2018 NBA draft
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
|2018 NBA Draft|
|Date(s)||June 21, 2018|
|Location||Barclays Center (Brooklyn, New York)|
|60 total selections in 2 rounds|
|First selection||Deandre Ayton (Phoenix Suns)|
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. 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.
|*||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|
Notable undrafted playersEdit
These players were not selected in the 2018 NBA draft, but have played at least one game in the NBA.
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 Dončić declining invitations for the event this year, with the latter player being involved with the 2018 EuroLeague Final Four at the time. 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. 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.
|2018 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|
|New York Knicks||29–53||17||.017||.020||.024||—||—||—||—||—||.813||.122||.004||.000||—||—|
|Los Angeles Lakers||35–47||11||.011||.013||.016||—||—||—||—||—||—||.870||.089||.002||.000||—|
|Los Angeles Clippers||42–40||6||.006||.007||.009||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||.960||.018|
^ 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 entrantsEdit
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:
- 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).
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.
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. 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. 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.
- / Deng Adel – F, Louisville (junior)
- Rawle Alkins – G, Arizona (sophomore)
- Mike Amius – F, Western Carolina (junior)
- / Kostas Antetokounmpo – F, Dayton (freshman)
- Deandre Ayton – C, Arizona (freshman)
- Marvin Bagley III – F/C, Duke (freshman)
- Mohamed Bamba – C, Texas (freshman)
- Keita Bates-Diop – F, Ohio State (junior)
- Tashawn Berry – G, Dakota College (sophomore)
- Leron Black – F, Illinois (junior)
- Jordan Brangers – G, South Plains College (sophomore)
- Mikal Bridges – F, Villanova (junior)
- Miles Bridges – F, Michigan State (sophomore)
- Bruce Brown Jr. – G, Miami (sophomore)
- Troy Brown Jr. – F, Oregon (freshman)
- Jalen Brunson – G, Villanova (junior)
- Elijah Bryant – G, BYU (junior)
- Tony Carr – G, Penn State (sophomore)
- Wendell Carter Jr. – F/C, Duke (freshman)
- Kameron Chatman – G/F, Detroit (junior)
- Bryant Crawford – G, Wake Forest (junior)
- Eric Davis – G, Texas (junior)
- / Tyler Davis – C, Texas A&M (junior)
- Marcus Derrickson – F, Georgetown (junior)
- Hamidou Diallo – G, Kentucky (freshman)
- Donte DiVincenzo – G, Villanova (sophomore)
- Dikembe Dixson – F, UIC (sophomore)
- Trevon Duval – G, Duke (freshman)
- Drew Eubanks – F, Oregon State (junior)
- Jacob Evans – G/F, Cincinnati (junior)
- Tremaine Fraiser – G, Westchester CC (sophomore)
- Melvin Frazier Jr. – G/F, Tulane (junior)
- / Wenyen Gabriel – F, Kentucky (sophomore)
- Kaiser Gates – F, Xavier (junior)
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – G, Kentucky (freshman)
- D. J. Hogg – F, Texas A&M (junior)
- Aaron Holiday – G, UCLA (junior)
- Kevin Huerter – G, Maryland (sophomore)
- DeAngelo Isby – G/F, Utah State (junior)
- Jaren Jackson Jr. – F, Michigan State (freshman)
- Justin Jackson – F/G, Maryland (sophomore)
- Ismaila Kane – F, Atlanta Metropolitan State College (freshman)
- Devonte Klines – G, Montana State (junior)
- Kevin Knox – F, Kentucky (freshman)
