2017 NBA Mock Draft 1.0

2017 NBA Mock Draft 1.0

*Jamal Murray's signature bow and arrow celebration*

Lakers meet with De’Aaron Fox
Lonzo Ball will workout for the Lakers June 7th
Teams already lined up for D’Angelo Russell

The lottery order is set. The teams know where they are picking. The only thing left is to workout players and commit to drafting them by June 22. It is a long and hard process, that started a long time ago.

It is tough to pinpoint exactly where all of these players are going to fall since most of the assumptions are made on personal opinions on roster construction and team fits. Most of all, people who do mock drafts make people look stupid for making their own assumptions. Still, it is very fun to predict and play GM.

So Clayton and I got tired of regular ole’ mock drafts and decided we would do something fun with a few this year. One of us will make the picks, while the other tries to explain what the other one is thinking. This time it’s me doing the picking and Clayton trying to justify my choices. I’m sure it wasn’t difficult to justify my smart choices.

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Source: NBA

Boston Celtics Markelle FultzPG/SGDoes this really need to be explained? The best talent in the draft will probably go to Boston....sigh.
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Source: NBA

Los Angeles LakersLonzo BallSGThe popular pick to go to LA despite what random reports may say. I am not the biggest fan in the world of Ball, but he fits in a lot of different ways. At least it isn't De'Aaron Fox. Notice the positional listing too. He profiles best at the 2.
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Source: ESPN

Philadelphia 76ers Malik MonkSGI don't think anyone really think Monk is the best player available here, but Philly really needs the spacing Monk can potentially bring. If a team ever needed to trade back, Philly would probably be it.
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Source: NBA

Phoenix SunsJosh JacksonSFThere is not a 5 to take this high and the Suns have a hole at the 3. Warren is average or a bit above, but Jackson will bring athleticism and much needed defense to Phoenix.
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Source: NBA

Sacramento KingsDe'Aaron FoxPGThey need a point guard and Fox has a lot of helium right now. I do not believe for a second he should go this high, but he probably will. KANGZ and all.
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Source: NBA

Orlando MagicJayson TatumSF/PFI don't know how much I really like the fit here. I think Tatum projects as a 3/4 and with Gordon at the 4, it will be weird. Tatum will definitely help the offense though. Now if Frank Vogel will just put Gordon back at the 4 again....
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Source: Minnesota Timberwolves

Minnesota TimberwolvesJonathan IsaacPFThis fit.... is gorgeous. I honestly don't want to see Isaac to go to Minnesota. I have Isaac much higher than this, and here he could develop into exactly what Minnesota needs. Pray for Isaac though cause Thibs is gonna rip him to shreds.
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Source: NBA

New York KnicksDennis Smith Jr. PGHe is higher on my board than this, but he has massive holes one defense and personality, but it is good value. Problem is, will Phil look to fit the triangle? You betcha. Does Smith fit the triangle? Not really in my opinion.
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Source: NBA

Dallas Mavericks Frank NtilikinaPG/SGOne of my favorites and Dallas getting him is grand theft in the first degree. Ntilikina will take some time to grow, but put him with Carlisle? Son of a.....
10

Source: NBA

Sacramento KingsOG AnunobySFI like this pick. They have a hole at the 3 and he fills it as the best perimeter defender in the draft. The Kings offense would not be good with these picks and their current roster, but Hield is the next Curry right?
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Source: NBA

Charlotte HornetsJustin JacksonSFLOL. At least it isn't a tall white guy?
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Source: Wikipedia

Detroit PistonsDonovan MitchellSGThere are rumors that this pick my be up for grabs for a steady vet to help Detroit get to the playoffs. The Pistons were probably praying that Ntilikina slipped, but too bad. I like Mitchell, but I don't really think of him as a 1, which the Pistons apparently feel they need since they have soured on Reggie Jackson. Mitchell is extremely long (6'10" wingspan for a +7) though and has developed substantially since his freshman year. The upside is very intriguing.
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Source: NBA

Denver NuggetsTerrance FergusonSG/SFThis is a total upside pick. Ferguson's stock has soured a lot, so I do not know if this really fits. Watch for Denver to try and make a big play and trade up for a premium talent.
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Source: NBA

