2017 NBA Mock Draft – 1/19/17

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

Not many changes this week. Out is Ethan Happ. Jarrett Allen has shot into the first round.

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# Team Player H/W Hometown Position School 16-17 Stats
1. Boston Celtics slhg02hbef3j1ov4lsnwyol5o Markelle Fultz, Fr 6’4, 195 lbs Upper Marlboro, MD PG/SG Washington 23.1 ppg, 6.2 apg, 5.8 rpg
Back court is not Boston’s biggest need but this pick would be the definition of a “luxury selection.” 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, but man are those numbers fantastic. Right now I simply do not see a better choice for the top overall pick.
2. Miami Heat burm5gh2wvjti3xhei5h16k8e Lonzo Ball, Fr 6’6, 190 lbs Chino Hills, CA PG UCLA 14.6 ppg, 8.0 apg, 5.5 rpg
Hassan Whiteside has been worth every penny of his max deal, but the rest of the Heat roster is in shambles. Goran Dragic is having a very good season and should have quite a bit of trade value should Miami look to move him. With a top draft pick and a plethora of point guards to choose from, that would make sense. As far as point guards, Markelle Fultz, Dennis Smith Jr., De’Aaron Fox and Lonzo Ball could not be any different prospects. Ball has an uncanny ability to find the open man, and his shooting has been much better than scouts envisioned, which makes him a near shoo in for a top five pick. His NBA friendly game could quickly make him a fan favorite in Miami.
3. Phoenix Suns 23843702014 Josh Jackson, Fr 6’8, 207 lbs Detroit, MI SG/SF  Kansas 15.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.1 apg
The Suns have had little issue scoring, but only the Nets have allowed more points per game than Phoenix. Josh Jackson may be the best perimeter defender in this draft. His peripheral defensive stats are very solid, and he can block shots as well.  On top of that, Jackson is a solid ball handler and very good rebounder for his position. What is the issue then? He has struggled mightily to shoot, and in the NBA, a wing player almost has to knock down three point shots to remain on the court. Jackson’s shooting mechanics will need to be reworked, but other than that, he is a complete player.
4. Philadelphia 76ers (from Lakers) 21870342016 Dennis Smith Jr., Fr 6’3, 195 lbs Fayetteville, NC PG North Carolina State 19.1 ppg, 6.2 apg, 4.3 rpg
It is a real shame that Sam Hinkie was not able to follow through with his plan, because things could all come together for Philadelphia in 2017. The team is playing as well as it has in years, and may possibly have two top ten picks to add to a young collection of talent. What Philadelphia lacks the most is scoring in the back court. Dennis Smith Jr. may be the most talented scoring guard in the country. His point guard leadership may leave a bit to be desired, but with Ben Simmons expected to handle the ball the majority of the time, Smith can focus on scoring. He has 20 point per game potential.
5. Minnesota Timberwolves zq8qkfni1g087f4245egc32po Jonathan Isaac, Fr 6’10, 210 lbs Naples, FL SF/PF Florida State 12.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.2 bpg
Despite three 20 point per game scorers, the Timberwolves continue to languish in the standings, mostly because of a very poor defensive effort. Minnesota could probably land a much needed quality veteran with this pick should they choose to go that route. Out of all the ballyhooed freshman, Jonathan Isaac has flown under the radar the most, but that should not be the case. The Seminoles are a very good team, and Isaac has been even better than imagined. His signature performance could be a 23 point, 10 rebound, 7 block performance he just dropped on Notre Dame. Isaac scores at a high clip, rebounds, shoots threes and blocks shots. There is not much to dislike about his game, and he would be a perfect stretch four in today’s NBA.
6. Dallas Mavericks ifk08eam05rwxr3yhol3whdcm De’Aaron Fox, Fr 6’3, 187 lbs Houston, TX PG Kentucky 16.7 ppg, 6.3 apg, 5.0 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. 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. He needs to greatly improve a shoddy three point shot, but the ability is there. Fox’ best asset is his ability to take care of the ball, as he is sporting a 3:1 assist to turnover ratio.
7. Philadelphia 76ers 21870342016 Malik Monk, Fr 6’4, 200 lbs Lepanto, AR PG/SG Kentucky 21.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.3 apg
The 76ers are finally in the position where they can draft for need, and not just best player available. Every team in the NBA needs more shooting, and no one has done it better than Malik Monk. He has not been asked to do much other than score for the Wildcats, but he has done that well, with an average of over 21 points per game. With all of the ball handlers and slashers in Philadelphia, he will get a boat load of open looks each game.
8. Orlando Magic wd9ic7qafgfb0yxs7tem7n5g4 Harry Giles, Fr 6’11, 227 lbs Winston-Salem, NC PF Duke 5.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.6 apg
Orlando’s acquisitions of Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo have not worked out well, to put it kindly, and neither player looks like a long term fit at power forward. With the first tier of prospects off the board, Harry Giles is a gamble 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. Sacramento Kings  24040432017 Jayson Tatum, Fr 6’8, 205 lbs St. Louis, MO SF Duke 16.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.0 apg
The Kings are fighting for the final playoff spot, but with Rudy Gay out for the season, another lottery selection looks likely. Hopefully Sacramento can actually draft someone who will help out franchise player DeMarcus Cousins. 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. He would be a great value pick at number 9.
10. New Orleans Pelicans 496226812014 Edrice Adebayo, Fr 6’10, 260 lbs Washington, DC PF/C Kentucky 12.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.8 bpg
The Pelicans reportedly looked into acquiring Dwight Howard, which shows their need for a legit presence next to Anthony Davis, to keep Davis from taking such a  pounding at center. Edrice 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. Adebayo is not the most flashy prospect, but is the best true center prospect in this draft.
11. Portland Trail Blazers bahmh46cyy6eod2jez4g21buk Ivan Rabb, So 6’11, 220 lbs Oakland, CA PF California 15.6 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 1.8 apg
The Trail Blazers season has been a disappointment thus far, but they have enough time to turn it around and land the final playoff spot out West. 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.
