2017 NBA Mock Draft 3.0

Markelle Fultz is the Consensus
Number 1 Overall Pick for
2017 NBA Draft

1. Boston Celtics (Via Brooklyn)- Markelle Fultz, Washington, PG/SG, 6-5, Fr.
Honestly, Fultz is a slam dunk here with the 1st pick in the draft. It doesn't matter who ultimately ends up getting the first pick, Fultz is the guy. He's arguably the most complete prospect in this draft, doesn't have a lot of holes in his game, and the Celtics would gladly put out a starting back-court of Fultz and Isaiah Thomas.

2. Phoenix Suns- Josh Jackson, Kansas, SF, 6-8, Fr.
With a nice back-court rotation of Bledsoe, Booker, Knight & Ulis, the Suns have some nice pieces in the front-court as well in Len, Chandler, Chriss, and Bender. They could use a highly talented but still raw player in Josh Jackson to really help solidify their wing position. T.J. Warren is a fine player. But Jackson offers considerably more upside and potential. Moving Warren off the bench would give the Suns a much needed scoring option as a 6th Man.

3. Los Angeles Lakers- Lonzo Ball, UCLA, PG, 6-6, Fr.
Lots of analysts think Ball is a sure-fire star. While I won't exactly go that far, there is no denying the fact that he can immediately help improve a team even as a rookie. His court vision and outside shooting are two of the most valuable skills he brings to the table. Not to mention the fact that he is also taller than your average PG. The Lakers have Russell and Clarkson, yes, but one of them will surely come off the bench while the other can play along side the much higher ceiling player in Ball.

4. Philadelphia 76ers- Dennis Smith Jr., NC State, PG, 6-2, Fr.
My favorite player in this entire draft. I think this guy is a flat out future superstar, and any team that is lucky enough to grab him will reap the benefits of a franchise player. Smith is an explosive guard, with terrific athletic ability, speed, strength, and ability to finish at the basket. The Sixers need a true starting PG, and they get one here with the 4th pick.

5. Orlando Magic- Frank Ntilikina, France, PG, 6-5, 1998
The Magic in my honest opinion have to take a PG here. Iv'e said for a while now that I am not sold on Elfrid Payton as a Starting caliber PG in the NBA. Ntlikina is a young guy who can come in, and compete for the job right away. He is still raw but offers much more upside than Payton. I could also see the Magic pulling the trigger on D'Aaron Fox out of Kentucky.

6. New Orleans Pelicans- Jonathan Isaac, FSU, SF/PF, 6-10, Fr.
New Orleans has some nice front court players. None except for Anthony Davis match the potential Isaac has. He's a 6-10 forward that can handle the rock, shoot threes, finish at the basket, and is a very good defender. Putting him next to Davis can be a future dynamic duo for the Pelicans. 

7. Sacramento Kings- Jayson Tatum, Duke, SF, 6-8, Fr.
With the injury set back of Rudy Gay, Sacramento will look to the future at the SF position. Tatum is the best one available here and is a great value at 7. The Kings would gladly take him here as Tatum is a future all-star caliber talent, and would be a lock top 5 pick in almost any other draft class.

8. Minnesota Timberwolves- Lauri Markkanen, Arizona, PF, 7-0, Fr.
Nothing against Gorgui Dieng, but I think Karl Anthony-Towns is better suited to be the starting center, and pairing him with a knock down stretch four like Markkanen gives them more offensive versatility. Dieng is better suited for the bench as an energy glue guy.

9. Dallas Mavericks- D'Aaron Fox, Kentucky, PG, 6-4, Fr.
Dallas is on a hot streak, and has started to click into mid-season form. They look primed for a playoff push. Still, they could use a future starting PG, as Deron Williams' contract runs out in the near future. Fox is the best PG left to take off the board. He's a gritty defender, smooth ball handler, and gifted distributor. If he can develop a more consistent outside shot, he has a chance of being a high level top 10 starting PG.

10. Miami Heat- Malik Monk, Kentucky, SG/PG, 6-3, Fr.
I can definitely see Monk going a little higher than this. But nonetheless, the Heat would be greatly appreciative if he's here for them to snag. Dion Waiters is on a roll lately, and there is a chance he might want to opt out his current deal and go for huge money on a long term deal (especially with the new CBA) if he continues to show the star potential that he has displayed in Miami this season. If so the Heat will look for some insurance just in case they're not able to retain Waiters. 

11. New York Knicks- Miles Bridges, MSU, SF/PF, 6-7 Fr.
So much drama in New York this year. What else is new? Once again the Knicks can't even get they're own season straightened out, and once again a lost year ends with an end-of-the-lottery-pick instead of an early lottery pick, where all the top notch prospects are ready to be taken. Well lucky for the Knicks, the 2017 NBA Draft class is projected to be a deep one, and adding a smooth young scorer like Bridges will provide some depth at either forward position, and is someone who can play next to Porzingis in the front-court.

12. Milwaukee Bucks- Justin Patton, Creighton, C, 7-0, Fr.
The Bucks have some depth in the front-court, but Patton offers too much upside over any other big man on their roster aside from Jabari Parker. Patton has emerged in his Freshman season as a potential lottery pick.

13. Denver Nuggets- Isaiah Hartenstein, Germany, PF, 6-10, 1998
The Nuggets need to continue their youth movement, and need to continue to develop great young talent. The key word is "develop" because that is what Hartenstein will need to do before he gets heavy playing time. He's only 18 years old, so there is time for him to continue to improve, and the Nuggets could use a nice young back-up behind Kenneth Faried.