- Terry Larrier – F, Connecticut (junior)
- Marquez Letcher-Ellis – F, Nevada (sophomore)
- Makinde London – F, Chattanooga (junior)
- Brandon McCoy – C, UNLV (freshman)
- De'Anthony Melton – G, USC (sophomore)
- Chimezie Metu – F, USC (junior)
- Shake Milton – G, SMU (junior)
- Max Montana – F, San Diego State (junior)
- Doral Moore – C, Wake Forest (junior)
- Malik Newman – G, Kansas (sophomore)
- / Josh Okogie – G, Georgia Tech (sophomore)
- Ajdin Penava – F, Marshall (junior)
- Michael Porter Jr. – F, Missouri (freshman)
- Jerome Robinson – G, Boston College (junior)
- Mitchell Robinson – C, Western Kentucky (freshman)
- Brandon Sampson – G, LSU (junior)
- Corey Sanders – G, Rutgers (junior)
- Collin Sexton – G, Alabama (freshman)
- Landry Shamet – G, Wichita State (sophomore)
- / Yankuba Sima – F, Oklahoma State (junior)
- Anfernee Simons – G, IMG Academy (Postgraduate)
- Fred Sims – G, Chicago State (junior)
- Zhaire Smith – G/F, Texas Tech (freshman)
- Ray Spalding – F/C, Louisville (junior)
- Omari Spellman – F/C, Villanova (freshman)
- Khyri Thomas – G, Creighton (junior)
- Gary Trent Jr. – G, Duke (freshman)
- Allonzo Trier – G, Arizona (junior)
- Jarred Vanderbilt – F, Kentucky (freshman)
- Moritz Wagner – F, Michigan (junior)
- Lonnie Walker IV – G, Miami (freshman)
- Robert Williams – F/C, Texas A&M (sophomore)
- Trae Young – G, Oklahoma (freshman)
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). 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.
- Isaac Bonga – G, Frankfurt Skyliners (Germany)
- Luka Dončić – G/F, Real Madrid (Spain)
- Tryggvi Hlinason – C, Valencia Basket (Spain)
- Michał Kolenda – F, Trefl Sopot (Poland)
- Arnoldas Kulboka – F, Betaland Capo d'Orlando (Italy)
- Rodions Kurucs – F, FC Barcelona Lassa (Spain)
- Džanan Musa – F, Cedevita Zagreb (Croatia)
- Williams Narace – SLUC Nancy Basket (France)
- Élie Okobo – G, Élan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (France)
- Issuf Sanon – G, Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia)
- Filip Zagrajski – G, Vrijednosnice Osijek (Croatia)
Automatically eligible entrantsEdit
Players who do not meet the criteria for "international" players are automatically eligible if they meet any of the following criteria:
- 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:
- 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.
|LiAngelo Ball||Vytautas Prienai–Birštonas (Lithuania)||Removed himself from UCLA in 2017.|||
|Darin Johnson||Delaware 87ers (NBA G League)||Left Cal State Northridge in 2017;
playing professionally since 2017–18 season.
|Will Magnay||Brisbane Bullets (Australia)||Left Tulsa in 2017;
playing professionally since 2017–18 season.
|Billy Preston||Igokea Laktaši (Bosnia & Herzegovina)||Removed himself from Kansas in 2018.|||
|Maverick Rowan||Lakeland Magic (NBA G League)||Left NC State in 2017;
playing professionally since 2017–18 season.
Trades involving draft picksEdit
Prior to the day of the draft, the following trades were made and resulted in exchanges of draft picks between the teams below.
- July 12, 2013: Brooklyn Nets to Boston Celtics
- Boston acquired Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, a 2014 first-round pick, a 2016 first-round pick, the option to swap 2017 first-round picks, and a 2018 first-round pick
- Brooklyn acquired Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry and D. J. White; Brooklyn also acquired Boston's 2017 second-round pick for compensation after the 2015–16 season ended.