Miami HeatLuari MarkkanenPF/CI guess this works since Whiteside is so good on defense. Have you watched Markkanen play defe.... OH MY GAWD MY EYES BURN.
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Source: Wikipedia

Portland Trailblazers Zach Collins CInteresting. Nelson is lower on Collins than I am. I don't expect Portland to actually use all of these picks, but if Collins slips, that is a great upside pick.
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Source: NBA

Chicago BullsLuke KennardSGThis is not a very "Bullsy" pick. Where is the junior pr senior they can draft? AH, Justin Jackson went earlier. Sorry, my bad.
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Source: NBA

Milwaukee Bucks Jarrett AllenCALL OF THE LENGTH (7'5.25" wingspan). I don't know how much I actually like the pick though.
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Source: Wikipedia

Indiana PacersIvan RabbPF/CI... uh... Nelson? What are you doing?
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Source: NBA

Atlanta HawksIke AnigboguCThis is a great pick by Atlanta. Anigbogu is such a "future" pick and he fits the mold that Dwight once played. Hopefully Dwight will treat him like one of his many kids and will actually teach him something. Ike isn't the tallest guy, but is a freak athletically, and with the second longest wingspan among this years prospects (7'6.25").
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Portland Trailblazers Rodions KurucsSFI expect this pick to be dealt, but if Kurucs will stay overseas for a year or two, that is even better for Portland.
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Source: NBA

Oklahoma City ThunderJuwan EvansPGI have started to really like Evans. He will provide the secondary ball handler and primary guy off the bench that the Thunder hoped they had snagged with Cam Payne. I am concerned about his size, despite being a +6 in regards to height and wingspan.
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Source: NBA

Brooklyn Nets T.J. LeafPFThis is a weird one. I figured for more of an upside pick for Brooklyn. I am not really high on Leaf, so it i just... weird. He provides some spacing I guess.
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Source: NBA

Toronto Raptors Justin PattonCI do not see Toronto taking a 5 unless they plan to blow it all up. With Valanciunas, Nogueira and Poeltl at the 5 for years to come, not to mention Ibaka and even Siakam as small ball 5s.... yeah I don't get it.
24

Source: NBA

Utah JazzJonathan JeaneCRudy Gobert 2.0 (9'5.5" standing reach). Where is David Stern to veto this?
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Source: NBA

Orlando MagicTyler LydonSF/PFWith Orlando already taking Tatum earlier, not to mention Gordon on the team, this doesn't fit very well. I have Lydon as a 2nd round pick, so this really is "meh". He should provide some shooting though. I don't think he would get much playing time in this scenario.
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Portland TrailBlazersDerrick WhiteSGReally good pick again for Portland, but they just don't have the roster spots for all of these guys though do they? I would expect a draft and stash, or this pick to be used to dump one of those ugly contracts.
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Brooklyn Nets Harry GilesPF/CHere is that upside pick I was expecting. He appears to be going up draft boards again as his athleticism seems to be coming back. He may have to be taken at 22. I could see him going in the teens though. The knees are just absolutely frightening.
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Source: NBA

Los Angeles LakersTony Bradley CThere are apparently some underground rumors that the Lakers have promised Bradley that they will take him if he is availabel at 28. Some may want Bam Adebayo, but I love this pick. Bradley isn't an explosive athlete, as shown by his poor combine testing, but he is extremely long (7'5" wingspan) and great hands. I do think he can gain some athleticism if he develops his body. He was at 12% body fat, so I think he could gain some explosiveness if the Lakers and new strength and conditioning coach Gunnar Peterson get a hold of him.
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Source: NBA

San Antonio SpursD.J WilsonPFThe only more "Spurs-esque" pick would be Josh Hart. Wilson is long (7'3" wingspan), can theoretically stretch the floor, and may be able to defend some. That is still up in the air, but he would be a good option this late in the draft.
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Utah JazzIsaiah HartensteinPF/CThey may use this to dump a salary like Burks. If they do use this pick and keep it, I would expect some form of a wing. I know a lot of people like Hartenstein, but from what I have read, I don't really like him in the 1st.

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