NBA Draft

2017 NBA Mock Draft (January 8th)

  1. Boston Celtics+ – Josh Jackson (SF, Kansas, Freshman) – 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. Jackson is very talented, but whatever player they like the best they need to draft. Most likely Fultz or Jackson at this point. (Think 2003 Pistons!)
  2. Philadelphia 76ers – Markelle Fultz (PG, Washington, Freshman) – The 76ers get their choice of PGs here, and Fultz has impressed the most so far. He is shooting 43.5% from three and would play well alongside Ben Simmons.
  3. 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.
  4. Minnesota Timberwolves  – 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. This pick could also be traded since the Wolves have so much young talent on the roster already.
  5. 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.
  6. Phoenix Suns – Jayson Tatum (SF, Duke, Freshman) – A lot of talent at guards on this team, and they spent 2 Top-10 picks last year on PFs (Bender, Chriss). Tatum is a great athlete and can bring a new weapon for this team in the open court especially.
  7. Philadelphia 76ers*  – Malik Monk (SG, Kentucky, Freshman) – Sixers second pick already in the draft, and the second guard they take. Monk can shoot the lights out from beyond, but forces things a little too much. With Simmons and Fultz controlling the ball, Monk wouldn’t need to force anything off the dribble.
  8. New Orleans Pelicans – De’Aaron Fox (PG, Kentucky, Freshman) – Jrue’s contract is up after this season and if he leaves the Pelicans need to replace him. Fox is a more than capable replacement and can help Anthony Davis return to the playoffs.
  9. Denver Nuggets – Frank Ntilikina (PG, France, 18 years old) – The Nuggets need to find a superstar. Maybe this is their answer? Definitely work the risk at this point.
  10. Sacramento Kings^ –  Jonathan Issac (SF, Florida St, Freshman) – I don’t know with this team. I just don’t know. Maybe they will take another big man. Who knows!
  11. Orlando Magic  – 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.
  12. 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.
  13. New York Knicks – Ivan Rabb (PF, Cal, Sophomore) – The top PGs are gone, but Rabb is still a nice piece to add for the Knicks. Solid rebounder with the ability to bang it down low.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Washington Wizards – Isaiah Hartenstein (PF, Germany, 18 years old) – Washington needs bigs.
  17. Chicago Bulls – 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.
  18. Charlotte Hornets – 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.
  19. Indiana Pacers – Miles Bridges (SF, Michigan St, Freshman) – Athletic wing that will learn a lot from Paul George.
  20. 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.
  21. Oklahoma City Thunder – OG Anunoby (SF, Indiana, Sophomore) – The Thunder need to find help for Russ. Anunoby may be a bit of a project, but he has a high ceiling.
  22. 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.
  23. Utah Jazz – Thomas Bryant (C, Indiana, Sophomore) – Bryant has the talent, but has been inconsistent. The Jazz could use Bryant as big man depth, but if Hayward leaves they may want to think about drafting a SF here.
  24. Brooklyn Nets+ – Grayson Allen (SG, Duke, Junior) – Allen has received his share of criticism in the past few weeks, but he is still very talented and can help a Nets team that desperately needs it. Allen can play multiple positions and can lead an offense.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Houston Rockets – Jarrett Allen (C, Texas, Freshman) – Doesn’t need the ball, can rebound, can block. Seems to fit the Rockets.
  28. Cleveland Cavaliers – Hamidou Diallo (SG, Kentucky, Freshman) – Diallo just enrolled in Kentucky in 2017, so he may not even play for them this season, but he is eligible to enter the draft in June. Will he? If he does the Cavs might be willing to take the risk.
  29. San Antonio Spurs – Josh Hart (SG, Villanova, Senior) – He is Spur. Does everything on the court and plays defense.
  30. Utah Jazz~ – Justin Jackson (SF, North Carolina, Junior) – If Hayward leaves, the Jazz need some depth at SF, Jackson has improved his 3P% despite more attention from defenses this season.

+ = 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)

~ = Warriors Pick belongs to  Jazz

 

–Kevin McClernand

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