2017 NBA Mock Draft – 4/14/17

With the regular season over this is a good time for a new mock draft. The order is based on the unofficial lottery order. And of course, the playoffs have no bearing on draft position.

This mock contains everyone who has declared, either by hiring an agent or simply testing the waters. Please check the link below for all of the players who have declared. Of course, with the new rules that enable guys to test their draft stock, pretty much everyone of significance has thrown their hat into the ring. A lot of fringe guys will remove their names from consideration before the deadline.

2017 NBA Draft – Early Entrants

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2017 NBA Draft – Round 1

Pick Team Player H/W Hometown Position
1. Boston Celtics (from Nets) yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Markelle Fultz, Fr, Washington 6’4, 195 lbs Upper Marlboro, MD PG/SG
2016-2017 Stats: 23.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 5.9 apg
If the Celtics can luck into the top overall choice, it will give them further ammunition as they make a run for a legit superstar. Boston is set in the back court with Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley, but Markelle Fultz remains the consensus top prospect in this class. The Huskies suffered through a miserable year, which could give some scouts pause, but Fultz did his part, putting up huge numbers across the board. His all around offensive game is tailor made for today’s NBA, and he has the look of an All Star point guard.
2. Phoenix Suns yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Josh Jackson, Fr, Kansas 6’8, 207 lbs Detroit, MI SG/SF
2016-2017 Stats: 16.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.0 apg
Josh Jackson has not officially declared for the draft, but I consider it to be a formality. He is, at worst, a top three pick. Jackson seems to get a lot of unfair hate, from his lack of a real jump shot to on the court antics. I still believe he is in strong contention for the number one pick, and the only reason he will not be is the position he plays. Jackson has the look of a young Jimmy Butler, with his passion for the game, aggressiveness on offense and defensive potential. Sure, he needs to shoot better, especially from the free throw line, but there is a lot to like. The Suns seem to be set with Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis in the back court, but they could easily take Lonzo Ball here and attempt to move Bledsoe.
3. Los Angeles Lakers 76753092008 Lonzo Ball, Fr, UCLA 6’6, 190 lbs Chino Hills, CA PG
2016-2017 Stats: 14.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 7.6 apg
Lonzo Ball has caught a lot of flack for saying he would rather be drafted by the Lakers than go first overall. Of course, if it was not for LaVar Ball, this would be a non issue, as countless kids before him have stated their desire to play for the home team (Myles Garrett anyone?). Ignoring that garbage (looking at you, ESPN), Ball would be a great fit for the Lake Show. Los Angeles has scorers, especially in the back court, but no true point guard on the roster. Ball is athletic, tall, a phenomenal ball handler and play maker and a better shooter than scouts thought. He would be a fan favorite at Staples Center.
4. Philadelphia 76ers (from Lakers) yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p De’Aaron Fox, Fr, Kentucky 6’3, 187 lbs Houston, TX PG
2016-2017 Stats: 16.7 ppg, 4.6 apg, 4.0 rpg
With ball dominant players like Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid on the roster, a spot up shooter like Malik Monk might be the best fit. But the 76ers, who sport an anemic back court, can not pass on the best talent, De’Aaron Fox, here. Fox probably had the game of the tournament so far when he single handedly demolished Lonzo Ball and UCLA with a 39 point effort in the Sweet Sixteen. Fox has been far more aggressive on offense than scouts thought he would be, and has shown great strength and defensive ability as well. Fox is not a three point shooter, but will not be asked to shoulder a huge offensive load in Philadelphia. The 76ers will value his defense and leadership ability.
5. Orlando Magic 66395011978 Jayson Tatum, Fr, Duke 6’8, 205 lbs St. Louis, MO SF
2016-2017 Stats: 16.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.1 apg
After five losing seasons, Rob Hennigan was finally shown the door in Orlando. The next Magic General Manager will have his work cut out for him, but landing a top five pick would be huge. Jayson Tatum is one of five players in this draft’s top tier, and would instantly be Orlando’s best all around player. His one year at Duke was phenomenal, as he showed some Danny Granger like skills. He has the ability to score in a variety of ways and can play some defense as well. He might never be an All Star, but is a safe bet to have a very productive career.
6. Minnesota Timberwolves 23296692018 Jonathan Isaac, Fr, Florida State 6’10, 210 lbs Naples, FL SF/PF
2016-2017 Stats: 12.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.5 bpg
If any team needs an injection of veteran leadership, it is the Timberwolves. Despite a lot of individual success, it hasn’t translated to wins like the front office and coaching staff envisioned. Minnesota would be best served utilizing this pick in hopes of bringing in some talent that is ready to contribute now, especially with Tom Thibodeau’s hesitance to play rookies. If they keep this pick, Jonathan Isaac is probably the best player available. Isaac is still a project, but has serious ability to be a scorer as well as a rebounder and shot blocker. You can’t teach his size and length.
