Who are the top available players in the 2018 NBA draft? The Crossover’s Front Office is here to break them all down for you, with the main event set for June 21.
This will be the final update to the Front Office's Top 100 rankings, culled over the course of the season from countless hours of games and footage, conversations with NBA executives and scouts and in-person evaluations of nearly every player on the list. It’s a fool’s errand to accurately rate prospects in a vacuum without knowing future team situation, but you’ll find this list comprehensive and can trust it’s been steeped in substantial research and assessment. In most cases it’s indicative of players’ general draft range, as well.
For our most up-to-date projections of what all 60 picks will actually look like on Thursday night, head over to our mock draft, which will be updated throughout the week all the way up to the Suns finally being on the clock.
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 draft’s likely top selection. 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. It’s extremely rare to find a 7-footer with his array of gifts, and he’s the type of talent that’s extremely difficult to pass on.
2. Luka Dončić, G, Real Madrid
Height: 6'8" | Weight: 220 | Age: 19 | Last: 2
Stats (All competitions): 14.1 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.5 APG
A prodigious playmaker and basketball savant, Dončić will be the most accomplished player in the draft bar none. He enters with an unprecedented résumé for a 19-year-old, having just led Madrid to a Euroleague title and winning Final Four MVP and also winning Eurobasket in 2017 with his native Slovenia. Though not a traditional point guard, Dončić is comfortable with the ball in his hands, makes his teammates better as a passer and he reads the floor beyond his years. His outside shot can be inconsistent but his stroke is projectable enough. He may benefit from playing alongside a quicker, attack-minded guard, but his team will want to empower him as a playmaker to get the most out of him. He’ll 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 his average one-on-one creation ability limits his ceiling as a scorer, but his true value lies in other areas. Similar to the way teams viewed Lonzo Ball in last year’s draft, Dončić should eventually become a valuable ball-moving engine who sets the tone for the rest of the team.
3. Jaren Jackson Jr., C, Michigan State | Freshman
Height: 6'11" | Weight: 235 | 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 over the course of an inconsistent but nonetheless impressive freshman year. 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 and committing too many fouls should be mitigated as he gets stronger. His statistical case isn’t as strong as his peers in this range, but contextualized with his extremely young age and development curve, it’s easy to project him evolving into a plus on both ends of the floor who contributes heavily to a winning team.
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 leaper and high-energy presence on the inside, Bagley was one of college basketball’s most productive players after reclassifying out of high school to accelerate his pro timeline. He’s an impressive talent at his size, moves fluidly and utilizes his quickness and multiple-jump burst to rebound, score in the paint and manufacture easy baskets 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. There’s a lot of room for improvement: he’s extremely left-hand dominant as a scorer and sorely needs to expand his skill set, including a jump shot that must 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 looked lost at times. But he still has a lot of room to grow, and as a baseline should become a productive offensive player who puts up numbers, potentially early in his career.
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 should translate to serious defensive impact, and in terms of upside he belongs in this top group of prospects. A massive 7’10” wingspan allows him to contest, alter or block most any shot within his area, and he has enough mobility as an athlete to add a level of intrigue on top of that if he can learn to cover even more ground. If he can pack more muscle and core strength onto his slender frame, he could be an All-NBA defender. Bamba’s 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 based on his tools. His skills have improved, but he’ll have to make it translate into game situations. Some scouts have questioned Bamba’s competitiveness and toughness playing in the paint, and his interest level appeared to waver at times this season, but he’s a cerebral player with a lot of untapped ability. Bamba’s long-term upside as a team’s defensive backbone is substantial.
6. Wendell Carter Jr., C, Duke | Freshman
Height: 6'10" | Weight: 250 | Age: 19 | Last: 6
Stats: 13.5 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 2.1 BPG
A skilled, well-rounded post player, Carter was a productive, stabilizing force at Duke, and is widely seen by teams as a safe bet to play in the NBA for a long time. He’s a natural rebounder and a better athlete than he gets credit for, able to contest shots effectively and unafraid of playing through contact. Carter’s offensive role at Duke was less prominent than he was accustomed to, but he’s a polished post scorer and has become a respectable jump shooter, too. What may hold Carter back long-term is a lack of elite explosiveness and foot speed as he occasionally struggles to gather off two feet and score in traffic, as well as defending ball screens. There’s nothing overtly sexy about his game, but his diverse game and on-court feel set him apart. The NBA will unlock a wider range of his skills.
