Just when you thought Mock Draft SZN was over, your favorite NBA draft analysts have already compiled estimates for the 2018 draft. Unlike Bracketology, this actually can be useful. Let these mock drafts paint a picture of where prospects stand entering their first season at Kentucky.
14. Hamidou Diallo
22. Nick Richards
Few entities have more mock draft credibility than Draft Express (I believe Givony nailed the first 11 picks), but I don’t understand how they could put more stock in Lonnie Walker than Diallo. Walker is great, but I do not foresee him taking significant steps forward at Miami, especially compared to Diallo who’s already been given the “first one in, last one out” tag by John Calipari.
11. Hamidou Diallo to Philly
13. Kevin Knox to Dallas
19. Nick Richards to Memphis
22. Jarred Vanderbilt to Houston
Nobody is more bullish on SEC talent than Parrish, who features eight from the conference in his first round.
7. Kevin Knox to Philly
11. Hamidou Diallo to Phoenix
13. Nick Richards to Milwaukee
Forgrave likes Knox’s versatility and that his father played in the NFL.
12. Hamidou Diallo
24. Nick Richards
No. 24 is the lowest Richards falls on any early draft boards.
10. Jarred Vanderbilt to New Orleans
11. Nick Richards to Charlotte
13. Hamidou Diallo to Denver
14. Kevin Knox to Miami
Four lottery picks? Not too shabby.
It’s hard to gather anything significant from a prognostication that’s a year away, but there’s one thing you should keep an eye on: nobody knows which forwards will stay or go. Knox, Vanderbilt and Washington are all versatile athletes that will play in the NBA, but how soon that happens will be determined by their play this season at Kentucky.