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2018 NBA Draft Big Board 7.0: Top 100 Prospects

The official group of NBA draft–eligible prospects is locked in and the lottery is on the horizon. Here is The Crossover Front Office's Top 100 big board.

Everybody into the pool! The NBA’s early-entry deadline passed on April 22, the draft is less than two months away, and for the first time this cycle, the official group of draft-eligible prospects is locked in. We’ve moved into a key evaluation period, with prospects soon to begin working out for teams and combine invites soon to go out. Things are getting serious, and the Front Office is expanding its Big Board accordingly, to include 100 eligible players.

Key dates to remember from here: the draft lottery is May 15 in Chicago, followed immediately by the draft combine, with the on-court component spanning two days. Underclassmen who have not hired agents and retained their amateur status have until the NCAA’s May 30 deadline (10 days after the official conclusion of the combine) to withdraw. The NBA’s withdrawal deadline is June 11, which applies to international prospects and players entering the draft who are not looking to retain their college eligibility. The difference between those dates is a key distinction. The draft itself is June 21 in New York. Until then, we’ll continue to update these rankings based on intel and other developments as prospects withdraw from the pool.

As a reminder, while our mock draft aims to project what the draft might look like on a given day of the season and factors in team needs, the Big Board serves as our own point of reference to project draft value and ranges within the available prospect pool. This board is based on our own evaluations and factor in intel from around the league, and established how we'd rate players in a vacuum without team context. Rankings and stats last updated April 24. Assume all underclassmen are testing with an agent, unless otherwise stated.

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1. Deandre Ayton, C, Arizona | Freshman

Height: 7'0" | Weight: 260 pounds | Age: 19 | Last Big Board: 1
Stats: 20.1 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 1.9 BPG

Elite physical tools, soft touch at the rim and a promising jump shot make Ayton the likely top pick. His sheer size and strength presents a matchup problem for most any defender, and he may be the most athletic 7-foot prospect to come along this decade. Ayton checks essentially every offensive box for his position: he has soft touch, can face up or play with his back to the basket, his midrange shot projects nicely to the perimeter, and he’s also a sound passer out of double-teams. While Ayton struggled defensively this season, he was frequently asked to defend forwards in Arizona’s scheme, surrendering some of his physical advantage and hampering his opportunity to consistently improve as a team defender. He did make progress, and with his nimble feet and long frame, he has the ability to be an above-average presence protecting the basket. Bottom line, it’s extremely rare to find a 7-footer with his array of gifts.

2. Luka Doncic, G, Real Madrid

Height: 6'8" | Weight: 220 | Age: 19 | Last: 2
Stats (All competitions): 14.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 4.4 APG

A prodigious playmaker and basketball savant, Doncic will be the most accomplished player in the draft bar none. He enters with an unprecedented résumé for a 19-year-old, enjoying real success in the Euroleague and ACB and helping Slovenia to last summer’s Eurobasket title. Doncic is comfortable with the ball in his hands, makes his teammates better as a passer and reads the floor beyond his years. He didn’t shoot the ball well from outside this season, but his stroke is projectable enough. He will face an adjustment to the speed of NBA defenses, and it’s yet to be seen if his lack of elite explosiveness and burst will make things more difficult at the NBA level—it’s possible that limits his ceiling, but he should have plenty to offer regardless. As an oversized lead ballhandler, Doncic appears up to task to eventually become the engine of a spacing-oriented attack.

3. Jaren Jackson Jr., C, Michigan State | Freshman

Height: 6'11" | Weight: 240 | Age: 18 | Last: 3
Stats: 10.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.0 BPG

With a projectable frame, above-average mobility and a fast-developing skill set, Jackson put his considerable potential on display this season and played his way among the draft’s top prospects. His shot blocking numbers (5.5 per-40) were off the charts, and teams are intrigued by his ability to protect the rim and defend in space. He shot 39.6% from three (though his mechanics leave a bit to be desired) and has nice touch around the rim with either hand, continuing to develop perimeter skills at an impressive rate. Jackson is more lanky and agile than he is bouncy, but some of his issues keeping up with physical opponents in traffic should be mitigated as he gets stronger. He’s less NBA-ready than some of his peers, as illustrated by the inconsistency he faced this season, but Jackson’s overall outlook is sunny as he gets stronger and matures.

