The 2018 NBA Draft will take place on Thursday, June 21st at 7pm EST. The Memphis Grizzlies have the first pick, and it is widely assumed that they will select Luka Doncic with the selection. After him, there are a few players who could go as high as No. 2 to the Sacramento Kings in Trae Young.
The trae young draft class is a re-draft of the 2018 NBA Draft. Luka Doncic is the clear No. 1 overall pick and Trae Young goes to Sacramento as No. 2.
Since most of these players have become stars or starters early in their careers, the 2018 Draft Class is one of the most gifted in NBA history. This is the same draft that produced 42 All-Stars and a slew of potential All-Stars. We haven’t seen this kind of talent in a single draft class since the 2012 draft. That is why NBA clubs are on high alert in 2021 since another one might be on the way.
While many of these selections were accurate, now is the time to re-draft the loaded 2018 Draft Class knowing what we now know. To begin, it is time for Luka Doncic and the Phoenix Suns to create one of the greatest duos in the league.
The Phoenix Suns are the first team in the league.
Deandre Ayton was the original pick.
Luka Doncic is a re-draft pick.
The Phoenix Suns might argue that selecting Deandre Ayton with the first overall selection was the correct decision since he is on the verge of becoming an All-Star and helped the club reach the Finals this season. Ayton, on the other hand, is no Luka Doncic, a player who might be the NBA’s next big thing. So far in his career, Doncic has averaged 25.7 points per game, 8.4 rebounds per game, and 7.7 assists per game, making him the uncontested greatest player in the draft. Suns fans can only imagine what Devin Booker, Luka Doncic, and Chris Paul might do on the floor if they worked together.
Sacramento Kings, No. 2
Marvin Bagley III was the original pick.
Trae Young is a re-draft pick.
The Kings were so confident in Marvin Bagley III that they selected him ahead of some major names like Trae Young and Luka Doncic. Bagley III has tremendous athleticism, but he hasn’t been able to show it off because he hasn’t been able to stay healthy. The power forward has a high potential and should not be dismissed just yet as a bust, but he should never be selected above Trae Young. Young is one of the greatest point guards in the NBA, averaging 25.3 points per game and 9.4 assists per game in his career. He has already reached the Eastern Conference Finals this season.
3. The Hawks of Atlanta
Trae Young was the original pick.
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The Hawks are counting their blessings that they were able to select Trae Young, who they really wanted. Young is a tremendous attacking talent who, despite his little size, is an irresistible force. In a re-draft, the Hawks would have selected Deandre Ayton over Clint Capela as their franchise center. Although Capela has been an excellent addition to the Hawks’ roster, Ayton is a much superior offensive talent.
Memphis Grizzlies, No. 4
Jaren Jackson Jr. was the original pick.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a re-draft pick.
Jaren Jackson Jr., a big guy who is ideally suited to the current NBA game, was a great pick for the Grizzlies. Jackson Jr. is a three-point shooter who can also block shots and is a highly agile player. Jackson Jr, like Ja Morant, is a franchise cornerstone for Memphis. The Grizzlies, on the other hand, should have selected Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, an extremely athletic guard to pair alongside Morant. Morant and Gilgeous-Alexander will be an unbeatable combination in due time, and both will be All-Stars in no time.
Dallas Mavericks, No. 5
Luka Doncic was the original pick.
Michael Porter Jr. is a re-draft pick.
By trading selections with the Atlanta Hawks, who were eager for Trae Young, Dallas was able to get the greatest player in the draft. Young has enjoyed more team success thus far, despite the fact that Luka is the superior player. Dallas, on the other hand, would still be rebuilding if the re-draft had gone as planned, as they wait for the brilliant Michael Porter Jr to grow into an All-Star. Porter Jr. will eventually be an All-Star, but Luka is a once-in-a-generation talent.
Orlando Magic, No. 6
Mo Bamba was the original pick.
Jaren Jackson Jr. is a re-draft pick.