12. New York Knicks 2nn48xofg0hms8k326cqdmuis Robert Williams, Fr 6’9, 237 lbs Vivian, LA PF Texas A&M 10.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.5 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. The Knicks front court could use someone with the physical presence that Williams provides.
13. Detroit Pistons 3079 Lauri Markkanen, Fr 7’0, 230 lbs Jyvaskyla, Finland PF/C Arizona 16.7 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, a role career journey man Jon Leuer is enjoying this year.
14. Milwaukee Bucks 22582752016 Frank Ntilikina 6’5, 170 lbs Brussels, Belgium PG France 4.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 1.3 apg
Despite a recent slide, the Bucks have been a much better team than people anticipated, but the point guard position remains a major issue going forward. 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. Giannis Antetokounmpo handles the ball the majority of the time, so perhaps Milwaukee will want more shooting out of it’s guards, but Ntilikina is the best talent available here and the Bucks are not afraid to take chances in the draft.
15. Denver Nuggets xeti0fjbyzmcffue57vz5o1gl Jalen Brunson, So 6’3, 190 lbs Lincolnshire, IL PG Villanova 13.9 ppg, 4.2 apg, 2.5 rpg
The Nuggets currently lead an uninspiring group of sub .500 teams for the right to get annihilated in the first round by the Warriors. If Denver wants to take the next step, finding a steadier point guard than Emmanuel Mudiay should be a priority. 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. This could be the best class of point guards in a decade, and Brunson belongs in the mid first round conversation.
16. Chicago Bulls hj3gmh82w9hffmeh3fjm5h874 Edmond Sumner, So 6’6, 186 lbs Detroit, MI PG/SG Xavier 15.4 ppg, 4.7 apg, 4.4 rpg
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. 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, though, like most prospects in this draft, he needs to improve his jump shot.
17. Charlotte Hornets 512019262015 Rodions Kurucs 6’8, 190 lbs Riga, Latvia SF Latvia 8.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.1 apg
The Hornets are always on the need for additional scorers to go along with Kemba Walker. Rodions Kurucs has good length and a nice jump shot, and has started to elevate his game recently. 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, and might wind up as a lottery pick when all is said and done.
18. Indiana Pacers 3083 TJ Leaf, Fr 6’10, 225 lbs El Cajon, CA PF UCLA 16.8 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2.7 apg
At this point in the draft, teams usually just draft the best talent available in hoping to find a bench contributor. In a draft this deep, that may happen well into the second round. 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.
19. Washington Wizards 21956712016 Dwayne Bacon, So 6’7, 221 lbs Lakeland, FL SG/SF Florida State 17.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.8 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. Thanks in large part to Dwayne Bacon, the Seminoles just won four out of five straight games against top 25 teams. 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.
20. Oklahoma City Thunder khmovcnezy06c3nm05ccn0oj2 Jarrett Allen, Fr 6’11, 235 lbs Round Rock, TX PF/C Texas 11.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.6 bpg
The Longhorns have been miserable this season, but that is not the fault of Jarrett Allen, who has really come alive during conference play. He is the type of energetic rebounder and shot blocker that teams love to have coming off their bench. It seems every year or two the Thunder draft a big man in the first round, and could go that way again.
21. Denver Nuggets (from Grizzlies) xeti0fjbyzmcffue57vz5o1gl Isaiah Hartenstein 6’11, 225 lbs Eugene, OR PF Germany 3.7 ppg, 2.5 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. Atlanta Hawks 22091682016 PJ Dozier, So 6’6, 205 lbs Columbia, SC PG/SG South Carolina 14.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.9 apg
The Hawks have one eye on contending and the other on the future, and could use some young players to develop. 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 second best shooting guard (behind Malik Monk) in a weak class of wing scorers.
23. Brooklyn Nets (from Celtics) hsuff5m3dgiv20kovde422r1f Miles Bridges, Fr 6’7, 230 lbs Flint, MI SF/PF Michigan State 15.3 ppg, 8.1 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. He has come back in a big way, with scoring games of 16 of 24 points. Bridges success as a three point shooter has eased concerns from scouts, and he would be a solid building block for the lowly Nets.
24. Utah Jazz 23467492017 Cameron Oliver, So 6’8, 225 lbs Sacramento, CA SF/PF Nevada 14.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.9 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.
25. Toronto Raptors 22745782016 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Jr 6’8, 205 lbs Cherkasy, Ukraine SG/SF Kansas 10.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.4 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. With two first round picks in the 20’s, this is a solid gamble for the Raptors.
26. Toronto Raptors (from Clippers) 22745782016 Caleb Swanigan, So 6’9, 250 lbs Fort Wayne, IN PF/C Purdue 18.4 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 2.7 apg
Caleb Swanigan might be the NCAA player of the year, but his prospect status is shaky at best. Players with his body type do not have a high track record in the NBA. 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, and could be a nice bench piece for a Raptors team who always seems to be on the lookout for power forward production.
27. Portland Trail Blazers (from Cavaliers) bahmh46cyy6eod2jez4g21buk 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. Portland lacks depth behind Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, and Brown could make a nice backup combo guard.
28. Houston Rockets 8xe4813lzybfhfl14axgzzqeq John Collins, So 6’10, 235 lbs West Palm Beach, FL PF/C Wake Forest 16.4 ppg, 8.8 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 Tyler Lydon, So 6’9, 223 lbs Elizaville, NY SF/PF Syracuse 13.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.2 bpg
Like the Syracuse team as a whole, Tyler Lydon has been inconsistent as a sophomore. However, with games such as his 26 point, 7 rebound performance against North Carolina, he shows that he is a legit first round prospect. His blend of length, shooting and shot blocking would be a welcome addition to the Spurs bench.
30. Utah Jazz (from Warriors) 23467492017 Justin Jackson, Jr 6’8, 210 lbs Tomball, TX SF North Carolina 18.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.7 apg
 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. The Jazz continue to quietly build one of the best rosters in the NBA.