7. Michael Porter Jr., F, Missouri | Freshman
Height: 6'10" | Weight: 215 | Age: 19 | Last: 7
Stats: 10.0 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 33% FG
Porter has made some physical progress and has been transparent with teams about his medical information following the back surgery that derailed his college career before it started. Risk and all, he remains a possible top-five pick. His package of skills at his size makes him a threat to score at any time, a capable perimeter scorer with the size to shoot over most defenders he’ll face. That combination creates an opportunity for Porter to evolve into a team’s top option down the line, provided he can stay healthy. The talent is there, but scouts have long nitpicked his defensive approach and playmaking skills, neither of which has ever been considered a strength. He needs to mature somewhat off the court as well and faces a big adjustment. The NBA is well aware of what Porter is capable of at his best, but his draft slot ultimately hinges on which teams have what medical information, and how comfortable they are with taking the risk.
8. Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma | Freshman
Height: 6’1” | 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 more importantly sustained, serious ability as the fulcrum of Oklahoma’s offense. His deep shooting range and intelligent use of ball screens open up room for his creative dribble penetration, and turning the Sooners into an elite offensive team for a large stretch of the season was no small feat. Young’s 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 a helpful defender given his lack of size, but if he’s placed within the right system and has enough help around him, his talent should be able to outweigh his weaknesses. There’s risk involved with him, and teams wonder exactly what parts of his game translate, but Young has the ability to be a uniquely useful guard. His team fit will be pivotal.
9. Kevin Knox, F, Kentucky | Freshman
Height: 6'9" | Weight: 215 | Age: 18 | Last: 9
Stats: 15.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 34.1% 3FG
One of the youngest players in the draft, Knox brings a bundle of intriguing tools and is beginning to get used to his body. He put together a solid year at Kentucky while functioning mostly as a spot-up option off the ball, and his impressive frame and improving set of skills suggest he’ll be able to do more than that at the next level. He’s built well enough to play both forward spots, with some natural shooting touch, enough athleticism and some rebounding ability. Knox’s handle has to improve for him to become a quality scoring option, and he can appear somewhat stiff in change-of-direction situations. Still, as he continues to learn and figures out how to impact the game more effectively on a nightly basis, there’s an intriguing ceiling here that’s clearly worth developing.
10. Mikal Bridges, SF, Villanova | Junior
Height: 6'7" | Weight: 210 | Age: 21 | Last: 10
Stats: 17.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 43.5% 3FG
With a 7-foot wingspan working in his favor, Bridges couples solid defensive instincts with quality three-point shooting, making him a fairly safe bet to provide value in the modern NBA. His length and anticipation enable him to naturally force turnovers and make plays on the ball, and Villanova had him defend four positions in various situations over the course of the year. He needs to keep improving his defending on the ball, but the versatility coupled with the strides he’s made as a jump shooter are bankable. 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. Bridges is an older prospect and won’t become a top scoring option on a great team, but should be able to slide in and fill a position of need that nearly any team can put to use.
11. Miles Bridges, F, Michigan State | Sophomore
Height: 6'7" | Weight: 225 | Age: 20 | Last: 12
Stats: 17.1 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 36.4% 3FG
Bridges is a strong, active scorer who might be a little bit stuck between positions. Athletically he fits the bill, and he showed some encouraging improvement as a spot-up shooter on the wing as a sophomore. Almost spite of his body and explosiveness, an average handle can make it difficult for Bridges to get past defenders and into the paint, and forces him to settle for jumpers. 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 also still questions about how his three-point shooting will translate to NBA range. Bridges could become an above-average defender thanks to his agility and strength, but has never been a true standout on that side of the ball. The talent is there, but he may need to remake himself from a finesse-based scorer into a high-energy glue guy to become more useful within a role. There’s some risk involved with that uncertainty, but his scoring, rebounding and athleticism give him a chance to succeed.
12. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky | Freshman
Height: 6'6" | Weight: 180 | Age: 19 | Last: 15
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, but finished the season looking like one of the most productive point guards in the country, his confidence skyrocketing after being tasked with a larger playmaking load. His size, length and quick hands help him see over the defense as a passer and make plays on the ball defensively and force turnovers. 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, he has a good understanding of angles with the ball in his hands. There are some concerns about his average athleticism and small sample of success. Long enough to defend either backcourt spot, Gilgeous-Alexander’s versatility would partner well with a more scoring-minded guard.
13. Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama | Freshman
Height: 6’1” | Weight: 185 | Age: 19 | Last: 11
Stats: 19.2 PPG, 3.6 APG, 33.6% 3FG
There’s no doubting Sexton’s ability as a scorer after watching him attack the basket, play through contact and fill up box scores for Alabama. He’s athletically impressive, can get downhill off the bounce and is unafraid of big moments. Sexton’s three-point shooting clip leaves something to be desired, but may be attributable in part to a heavy workload. Where he struggles most is making teammates better, and while some of his poor assist-to-turnover ratio came 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 is known as a hard worker and came in with a reputation as a good 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 supply bursts of scoring and energy coming off the bench.
14. Lonnie Walker IV, SG, Miami | Freshman
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 195 | Age: 19 | Last: 14
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, he’s a fluid, athletic player who can really attack the rim and elevate going to the basket. He has a nice-looking jumper and should improve shooting it from outside as he matures. Walker’s physical tools also project well on the defensive end, although his effort there was inconsistent. Teams have to figure out which of his weaknesses are inherent, and what can improve as he matures into a more confident, consistent scorer. His actual feel for scoring and finding spots in the defense has to improve. Walker offers more upside than many others in the late lottery range.
15. Robert Williams III, C, Texas A&M | Sophomore
Height: 6'9" | Weight: 240 | Age: 20 | Last: 13
Stats: 10.4 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 2.6 BPG
A physical force in the middle 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 all his gifts, Williams should have been tallying up more easy baskets at A&M, and the sense is that he’s someone who may need the extra internal nudge to maximize himself as a player. He’s limited outside of eight feet and isn’t highly skilled, but when penciled into a Clint Capela-type NBA role, he makes a lot of sense. It’s a gamble, but he could be a starting-caliber center if everything breaks right for him. He’s a lottery-level talent who may slip a little further than he should, but needs a good team situation to succeed.
16. Zhaire Smith, G/F, Texas Tech | Freshman
Height: 6’3” | Weight: 200 | Age: 18 | Last: 21
Stats: 11.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 55.6% FG
Smith is one of the surprise stories of this draft, beginning his college career as an unheralded curiosity and finishing it as a key player for an Elite 8 team. A tremendous athlete who makes an impact defensively, Smith has some level of feel for the game but his offensive skill set is unfinished, and there’s not much evidence at this stage that he can create off the dribble. While he’s unlikely to contribute much right away, his explosiveness, instincts and acrobatic ability are all tantalizing (he averaged more than a steal and a block per game, impressive for a true freshman). Smith fared well from three this season, but his attempts were limited and he will need to keep working on that facet of his game. He measured in at 6’2” barefoot at the combine, which doesn’t help his case. Smith is a risk-reward pick, and drafting him is a big bet on his intangibles and willingness to work hard and improve. It’s possible there’s more to his game than he showed playing effectively as an undersized combo forward last season, and he has time to make it happen.
17. Jerome Robinson, G, Boston College | Junior
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 190 | Age: 21 | Last: 27
Stats: 20.7 PPG, 3.3 APG, 40.9% 3FG
Robinson flew under the radar over the course of the season, but has worked his way into good position and will hear his name called in the first round. A high-scoring combo guard with a nice degree of shake to his game, Robinson could become a useful rotation player given his shooting and ability to play on or off the ball. He excels at creating his own shot at all three levels, with a great ability to change speeds and some sneaky athleticism. Robinson’s production and intangibles should appeal to teams—it can be difficult to find guards who can fill it up without being ball-stoppers offensively, and he can fit with a range of partners in the backcourt. His slight build may cause some limitations, particularly as a defender, but he should be able to fit in nicely in the NBA as a secondary playmaker and scorer.
