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 #18 overall with the San Antonio Spurs and their mock GM James Brunson (@MeTweetMemGrizz).
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
- Milwaukee Bucks- Zhaire Smith, G, Texas Tech
With the 18th pick in the 2018 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs select Robert Williams, forward/center, Texas A&M University
Of course. Williams falls a bit in our mock, and the Spurs take him and will surely make him the next great player in the NBA.
Here’s how James saw the pick-
Robert Williams is a lottery level talent, and I was beyond thrilled when he fell to me at 18. At Texas A&M, Williams’s athleticism was on full display, as he threw down many alley-oops and consistently turned offensive rebounds into points. Not only was Williams a force on the offensive end, but he was also a menace on defense, winning co-SEC defensive player of the year honors while averaging just over 2 blocks per game. Williams fits into the DeAndre Jordan or Clint Capela mold because of his ability to score at the rim on offense and protect the paint on defense.
In today’s game, these types of bigs are increasingly valuable, as most teams need a traditional big man who can play alongside four perimeter players. In San Antonio, Williams will likely learn from the likes of Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge until taking over for Gasol as soon as the coaching staff deems him ready.
Sounds about right.
Up next, the Atlanta Hawks as the GBB Community Mock Draft rolls along.