The 2018 NBA Draft is just over two weeks away, and now that the early entrant withdrawal deadline has passed, we can start taking mock drafts a little more seriously (and I do mean “little”).
Since deciding to stay in the draft, Jarred Vanderbilt now appears in all of the major mock drafts that include second rounds, ranging anywhere from No. 44 (Washington) to No. 55 (Charlotte). Consensus continues to be that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will go to the Los Angeles Clippers with the twelfth or thirteenth pick, but the latest Sporting News mock has him sneaking into the top ten, going eighth to Cleveland. Meanwhile, Kevin Knox is still on the edge of the lottery and Hamidou Diallo still trends as an early second round pick.
|Shai Alexander||Kevin Knox||Hamidou Diallo||Jarred Vanderbilt||Wenyen Gabriel|
|ESPN Top 100 (Updated 5/30)||12||15||36||59||—|
|ESPN (Updated 5/30)||12. LA Clippers||15. Washington||35. Orlando||55. Charlotte||—|
|Sports Illustrated (Updated 6/5)||15. Washington||12. LA Clippers||40. Brooklyn||49. San Antonio||—|
|Sporting News* (Updated 5/28)||8. Cleveland||14. Denver||30. Atlanta||—||—|
|Gary Parrish* (Updated 5/24)||13. LA Clippers||14. Denver||—||—||—|
|Matt Norlander (Updated 6/5)||13. LA Clippers||15. Washington||37. Sacramento||50. Indiana||—|
|NBADraft.net (Updated 6/5)||12. LA Clippers||11. Charlotte||54. Dallas||44. Washington||—|
|Bleacher Report* (Updated 6/5)||12. LA Clippers||15. Washington||—||—||—|
|The Athletic (Updated 6/1)||12. LA Clippers||14. Denver||35. Orlando||44. Washington||—|
* First Round Only
Late last week, John Calipari said Vanderbilt was receiving plenty of interest from teams despite his injury. The Athletic’s Michael Sotto spoke with an Eastern Conference executive who confirmed Vanderbilt’s versatility and talent are intriguing enough for a team to take a chance on him in the second round.
“I like him because he does a lot of winning things,” a second Eastern Conference executive told The Athletic. “He can do a little bit of everything. He can defend, rebound and score. I like him because he doesn’t do a lot of turnovers and make mistakes. He’s an energy guy who plays hard. He’s young and only going to get better.”
There you go.