Without a doubt, the Magic would have selected Jaren Jackson Jr over Mo Bamba with the 6th overall selection in the draft. Bamba’s career is too early to evaluate him, but it’s obvious he’s not as influential as Jaren Jackson Jr. Jackson Jr. is a bright young star in the making, scoring 15.4 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game thus far in his career.
Chicago Bulls, No. 7
Wendell Carter Jr. was the original pick.
Collin Sexton is a re-draft pick.
Wendell Carter Jr, a big player who had a great season with the Orlando Magic this year, was waived by the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls will not give up on Collin Sexton in the re-draft. Sexton is still a work in progress, but he’s a fantastic go-to scorer who would’ve made a fantastic combination alongside Zach LaVine. Instead of rushing to find a new point guard in free agency, Chicago would be in the playoffs with Sexton (which is now Lonzo Ball).
Cleveland Cavaliers (#8)
Collin Sexton was the original selection.
Marvin Bagley III is a re-draft pick.
The Cavaliers made a terrific choice in Sexton, but they are trying to trade him to open up rotational minutes for Darius Garland. Garland may have a greater potential than Sexton, despite the fact that the latter is now a superior scorer. Cleveland instead selects Marvin Bagley III in the re-draft, a versatile power forward who still has to get healthy and grow. Bagley III may have benefited from his time in Cleveland, which is renowned for its patience (willingly or not).
New York Knicks (#9)
Kevin Knox was the original pick.
Mikal Bridges is a re-draft pick.
Kevin Knox, a guy whose athleticism was remarkable at first look, was selected by the Knicks. Knox seemed to be a guy who would be ideal as a striker in today’s game, but he has not developed into one. To combine with R.J. Barrett and Julius Randle, the Knicks should have chosen Mikal Bridges, one of the best two-way wings in the league who hit 42.5 percent from three this season.
The 76ers of Philadelphia are ranked 10th.
Mikal Bridges was the original pick.
Mitchell Robinson is a re-draft pick.
The 76ers decided not keep Mikal Bridges, their first-round pick, but Mitchell Robinson’s athletic and defensive skills might have helped them. Robinson seems to be a starting NBA center, so playing behind Joel Embiid may have slowed his development, but Robinson would have been a great cover for the often injured All-Star.
Hornets of Charlotte, No. 11
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was the original pick.
Duncan Robinson is a re-draft pick.
The Hornets let a potential All-Star in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander slip through their fingers, something they may come to regret since a combination with LaMelo Ball would be irresistible. Instead, the Hornets should have chosen Duncan Robinson, one of the greatest shooters in the NBA, with a career average of 40.8 percent from three-point range.
Los Angeles Clippers (12)
Miles Bridges was the original pick.
Wendell Carter Jr. is a re-draft pick.
Miles Bridges, a versatile forward and excellent shooter, was selected and traded by the Clippers. Los Angeles, on the other hand, should have pursued and developed Wendell Carter Jr, who would most likely be the team’s starting center right now. Carter Jr. is a superior athlete than current starting center Ivica Zubac, averaging 11.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game this season.
Los Angeles Clippers (#13)
Jerome Robinson was the original pick.
Devonte’ Graham is a re-draft pick.
Jerome Robinson, who showed glimpses of potential early in his career, was considered to be a strong two-way wing for the Clippers. Robinson, on the other hand, has only averaged 14.2 MPG so far and has struggled with his three-point shooting (31.0 percent ). Devonte’ Graham, a guard who can score and facilitator, would have been a huge help to the Clippers, who have been searching for one for the last two seasons.
Denver Nuggets (14th)
Michael Porter Jr. was the original pick.
Kendrick Nunn is a re-draft pick.
When a top-5 prospect in the 2018 draft became available at No. 14, the Denver Nuggets couldn’t believe their eyes. Porter Jr.’s health (especially his back) was a major concern, but he was a low-risk bet at N0. 14 that paid off handsomely. Porter Jr is selected fifth overall in the re-draft, while Denver settles for scoring point guard Kendrick Nunn, who has played well for the Heat so far.
