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2017 NBA Mock Draft – TJ

Preaching patience to Lakers faithful
Lonzo Ball as a deep threat
Five players the Lakers should look at late in the draft

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Source: ESPN

Philadelphia 76ers Markelle FultzGObvious #1 pick. Not sure why else they would trade here for anyone else. Probably the best prospect since KAT.
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Source: NBA

Los Angeles LakersLonzo BallGEverything I've heard is telling me Magic wants a Big Baller in LA. I don't see how they don't take him now that D'Lo is gone.
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Source: NBA

Boston Celtics Jayson TatumSFJosh Jackson is slipping? Cancels workout with Boston.. I just see Tatum being Danny Ainge's typical pick.
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Source: NBA

Phoenix SunsJosh JacksonSFIf they look to trade Bledsoe and/or Knight, the pick could be Fox or Smith. But for now, they're taking the best player on the board.
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Source: NBA

Sacramento KingsDe'Aaron FoxPGSeems like the Kings have wanted Fox over the last couple weeks.
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Source: NBA

Orlando MagicDennis Smith JrPGLots of options here. Monk... Isaac... Tatum if available... But I think DSJ is the pick as the Elf era in Orlando could be coming to an end.
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Source: Minnesota Timberwolves

Minnesota TimberwolvesJonathan IsaacFPerfect pick for the Wolves, fills a slight hole they have at the F position. KAT, Isaac, Wiggins, Lavine...
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Source: NBA

New York KnicksMalik MonkSGFrench guard to go with a Latvian big man, or arguably the best shooter in the draft? Who cares, the Knicks are stuck for a while.
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Source: NBA

Dallas Mavericks Frank NtilikinaPGLove Frank's athleticism and elite defense.
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Source: NBA

Sacramento KingsDonovan MitchellSGHUGE fan of Mitchell. Elite athleticism and scoring. If it wasn't for the plethora of guards in top 10, he could go higher.
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Source: NBA

Charlotte HornetsLauri MarkkanenPFHad Zach Collins here, but with Dwight in town, I think they go for a 4 who can play outside more.
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Source: Wikipedia

Detroit PistonsLuke KennardSGLove Kennard, don't love his wingspan. I think this is a good fit, but they could go big.
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Source: NBA

Denver NuggetsZach CollinsPF/COh I'm loving a Jokic/Collins duo...
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Source: NBA

Miami HeatJohn CollinsPFBosh is done, Udonis Haslem is like 42. Just some big man help for Miami.
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Source: Wikipedia

Portland Trailblazers Jarrett AllenCHuge fan of Nurkic, but just not sure what to do with all of these Portland picks. I see them taking 2 forwards with the later picks, if they keep them, but this pick is a solid backup C who is an above average rebounder.
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Source: NBA

Chicago BullsJustin PattonCThe Bulls just really need help... I'm not a fan of Robin Lopez, so the Bulls really need some big man help.
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Source: NBA

Milwaukee Bucks Bam AdebayoCSlightly undersized for a C at 6'10, which I'm not a fan of. But, Bam has a 7'3 wingspan and is extremely long and athletic, which makes him very intriguing. Just another Buck with an insane height to wingspan ratio...
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Source: Wikipedia

Indiana PacersJustin JacksonSFI'm guessing Paul George is headed to LA, Pacers will need wing help.
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Source: NBA

Atlanta HawksIke AnigboguCWas T.J. Leaf, but with Dwight gone, I think Hawks take a young center here.
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Source: Wikipedia

Portland Trailblazers OG AnunobySFThe Blazers have so many picks, I think they take a chance on a guy like OG. Arguably the best defender in this draft, I think he would pair well with the squad Portland currently has. Doesn't need to be an immediate impact with the wings they have, but could be special in 2 years.
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Source: NBA

Oklahoma City ThunderHarry GilesCThis pick was Ike before the Dwight trade.
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Source: NBA

Brooklyn Nets T.J. LeafPFHad Giles going here, but Mozgov is now the center of the future! Wouldn't be surprised if Pasecniks or Hartenstein went here either.
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Source: NBA

Toronto Raptors Derrick WhiteGKyle Lowry could be gone, so the Raptors should look to add a guard. There aren't many in this range, outside of White, Juwan Evans, or reaching for someone projected to go in the 2nd round. White isn't elite at anything, isn't really quick or athletic, but is a solid late 1st guy.
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Source: NBA

Utah JazzIvan RabbPFAdds some big man offense to a team with one of the best defenses in the NBA. Thought Rabb would be a top 10 pick one day when he graduated HS.
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Source: NBA

Orlando MagicSemi OjeleyeFI'm a big fan of versatile players, and Semi is that. Can play the 3 or 4, very good offensively, good athlete, something Orlando needs.
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Source: Wikipedia

Portland TrailBlazersD.J. WilsonPFAnother Blazers pick... I see 1 of these 3 being traded. Think they would like a backup PG but there aren't many in this area.
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Source: NBA

Los Angeles LakersTerrance FergusonSFI think this will be traded but it's a project pick.
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Source: NBA

Los Angeles LakersJosh HartSGI think this will be traded as well, but LA definitely needs some guard help. Hart is an older guard who does a bit of everything.
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Source: NBA

San Antonio SpursJordan BellPFI really like Bell for the Lakers, if they didn't already have 2 PF's. Bell is an outstanding athlete, which makes rebounding and shot blocking look so simple. Solid P&R finisher, just lacks size a bit. But I'm a huge fan.
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Source: NBA

Utah JazzFrank MasonPGDoesn't seem like the Jazz are a team who wants to draft a one-and-done prospect. Take a proven 23 year old who can score off the bench.

 

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