7. New York Knicks yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Dennis Smith, Fr, North Carolina State 6’3, 195 lbs Fayetteville, NC PG
2016-2017 Stats: 18.1 ppg, 6.2 apg, 4.6 rpg
Dennis Smith is an aggressive scorer and slasher who is a better three pointer than his percentages suggest. However, he is very inconsistent and can be described as an inefficient volume scorer at times. If all goes right, I see Damian Lillard in him, and the fans in New York have been starved for adequate point guard play since Derek Harper. Yes, I said Derek Harper.
8. Sacramento Kings yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Zach Collins, Fr, Gonzaga 7’0, 230 lbs Las Vegas, NV PF/C
2016-2017 Stats: 10.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.8 bpg
Zach Collins was a surprising draft declaration, but he has lottery talent. Collins gets the nod over Lauri Markkanen here thanks to his ability to rebound and block shots, as well as score anywhere from the block to the three point line. Of course, there are still question marks. He only played 20 minutes per game, but you can probably thank a talented, veteran Gonzaga front court for that. The Kings are simply collecting players right now, and Collins would be a nice player to add to the core.
9. Dallas Mavericks yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Lauri Markkanen, Fr, Arizona 7’0, 230 lbs Jyvaskyla, Finland PF/C
2016-2017 Stats: 15.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 0.9 apg
While Lauri Markkanen could not keep up the torrid pace to start the season, and had a very up and down 2017, he has shown that he should be a solid starting stretch four in the NBA. Theoretically, this could not be a better landing spot as Markkanen would be able to learn from the best stretch four in the history of the NBA in Dirk Nowitzki. Like Nowitzki, he is a seven foot foreign big with range well past the three point line. Markkanen is not much of a defender, to put it kindly, and he does not rebound as well as you would hope from a seven footer, but could grow into a 20 point per game scorer in time.
10. Sacramento Kings (from Pelicans) yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Malik Monk, Fr, Kentucky 6’3, 200 lbs Lepanto, AR SG
2016-2017 Stats: 19.8 ppg, 2.3 apg, 2.5 rpg
The Kings would love to draft it’s point guard of the future, but Frank Ntilikina has not yet declared for the draft, so he is not in this mock.. Sacramento is beginning a very long rebuild, and would be wise to just draft the best player available. Malik Monk could be a bit redundant next to Buddy Hield, but Monk is the superior athlete and offers more upside. Monk was not asked to do much at Kentucky but score, but he averaged over 20 points per game up until the last few games of the season. He showed his clutch ability with a game tying three pointer in the closing seconds of a tough loss to North Carolina in the Elite Eight. His size is a concern, but he should be a good offensive player in the NBA. Teams always want shooting.
11. Charlotte Hornets yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Justin Jackson, Jr, North Carolina 6’8, 210 lbs Tomball, TX SF
2016-2017 Stats: 18.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.8 apg
Seeing Justin Jackson in the lottery may be a surprise, but Jackson has been spectacular all year and made himself a lot of money while leading the North Carolina Tar Heels to another NCAA title.. Jackson  has put it all together during his junior season, becoming a complete all around offensive threat and team leader. The Charlotte Hornets have long been attracted to players with resumes like Jackson’s, and would welcome his shooting, slashing ability and leadership skills. The Hornets desperately need players who can create their own shots.
12. Detroit Pistons yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Jarrett Allen, Fr, Texas 6’11, 235 lbs Round Rock, TX PF/C
2016-2017 Stats: 13.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.5 bpg
Things have been a mess in Detroit this year, and most of the blame has been placed on the two highest paid players on the team in Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson. The Pistons roster is too good to struggle like it has, but changes are most likely coming in the off season. Detroit would love to rid itself of Drummond’s contract, and Jarrett Allen could be a good replacement. Allen has a nice mix of an old school face up game and new school big man quickness, and should become a solid starting center in the NBA.
13. Denver Nuggets yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p John Collins, So, Wake Forest 6’10, 235 lbs West Palm Beach, FL PF/C
2016-2017 Stats: 19.2 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.6 bpg
While the Nuggets were unable to hold on to the final playoff spot out west, the team took a huge step forward in 2016-2017 and have a bright future ahead. They can afford to go with the best player available here. All John Collins did at a sophomore is lead the entire NCAA field in PER, thanks to his tremendously efficient scoring and rebounding. Collins reminds me a bit of LaMarcus Aldridge coming out of Texas. He is a very good low post to mid range scorer, and should provide solid offense next to Nikola Jokic in Denver’s front court.
