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2018 NBA Draft
2018 NBA Draft
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General information
Date(s)June 21, 2018
LocationBarclays Center (Brooklyn, New York)
60 total selections in 2 rounds
Deandre Ayton (Phoenix Suns)
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The 2018 NBA Draft was held on June 21, 2018, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur United States college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. It was televised nationally by ESPN. State Farm was the presenting sponsor of the NBA draft for the seventh consecutive year.[2] This draft was the last to use the original weighted lottery system that gave teams near the bottom of the NBA draft better odds at the top three picks of the draft while teams higher up had worse odds in the process; the rule was agreed upon by the NBA on September 28, 2017, but would not be implemented until the 2019 draft.[3] It was also considered the final year where undrafted college underclassmen were forced to begin their professional careers early; on August 8, 2018, the NCAA announced that players who declared for the NBA draft and were not selected would have the opportunity to return to their school for at least another year.[4] With the last year of what was, at the time, the most recent lottery system (with the NBA draft lottery being held in Chicago instead of in New York), the Phoenix Suns won the first overall pick on May 15, 2018, with the Sacramento Kings at the second overall pick and the Atlanta Hawks at third overall pick.[5] The Suns' selection was their first No. 1 overall selection in franchise history. They used the selection on the Bahamian center Deandre Ayton from the nearby University of Arizona.

This draft was also notable for its lack of draft-day trades involving NBA veterans. An average of more than five veterans per year were traded on the day of the last three drafts, but this draft was the first since 2003 in which no such trades were announced.[6] At the end of the 2018-19 season the top 5 picks from the draft were picked as the All-Rookie 1st Team, the first time this had happened since the 1984 draft.

Draft selections

Deandre Ayton was selected first overall by the Phoenix Suns.
Marvin Bagley III was selected second by the Sacramento Kings.
Luka Don?i? was selected third by the Atlanta Hawks and was traded to the Dallas Mavericks.
Jaren Jackson Jr. (in white) was selected fourth by the Memphis Grizzlies.
Trae Young was selected fifth by the Dallas Mavericks and was traded to the Atlanta Hawks.
Mohamed Bamba (right) was selected sixth by the Orlando Magic.
Michael Porter Jr., a top high school recruit, fell all the way down to the fourteenth pick, and was selected by the Denver Nuggets.
* Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game and All-NBA Team
+ Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game
x Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-NBA Team
# Denotes player who has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game
~ Denotes player who has been selected as Rookie of the Year
Rnd. Pick Player Pos. Nationality[n 1] Team School / club team
1 1 Deandre Ayton C  Bahamas Phoenix Suns Arizona (Fr.)
1 2 Marvin Bagley III PF  United States Sacramento Kings Duke (Fr.)
1 3

Luka Don?i?*~

SG/SF  Slovenia Atlanta Hawks (traded to Dallas)[a] Real Madrid (Spain)
1 4 Jaren Jackson Jr. PF  United States Memphis Grizzlies Michigan State (Fr.)
1 5

