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Porter, Bagley, Ayton, Doncic Comprise Top-4 Of ESPN's First 2018 Mock Draft

Aug 16, 2017 10:19 AM

Michael Porter, Marvin Bagley, DeAndre Ayton and Luka Doncic comprise the top-4 of the first mock draft from Jonathan Givony of ESPN for 2018.

Porter is a multi-talented, highly athletic combo forward.

Bagley reclassified to the incoming freshman class of 2017 and will attend Duke.

Doncic has been widely considered a potential top overall pick but scouts have concerns on whether he is athletic enough to defend his position as well as create his own shot.

1. Michael Porter
2. Marvin Bagley
3. DeAndre Ayton
4. Luka Doncic
5. Robert Williams
6. Miles Bridges
7. Mohamed Bamba
8. Collin Sexton
9. Jaren Jackson
10. Wendell Carter
11. Trevon Duval
12. Bruce Brown
13. Lonnie Walker
14. Mitchell Robinson
15. Justin Jackson
16. Dzanan Musa
17. Troy Brown
18. Hamidou Diallo
19. Mikal Bridges
20. Chimezie Metu
21. Rodions Kurucs
22. Nick Richards
23. Shake Milton
24. Grayson Allen
25. Isaac Bonga
26. De'Anthony Melton
27. Austin Wiley
28. Tyus Battle
29. Brandon McCoy
30. Andrew Jones

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Marvin Bagley Commits to Duke

Aug 14, 2017 11:35 PM

Marvin Bagley has announced he will attend Duke.

Bagley was the top player in the incoming class of 2018 before reclassifying for 2017.

The Blue Devils already had Trevon Duval, Wendell Carter and Gary Trent Jr. as part of their incoming class.

Bagley is expected to be one of the top selections in the 2018 NBA Draft.

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Jontay Porter Reclassifies To Join Missouri For 17-18

Aug 10, 2017 12:10 AM

Jontay Porter will reclassify for the class of 2018 to join his brother, Michael Porter Jr., at Missouri.

The Porters' father, Michael Porter Sr., is an assistant coach at Missouri.

"This is going to be a special year for Mizzou basketball, and I couldn't pass up on this opportunity to be a part of it," Jontay Porter told ESPN on Wednesday. "Playing with Michael was definitely one of the most attractive things about reclassifying. Every team we've played on together has had major success, so hopefully that trend continues."

There is little more than a year in age difference between the brothers.

Jontay Porter was the 10th ranked player in the incoming class of 2018.

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NBA Could Create New Rule Restricting Pick Swaps

Aug 3, 2017 7:20 PM

The NBA has considered banning pick swaps between drafts in which a team already owes its pick to other teams.

The change in rules has been on the agenda of the competition committee but it has not yet been debated at length.

The Brooklyn Nets included a 2017 pick swap in their trade with the Boston Celtics that essentially saw them trade three consecutive first rounders.

The Stepien Rule prohibits teams from trading away first round picks in consecutive years.

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R.J. Barrett Reclassifies For Class Of 2018

Jul 31, 2017 12:39 PM

R.J. Barrett has reclassified for the class of 2018. Barrett was previously the top-ranked player in the class of 2018.

"After playing this summer I felt good where I am from a basketball standpoint," Barrett told ESPN.

Barrett is accelerating his college search.

"The schools that are have been on me the hardest are Arizona, Duke, Oregon, Kentucky, Michigan, Texas, UCLA and Kansas," Barrett said.

Recently Illinois, Indiana, Connecticut, USC and Michigan State have begun showing interest in Barrett.

Barrett will be in the draft class of 2019 if he stays one year in college.

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John Collins Used Summer League To Prove He Should Have Been Picked Higher

Jul 17, 2017 1:44 PM

John Collins fell to the Atlanta Hawks at No. 19 in the 2017 NBA Draft and he had an excellent Summer League.

Collins ranks second in Summer League in PER at 32.5.

“I wanted to prove that I should have went higher,” Collins said. “Not to say that I’m not happy with the spot I’ve fallen. I’ve fallen to great spot, a great organization, the fans love me. I have a great opportunity here, which I’m blessed for. But I want to show everybody, I feel like I should have gone number one. Maybe that isn’t realistic. But I want to prove to everybody that I should have went higher. I’ve been overlooked most of my career. So I’m kind of happy, because it gives me that same energy, that same fear and drive.”

Collins was a first-team All-ACC selection in 2017 as well as the conference's Most Improved Player.

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Marvin Bagley Considering Reclassifying For 2017 Freshman Class

Jul 14, 2017 12:45 PM

Marvin Bagley is considering reclassifying to the 2017 incoming freshman class.

Bagley is scheduled to visit Duke while he's also considering USC, Kentucky and Arizona.

If Bagley reclassifies, the 2018 draft class will become even stronger at the top with Michael Porter Jr., Luka Doncic and DeAndre Ayton.

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LaVar Ball Told Magic Johnson Pre-Draft 'It's Marketing'

Jul 7, 2017 1:49 PM

During a critical pre-draft meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers, LaVar Ball spoke honestly to Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka about his intentions in marketing his sons and his Big Baller Brand with an over the top personality. 

The meeting went a long ways in the Lakers' decision to draft Lonzo Ball.

