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 #19 overall with the Atlanta Hawks and their mock GM Ross Jarrar (@asaprockytop).
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
- San Antonio Spurs- Robert Williams, G/C, Texas A&M University
With the 19th pick in the 2018 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks select Jalen Brunson, guard, Villanova University
An interesting pick at #19, with the Hawks looking for some immediate help instead of upside. Here is Ross with his thought process-
The Atlanta Hawks are extremely thin in both guard spots. With Dennis Schroeder publicly upset with the team and their direction, he likely isn’t going to be in ATL for too much longer. Although this year’s PG draft is fairly thin, especially at this point in the draft, the Hawks should be pleased to end up with the reigning AP Player of the Year and 2-time National Champion Jalen Brunson, PG from Villanova.
I would normally lean towards younger prospects, especially in the first round of the draft, but I do think the extra experience will help as a point guard. Brunson has shown good versatility scoring in a variety of ways in college, even if he isn’t super spectacular in any one scoring area. His playmaking comes from basketball IQ and making the right decision, although his passes aren’t incredibly impressive.
On the defensive end, he plays really hard and doesn’t give up on plays. He’s not a great athlete, but he has enough size to not be eliminated on screens or pushed back by his matchups.
This pick is definitely safe, but after the Hawks took a shot on Jaren Jackson Jr earlier in this draft, I wanted to take a player who I was more confident in contributing right away.
Maturity to pair with the raw ability of Jackson. Smart move, mock ATL.
Next week we pick back up with the #20 overall pick in our GBB Community Mock NBA Draft!