14. Miami Heat 90361392007 TJ Leaf, Fr, UCLA 6’10, 225 lbs El Cajon, CA PF/C
2016-2017 Stats: 16.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.4 apg
Despite what LaVar Ball thinks, TJ Leaf is a solid player and will make a nice addition to an NBA roster. Leaf has nice range on his jump shot, and while he is a solid rebounder, does not possess the strength to hang down low with NBA big men. He is a willing passer however, and would give Miami some much needed mid range front court shooting.
15. Portland Trail Blazers 7456 Tony Bradley, Fr, North Carolina 6’10, 240 lbs Bartow, FL PF/C
2016-2017 Stats: 7.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 0.6 apg
With three picks in the first round, the Trail Blazers can afford to take a gamble or two. Tony Bradley was a key reserve for the NCAA’s most veteran team, and eventual NCAA champs, but still showed serious first round potential. Despite not playing in more than 20 minutes in any game this season, Bradley still racked up three double doubles and racked up high block rates as well. If he returns to Chapel Hill, he could be a top ten pick in 2018.
16. Chicago Bulls 5o2wuto6hq2592hhy9e4prm6e Luke Kennard, So, Duke 6’6, 202 lbs Franklin, OH SG
2016-2017 Stats: 19.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.5 apg
The NCAA Tournament certainly was not kind to Luke Kennard, but that should not overshadow a terrific junior season.I was surprised that Kennard actually declared for the draft, but with an outstanding freshman class set to arrive in 2017-2018, it was the time for Kennard to strike. Every NBA team needs a guy who can shoot and create his own offense, and Bulls are no exception, especially after trading Doug McDermott.
17. Milwaukee Bucks 3pjgog0vs8brehugdqzh Harry Giles, Fr, Duke 6’10, 240 lbs Winson-Salem, NC PF/C
2016-2017 Stats: 3.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.7 bpg
The Milwaukee Bucks have never met a draft challenge they were not willing to take, and could gamble on the potential of Harry Giles. Personally, I would not select him and hand him a guaranteed contract, as he has shown little to nothing since returning from a third knee surgery. But, in theory, the talent is still there and he could be a worthy gamble for Milwaukee if he pans out.
18. Indiana Pacers lhf2fxwjfmysj71nzmqw Ivan Rabb, So, California 6’11, 220 lbs Oakland, CA PF/C
2016-2017 Stats: 14.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 1.0 bpg
At this point in the draft, I just have teams taking the best player available, in hopes of landing a rotation contributor. Ivan Rabb could have been a top five pick in 2016, but tumbles down the draft here. “Tumbles” is a harsh word though, as he is as good as he was last year, this is just a better draft. Rabb might not improve much more than he already has, but should be a solid backup big off the bench who can chip in points, rebounds and blocks, with the upside to perhaps develop into a starter. He could eventually push Thaddeus Young at power forward.
19. Portland Trail Blazers (from Grizzlies) 7456 Tyler Lydon, So, Syracuse 6’9, 223 lbs Elizaville, NY SF/PF
2016-2017 Stats: 13.1 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.0 apg
Like the rest of his Syracuse teammates, Tyler Lydon had an inconsistent sophomore season, but played virtually every minute of conference play (no exaggeration) and has a nice inside/outside forwards game, with his ability to score out to the three point line and play solid defense. He should see a lot of open shots playing alongside Portland’s ball dominant back court duo.
20. Atlanta Hawks yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Jawun Evans, So, Oklahoma State 6’1, 185 lbs Dallas, TX PG
2016-2017 Stats: 19.2 ppg, 6.4 apg, 3.4 rpg
The Hawks could be a team in transition, but picking this low, will probably just draft a player who can hopefully join the rotation. Jawun Evans might be a bit of a reach here, but this is a point guard league and finding players who can score and lead teams is as important as ever. Evans had another great year as a sophomore, and this time it translated to wins, as Oklahoma State found itself back in the NCAA Tournament. Evans is one of the best scorers in college basketball, and is an underrated passer, sporting 6.4 assists to only 2.4 turnovers. Size is a bit of an issue, but Evans is talented enough to develop into a high quality backup or low end starter.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder 2632 OG Anunoby, So, Indiana 6’8, 235 lbs Jefferson City, MO SF/PF
2016-2017 Stats: 11.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.4 apg
OG Anunoby was on his way to a possible lottery selection before suffering a serious season ending injury. Anunoby declared and hired an agent anyway, and could still go in the latter stages of the first round. He offers a very nice all around game. Anunoby can shoot, slash and score, handle the ball, rebound, block shots and play defense. He could be a better offensive version of Andre Roberson for the one man show known as the Oklahoma City Thunder.
22. Brooklyn Nets (from Wizards) 76753092008 Edrice Adebayo, Fr, Kentucky 6’10, 260 lbs Washington, DC PF/C
2016-2017 Stats: 13.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.5 bpg