18. Kevin Huerter, SG, Maryland | Sophomore
Height: 6'7" | Weight: 195 | Age: 19 | Last: 19
Stats: 14.8 PPG, 3.4 APG, 41.7% 3FG
After putting on a strong display at the draft combine, Huerter solidified his stock and is widely believed to have a promise in the 20s. According to sources, the Lakers are the team that promised. However, he’s more likely to end up drafted in the 18–21 range. With good size for a two-guard and a nice array of scoring skills, his fundamentally sound perimeter game, consistent three-point stroke and slick passing have endeared him to scouts. Huerter excels as a spot-up scorer, with smooth shooting mechanics and some ability to attack closeouts and use his height mismatch against smaller guards. He’s athletic enough to cut it, and while improving defensively is paramount, simply being a high-quality floor spacer with secondary skills is a good place to start.
19. Donte DiVincenzo, G, Villanova | Sophomore
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 200 | Age: 21 | Last: 23
Stats: 13.4 PPG, 3.5 APG, 40.1% 3FG
After breaking out at the Final Four, DiVincenzo turned in two strong days at the draft combine and likely turned himself into a first-round pick in the process. A high-flying leaper and tough combo guard who makes winning plays, he has the size and athletic ability to defend both backcourt spots. He excels playing the passing lanes and in transition. Though a streaky scorer, DiVincenzo shoots it well enough to provide spacing and can provide a legitimate boost when his jumper is falling. To play on the ball more often and better facilitate offense, his handle must improve. He fits many key criteria that point to a rock-solid role player, and appears set to fall into the higher end of the 20–30 range.
20. Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA | Junior
Height: 6'1" | Weight: 185 | Age: 21 | Last: 20
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 well-suited to lead someone’s second unit in the NBA at worst. With his scoring instincts and ability to use ball screens, he can provide an offensive spark. He’s a smallish guard 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 player 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.
21. Troy Brown, G/F, Oregon | Freshman
Height: 6'7" | Weight: 210 | Age: 18 | Last: 18
Stats: 11.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.2 APG
Blending size, ball-handling ability and an unselfish approach, Brown is an intriguing prospect given the increasingly positionless nature of the NBA game. He’s unlikely to ever lead his 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 and moving it. Brown is a good athlete with a body that should help him become a versatile defender. However, he lacks one true calling-card skill at this stage, can disappear at times and shot the ball poorly from distance this season. He stands to be more aggressive as a scorer. Though not a sure thing, Brown is certainly talented, and is one of the younger players in this class.
22. Chandler Hutchison, SF, Boise State | Senior
Height: 6'7" | Weight: 200 | Age: 22 | Last: 17
Stats: 20.0 PG, 7.7 RPG, 3.5 APG
Hutchison is widely believed to have a first-round promise after the combine, with rival teams having come to believe it came from the Bulls. He’s an older prospect, but a safe bet to become a useful player based on where he’s at right now—an athletic, productive scorer who can impact the game several different ways. Hutchison took a nice step forward statistically this season as a heavy offensive focal point for the Broncos (he used a whopping one-third of their possessions), but in previous years proved his chops playing off the ball. He won’t be asked to carry that big a load in the NBA, but his ability to attack the rim on straight-line drives, make an impact on the glass and make secondary plays for others are all appealing. Hutchison doesn’t create especially well for himself off the dribble and has to keep improving as a shooter. But he has the skills and know-how to bolster a team’s rotation early in his career.
23. Mitchell Robinson, C, Western Kentucky | Freshman
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 prowess come with built-in NBA intrigue. He‘s not extremely skilled, but teams fully understand how talented he is, but the concerns come away from the court, with his overall makeup and feel for the game given that 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’s also shown some potential as a jump shooter. Robinson has a wide range of draft outcomes and some teams will be scared off by the risk, but he’s worthy of consideration in the first round.
24. Grayson Allen, SG, Duke | Senior
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 200 | Age: 22 | Last: 32
Stats: 15.5 PPG, 4.6 APG, 37.0% 3FG
It’s become clear at this point that Allen is in essence a lock for the back half of the first round. Over four years at Duke, he affirmed his ability to supply long-distance shooting, secondary ball-handling and consistent effort. Allen is a very good athlete and has proven over time he can make difficult, deep threes off the dribble and catch. He has enough ability to attack the basket off of closeouts to keep defenders honest and buy himself a little extra time for his jumper. His offensive role was somewhat reduced this season given the talent around him, but that’s more akin to the load he’ll end up shouldering as a supporting scorer in the NBA. Although his athletic ability doesn’t totally translate on the defensive end, his experience and competitive spirit should help split the difference.