Trae Young+

PG  United States Dallas Mavericks (traded to Atlanta)[a] Oklahoma (Fr.)
1 6 Mohamed Bamba C  United States Orlando Magic Texas (Fr.)
1 7 Wendell Carter Jr. C  United States Chicago Bulls Duke (Fr.)
1 8 Collin Sexton PG  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (from Brooklyn via Boston)[A] Alabama (Fr.)
1 9 Kevin Knox SF  United States New York Knicks Kentucky (Fr.)
1 10 Mikal Bridges SF  United States Philadelphia 76ers (from L.A. Lakers via Phoenix;[B] traded to Phoenix[b]) Villanova (Jr.)
1 11 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander SG  Canada Charlotte Hornets (traded to the L.A. Clippers)[c] Kentucky (Fr.)
1 12 Miles Bridges SF  United States Los Angeles Clippers (from Detroit,[C] traded to Charlotte)[c] Michigan State (So.)
1 13 Jerome Robinson SG  United States Los Angeles Clippers Boston College (Jr.)
1 14 Michael Porter Jr. PF  United States Denver Nuggets Missouri (Fr.)
1 15 Troy Brown Jr. SF  United States Washington Wizards Oregon (Fr.)
1 16 Zhaire Smith SG  United States Phoenix Suns (from Miami;[D] traded to Philadelphia[b]) Texas Tech (Fr.)
1 17 Donte DiVincenzo SG  United States Milwaukee Bucks Villanova (So.)
1 18 Lonnie Walker SG  United States San Antonio Spurs Miami (Fr.)
1 19 Kevin Huerter SG  United States Atlanta Hawks (from Minnesota)[E] Maryland (So.)
1 20 Josh Okogie SG  United States
 Nigeria[n 2]
Minnesota Timberwolves (from Oklahoma City via Utah)[F] Georgia Tech (So.)
1 21 Grayson Allen SG  United States Utah Jazz Duke (Sr.)
1 22 Chandler Hutchison SF/SG  United States Chicago Bulls (from New Orleans)[G] Boise State (Sr.)
1 23 Aaron Holiday PG  United States Indiana Pacers UCLA (Jr.)
1 24 Anfernee Simons SG  United States Portland Trail Blazers IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida; HSPg.)
1 25 Moritz Wagner PF  Germany Los Angeles Lakers (from Cleveland via Portland and Cleveland)[H] Michigan (Jr.)
1 26 Landry Shamet SG  United States Philadelphia 76ers Wichita State (So.)
1 27 Robert Williams PF/C  United States Boston Celtics Texas A&M (So.)
1 28 Jacob Evans SG  United States Golden State Warriors Cincinnati (Jr.)
1 29 D?anan Musa SF  Bosnia and Herzegovina Brooklyn Nets (from Toronto)[I] Cedevita Zagreb (Croatia)
1 30 Omari Spellman PF  United States Atlanta Hawks (from Houston via L.A. Clippers)[J] Villanova (Fr.)
2 31 Élie Okobo PG  France Phoenix Suns Pau-Lacq-Orthez (France)
2 32 Jevon Carter PG  United States Memphis Grizzlies West Virginia (Sr.)
2 33 Jalen Brunson PG  United States Dallas Mavericks Villanova (Jr.)
2 34 Devonte' Graham PG  United States Atlanta Hawks (traded to Charlotte)[d] Kansas (Sr.)
2 35 Melvin Frazier SF  United States Orlando Magic Tulane (Jr.)
2 36 Mitchell Robinson C  United States New York Knicks (from Chicago via Oklahoma City)[K] Chalmette HS (Chalmette, Louisiana; HS Sr.)[n 3]
2 37 Gary Trent Jr. SG  United States Sacramento Kings (traded to Portland)[e] Duke (Fr.)
2 38 Khyri Thomas SG  United States Philadelphia 76ers (from Brooklyn,[L] traded to Detroit)[f] Creighton (Jr.)
2 39 Isaac Bonga SF  Germany Philadelphia 76ers (from New York[M], traded to the L.A. Lakers)[N] Frankfurt Skyliners (Germany)
2 40 Rodions Kurucs SF  Latvia Brooklyn Nets (from L.A. Lakers via Orlando and Toronto)[O][I] FC Barcelona Lassa (Spain)
2 41 Jarred Vanderbilt SF  United States Orlando Magic (from Charlotte via Memphis and Phoenix,[P][Q] traded to Denver)[g] Kentucky (Fr.)
2 42 Bruce Brown Jr. SG  United States Detroit Pistons Miami (So.)
2 43 Justin Jackson# SF  Canada Denver Nuggets (from L.A. Clippers via Philadelphia and New York,[R][M][S] traded to Orlando)[g] Maryland (So.)
2 44 Issuf Sanon# PG  Ukraine Washington Wizards Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia)
2 45 Hamidou Diallo SG  United States Brooklyn Nets (from Milwaukee,[T] traded to Oklahoma City via Charlotte) Kentucky (Fr.)
2 46 De'Anthony Melton SG  United States Houston Rockets (from Miami via Memphis)[P][U] USC (So.)
2 47 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk SG  Ukraine Los Angeles Lakers (from Denver via Utah and Chicago)[V][W] Kansas (Sr.)
2 48 Keita Bates-Diop SF  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Ohio State (Jr.)
2 49 Chimezie Metu PF  United States San Antonio Spurs USC (Jr.)
2 50 Alize Johnson PF  United States Indiana Pacers Missouri State (Sr.)
2 51 Tony Carr# PG  United States New Orleans Pelicans (from New Orleans via Miami, New Orleans and Chicago)[X][G] Penn State (So.)
2 52 Vincent Edwards SF  United States Utah Jazz (traded to Houston)[h] Purdue (Sr.)
2 53 Devon Hall SG  United States Oklahoma City Thunder Virginia (Sr.)
2 54 Shake Milton SG  United States Dallas Mavericks (from Portland via Denver,[Y][S] traded to Philadelphia)[i] SMU (Jr.)
2 55 Arnoldas Kulboka# SF  Lithuania Charlotte Hornets (from Cleveland via Philadelphia and Brooklyn)[Z][L][AA] Orlandina Basket (Italy)[n 4]
2 56 Ray Spalding PF  United States Philadelphia 76ers (traded to Dallas)[i] Louisville (Jr.)
2 57 Kevin Hervey PF  United States Oklahoma City Thunder (from Boston)[AB] Texas-Arlington (Sr.)
2 58 Thomas Welsh C  United States Denver Nuggets (from Golden State)[V] UCLA (Sr.)
2 59 George King SG  United States Phoenix Suns (from Toronto)[AC] Colorado (Sr.)
2 60 Kostas Antetokounmpo SF/PF  Greece Philadelphia 76ers (from Houston,[AD] traded to Dallas)[i] Dayton (Fr.)