14. Detroit Pistons- Terrance Ferguson, NBL, SG, 6-7, 1998
Detroit could use some scoring off their bench. Scoring is a specialty of Ferguson's. He is a J.R. Smith clone. He can stretch the floor, is athletic enough to finish at the basket, and projects well as a sixth man at the NBA level. 

15. Portland Trailblazers- Ivan Rabb, California, PF, 6-11, Soph.
Some say Ivan Rabb has hurt his draft stock since returning to California for his Sophomore campaign, but he's still one of the better PF options in this draft, and is definitely going in the teens. Portland needs a starting caliber PF, and Rabb is a solid safe pick here.

16. Charlotte Hornets- Rodions Kurucs, Latvia, SF, 6-9, 1998
It's safe to say that 5 years into his NBA Career, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been a disappointment. He's still the player now at 23 years old that he was as a 19 year old rookie. That is concerning. Whats even more concerning is the fact that the Hornets are stuck with him until the end of 2020 (assuming he exercises his player option). Nonetheless the Hornets could use some depth behind him and a future replacement. Kurucs is the anti-Gilchrist. He can shoot, score, and handle the basketball. 

17. Chicago Bulls- T.J. Leaf, UCLA, PF, 6-10, Fr.
Leaf is an explosive young Forward that can also stretch the floor all the way out to the 3 point line. He's very mobile, and has good lateral quickness up and down the court for a big-man. He's a nice fit here for Chicago.

18. Indiana Pacers- Luke Kennard, Duke, SG, 6-6, Soph.
Indiana needs youth at the SG position. Monta Ellis looks like a shell of himself, and Rodney Stuckey is not the future starter either. Enter Kennard who has blossomed into first round consideration after what is turning out to be a very good Sophomore campaign. He fill a need here for the Pacers.

19. Oklahoma City Thunder- Dwayne Bacon, FSU, SG/SF, 6-7, Soph.
This is a consensus pick for the Thunder. The void after Kevin Durant left OKC at SF is huge. Bacon is no Kevin Durant by any stretch of the imagination, but he's still a viable potential starting SF option for the Thunder to consider here with their pick.

20. Atlanta Hawks- Kobi Simmons, Arizona, PG/SG, 6-5, Fr.
Simmons has surprised many in the NBA scouting community and has played himself into first round consideration for the 2017 NBA Draft. Atlanta already has their starting PG of the future. But Simmons can also play SG with his size and scoring ability.

21. Denver Nuggets (Via Memphis)- OG Anunoby, Indiana, SF, 6-8, Soph.
Denver needs to revamp their youth movement on the wing. Gallinari, and Wilson Chandler don't have a future in Denver. Look for the Nuggets to get potential replacements, like Anunoby, through the draft.

22. Washington Wizards- Harry Giles, Duke, PF, 6-11, Fr.
What has happened to Harry Giles is sad. The continuous set backs because of injury and the visible difference in his jump, and lateral quickness. It's not known if Giles will ever be completely healthy, or if he can return to what he was physically. But with a late 1st round pick it is worth taking a risk here especially for a team like Washington, that could use a PF.

23. Toronto Raptors- Hamidou Diallo, HS Sr., SG, 6-5, 1998
At this point in the draft your looking for talent you hope to develop with time. Diallo fits that description. I believe he would benefit going to college for at least a year or two. But the Raptors have been known to take projects in the past couple of drafts.

24. Toronto Raptors (Via LAC)- Svaitoslav Mykhaliuk, Kansas, SF, 6-8, Jr.
Back to back picks for the Raptors. They take a vastly underrated scorer who is great athlete, can shoot the lights out, and plays solid defense.

25. Utah Jazz- Bam Adebayo, Kentucky, PF/C, 6-10, Fr.
Utah has a lot of depth in the front court. Still Adebayo is a bruiser that rebounds, plays with energy and can provide some good minutes in a short amount of time.

26. Brooklyn Nets (Via Boston)- Robert Williams, Texas A&M, PF, 6-10, Fr.
Unfortunately for the Nets being bad won't pay off for them come draft day since they swap picks with the Celtics. In a deep draft class like this you can still find talented Freshman like Williams, a big man that plays with high energy, rebounds, and defends.

27. Houston Rockets- Johnathan Motley, Baylor, PF, 6-9, Jr.
Motley is one of those prospects that will have set role when he gets to the NBA. He plays to his strengths, and is a mature college veteran that can play, and contribute as a rookie in the NBA for a team like Houston that is a perennial playoff contender.

28. Portland Trailblazers (Via Cleveland)- Thomas Bryant, Indiana, C, 6-10, Soph.
Bryant is an old school type of big that can score, post up, and get to the basket down low. He lives in the paint. In today's NBA, GM's are looking for bigs that can stretch the floor. That's not necessarily Bryant's game. But he's still a good pick here for a team like Portland, that need to continue to upgrade their front-court.

29. San Antonio Spurs- Kostja Mushidi, Germany, SG, 6-5, 1998
The spurs are known for drafting and stashing. Mushidi would definitely fit the trend here and could be a contributor for the Spurs 3 or 4 years down the line. He's worth taking here.

30. Utah Jazz (Via GSW)- Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State, PG, 6-1, Soph.
Dante Exum has proven to be a huge disappointment for the Jazz. The Jazz thought they were getting a franchise PG, but instead they have a young player who has struggled against NBA competition. The Jazz will be looking for yet another PG if Exum's struggles continue.

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