Here is Part One of my
2018 Boston Celtics
1st Round Mock Draft.
SV=Standing Vert, MV=Max Vert + SR-Standing Reach = MVR Max Vert Reach.
The Draft levels off a little here. You have players who are more size-speed athletes than pure basketball talents. But there upside can be just as high. I think this is an excellent Draft. There is starting talent all the way down to the Celtics pick at 27.
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11. Charlotte- Kevin Knox- Kentucky, PF/SF, 6-10, 251, 7-4.5" Wingspan,
2 APG, 13.5 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 2.1 BPG, 41.3% 3-P. 56.1 FG%,
The Team: Charlotte has some guards and Bigs. But the NBA is Wing League. They need an athletic scoring Wing. Maybe more than one. They need to get an athletic Wing with some length and hops, who can run and score with Kemba Walker.
The Player: Knox has the most upside of any of the players left. Great pure athlete. Knox is a high school phenom that struggled a little in his transition into college. He is rail thin, and while 6-9 is seen as a Wing. he is not near as polished as Bridges. But he is a better athlete and has better length. He was more athlete than basketball player and took a while to find his way in the NBA. What he will be in four or five years is impossible to say.
He is a phenomenal underdeveloped talent. He started out a little slow, as he is real young. But he ended up averaging 15 PPG, which was very good when you consider how he struggled early. Nice turn around jump hook in the post. Explosive leaper going to the hoop. Explosive dunker who is still too much of a twig.
He can go end to end with some interesting dribbling. But he will still go one on four like a high school kid. Nice step over move going to the hole (where he steps left and brings the ball over the defenders head), like Tatum. Great handle to go most of the court to the basket. But no passing instincts, and he puts his head down like a high school kid going to the hole.
You cannot trust him bringing the ball up. But he is great moving without the ball in the offensive set. Great feel for holes in the defense. Knows how to use a back pick to get open behind the defense. Not a dumb kid, but still has some kid in his game.
He found his 3-pont shot. He looks like he could have the best length of the 3 and D Wings. Nice spot up shooter. He is getting more advanced. He can up fake, one-dribble, and still hit the Three. He can also one-dribble and turn and shot the 12-15 footer. Nice pull up shooter on the move, to the right, on pull up jumpers. He can absorb the hit, elbow off the big, and still put in the little half hook floater. Nice scoop going to the hole. Better dribbler than I expected.
I think he might be a better shooter off the one-dribble to his right than his spot up jumper. He is a good natural scorer on the move. Nice glider inside the foul line. Nice touch in jump hooks in the paint, moving to his right of course. He can score going to his left. He can 2-dribble to his left and score. I have him much too low.
He has some Tatum in him, bit not near as polished and advanced as Tatum when he was a Freshman. It is all mental for this kid as he will continue to grow into his body. Explosive on put-back dunks when he flies down the Lane.
He does play defense. He learned a lot of defense this past season. Plays good defense, but is not as quick and explosive on defense as on offense. Does not have great defensive effort or instincts. He is good at getting through screens to his man, and contesting shots. Goes for the first fake too much, and looses position. Great job playing with one hand up on D.
2017-18 Freshman: Declared for 2018 NBA Draft and hired an agent, effectively ending his collegiate career ...Associated Press All-America honorable mention Tabbed Southeastern Conference Co-Freshman of the Year alongside Alabamas Collin Sexton Also named to the All-SEC First Team and SEC All-Freshman Team by the leagues coaches Made the SEC All-Tournament Team United States Basketball Writers Association District IV Team member Led the team in scoring (15.8) points per game, 3-pointers made (57), and one of only two players on the team (PJ Washington) with 200 or more rebounds Recorded the eighth-most points (576) in school history as a freshman Scored in double figures in all but seven games, including a team-high 10 games with 20 or more Started all 37 games Named Citizen Naismith National Player of the Week, Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week (United States Basketball Writers Association), Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Week (USBWA) and SEC Freshman of the Week for the week of Jan. 29 for his performance vs. Mississippi State and No. 7/7 West Virginia Scored in double figures in 13 of 14 games to end the season Went for 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting in the NCAA Tournament opener vs. Davidson Posted 18 points and seven rebounds in the SEC Tournament championship game vs. Tennessee to lock up SEC All-Tournament Team honors Recorded three straight games with 20 or more points vs. Arkansas, Missouri and Ole Miss Made a 3-pointer in 10 straight games from Feb. 10 to March 11 Made three or more 3-pointers in three of four games from Feb. 10-20 Dished out a season-high-tying four assists to go along with 18 points at Texas A&M Erupted for a game-high 34 points in a 17-point comeback victory at No. 7/7 West Virginia Made a season-best five 3-pointers vs. the Mountaineers Also made 7 of 8 from the line and grabbed seven rebounds The 34 points were the most by a Wildcat in the 2017-18 season and most by a UK player since DeAaron Fox scored 39 vs. UCLA in the 2017 Elite Eight game vs. UCLA It was the most points by a Wildcat on the road since Malik Monk recorded 34 points to begin SEC play for the 2016-17 season Made all four of his 3-point shots and 5 of 6 shots overall in the home victory vs. Mississippi State en route to 19 points Scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds at South Carolina Posted 17 points, many of them late with the game on the line to close out a road win at Vanderbilt Also made all seven of his free-throw attempts at Vandy Connected on all five of his shots and scored 15 points in a home win vs. Texas A&M Notched the second double-double of his career with 16 points and a career-high 11 rebounds at LSU Scored 20 or more points in three of four games from Nov. 26 to Dec. 16 Included in that stretch were 10 of 11 games in double figures to open his career Also dished out three or more assists in three straight games from Dec. 9-23 Scored 21 points in a home victory over Virginia Tech Recorded 20 points and seven rebounds vs. Harvard Scored a then-season-best 25 points vs. UIC Notched his first career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds vs. ETSU Also made a then-career-best four 3-pointers vs. ETSU On a national stage at the State Farm Champions Classic vs. No. 4/3 Kansas, scored 20 points for the first time in his career with three 3-pointers and seven rebounds Debuted at Kentucky with 12 points, six rebounds, four steals and four assists His steal and assist numbers would hold up as career bests.
