ESPN has released its post-lottery 2018 NBA Mock Draft, and analyst Joathan Givony has three Duke Blue Devils going in the first round.
As expected, the players are Marvin Bagley, Wendell Carter and Grayson Allen, in that order.
Givony has Bagley going at No. 3 to the Atlanta Hawks. His analysis on the ACC Player of the Year:
“While Bagley has some positional concerns defensively, his athleticism, motor, rebounding, finishing ability and overall productivity will be very attractive here. He has terrific scoring instincts and likely brings better shot-making potential than he showed in college with more spacing around him at the NBA level.”
Then, it’s Carter at No. 7 to the Chicago Bulls:
“Carter’s feel and versatility are promising in a number of ways. He is a physically mature big man with a 263-pound frame and 7-foot-3 wingspan, which will allow him to play center in the NBA with ease. Carter is a polished player with excellent hands and touch around the basket, and he has demonstrated a nice blend of passing, shot-blocking and perimeter shooting, despite being overshadowed at times by fellow likely lottery pick Bagley at Duke.”
Finally, it’s Allen, also to the Hawks at No. 30:
“With their third and final first-round pick, the Hawks might look to add some backcourt depth, specifically someone who can play behind or alongside incumbent starters Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore. Allen is a big-time shot-maker who should be ready to contribute fairly soon as one of the lone NCAA seniors projected to be picked in the first round.”
It will be fascinating to see how the chips fall come draft night, and if Gary Trent and/or Trevon Duval can also sneak into the first round.