Notable undrafted players

These players were not selected in the 2018 NBA draft, but have played at least one game in the NBA.

Kendrick Nunn had one of the most successful undrafted NBA rookie campaigns, being named to the All-Rookie First Team and becoming the runner-up for Rookie of the Year in the 2019-20 NBA season.
Player Pos. Nationality School/club team
Jaylen Adams PG  United States St. Bonaventure (Sr.)
Deng Adel SF  South Sudan
Louisville (Jr.)
Rawle Alkins PG/SG  United States Arizona (So.)
Joe Chealey PG  United States College of Charleston (Sr.)
Chris Chiozza PG  United States Florida (Sr.)
Gary Clark PF  United States Cincinnati (Sr.)
Bonzie Colson PF  United States Notre Dame (Sr.)
Marcus Derrickson SF  United States Georgetown (Jr.)
Tyler Davis C  Puerto Rico Texas A&M (Jr.)
Ángel Delgado C  Dominican Republic Seton Hall (Sr.)
Trevon Duval PG  United States Duke (Fr.)
Drew Eubanks PF/C  United States Oregon State (Jr.)
Wenyen Gabriel F  South Sudan
 United States
Kentucky (So.)
Brandon Goodwin PG  United States Florida Gulf Coast (Sr.)
Donte Grantham F  United States Clemson (Sr.)
Haywood Highsmith SF  United States Wheeling Jesuit (Sr.)
B. J. Johnson SG  United States La Salle (Sr.)
Jemerrio Jones SF  United States New Mexico State (Sr.)
Zach Lofton SG  United States New Mexico State (Sr.)
Daryl Macon PG/SG  United States Arkansas (Sr.)
J. P. Macura SG  United States Xavier (Sr.)
Kelan Martin SF  United States Butler (Sr.)
Yante Maten PF  United States Georgia (Sr.)
Jordan McLaughlin PG  United States USC (Sr.)
Malik Newman SG  United States Kansas (So.)
Kendrick Nunn PG/SG  United States Oakland (Sr.)
Theo Pinson SG/SF  United States North Carolina (Sr.)
Cameron Reynolds SG  United States Tulane (Sr.)
Duncan Robinson SG/SF  United States Michigan (Sr.)
Brandon Sampson SG  United States LSU (Jr.)
Jared Terrell SG  United States Rhode Island (Sr.)
Emanuel Terry PF  United States Lincoln Memorial (Sr.)
Allonzo Trier SG  United States Arizona (Jr.)
Yuta Watanabe SF  Japan George Washington (Sr.)
Johnathan Williams PF  United States Gonzaga (Sr.)
Kenrich Williams SF  United States TCU (Sr.)


