Alijah Landing

2018 NBA Draft Preview


Looking for a Superstar (Top 5)

To earn a draft spot this high in the draft, a team typically had to suffer through a season of woe. Because of that, teams in this range are looking for a game-changer, a player that redirect the course of their franchise, a player that will quickly make themselves known across the league. They’re looking for a superstar. Teams drafting here will certainly be looking to draft a player that can mirror the impact made by the likes of Ben Simmons, Karl-Anthony Towns and Joel Embiid.

Luka Doncic (Guard, Real Madrid/Slovenia)

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Outside of the name you may not be too familiar with Luka Doncic. Arguably the most NBA-ready prospect in the draft, Doncic has been honing his craft with Real Madrid in the Spanish ACB League (widely regarded as the second best basketball league in the world). He’ll enter the league with a serious championship pedigree, as he helped lead Slovenia to their first EuroBasket Championship in 2017 and just a few weeks ago he helped Real Madrid secure their 10th EuroLeague Title (he was also league MVP). A point guard by trade, Doncic has the size (6’8 228lbs) to play on the wing in the NBA. His prodigious passing, tight handle and soft touch will make his adjustment to the NBA seamless.

Deandre Ayton (Center, Arizona, Freshman)

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Very likely to be the first named called in this year’s NBA Draft, Deandre Ayton was a man amongst boys in his sole season at the University of Arizona. Built like a diesel truck, Ayton has flashed elite two-way potential and a skill-set that will allow him to fit in today’s modern NBA. Unteachable athleticism, smooth footwork and the ability to finish with both hands will ensure that Ayton is able to make an impact Day one in the NBA.

Mavin Bagley III (Forward/Center, Duke, Freshman)

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There are some that question what position Marvin Bagley III will play in the NBA. I guarantee whatever team drafts him will figure it out quickly. Playing under Coach K this past season at Duke, Bagley showed a ferocity on the court that should remind you of a young Amar’e Stoudemire. Playing on a team of NBA prospects it was Bagley that stood out game after game. His quick step, elite-level rebounding and the fact that he flashed the ability to shoot (though his shot mechanics need some work) has teams salivating at the chance to draft the young big man.