league.

Trae Young is the first player to lead the nation in points and assists in a single season and projects as a lethal playmaker at the next level.

Another player to keep an eye on is Trae Young, who has been the subject of countless bets on sportsbooks around the world leading up to the 2018 NBA Draft.

The consensus All-American is the first player to lead the nation in points and assists in a single season and projects as a lethal playmaker at the next level. Young has seen his average draft ranking improve from 8.0 on March 10th to 7.0 on June 8th.

The 2018 NBA Draft is particularly long on players who are particularly long. DeAndre Ayton and Mo Bamba are both 7’0″ tall with insane wingspans of 7’8″ or longer. Robert Williams, meanwhile, is a touch shorter at 6’10”, but he too has a 7’4″ wingspan that should allow him to sway shots with ease in the NBA. Expect all three players to make an immediate impact as soon as they enter the league.

2018 NBA Draft Order

Pick Team 2017-18 Record
1 Phoenix Suns 21-61
2 Sacramento Kings 27-55
3 Atlanta Hawks 24-58
4 Memphis Grizzlies 22-60
5 Dallas Mavericks 24-58
6 Orlando Magic 25-57
7 Chicago Bulls 27-55
8 Cleveland Cavaliers 50-32
9 New York Knicks 29-53
10 Philadelphia 76ers 52-30
11 Charlotte Hornets 36-46
12 Los Angeles Clippers 42-40
13 Los Angeles Clippers 42-40
14 Denver Nuggets 46-36

The Suns provided the perfect blueprint for securing the number one pick in the draft by losing 27 of their final 30 games of the season. Their thoroughly transparent tank job wasn’t pretty to watch, but it should help the franchise to hasten their rebuild.

It will be fascinating to see how the Kings screw up the second pick in the draft. Will they select yet another mediocre big man, or will they settle for an underachieving guard with a history of back issues? The options are limitless.

Believe it or not, Sacramento hasn’t produced a winning season since 2006 despite having ten top 10 draft picks over the last ten years.

 

The SEC didn’t produce a national champion in 2018, but for the fifth year in a row it’s likely to produce the most players in the NBA Draft lottery. Much of the credit goes to John Calipari, who has helped an astounding 31 players get drafted during his first eight seasons at Kentucky.

Top 10 Players Available

Player School PPG RRG APG
DeAndre Ayton Arizona 20.1 11.6 1.6
Luka Doncic Real Madrid 14.5 5.2 4.6
Marvin Bagley Duke 21.0 11.1 1.5
Jaren Jackson Michigan State 10.9 5.8 1.1
Mohamed Bamba Texas 12.9 10.5 0.5
Michael Porter Missouri 10.0 6.7 0.3
Trae Young Oklahoma 27.4 3.9 8.7
Wendell Carter Duke 13.5 9.1 2.0
Mikal Bridges Villanova 17.7 5.3 1.9
Miles Bridges Michigan State 17.1 7.0 2.7

Luka Doncic may not have the same name appeal as his American peers, but the Slovenian sensation can flat out play. Doncic led Real Madrid in points and assists this season and became the youngest player ever to receive the EuroLeague MVP and EuroLeague Final Four MVP awards.

Any team that drafts him will benefit immediately from his sweet stroke and exceptional court vision.

Last 10 Number 1 Picks

Year Player School All-Star Selections
2017 Markelle Fultz Washington 0
2016 Ben Simmons LSU 0
2015 Karl-Anthony Towns Kentucky 1
2014 Andrew Wiggins Kansas 0
2013 Anthony Bennett UNLV 0
2012 Anthony Davis Kentucky 5
2011 Kyrie Irving Duke 5
2010 John Wall Kentucky 5
2009 Blake Griffin Oklahoma 5
2008 Derrick Rose Memphis 3

Having the first pick in the draft doesn’t always ensure that you’ll end up with a franchise savior. Just ask the Cavs, who made the mistake of nabbing UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett with the first selection in 2013.

The soft spoken Canadian averaged just 4.8 points per game in his first season in Cleveland before being shipped to Minnesota. Bennett is now toiling away in the G League after cups of coffee in Toronto and Brooklyn.

Schools that Have Produced the Most NBA Players

 

If you go to an NBA arena these days there are three things you’re likely to see: Cheerleaders, overpriced beer, and Kentucky alumni. The SEC powerhouse has produced 78 NBA players, including three top picks over the last eight years.

Kentucky will likely get to add to that total this year as Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Hamidou Diallo are all expected to be selected within the first 60 picks.

2019 NBA Draft Lottery Prospects

 

We’ve already begun tracking the top prospects for the 2019 NBA Draft. Stay tuned for plenty of updates in the months ahead.


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