The invitation-only NBA Draft Combine was held in Chicago from May 16 to 20. The on-court element of the combine took place on May 18 and 19. A total of 69 players were invited for the NBA Draft Combine, with two top talents in Deandre Ayton and Luka Don?i? declining invitations for the event this year, with the latter player being involved with the 2018 EuroLeague Final Four at the time.[59] Both mystery man Mitchell Robinson and Chandler Hutchison would remove themselves from the event at the last minute, although two other players would enter the event instead of them, leaving the proper number of official participants at 69.[60] At the end of the draft deadline for international players, 12 players that entered the NBA Draft Combine that year ultimately withdrew from the NBA Draft, with 11 players returning to college and Brian Bowen planning on playing professionally before trying another NBA Draft instead.

Draft lottery

External video
video icon2018 NBA Draft Lottery Drawing, NBA's official YouTube channel. May 15, 2018.

The NBA draft lottery took place during the playoffs on May 15, 2018. This year will be the last time it uses what was originally the updated system for the NBA draft lottery to upgrade draft odds for teams in the lower regions of the NBA. Starting in 2019 onward, the newer updated draft lottery will give the bottom 3 teams equal odds for the No. 1 pick, while some of the teams higher up the NBA draft would get an increased chance for a top-four pick instead of a top-three pick like in this year, thus hoping to discourage teams from potentially losing games on purpose for higher draft picks (and potentially better talent in the process). There were also two tiebreakers involved for lottery odds this season; the first involved the Dallas Mavericks having one more result favoring them having the No. 1 pick over the Atlanta Hawks after splitting the odds together, while the second tiebreaker had the Chicago Bulls splitting odds with the Sacramento Kings, resulting in the Bulls having slightly better odds on their end in the process. Funnily enough, both of the teams mentioned that lost the tiebreakers would wind up being in the Top 3 at the end of the NBA draft lottery. Furthermore, the Hawks would trade their Top 3 selection to Dallas for their selection in the draft instead.

Denotes the actual lottery result
Team 2017-18
Lottery probabilities
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th
Phoenix Suns 21-61 250 .250 .215 .178 .358 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Memphis Grizzlies 22-60 199 .199 .188 .171 .319 .124 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Dallas Mavericks 24-58 138 .138 .142 .145 .238 .290 .045 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Atlanta Hawks 24-58 137 .137 .142 .145 .085 .323 .155 .013 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Orlando Magic 25-57 88 .088 .096 .106 -- .262 .359 .084 .004 -- -- -- -- -- --
Chicago Bulls 27-55 53 .053 .060 .070 -- -- .440 .331 .045 .001 -- -- -- -- --
Sacramento Kings 27-55 53 .053 .060 .070 -- -- -- .573 .226 .018 .000 -- -- -- --
Brooklyn Nets[1] 28-54 28 .028 .033 .039 -- -- -- -- .725 .168 .008 .000 -- -- --
New York Knicks 29-53 17 .017 .020 .024 -- -- -- -- -- .813 .122 .004 .000 -- --
Los Angeles Lakers[2] 35-47 11 .011 .013 .016 -- -- -- -- -- -- .870 .089 .002 .000 --
Charlotte Hornets 36-46 8 .008 .009 .012 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- .908 .063 .001 .000
Detroit Pistons[3] 39-43 7 .007 .008 .010 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- .935 .039 .000
Los Angeles Clippers 42-40 6 .006 .007 .009 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- .960 .018
Denver Nuggets 46-36 5 .005 .006 .007 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- .982

^ 1: The Brooklyn Nets' pick was automatically conveyed to the Cleveland Cavaliers this year.[A]
^ 2: The Los Angeles Lakers' pick was conveyed to the Philadelphia 76ers since the pick turned unprotected for them this year and wasn't in the Nos. 2-5 range.[B]
^ 3: The Detroit Pistons' pick was conveyed to the Los Angeles Clippers since it was outside the top 4.[C]

Eligibility and entrants

The draft is conducted under the eligibility rules established in the league's 2017 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with its player's union. The previous CBA that ended the 2011 lockout instituted no immediate changes to the draft, but called for a committee of owners and players to discuss future changes.

  • All drafted players must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft. In terms of dates, players who are eligible for the 2018 draft must be born on or before December 31, 1999.
  • Since the 2016 draft, the following rules, as implemented by the NCAA Division I council for that division, are:[61]
    • Declaration for the draft no longer results in automatic loss of college eligibility. As long as a player does not sign a contract with a professional team outside the NBA, or sign with an agent, he will retain college eligibility as long as he makes a timely withdrawal from the draft.
    • NCAA players have until 10 days after the end of the NBA Draft Combine to withdraw from the draft. Since the combine is held in mid-May, the current deadline is about five weeks after the previous mid-April deadline.
    • NCAA players may participate in the draft combine, and are allowed to attend one tryout per year with each NBA team without losing college eligibility.
    • NCAA players may enter and withdraw from the draft up to two times without loss of eligibility. Previously, the NCAA treated a second declaration of draft eligibility as a permanent loss of college eligibility.

