2017 NBA Mock Draft – 6/18/17

Now that we know who will be the first pick in the draft, this is a good time for another mock draft. I will probably do a last minute one on Thursday morning.

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2017 NBA Draft – Round 1

Pick Team Player H/W Hometown Position
1. Philadelphia 76ers (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
“The Process” could finally be complete. The Sixers only gave up one future first round pick to land the draft’s best talent, and Markelle Fultz is a perfect fit in Philadelphia. The 76ers have seriously lacked back court scoring punch, and Fultz has Kyrie Irving potential. If Joel Embiid can somehow stay healthy, Philadelphia could be on to something.
2. 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
I am not sure that Lonzo Ball is the best way to go here, but the Lakers seem to be reluctantly leaning that direction. Unless Magic Johnson and company are sold on the back court duo of D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson. In that case, it could be Josh Jackson. Brandon Ingram is probably the only true building block on the roster, so the Lakers should just go with the best player available.
1. Boston Celtics (from Nets) 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
The Celtics picked up an additional pick and will still land the player they have their eyes on in Josh Jackson. I believe it was a mistake, as having Markelle Fultz on the roster would go a lot further towards landing a legit superstar, but Danny Ainge now has a top pick this year and two more next year as ammunition. Jackson is not nearly as good of bait as Fultz.
4. Phoenix Suns yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Jayson Tatum, Fr, Duke 6’8, 205 lbs St. Louis, MO SF
2016-2017 Stats: 16.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.1 apg
It is hard to tell what direction the Suns will go. I think Josh Jackson would be the best fit, but if he is gone, Jayson Tatum makes sense. He is not great at any one thing, but is a good all around offensive player with the ability to be a solid defender. The Suns have also been linked to De’Aaron Fox, but drafting him would kill Eric Bledsoe’s trade value. One wild card to look at here could be Jonathan Isaac, but I do not have the guts to put him the top tier.
5. Sacramento Kings (from 76ers) 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
The Kings are in the market for the best player available, so they can sit back and land one of the draft’s top five guys. The draft falls off a bit after this group, so this is a good position to be in. De’Aaron Fox does not have a jump shot, but he has everything else you look for in a point guard and team leader. He would be a great fit and an instant starter in Sacramento.
6. Orlando Magic 66395011978 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
Orlando has not made the best use of it’s lottery picks, and hopefully this time around they can inject some offense to a talented but raw roster. 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. He would be an ideal small forward next to Aaron Gordon.
7. Minnesota Timberwolves 23296692018 Malik Monk, Fr, Kentucky 6’3, 200 lbs Lepanto, AR SG
2016-2017 Stats: 19.8 ppg, 2.3 apg, 2.5 rpg
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, Malik Monk would make sense as a sharp shooter off the bench with a chance to grow into a starter.
8. New York Knicks yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Frank Ntilikina, France 6’5, 170 lbs Brussels, Belgium PG
2016-2017 Stats: 5.2 ppg, 1.4 apg, 2.1 rpg
The Knicks have not had steady point guard play since Derek Harper 84 years ago, so this is a good draft to fix that problem. This pick should come down to Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith Jr. Phil Jackson is said to be a fan of Ntilikina, even though he is a questionable fit for the outdated triangle offense Jackson insists the coaches run.
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
New York gut punched Dallas, who was extremely interested in Frank Ntilikina. With him off the board, the Mavericks will have to be forced to go in another direction. 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 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
The Kings have been a major punchline, but could really start a nice rebuild with two lottery picks here. They have two intriguing young big men in Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere, but neither are offensive threats. Zach Collins is a project, but has the ability to be a nice scorer at the next level.
11. Charlotte Hornets yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Luke Kennard, So, Duke 6’6, 202 lbs Franklin, OH SG
2016-2017 Stats: 19.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.5 apg
Every year we see scoring guards make a late surge up the draft boards (Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Nik Stauskas, Terrence Ross.) Luke Kennard as a late lottery pick looks like a forgone conclusion. The Hornets desperately need shooters and scorers, and tend to draft players with impressive college resumes.
12. Detroit Pistons 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 there is no question that the Pistons would like to move on from Reggie Jackson.
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
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 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 Heat are said to be interested in Harry Giles, and on paper the fit makes sense. Miami desperately lacked front court offense in the wake of Chris Bosh’s career ending injury. However, Giles extensive injury history and ineffective freshman season means he might not ever be a factor, and is a risk some team drafting in the teens will take.
15. Portland Trail Blazers 7456 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
