NBA 2017 Mock Draft 1.0

NBA 2017 Mock Draft 1.0

By: Heath Montgomery

1. Philadelphia 76ers Markelle Fultz, PG They traded for this pick to take Fultz. He is expected to be a superstar and may make the 76ers a dangerous team in the near future.
2. LA Lakers De’Aaron Fox, PG HA. Lavar is raising ten kinds of hell as this pick is announced. Fox has better defense and star-potential and that is what LA truly needs.
3. Boston Celtics Josh Jackson, SF The Celtics get a future draft pick and a future star in Jackson; not a bad trade for the already loaded squad.
4. Phoenix Suns Jayson Tatum, SF Phoenix keeps adding on to their young frontcourt with a very skilled player: Tatum. They are developing into a young, exciting team very quickly.
5. Sacramento Kings Lonzo Ball, PG The Kings would be the ones to take a player they didn’t even workout, but they need a PG and Ball has the talent and potential to be the next Jason Kidd.
6. Orlando Magic Frank Ntilikina, PG The Magic seem like the team to pick a long, athletic PG that isn’t well known. He can shoot better than Payton, can handle the ball, and can defend very well.
7. Minnesota Timberwolves Jonathan Isaac, SF This is the most fit pick in the draft. Minnesota needs an athletic defender and Isaac needs a place where he doesn’t have to be the offensive focus.
8. New York Knicks Malik Monk, PG/SG Monk lit up the Garden earlier this year at Kentucky; the Knicks are hoping he can do that every night.
9. Dallas Mavericks Dennis Smith Jr., PG Ferrell and Curry are okay but Dallas needs someone with more potential and Smith has a lot of it.
10. Sacramento Kings Lauri Markkanen, PF They took two big men in last years draft but Markkanen is just special and would help space the floor for Ball and others to drive.
11. Charlotte Hornets John Collins, PF Collins was very productive at Purdue and is the best player available; sounds exactly like what the Hornets need.
12. Detroit Pistons Donovan Mitchell, SG Mitchell got after it defensively and will do the same thing in Detroit. He may take Caldwell-Pope’s spot since his contract is up.
13. Denver Nuggets Zach Collins, C Collins didn’t play much at Gonzaga but showed signs of greatness in the Final Four, he would make a great frontcourt playing alongside Jokic.
14. Miami Heat Justin Jackson, SF Jackson improved his jumper when going back to UNC and would be a top 10 pick if he was younger. The Heat need a go to scorer and Jackson could develop into that.
15. Portland Trailblazers Jarrett Allen, C Trailblazers need a frontcourt to help out their phenomenal backcourt, and Allen became one of the best bigs in the country by the end of the season.
16. Chicago Bulls Luke Kennard, SG Bulls need depth at the guard position; Kennard gives them some shooting at that spot.
17. Milwaukee Bucks Bam Adebayo, C The Bucks like long, athletic guys who can guard multiple positions. Enter Bam Adebayo.
18. Indiana Pacers Harry Giles, PF Larry Bird is going to trust his medical staff and take the boom or bust Giles. He could be amazing beside Turner if he lives up to the hype he had in high school.
19. Atlanta Hawks Ike Anugobu, C Dwight Howard isn’t what he was in Orlando and could teach Anugobu his ways to help him develop his raw talent.
20. Portland Trailblazers T.J. Leaf, PF Leaf was one of the main reasons UCLA was so good last year. He is very athletic and will give Lillard another weapon to pass to.
21. OKC Thunder O.G. Anunoby, SF/PF If he comes back from his injury well then he may make the OKC a very fun team to watch next year. Very good defender, very athletic, and has a better jumper than Roberson.
22. Brooklyn Nets Terrance Ferguson, SG The Nets are in a position to risk it all and if Ferguson just had one bad year then they might’ve gotten a potential star.
23. Toronto Raptors Justin Patton, C Raptors need frontcourt depth and Patton is a very talented backup for Valanciunas.
24. Utah Jazz D.J. Wilson, PF Utah is lacking at the 4-spot as their starter is Boris Diaw. Wilson can guard any position and stretch the floor.
25. Orlando Magic Semi Ojeleye, SF Ojeleye is an athletic player who can guard multiple positions, just what the Magic need.
26. Portland Trailblazers Isaiah Hartenstein, PF/C With 3 first-round picks the Trailblazers can take a chance on one and try to get their frontcourt in shape for them to make a playoff run.
27. Brooklyn Nets Caleb Swanigan, PF/C Again, the Nets can try to swing for the fences. Swanigan was a monster in college that might not play as well in the NBA but it’s worth the shot.
28. LA Lakers Ivan Rabb, PF Can push/learn from Julius Randle as he grows. Very good talent in college.
29. San Antonio Spurs Frank Jackson, SG Manu may be retiring soon. Jackson is a great talent and could have played under the best two coaches (Poppovich and Coach K) in basketball in his career if taken here.
30. Utah Jazz Tyler Lyndon, SF/PF Jazz need a 4. Lydon can stretch the floor but may not be good defensively as he only played 3-2 zone at Syracuse.

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