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NBA Draft: 2018 NBA Mock Draft - Top 10

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St Francis v Duke
Marvin Bagley III (R) and Wendell Carter Jr. (L) playing for the Duke Blue Devils

Now that the NBA season is over, it is time to turn our attention towards the NBA Draft. This year is a very deep draft with potential impactful role players possibly being found in the second round. The NBA Draft is an exciting time where all the teams that tanked last season will have the opportunity to turn their franchise around with a foundational player.

This year's collection of draft talents includes the most successful European prospect ever to the potentially next Stephen Curry. It is chock full of talented big men who could make a real impact right away on a number of teams today, despite the fact that the modern game has been trending more and more away from the basket. Perhaps this year's draft class could stem that movement, or even reverse the momentum in favour of the big man - that's how good this draft class has the potential to become.

Without further ado, let's launch into our mock draft top 10:

With the 10th Pick, the Philadelphia 76ers select Mikal Bridges

NCAA Men's Final Four - National Championship - Villanova v North Carolina
NCAA Men's Final Four - National Championship - Villanova v North Carolina

The classic 3 and D prospect. Mikal Bridges has impressed scouts with his defensive intelligence and his ability to knock down the 3 point shot effectively. He will not be the star of a team but he will be a nice complimentary piece to add to the young core of the 76ers.

In Villanova, he had great help from his teammates like Divincenzo and player of the year candidate Jalen Brunson. He is coming off a championship run with Villanova and will look to bring a winning mindset to Philly.

With the 9th pick, the New York Knicks select Miles Bridges

Bucknell v Michigan State
Miles Bridges in action for the Michigan State Spartans

Standing only at 6'6 Miles Bridges plays like a power forward. This past year at Michigan State, the Spartans played him as a small forward and he looked out of position. Had he gone through with the draft last year, he was projected as a top 10 pick. He is similar to Tobias Harris, as an undersized power forward who can score in different ways and get some rebounds despite the mismatches.

He may be a liability defensively due to his size and guarding bigger power forwards. The Knicks could try to play him as a small forward and give him time to develop as a wing player. He will need to find what position he should play for the next level and Knicks Coach David Fizdale will help him achieve his maximum potential.

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