|2017 NBA Mock Draft 1.0|
This Mock Draft is based on team needs and best players available
1. Philadelphia 76ers: Dennis Smith, PG, 6-2, NC State, Fr.
The Sixers have needed a franchise starting PG since they traded away Jrue Holiday.
Which seems like ages ago. Coming into the 2016 NCAA college basketball season
Dennis Smith is the top PG prospect for the 2017 NBA Draft.
2. Los Angeles Lakers: Harry Giles, PF, 6-10, Duke, Fr.
The Los Angeles Lakers are headed in the right direction with their core of young players.
However, it will be a while before we see their rebuilding project come to full fruition.
Part of their plan is to continue building with great young talent, and Harry Giles definitely
3. Boston Celtics: Jayson Tatum, SF, 6-7, Duke, Fr.
(Via Brooklyn) Tatum is a smooth shooting wing who combines great athletic ability with
a great knack for scoring the basketball. This is a steal for the Celtics as they are already
a perennial playoff contender who get an NBA ready prospect.
4. Phoenix Suns: Josh Jackson, SF, 6-8, Kansas, Fr.
Jackson is a freak athlete who can play both end of the floor and is a player will fit right
into the Suns young nucleus.
5. Orlando Magic: Markelle Fultz, PG/SG, 6-5, Washington, Fr.
Fultz has an NBA ready body and is a combo guard that can play both guard spots if
you need him to. After losing their starter and occasional 6th Victor Olidapo, drafting Fultz
to fill the role is not a bad constellation prize.
6. New Orleans Pelicans: Frank Ntilikina PG, 6-5, France, 1998
The injury bug has been an enigma for the Pelicans Starting PG Jrue Holiday. Holiday "when"
healthy is a good starting PG, but can the Pelicans continue to rely on him staying
healthy? With such a deep PG class it would be hard for the Pelicans to pass up a young
eventual replacement, or at the very least backup to Holiday.
7. Sacramento Kings: Lonzo Ball, PG, 6-6, UCLA, Fr.
By the time we get closer to the 2017 NBA Draft, Ball could be the consensus #1 pick.
He is that good and is my sleeper pick to challenge for the #1 pick. After losing Rondo
in the offseason the Kings now have Darren Collison as their starting PG. Ball would
be an immediate upgrade and Collison would make a great backup.
8. Denver Nuggets: De'Aaron Fox, PG, 6-3, Kentucky, Fr.
The Nuggets already have their franchise starting PG in Emmanuel Mudiay. However,
they might trade this pick, and have to take the best player available. Fox would most
certainly be that.
9. Portland Trailblazers: Jonathan Isaac, SF/PF, 6-10, FSU, Fr.
Isaac is an intriguing player that is more of a combo forward. It will be interesting how
he develops at the college level. He has great size and defensive potential.
10. Milwaukee Bucks: Wenyen Gabriel, SF/PF, 6-9, Kentucky, Fr.
The Bucks could use some more depth in the back-court. Kentucky has become known
for being an NBA factory, and Gabriel would fit in nicely with this team.
11. Utah Jazz: Malik Monk, SG, 6-3, Kentucky, Fr.
Yet another Kentucky player in the first round. Monk could easily go much higher by the
time the 2017 NBA Draft rolls around. He has great shooting touch and can stretch the floor.
12. Washington Wizards: Thomas Bryant, C/PF, 6-10, Indiana, Soph.
I've had my eye on Bryant since his freshman year and think he is one of the most underrated
prospects of recent memory. The wizards need help and depth in their back-court. Bryant
fills a need.
13. Minnesota Timberwolves: Isaiah Hartenstein, SF/PF, 6-11, Germany, 1998
Hartenstein is reminiscent of a young Danilo Gallinari. He has great size, is very
mobile for his size, and can stretch the floor. He would make a nice back-court mate with
14. Miami Heat: Bam Adebayo, PF, 6-10, Kentucky, Fr.
The 4th Kentucky player taken in the lottery, Adebayo is still raw, and might take some
time to develop in the NBA. But when you're playing behind Chris Bosh, time is exactly
what you will have.
15. Chicago Bulls: Grayson Allen, SG, 6-5, Duke, Jr.
The Bulls need a young SG to play behind Dwyane Wade, who isn't getting any younger.