The NBA has since expanded the draft combine to include players with remaining college eligibility (who, like players without college eligibility, can only attend by invitation).[62]

Early entrants

Players who are not automatically eligible have to declare their eligibility for the draft by notifying the NBA offices in writing no later than 60 days before the draft. For the 2018 draft, the date fell on April 22. After that date, "early entry" players are able to attend NBA pre-draft camps and individual team workouts to show off their skills and obtain feedback regarding their draft positions. Under the CBA a player may withdraw his name from consideration from the draft at any time before the final declaration date, which is 10 days before the draft. Under current NCAA rules, players had until May 30 (10 days after the draft combine) to withdraw from the draft and retain college eligibility.

A player who has hired an agent forfeits his remaining college eligibility regardless of whether he is drafted.

College underclassmen

A record-high 236 underclassed draft prospects (i.e., players with remaining college eligibility) had declared by the April 22 deadline, with 181 of these players being from college.[63] The names listed here mean that they hired an agent, or had announced that they planned to do so before the night of the draft. At the end of the deadline, 77 players declared their intentions to enter the draft with an agent (with one player announcing his entry after the deadline) while 100 players announced their return to college for at least one more season.[64] Meanwhile, Matur Maker, Brian Bowen, Micah Seaborn and Tavarius Shine did not enter the draft after letting their deadlines to retain college eligibility expire. These players instead decided to enter in 2019 via either the NBA G League or another professional league.[65]

International players

International players that had declared this year and did not previously declare in another prior year can drop out of the draft about 10 days before the draft begins on June 11. Initially, there were 55 players who originally expressed interest in entering the 2018 draft, one of which was a player who came directly out of high school from Canada. However, by the end of the deadline, 43 of those players (including the aforementioned Canadian high schooler) would ultimately pull their names out of the draft, leaving only 11 true international players entering the NBA Draft this year (the NBA link mentions LiAngelo Ball as an international player in the loosest sense of the word, but not Billy Preston there).[66] Combining both the number of players listed previously and both LiAngelo Ball and Billy Preston as automatically eligible underclassmen under unique situations, the total number of underclassmen rounds out to 90 overall players.

Automatically eligible entrants

Players who do not meet the criteria for "international" players are automatically eligible if they meet any of the following criteria:[67]

  • They have completed four years of their college eligibility.
  • If they graduated from high school in the U.S., but did not enroll in a U.S. college or university, four years have passed since their high school class graduated.
  • They have signed a contract with a professional basketball team not in the NBA, anywhere in the world, and have played under that contract.

Players who meet the criteria for "international" players are automatically eligible if they meet any of the following criteria:[67]

  • They are at least 22 years old during the calendar year of the draft. In terms of dates, players born on or before December 31, 1996 are automatically eligible for the 2018 draft.
  • They have signed a contract with a professional basketball team not in the NBA within the United States, and have played under that contract.
Other automatically eligible players
Player Team Note Ref.
United States LiAngelo Ball Vytautas Prienai-Bir?tonas (Lithuania) Removed himself from UCLA in 2017. [68]
United States Darin Johnson Delaware 87ers (NBA G League) Left Cal State Northridge in 2017;
playing professionally since 2017-18 season.
Australia Will Magnay Brisbane Bullets (Australia) Left Tulsa in 2017;
playing professionally since 2017-18 season.
United States Billy Preston Igokea Lakta?i (Bosnia & Herzegovina) Removed himself from Kansas in 2018. [63]
United States Maverick Rowan Lakeland Magic (NBA G League) Left NC State in 2017;
playing professionally since 2017-18 season.

Trades involving draft picks

Pre-draft trades

Prior to the day of the draft, the following trades were made and resulted in exchanges of draft picks between the teams below.