4. Marvin Bagley III, F/C, Duke | Freshman

Height: 6'11" | Weight: 235 | Age: 19 | Last: 4
Stats: 21.2 PPG, 11.3 RPG, 61.4% FG

An athletic, competitive presence on the inside, Bagley was one of college basketball’s most productive players, utilizing his athletic mismatch to score in the paint and manufacture easy baskets on the offensive glass at an elite clip. It’s hard to argue with his numbers, and with more shooters and playmakers around him, Bagley’s life should get even easier—you shouldn’t have to worry about his individual effort. He’s extremely left-hand dominant as a scorer and needs to expand his skill set, including his jump shot, which needs to improve for him to really thrive as a four-man. Defensively there’s some fear he may end up stuck between positions, as he’s not much of a shot-blocker and didn’t display strong instincts on that end. Weaknesses noted, Bagley is a quality prospect who could evolve into a high-caliber frontcourt player.

5. Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas | Freshman

Height: 7'0" | Weight: 225 | Age: 19 | Last: 5
Stats: 12.9 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 3.7 BPG

Bamba boasts rare length and verticality that translate to serious defensive impact. His 7'9" wingspan allows him to contest, alter or block most any shot within his area, and he has promising mobility that adds a level of intrigue on top of that. As a baseline, he has the kind of tools you can’t teach. His offensive game is unfinished, but he has some shooting touch and developing skills around the basket, and should be able to threaten as a lob-catcher. Some scouts have questioned Bamba’s competitiveness and toughness on the inside, as his interest level appeared to waver at times this season. It’s fair to wonder how much weight he can pack onto to his slender frame, as well. All things considered, Bamba’s long-term upside as a team’s defensive backbone is substantial.

6. Michael Porter Jr., F, Missouri | Freshman

Height: 6'10" | Weight: 215 | Age: 19 | Last: 6
Stats (2016 U18 FIBA Americas):  15.8 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.4 APG

The long-term state of Porter’s back remains a matter of concern, but he’s still one of the most polished scorers in the draft. He’s a capable jump shooter and perimeter scorer with a good feel for scoring the ball, and has the size to play either forward spot. There are concerns about his defensive approach and playmaking skills, neither of which has ever been considered a strength. Porter’s brief late-season comeback from back surgery, in which he looked understandably stiff and rusty, sends him into workout season with a bit more to prove from a health and conditioning standpoint. That said, NBA teams are well aware of what Porter is capable of at his best, and how he chooses to handle the predraft process (and which teams he works out for) is worth monitoring closely.

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7. Wendell Carter Jr., C, Duke | Freshman

Height: 6'10" | Weight: 260 | Age: 19 | Last: 7
Stats: 13.5 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 2.1 BPG

Carter was a productive, stabilizing force for Duke this season and is viewed as a safe bet to play in the NBA for a long time as a well-rounded post player. He’s a natural rebounder and a better athlete than he gets credit for, able to contest shots effectively and haul in tough balls. Carter’s offensive role at Duke was less prominent than he was accustomed to coming up, but he’s a polished post score and has become a respectable jump shooter. What may hold Carter back long-term is a lack of elite explosiveness, as he occasionally struggles to gather off two feet and score against longer defenders under the basket. His impressive skill level, passing ability and on-court feel set him apart, and a different system might unlock more of his talent.

8. Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma | Freshman

Height: 6'2" | Weight: 180 | Age: 19 | Last: 8
Stats: 27.4 PPG, 8.8 APG, 36.1% 3FG

A potent perimeter shooter and playmaker, Young displayed and sustained serious ability as the fulcrum of Oklahoma’s offense. Young’s deep shooting range and intelligent use of ball screens open up room for his creative dribble penetration, and turning Oklahoma into an elite offensive team for a large stretch of the season was no small feat. His change of pace and variety of moves help offset a lack of elite physical attributes, though he will need to keep working on his body as evidenced by the way he wore down a bit toward the end of the season. It’s unlikely Young will be more than an average defender at best, but if he’s placed within a system that can give him enough room to operate, his talent should be able to outweigh his weaknesses. In a relatively thin group of point guards, Young’s upside stands out.

9. Mikal Bridges, SF, Villanova | Junior

Height: 6'7" | Weight: 210 | Age: 21 | Last: 9
Stats: 17.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 43.5% 3FG

Bridges couples great defensive instincts and ability with quality three-point shooting, making him a fairly safe bet to provide value in the modern NBA. His impactful perimeter defense should translate nicely, given his 7’0” wingspan and foot speed that lets him ably defend both guards and wings. Bridges has made major strides as a jump shooter as well, and while he sometimes struggles to create his own shot off the dribble he should be able to thrive in a supporting role alongside a quality playmaker or two. He doesn’t have superstar upside, but could fill a need effectively early in his career. Given how the league is trending toward wide-open play, there’s not a team in the league that can’t use a player with Bridges’s strengths.

10. Robert Williams III, C, Texas A&M | Sophomore

Height: 6'9" | Weight: 240 | Age: 20 | Last: 10
Stats: 10.4 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 2.6 BPG

A physical force when he’s engaged, Williams can be a difference-making rebounder and finisher around the rim, but has struggled to produce big numbers on a consistent basis. He’s an instinctive rebounder and shot-blocker and plays above the rim as easily as anyone, able to win most 50-50 balls within his area thanks to his length and quickness off the floor. For a guy with his gifts, Williams should have been tallying up more easy baskets at A&M—he wasn’t ever the focal point of the offense, but he didn’t always use his physical edge to his advantage. He’s a limited scorer outside eight feet, but when penciled into a Clint Capela-type NBA role, he makes a lot of sense. If a team can get him to buy in, he has the talent to be a quality contributor.

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11. Miles Bridges, F, Michigan State | Sophomore

Height: 6'7" | Weight: 225 | Age: 20 | Last: 13
Stats: 17.1 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 36.4% 3FG

Bridges is a well-built, active scorer who might be a little bit stuck between positions. Athletically he fits the bill, and he showed some improvement as a spot-up shooter on the wing. He’s limited as a ball-handler and shot creator, and his best pro position is probably power forward, where he can better utilize his quickness despite the fact he’s built more like a two-guard. There are still questions about how his three-point shooting will translate to NBA range. Bridges could become a plus defender thanks to his agility and strength, but has never been a true standout on that side of the ball. If Bridges can remake himself from a finesse-based scorer into a high-energy glue guy, he should be able to cover for his weaknesses just fine, but there’s some risk here.

12. Kevin Knox, F, Kentucky | Freshman

Height: 6'9" | Weight: 215 | Age: 18 | Last: 11
Stats: 15.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 34.1% 3FG

An intriguing project with the build to handle either forward spot, Knox was never consistently able to take over games at Kentucky but has the ability to develop into a capable supporting scorer in due time. Knox has some natural shooting touch, meets the requirements to keep up athletically and is a solid rebounder, though his handle must improve in order for him to keep playing on the wing. His competitiveness comes and goes sometimes and he’ll have to get tougher, but it helps that Knox is one of the younger prospects in the draft and showed improvement over the course of the season. He has the type of malleable talent that should play in an NBA rotation given time to develop.

13. Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama | Freshman

Height: 6'2" | Weight: 190 | Age: 19 | Last: 12
Stats: 19.2 PPG, 3.6 APG, 33.6% 3FG

There’s no doubting Sexton’s talent as a scorer. At Alabama, he showcased his ability to attack the basket, play through contact and fill up a box score. He’s athletically impressive, can get downhill off the bounce and is unafraid of the moment. His three-point shooting clip leaves something to be desired, but may be attributable in part to a heavy workload. Where Sexton struggles is making teammates better—and while some of his poor assist to turnover ratio came as a byproduct of the Tide’s lack of offensive structure, there’s some concern among NBA teams about the selfish nature of his play. Sexton came in with a reputation as an elite defender, but averaged less than a steal per game, and his overall focus level wavered more than the narrative surrounding him would have you believe. The question may be whether he’s better suited to run a team full-time, or to provide scoring punch off the bench.

14. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky | Freshman

Height: 6'6" | Weight: 180 | Age: 19 | Last: 14
Stats: 14.4 PPG, 5.1 APG, 1.6 SPG

Gilgeous-Alexander was one of the quickest studies in college basketball this year: he bordered on timid in November, and finished as one of the most productive point guards in the country. His size, length and quick hands help him stand out on both ends of the floor. Gilgeous-Alexander has an unorthodox but effective off-the-dribble game, using hesitations and fakes to create space for himself. His jumper is passable, but not quite consistent yet. He’s highly unselfish, and while not extremely explosive, Gilgeous-Alexander has a good understanding of angles with the ball in his hands. Long enough to defend either backcourt spot at an above-average level, he’s the sort of versatile player who would partner well with a more scoring-minded guard.

15. Lonnie Walker IV, SG, Miami | Freshman

Height: 6'4" | Weight: 190 | Age: 19 | Last: 15
Stats: 11.5 PPG, 41.5% FG, 34.6% 3FG

An athletic, slashing two-guard, Walker had an uneven freshman season after recovering from a summer meniscus tear. While he didn’t set the world on fire, Walker’s strong frame and ability to attack and finish around the rim give him inherent status as a prospect. He has a nice-looking jumper, but needs to become a more comfortable shooter. His physical tools also project well on the defensive end. Walker lacks a certain degree of instinctiveness that hampers him somewhat as a halfcourt scorer, although some of his struggles at Miami also appeared confidence-based. He has a lot of room to improve, and while he’s not polished, Walker is an intriguing first-round talent with a chance to crack the late lottery.

16. Mitchell Robinson, C, Chalmette HS (Louisiana)

Height: 6'11" | Weight: 230 | Age: 20 | Last: 16
Stats (2016–17 HS): 25.7 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 6.0 BPG

Although Robinson will have had a year off from competitive basketball and enters the draft with no experience beyond high school, his long build, impressive athletic ability and shot-blocking skills come with built-in NBA intrigue. He will have to solidify his stock with strong workouts, and teams have plenty of questions about his decision to skip college hoops, as well as his overall feel for the game (plus, he’s already 20). Robinson is capable of highlight-caliber plays around the rim, and the hope is he becomes a shot-blocking, lob-catching center. He has a wide range of draft outcomes and some teams may be scared off by the risk factor, but talent-wise he’s worthy of consideration as early as the middle of the first round.

17. Zhaire Smith, G/F, Texas Tech | Freshman

Height: 6'5" | Weight: 195 | Age: 18 | Last: 17
Stats: 11.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 55.6% FG

Smith is one of the surprise stories of this draft, beginning his freshman year as an unheralded curiosity and finishing it as a key player for an Elite 8 team with enough raw athletic ability to warrant first-round consideration, and entering the draft with an agent. While he’s unlikely to contribute much right away, his explosiveness, ability to make acrobatic plays and instincts on the defensive end are all tantalizing (he averaged more than a steal and a block per game). He fared well from three this season, but scouts have doubts about his actual feel shooting from the perimeter. More importantly, Smith seriously struggles to create his own shot, which may kneecap his potential without serious development. He’s a risk-reward proposition, and drafting him is a bet on his intangibles and willingness to work hard and improve.