- July 7, 2012: Los Angeles Lakers to Phoenix Suns
- 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
- January 29, 2018: Detroit Pistons to Los Angeles Clippers
- February 19, 2015: Miami Heat to Phoenix Suns (three-team trade with New Orleans Pelicans)
- Phoenix acquired John Salmons from New Orleans, Danny Granger, a top-7 protected 2018 first-round pick, a 2021 unprotected first-round pick, and a traded player exception from Miami
- Miami acquired Goran Dragić and Zoran Dragić from Phoenix
- New Orleans acquired Norris Cole, Shawne Williams, Justin Hamilton, and cash considerations from Miami
- February 10, 2015: Minnesota Timberwolves to Atlanta Hawks
- Atlanta acquired a lottery protected 2018 first-round pick
- Minnesota acquired Adreian Payne
- February 19, 2015: Oklahoma City Thunder to Utah Jazz (three-team trade with Detroit Pistons)
- Utah acquired a 2017 second-round pick from Detroit, Kendrick Perkins, Grant Jerrett, the player rights to Tibor Pleiß, and a lottery protected 2018 first-round pick from Oklahoma City
- Oklahoma City acquired Enes Kanter and Steve Novak, D. J. Augustin, Kyle Singler, and a 2019 second-round pick from Detroit
- Detroit acquired Reggie Jackson
- Minnesota acquired a lottery protected 2018 Oklahoma City first-round pick
- Utah acquired Ricky Rubio
- February 1, 2018: New Orleans Pelicans to Chicago Bulls
- February 18, 2016: Cleveland Cavaliers to Portland Trail Blazers
- Portland acquired Anderson Varejão and a 2018 protected first-round pick
- Cleveland acquired a 2020 second round pick
- Cleveland reacquired their rights to that 2018 protected first-round pick (protections removed)
- Portland acquired a 2017 first round pick
- July 13, 2017: Toronto Raptors to Brooklyn Nets
- June 28, 2017: Houston Rockets to Los Angeles Clippers
- L.A. Clippers acquired Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Lou Williams, Kyle Wiltjer, and a top-3 protected 2018 first-round pick
- Houston acquired Chris Paul
- February 23, 2017: Chicago Bulls to Oklahoma City Thunder
- Oklahoma City acquired Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott, and a 2018 second round pick
- Chicago acquired Joffrey Lauvergne, Anthony Morrow, and Cameron Payne
- December 11, 2014: Brooklyn Nets to Philadelphia 76ers
- October 27, 2014: New York Knicks to Philadelphia 76ers
- June 20, 2018: Philadelphia 76ers to Los Angeles Lakers
- L.A. Lakers acquired New York's second-round pick
- Philadelphia acquired Chicago's 2019 second-round pick from Los Angeles and cash considerations
- August 10, 2012: Los Angeles Lakers to Orlando Magic (four-team trade with Philadelphia and Denver)
- Orlando acquired Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, a 2013 second-round pick, and the worse of Denver's and New York's 2014 first-round picks from Denver; Nikola Vučević, Maurice Harkless, and a 2015 conditional first-round pick that was conveyed in 2017 for the Sacramento Kings from Philadelphia; Josh McRoberts, Christian Eyenga, a 2015 protected second-round pick, and the Lakers' 2017 protected first-round pick (converted to the Lakers' 2017 second-round pick and 2018 second-round pick) from the L.A. Lakers
- L.A. Lakers acquired Dwight Howard, Earl Clark, and Chris Duhon from Orlando
- Philadelphia acquired Jason Richardson from Orlando and Andrew Bynum from the L.A. Lakers
- Denver acquired Andre Iguodala from Philadelphia
- 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
- February 16, 2016: Charlotte Hornets to Memphis Grizzlies (three-team trade with Miami)
- 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
- September 22, 2017: Memphis Grizzlies to Phoenix Suns
- 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)
- Orlando acquired a 2018 second-round pick for the middle choice between Charlotte, Memphis, and Miami
- Phoenix acquired Elfrid Payton
- February 20, 2014: Los Angeles Clippers to Philadelphia 76ers
- February 8, 2018: Denver Nuggets to Dallas Mavericks (three-team trade with New York)
- February 5, 2018: Milwaukee Bucks to Brooklyn Nets
- June 22, 2017: Memphis Grizzlies to Houston Rockets
- Houston acquired the worst 2018 second-round pick between Charlotte, Memphis, and Miami
- Memphis acquired the draft rights to Dillon Brooks
- July 10, 2013: Utah Jazz to Denver Nuggets (three-team trade with Golden State)