  1. ^ a b July 12, 2013: Brooklyn Nets to Boston Celtics[8] August 30, 2017: Boston Celtics to Cleveland Cavaliers[9][10]
    • Cleveland acquired Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante ?i?i?, the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round pick, and the Miami Heat's 2020 second-round pick (latter pick added as compensation for Thomas' failed physical)
    • Boston acquired Kyrie Irving
  2. ^ a b July 7, 2012: Los Angeles Lakers to Phoenix Suns[11]
    • Phoenix acquired a 2013 first-round pick, a 2013 second-round pick, a 2014 second-round pick, and an unprotected 2018 first-round pick
    • L.A. Lakers acquired Steve Nash
    February 19, 2015: Phoenix Suns to Philadelphia 76ers (three-team trade with Milwaukee)[12]
  3. ^ a b January 29, 2018: Detroit Pistons to Los Angeles Clippers[15]
  4. ^ February 19, 2015: Miami Heat to Phoenix Suns (three-team trade with New Orleans Pelicans)[16]
  5. ^ February 10, 2015: Minnesota Timberwolves to Atlanta Hawks[17]
    • Atlanta acquired a lottery protected 2018 first-round pick
    • Minnesota acquired Adreian Payne
  6. ^ February 19, 2015: Oklahoma City Thunder to Utah Jazz (three-team trade with Detroit Pistons)[19] June 30, 2017: Utah Jazz to Minnesota Timberwolves[20]
    • Minnesota acquired a lottery protected 2018 Oklahoma City first-round pick
    • Utah acquired Ricky Rubio
  7. ^ a b February 1, 2018: New Orleans Pelicans to Chicago Bulls[21]
    • Chicago acquired Tony Allen, Jameer Nelson, Ömer Ak, a top-5 protected 2018 first-round pick, and the rights to swap 2021 second-round picks
    • New Orleans acquired Nikola Miroti? and reacquired their 2018 second-round pick once again
  8. ^ February 18, 2016: Cleveland Cavaliers to Portland Trail Blazers[22]
    • Portland acquired Anderson Varejão and a 2018 protected first-round pick
    • Cleveland acquired a 2020 second round pick
    January 6, 2017: Portland Trail Blazers to Cleveland Cavaliers[23]
    • Cleveland reacquired their rights to that 2018 protected first-round pick (protections removed)
    • Portland acquired a 2017 first round pick
    February 8, 2018: Cleveland Cavaliers to Los Angeles Lakers[24]
  9. ^ a b July 13, 2017: Toronto Raptors to Brooklyn Nets[25]
    • Brooklyn acquired DeMarre Carroll, a lottery protected 2018 first-round pick, and the worst 2018 second-round pick between Orlando and the L.A. Lakers
    • Toronto acquired Justin Hamilton
  10. ^ June 28, 2017: Houston Rockets to Los Angeles Clippers[26] July 7, 2017: Los Angeles Clippers to Atlanta Hawks (three-team trade with Denver Nuggets)[27]
  11. ^ February 23, 2017: Chicago Bulls to Oklahoma City Thunder[28] September 25, 2017: Oklahoma City Thunder to New York Knicks[29]
  12. ^ a b December 11, 2014: Brooklyn Nets to Philadelphia 76ers[31]
  13. ^ a b October 27, 2014: New York Knicks to Philadelphia 76ers[33]
    • Philadelphia acquired Travis Outlaw, the right to swap 2018 second-round picks between New York and the L.A. Clippers, and a 2019 second-round pick
    • New York acquired Arnett Moultrie
  14. ^ June 20, 2018: Philadelphia 76ers to Los Angeles Lakers[34]
    • L.A. Lakers acquired New York's second-round pick
    • Philadelphia acquired Chicago's 2019 second-round pick from Los Angeles and cash considerations
  15. ^ August 10, 2012: Los Angeles Lakers to Orlando Magic (four-team trade with Philadelphia and Denver)[35] May 25, 2017: Orlando Magic to Toronto Raptors[36]
    • Toronto acquired the worse 2018 second-round pick between Orlando and the L.A. Lakers;
    • Orlando acquired the contractual release of Toronto general manager Jeff Weltman, whom the Magic immediately signed as their new president of basketball operations
  16. ^ a b February 16, 2016: Charlotte Hornets to Memphis Grizzlies (three-team trade with Miami)[37]
    • Memphis acquired P.J. Hairston, a 2018 second-round pick, and Brooklyn's 2019 second-round pick from Charlotte; Chris Andersen, a 2018 second-round pick, and a top-55 protected 2019 second-round pick from Miami