18. Troy Brown, G/F, Oregon | Freshman

Height: 6'7" | Weight: 215 | Age: 18 | Last: 18
Stats: 11.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.2 APG

Blending size, ball-handling ability and an unselfish game, Brown is an intriguing prospect given the increasingly positionless nature of the NBA game. He’s unlikely to lead your team in scoring, but has the ability to do enough other positive things to fit a utility-type perimeter role. He grew up playing point guard and is most comfortable with the ball in his hands. Brown is a good athlete with a body that should help him become a versatile defender. He lacks one true calling-card skill at this stage, can disappear at times and shot the ball poorly from distance this season. But he’s certainly talented, and as one of the younger players in this class has the makings of a rotation player after some development time.

19. Dzanan Musa, G/F, KK Cedevita

Height: 6'9" | Weight: 185 | Age: 18 | Last: 19
Stats (All competitions): 12.2 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 47.8% FG

Musa is a score-first wing who hangs his hat on pull-up jumpers and a crafty game. He’s an experienced player for his age and has earned a large chunk of playing time for Cedevita, shooting the ball at a strong clip this season. Word is that he’s extremely motivated to make it in the NBA. An improving playmaker with a solid feel, Musa tends to be ball-dominant and isn’t an elite creator off the dribble, which will require adjustment. His thin frame may also pose a challenge, particularly when attacking the basket. He lacks ideal length, has a bit of a hunched posture and isn’t much of a man-to-man defender, either. Still, his natural ability to put the ball in the basket and the NBA’s premium on perimeter talent helps set him apart as perhaps the top international prospect behind Doncic.

20. Anfernee Simons, G, IMG Academy | HS Senior

Height: 6'3" | Weight: 180 | Age: 18 | Last: 21
Stats (2017 UnderArmour Association): 15.3 PPG, 41.4% 3FG

After finishing his prep year at IMG and opting to forgo college for the draft, Simons appears set to ride a wave of mystery into a guaranteed contract. He’s a springy, quick-twitch athlete who profiles as more of a two-guard than a combo right now. He’s at his best when he’s aggressive and attacking the basket and is a promising shooter, but is extremely early in his development and still very streaky. He needs to get stronger and establish himself as a defender, but has the ability to be solid on that end in time. Simons needs seasoning and will likely spend time in the G League next year, but has a good chance to be a first-round pick based off of upside.

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21. Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA | Junior

Height: 6'1" | Weight: 185 | Age: 21 | Last: 24
Stats: 20.3 PPG, 5.8 APG, 42.9% 3FG

Holiday impressed this season with steady performances as an outside shooter and primary facilitator and looks suited for a backup point guard role in the NBA. With his scoring instincts and ability to use ball screens, he can provide an offensive spark. He’s a smallish and can only defend one position, but competes defensively and should be tough enough to hold his own. Holiday is more of a shoot-first guy than a setup man, and he struggles getting downhill into the paint around defenders at times, which limits his upside on some level. That said, he’s a fairly safe choice to provide some value, and the fact he has two older brothers in the NBA doesn’t hurt when it comes to intangibles—Aaron may be less physically gifted than Jrue and Justin, but has the makeup to overachieve and find a place in the league.

22. Bruno Fernando, C, Maryland | Freshman

Height: 6'10" | Weight: 245 | Age 19 | Last: 22
Stats: 10.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.2 BPG

One of the most athletic bigs in college basketball, Fernando has impressed scouts with his immense physical potential. While he’s presently testing the waters, he may well end up with enough love to stay in the draft. The Angola native picked up the game late and is still extremely raw, but his reported 7'4" wingspan, impressive defensive mobility and ability to elevate around the basket are all eye-catching. Fernando was often in foul trouble this season and didn’t see the lion’s share of playing time until the last month or so, and he’s more skilled than was able to show, although it’s fair to critique his feel. At this point, his upside makes him a worthy flier in the late first round, although his small sample size may work against him. His predraft workouts will be pivotal.