The Reason: Knox is a pure athlete with springs. So he has the most growth left to develop. Charlotte has not been able to develop a young talent since Walker. Knox's upside could put an end to that trend. With his upside, he could go much earlier.
Second Choice: Zhaire Smith G
12. Clippers- Robert Williams- PF/C, 6-10, 237, A&M, Soph, 21-years old,
7-6" Wingspan, 1.2 APG, 10.4 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 63.2%,
The Team: The Clipper need a big to help Jordan. Plus, they are going to eventually figure out that they have no chance at winning anything. When that friggin' light bulb finally goes off in their clueless heads, the first logical thing to do is trade Jordan for every young piece and/or draft pick they can get.
The Player: Williams is a young Big who was forced to play some Wing. He can get out to the 3-point line and block shots. As much as he was a pure inside player in high school, he was forced to play some SF at A&M. When he is up high he has elite instincts flying down the lane to sky over everyone to block a shot or rebound. He has as much physical upside as anyone in this Draft.
Terrific speed for such a big guy in the open court. Elite alley oop dunker, and transition target for passer. He can alley-oop over anyone. He is so light on his feet. Great bounce. Glides to the hoop. Great balance and agility in the air. Best dunker in the Draft. Which is his problem. He does not have much offensive polish. He is so fun to watch dunk, but he has to be more than that.
A&M had three centers, and he was the most athletic. But he needs to play D better. He is undersized for a traditional NBA Center, but in today's NBA? He might be perfect. But he certainly could be the new prototype NBA Power Forward. Terrific in the post, but a pure right that looks like he never shot the ball with his left in his life.
They played him at small forward a lot. But he was also their best rebounder and shot blocker. He showed he could get outside and cover smaller guys on D. Which is so imperative in the new pick and switch NBA. Great bounce and feet. He flashes to the hoop as well as anyone in this Draft, and not just on offense but defense.
Excellent spin move to his left. Explosive to the rim for dunks. Terrific scorer in the Paint, but he sucks as a shooter. He has no jumper, never mind range. He is a great pick and roll Big, but one of the worst Pick and Pop Bigs I ever saw.
Explosive young big, who most of his deficiencies can be cured with age, practice, and simple repetition. Shooting is all learned behavior through repetition. His jumper is slow awkward and ugly. He is a great open court player on the Break. Alley-oop him to death.
2017-18 (Sophomore): Returned to Texas A&M after being projected as a first-round draft pick following his initial college season to garner Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors as well as USBWA All-District VII accolades as a sophomore played in 30 games, drawing 23 starting assignments and averaging 25.6 minutes per game averaged 10.4 points per game and an SEC-leading 9.2 rebounds per contest produced seven double-doubles on the year to give him a total of 18 for his two-year career collected 78 blocked shots, the second most in a single season in school history and the most by an SEC player during the 2017-18 campaign scoring average jumped to 11.9 points per game during league play saw his school-record blocked shot reach 41 games before coming to an end in early January missed the first two games of the regular season while serving a suspension for a violation of Texas A&M policy.
Second Choice: Miles Bridges Wing
13. Clippers- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander- Kentucky, 6-6, 6-11.5" WS, FR,
5.1 APG, 14.4 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.6 SPG, 35.3% 3-P. 42.2 FG%,
The Team: The Clipper want a young PG to develop. They really haven't had a guy who can run the team since Paul left.
