2017 NBA Mock Draft – 1/12/17

Hey look! I am completing a weekly NBA mock draft like promised.

Some changes in this go around. Out are OG Anunoby, Tyler Lydon and Aaron Holiday. In is PJ Dozier.

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# Team Player H/W Hometown Position School 16-17 Stats
1. Boston Celtics (from Nets)  slhg02hbef3j1ov4lsnwyol5o Josh Jackson, Fr 6’8, 207 lbs Detroit, MI SG/SF  Kansas 15.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.1 apg
After a somewhat promising start to the season, the Nets have fallen apart again. Which, of course, means that Boston will have another top five pick. Josh Jackson has put up amazing numbers all across the board, from the stats you see above to a shooting percentage over 50%, with some blocks and steals included. Scouts were worried about Jackson’s jump shot, and so far, those worries have been justified. The talent is there to be an all NBA defender. If Jackson can improve the range on his jumper, he has All Star potential.
2. Miami Heat burm5gh2wvjti3xhei5h16k8e Markelle Fultz, Fr 6’4, 195 lbs Upper Marlboro, MD PG/SG Washington 22.1 ppg, 6.4 apg, 5.9 rpg
The Heat’s season was over, and that was before news broke that Justise Winslow would be out for the year. Miami might as well see what it can get for Goran Dragic and draft a replacement. Markelle Fultz looks like the early leader as the best of a very strong group of point guards. Tough and aggressive, Fultz has the look of a Kyrie Irving, John Wall or Derrick Rose. The only issue among scouts could be the fact that Fultz is putting up big numbers for a bad team.
3. Dallas Mavericks ifk08eam05rwxr3yhol3whdcm Lonzo Ball, Fr 6’6, 190 lbs Chino Hills, CA PG UCLA 14.7 ppg, 8.0 apg, 5.6 rpg
It seems the Mavericks have lacked a legitimate talent at point guard since Steve Nash. Shoddy play at the position is part of the reason Dallas has fallen apart this year. As far as point guards, Markelle Fultz, Dennis Smith Jr., De’Aaron Fox and Lonzo Ball could not be any different prospects. Ball has some Jason Kidd to his game, and could quickly become a fan favorite in Dallas thanks to his NBA friendly game.
4. Philadelphia 76ers 21870342016 De’Aaron Fox, Fr 6’3, 187 lbs Houston, TX PG Kentucky 16.7 ppg, 6.4 apg, 5.1 rpg
I can not think of the last time I could type the phrase “the 76ers have won three of their last four games,” but alas, they have. Point guard is the biggest area need, and fortunately this is the best point guard class in years. De’Aaron Fox is off to a fantastic start. Scouts knew he was a solid defender, but his offensive game is more advanced than expected. With continued improvement in his jump shot, he could be an All Star. His driving style would be a great fit with Philadelphia, thanks to a multitude of shooters.
5. Phoenix Suns 23843702014 Jayson Tatum, Fr 6’8, 205 lbs St. Louis, MO SF Duke 17.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.2 apg
The Suns have athletes, but it has yet to translate into wins. Looking at the current makeup of the roster, a defensive slashing wing would be a nice choice. Unlike the other three ballyhooed Duke freshman, Jayson Tatum is off to a good start with the Blue Devils. He is an aggressive scorer who has very strong defensive potential. His shooting leaves something to be desired, but so do many other top prospects in this class.
6. Minnesota Timberwolves zq8qkfni1g087f4245egc32po Edrice Adebayo, Fr 6’10, 260 lbs Washington, DC PF/C Kentucky 13.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.7 bpg
Whoever the Timberwolves draft here will likely ride the pine, because Tom Thibideau has never been a fan of rookies. However, Edrice Adebayo could greatly help shore up the defensive issues this team has been having. Adebayo is more than just a lumbering big man. He is quick and agile and has the ability to become a decent scorer, as well as a solid rebounder and shot blocker.