Round 2

31. Atlanta Hawks (from Nets) – PF/C Thomas Bryant, So, Indiana
32. Memphis Grizzlies (from Heat) – SF Jaron Blossomgame, Sr, Clemson
33. Phoenix Suns – SF VJ Beachem, Sr, Notre Dame
34. Los Angeles Lakers – PF Alec Peters, Sr, Valparaiso
35. Boston Celtics (from Timberwolves) – PF/C Jonathan Jeanne, France
36. Dallas Mavericks – SG Grayson Allen, Jr, Duke
37. New Orleans Pelicans (from 76ers) – PG/SG Melo Trimble, Jr, Maryland
38. Orlando Magic – SG Terrence Ferguson, United States
39. Chicago Bulls (from Kings) – SG Kostja Mushidi, Germany
40. New Orleans Pelicans – PF Johnathan Motley, Jr, Baylor
41. Houston Rockets (from Trail Blazers) – SF/PF Dedric Lawson, So, Memphis
42. Houston Rockets (from Nuggets) – C Anzejs Pasecniks, Latvia
43. Philadelphia 76ers (from Knicks) – SG Josh Hart, Sr, Villanova
44. Utah Jazz (from Pistons) – PF/C Alpha Kaba, France
45. Milwaukee Bucks – SF Devin Robinson, Jr, Florida
46. New York Knicks (from Bulls) – PG Monte Morris, Sr, Iowa State
47. Charlotte Hornets – SF/PF Dillon Brooks, Sr, Oregon
48. Washington Wizards – C Tacko Fall, So, UCF
49. Indiana Pacers – PF Chris Boucher, Sr, Oregon
50. Denver Nuggets (from Grizzlies) – C Michael Fusek, Slovak Republic
51. Denver Nuggets (from Thunder) – SG Peter Jok, Sr, Iowa
52. Atlanta Hawks – PF/C Mathias Lessort, France
53. Brooklyn Nets (from Celtics) – PF/C Moses Kingsley, Sr, Arkansas
54. Utah Jazz – SF/PF Aleksandar Vezenkov, Cyprus
55. Toronto Raptors – PG George De Paula, Brazil
56. Boston Celtics (from Clippers) – SG Diego Flaccadori, Italy
57. Boston Celtics (from Cavaliers) – C Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., Jr, Baylor
58. New York Knicks (from Rockets) – PG Frank Mason III, Sr, Kansas
59. San Antonio Spurs – SF/PF Rolands Smits, Latvia
60. Utah Jazz (from Warriors) – PF/C Justin Tuoyo, Sr, Chattanooga

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