NBA Mock Draft 2018: Small Forwards

NBA Mock Draft 2018: Small Forwards


NBA Mock Draft 2018: Small Forwards


Small Forward / 6-10 / Missouri / Freshman
10.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg

Porter’s return to action for two games at the end of the season had both positive and negative results. The positive was the he showed that the back has healed enough to allow him to get up and down the floor and showcase his skills. The negative being that he obviously wasn’t back to full health and his play suffered as a result. He is an explosive athlete with great fluidity, but having missed so much time, his leg strength has been depleted. Scouts have a good feel for his skillset and talent level, so reclaiming his stock as a Top 3 pick will be contingent upon how his back checks out in physicals, and gaining back some of the explosiveness and fluidity over the next few months. His potential to become one of the NBA’s elite scoring weapons gives him a great deal of intrigue, which was why he had leapfrogged DeAndre Ayton in the second half of his senior season of high school.

Comparison: Joe Johnson
Salary: $5,420,500*
Small Forward / 6-7 / Real Madrid / 1999
17.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg

Doncic is one of Europe’s top overall players, which is unheard of at 19 years of age. It’s no wonder why so many scouts in Europe feel that he should be considered for the first overall pick. And in a lot of drafts, he probably would be. His feel for the game is special for such a young player and he’s got a magical ability to find passing angles and make those around him better. He’s extremely competitive and clutch and never seems to get rattled or lose composure, even in the biggest moments. What he lacks in comparison to the other elite prospects is sheer athleticism. He’s not an overly quick or explosive athlete, so his ceiling isn’t quite as high as the others when you consider defense and ability to create and finish.

Comparison: Toni Kukoc
Salary: $4,425,600*
Small Forward / 6-9 / Kentucky / Freshman
15.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg

Knox was one of the steadier freshmen in the one-and-done Kentucky system this season. He’s far from a finished product and among the riskier potential lottery picks because of that. He shows a lot of offensive promise with his ability to create offense and his fluidity for a player his size. While he shot just 34 percent on the season from deep, he has a pretty jumper and had some big scoring outbursts and proved a difficult matchup for many opponents. His diverse skillset and potential as a scorer give him a lot of intrigue, however he’s still got a ways to go as a defender and maturity. His ability to be a stretch four in today’s small ball focused NBA adds value.

Comparison: Tobias Harris
Salary: $2,788,800*

Key: (*) Standard salary for players selected with that pick in 2018-19.

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