The Player: Alexander is a terrific rebounder for a PG. Terrific passer inside. Terrific dropping it down to his Big with all sorts of passes. Great variety of passes. Nice pull up jumper when the defender cuts off his drive. He doesn't shoot the Three a lot (less than two a game), but he did hit 40% of his Threes at Kentucky. He has a bit of an odd slow and low release. He needs a little extra room to his his Three.
Great long arms, which he uses to be a pest on defense. He is a taller PG, who does a great job playing low on defense. He uses his great long arms and positon to take the dribble from other PGs, which is not easy to do. Terrific size and length, when he has to switch onto the bigger player. Great switcher on defense. Kentucky switches on D as much as the Celtics. Great competitor on defense.
Great length and long arms inside. Great first step to the right. He can scoop it in lefty. Tricky dribbler who will get the inside shoulder going right, and then shot the lefty scoop with the defender on his right shoulder.
Great passer and play maker. He looks like a guy who will develop into a real PG who can set up the offense and distribute the ball. Terrific in the open court dribbling lefty, but still likes to go back to his right to shoot. Great ambidextrous shooter, who can spin left and hook it in lefty.
Terrific off the dribble shooter inside the arc. He scores in more ways than any other player in this Draft. He is going to be a great one in the NBA. He has great length, but not great Vert. He is a bit stuck to the floor. But is an elite defender with his feet on the floor.
2017-18 Freshman: Declared for 2018 NBA Draft and hired an agent, effectively ending his collegiate career ... Named to the All-Southeastern Conference Second Team by the leagues coaches ... Also a member of the All-SEC Freshman Team and a United States Basketball Writers Association District IV Team member Tabbed to the All-SEC Tournament Team after taking home most valuable player honors Averaged a team-best 21.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game while shooting 55.3 percent from the floor, capped by 29 points in the championship game SEC Freshman of the Week on Jan. 15 after averaging 19.0 points, 5.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds a game in wins over Texas A&M and Vanderbilt For the season he saw action in all 37 games and made 24 starts Was second on the team in scoring at 14.4 points per game Led UK in assists (189), steals (61), free-throw percentage (.817) and 3-point field-goal percentage (.404) ... His 5.1 assists-per-game average ranked fourth in the SEC, while his 61 steals were the third most among league players Only two UK freshmen, John Wall (241) and Marquis Teague (191), had more assists in their first season, and only two Wildcats, Rajon Rondo (87) and Wall (66), had more steals as a freshman Averaged 20.7 points, 6.3 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals in the postseason (NCAA and SEC Tournament play) Knocked down at least two 3-pointers in six games, including five of the last 10 Moved into the starting lineup on Jan. 9 vs. Texas A&M and averaged 16.4 points, 5.7 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game the rest of the way Dished out five or more assists in 16 of his final 22 games and had at least three in 34 games Scored in double figures in 21 of his last 26 games, including the final 10 games of the year Posted 15 points, five assists and five rebounds in UKs Sweet 16 loss to Kansas State Had 27 points, six boards, six assists and two steals in the win over Buffalo in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Logged 19 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and a career-high five steals in the NCAA Tournament opener vs. Davidson Scored 29 points in the SEC championship game, while also contributing seven rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals Scored 19 points to go along with eight assists against Alabama in the SEC Tournament Had 15 points, nine assists and two steals to begin SEC Tournament action vs. Georgia Record a double-double with 17 points and a career-high 10 assists in the home finale vs. Ole Miss Charted 14 points, eight assists and five rebounds in the win over Missouri Notched 18 points, seven assists and five rebounds at Arkansas Scored 19 points to go along with eight assists in a loss at Texas A&M Had 15 points, six boards and six dimes at home against No. 15/14 Tennessee Poured in a career-high 30 points in an overtime win over Vanderbilt He scored or assisted on 32 of UK's final 56 points in that come-from-behind win, including scoring eight of UK's final 10 points of the second half when the Wildcats were staring at a loss -- even hitting the two clutch free throws with just over two seconds left and Kentucky down two Had 16 points, six assists and four rebounds in a win over Mississippi State Scored 22 points with six assists and four rebounds at Vanderbilt Tallied 18 points, four assists, two steals and two boards in a win at LSU Scored 20 or more points off of the bench in back-to-back games against Louisville and Georgia to become the first UK player to score 20 or more off the bench since Deron Feldhaus on Jan. 21 and 25, 1992 His then-career-high 24-point, five-rebound, four-assists, three-steal effort against Louisville earned him the Bluegrass Sports Commission MVP honor Had 15 points and a then career-high nine assists in a win over Monmouth in Madison Square Garden Totaled 14 points, six assists and five rebounds against UIC Notched 10 points to go along with six assists and a pair of steals vs. ETSU Scored in double-figures with 13 points and had four assists in his UK debut in a win over Utah Valley.
Second Choice: Mikal Bridges Wing
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