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Five biggest post-2018 NBA Draft questions

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One of the more interesting things about the 2018 NBA Draft is that it is a precursor to a 2018 NBA free agent class that can include NBA All-Stars like LeBron James, Paul George, and DeMarcus Cousins. This will be one of the most fascinating summers in NBA history due to the potential names available in free agency that can have impacts on NBA franchises. However, the NBA’s newest players took center stage during the 2018 NBA Draft and there are plenty of questions even after one of the most talented draft classes in recent memory.

Question 1: Is Collin Sexton enough to entice LeBron to return to Cleveland?

Even on NBA Draft day, LeBron James’ likely free agency looms large. The Cleveland Cavaliers had to operate as if LeBron is leaving by choosing a player that could be a building block should LeBron take his talents elsewhere. Collin Sexton was their pick and the eighth overall pick in the draft. The former Alabama point guard is an exciting scorer who still has a lot to learn about playing a position that features so much NBA talent leaguewide. It is possible that he doesn’t even start ahead of veteran point guard George Hill and it is fair to think about whether former Oklahoma point guard Trae Young would have been a better fit in Cleveland had he been available.

Question 2: Who will be the better player between Trae Young and Luka Doncic?

The biggest trade of the 2018 NBA Draft did not involve any veteran players or NBA All-Stars but perhaps some future NBA All-Stars. The Atlanta Hawks traded the rights to guard Luka Doncic to the Dallas Mavericks for the rights to guard Trae Young and a 2019 protected first-round pick. Both Doncic and Young were among the most interesting prospects in the entire NBA Draft and will likely be compared to each other during their respective NBA careers. However, they have vastly different styles and will walk in to different situations. Doncic will have the opportunity to learn about the NBA from fellow international NBA player Dirk Nowitzki, who is literally old enough to be Doncic’s father, but one of the interesting things about being in Dallas is the backcourt fit between Doncic and last year’s first round pick Dennis Smith Jr., as both players are likely best as point guards. Trae Young heads to an another rebuilding team in the Atlanta Hawks in which he will be expected to provide some energy to a boring and bad team last season.

Question 3: Did Phoenix make the right pick at number one overall?

Former Arizona freshman phenom Deandre Ayton looks the part of a future NBA-All Star center. His production was very impressive as well. Yet there are questions about whether he was the right pick for the Phoenix Suns to start the 2018 NBA Draft. He is a center in the NBA during a time where the Cavaliers and Warriors have competed for four straight NBA Finals without anyone resembling an All-Star center. There are also questions about Ayton’s current defensive impact. The Suns resisted the opportunity to take Luka Doncic or Marvin Bagley III, who both are exciting prospects in their own right. Time will tell if Ayton ends up a perennial NBA All-Star.

Question 4: Is Michael Porter Jr., more Greg Oden or Kevin Durant?

One of the storylines of the 2018 NBA Draft was the fall of former Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. He faced huge durability questions about his current and long-term health that led to him falling to the Denver Nuggets at the 14th overall pick in the draft. Porter is former all-world high school player, who was highly ranked prior to his injury plagued freshman season. He even compared himself to two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant. His size and style are more Harrison Barnes than Durant but if Porter Jr., fails to stay healthy in the NBA consistently, his NBA career could resemble the guy who went in front of Durant during the 2007 NBA Draft, former center Greg Oden.

Question 5: Has anyone made any ground on the Golden State Warriors after the 2018 NBA Draft?

No way.

 

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