7. Philadelphia 76ers (from Lakers) 21870342016 Dennis Smith Jr., Fr 6’3, 195 lbs Fayetteville, NC PG North Carolina State 18.8 ppg, 6.2 apg, 4.1 rpg
This would be the second “point guard” the 76ers have drafted, but Dennis Smith Jr. and De’Aaron Fox could not be more different. Smith Jr., who recently dropped his first triple double, has shown the ability to be a lights out scorer, and has some Damian Lillard to his game. Philadelphia simply needs athletes and scorers, especially in the back court. With Smith Jr. and Fox joining Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Dario Saric, Sam Hinkie will be smiling (or cursing) where he may be.
8. Denver Nuggets xeti0fjbyzmcffue57vz5o1gl Harry Giles, Fr 6’11, 227 lbs Winston-Salem, NC PF Duke 5.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.5 apg
Denver has been bad enough to miss the playoffs, but good enough to not land a top five pick, which has granted them a deep roster without franchise talent. With Harry Giles still on the board, it is a risk well worth taking. Giles is being brought along very slowly, but has started to see more minutes as conference play has started. A double double in only 17 minutes of action against Georgia Tech shows why he was the top overall recruit in the country. If the knee holds up, he has All Star potential.
9. New Orleans Pelicans 496226812014 Robert Williams, Fr 6’9, 237 lbs Vivian, LA PF Texas A&M 10.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.6 bpg
Robert Williams continues to shoot up my draft board. He reminds me of the draft ascension of Marquese Chriss last year. Despite playing only 20 minutes per game, he has made his impact as an efficient scorer, rebounder and shot blocker. He will be a project to be sure, but has the ability to be a Derrick Favors type at the next level. In today’s NBA, he has enough size and strength to handle center next to Anthony Davis in New Orleans.
10. Orlando Magic wd9ic7qafgfb0yxs7tem7n5g4 Malik Monk, Fr 6’4, 200 lbs Lepanto, AR PG/SG Kentucky 21.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.0 apg
For the last few years the Magic have chosen to draft raw athletes in the first round. While that has helped the team vie for slam dunk championships, it has not translated to offense or wins. Offense is not a problem for Malik Monk, one of the best scorers in the country. His lights out shooting it just what Orlando needs off it’s bench, where Mario Hezonja has been a bust to this point.
11. Chicago Bulls (from Kings) hj3gmh82w9hffmeh3fjm5h874 Frank Ntilikina 6’5, 170 lbs Brussels, Belgium PG France 5.2 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.3 apg
It did not work out towards the end of his Boston tenure. It did not work out at Dallas or Sacramento. It is no surprise that Rajon Rondo lost his job in Chicago. The Bulls, like his previous employers, will be on the look out for a point guard. Like most of the point guards in this mock, Ntilikina is a jump shot away from being a complete point guard. He has the size and quickness to be a matchup nightmare in the NBA. However, like most overseas prospects, he gets little run for his European team, which makes him a bit of a mystery.
12. New York Knicks 2nn48xofg0hms8k326cqdmuis Jonathan Isaac, Fr 6’10, 210 lbs Naples, FL SF/PF Florida State 12.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.2 bpg
Once again, the Knicks tried the quick fix in free agency, but predictably, it has not shown up in the win column. The media seems to think Knicks fans do not tolerate losing, but the ones I know just want the team to properly build through the draft, especially now that the team does not owe any more first round picks. Jonathan Isaac is still a project who has hit a bit of a lull offensively, but has the perfect blend of shooting and defense that teams covet at the small forward position. He has the ability to fit in along the front court next to Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony.
13. Detroit Pistons 3079 Lauri Markkanen, Fr 7’0, 230 lbs Jyvaskyla, Finland PF/C Arizona 15.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.2 apg
The Pistons have a solid roster, but have underachieved thus far. Detroit usually just drafts the best player available, so that is the route I have them taking here. Lauri Markkanen has been as good as advertised for the Arizona Wildcats, showing a big time ability to stretch the floor on offense. He is not much of a defender, but should fit in nicely as a stretch four alongside Andre Drummond.
