2017 NBA Mock Draft

Pick Team Player
1 Philadelphia 76ers (via Celtics) Markelle Fultz PG: Washington

 

2 Los Angeles Lakers Lonzo Ball PG: UCLA
3 Boston Celtics (via 76ers) Jayson Tatum SF: Duke
4 Phoenix Suns Josh Jackson SF: Kansas
5 Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox PG: Kentucky
6 Orlando Magic Jonathan Isaac F: Florida Sate
7 Minnesota Timberwolves Malik Monk SG: Kentucky
8 New York Knicks Frank Ntilkina PG: France

 

9 Dallas Mavericks Dennis Smith PG: NC State
10 Sacramento Kings (via Pelicans)  Lauri Markkanen PF/C: Arizona

11 Charlotte Hornets Luke Kennard SG: Duke
12 Detroit Pistons Zach Collins C: Gonzaga
13 Denver Nuggets John Collins PF: Wake Forest
14 Miami Heat Harry Giles PF: Duke
15 Portland Trail Blazers O.G. Anunoby SF: Indiana
16 Chicago Bulls Donovan Mitchell SG: Louisville
17 Milwaukee Bucks Terrance Ferguson SG: Adelaide
18 Indiana Pacers Justin Jackson SF: North Carolina
19 Atlanta Hawks TJ Leaf PF: UCLA
20 Portland Trail Blazers (via Grizzlies) Justin Patton C: Creighton
21 Oklahoma City Thunder Ike Anigbogu C: UCLA
22 Brooklyn Nets (via Wizards) Isaiah Hartenstein PF/C: Zalgiris
23 Toronto Raptors (via Clippers) Jarrett Allen C: Texas
24 Utah Jazz Semi Ojeleye F: SMU
25 Orlando Magic (via Raptors) Jawun Evans PG: Oklahoma State
26 Portland Trail Blazers (via Cavs) Derrick White PG: Colorado
27 Los Angeles Lakers (via Celtics) Bam Adebayo C: Kentucky
28 Los Angeles Lakers (via Rockets) Josh Hart SG: Villanova
29 San Antonio Spurs Caleb Swannigan PF/C: Purdue
30 Utah Jazz (via Warriors) Ivan Rabb PF: California

 

Things to look for on Thursdays draft:

  • Trades: whether they involve picks, or superstars, trades should be plentiful on Thursday night. Look for some teams to move up to the late lottery for a player they love, look for the Blazers to package their three first round picks into an earlier pick or a star veteran, an look for Paul George or Jimmy Butler to be moved before or during the beginning of the NBA draft.
  • Guards will go early: assuming the first two picks are point guards, we could see up to five more guards go in the lottery. This is a guard heavy draft, and some of them will be major values. Guys like Dennis Smith and Malik Monk might fall to the late lottery, in prior drafts (even last year), they both might’ve been top five picks.
  • Plenty of centers: there are a lot of centers that will be drafted on Thursday. None of them will be drafted early on, and we should expect a center run with the post lottery picks. In a league that continues to diminish the center position, some teams may find great value in some young big men late in the first round.
  • The Harry Giles predicament: I have him at 14th to Miami, some mocks have him going later and very few have him going earlier. The issue with Giles, is the injury history, he’s had two knee surgeries, and was limited in his lone year at Duke. If he regains his explosive athletic ability, he’ll be the steal of the draft regardless of where he ends up. If he can’t regain his athleticism, then you have to look at it as a swing and a miss on a late lottery, mid round pick. Regardless, picking Giles anywhere after 12th overall is worth the risk.
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