Washington Wizards (#15)
Troy Brown Jr. was the original pick.
Donte DiVincenzo is a re-draft pick.
The Wizards selected Troy Brown Jr, a 6’6″ winger who was projected to develop into a good scorer. Brown Jr, on the other hand, failed to maintain his development after a strong season in which he averaged 10.4 points per game previous season. This season, Brown Jr was moved to the Bulls, where he only played in 13 games. DiVincenzo seems to be a starting-caliber guard in the NBA, and he would have been a better fit for the Wizards.
Phoenix Suns (#16)
Zhaire Smith was the original pick.
Kevin Huerter is a re-draft pick.
Instead of selecting Zhaire Smith and selling him to Philadelphia, the Suns should have chosen Kevin Huerter and retained him. Smith has only appeared in 13 NBA games, averaging 3.7 points per game in 11.0 minutes a game. Huerter is already averaging over 30 minutes per game, and his presence as a scoring winger would have bolstered an already strong Suns team.
Milwaukee Bucks (#17)
Donte DiVincenzo was the original pick.
Miles Bridges is a re-draft pick.
Before being forced to miss the playoffs due to injury, the Milwaukee Bucks named Donte DiVincenzo their starting guard. DiVincenzo is a skilled shooting guard who hit 37.9% from three this season and is likely to return to the Bucks lineup next season as the club tries to repeat. However, Miles Bridges, an athletic forward with a more diverse game, should have been selected instead.
San Antonio Spurs (18.)
Lonnie Walker was the original pick.
Lonnie Walker is a re-draft pick.
Lonnie Walker had always been on his way to San Antonio. With his quickness and defensive abilities, he appears like a Spurs player, but he has yet to take off. Walker averaged 11.2 points per game this season, and he’s getting better at scoring and playing excellent on-ball defense. Walker should strive to absorb as much as he can from Gregg Popovich, since the great coach isn’t likely to be around much longer.
Atlanta Hawks (19.)
Kevin Huerter was the original pick.
Landry Shamet is a re-draft pick.
Kevin Huerter, a 6’7″ shooter who can be counted on to play large minutes when required, is the ideal wing player the Hawks have in their scheme. Huerter averaged 11.9 points per game this season while shooting 36.3 percent from three in 30.8 minutes a game. Shamet is also a clutch shot, but he isn’t as important as Huerter, who is taller and more athletic.
Minnesota Timberwolves (20th)
Josh Okogie was the original pick.
De’Anthony Melton is a re-draft pick.
Josh Okogie, an agile defensive winger who can develop a three-point shooting and become a starter in the NBA, was a wise pick for the Timberwolves. De’Anthony Melton, on the other hand, is a terrific defensive defender with some offensive talent, scoring 9.1 points per game on 41.2 percent three-point shooting this season.
Utah Jazz (21st)
Grayson Allen was the original pick.
Mo Bamba is a re-draft pick.
Grayson Allen was selected by the Utah Jazz because of his outstanding shooting ability and flamboyant style of play. Allen was moved to Memphis, where he scored 10.6 points per game while shooting 39.1% from three-point range this season. Instead, the Jazz would have selected Mo Bamba, a talented center who still has a long way to go before reaching his full potential. Bamba might have been a backup to Rudy Gobert for the Jazz, where he could have learned the ropes of becoming a dominating defensive center.
Chicago Bulls (22nd)
Chandler Hutchison was the original pick.
Jalen Brunson is a re-draft pick.
The Bulls selected Chandler Hutchison, a 6’6″ wing player who is usually a safe pick, but an undersized 6’1″ point guard would have been a better choice. In his career, Hutchison has only averaged 18.2 MPG while averaging 5.7 PPG and 3.8 RPG. As a backup point guard for the Dallas Mavericks, Brunson was one of the greatest bench players this season, averaging 12.6 points per game. The Bulls were on the lookout for a starting point guard, and Brunson might have been a good match.