25. De’Anthony Melton, G, USC | Sophomore
Height: 6’3” | Weight: 190 | Age: 20 | Last: 25
Stats (2016–17): 8.3 PPG, 3.5 APG, 1.9 SPG
Melton missed the season due to USC’s prolonged investigation into his eligibility, but remains a player in first-round consideration based on his high-energy defense, physical tools and improving jump shot. He’s excellent at making opponents uncomfortable and pressuring the ball, plays well in transition, and his athletic profile, smarts and physicality are all appealing. He stands to improve with the ball in his hands and isn’t a high scorer or true point guard, but should become a nice utility player in the backcourt and be able to keep up in the fast-paced NBA.
26. Josh Okogie, SG, Georgia Tech | Sophomore
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 210 | Age: 19 | Last: 28
Stats: 18.2 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 38% 3FG
There are a lot of factors working in favor of Okogie landing in the late first round, talent notwithstanding. He’s highly athletic and defensively versatile at a position that’s in high demand, while also being younger than some of the available freshmen. A muscular build, 7'0" wingspan and twitchy athleticism helps him as a shot-creator and in man-to-man situations. Okogie does a good job of his tools to generate turnovers and make plays on the ball, and can defend multiple positions comfortably. His jumper took a step forward this season, and he gets good rotation on his ball. However, his feel for the game and shot selection are just average, and he can play out of control at times, make mental mistakes and demonstrate so-so body language. The fact he’s shown a bit of an on-off switch when it comes to effort is a factor teams have to assess, but his overall profile makes him an intriguing investment.
27. Bruce Brown Jr., G, Miami | Sophomore
Height: 6'5" | Weight: 195 | Age: 21 | Last: 26
Stats: 11.4 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 4.0 APG
Brown’s athleticism, frame and defensive-minded approach remain good selling points for a combo guard. After lottery hype entering the year, he’s entering the draft off an underwhelming season in which he missed the final two months with a foot injury. He can be a disruptive force in the backcourt and get to the rim effectively, but needs to convince people his three-point shooting will swing closer to his freshman year (34.7%) than this year’s poor 26.7% mark. Hopes that Brown could transition to playing the point full-time have largely been dashed at this point, and given he turns 22 later this year, the lack of progression as a sophomore was frustrating. That said, he’s a tough player who does a lot of things well, and teams haven’t forgotten what they liked about him in the fall. Though he may not a surefire first-rounder, but Brown is a good bet to produce value and could end up being a steal.
28. Jalen Brunson, PG, Villanova | Junior
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 190 | Age: 21 | Last: 29
Stats: 18.9 PPG, 4.6 APG, 40.8% 3FG
Although the critiques of Brunson’s average size and athleticism as they pertain to his upside are fair, the leader of Villanova’s title team checks basically every other box for a lead guard and is a good bet to play in the league for a long time. Brunson has an elite feel for running an offense, a reliable jumper and a track record of winning everywhere he’s played. He relies on his considerable craft to compensate for a lack of top-flight quickness and understands how to pick his spots, change speeds and score. Defensively he’ll have to work hard to cut it, but his composure and maturity will help him find a way to succeed and stick around the league.
29. Džanan Musa, G/F, KK Cedevita
Height: 6'9" | Weight: 185 | Age: 18 | Last: 19
Stats (All competitions): 12.2 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 47.3% 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. The talent is there, but Musa tends to be ball-dominant and jumper-heavy while not an elite creator off the dribble, and his thin frame and lack of ideal length may also pose a challenge. He’s extremely competitive but has maturing to do, and while he apparently wants to come over to the NBA right away, he will have to recognize that his future is more likely as a role player than a star. The talent level relative to his age makes Musa a fine first-round gamble, but there are a few added levels of risk built in.