"He just said it's marketing," Magic Johnson said. "That's what he had to do to market not only his son but the brand. Before I met him I had already thought that. I already knew what he was doing."

As Johnson recalls, "He said, 'Earvin, look, I'm not following my son. I'm not going to be hanging out in L.A. I'm going to be training these young kids [his other sons].'"

"'As far as training my boy, this is as far as I can take him,'" LaVar says he told Johnson. "'I'll leave it up to you to take him further. You can get him better with the film time and the coaching. You can take him to another level.'"

"I trust you with my boy. I just got a great feeling that you guys are going to take Zo to a whole other level.'"

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Bulls Focused On Maximizing 2018 Lottery Odds

Jul 1, 2017 11:55 AM

With the Chicago Bulls trading away Jimmy Butler, a source says the team is focused on getting a top-4 pick in next year's draft.

The Bulls are high on Michael Porter Jr. while Luka Doncic, DeAndre Ayton and Mohamed Bamba are also expected to be high level prospects in the 2018 draft class.

“We’re not going to be throwing huge money at people right out of the gate,’’ John Paxson recently said of free agency.

The Bulls want to keep their young core intact while maximizing their lottery odds.

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NBA Execs Split On Michael Porter Jr., Luka Doncic As Top Prospect Of 2018

Jun 23, 2017 6:36 PM

Michael Porter Jr. and Luka Doncic are expected to be the top two picks of the 2018 NBA Draft.

Porter is an elite athlete at 6'10 with a tremendously fluid and polished set of offensive skills.

Doncic is one of the most highly regarded international prospects in basketball history who can shoot, make plays off the dribble and pass.

The league is essentially divided at this point between Porter and Doncic as the best prospect. Many observers believed Porter or Doncic would have been the top overall prospect if they were in the 2017 draft class over Markelle Fultz.

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Lakers Were Sold On Lonzo Ball After Private Workout, Meeting In Chino Hills
Lakers requested a second workout with Lonzo Ball at their practice facility, but agent Harrison Gaines insisted the team instead see a day in hins life.

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Lakers Offered Unprotected Future First To Teams Willing To Take Deng Or Mozgov
The Lakers signed Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng during the final offseason of the regime of Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss.

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ESPN's 2017 NBA Draft Coverage Up 13 Percent From 2016
ESPN was also competing against multiple live streams such as The Vertical.

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Bulls Sell No. 38 Pick To Warriors For $3.5M
The Bulls sold the pick that became Jordan Bell to the Warriors.

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Jazz Select Donovan Mitchell At No. 13, Trading Trey Lyles, No. 24 To Denver
Donovan Mitchell is a combo guard out of Louisville that plays well off the ball.

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Blazers Move Up To No. 10 With Kings To Select Zach Collins
The Kings traded Zach Collins to the Blazers for No. 15 and No. 20.

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Multiple Teams Interested In Trading Up For Josh Jackson
With Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball almost certainly going first and second, the draft will begin at No. 3 with the Celtics.

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Clippers Intend To Buy 2nd Round Pick
The Clippers don't own a single draft pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Knicks Would Like Top-4 Pick, Established Starter If They Trade Kristaps Porzingis
The Knicks are motivated to trade into the top-4 of the draft and Josh Jackson is believed to be their target.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Mavs, Wolves Break Off Wesley Matthews For Ricky Rubio Talks
The Mavericks would have also moved up to No. 7.

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Celtics Interested In Trading Down To Target Dennis Smith Jr.
Danny Ainge and the Celtics are considering moving back in the draft again from No. 3.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Kings Declined Lakers' Offer Of No. 2 For Nos. 5, 10
The Lakers would have packaged one of the two Kings' picks to the Pacers along with 27, 28 and salary cap filler for Paul George.

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Celtics Leaning Towards Jayson Tatum As Josh Jackson Still Declines Workout Invite
The Celtics have finally received the medicals of Josh Jackson, who they are considering picking at No. 3.

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Pacers Continue To Seek No. 2 Pick From Lakers For Paul George
The Lakers are offering Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, as well as picks No. 27 and No. 28 in Thursday's draft for Paul George.

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Celtics Interested In Trading For Kristaps Porzingis
The Knicks are said to be high on Josh Jackson in the draft and the Celtics own the third overall pick.

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Lakers Offering D'Angelo Russell In Hopes Of Drafting Luke Kennard Or Zach Collins
The future of D'Angelo Russell with the Lakers is uncertain with the team expected to draft Lonzo Ball.

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Danny Ainge Thinks Celtics' Pick At No. 3 Likely To Have Been Their Pick At No. 1
The Celtics are expected to select either Josh Jackson or Jayson Tatum, though there's a chance the Los Angeles Lakers pass on Lonzo Ball at No. 2.

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76ers, Celtics Officially Announce Trade With Future Pick Protections
If the Lakers' pick doesn't convey, the Celtics will receive either Sacramento's or Philadelphia's first round pick in 2019, whichever is more favorable unless it's No. 1.

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Lakers Seeking Additional First Round Pick
The Lakers currently own picks No. 2 and No. 28.

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Suns Discuss Moving Up In Draft With Lakers, Celtics
The Suns are targeting Lonzo Ball and Josh Jackson in the draft.

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