14. Chicago Bulls hj3gmh82w9hffmeh3fjm5h874 TJ Leaf, Fr 6’10, 225 lbs El Cajon, CA PF UCLA 17.4 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 2.9 apg
The Bulls might once again decide to rebuild, which means the best player available would be the way to go. While all eyes have been on Lonzo Ball at UCLA, fellow freshman TJ Leaf has been just as impressive. Leaf lacks the athleticism to be a top ten pick (perhaps) but has the ability to stretch the floor, grab some rebounds and even handle the ball. All valuable commodities to have as a modern power forward.
15. Portland Trail Blazers bahmh46cyy6eod2jez4g21buk Ivan Rabb, So 6’11, 220 lbs Oakland, CA PF California 15.4 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 1.9 apg
The Trail Blazers season has been a disappointment thus far, but at least they are back in the final playoff spot. The back court is set for years to come, which means Portland will likely look to add front court help. While Ivan Rabb lacks the upside of many players picked ahead of him, he is a safe bet to come in right away and produce as a rebounder and weak side defender. Rabb’s production would have landed him in the top five of the 2016 draft, which is a testament to how deep this class is.
16. Washington Wizards 21956712016 Ethan Happ, So 6’10, 232 lbs Milan, IL PF Wisconsin 13.4 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 2.9 apg
After a miserable start to the season, the Wizards have been on fire. John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat are all having spectacular years. Unfortunately, the bench may be the worst in the league. That means the Wizards should just draft the best player available, with an eye on the front court. Ethan Happ has improved on a solid freshman season, upping his numbers and percentages across the board, even playing less minutes per game. Especially impressive is a 63% shooting percentage. He is also a  good defender, as evidenced by his advanced metrics and  impressive steal numbers.
17. Charlotte Hornets 512019262015 PJ Dozier, So 6’6, 205 lbs Columbia, SC PG/SG South Carolina 14.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.1 apg
The Hornets always seem to be on the lookout for scoring, and this season has been no different. The South Carolina Gamecocks are having the best season in quite a while, and that is in large part to PJ Dozier, who has become one of the best scorers in the SEC. Dozier blends length with quickness. Able to handle the ball and shoot from deep, he could be the best shooting guard in a weak class of wing scorers.
18. Milwaukee Bucks 22582752016 Jalen Brunson, So 6’3, 190 lbs Lincolnshire, IL PG Villanova 14.4 ppg, 4.1 apg, 2.4 rpg
Jalen Brunson has flown under the radar for the defending champions, but is having a tremendous sophomore season. Brunson has been especially impressive on offense, with shooting percentages through the roof. With the emergence of Malcolm Brogdon, Jason Kidd could have quite a nice guard trio with Brogdon, Brunson and Matthew Dellavedova.
19. Indiana Pacers 3083 Miles Bridges, Fr 6’7, 230 lbs Flint, MI SF/PF Michigan State 14.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.9 apg
How good is this draft? Players who would have been easy lottery picks in 2016 are still available in the 20’s this year. Before suffering an injury, Miles Bridges was the lone bright spot for the struggling Spartans. Bridges reminds me of an Arizona era Stanley Johnson with a slightly better jump shot, and could be a tough, rugged combo forward off the bench in Indiana.
20. Atlanta Hawks 22091682016 Rodions Kurucs 6’8, 190 lbs Riga, Latvia SF Latvia 8.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.1 apg
The Hawks are not championship contenders, so it was a nice move to gain a future first round pick for Kyle Korver. Atlanta has used the draft to try to build a bench, and will continue to do so as they retool around Dennis Schroder and Paul Millsap. Rodions Kurucs has good length and a nice jump shot. Though he is obviously a couple of years away from being a quality NBA regular, he could eventually become a poor man’s Danilo Gallinari.
