2018 NBA Draft Positional Report
Small Forward Mock Selections



This new tool condenses 2018 NBA Mock Draft content from around WalterFootball.com. Below are all the 2018 NBA Mock Draft selections for the small forward position from Paul Banks' and David Kay's 2018 NBA Mock Draft and a summary from the WalterFootball.com 2018 Mock NBA Draft Builder.




Dave's Mock Selections

  • Rd. 1, Pk. 3 Hawks: Luka Doncic, SF, Slovenia
    Reports are swirling that Doncic has emerged at the top of the Hawks' wishlist assuming Bagley is off the board. There is also a lot of buzz that a number of teams are interested in moving up to this spot to select Doncic. The Euroleague MVP is extremely skilled and has a terrific feel for the game at a young age. He is a dangerous outside shooter but can also use his handles and touch to score around the rim.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 8 Cavaliers: Michael Porter Jr., SF, Missouri
    Porter is the wild card of the 2018 NBA Draft. Once considered a candidate for the top overall pick, a somewhat mysterious back injury sidelined him for almost his entire freshman season, which is a big question mark on his draft status. When healthy, Porter is the complete package. He has great size, athleticism and versatility, as he can put the ball on the deck but also shoot it from deep.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 9 Knicks: Mikal Bridges, SF, Villanova
    Bridges brings tremendous versatility on the defensive end and has continued to improve every year as a well-rounded scorer. I think he is going to be a great pro and that whichever team lands him in the late lottery is going to get a steal. Kevin Knox's name seems to be hot here as well.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 11 Hornets: Kevin Knox, SF, Kentucky
    Knox is a combo forward with good offensive versatility. I am not as high on him as others, but he possesses the intangibles to be a diverse threat in the modern NBA. A point guard could be an option as well with Kemba Walker entering the final year of his contract.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 14 Nuggets: Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State
    Extremely explosive at the rim, Bridges brings versatility to the floor, as he can shoot it from the outside and use his strength to finish inside. He is physically NBA-ready and provides insurance on the wing in case free agent Will Barton leaves and/or Wilson Chandler opts out of his contract.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 20 Timberwolves: Troy Brown, SF, Oregon
    Though he underachieved a bit during his freshman year, Brown brings a ton of explosiveness and athleticism to the floor. He is loaded with that magic draft word, "potential," and would add some needed depth to the Timberwolves' wing.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 26 76ers: Dzanan Musa, SF, Bosnia
    In the mold of many European wings, Musa can both handle and shoot the rock. Since Philadelphia has a pair of first-round picks and several second-rounders, the organization could afford to take him whether he comes over to the NBA right away or not.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 29 Nets: Keita Bates-Diop, SF, Ohio State
    A solid all-around player, Bates-Diop had a monster junior season for the Buckeyes. The Nets could use depth and talent all across the board.



  • Rd. 2, Pk. 17 Lakers: Jarred Vanderbilt, SF, Kentucky
    Injuries curtailed Vanderbilt's freshman season, but he flashed first-round potential when healthy.



  • Rd. 2, Pk. 23 Thunder: Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, SF, Kansas
    His ability to stroke it from deep should find the Ukraine native a spot in the second round.



  • Rd. 2, Pk. 26 76ers: Rodions Kurcus, SF, Spain
    Kurcus is a versatile forward capable of shooting it from deep.



  • Rd. 2, Pk. 30 76ers: Justin Jackson, SF, Maryland
    Jackson is a tremendous athlete, though he missed a good chunk of his sophomore season due to a torn labrum.




Daves's 2018 NBA Mock Draft

Mike's Mock Selections

  • Rd. 1, Pk. 1 Hawks: Luka Doncic, SF, Slovenia
    Luka Doncic is probably the best player in the 2018 NBA Draft, plus he fits the Hawks well. They just need the best player available, as they lack any star talent. Doncic, meanwhile, is one of the best players in one of the best leagues in the world. He is a stud scorer and an excellent play-maker who is the best foreign talent in a decade. Doncic would be a nice fit with Dennis Schroder, the Hawks' best player and starting point guard, but would give them a young franchise player for the first time since Al Horford.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 5 Magic: Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State
    The Magic are a pathetic defensive team, and although the offense of Michael Porter Jr. is enticing, the two-way play and versatility of Bridges makes sense to me. The sophomore forward would be a very nice fit at the three, which is one of the Magic's two positions of need - along with point guard. I considered Collin Sexton, but again, defense is vital to them building a winning franchise.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 9 Hornets: Kevin Knox, SF, Kentucky
    Kevin Knox is arguably the best of Kentucky's freshmen this season and has the size to be a small forward or a stretch four, but he is a pure scorer with athleticism. The Hornets love versatility and could use someone more talented than Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who is a fine role player, in the starting five. Knox could also take the Marvin Williams' power forward job. There are few teams that would suit Knox's talents more than the Hornets.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 18 Pelicans: Mikal Bridges, SF, Villanova
    The junior was a key guy on the Villanova National Title team of two years ago, but for the first time is the program's best player. He is an ace shooter and a very efficient scorer, with defensive talent. The Pelicans could really use a two-way 2/3 of Bridges' caliber, and with his experience, he could make their rotation in his first season.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 27 Celtics: Dzanan Musa, SF, Bosnia
    The Celtics have few needs, and although forward isn't one of them, this is about value. The Celtics have some of the best international scouts in the NBA, and Musa is a stud foreign prospect who wouldn't have to get big minutes from the Celtics as a rookie.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 30 Warriors: Troy Brown, SF, Oregon
    Troy Brown is a versatile offensive talent as he can score and is a play-maker with forward size. The Warriors will likely lose Klay Thompson after next season, and Brown would give them a potential option to replace some of what Klay provides them with.




Mike's 2018 NBA Mock Draft


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