30. Jevon Carter, G, West Virginia | Senior
Height: 6'1" | Weight: 200 | Age: 22 | Last: 46
Stats: 17.3 PPG, 6.6 APG, 3.0 SPG
Perhaps the top on-ball defender in college hoops, Carter has proven he‘s ready to step onto an NBA court and lock up right now. His relentless approach to defense is hard not to love, and he reaffirmed it with a high-energy showing at the draft combine, helping prove the value of his ball pressure outside of West Virginia’s frantic system. He doesn’t pop physically, but his makeup will earn him opportunities, and he’s a smart enough offensive player and good enough shooter to not be a liability on that end. Carter may not end up in the first round, but it would be unwise to bet against him finding success as a stopper in a Patrick Beverley-type role.
31. Melvin Frazier, G/F, Tulane | Junior
Height: 6'6" | Weight: 200 | Age: 21 | Last: 31
Stats: 15.9 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.1 SPG
A physical specimen who put together a solid individual season on an underwhelming team, Frazier has piqued NBA interest with his athletic tools and defensive ranginess. He pops from an eye-test perspective and played well at the combine which was unsurprising given the wide-open nature of the scrimmages. He’s long, quick and covers a lot of ground defensively, but has displayed some bad habits on that end of the floor and sometimes struggles to defend smaller guards and fight through screens. Given his length and quickness, Frazier is able to create turnovers others can’t and could certainly become a plus defender with more coaching. He’s a total mixed bag offensively, but a 38% clip from three-point range gives him the basis of a case as a role player. Otherwise, he’s a straight-line driver without much feel for scoring or playmaking. At this point in the draft he’s worth a flier, and he has a chance to be a late first-round selection.
32. Élie Okobo, PG, Pau-Orthez
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 180 | Age: 20 | Last: 38
Stats (French Pro A): 13.8 PPG, 4.7 APG, 41.8% 3FG
A quick, toolsy ball-handler who excels at scoring off the dribble, Okobo is an intriguing guard with offensive skills and has given himself a good chance to get drafted after a strong season in his native France. He has solid shooting mechanics, range from three and the ability to get into the paint and kick the ball to open teammates. He’s certainly athletic enough to project into the NBA’s style, and turned up his play a notch for his club while handling a hefty offensive workload. A 6’8” wingspan and solid instincts give him some potential defensive value as well. Like many young guards, Okobo will need to rein in his shot selection and turnovers to succeed. There’s some uncertainty here, but he’s had a strong season and is trending upward as the draft approaches. He’s expressed a desire to come over to the NBA next season rather than remain overseas.
33. Khyri Thomas, SG, Creighton | Junior
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 200 | Age: 22 | Last: 33
Stats: 15.1 PPG, 1.7 SPG, 41.1% 3FG
Although he doesn’t possess starry upside, Thomas was one of college basketball’s top perimeter stoppers and has made a nice case for himself as a useful role player in the pros. He has great feet and hands, a muscular build and the length to make life difficult for a variety of opponents as a man-to-man defender. Thomas is a smart passer and understands how to play off others, rarely forcing shots, but the flipside is that he’s limited as a creator off the dribble and struggles to improvise offensively. Thomas was an efficient scorer all season and made his jumpers at a convincing clip, but needs to be paired with a better ball-handler and play off of others to maximize his worth. He offers a solid floor for a team in need of a defensive-minded guard, but on some level he is what he is.
34. Keita Bates-Diop, PF, Ohio State | Junior
Height: 6’8” | Weight: 225 | Age: 22 | Last: 34
Stats: 19.8 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 35.9% 3FG
Bates-Diop was the Big Ten Player of the Year and a central figure in Ohio State’s resurgence, presenting a tough matchup for college defenders and able to score at all three levels. He’s viewed as a potential first-rounder but comes with some concerns stemming from his average athleticism. He’ll likely have to play power forward, where he can most effectively space the floor, but has to get tougher and stronger to keep up with the physicality of the NBA game. It’s also important to consider what elements of Bates-Diop’s scoring will actually translate: Ohio State ran a lot of plays for him in the mid-range, touches he likely won’t warrant at the next level when he no longer has a mismatch. Physical defenders might be able to bother him and take away some of the threat of his jumper. He’s already 22, and has just one impressive season under his belt. That said, if Bates-Diop shoots it well from outside and can offer any versatility on defense, he’ll have a chance at an NBA role.
