2017 NBA Mock Draft (January 21st)
- Boston Celtics+ – Markelle Fultz (PG, Washington, Freshman) – I am changing this pick to Fultz, but I still have no clue what the Celtics will do here. Not often a team this good drafts this high. And you don’t draft for need this high! I say it every year, but even for a team like the Celtics you don’t draft for need. (Think 2003 Pistons!)
- Miami Heat – Dennis Smith Jr. (PG, NC State, Freshman) – This pick may depend on if the Heat believe in Dragic, and if he is still on the team. I don’t think he is the future and Smith will be.
- Phoenix Suns – Josh Jackson (SF, Kansas, Freshman) – The Suns need some athleticism at the 3, and with their 2 Top-10 picks last year on PFs (Bender, Chriss), this team can grow up together and become a threat in the West.
- Dallas Mavericks – Lonzo Ball (PG, UCLA, Freshman) – Dallas has problems. If Ball falls to them they will be happy to take him. With all of the PG talent in the top part of this part I expect the Mavs to be drafting one of them.
- Philadelphia 76ers* – Frank Ntilikina (PG, France, 18 years old) – A lot of potential, but will take some time. Needs to develop that jumper, but can cover the PGs when Simmons is running the point.
- Minnesota Timberwolves – Jayson Tatum (SF, Duke, Freshman)
- Philadelphia 76ers – Malik Monk (SG, Kentucky, Freshman)- The Sixers miss out on the top 3 PGs, so where do they go? This may be areach for Monk, but it is the much needed shooter that they need.
- Sacramento Kings^ – De’Aaron Fox (PG, Kentucky, Freshman) – I don’t know with this team. I just don’t know. Maybe they will take another big man. Who knows!
- New Orleans Pelicans – Harry Giles (PF, Duke, Freshman) – Giles has played well so far, but the injury questions will always be there. If he can stay healthy he will be very good. And playing alongside Davis will benefit both players and the team.
- Orlando Magic – Terrance Ferguson (SG, USA, 18 years old) – Ferguson decided to go pro in Australia rather than playing a year in college. It will be interesting to see if this approach will become more popular in the future.
- Portland Trail Blazers – Edrice “Bam” Adebayo (PF/C, Kentucky, Freshman) – Physical inside. Will bring intensity to this Blazers team that is in dire need of it on the defensive end.
- New York Knicks – Jonathan Issac (SF, Florida St, Freshman) – Are they trying to win now? If they are they need a lot of help. Isaac plays defense, which Melo doesn’t, so they may be solid complements.
- Detroit Pistons – TJ Leaf (PF, UCLA, Freshman) – Leaf will move up boards come draft time. He has athleticism and the ability to stretch the floor. Adding a little bit of muscle will add another level to his game as well.
- Milwaukee Bucks – Lauri Markkanen (C, Arizona, Freshman) – A big man with a jump shot may be the thing that the Bucks are missing right now. This team is only going to get better with time.
- Denver Nuggets – Miles Bridges (SF, Michigan St, Freshman) – Another team that can go anywhere. Bridges is an interesting player with a lot of potential and energy.
- Chicago Bulls – Ivan Rabb (PF, Cal, Sophomore) – Rabb is severely overlooked this season thus far. He has improved his game and he may have been a lottery pick last season.
- Charlotte Hornets – Luke Kennard (SG, Duke, Sophomore) – Bulls need shooting. Kennard is shooting 45.5% from three this year and can solve some of the Bulls’ problems.
- Indiana Pacers – Dwayne Bacon (SG/SF, Florida St, Sophomore) – A team with a lot of interesting moves this past off-season. Bacon decided to return to college, and has improved significantly on both sides of the ball.
- Washington Wizards – Isaiah Hartenstein (PF, Germany, 18 years old) – Washington needs bigs.
- Oklahoma City Thunder – Grayson Allen (SG, Duke, Junior) – Allen has received his share of criticism in the past few weeks, but he is still very talented and the Thunder need all the help they can get behind Westbrook.
- Denver Nuggets` – Michael Fusek (C, Slovakia, 21 years old) – The Nuggets already have a lot of players on their roster. They may want to draft Fusek and stash him away.
- Atlanta Hawks – Robert Williams (PF, Texas A&M, Freshman) – After trading Korver, I am not sure where their mindset is. Will they try to compete now or try to rebuild? Williams is a big body that will backup Dwight Howard immediately.
- Brooklyn Nets+ – Thomas Bryant (C, Indiana, Sophomore) – Bryant has the talent, but has been inconsistent. Lopez can’t be there forever.
- Utah Jazz – OG Anunoby (SF, Indiana, Sophomore) – Hayward may bounce after this season, and even though Anunoby is a project, Utah has a solid job of developing their players lately.
- Toronto Raptors – Juwan Evans (PG, Oklahoma St, Sophomore) – Lowry will most likely resign with the Raptors, but Evans is a solid pick here either way.
- Toronto Raptors# – Jaron Blossomgame (SF, Clemson, Senior) – The rare senior in the NBA draft, Blossomgame has struggled this season, but he has proven he can score and shoot.
- Houston Rockets – Jarrett Allen (C, Texas, Freshman) – Doesn’t need the ball, can rebound, can block. Seems to fit the Rockets.
- Portland Trail Blazers” – Justin Patton (C, Creighton, Freshman) – I am not high on Patton, an think he should stay another year or so, but he has the height and length to be an NBA player.
- San Antonio Spurs – Josh Hart (SG, Villanova, Senior) – He is Spur. Does everything on the court and plays defense.
- Utah Jazz~ – Edmond Sumner (PG, Xavier, Sophomore) – May not be a need for the Jazz, but hard to pass up on Sumner here.
+ = Celtics have rights to swap picks with Nets
* = Lakers’ Pick Top 3 Protected (76ers)
^ = Kings Pick Top 10 Protected (Bulls). 76ers also have rights to swap picks.
` = Grizzlies Pick Top 5 Protected (Nuggets)
# = Clippers Pick Top 14 Protected (Raptors)
” = Cavaliers Pick belongs to Trail Blazers
~ = Warriors Pick belongs to Jazz