With three first round picks and a full roster of guaranteed contracts, I expect the Trail Blazers to package one or two picks with players to free up some cap space. Portland could use a young big man to develop, and Jarrett Allen could make a nice compliment to Jusuf Nurkic in the Trail Blazers front court.
16. Chicago Bulls 5o2wuto6hq2592hhy9e4prm6e Donovan Mitchell, So, Louisville 6’3, 210 lbs New York, NY SG
2016-2017 Stats: 15.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.7 apg
Great workouts have pushed the undersized Donovan Mitchell into late lottery consideration. The Bulls usually just go with the best player available, and with a depleted bench, Mitchell could provide scoring and defense right off the bat. He has been lazily compared to Dwayne Wade due to height and stature, but Mitchell does not have the strength or quickness a young Wade had.
17. Milwaukee Bucks 3pjgog0vs8brehugdqzh Edrice Adebayo, Fr, Kentucky 6’10, 260 lbs Washington, DC PF/C
2016-2017 Stats: 13.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.5 bpg
It is a near certainty that Greg Monroe will opt out of his contract and move on, which would open up plenty of front court minutes that the likes of John Henson and Spencer Hawes are never able to fill. Bam Adebayo is a better athlete and shooter than he is given credit for, and could survive in today’s wide open game.
18. Indiana Pacers lhf2fxwjfmysj71nzmqw Justin Jackson, Jr, North Carolina 6’8, 210 lbs Tomball, TX SF
2016-2017 Stats: 18.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.8 apg
At this point in the draft, I just have teams taking the best player available, in hopes of landing a rotation contributor. Justin Jackson put it all together as a junior, leading the Tar Heels to a National Championship. At the worst, he should be a viable scoring combo forward off the bench. At the absolute worst for Pacers fans, he might be the team’s starting small forward for the 2018-2019 season after Paul George bolts.
19. Atlanta Hawks yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p TJ Leaf, Fr, UCLA 6’10, 220 lbs Lakeside, CA PF/C
2016-2017 Stats: 16.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2,.4 apg
Losing Paul Millsap is a serious possibility for the Hawks. Even if they manage to resign him, the team is woefully thin as far as front court rotation players go. TJ Leaf is not terribly athletic, but is a solid shooter and rebounder who should, at the worst, develop into a solid backup big man.
20. 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 blocked shots at a high rate as well. He could have been a top ten pick in 2018.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder 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 Thunder would like more offense from the small forward position, and Semi Ojeleye is a better all around player than Doug McDermott. He could wrestle the starting spot away from Andre Roberson in time thanks to his ability to shoot, run the floor and play defense. The Duke transfer an ideal 2017 combo forward.
22. Brooklyn Nets (from Wizards) 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
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 could add a third if a team wants to pawn a bad contract off on them. Like countless big men in this stage of the draft, Ike Anigbogu has talent but is a project. He has great size and the agility to keep up in today’s game, and could take over once Brook Lopez moves on.
23. Toronto Raptors (from Clippers) 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. When healthy, he offers a very nice all around game. Anunoby can shoot, slash and score, handle the ball, rebound, block shots and play defense. Perhaps he can give the Raptors what DeMarre Carroll has not.
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
Justin Patton has talent, but is not terribly athletic, and will have to be put in the right system to succeed. Utath has more of an old school approach on offense, and that could play into his strengths. Patton is agile enough to play alongside Rudy Gobert at times.
25. Orlando Magic (from Clippers) 66395011978 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 Magic are in serious need of bench scoring. While Jawun Evans may lack the size and strength to be a 30 minute per game starter, he should excel as a change of pace backup who can come in and score baskets. A sharp contrast from starter Elfrid Payton.
26. Portland Trail Blazers (from Cavaliers) 7456 Isaiah Hartenstein 7’0, 225 lbs Eugene, OR PF/C
2016-2017 Stats: 1.0 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 0.2 apg
I doubt Portland will roster three guarantee contract rookies next year, and this is a good spot to draft a European stash player. There are not many in this draft, but Isaiah Hartenstien should find a spot late in the first round. He is extremely raw and will need at least two years of overseas development, but there is potential here.
27. Brooklyn Nets (from Celtics) 76753092008 DJ Wilson, So, Michigan 6’10, 240 lbs Mount Shasta, CA SF/PF
2016-2017 Stats: 11.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.5 bpg
The Nets have some intriguing young guards on the roster, but lack front court talent. Even as a sophomore, DJ Wilson is a project, but has risen up draft boards due to his athleticism, shot blocking and shooting range. He could develop into a decent stretch four.
28. Los Angeles Lakers (from Rockets) 76753092008 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 would be a part of the rotation in Los Angeles.
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 usually 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 Derrick White, Sr, Colorado 6’4, 190 lbs Parker, CO PG/SG
2016-2017 Stats: 18.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.3 apg
Derrick White has gone from a 6’0, Division II recruit to a fringe first round prospect in five years. His rise up the draft boards has been impressive, but it is not without merit, as he was only one of four major conference players to average 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists per game. He has the ability to play point guard, and could develop into a nice backup at the NBA level.