Indiana Pacers (23rd)
Aaron Holiday was the original pick.
Shake Milton is a re-draft pick.
The Pacers chose Jrue Holiday’s younger brother in the hopes of changing the team’s dynamic by selecting an All-NBA defender. Aaron Holiday is a good defender, but he doesn’t have the same impact as Jrue Holiday. Instead, the Pacers would have selected Shake Milton, a talented guard with plenty of scoring potential.
Portland Trail Blazers (#24)
Anfernee Simons was the original pick.
Bruce Brown is a re-draft pick.
Anfernee Simons, a strong backup point guard who can shoot the three (42.6 percent this season) and handle ball-handling responsibilities, was a good pick for the Trail Blazers. Simons is now a backup, but as the 22-year-old develops, he has the potential to develop into a starting point guard. Bruce Brown would have been selected with the No. 24 selection if the re-draft had taken place. Brown is a reliable defender who puts in a lot of effort, and he would have been a good fit for the Trail Blazers.
Los Angeles Lakers (#25)
Moritz Wagner was the original pick.
Robert Williams is a re-draft pick.
The Lakers chose a 6’11” German native for his height and above-average shooting ability at his position. Wagner has a lifetime 31.5 percent three-point shooting percentage and is a reliable free-throw shooter (81.7 percent ). Robert Williams, a far more skilled athletic center, would have been a much better fit for the Lakers. Williams would have been an excellent addition to the current Lakers lineup.
The 76ers of Philadelphia are ranked 26th in the NBA.
Landry Shamet was the original pick.
Josh Okogie is a re-draft pick.
Landry Shamet, who has a career average of 9.2 points per game on 39.7% three-point shooting with the Philadelphia 76ers, is one of the best shooters in the draft. Following a trade with the Brooklyn Nets, Shamet is currently a member of the Phoenix Suns’ roster and has shown to be a valuable role player so far in his career. Instead, the 76ers would have selected defensive wing Josh Okogie, a guy who has to work on his shooting and overall game.
Boston Celtics (#27)
Robert Williams was the original pick.
Anfernee Simons is a re-draft pick.
Robert Williams, an energetic center who had a good season this year, was a hidden treasure for the Boston Celtics. Williams was unfortunately wounded in the playoffs, but he will return next year to make an impact. Williams averaged 8.0 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game this season, and now that Tristan Thompson has left town, he’ll be playing a lot of center minutes. Instead, in the re-draft, the Celtics would have selected Portland’s backup point guard Anfernee Simons.
Golden State Warriors (#28)
Jacob Evans was the original pick.
Kevin Knox is a re-draft pick.
Jacob Evans was chosen by the Warriors with the hopes of developing into a reliable shooter, but he has yet to make an appearance in the starting lineup. In 59 games, he has only averaged 2.8 points per game. Kevin Knox, one of the 2018 Draft’s failures who can yet be turned into an efficient wing, might have been a better fit for the Warriors. The Warriors could have probably done a better job developing Knox than the Knicks have done thus far.
Brooklyn Nets (#29)
Dzanan Musa was the original pick.
Troy Brown Jr. is a re-draft pick.
With the No. 29 selection, the Brooklyn Nets selected a 6’9″ perimeter player, which was a smart decision for a club developing a strong squad. The Nets would have chosen Troy Brown Jr, a top-15 draft pick, but neither player has made an impact so far.
Atlanta Hawks (#30)
Omari Spellman was the original pick.
Svi Mykhailiuk is a re-draft pick.
In Spellman, the Hawks acquired a good big man, but in Mykhailiuk, they would have gotten a shooter. Spellman’s career averages of 6.8 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game are comparable to Mykhailiuk’s 7.3 points per game on 33.4 percent three-point shooting.
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