21. Denver Nuggets (from Grizzlies) xeti0fjbyzmcffue57vz5o1gl Isaiah Hartenstein 6’11, 225 lbs Eugene, OR PF Germany 4.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.5 apg
Isaiah Hartenstein has lottery talent, but he has not shown much for his Lithuanian team, though that is common with European prospects. With proper development, he could become a starter in this league. He has the size, strength and rebounding ability. The Nuggets are a deep team that probably does not have room on it’s roster for two more rookies, and would leave him overseas to develop.
22. Utah Jazz 23467492017 Cameron Oliver, So 6’8, 225 lbs Sacramento, CA SF/PF Nevada 14.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.1 bpg
Cameron Oliver has been a one man wrecking crew for the Wolfpack. He rebounds, has range out to the three point line, and is even among the NCAA leaders in blocks per game. The only knock against him is the level of competition, but the Mountain West has produced plenty of NBA prospects. He would be a nice big off the bench for the Jazz.
23. Oklahoma City Thunder khmovcnezy06c3nm05ccn0oj2 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Jr 6’8, 205 lbs Cherkasy, Ukraine SG/SF Kansas 10.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.5 apg
It has taken a while, but Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk has finally worked himself into first round consideration. It is important to remember that he will not be 20 years old until July, even though he is a junior. Mykhailiuk has upped his percentages considerably as a junior, and could be a very solid NBA shooter. That is exactly what the Thunder front office would like to surround Russell Westbrook with.
24. Brooklyn Nets (from Celtics) hsuff5m3dgiv20kovde422r1f Caleb Swanigan, So 6’9, 250 lbs Fort Wayne, IN PF/C Purdue 18.3 ppg, 12.9 rpg, 2.8 apg
Thanks to the trade with the Celtics year ago, Brooklyn has had to get creative in it’s attempt to add young talent to the roster. Caleb Swanigan would be a risk worth taking here. Sure, he does not fit today’s big man mold, but he might very well be the college basketball player of the year. He is a double double machine (including a 28 point, 22 rebound masterpiece against Minnesota) who even has three point range on his jump shot. He will be a liability on defense, but his production outweighs his deficiencies at this point in the draft.
25. Toronto Raptors 22745782016 Dwayne Bacon, So 6’7, 221 lbs Lakeland, FL SG/SF Florida State 17.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.8 apg
The Raptors dangled Terrence Ross in an effort to land Paul Millsap before the Hawks took his name off of the trading block. Even with Ross in tow, Toronto could use some bench scoring. Dwayne Bacon has greatly improved his three point stroke to go along with his elite slashing ability, and could become a solid scorer in the NBA.
26. Toronto Raptors (from Clippers) hsuff5m3dgiv20kovde422r1f Bruce Brown, Fr 6’5, 190 lbs Boston, MA PG/SG Miami 10.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.2 apg
I continue to serve as the conductor of the Bruce Brown hype train. He is a strong, athletic guard who can handle the rock and is a superb on the ball defender. If he can continue to improve his jump shot and keep defenses honest, I think he could be a Russell Westbrook lite, as blasphemous as that sounds. Toronto does not need another rookie on the roster, but there are no draft and stash prospects worth taking here.
27. Portland Trail Blazers (from Cavaliers) bahmh46cyy6eod2jez4g21buk Justin Jackson, Jr 6’8, 210 lbs Tomball, TX SF North Carolina 17.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.8 apg
Portland essentially chose to pick late in the first round of the 2017 draft instead of the 2018 draft. With the potential depth of this class, that was a smart, shrewd move. Justin Jackson was a former top recruit who has spent three years working his way into a first round prospect, and he has finally arrived as a junior. Jackson has become a much more aggressive scorer and capable leader as the years have gone on, and could become a decent starting small forward in time.
