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NBA Draft Big Board: Final rankings of top 60 prospects from 2018 draft class

The 2018 NBA Draft is just days away, which means it’s time to lock in a final set of prospect rankings.

There have been a few last-minute revisions to the Big Board released last week based on additional scouting. Overall, this group feels strong. Sure, the prospects at the top of the class have their warts, but any of the top 12 would be worthy of a top eight selection.

This class also has plenty of depth. It has the potential to bring NBA value into the 40s with a number of prospects in the middle of the class projected to play the wing, a position of significant need in the modern NBA. The margins between prospects ranked 26 to almost 50, in general, are thin.

Hutchison withdrew from the NBA Draft Combine at the last minute and has been largely absent from the pre-draft workout circuit. Reports at the time of the combine suggested he had received a promise from a team in the 20s.

The connection between Hutchison’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, and the Bulls’ ownership suggests it may have been Chicago who pulled the trigger. Hutchison fits the 3-and-D mold with a bit of extra value because he’s comfortable attacking closeouts off the bounce.

Gilgeous-Alexander is projected to be selected No. 15 overall by the Wizards in Sporting News’ latest NBA Mock Draft.

Porter was able to work out for teams on Friday after a hip injury scare, but the workout did not completely allay fears about Porter’s injury history. He had back surgery in November, and there is ample concern, according to front office sources, that Porter will be an injury question mark throughout his NBA career, at least in his early years.

Porter entered the season as a potential No. 1 pick, but if teams get trigger-shy on Thursday night, he could slip all the way out of the top 10.

Who knows what is ahead in the next two weeks for the Cavs? They have the No. 8 Cheap Jerseys World pick in this draft thanks to the Kyrie Irving trade last year, and as poorly as Cheap Jordan Jerseys China things went in terms of putting a supporting cast around LeBron James this season — even with the blockbuster trade deadline deal that brought in four new players — the Cavs need to get this pick right.

NBA Draft 2018: Kevin Knox pressed about his nonexistent child in combine interview

One of the low points of any sport’s draft season is a scout playing armchair psychologist during prospect interviews with wildly inappropriate questions.

Former Kentucky forward Kevin Knox was the latest victim of this tactic when an unnamed team questioned him about his nonexistent child.

Even if Doncic only becomes an average 3-point shooter, his ability to keep defenders on his hip coming out of ball screens and knock down floaters over big men should make him dangerous enough out of the pick-and-roll. Plus, his elite court vision and size make him a threat to find teammates all over the court:

Similar to Ayton, Doncic faces defensive question marks. It’s something we wrote about back in November and continue to be concerned by, but his ceiling outcome as a primary initiator should overwhelm the defensive lapses in terms of contributions on the court, and his team defense, particularly his ability to generate steals, should still be valuable.

Mack has also spent time with the 76ers, Hawks and Jazz during his seven-year NBA career.

The Magic finished 2017-18 with a 25-57 record and missed the playoffs for a sixth straight season.

Dallas is said to be a big fan of Luka Doncic, but with the Slovenian and a number of the other bigs off the board, the team settles in on Bamba here. The 7-footer has the potential to be a monster pick-and-roll partner with point guard Dennis Smith Jr. in the future. His 7-10 wingspan also gives him plenty of defensive upside.

Perhaps the Mavericks explore some trade options here, but if they end up making the pick and the top four falls like so, Bamba could be the pick.

The latest reporting suggests Young will be the selection for Orlando absent anything strange happening in the top five. Although the 6-2 point guard doesn’t fit the traditional package of Cheap Jerseys Throwback length and athleticism the team’s new front office has historically looked for, he fills a position of significant need.

Young’s elite shooting and playmaking will be a welcome sight for an offense Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys that sorely needs it.

Paul George to the Lakers is not guaranteed.

Though George has expressed interest to play for his hometown Lakers on several occasions, The New York Times reports George would strongly consider a two-year deal with the Thunder that includes a player option after the first year.

More than one rival team has suggested to me that they expect George to strongly consider a two-year deal with the Thunder at $30.3 million next season and $32.7 million in 2019-20 that includes a player option to return to free agency next summer, Marc Stein of The Times said in his weekly newsletter.

Young is an excellent prospect in his own right, but there’s significantly more risk associated with him due to his poor defense than there is with Doncic. The 2019 pick will be a solid asset for the Hawks, to be sure, as well. Still, next year’s draft class looks to be significantly weaker than this one, especially outside of the top five.

Dallas will now go about building Doncic into its rotation. His fit next to Dennis Smith Jr. shouldn’t be a concern. The 19-year-old has excelled playing next to another ball handler in the past with the Slovenian national team and Real Madrid.

The Mavericks found some nice value in the second round with Jalen Brunson and Ray Spalding, in particular, but their 2018 draft night will be defined by the decision to move up and snag the best player on the board.

Obviously, I’m not going to go out there if I don’t feel 100 percent, said Ray, a first-time All-Star in 2017.

There is a constant line of communication between me and Torey (manager Lovullo). He was open with me. He wanted me to make another rehab start. I made it clear that I felt like I was ready. It felt good to be back on the mound and to be good to put up some zeroes for this team and help us win.

Both Arizona and St. Louis enter the series after being swept, the Diamondbacks losing three to NL West rival San Francisco and the Cardinals dropping three to NL East-leading Atlanta.

That was only a slight hiccup for the Diamondbacks, whose 19 victories in Cheap Jerseys Wholesale June tied for the most in the majors. They led the majors with 11 triples and were second in runs in Cheap Jerseys USA Soccer the month. Starting pitchers had 15 victories, also the most in the majors, capped by wins Cheap Jerseys UK by Ray and Zack Greinke in the final two games of a four-game series in Miami early last week.

Barrett projects as the top prospect with the highest floor in the 2019 NBA Draft.

The 6-7 wing is a good athlete, excellent at getting to the rim and has an improving jump shot.

He’s competitive on the boards and on the defensive end. The questions relating to Barrett’s long-term potential feature around what kind of upside he actually has left in the tank.

Little is a prospect who rose up rankings as he went through the spring all-star circuit competing against the other top players in the class. The 6-7 wing is a capable scorer from the perimeter with one of the better pull-up jumpers among the incoming freshmen wings.

Houston traded back into the second round to snag Purdue’s Vince Edwards, a sharpshooting power forward who can guard multiple positions, and used a two-way contract to sign Cincinnati’s Gary Clark. The 6-7 wing is another prospect who projects to have defensive star equity, per LUCARIO.

If the numbers are right, Houston did a great job finding value late on Thursday.

Sure, Ayton was the No. 1 overall pick, will be revered by Suns fans and lined his pockets with cash, but he’s already getting dunked on by Joel Embiid, and he hasn’t even played an NBA game yet.

The ball came out of my hand the way I wanted it to, Hill said. Everything was really came together.

Hill struck out a season-high 10 and didn’t walk anyone while allowing one run in 6 2/3 innings. His 110 pitches were a season high and the most he’s thrown since May 13, 2016, at Tampa Bay.

But the Dodgers’ bullpen struggled for the second straight game. Scott Alexander gave up Arenado’s homer and Yimi Garcia allowed Iannetta’s shot.

A day earlier, Walker Buehler was rocked for five runs and five hits in one-plus innings of an 11-5 loss to the Cubs.

Turner’s two-out shot in the ninth gave the Dodgers a franchise-record and major league-leading 54 homers in June with one day left.

This team has set the record for the most home runs in the month for them, so clearly they’re trying to put the ball in the air, Anderson said. Tonight when they did it they Cheap Jerseys Zoom were just underneath a lot of things.