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

25. Los Angeles Lakers (from Cleveland Cavaliers): PG Landry Shamet– Wichita State

The trio of Luke Walton, Magic Johnson, and Rob Pelinka have their finger prints all over this roster. Trading away Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance was another sign that they want no part of the old regime. The Lakers are looking for a certain type of player in their current state – smart, unselfish, versatile players that will make the extra pass and defend with intensity. Shamet fits the bill. He’s one of the headiest players in college basketball and can play either guard spot at the next level.

24. Atlanta Hawks (from Minnesota Timberwolves): C Omer Yurtseven — North Carolina State

The Hawks simply need talent wherever they can get it. Yurtseven is a promising Turkish-born center that has made a giant leap in his second year at NC State. His instincts as a shot blocker have put him on the national radar, but he’s also proven to be an intriguing stretch-5 candidate. He’ll have to put on some weight, and likely won’t be ready for big minutes in Year 1, but that’s the type of gamble a team with Atlanta’s roster has to be willing to take.

23. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Oklahoma City Thunder): G Bruce Brown Jr. — Miami

Brown has struggled mightily from the outside this year, knocking down just 26.7-percent of his three-point attempts. However, he offers a plethora of other solid skills that should translate to the NBA level. Scouts have lauded his ability to rebound for a guard, and Brown actually leads all Miami Hurricanes this year with 7.1 rebounds per game. It’s easy to imagine Brown as the type of glue guy that thrives under Tom Thibodeau.

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