    • Charlotte acquired Courtney Lee and cash considerations from Memphis
    • Miami acquired Brian Roberts from Charlotte
  17. ^ September 22, 2017: Memphis Grizzlies to Phoenix Suns[38]
    • Phoenix acquired Troy Daniels and a 2018 second-round pick for the middle choice between Charlotte, Memphis, and Miami
    • Memphis acquired a top-55 protected 2018 Phoenix second-round pick (which would not be conveyed)
    February 8, 2018: Phoenix Suns to Orlando Magic[39]
    • Orlando acquired a 2018 second-round pick for the middle choice between Charlotte, Memphis, and Miami
    • Phoenix acquired Elfrid Payton
  18. ^ February 20, 2014: Los Angeles Clippers to Philadelphia 76ers[42]
    • Philadelphia acquired Byron Mullens and a 2018 second-round pick (which would later be swapped with the New York Knicks)
    • L.A. Clippers acquired a protected 2014 second-round pick (which ultimately wasn't conveyed)
  19. ^ a b February 8, 2018: Denver Nuggets to Dallas Mavericks (three-team trade with New York)[43]
  20. ^ February 5, 2018: Milwaukee Bucks to Brooklyn Nets[44]
  21. ^ June 22, 2017: Memphis Grizzlies to Houston Rockets[45]
    • Houston acquired the worst 2018 second-round pick between Charlotte, Memphis, and Miami
    • Memphis acquired the draft rights to Dillon Brooks
  22. ^ a b July 10, 2013: Utah Jazz to Denver Nuggets (three-team trade with Golden State)[46]
    • Utah acquired a 2018 second-round pick from Denver, Andris Biedri, Richard Jefferson, Brandon Rush, a 2014 first-round pick, a 2016 second-round pick, a 2017 first-round pick, a 2017 second-round pick, and cash considerations from Golden State;
    • Denver acquired Randy Foye from Utah and a 2018 second-round pick from Golden State;
    • Golden State acquired Andre Iguodala from Denver via sign-and-trade and Kevin Murphy from Utah
  23. ^ February 18, 2016: Utah Jazz to Chicago Bulls (three-team trade with Atlanta)[47] July 7, 2016: Chicago Bulls to Los Angeles Lakers[48]
    • L.A. Lakers acquired José Calderón, Denver's 2018 second-round pick, and Chicago's 2019 second-round pick;
    • Chicago acquired the player rights to Ater Majok
  24. ^ February 18, 2016: New Orleans Pelicans to Miami Heat[49]
    • Miami acquired a top-55 protected 2018 second-round pick
    • New Orleans acquired Jarnell Stokes and cash considerations
    July 10, 2016: Miami Heat to New Orleans Pelicans[50]
    • New Orleans reacquired their own 2018 second-round pick (protections removed)
    • Miami acquired Luke Babbitt
    September 1, 2017: New Orleans Pelicans to Chicago Bulls[51]
    • Chicago acquired Quincy Pondexter, a 2018 second-round pick, and cash considerations
    • New Orleans acquired the player rights to Ater Majok
  25. ^ February 12, 2017: Portland Trail Blazers to Denver Nuggets[53]
    • Denver acquired Mason Plumlee, the least favorable 2018 second-round pick between Portland and Sacramento, and cash considerations
    • Portland acquired Jusuf Nurki? and Memphis' 2017 first-round pick
  26. ^ September 27, 2014: Cleveland Cavaliers to Philadelphia 76ers[55]
    • Philadelphia acquired Keith Bogans and a 2018 second-round pick
    • Cleveland acquired a conditional 2015 second-round pick (that ultimately wasn't conveyed)
  27. ^ June 25, 2015: Brooklyn Nets to Charlotte Hornets[56]
    • Charlotte acquired the least valuable 2018 second-round pick between Brooklyn and Cleveland, a 2019 second-round pick, and cash considerations
    • Brooklyn acquired the draft rights to Juan Pablo Vaulet
  28. ^ July 14, 2015: Boston Celtics to Oklahoma City Thunder[57]
    • Oklahoma City acquired a top-55 protected 2018 second-round pick
    • Boston acquired Perry Jones, a 2019 second-round pick, and cash considerations
  29. ^ February 23, 2017: Toronto Raptors to Phoenix Suns[58]
  30. ^ June 28, 2017: Houston Rockets to Philadelphia 76ers[26]
    • Philadelphia acquired a 2018 second-round pick and cash considerations
    • Houston acquired Shawn Long

