Daniel Bishop’s 2017 NBA Mock Draft

Daniel Bishop’s 2017 NBA Mock Draft

Five players the Lakers should look at late in the draft
Lonzo Ball will workout for the Lakers June 7th
Retrospective: Los Angeles Lakers #2 draft picks.
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Philadelphia 76ers Markelle FultzPG/SG WashtingtonThe moment the trade was a possibility was the moment that Fultz was going to be in Philly. Fultz is considered by many to be a generational type player. His fit with Simmons will certainly be something to watch. Looks like the process may have its final trustworthy piece.
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Los Angeles LakersLonzo BallPG/SG UCLADespite the smoke screen it seems that from birth Lonzo was meant to be a Laker. With D’Angelo Russell gone it will be a question mark whether he can lead the point full time. With little spacing, it may be a struggle for him in his first season
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Boston Celtics Jayson TatumSF/PF DUKEIf Jackson had visited the team I would have him go here however he declined and Tatum is a prototypical Danny Ainge pic. Athletic, solid on defense, can’t shoot 3's to save their lives.
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Phoenix SunsJosh JacksonSG/SF KansasJosh Jackson has been a mixed bag from many. Some say he is as gifted a passer as Lonzo but can't shoot. Others say he is actually pretty bad on Defense. The Suns will hope that he is the high-flying defender they need to take the next step.
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Sacramento KingsDe'Aaron FoxPG KentuckyDe'Aaron Fox is an interesting prospect at the PG. Lighting quick, but has huge shooting holes, and a reluctance to make contact with anyone. It will be interesting to see if he can find his shot and bulk up to take a hit.
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Orlando MagicDennis Smith Jr.PG NC StateThis will be a stretch to some but regardless of how you feel about Elfrid Payton the Magic could use a guard that could score and playmaker which Smith can do in bunches. He may not be a flashy pick from a flashy school but Smith does a lot that is solid and has a lot of potential.
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Minnesota TimberwolvesJonathan IsaacSF/PF Florida StateThis could be a match made in heaven. With the NBA moving further and further away from the basket you can move Towns to his natural center position and plug Isaac into the 4. Could be a formidable group in the near future.
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New York KnicksMalik MonkSG KentuckyThis seems like a great fit. New York needs just about any young talent, and the kid already came from a high pressure location in Kentucky. He is a decent shooter with a quick trigger. Unknown if he will be able to adapt to the old man triangle.
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Dallas Mavericks Lauri MarkkanenPF ArizonaI know what you're thinking and believe me it's the same thing Cuban is thinking as well. Nowitski is on his way out. To say Lauri will be his replacement is a little farfetched, but the style they play is very similar so I believe Cuban pulls the trigger here to start the transition from the greatest foreign player to ever play the game.
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Sacramento KingsDonovan MitchellSG LouisvilleThis pick for the Kings will be about depth more than fit. They have a ton of bigs already and with Hield a lock to start, Mitchell could become a solid player off the bench. After all that's just about where he is predicted to be as in the future.
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Charlotte HornetsLuke KennardSG DukeThis could be an absolute win for both sides. Kennard would be the shooting this team has been missing with a hurt or an offensively ineffective Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Walker and Kennard could be a great 1-2 punch in a very thin backcourt in Charlotte.
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Detroit PistonsZach CollinsC GonzagaThis could be a great fit for Stan Van Gundy. A stretch 5 with the ability to defend the perimeter and the post could be a great fit with Andre Drummond who is pretty useless beyond 10 feet.
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Denver NuggetsJohn CollinsPF Wake ForestEventually the Nuggets will need to decide if they want to keep fan favorite Kenneth Faried and Collins a very similar player with a bit more range could be a solid replacement if not a much better one.
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Miami HeatFrank NtilikinaPG BelgiumThis would be a steal for the Heat not to mention a perfect fit. Quick lanky and strong Frank could turn into one of the best guards in this draft and could really elevate the Heat in a quick rebuild.
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Portland Trailblazers Justin JacksonSF North CarolinaThe Small Forwards in Portland are solid defensively but offensively they are definitely lacking punch. Jackson is a ready to go playmaker who isn’t great from deep but when you have Lilliard and McCollum deep isn’t much of an issue. Being a Junior he could be ready to start out the gate.
