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 here at GBB from now until draft week, and we have arrived at #’s 12-13 overall with the Los Angeles Clippers and their mock GM, Parker Fleming (@PAKA_FLOCKA).
Now, 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
After their trade sending Blake Griffin to the Pistons earlier this season, and their own late lottery record, the Clippers have back-to-back selections in our mock (and in the real draft as well). Where does Parker go?
With the 12th pick in the 2018 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft, the L.A. Clippers select Miles Bridges, forward, Michigan State University
With the 13th pick in the 2018 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft, the L.A. Clippers select Lonnie Walker, guard, University of Miami
Perimeter heavy. Here is Parker’s take on the selection-
I tried to take advantage of these two lottery picks to trade up for someone in the top 6 or for a superstar on the block (Kawhi Leonard). However, it was more important to utilize the 2 picks to build depth and accumulate assets, especially with sights set on the summer of 2019 (when Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson, and Kawhi Leonard are potential FAs).
Miles Bridges is a guaranteed rotation player, as he possesses elite athleticism, great scoring and rebounding instincts, and positional versatility -- similar to Draymond Green and PJ Tucker. Slotting him alongside Tobias Harris and Montrezl Harrell would give them a quick, switch-happy frontcourt.
With Lonnie Walker, they have a 2-guard that could blossom into a solid scorer in the backcourt. He has smooth shooting mechanics and a big enough frame (6’4” with a 6’10” wingspan) to play either wing position. Walker gives them more firepower in the backcourt, even with Austin Rivers and Lou Williams in the fold.
Keeping these two picks gives the Clippers a 2012-13 Nuggets look -- a playoff team loaded with depth but without a legitimate star.
Or a poor man’s 2004 Pistons. Or the Memphis Grizzlies of years ago. The Clippers rebuild continues.
Tomorrow, the Denver Nuggets pick at #14 and we have a blockbuster trade at #15!