2017 NBA Mock Draft

Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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This 2017 NBA Mock Draft was updated: May 26, 2017

2017 NBA Mock Draft: Round 1 - Picks 16-30
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  1. Boston Celtics: Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington, 6-4, Fr.
    Fultz put up ridiculous all-around numbers on a bad Huskies team. He is a complete player who can score at will, distribute the rock, and rebound well for his size. The Celtics have a good collection of guards, but have to add the best available player with the top pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.

  2. Los Angeles Lakers: Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA, 6-6, Fr.
    Ball established himself as a game-changer and one of the top players in the 2017 NBA Draft, and I'm sure the Lakers would be ecstatic if he falls to them. Possessing great size for the next level, Ball is a terrific passer and knows how to get his teammates involved, yet can also effectively score. He would be a great addition alongside a rebuilding Lakers roster that features talented young talent like D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram.

  3. Philadelphia 76ers: De'Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky 6-3, Fr.
    The 76ers have built up their frontcourt through the draft over the past few years and have to focus on upgrading their skill at guard. Fox is extremely explosive point guard who is at his best using his length and quickness to get to the rim. His outside shot is very much a work in progress though.

  4. Phoenix Suns: Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas, 6-8, Fr.
    The Suns appear to be set in the backcourt with Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker, so adding a talented wing in Josh Jackson rather than selecting Lonzo Ball makes sense. Jackson has elite athleticism and the ideal size to be a big-time NBA wing player.

  5. Sacramento Kings: Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke, 6-8, Fr.
    After missing the beginning of the season due to injury, Tatum flashed his potential down the stretch. He can score from anywhere on the floor, and with Rudy Gay likely leaving Sacramento, Tatum fills a need at small forward as well.

  6. Orlando Magic: Malik Monk, SG, Kentucky, 6-4, Fr.
    Monk is an elite-level scorer who can stroke it from deep but also get to the rim. He would add some needed offensive firepower to the Magic bench.

  7. Minnesota Timberwolves: Lauri Markkanen, PF, Arizona, 7-0, Fr.
    Extremely skilled and versatile for a 7-footer, the Finland native can shoot it from the outside or score on the block and has drawn comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki. He and Karl-Anthony Towns would give Minnesota a versatile frontcourt of the future.

  8. New York Knicks: Dennis Smith Jr., PG, N.C. State, 6-3, Fr.
    The Knicks are in need of depth all across the board, but they could really use help at guard, especially since Derrick Rose is a free agent and Courtney Lee isn't the long-term solution at the two. Smith Jr. is a skilled floor general capable of scoring or being a distributor.

  9. Dallas Mavericks: Jonathan Isaac, F, Florida State, 6-9, Fr.
    With Dirk Nowitzki's career winding down and the Mavericks needing some athleticism in their frontcourt, Isaac is a strong option. He is a combo forward who still needs to fill out physically, but is loaded with potential. The Mavericks could also look to add a point guard here.

  10. Sacramento Kings: Zach Collins, C, Gonzaga, 7-0, Fr.
    Collins' was Gonzaga's sixth man this past season, but he has a well-rounded game for a young big, which should land him in the lottery. He would add some needed versatility to the Kings' frontcourt in their attempt to replace DeMarcus Cousins. The Kings need a floor general of the future as well since Darren Collison and Ty Lawson are both free agents, so Frank Ntilikina could be a possibility.

  11. Charlotte Hornets: Bam Adebayo, PF, Kentucky, 6-10, Fr.
    With an NBA-ready body, Adebayo is extremely physical in the paint, but his all-around offensive game needs time to develop. The Hornets lack an inside presence and could use his physicality and tenacity on the glass.

  12. Detroit Pistons: Frank Ntilikina, PG, Belgium, 6-5, 1998.
    With great size for the next level, the Belgian is at his best when creating off the dribble. The Pistons could use some offensive punch off their bench and depth at guard since Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be a restricted free agent.

  13. Denver Nuggets: Jarrett Allen, C, Texas, 6-10, Fr.
    Allen is a skilled big inside with plenty of room for development. He would be another piece to add the Nuggets' skilled young core and insurance inside in case restricted free agent Mason Plumlee doesn't return.

  14. Miami Heat: T.J. Leaf, PF, UCLA, 6-10, Fr.
    The Heat's biggest need is finding frontcourt help for Hassan Whiteside. An inside/outside threat, Leaf is a capable scorer around the basket, yet can stretch defenses with his perimeter game as well.

  15. Portland Trail Blazers: Justin Patton, C, Creighton, 7-0, Fr.
    Thanks to a breakout redshirt freshman season, Patton emerged as a legit lottery prospect due to his athleticism and skill for a 7-footer. The Trail Blazers could give him time to develop and hope he adds athleticism to their frontcourt, which they will need since they dealt Mason Plumlee.

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    Go to 2017 NBA Mock Draft: Round 2

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Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
Send Paul an e-mail here: [email protected].
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