NBA Mock Draft 2018: First-Round Pick Predictions Entering March Madness


March Madness kicks into full swing Thursday with the tip-off of the 64-team NCAA Tournament, and many of the best players in the 2018 NBA Draft class will be participating.

This is the last chance for these highly rated prospects to impress NBA teams in a high-pressure game scenario. A player’s stock can receive a huge boost with a strong tournament performance, and it also can tumble with a poor showing.

If you haven’t been following college basketball this season and you’re a fan of the NBA, now is the time to start watching closely.

Here’s our first 2018 NBA mock draft (order based on standings as of Wednesday, March 14).

1. Memphis Grizzlies: DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona
2. Phoenix Suns: Marvin Bagley III, PF, Duke
3. Atlanta Hawks: Michael Porter Jr., SF, Missouri
4. Orlando Magic:Luka Doncic, SG, Slovenia
5. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Brooklyn Nets): Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas
6. Sacramento Kings: Jaren Jackson, PF, Michigan State
7. Dallas Mavericks: Wendell Carter, PF, Duke
8. Chicago Bulls: Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State
9. New York Knicks: Mikal Bridges, SF, Villanova
10. Charlotte Hornets: Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma
11. Los Angeles Clippers (via Detroit Pistons): Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama
12. Philadelphia 76ers (via Los Angeles Lakers): Kevin Knox, SF, Kentucky
13. Phoenix Suns (via Miami Heat): Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky
14. Phoenix Suns (via Milwaukee Bucks): Khyri Thomas, PG, Creighton
15. Denver Nuggets: Lonnie Walker, SG, Miami
16. Philadelphia 76ers: Gary Trent Jr., SG, Duke
17. San Antonio Spurs: Troy Brown, PG, Oregon
18. Utah Jazz: Daniel Gafford, PF, Arkansas
19. Los Angeles Clippers: Robert Williams, PF, Texas A&M
20. Washington Wizards: Mitchell Robinson, C, USA
21. Atlanta Hawks (via Minnesota Timberwolves): Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA
22. Chicago Bears (via New Orleans Pelicans): Chimezie Metu, PF, USC
23. Los Angeles Lakers (via Cleveland Cavaliers): Moritz Wagner, PF, Michigan
24. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Oklahoma City Thunder): Landry Shamet, PG, Wichita State
25. Indiana Pacers: Tony Carr, PG, Penn State
26. Portland Trail Blazers: Jontay Porter, PF, Missouri
27. Boston Celtics: Brandon McCoy, C, UNLV
28. Brooklyn Nets (via Toronto Raptors): Omer Yurtseven, C, NC State
29. Golden State Warriors: Dzanan Musa, SF, Bosnia & Herzegovina
30. Atlanta Hawks (via Houston Rockets): Grayson Allen, SG, Duke

Thumbnail photo via Casey Sapio/USA TODAY Sports

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