Grayson Allen could very well be a steal at this point in the first round, and would be a great
fit for the Bulls.
16. Houston Rockets: Jarrett Allen, C, 6-10, Texas, Fr.
The Rockets need depth at the Center position after losing Dwight Howard in free agency.
Allen is a defensive Juggernaut in the form of Willie Cauley-Stein.
17. Dallas Mavericks: Ivan Rabb, PF, 6-10, California, Soph.
The Dallas Mavs need an eventual replacement for Dirk Nowitzki. Ivan Rabb is a strong
athletic forward who can rebound, & defend.
18. Detroit Pistons: Jonathan Jeanne, PF/C, 7-1, France, 1997
Jeanne is a D-League candidate who will need time to adjust to the NBA level. He posses
a lot of upside and raw talent, so he will need playing time. He won't get much his rookie
19. Denver Nuggets: D.J. Hogg, SF, 6-8, Texas A&M, Soph.
(Via Memphis) Hogg is an impressive two-way player that plays with lots of energy, and
effort. He will get a chance to crack the rotation as a rookie.
20. Indiana Pacers: Edmond Sumner, PG/SG, 6-5, Xavier, Soph.
The Pacers could use a guard that can relieve Monta Ellis and Jeff Teague. Sumner is a
combo guard that can fill that role.
21. New York Knicks: Terrance Ferguson, SG, 6-7, USA, 1998
My biggest knock on Ferguson is his basketball I.Q. and decision making. If it weren't
for those two weaknesses he might be a top 5 pick. He's a great athlete with good form on
his jump-shot, great size for his position, and great defensive upside.
22. Brooklyn Nets: Tyler Lydon, SF/PF, 6-9, Syracuse, Soph.
The Nets will be bad this year. Unfortnuatley the Celtics will get their draft pick and
for a bad team that is picking this late in the first round the chances of finding a franchise
changing player this late is rare. Nevertheless, Lydon fits a need at a position for this
23. Atlanta Hawks: Miles Bridges, SF, 6-6, Michigan State, Fr.
Explosively athletic is the best way to describe Bridges, who will provide some depth
at the wing for the Hawks.
24. Charlotte Hornets: Ray Smith, SF, 6-8, Arizona, Fr.
Smith will be looking to rebound after torn ACL injury last season. The Hornets will take
a flier on Smith if he is available this late in the first round.
25. Toronto Raptors: Malik Pope, SF/PF, 6-9, San Diego State, Jr.
(Via Clippers) Pope has shown flashes of stardom, but they are very few, far, and in
between. Fortunately for Pope he on't be asked to be the franchise player for the NBA
team that drafts him. The Raptors are known for reaching, and taking very high risk
and high reward players. Pope fits that trend.
26. Oklahoma City Thunder: Jaron Blossomgame, SF, 6-8, Clemson, Sr.
Its safe to say OKC won't find anyone close to a franchise player at the SF position unless
they pull of trade with one of the lottery teams, and take Jayson Tatum, or Josh Jackson.
Needless to say, they will need depth at the wing. Blossomgame might not have a ton
of upside but he's a seasoned player who won't take long to contribute if forced into the
rotation as rookie.
27. Toronto Raptors: Chimezie Metu, C/PF, 6-11, USC, Soph.
Metu probably won't play in the NBA his during the first half of his rookie season as he
will need some time to develop in the D-League. He would be a good gamble though this
late int he draft.
28. San Antonio Spurs: Justin Jackson, SF, 6-8, UNC, Jr.
Every year it seems like the Spurs just find players in the draft that fit their system. Justin
Jackson is Shane Battier part two, who makes winning plays and is a consummate team player.
29. Utah Jazz: Terry Larrier, SF, 6-8, UConn, Soph.
(Via Golden State) The Jazz could use some youth on the wing. Larrier is good fit for this team,
and is a highly intelligent player that makes good decisions.
30. Cleveland Cavaliers: OG Anunoby, SF, 6-8, Indiana, Soph.
The Cavs draft pick probably won't get a lot of playing time especially if they're picking
this late in the draft. However, Anunoby is an improving player who will get the chance to
develop on a championship contender.