Draft-day trades

Draft-day trades occurred on June 21, 2018, the day of the draft.

  1. ^ a b June 21, 2018: Atlanta Hawks to Dallas Mavericks[7]
    • Dallas acquired Atlanta's first round pick (No. 3 - Luka Don?i?)
    • Atlanta acquired Dallas' first round pick (No. 5 - Trae Young) and a protected 2019 first round selection
  2. ^ a b June 21, 2018: Philadelphia 76ers to Phoenix Suns[13]
    • Phoenix acquired Philadelphia's first round pick (No. 10 - Mikal Bridges)
    • Philadelphia acquired Phoenix's first round pick (No. 16 - Zhaire Smith) and the Miami Heat's 2021 first round selection
  3. ^ a b June 21, 2018: Charlotte Hornets to Los Angeles Clippers[14]
    • Los Angeles Clippers acquired Charlotte's first round pick (No. 11 - Shai Gilgeous-Alexander)
    • Charlotte acquired the Los Angeles Clippers' first round pick (No. 12 - Miles Bridges) and two future second round selections
  4. ^ June 21, 2018: Atlanta Hawks to Charlotte Hornets[14]
    • Charlotte acquired Atlanta's second round pick
    • Atlanta acquired Charlotte's 2019 and 2023 second round selections
  5. ^ June 21, 2018: Sacramento Kings to Portland Trail Blazers[30]
    • Portland acquired Sacramento's second round pick
    • Sacramento acquired two future second round selections and cash considerations
  6. ^ June 21, 2018: Philadelphia 76ers to Detroit Pistons[32]
    • Detroit acquired Philadelphia's second-round pick
    • Philadelphia acquired two future second round selections
  7. ^ a b June 21, 2018: Orlando Magic to Denver Nuggets[40][41]
    • Denver acquired Orlando's second-round pick (No. 41 - Jarred Vanderbilt)
    • Orlando acquired Denver's second-round pick (No. 43 - Justin Jackson) and a future second round selection
  8. ^ June 21, 2018: Utah Jazz to Houston Rockets [52]
    • Houston acquired Utah's second-round pick
    • Utah acquired cash considerations
  9. ^ a b c June 21, 2018: Dallas Mavericks to Philadelphia 76ers[54]
    • Philadelphia acquired Dallas' second round selection (No 54 - Shake Milton)
    • Dallas acquired two of Philadelphia's second round selections (No. 56 - Ray Spalding and No. 60 - Kostas Antetokounmpo)

Invited attendees

The NBA annually invites around 15-20 players to sit in the so-called "green room", a special room set aside at the draft site for the invited players plus their families and agents. When their names are called, the player leaves the room and goes up on stage. Other players who are not invited are allowed to attend the ceremony. They sit in the stands with the fans and walk up on stage when (or if) they are drafted.[69] On June 15, 2018, 19 total players were announced as invites for the NBA Draft that year (all of whom coming out of college this year), while potential top 3 pick Luka Don?i? was initially not invited to the event due to the Liga ACB Finals potentially extending through the draft. On June 19, ESPN reported that Don?i? would attend the draft after all, following Real Madrid's championship victory the previous night, extending the list to 20 players.[70] The following players (listed alphabetically) were confirmed as invites for the event this year:


  1. ^ Nationality indicates the player's national team or representative nationality. If a player has not competed at the international level, then the nationality indicates the national team which the player is eligible to represent according to FIBA rules.
  2. ^ Josh Okogie was born in Nigeria, but raised in Atlanta.[18] He also played for the Under-19 U.S. National Team in 2017.
  3. ^ Mitchell Robinson tried to attend Western Kentucky University earlier the previous year, but left before attending a single practice there in order to train by himself until draft night. The last place he played for was at Chalmette High School as a proper high school senior.
  4. ^ While his official team was for the Brose Baskets in Germany, throughout the season, Kulboka was mainly loaned to the Orlandina Basket in Italy instead.


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