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2018 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft: Pick #23- TRADE ALERT

Who is making the pick at #23?

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The 2018 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft is underway! We are recapping picks here at GBB from now until draft week, and we are now at #23 overall with the Atlanta Hawks and their mock GM GBB’s Ross Jarrar (@asaprockytop)...which means we have a trade!

Before we get to the trade and pick, a review of where we are in the draft. Check out this link to catch up on trade/pick explanations in our mock.

  1. Phoenix Suns- Deandre Ayton, center, University of Arizona
  2. Boston Celtics via Sacramento Kings- Luka Doncic, guard/forward, Real Madrid
  3. Atlanta Hawks- Jaren Jackson Jr., forward/center, Michigan State University
  4. Philadelphia 76ers via Memphis Grizzlies- Michael Porter Jr., forward, University of Missouri
  5. Dallas Mavericks- Marvin Bagley III, forward, Duke University
  6. Orlando Magic- Trae Young, guard, University of Oklahoma
  7. Chicago Bulls- Collin Sexton, guard, University of Alabama
  8. Cleveland Cavaliers via Brooklyn Nets- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, guard, University of Kentucky
  9. New York Knicks - Mikal Bridges, forward, Villanova University
  10. Memphis Grizzlies via Philadelphia (Rights traded to Sacramento)- Mohamed Bamba, center, University of Texas.
  11. Charlotte Hornets- Wendell Carter Jr., forward/center, Duke University
  12. Los Angeles Clippers via Detroit Pistons- Miles Bridges, forward, Michigan State University
  13. Los Angeles Clippers- Lonnie Walker IV, guard, University of Miami
  14. Denver Nuggets- Kevin Knox, forward, University of Kentucky
  15. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Washington Wizards)- Keita Bates-Diop, forward, the Ohio State University
  16. Phoenix Suns via Miami Heat- Khyri Thomas, guard, Creighton University
  17. Milwaukee Bucks- Zhaire Smith, G, Texas Tech
  18. San Antonio Spurs- Robert Williams, F/C, Texas A&M University
  19. Atlanta Hawks via Minnesota Timberwolves- Jalen Brunson, G, Villanova University
  20. Brooklyn Nets via Minnesota Timberwolves- Troy Brown, G/F, University of Oregon
  21. Utah Jazz- Donte Divincenzo, guard, Villanova University
  22. Chicago Bulls via New Orleans Pelicans- Dzanaz Musa, forward, Cedevita

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 was 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.

Now for the trade. The Indiana Pacers send #23 overall to the Atlanta Hawks for picks #30 and #34. Indy gets a chance at more depth later in the draft, Atlanta moves up to try to get their guy. Good deal for both sides.

So it is the Hawks on the clock, and here is their selection-

With the 23rd pick in the 2018 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks select Issac Bonga, G/F, Germany.

Another foreign born player. Here is Ross on the pick-

The Hawks so far went project at #3 (Jaren Jackson Jr) and safe pick at #19 (Jalen Brunson) so it’s high time for another project at #23, Isaac Bonga, G/F from Germany. Bonga is one of the more intriguing prospects in this class because of his combination of size (6’8” with a 7’0” wingspan) and playmaking. Luka Doncic has that same combination, but he’s a lot more refined and skilled. Bonga’s current skill set screams potential down the road, but his ability to help right now will be limited. Which is fine for the Hawks who are rebuilding.

His offensive game has a lot to like. Despite his size, he played the point guard position because of his ability to make tough passes and initiate offense. He can score well inside, but his jump shot is better in theory than in practice. It can be good in the future.

On the defensive end, Bonga shows potential versatility because of his size. He’s used to guarding smaller guards, but in the NBA he’ll hopefully be able to use his length to switch onto others. He’ll need to bulk up, but the potential (word of the day) is clearly there.

I’m satisfied with this pick for ATL. With two other first round picks I was fine with taking a flyer on the German product. If given the right time and tutelage he could work out splendid.

Next up, pick #24. Will there be yet another trade?

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