35. Rawle Alkins, G/F, Arizona | Sophomore
Height: 6’4” | Weight: 220 | Age: 20 | Last: 35
Stats: 13.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 35.9% 3FG
Alkins is a competitive, physical player who can do a little bit of everything on the wing, and has the type of strong body and explosive athleticism teams covet. His sophomore year was set back by a broken foot in September, and he’s begun to improve his body and return to peak shape. He can get to the rim when he has a step and play through contact, and if he continues to expand his skill set could be a difficult matchup for smaller guards. Alkins is known for playing hard, but has to become a more consistent defender and shooter from distance. Playing alongside a quality playmaker will help unlock more of his offense, and his athletic profile and motor offer a nice baseline for improvement.
36. Jacob Evans, SF, Cincinnati | Junior
Height: 6’5” | Weight: 200 | Age: 21 | Last: 36
Stats: 13.0 PPG, 1.3 SPG, 37% 3FG
A tough-minded wing who showed ability to make threes at the college level, Evans is a role-player prospect almost by default, and his name is in the late first-round mix given the league-wide need for rotation players in his mold. He’s a well-rounded player with a good body for the NBA, but lacks an elite calling-card skill: he’s neither a smothering defender nor a notably consistent three-point shooter at this stage. Evans should be able to match up with wings and understand team concepts, but his offense has to catch up, as he lacks a natural feel for creating offense and struggles penetrating off the dribble. If he keeps improving as a three-point shooter and defender he has a chance to stick around.
37. Omari Spellman, F/C, Villanova | Freshman
Height: 6'9" | Weight: 250 | Age: 20 | Last: 37
Stats: 10.9 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 43.3% 3FG
Spellman’s cerebral game has earned him a lot of fans in NBA circles. While improving his body and losing weight is key, leaving Villanova early may end up being a good decision for him, as he’s likely to be drafted by a team with a specific plan for utilizing his skills. After dropping weight during his redshirt year, Spellman was able to better showcase his athleticism and length as a shot-blocker and rebounder en route to a national title. He’s a legitimate set shooter from outside, committed to making winning plays and is a smart passer. He could be a sneaky value pick in the right situation.
38. Anfernee Simons, G, IMG Academy | HS Senior
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 180 | Age: 19 | Last: 24
Stats (2017 UnderArmour Association): 15.3 PPG, 41.4% 3FG
It now appears Simons is more likely to hear his name called in the second round of the draft, but he does have legitimate talent and upside. The issue is that he needs a ton of seasoning after skipping college entirely, and his offensive skills and feel aren’t sharp to the point that they inspire great confidence in his transition. A team that has a strong G League development staff in place should be empowered to take the plunge. Simons is a springy, quick-twitch athlete who profiles as more of a two-guard than a combo. He’s at his best when he’s aggressive and attacking the basket and is a promising shooter, but very streaky. Simons needs to get stronger and establish himself as a defender, but has the ability to be solid on that end in time. Scouts are split on him, but the talent is there.
39. Gary Trent Jr., SG, Duke | Freshman
Height: 6'5" | Weight: 205 | Age: 19 | Last: 42
Stats: 14.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 40.2% 3FG
Cast into a supporting role on a Duke team otherwise devoid of wings, Trent did a nice job fitting in and finished as one of the top three-point shooters in the country. Working mostly in spot-ups, spacing the floor and running in transition, Trent has projectable jumper mechanics and showed solid feel for what was asked of him. That job may end up being his NBA fate as well, given he’s not wildly athletic which could limit his ability to create his shot and more importantly, defend at the next level. Trent does have more skills than he was able to show at Duke, and may still be able to progress into a capable supporting scorer in a league where you can never have too many shooters. He’s young and talented enough that he could conceivably go late in the first round, but it feels more likely he falls into the second.
40. Hamidou Diallo, SG, Kentucky | Freshman
Height: 6'5" | Weight: 200 | Age: 19 | Last: 34
Stats: 10.3 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 43.0% FG
Had he stayed in the draft a year ago, Diallo would likely have been a first-round pick. This time around the picture is much more cloudy, as his immense physical talents are unchanged, but his lack of ball skills was exposed at Kentucky. Diallo began to turn it on as a defender late in the season and remains a dynamic player in transition, where few can keep up with him. But his skill set is still unrefined, his handle loose and his offensive feel in the halfcourt limited. Diallo is still very much worth a dice roll in a low-risk situation, but his actual offensive ceiling will be a bit capped without significant improvement. Best-case scenario: he becomes a plus defender, hits enough threes to keep himself on the floor, produces in the open court and becomes a useful player.
