NBA Draft 2018: Pick by pick

NBA Draft 2018: Pick by pick

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NBA Draft 2018: Pick by pick

Center / 7-1 / Arizona / Freshman
20.1 ppg, 11.6 rpg

Deandre Ayton stays in Arizona. The Suns can’t resist the lure of a potentially dominant big man in the NBA down the road.

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Comparison: David Robinson
Salary: $6,746,400*
Power Forward / 6-11 / Duke / Freshman
21.0 ppg, 11.1 rpg

Kings go big too. The Duke product could form an interesting inside/outside tandem with De’Aaron Fox.

Twitter: @MB3FIVE
Comparison: Amare Stoudemire
Salary: $6,036,200*
Small Forward / 6-7 / Real Madrid / 1999
16.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg

Probably the best player in the world at his age. Has won everything in Europe. High floor. Superstar material?

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Comparison: Toni Kukoc
Salary: $5,420,500*
Power Forward / 6-11 / Michigan State / Freshman
10.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg

Has great versatility and impressive potential. Some questions about toughness.

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Comparison: Jermaine O’Neal
Salary: $4,887,200*
Point Guard / 6-2 / Oklahoma / Freshman
27.4 ppg, 8.7 apg

Can hit it from anywhere on the floor. Terrific passer. May struggle defensively at the pro level. Dennis Schroeder’s days in Atlanta numbered?

Twitter: @TheTraeYoung
Comparison: Mike Bibby
Salary: $4,425,600*
Center / 6-11 / Texas / Freshman
12.9 ppg, 10.5 rpg

Incredible physical specimen with amazing wingpsan. Intriguing outside shooting. Must improve consistency.

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Comparison: Rudy Gobert
Salary: $4,019,600*
Power Forward / 6-10 / Duke / Freshman
13.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg

The Bulls go with a safe pick here. Strong all-around game. Low ceiling compared to other lottery picks.

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Comparison: Al Horford
Salary: $3,669,400*
Point Guard / 6-2 / Alabama / Freshman
19.2 ppg, 3.6 apg

Tough as nails. Great defender and competitor. Not that great of a shooter.

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Comparison: Eric Bledsoe
Salary: $3,361,500*
Small Forward / 6-9 / Kentucky / Freshman
15.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg

Great upside/low floor pick by the Knicks here. Quite green. Not likely to contribute much right away.

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Comparison: Tobias Harris
Salary: $3,090,100*
Shooting Guard / 6-7 / Villanova / Junior
17.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg

The Sixers choose the local guy… then trade him to Phoenix. Should make an impact for the Suns early, but may not have that much upside.

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Comparison: Otto Porter
Salary: $2,935,400*
Point Guard / 6-6 / Kentucky / Freshman
14.4 ppg, 5.1 apg

Promising point guard who could be a nice building block for a team in a transitional phase.

Twitter: @shaiglalex
Comparison: Dejounte Murray
Salary: $2,788,800*
Power Forward / 6-7 / Michigan State / Sophomore
17.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg

His inability to fit a position could limit his ability to stay on the floor.

Twitter: @MilesBridges
Comparison: Jerome Kersey
Salary: $2,649,400*
Shooting Guard / 6-6 / Boston College / Junior
20.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg

Very good shooter in college. Not the most explosive player around.

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Comparison: CJ McCollum
Salary: $2,516,900*
Small Forward / 6-10 / Missouri / Freshman
10.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg

Porter slides all the way to No. 14 due to injury concerns. Did the Nuggets land a gem?

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Comparison: Joe Johnson
Salary: $2,391,100*
Shooting Guard / 6-7 / Oregon / Freshman
11.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg

Quite an athlete at the wing. Tremendous length. Must get stronger.

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Comparison: Caris LeVert
Salary: $2,271,400*
Shooting Guard / 6-5 / Texas Tech / Freshman
11.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg

Upside pick. Exceptional athlete with a high basketball IQ.

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Comparison: Avery Bradley
Salary: $2,157,900*
Shooting Guard / 6-5 / Villanova / Sophomore
13.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg

The NCAA Final Four MVP gets drafted early after working out for a ton of NBA teams. Plays confident and can score the ball, but is not much of a playmaker.

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Comparison: Dan Majerle
Salary: $2,050,000*
Shooting Guard / 6-4 / Miami / Freshman
11.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg

San Antonio adds much-needed athleticism with this pick. A surprise he was still available for them.

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Comparison: Rodney Stuckey
Salary: $1,947,500*
Shooting Guard / 6-7 / Maryland / Sophomore
14.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg

Great three-point shooter for Maryland. Must work on improving strength.

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Comparison: Fred Hoiberg
Salary: $1,859,800*
Shooting Guard / 6-4 / Georgia Tech / Sophomore
16.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg

NBA body already. Good potential as a defender. Shot good percentages from beyond the arc in college.

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Comparison: Iman Shumpert
Salary: $1,785,300*
Shooting Guard / 6-5 / Duke / Senior
14.0 ppg, 3.0 apg

One of the most NBA-ready prospects available. His competitive spirit is something that should help a team like Utah.

Comparison: Bob Sura
Salary: $1,713,900*
Shooting Guard / 6-7 / Boise State / Senior
19.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg

Good playmaker at his position. Can do damage in the open court. Jump shot is a work in progress.

