The 2018 NBA draft is Thursday night (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN), and no one is sure what’s going to happen.
Who is going in the top five? Who will be the best player in this class? What trades can teams make?
Here’s everything you need to know.
Full draft order | Trade tracker | Projections
Which player should every team draft? Our experts go pick-by-pick answering that question, with deep dives into every prospect.
No. 1: Phoenix Suns | Deandre Ayton
No. 2: Sacramento Kings | Luka Doncic
No. 3: Atlanta Hawks | Jaren Jackson Jr.
No. 4: Memphis Grizzlies | Mohamed Bamba
No. 5: Dallas Mavericks | Marvin Bagley III
What about the players each team will select? You can get that right here, updated with the latest intel until the draft officially starts.
ESPN Insider Jonathan Givony has been updating his top-100 rankings all season with the latest intel. See which prospects top his board.
Does your team have needs at a specific position? Insider Mike Schmitz ranks the top 10 guards, wings and bigs …
Mike Schmitz position rankings
|1||Luka Doncic||Kevin Knox||Deandre Ayton|
|2||Shai Gilgeous-Alexander||Michael Porter Jr||Mohamed Bamba|
|3||Lonnie Walker||Mikal Bridges||Jaren Jackson Jr|
|4||Collin Sexton||Miles Bridges||Marvin Bagley III|
|5||Trae Young||Zhaire Smith||Wendell CarterJr.|
|6||Kevin Huerter||Troy Brown||Robert Williams|
|7||Aaron Holiday||Josh Okogie||Mitchell Robinson|
|8||Jerome Robinson||Dzanan Musa||Moritz Wagner|
|9||De’Anthony Melton||Keita Bates-Diop||Omari Spellman|
|10||Khyri Thomas||Jacob Evans||Chimezie Metu|
… and Schmitz and Givony break down the draft’s biggest standouts in key categories:
Givony: Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
Schmitz: Trae Young
Schmitz: Jaren Jackson Jr.
Givony: Jaren Jackson Jr.
Givony: Luka Doncic
Schmitz: Luka Doncic
Schmitz: Deandre Ayton
Givony: Deandre Ayton
Givony: Jalen Brunson
Schmitz: Devon Hall
Schmitz: Zhaire Smith
Givony: Zhaire Smith
Most boom-or-bust potential
Givony: Michael Porter Jr.
Schmitz: Mitchell Robinson
Better NBA than college player
Schmitz: Robert Williams
Givony: Mohamed Bamba
Best 3-and-D wing
Givony: Mikal Bridges
Schmitz: Mikal Bridges
Could’ve played in the 2018 Finals
Givony: Luka Doncic
Schmitz: Luka Doncic
Teams don’t always address offseason needs at the draft — and there’s a good case that they shouldn’t — but here’s how Insider Bobby Marks breaks down each team heading into the offseason.
|ATL||3, 19, 30, 34||C||PG, SF, PF|
|BOS||27||None||SG, SF, C|
|BKN||29, 40||None||SG, SF, PF, C|
|CHA||11, 45, 55||PF||PG, SF|
|CHI||7, 22||SG, SF||SF, C|
|CLE||8||PG, SG, SF||None|
|DAL||5, 33, 54||PF, C||PG, SG. SF|
|DEN||14, 43, 58||SF||PG, SG. SF|
|DET||42||SG||PG, PF, C|
|HOU||46||PG, PF, C||PG, SF|
|IND||23, 50||None||PG, SG, SF|
|LAC||12, 13||SG, C||SF, PF|
|LAL||25, 39, 47||SG, C||PG, SF, PF, C|
|MEM||4, 32||SG, SF||PG|
|MIL||17||PF, C||SF, PF|
|MIN||20, 53||None||SG, SF, PF|
|NOP||51||PG, SF||PG, PF, C|
|NYK||9, 37||PG, SF, C (if not Kanter)||SF, PF, C|
|OKC||53, 57||SF, PF||PG, C|
|ORL||6, 35||PG, PF||SG|
|PHI||10, 26, 38, 56, 60||SG||SG, SF, PF|
|PHX||1, 16, 31, 59||PG, PF, C||PG|
|POR||24||SF, C||PG, SG, PF|
|SAC||2, 36||SF, PF||PF, C|
|SAS||18, 49||SG, C||SF, PF|
|UTA||21, 52||PF||PG, SG|
|WAS||15, 44||C||SG, PF|
|Considers players under contract for 2018-19|
What future picks can be combined in draft trades? We go team-by-team on all the assets.
Plenty of long-time NBA players slip out of the first round. Our experts give five names to watch:
Givony’s second-round standouts
Justin Jackson | F | Maryland
Jevon Carter | G | West Virginia
Devon Hall | G | Virginia
Hamidou Diallo | G | Kentucky
Anfernee Simons | G | Team Breakdown
Schmitz’s second-round standouts
Bruce Brown | G | Miami
Shake Milton | G | SMU
Kevin Hervey | PF | UT-Arlington
Issuf Sanon | G | Olimpija Ljubljana
Rodions Kurucs F | Barcelona
These players rank notably higher by Insider Kevin Pelton’s wins above replacement player (WARP) projections than our top-100 rankings.
Projected WARP standouts
|Dzanan Musa||KK Cedevita||19||2.9||3|
|Gary Trent Jr.||Duke||39||1.8||13|
|Landry Shamet||Wichita State||49||1.7||15|
|Kevin Hervey||Texas Arlington||46||1.6||17|
Underrated prospects according to the ESPN Analytics model.
De’Anthony Melton | G | USC
Keita Bates-Diop | PF | Ohio State
Kostas Antetokounmpo | SF | Dayton
Overrated by the model:
Full strengths and weaknesses, scouting reports, pre-draft videos and interviews — get it all here.
The scouting process for this draft took place against the backdrop of an NBA postseason in which traditional centers had relatively little impact. As the league trends toward more 3-pointers and switching defenses, are teams drafting for an era that no longer exists?
Plenty of picks throughout the lottery could be in play for draft-night trades. Which moves should teams make? Our NBA Insiders give their six best deals.
Who will be the best player from the 2018 NBA draft? In many years, a clear favorite begins to stand out. But NBA teams are all over the place in how they value Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic, Mohamed Bamba and the top tier of prospects in this class.
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