41. Issuf Sanon, G, Union Olimpija
Height: 6’3” | Weight: 170 | Age: 18 | Last: NR
Stats (Slovenian SKL): 6.0 PPG, 1.2 APG, 45.8% FG
Born in Ukraine, Sanon is the youngest draft-eligible player and looks likely to be picked in the early second round, then remain overseas for at least another season. While he has a lot of development still to happen, he’s an NBA-caliber athlete who likes to put pressure on the rim, and is known for being extremely aggressive on the court. He plays solid on-ball defense but can overall be wild and out of control, as a function of his youthfulness. Teams have been enticed by his motor and long-term potential, enough for him to feel solid about his range, and Sanon is one of the more promising stash options in the draft.
42. Shake Milton, G, SMU | Junior
Height: 6'5" | Weight: 205 | Age: 21 | Last: 43
Stats: 18.0 PPG, 4.4 APG, 43.4% 3FG
Viewed as a potential first-rounder entering the season, Milton is now more likely to end up in the second after missing time with a hand injury and showing poorly at the combine. This was still his best year at SMU, and to his credit, he took a step forward as a scorer without sacrificing efficiency. Milton is much more comfortable on the ball than off, but has the size to theoretically play either guard position and provides spacing with a reliable jumper (he never shot below 42% in three college seasons). He isn’t a true point guard and isn’t really a dribble-breakdown guy, but has some change of pace ability and is unselfish with the ball. Teams have doubts about Milton’s lack of aggressiveness, and he’ll inevitably benefit from playing a lower-pressure role where he won’t have to anchor the scoring. His size and shooting give him a chance.
43. Moritz Wagner, C, Michigan | Junior
Height: 6'11" | Weight: 240 | Age: 20 | Last: 40
Stats: 14.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 39.4% 3FG
A skilled but heavy-footed stretch big, Wagner made definite strides this season but remains a liability on the defensive end. Leading Michigan to the national title game was an impressive feat, although it’s possible his production was more a product of the system. He has some legitimate inside-out game, and Wagner excels working as a screener, facing up and finishing with either hand. His game is effective, but he appears a bit clumsy at times and doesn’t get to the foul line all that often. His rebounding numbers improved significantly as a junior, but he still doesn’t block shots or defend well in space, and NBA teams will surely pick on him. Wagner’s floor-spacing capacity will earn him opportunities, but it’ll have to outweigh his problems on the other end. There are three-point shooting bigs who’ve stuck in the league with similar weaknesses, which helps his outlook.
44. Trevon Duval, PG, Duke | Freshman
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 185 | Age: 19 | Last: 48
Stats: 10.3 PPG, 5.6 APG, 1.5 SPG
Duval is one of the draft’s bigger wild cards, boasting a strong pedigree dating back to high school and elite athletic tools but coming off of a disappointing lone season at Duke. His shooting struggles and decision-making issues feel stuck out like a sore thumb on a team that played multiple bigs at all times and offered little room for him to get downhill and create. Given the situational factors, it’s fair to reason there’s still a lot of upside here, and Duval is extremely quick off the dribble and can be a tenacious on-ball defender. He’s improved at setting up his teammates, but still has issues with turnovers. His poor three-point shooting (29.6%) has to improve for him to become a significant NBA contributor. There is a case for him to be a potential late first-rounder based on his talent, but the second round is more likely.
45. Kevin Hervey, F, UT-Arlington | Senior
Height: 6’7” | Weight: 210 | Age: 21 | Last: 44
Stats: 20.5 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 2.2 APG
A long, skilled forward, Hervey had a highly productive career at UT-Arlington and could be a useful floor-spacer and bench scorer at the next level. He has a 7’3” wingspan and rebounds well, though isn’t overly mobile or athletic, and showed well at the combine, looking like a bankable shooter from deep. He’s probably best suited as a stretch-four, and will have to be utilized carefully to create matchup advantages, rather than be exposed himself. Hervey never shot above 34% from three in any of his college seasons, but also shouldered a heavy workload, and his ability to do damage inside and out in a variety of situations is certainly intriguing. He has a history of knee issues, having torn his ACL twice, that could hurt him when it comes to draft position.