Sean Marks deserves quite a bit of props for moving forward and accepting the franchise crippling trade with the Celtics, and doing what he can to add young talent to a barren roster. Brooklyn will have two picks late in the first round, and luckily, this is a deep draft where rotation players can still be had. Edrice Adebayo started the season in my top ten, but now finds himself in the 20’s. That is more of a testament to this draft’s star power than the play of Adebayo. He has shown the ability to be a consistent interior presence for the Wildcats. Adebayo has the ability to rebound, block shots and score out to fifteen feet or so. A big men such as Adebayo is not in high demand these days, but he could still develop into a solid starting center.
23. Portland Trail Blazers (from Cavaliers) 7456 Kostja Mushidi, Germany 6’5, 210 lbs Uccle, Belgium SG/SF
2016-2017 Stats: 9.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.6 apg
I doubt Portland will roster three guarantee contract rookies next year, and this is a good spot to draft a European stash player. Kostja Mushidi is a tough compact wing player who excels at crashing to the paint for tough buckets and playing pestering defense. He will need to work on his jump shot and consistency, but he could be a future rotation player.
24. Utah Jazz 2632 Justin Patton, Fr, Creighton 7’0, 230 lbs Omaha, NE C
2016-2017 Stats: 12.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.2 apg
The Jazz have one of the best and youngest rotations in the NBA, and with two first round picks, could wind up with a very deep team. Justin Patton had a surprising freshman season, and will look to build off of that success by hearing his name called in the first round. Even in today’s NBA, teams always covet athletic seven footers, and Patton is one of the better athletes in this draft. He is agile, a solid defender and rebounder. However, he is very consistent and his play tailed off drastically once he lost his point guard at Creighton. Patton is very much a prospect, but one worth developing for the Jazz.
25. Toroto Raptors 2632 Semi Ojeleye, Jr, SMU 6’7, 230 lbs Ottawa, KS SF/PF
2016-2017 Stats: 19.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.5 apg
The Raptors like multifaceted forwards who can rebound, hit the three pointer and play defense. After two sparse years at Duke, Ojeleye was a huge factor for the tournament bound Mustangs. He showed a real ability to play defense and knock down the long range jump shot. Sounds a bit like what Toronto was hoping to get from DeMarre Carroll.
26. Orlando Magic (from Clippers) 66395011978 Aaron Holiday, So, UCLA 6’1, 185 lbs Chatsworth, CA PG
2016-2017 Stats: 12.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.4 apg
Elfrid Payton looked to finally establish himself as a legitimate starting point guard, but depth behind him is lacking. Aaron Holiday does not have the size and pure athleticism of relatives Jrue and Justin, but should stick in the NBA as a solid backup point thanks to a high basketball IQ and solid shooting. I think he has the chance to develop into a Darren Collison-like starter.
27. Brooklyn Nets (from Celtics) 76753092008 Cameron Oliver, So, Nevada 6’8, 225 lbs Sacramento, CA SF/PF
2016-2017 Stats: 16.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.6 bpg
I am not sure why the draft community does not give Cameron Oliver more love. Is it perhaps the level of competition? Oliver gives scouts everything they are looking for in a modern power forward. He is very athletic, can run the floor, rebound, score all the way to the three point line, and was one of the best shot blockers in college basketball. He has the chance to develop into a decent starter, and the opportunity will be there in Brooklyn.
28. Los Angeles Lakers (from Rockets) 76753092008 Ike Anigbogu, Fr, UCLA 6’10, 250 lbs Corona, CA PF/C
2016-2017 Stats: 4.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.2 bpg
With two first round picks and a roster that still lacks talent, a prospect such as Ike Anigbogu could be a worthy gamble here. With a season of starting experience, Anigbogu could be a lottery selection in 2018. He was highly recruited and showed very well during limited game action, especially on the boards and defensively. With Anigbogu and Ivica Zubac, Los Angeles could have a nice center duo of the future.
29. San Antonio Spurs 76753092008 Caleb Swanigan, So, Purdue 6’9, 250 lbs lbs Fort Wayne, IN PF/C
2016-2017 Stats: 18.5 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 3.1 apg
Perhaps no player was better than Caleb Swanigan during the season, but crippling deficiencies retard his draft stock. The success rate of players with his athleticism and body type are very low. Swanigan does bring a high motor, solid all around offensive game and tenacious rebounding effort to the table, which is something every team would love to have on it’s bench. The Spurs are always deep and veteran laden and can afford to draft and develop him. Zach Randolph is always the best case scenario for prospects like this, though I think a better version of DeJuan Blair is a more realistic expectation.
30. Utah Jazz (from Warriors) 2632 PJ Dozier, So, South Carolina 6’6, 205 lbs Columbia, SC PG/SG
2016-2017 Stats: 13.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.8 apg
Sindarius Thornwell got all of the well deserved pub, but he is not the only NBA prospect on South Carolina. PJ Dozier, another former top recruit, had a great season and Tournament as well.  He has some point guard skills, but has taken a back seat role as a second scorer in Columbia, but he could be a Jordan Clarkson like combo guard in the NBA.

