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2017 NBA Mock Draft by IMKudaimi - 5.9
Published at 6/16/2017 7:39:55 PM
Great first mock of the year. Changes will come later. Post-Lottery and Finals. pre 76ers-Celtics trade. This isn't my Mock Draft anymore so go check out my real mock draft http://walterfootball.com/mocks/publishedmock/63299
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Fultz checks every box as an NBA prospect. He's a good athlete with size and length. He can play and defend multiple positions. He can shoot the 3 and handle the ball. He has character, a high basketball IQ and no major flaws in his game. The Celtics want the best player available since there is no top big man to fill their needs, and Fultz could play as a combo guard next to IT4.
Ball is the best passer in the draft. He's ultracompetitive and he plays with a special swagger. While his jump shot is unorthodox, it goes in at a high rate. In the right system, he has a chance to be a superstar.
Magic Johnson likes a PG like Ball, and Ball is somehwat the playmaker the Lakers need.
Fox is a blur with the ball, both in the open court and in half-court sets. His quickness and ballhandling ability are elite, and he showed terrific playmaking instincts at Kentucky. The 76ers need an actualy point guard and Fox could complement Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons very well.
Jackson is the best wing in the draft. Long and athletic, he can play three positions. His inconsistent though improving jump shot is a concern. But overall his game and his motor are special.but his shaky shooting is a big issue. The Suns back court is stacked but the front court lacks explosiveness and a great player, something Jackson brings.
Isaac has a rare combination of size, length and shooting ability. He has the potential to play multiple positions on both ends of the floor. Strength is his biggest issue, but he put up solid numbers for the Seminoles. The versatility of Isaac can be very valuable to the rebuilding Kings.
Tatum has the tools to be a dominant NBA 3. He's athletic, strong and a skilled scorer who's devastating in the post. But his pedestrian 3-point shooting is a red flag for scouts. Tatum doesn't fill a need, but gives the Magic explosiveness, versatility and athleticism that is a need and could develop his flaws to become a great all-around player.
Monk is the best pure scorer in the draft. His deep range and explosive athleticism are a rare combination. When his shot is falling, he can be unstoppable. But he's just an average rebounder, defender and passer. The Wolves have a lot of depth in the backcourt, but Monk gives them a scoring punch off the bench, something they could use.
Ntilikina is a big, aggressive point guard and an improving shooter with a high basketball IQ. If he were a bit more explosive athletically, he might be a top-five pick. The Knicks have liked him for a while, and while raw, he ha sa lot of talent that could be developed into a great point guard skillset.
Markkanen looks like an ideal stretch-4. Athletic, 7-foot jump shooters don't come along every day. He's just an average rebounder and defender, however. He is the same player as Dirk Nowitzki, and the Mavs could see Nowitzki in him.
Smith has elite athleticism and ability to get his shot from anywhere, and he's a good passer and devastating finisher at the rim. But he doesn't always compete with a high level of intensity. The Kings need a PG of the future, and Smith can be that, or he could even be a steal here.
Collins made the most of his minutes at Gonzaga. He's a versatile athlete, he can play on the perimeter and he finishes above the rim. He needs to add strength, but teams love his upside. Charlotte lacks a good defensive presence with their big men, and Collins can be an immediate shot blocker for them.
Kennard is the best shooter in the draft, but he can do more than spot up and launch 3s. He's also a capable ball handler and runs the pick and roll well. Plus, he has a quarterback mentality that should allow him to play some point at the next level. The Pistons like him and need some backcourt depth and shooting, especially if the end up trading Reggie Jackson.
The Nuggets need a defensive big man, as Nikola Jokic and Mason Plumlee are not good defenders. Allen can be that at the 4 or the 5, and he brings flexibility to the Nuggets cap wise, as they can then part ways with Mason Plumlee which they likely won't.
Collins can be a Bosh-like player for the Heat, who need someone to stretch the floor cince Hassan Whiteside cannot shoot.
The Blazers have 3 first round picks. They can use all 3 or 2 if they trade one to pick the best player available, here Mitchell, to give them depth on a highly paid roster that has a not-so-good bench.
The Bulls always pick upperclassmen with experience and not very athletic, and Jackson fits the profile here, but unlike other Bulls rookies, Jackson may be able to make an impact immediately for the Bulls since they badly need 3 point shooting.