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Here's A Way-Too-Early 2018 NBA Mock Draft

Yeah, we're only a day removed from the 2017 NBA Draft, but it's never too early to look ahead.

The 2017 NBA Draft was thought to be one of the deepest ever. Nearly every team in the first round looks like it got a solid foundational player, and while the 2018 class may not wind up being as deep, there's still plenty of talent to go around. Here's how we think the 2018 NBA Draft will shake out. The draft order is based on on SportsLine's regular-season projections for the 2018 season.

1. Celtics, via trade with Nets 

Luka Doncic, SG, INTL

The prototypical wing, Doncic is tall, versatile and a phenomenal shooter with legitimate superstar potential.

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2. Kings

Michael Porter Jr., SF/PF, Missouri

6-foot-10 with a 7-foot wingspan, Porter is receiving comparisons to Kevin Durant for his length and ability to score; he's an absolute nightmare to guard.

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3. Magic

DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona

Ayton has the potential to go No. 1 overall, but he needs polishing. A physically imposing big man, he has the highest ceiling of anyone in this draft class.

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4. Suns

Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas

Like Ayton, Bamba is a long, physical, big man with all the tools to become a dominant center in the NBA. His offensive arsenal could use work, but he's NBA-ready.

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5. Celtics, via trade with Lakers

Miles Bridges, SF/PF, Michigan State

Bridges is a physical freak capable of playing the wing, but he's also stout enough to take on big men down low. It wouldn't shock me to see him go in the top five.

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6. Knicks

Wendell Carter, PF, Duke

Efficient and talented, but not a phenomenal athlete. While he doesn't have the ceiling of the players above, he could be a solid contributor.

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7. 76ers

Kevin Knox Jr., SF, Kentucky

Knox is versatile on both ends of the floor and an incredible talent. He could very well go in the top five.

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8. Pistons

Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama

Alabama hasn't had a player drafted since 2008, but Sexton should certainly change that, and he'll likely be a lottery pick.

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9. Timberwolves

Trevon Duval, PG, Duke

The Timberwolves desperately need a point guard, and Duval could fill that role. He has excellent handles and a nice jumper.

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10. Hawks

Mitchell Robinson, C, Western Kentucky

Probably the best shot-blocker in this draft class, Robinson is a force to be reckoned with in the paint. His offense, however, could use work.

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11. Suns, via trade with Heat

Hamidou Diallo, SG, Kentucky

Diallo is probably the most gifted athlete in this draft class. He recorded a 44.5 inch vertical at the NBA Combine this year and was second in the shuttle run. Hard to pass that up.

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12. Mavericks

Chimezie Metu, PF/C, USC

Metu is primed for a great junior season. His offensive play could use refinement, but his shot-blocking and rebounding abilities are stellar.

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13. Bucks

Bruce Brown, SG, Miami

Brown improved a ton over the last season, and he's one of the most versatile guards in the nation. No. 13 overall might be too high for him, but I still don't think he's even scratched the surface of his potential. Expect big things from him this season.

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14. Nuggets

Justin Jackson, SF, Maryland

You can never go wrong with a versatile perimeter player, and that's exactly what Jackson is. He shot 43 percent from behind the arc as a freshman.

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15. Hornets

Nick Richards, C, Kentucky

Explosive, dynamic, and physical, Richards is definitely a project. His upside is huge, and he could be a force if the right team grabs him.

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16. Bulls

Lonnie Walker, SG, Miami

Walker is an excellent shooter and has the right NBA build for a wing. The Bulls will need someone to step up with Jimmy Butler long gone. Walker could be the answer.

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17. Pelicans

Troy Brown, SG, Oregon

A wing without many weaknesses, it wouldn't be surprising to see Brown in the top ten when the draft rolls around.

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18. Jazz, via trade with Thunder

De'Anthony Melton, SG, USC

6-foot-4 with a 6-foot-8 wingspan, Melton is a 3-and-D guard that plays tenacious defense.

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19. Trail Blazers

Kris Wilkes, SF, UCLA

Wilkes is a prospect with a ton of upside. He needs to bulk up and work on his offensive skill-set, but the talent is there.

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20. Pacers

Grayson Allen, SG, Duke

A stellar shooter and a fine athlete, this still might be too high of a slot for Allen. His maturity is a question mark, but it's hard to deny his production on the court.

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21. Grizzlies

Brandon McCoy, C, UNLV

Quick for a big man, McCoy could be a steal late in the first round.

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22. Clippers

Mikal Bridges, SF, Villanova

6-foot-7 with a 7-foot wingspan, Bridges could be a valuable 3-and-D guy at the next level. You can never have too many of those.

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23. Wizards

Rawle Alkins, SG, Arizona

Alkins has the size and frame of an NBA shooting guard, and his up-tempo attacking style is a terror for opposing defenses.

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24. Rockets

Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA

At 6-foot, Holiday is small for a point guard, but he makes up for it with his shooting. He shot 42 percent from behind the arc during his sophomore season.

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25. Jazz

Lagerald Vick, SG, Kansas

Vick is an excellent rebounder for a guard and a solid 3-point shooter. He could find himself in the first round if he continues to improve.

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26. Raptors

Allonzo Trier, SG, Arizona

Despite only playing half the season for the Wildcats last year, Trier was excellent. He can score from anywhere on the floor and create his own offense.

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27. Celtics

Jalen Brunson, PG, Villanova

The Spurs can't count on Tony Parker forever, and Brunson is nice shooter with a lot of potential.

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28. Spurs

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, SG, Kansas

Labeled a guard at 6-foot-8, Mykhailiuk is an fine shooter for his size and a player who has still yet to reach his full potential as a basketball player.

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29. Cavaliers

Landry Shamet, SG, Wichita State

Shamet has a high basketball IQ and is quite versatile—a solid 3-and-D guy that the Cavaliers could definitely utilize.

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30. Warriors

Vince Edwards, SF, Purdue

Edwards is an efficient scorer from all over the court, and would fit perfectly into the Warriors' system.

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The 2018 NBA Draft will take place in late June.