2018 NBA Mock Draft 1.0: Who Will Go #1?

30. Golden State Warriors: G/F Troy Brown — Oregon

It’s tough to find a problem with the defending champs, but a bit of nitpicking reveals their lack of overall depth. Any team that employs four All-Stars needs their young role players and minimum contract guys to step up. Golden State hasn’t gotten much production at all from the trio of Patrick McCaw, Nick Young and Omri Casspi this year. When the Warriors were first building up their roster, they thrived on drafting rangy athletes that can switch on everything and fill multiple roles. Drafting Oregon’s Brown would get them back on that track. The former five-star product is a stat-sheet stuffer that can guard a number of different positions.

29. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston Rockets): PF Justin Jackson — Maryland

A torn labrum cut Jackson’s sophomore season short, but scouts have been revering the Maryland product ever since he stepped onto campus. He’s a bit of a tweener, but his glass cleaning tendencies make him more of a 4 than a 3. His versatility would be welcomed in Mike Budenholzer’s free-flowing offense, as Jackson can knock down threes and cut to the basket like a maniac.

28. Boston Celtics: SG Grayson Allen — Duke

The enigmatic Duke star has had an up-and-down career with the Blue Devils. He burst onto the scene as a freshman in the Final Four, but has since seen himself turn into college basketball’s biggest villain after multiple tripping incidents. Allen’s talent level is undeniable though, and he could prove to be a legitimate scoring threat off a quality team’s bench. Brad Stevens does a phenomenal job putting his players in the best spot to succeed, and would be the ideal coach to usher Allen towards the NBA game.

27. Brooklyn Nets: C Austin Wiley — Auburn

The Nets have done a great job addressing their backcourt over recent years with the additions of D’Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Caris LeVert. Kenny Atkinson has his trio of guards for the future, but the frontcourt remains an unknown. Bringing in Jahlil Okafor was an interesting move, but he doesn’t exactly fit Brooklyn’s up-tempo system. Wiley is more fit for the modern game, equipped with good feet, big hands, and the potential to develop into an elite shot blocker.

26. San Antonio Spurs: PF/C Chimezie Metu– USC

This spot could be a draft-and-stash selection for the International-affluent Spurs, but an immediate spark in their frontcourt might be the sounder move. The effects of losing shot blocking fiend Dewayne Dedmon has been felt by this roster. Opposing players rarely fear the prospect of Pau Gasol altering their shot. Metu is an imposing rim protector, with a soft enough touch to develop a nice post game.

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