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Comparison: Landry Fields
Salary: $1,645,400*
Point Guard / 6-1 / UCLA / Junior
20.3 ppg, 5.8 apg

A third Holiday in the NBA. He’s quite a shooter. Lacks size.

Comparison: Lindsey Hunter
Salary: $1,579,600*
Shooting Guard / 6-3 / USA / 1999

Must develop playmaking skills and improve defensive effort. Gets high marks for his athleticism and jump shot.

Comparison: Monta Ellis
Salary: $1,516,500*
Power Forward / 6-11 / Michigan / Junior
14.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg

Wagner checks a lot of the boxes as far as being a strong influence and leader, aside from his basketball skills.

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Comparison: Kelly Olynyk
Salary: $1,455,700*
Point Guard / 6-4 / Wichita State / Sophomore
14.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg

Super long point guard who makes threes consistently. "My jump shot is my baby," he told HoopsHype.

Twitter: @landryshamet
Comparison: Denzel Valentine
Salary: $1,407,500*
Power Forward / 6-9 / Texas A&M / Sophomore
10.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg

Impressive leaping skills, but some questions about focus. Terrible free-throw shooter.

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Comparison: Stromile Swift
Salary: $1,367,000*
Shooting Guard / 6-6 / Cincinnati / Junior
13.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg

He may take a year or so to be able to extend his range to NBA three, but the potential is there.

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Comparison: Maurice Evans
Salary: $1,358,500*
Shooting Guard / 6-8 / Cedevita Zagreb / 1999
4.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg

Excellent size for the small forward spot. Gets buckets.

Twitter: @DzananM13
Comparison: Bojan Bogdanovic
Salary: $1,348,600*
Power Forward / 6-9 / Villanova / Sophomore
10.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg

Can really space the floor as proved by his 43.3 percent three-point shooting for Villanova last season.

Comparison: Adreian Payne
Salary: $1,338,900*
Point Guard / 6-2 / Pau-Orthez / 1997
8.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg
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Comparison: Rodrigue Beaubois
Salary: *
Point Guard / 6-2 / West Virginia / Senior
17.3 ppg, 6.6 apg
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Comparison: Jamaal Tinsley
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Point Guard / 6-3 / Villanova / Junior
18.9 ppg, 4.6 apg
Comparison: Mark Jackson
Salary: *
Point Guard / 6-2 / Kansas / Senior
17.3 ppg, 7.2 apg
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Comparison: Charlie Ward
Salary: *
Small Forward / 6-6 / Tulane / Junior
15.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg
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Comparison: Gerald Green
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Center / 7-1 / USA / 1998
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Shooting Guard / 6-6 / Duke / Freshman
14.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg
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Comparison: Buddy Hield
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Shooting Guard / 6-3 / Creighton / Junior
15.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg
Twitter: @Khyri_2
Comparison: Jrue Holiday
Salary: *
Shooting Guard / 6-9 / Fraport Skyliners / 1999
6.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
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Comparison: Kyle Anderson
Salary: *
Small Forward / 6-9 / FC Barcelona / 1998
2.3 ppg, 0.5 rpg
Twitter: @RODIONS1
Comparison: Sam Dekker
Salary: *
Power Forward / 6-9 / Kentucky / Freshman
5.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg
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Shooting Guard / 6-5 / Miami (FL) / Sophomore
11.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg
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Comparison: Maurice Ager
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Small Forward / 6-7 / Maryland / Sophomore
9.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg
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Comparison: Rod Higgins
Salary: *
Point Guard / 6-4 / Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk / 1999
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Comparison: Malcolm Delaney
Salary: *
Shooting Guard / 6-5 / Kentucky / Sophomore
10.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg
Comparison: Iman Shumpert
Salary: *
Shooting Guard / 6-4 / USC / Sophomore
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Comparison: Antonio Blakeney
Salary: *
Shooting Guard / 6-7 / Kansas / Senior
14.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg
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Comparison: Hollis Thompson
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Small Forward / 6-7 / Ohio State / Senior
19.8 ppg, 8.7 rpg
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Power Forward / 6-10 / USC / Junior
15.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg
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Comparison: Elden Campbell
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Power Forward / 6-9 / Missouri State / Senior
15.0 ppg, 11.6 rpg
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Point Guard / 6-5 / Penn State / Sophomore
19.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg
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Comparison: Sam Cassell
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Small Forward / 6-8 / Purdue / Senior
14.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg
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Point Guard / 6-5 / Virginia / Senior
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Shooting Guard / 6-6 / Southern Methodist / Junior
18.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg
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Comparison: John Salmons
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Small Forward / 6-9 / Betaland Capo d’Orlando / 1998
8.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg
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Comparison: Bostjan Nachbar
Salary: *
Power Forward / 6-10 / Louisville / Junior
12.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg
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Comparison: Ryan Hollins
Salary: *
Power Forward / 6-9 / Texas-Arlington / Senior
20.4 ppg, 8.5 rpg
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Comparison: James Ennis
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Center / 7-0 / UCLA / Senior
12.6 ppg, 10.8 rpg
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Small Forward / 6-6 / Colorado / Senior
12.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg
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Power Forward / 6-10 / Dayton / Sophomore
5.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg
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Key: (*) Standard salary for players selected with that pick in 2018-19.

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