Round 2

31. Atlanta Hawks (from Nets) – SG Terrence Ferguson, USA
32. Phoenix Suns – C Anzejs Pasecniks, Russia
33. Orlando Magic (from Lakers) – PF Ivan Rabb, So, California
34. Sacramento Kings (from 76ers) – PG/SG Frank Jackson, Fr, Duke
35. Orlando Magic – PF/C Mathias Lessort, France
36. Philadelphia 76ers (from Knicks) – PF Kyle Kuzma, Jr, Utah
37. Boston Celtics (from Timberwolves) – SF/PF Jonah Bolden, Australia
38. Chicago Bulls (from Kings) – PF Jordan Bell, Jr, Oregon
39. Philadelphia 76ers (from Mavericks) – PG Frank Mason, Sr, Kansas
40. New Orleans Pelicans – SG Sindarius Thornwell, Sr, South Carolina
41. Charlotte Hornets – PF/C Thomas Bryant, So, Indiana
42. Utah Jazz (from Pistons) – SG/SF Alberto Abalde, Spain
43. Houston Rockets (from Nuggets) – SG Josh Hart, Sr, Villanova
44. New York Knicks (from Bulls) – SF/PF Dillon Brooks, Jr, Oregon
45. Houston Rockets (from Trail Blazers) – PF/C Johnathan Motley, Jr, Baylor
46. Philadelphia 76ers (from Hawks) – SG/SF Wesley Iwundu, Sr, Kansas State
47. Indiana Pacers – PG/SG Edmond Sumner, So, Xavier
48. Milwaukee Bucks – SF/PF Cameron Oliver, So, Nevada
49. Denver Nuggets (from Thunder) – PG/SG PJ Dozier, So, South Carolina
50. Philadelphia 76ers (from Hawks) – SF Vlatko Cancar, Slovenia
51. Denver Nuggets (from Thunder) – PG George De Paula, Brazil
52. Washington Wizards – SF Jaron Blossomgame, Sr, Clemson
53. Boston Celtics (from Cavaliers) – SG Tyler Dorsey, So, Oregon
54. Phoenix Suns (from Raptors) – PF Isaiah Hicks, Sr, North Carolina
55. Utah Jazz – SF/PF Aleksandar Vezenkov, Cyprus
56. Boston Celtics (from Clippers) – PF/C Alpha Kaba, France
57. Brooklyn Nets (from Celtics) – SG LJ Peak, Jr, Georgetown
58. New York Knicks (from Rockets) – SG/SF Dwayne Bacon, So, Florida State
59. San Antonio Spurs – SF/PF Rolands Smits, Latvia
60. Atlanta Hawks (from Warriors) – PG Kobi Simmons, Fr, Arizona

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