The 2018 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft is under way! The draft is continuing through our Twitter account @sbngrizzlies if you want to follow it there as it develops. We are recapping picks and trades here at GBB from now until draft week, and we have arrived at #4 overall with the Memphis Grizzlies and their mock GM Joe Mullinax (me- @JoeMullinax).
First, a review of where we are in the draft. Check out this link for the articles connected to all these selections/moves.
- Phoenix Suns- Deandre Ayton, center, University of Arizona
- Boston Celtics via Sacramento Kings- Luka Doncic, guard/forward, Real Madrid
- Atlanta Hawks- Jaren Jackson Jr., forward/center, Michigan State University
Now, the moment you all have been waiting for! It is time for the Grizzlies pick at #4...
Wait. No it isn’t. Because I traded the pick...before Marvin Bagley III fell to #4.
Here is a refresher on how the trade process works in the GBB mock. A trade is submitted to me and then I put it to a panel of respected and wonderful NBA/Grizzlies folks - Sagar Trika (whose NBA Twitter mock I am currently involved in), former GBBer and current Patreon page creator Matt Hrdlicka, and Sports56 WHBQ’s (and huge fan of the GBB bump) Peter Edmiston. All three must sign off on any trade before it can become official. This adds a layer of legitimacy and reality needed in this process, and their time is appreciated.
OK, before I get yelled at, here is the trade-
MEMPHIS RECEIVES- #10, #26, #39, 2019 1st ROUND PICK FROM PHILADELPHIA (least favorable between PHI and SAC, so likely PHI)
PHILADELPHIA (GM Devin Walker)- #4 overall.
A decent haul for #4 overall, at least in my eyes. It also gives me opportunity to add pieces that can help in the here and now for a roster that appears to be still built for trying to make the playoffs. More on that in subsequent posts. Judge me when all is said and done - trust me, I was frustrated that Bagley fell to #4 overall. Yet I think my work with the additional assets still makes it worth while.
Meanwhile, here is Devin’s logic behind the deal-
Why we made the trade? We entered the draft with 6 picks and felt the need to move a couple to move up a couple picks to acquire a top tier talent.
Straight forward. On to the pick.
With the #4 pick in the 2018 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select Michael Porter Jr., forward, University of Missouri
Devin passes on a potentially generational talent in Bagley to take a swing on the biggest high risk, high reward prospect on the board. Here is the rationale from Walker-
We drafted Michael Porter Jr because of his ability to score from the wing. He will be a perfect player to put along side Joel Embiid & Ben Simmons going into the future. The injury did not scare us off.
In theory, nor should it. The 76ers have a history of those sorts of things working out. Why not take another bite at the apple? If Porter stays healthy, a young core of Markelle Fultz, Simmons, Porter, and Embiid is absolutely terrifying.
The Process lives on.
Will Bagley finally come off the board at #5 overall? Find out when our review of the 2018 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft rolls on.