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 are now at #17 overall with the Milwaukee Bucks and their mock GM Curtis Vanzandt (@Chancun_).
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
- Los Angeles Clippers- Miles Bridges, forward, Michigan State University
- Los Angeles Clippers- Lonnie Walker, 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- Khyri Thomas, guard, Creighton University
With the 17th pick in the 2018 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks select Zhaire Smith, guard, Texas Tech University
One of the best athletes in the draft is off the board. Here is Curtis on the pick.
...First and foremost, the man is a physical freak of nature, similar to his aptly-nicknamed teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo. 6’4” with a 42” vertical leap, Zhaire will be sure to show up on the highlight reel on a regular basis. His physical gifts translate to the defensive end, where he is a mismatch for a variety of guards. He shot 45% from 3, and shot a respectable 71% from the free throw line, indicating that his shot is likely to translate to the NBA with practice.
His biggest strength, however, is that he is able to use his physical prowess to get in the restricted area more easily than most guards his size.
A player whose skill set will almost certainly translate to the NBA is always nice to have, and Smith may be a Donovan Mitchell-esque type for the mock Milwaukee Bucks.
The San Antonio Spurs are on the clock!