The 2018 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft is finished! We have been recapping picks here at GBB, and we are now at #25 overall with the L.A. Lakers and the time has come to close this thing out. There are trades to discuss, as well as the mock draft strategy of the Grizzlies (run by me), and other picks.
Before we get to the trades and picks, here is a review of where we are in the draft. Check out this link to catch up on trade/pick explanations in our mock.
- 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
- Philadelphia 76ers via Memphis Grizzlies- Michael Porter Jr., forward, University of Missouri
- Dallas Mavericks- Marvin Bagley III, forward, Duke University
- Orlando Magic- Trae Young, guard, University of Oklahoma
- Chicago Bulls- Collin Sexton, guard, University of Alabama
- Cleveland Cavaliers via Brooklyn Nets- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, guard, University of Kentucky
- New York Knicks - Mikal Bridges, forward, Villanova University
- Memphis Grizzlies via Philadelphia (Rights traded to Sacramento)- Mohamed Bamba, center, University of Texas.
- Charlotte Hornets- Wendell Carter Jr., forward/center, Duke University
- Los Angeles Clippers via Detroit Pistons- Miles Bridges, forward, Michigan State University
- Los Angeles Clippers- Lonnie Walker IV, guard, University of Miami
- Denver Nuggets- Kevin Knox, forward, University of Kentucky
- Minnesota Timberwolves (via Washington Wizards)- Keita Bates-Diop, forward, the Ohio State University
- Phoenix Suns via Miami Heat- Khyri Thomas, guard, Creighton University
- Milwaukee Bucks- Zhaire Smith, G, Texas Tech
- San Antonio Spurs- Robert Williams, F/C, Texas A&M University
- Atlanta Hawks via Minnesota Timberwolves- Jalen Brunson, G, Villanova University
- Brooklyn Nets via Minnesota Timberwolves- Troy Brown, G/F, University of Oregon
- Utah Jazz- Donte Divincenzo, guard, Villanova University
- Chicago Bulls via New Orleans Pelicans- Dzanaz Musa, forward, Cedevita
- Atlanta Hawks via Indiana Pacers- Issac Bonga, G/F, Germany
- Detroit Pistons via Portland Trail Blazers- Anfernee Simons, G, IMG Academy
Here is a refresher on how the trade process worked in the GBB mock. A trade was 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 added a layer of legitimacy and reality needed in this process, and their time was appreciated.
To start, let us review the picks #25-30, with a brief explanation of the pick.
#26- Utah Jazz (via Memphis, via Philadelphia)- Melvin Frazier, G/F, Tulane. He is a solid defender with a long wing span that both speaks to promise as an NBA defender and possible limitation, at least initially, as a facilitator and ball handler.
#27- Boston Celtics- Mitchell Robinson, C, USA. An enigma of a big who did not finish out a season at any school, there is no denying his raw ability. He could be a lottery-level talent, but he also could be a massive flame out.
#28- Golden State Warriors- Grayson Allen, G, Duke University- Of course Allen goes to the “most hated” team in the NBA. Allen is another player who could possibly be far better than his selection, but his baggage mentally and behaviorally has him falling here. He could fit in immediately in Oakland and be a rotation player on the champs.
#29- Minnesota Timberwolves via Brooklyn via Toronto- Chandler Hutchison, G/F, Boise State- A talented wing who can score and defend, but he did not have enough consistency against top competition to warrant a lottery-type grade or pick. He has the tools to contribute in a meaningful way close to immediately off the bench for most NBA teams.
#30- Indiana Pacers via Atlanta via Houston- Moritz Wagner, F/C, University of Michigan- Another “modern big” that can score from the perimeter and also protect the rim. He is also another big that needs to find consistency and add some size to his lanky frame to be a force in the paint in the Association.
So, what did Memphis do?
I ran the Grizzlies, and with this being a Grizzlies blog chances are you found this Mock Draft fun, but a bit confusing from a Memphis perspective. As the Grizzlies Mock GM I did not pick at four, and the pick I made at 10 I eventually traded to Sacramento. In fact, I was the most active GM in this draft in terms of trades.
So let’s review what exactly I did...and then I will give you my “why”.
1. Memphis trades #4 overall to Philadelphia for #10, #26, #39, and Philly’s 2019 1st.
Why I do the deal- While Bagley fell to #5 in this mock, which made me frustrated, I knew I had other goals in mind with this draft. I needed resources to do what I needed to do, and #4 gave me those resources. This was step one.
2. Memphis trades Andrew Harrison, #39, 2019 MEM 2nd round pick to Milwaukee for Malcolm Brogdon
Why I do the deal- It is an upgrade in the here and now. Harrison showed real growth last season, but Brogdon can do what Harrison does a lot better than Harrison. Brogdon could start, Brogdon could be a sixth man, and he could excel wherever he is needed for the roster. For a team trying to “be better now”, this makes sense.
3. Memphis trades #26 overall, JaMychal Green, Ben McLemore to Utah for Joe Ingles
Utah Jazz fans HATED this trade. They LOVE Joe Ingles, and in reality, perhaps a future 1st or a couple future 2nds would need to be included for the actual Jazz to make this type of trade. Yet again, Ingles fits the here and now as a wing who can facilitate for others, score from the perimeter, and defend multiple positions. Her versatility helps Memphis immensely in this mock world, and he immediately becomes the best small forward starter the Grizzlies have had in years.
Ingles would make the Grizzlies much better immediately.
4. Memphis trades the right to Mohamed Bamba and Jarell Martin to the Sacramento Kings for Buddy Hield, pick #37 overall, and a 2019 lottery protected 1st from the Kings (which would become two 2nds over 2020 and 2021 if it did not convey).
Why I did the deal- I took Bamba at #10 because he was the best talent on the board. He is not, however, the best fit on the Grizzlies roster as presently constructed. The Kings had traded for Jaylen Brown from the Celtics for #2 overall, and also already have De’Aaron Fox in the fold - two good-to-great defenders. They saw Bamba as a shot at really building an elite defense for years to come.
So, we do the trade. Now mock Memphis has either Brogdon or Hield to start or be their sixth man, and Hield can flat out shoot the cover off the basketball. There is real value in that, of course, and whether it is as a starter or key reserve he provides scoring, something Memphis sorely needs.
To review, here is what the Memphis roster would look like after this mock-
Point Guard- Mike Conley, Tony Carr (Penn State rookie- 2nd round pick), Kobi Simmons
Shooting Guard- Buddy Hield, Malcolm Brogdon, Wayne Selden Jr.
Small Forward- Joe Ingles, Dillon Brooks, MarShon Brooks
Power Forward- Chandler Parsons, Ivan Rabb, Justin Jackson (forward from Maryland, 2nd round pick)
Center- Marc Gasol, Deyonta Davis
The obvious hole is at Power Forward. I would address this in “mock free agency” (not a real thing) and sign a versatile forward like Kyle Anderson, Luc Mbah a Moute, Michael Beasley, or Ersan Ilyasova. Anderson would be my main target - hopefully you’re noticing a trend - but I would be content with Mbah a Moute for sure as well. After this, I would be ready to roll with a deeper, more creative roster than I had the year before.
I wanted to get more versatile. I wanted players that could play in almost every role, in every “position” in a position-less modern game. I believe I achieved that, and made this team ready to compete for the playoffs in the western conference. That was the stated goal of the franchise heading in to this draft, and I exercised that through trading back and making moves that got the Grizzlies better and yet still holding true to their core and who they are.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the mock, and thanks again to Matt, Peter, and Sagar for helping us out. Until next season, the GBB Community Mock NBA Draft is officially closed!