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Chicago BullsBam AdebayoC KentuckyAlthough a bit on the shorter side as centers go he is a rim protecting machine and super athletic for his size. Robin Lopez has 2 more years on his contract by then he will be on the north side of 30. If the Bulls want to rebuild a solid young C to eventually replace Lopez would be a solid start. Then again it’s the bulls and they will likely go Junior or senior center here.
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Milwaukee Bucks Jarret Allen C TexasJarret Allen is a traditional down low center. With the hope that Thon Maker can become a stretch 4 for them, a traditional rebounder down low could be a good fit.
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Indiana PacersTJ LeafPF UCLAIt's clear that you could definitely go for a wing here with the possibility of Paul George leaving. That said with Turner clearly being their center of the present and near future they will need a PF to pair next to him. Leaf was a solid player at UCLA last year and was not great behind the arch but was a solid shooter from 15 ft.
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Atlanta HawksDJ WilsonPF MichiganSooner or later the Hawks are going to have to part with Paul Milsap. The 32-year-old PF is only getting older and though has a pep in his step has and expiring contract and will likely take a lot of money to keep. Drafting a possible replacement is possibly the best option for them. Wilson is a tall lanky PF that has the ability to shoot the outside shot as well as defend the post.
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Portland Trailblazers Justin PattonC CreightonBig, Bad, and Young. This 7-footer could be the perfect building block/replacement for Nurkic who seems to love being in Portland but the city is known for not paying its players especially now that they are knee deep in a few bad contracts.
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Oklahoma City ThunderIke AnigboguPF/C UCLAShot Blocker is the one thing that comes forward with this. Adams is a solid defensive center but he was best when Serge Ibaka covered his flank. Unfortunately, Ike is nowhere near the offensive playmaker Ibaka is defensively he could be a real monster downlow.
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Brooklyn Nets Anzejs PasecniksC International (Latvia)With Brook Lopez on his way to the Lakers the Nets will need to shore up the center position. This may be a solid fit. Pasecniks is a tall lanky center that can grab rebounds and shoot a decent percentage from 3. Now that they have their guard in D'Angelo Russell to build around they can use the spacing Pasecniks provides
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Toronto Raptors Derrick WhitePG/SG ColoradoWith the rumor that Kyle Lowry may be on his way out a guard here would be a wise choice for the Raptors. Though he is a senior he has an excellent senior campaign shooting a solid 40% from 3.
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Utah JazzTyler LydonSF/PF SyracuseWith the Possibility that Gordon Hayward may be on his way out the Jazz will need a replacement player for him. Lydon is quick and athletic though feels like more of a 4 than a 3 bringing up the question, how much longer can the wait for Trey Lyles to develop.
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Orlando MagicIvan RabbPF/C CalWith the selection of Dennis smith Jr earlier this will give them some depth at the PF/C spot. With Aaron Gordon FINALLY being able to slide into his natural PF spot they can use a tall lanky backup for both positions.
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Portland TrailBlazersWesley IwunduSG/SF Kansas StWingspan that’s off the charts Portland could use this as a possible replacement for the disaster that has been Even Turner. Not to mention the bad year that Allen Crabbe had after they spent a ton of money on both.
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Los Angeles LakersOG AnunobySF IndianaLet’s be real there is probably no way that OG falls this far but oh well this is my mock and my dream scenario. OG would be a tremendous pick, and had it not been for his injury he likely would be a lottery pick. That said he won't be available till November so there is a chance teams that are looking for a player now will pass on him, and the Lakers could get lucky...REALLY LUCKY
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Los Angeles LakersTerrence FergusonSG/SF International (USA)Taking the non-traditional route of going overseas hasn’t really played out well for a few but with Russell gone (cries) the Lakers will need a guard to possibly replace him or fill his spot. Ferguson is a highly talented highly athletic guard that could absolutely turn into a steal.
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San Antonio SpursIsaiah HartensteinPF/C International (germany)Young, tall, and international. Sounds like a match made in heaven for the Spurs. He could be a draft and stash though he requested to anyone who picks him plays him this year.
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Utah JazzJordan BellPF OregonBell is your traditional down low rim protecting PF. He can't stretch the floor and he won't get you assists, but he is a ferocious rebounder and a great shot blocker. Solid choice to replace or light a fire under Derrick Favors.

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