- Utah acquired a 2018 second-round pick from Denver, Andris Biedriņš, 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
- February 18, 2016: Utah Jazz to Chicago Bulls (three-team trade with Atlanta)
- Chicago acquired Justin Holiday from Atlanta and a 2018 second-round pick from Utah;
- Utah acquired Shelvin Mack from Atlanta;
- Atlanta acquired Kirk Hinrich from Chicago
- February 18, 2016: New Orleans Pelicans to Miami Heat
- Miami acquired a top-55 protected 2018 second-round pick
- New Orleans acquired Jarnell Stokes and cash considerations
- New Orleans reacquired their own 2018 second-round pick (protections removed)
- Miami acquired Luke Babbitt
- February 12, 2017: Portland Trail Blazers to Denver Nuggets
- September 27, 2014: Cleveland Cavaliers to Philadelphia 76ers
- Philadelphia acquired Keith Bogans and a 2018 second-round pick
- Cleveland acquired a conditional 2015 second-round pick (that ultimately wasn't conveyed)
- June 25, 2015: Brooklyn Nets to Charlotte Hornets
- 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
- July 14, 2015: Boston Celtics to Oklahoma City Thunder
- Oklahoma City acquired a top-55 protected 2018 second-round pick
- Boston acquired Perry Jones, a 2019 second-round pick, and cash considerations
- February 23, 2017: Toronto Raptors to Phoenix Suns
- June 28, 2017: Houston Rockets to Philadelphia 76ers
- Philadelphia acquired a 2018 second-round pick and cash considerations
- Houston acquired Shawn Long
Draft-day trades occurred on June 21, 2018, the day of the draft.
June 21, 2018: Atlanta Hawks to Dallas Mavericks
- Dallas acquired Atlanta's first round pick (No. 3 - Luka Dončić)
- Atlanta acquired Dallas' first round pick (No. 5 - Trae Young) and a protected 2019 first round selection
June 21, 2018: Philadelphia 76ers to Phoenix Suns
- 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
June 21, 2018: Charlotte Hornets to Los Angeles Clippers
- 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
June 21, 2018: Atlanta Hawks to Charlotte Hornets
- Charlotte acquired Atlanta's second round pick
- Atlanta acquired Charlotte's 2019 and 2023 second round selections
- June 21, 2018: Sacramento Kings to Portland Trail Blazers
- Portland acquired Sacramento's second round pick
- Sacramento acquired two future second round selections and cash considerations
- June 21, 2018: Philadelphia 76ers to Detroit Pistons
- Detroit acquired Philadelphia's second-round pick
- Philadelphia acquired two future second round selections
- June 21, 2018: Orlando Magic to Denver Nuggets
- 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
- June 21, 2018: Utah Jazz to Houston Rockets 
- Houston acquired Utah's second-round pick
- Utah acquired cash considerations
- June 21, 2018: Dallas Mavericks to Philadelphia 76ers
- 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)
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. 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 Dončić was initially not invited to the event due to the Liga ACB Finals potentially extending through the draft. On June 19, ESPN reported that Dončić would attend the draft after all, following Real Madrid's championship victory the previous night, extending the list to 20 players. The following players (listed alphabetically) were confirmed as invites for the event this year:
- Deandre Ayton, Arizona
- Marvin Bagley III, Duke
- Mohamed Bamba, Texas
- Mikal Bridges, Villanova
- Miles Bridges, Michigan State
- Wendell Carter Jr., Duke
- Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova
- Luka Dončić, Real Madrid (Spain)
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky
- Aaron Holiday, UCLA
- Chandler Hutchison, Boise State
- Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
- Kevin Knox, Kentucky
- Michael Porter Jr., Missouri
- Jerome Robinson, Boston College
- Collin Sexton, Alabama
- Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech
- Lonnie Walker, Miami
- Robert Williams, Texas A&M
- Trae Young, Oklahoma
- 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.
- Josh Okogie was born in Nigeria, but raised in Atlanta. He also played for the Under-19 U.S. National Team in 2017.
- 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.
- 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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