Redrafting the 2018 NBA Draft

We all said that we knew 2018 would be an awesome draft, but it’s still staggering to look back and see just how awesome. You don’t often find drafts with more than four or five All-NBA trajectories, but you could really argue six or seven of these young prospects are on track, depending on how you feel about Michael Porter Jr.’s health outlook and Jaren Jackson Jr.’s consistency.

But it isn’t just filled with star talent. There’s plenty of role players who have already established themselves as mainstays in the league, some of whom are even starring for contenders, like Villanova teammates Mikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson.

I’m trying to use the same general criteria as the earlier 2019 redraft, which is as follows:

How this re-draft will work:

  • ~50% based on long-term potential/projection
  • ~50% based on track record/production

1st Round – 2018 Re-Draft

  1. Luka Doncic – G/W
    originally: 3rd
  2. Trae Young – G
    originally: 5th
  3. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – G
    originally: 11
  4. Deandre Ayton – C
    originally: 1
  5. Mikal Bridges – W
    originally: 10
  6. Jaren Jackson Jr. – F
    originally: 6
  7. Miles Bridges – W/F
    originally: 12
  8. Gary Trent Jr. – G
    originally: 37
  9. Michael Porter Jr. – W/F
    originally: 14
  10. Jalen Brunson – G
    originally: 33
  11. Collin Sexton – G
    originally: 8
  12. Kevin Huerter – G/W
    originally: 19
  13. De’Anthony Melton – G
    originally: 46
  14. Anfernee Simons – G
    originally: 24
  15. Duncan Robinson – W
    originally: undrafted
  16. Kenrich Williams – W/F
    originally: undrafted
  17. Robert Williams III – C
    originally: 27
  18. Mitchell Robinson – C
    originally: 36
  19. Donte DiVincenzo – G/W
    originally: 17
  20. Jarred Vanderbilt – F
    originally: 41
  21. Yuta Watanabe – W
    originally: undrafted
  22. Devonte’ Graham – G
    originally: 34
  23. Landry Shamet – G/W
    originally: 26
  24. Aaron Holiday – G
    originally: 23
  25. Jae’Sean Tate – W
    originally: undrafted
  26. Lonnie Walker IV – G/W
    originally: 18
  27. Shake Milton – G
    originally: 54
  28. Josh Okogie – G/W
    originally: 20
  29. Jevon Carter – G
    originally: 32
  30. Hamidou Diallo – W
    originally: 45

Honorable Mentions:

  • Bruce Brown Jr. – W
    originally: 42
  • Chimezie Metu – W
    originally: 49
  • Alize Johnson – W
    originally: 50
  • Mo Wagner – F
    originally: 25
  • Kendrick Nunn – G
    originally: undrafted
  • Allonzo Trier – G
    originally: undrafted

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As Damon mentioned, this 2018 NBA Draft is just ridiculous. When it’s all said and done, I believe it will go down as one of the best drafts ever. That good.



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3 replies

  1. Did you forget about Wendall Carter Jr?

    • Sure did! That’s my bad. I’d slot him in at 18 between Robert Williams (who would be higher now than he was when I did this three months ago) and Mitchell Robinson.

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