By Brad Rowland
Wings are more important than ever in today’s NBA but, in the 2018 NBA Draft, many of the top available prospects are big men. In fact, only Luka Doncic and (perhaps) Michael Porter Jr. are seen as potential top-five selections among this year’s wing crop.
However, there are a number of quality wing and perimeter-oriented prospects projected later in the first round and a recent mock draft from Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated sends two of them to Atlanta.
As the headliner, the Hawks tabbed Michigan State big man Jaren Jackson Jr. with the No. 3 pick, citing “a critical duality for modern bigs” in the youngster’s ability to both space the floor offensively and defend the rim (and in space) defensively. Beyond that, though, Maryland wing Kevin Huerter was the pick at No. 19 overall and Woo had this to say about the choice.
One of the biggest risers over the course of the predraft process, Huerter is known to have secured at least one guarantee from teams further down in the first round and has shut down his workouts. The Lakers and Jazz have both been linked to him as destinations. It seems like his landing spot may wind up a little higher than that, and he’s also been tied heavily to teams selecting in the teens....