Round 2

31. Atlanta Hawks (from Nets) – SG Terrance Ferguson, United States
32. Phoenix Suns – PF/C Johnathan Motley, Jr, Baylor
33. Orlando Magic (from Lakers) – SG/SF Dwayne Bacon, So, Florida State
34. Sacramento Kings (from 76ers) – PG/SG Edmond Sumner, So, Xavier
35. Orlando Magic – SF/PF Borisa Simanic, Serbia
36. Philadelphia 76ers (from Knicks) – SG Sindarius Thornwell, Sr, South Carolina
37. Boston Celtics (from Timberwolves) – PF/C Moritz Wagner, So, Michigan
38. Chicago Bulls (from Kings) – SG Donovan Mitchell, So, Louisville
39. Philadelphia 76ers (from Mavericks) – C Anzejs Pasecniks, Latvia
40. New Orleans Pelicans – PG/SG Andrew Jones, Fr, Texas
41. Charlotte Hornets – SF Jaron Blossomgame, Sr, Clemson
42. Utah Jazz (from Pistons) – PF/C Mathias Lessort, France
43. Houston Rockets (from Nuggets) – SG Josh Hart, Sr, Villanova
44. New York Knicks (from Bulls) – C Omer Yurtseven, Fr, North Carolina State
45. Houston Rockets (from Trail Blazers) – PF/C Eric Mika, So, BYU
46. Philadelphia 76ers (from Heat) – PG Frank Mason, Sr, Kansas
47. Indiana Pacers – SG/SF Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Jr, Kansas
48. Milwaukee Bucks – PG Monte Morris, Sr, Iowa
49. Philadelphia 76ers (from Hawks) – PF/C Thomas Bryant, So, Indiana
50. Denver Nuggets (from Grizzlies) – PF Kyle Kuzma, Jr, Utah
51. Denver Nuggets (from Thunder) – SF/PF Jonah Bolden, UCLA
52. Washington Wizards – PF/C DJ Wilson, Jr, Michigan
53. Boston Celtics (from Clippers) – PF/C Alpha Kaba, France
54. Phoenix Suns (from Raptors) – SF Jaron Blossomgame, Sr, Clemson
55. Utah Jazz – PG Kobi Simmons, Fr, Arizona
56. Boston Celtics (from Cavaliers) – PF Alec Peters, Sr, Valparaiso
57. Brooklyn Nets (from Celtics) – SF/PF Bennie Boatrwight, So, USC
58. New York Knicks (from Rockets) – SG/SF Trevon Blueiett, Jr, Xavier
59. San Antonio Spurs – C Isaac Haas, Jr, Purdue
60. Atlanta Hawks (from Warriors) – C Tacko Fall, So, UCF

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3 thoughts on “2017 NBA Mock Draft – 4/14/17

  1. Every mock draft and draft rankings I’ve seen has Frank Ntilikina, the point guard out of France, as a lottery pick. You don’t even have him being drafted. Any particular reason why?

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