28. Houston Rockets 8xe4813lzybfhfl14axgzzqeq John Collins, So 6’10, 235 lbs West Palm Beach, FL PF/C Wake Forest 15.8 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.6 bpg
Putting the ball in James Harden’s hands full time and surrounding him with rebounders and shooters has done wonders for the Rockets, who are on pace to win over 60 games. Picking this low, the general manager will likely use analytics to try to uncover a diamond in the rough. Though still a project, John Collins has one of the highest PER’s in college basketball, thanks to his blend of efficient scoring, rebounding and shot blocking.
29. San Antonio spurs 827 Kostja Mushidi 6’5, 210 lbs Uccle, Belgium SG Germany 9.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.7 apg
I do not think Kostja Mushidi is worth a first round selection in a draft this deep, but this has often been San Antonio’s M.O., and I do not see that changing any time soon. Mushidi is a tough, compact guard who has a chance to make it as a Tony Allen type.
30. Utah Jazz 23467492017 Edmond Sumner, So 6’6, 186 lbs Detroit, MI PG/SG Xavier 15.3 ppg, 4.8 apg, 4.5 rpg
Lost in the point guard mix has been the fantastic play of Xavier’s Edmond Sumner. You could make a case that he deserves to be drafted ahead of Frank Ntikilina, a player who is projected to be a lot like Sumner. Sumner has great length and the ability to be a solid all around guard. The Jazz strike gold here with a lottery talent at the end of the first round.

31. Atlanta Hawks (from Nets) – PF/C Thomas Bryant, So, Indiana
32. Memphis Grizzlies (from Heat) – PF Alec Peters, Sr, Valparaiso
33. Dallas Mavericks – PF/C Jarrett Allen, Fr, Texas
34. New Orleans Pelicans (from 76ers) – SF VJ Beachem, Sr, Notre Dame
35. Phoenix Suns – PF/C Jonathan Jeanne, France
36. Boston Celtics (from Timberwolves) – PF Johnathan Motley, Jr, Baylor
37. Los Angeles Lakers – PG/SG Melo Trimble, Jr, Maryland
38. Houston Rockets (from Nuggets) – SF/PF Dedric Lawson, So, Memphis
39. New Orleans Pelicans – PG Frank Mason III, Sr, Kansas
40. Orlando Magic – SG Grayson Allen, Jr, Duke
41. Sacramento Kings – SG Josh Hart, Sr, Villanova
42. Philadelphia 76ers (from Knicks) – PG Kobi Simmons, Fr, Arizona
43. Houston Rockets (from Trail Blazers) – SG Diego Flaccadori, Italy
44. Utah Jazz (from Pistons) – SF Arnoldas Kulboka, Lithuania
45. New York Knicks (from Bulls) – PG Monte Morris, Sr, Iowa State
46. Washington Wizards – PG Jawun Evans, So, Oklahoma State
47. Charlotte Hornets – SF Jaron Blossomgame, Sr, Clemson
48. Milwaukee Bucks – SG Peter Jok, Sr, Iowa
49. Indiana Pacers – PF/C Justin Tuoyo, Sr, Chattanooga
50. Atlanta Hawks – PF/C Alpha Kaba, France
51. Denver Nuggets (from Grizzlies) – C Andzejs Pasecniks, Latvia
52. Denver Nuggets (from Thunder) – PF/C Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., Jr, Baylor
53. Utah Jazz – PF Yante Maten, Jr, Georgia
54. Brooklyn Nets (from Celtics) – SF/PF Dillon Brooks, Jr, Oregon
55. Toronto Raptors – PG George De Paula, Brazil
56. Boston Celtics (from Clippers) – SF/PF Aleksandar Vezenkov, Cyprus
57. Boston Celtics (from Cavaliers) – SG Allonzo Trier, So, Arizona
58. New York Knicks (from Rockets) – PF Amile Jefferson, Sr, Duke
59. San Antonio Spurs – PF Mathias Lessort, Martinique
60. Utah Jazz (from Warriors) – C Youssoufa Fall, France

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