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2018 NBA Mock Draft: First-Round Projections

The 2018 NBA draft is loaded with star talent like DeAndre Ayton and Luka Doncic. The Crossover’s Front Office projects all 60 picks.

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For the latest news, intel and pick projections, scroll down. For more in-depth prospect breakdowns, check out our comprehensive final Top 100 prospect rankings

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Phoenix Suns

Suns: Deandre Ayton, C, Arizona | Fr.

Height: 7'0" | Weight: 260 pounds | Age: 19 | Last Mock: 1
Stats: 20.1 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 61.2% FG

Drafting first for the first time in franchise history, the Suns appear set to go with Ayton, who has been the top-rated prospect on our Big Board since the start of the season. He fits neatly into Phoenix’s personnel situation, will immediately be one of the most athletic centers in the league, and has the elite physical traits and skill set to become a star. He should produce on the glass and around the basket, and the Suns have Tyson Chandler under contract as an ideal mentor for him. Ayton needs to improve defensively, but most around the league believe he has all the tools to be a quality rim protector given time and coaching. There’s a sense Ayton may need to be pushed harder than some to reach his full potential, but he has perhaps the best chance of anyone in the draft to become a true franchise player.

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Sacramento Kings

Kings: Marvin Bagley III, F/C, Duke | Fr.

Height: 6'10" | Weight: 235 | Age: 19 | Last: 2
Stats: 21.0 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 61.4% FG

Some speculation persists as to what the Kings will decide to do here, but there’s a level of skepticism that Sacramento will actually roll the dice on Michael Porter without first trading down, an option they continue to explore. Although members of their braintrust recently went to Spain to see Luka Doncic again, the Kings are still thought to be lukewarm and looking at frontcourt help. Of the available bigs, Bagley is the most likely to produce early in his career, and given the pressure to find production after their past draft struggles, it feels like the Kings will go this route if they don’t find a preferable deal to move down. Given that many teams view this draft as having a strong top group of seven or eight prospects, there may be less incentive than usual to give up a significant return to move into this spot. The best bet here is the Kings end up staying put and going with Bagley.

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