This 2017 NBA Mock Draft was updated: June 22, 2017.
2017 NBA Mock Draft: Round 1 – Picks 16-30
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Philadelphia 76ers: Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington, 6-4, Fr.
The 76ers desperately need a play-maker in their backcourt, so it makes sense why they would trade up to snag Markelle Fultz. He put up ridiculous all-around numbers on a bad Huskies team, and is a complete player who can score at will, distribute the rock, and rebounds well for his size.
Los Angeles Lakers: Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA, 6-6, Fr.
The trade of D’Angelo Russell pretty much assures that the Lakers are taking Ball at No. 2. 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.
Boston Celtics: Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas, 6-8, Fr.
The Celtics traded down from the top spot and could be looking to move this pick with some future assets in hopes of landing a proven star. If Boston sticks at No. 3, it will come to Jackson or Jayson Tatum, even though the team already has Jae Crowder and Jaylen Brown at the three. Jackson has elite athleticism and the ideal size to be a big-time NBA wing player, and I think he will be the best player to come out of the 2017 NBA Draft.
Phoenix Suns: Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke, 6-8, Fr.
The Suns appear to be set in the backcourt with Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker, so adding a talented small forward, whether it be Jayson Tatum or Josh Jackson, seems like a lock. In this case, Tatum falls to Phoenix. 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 but will likely struggle defensively in the NBA.
Sacramento Kings: De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky 6-3, Fr.
Fox is an 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, but the Kings need a point guard of the future since both Darren Collison and Ty Lawson are free agents.
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.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Jonathan Isaac, F, Florida State, 6-9, Fr.
A combo forward who still needs to fill out physically, Isaac is still raw but loaded with athleticism and potential. He would add to Minnesota’s already young and versatile frontcourt.
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.
Dallas Mavericks: 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 Mavericks don’t have a point guard of the future and are reportedly very high on Ntilikina.
Sacramento Kings: 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 would add some needed versatility to the Kings’ frontcourt in their attempt to replace DeMarcus Cousins.
Charlotte Hornets: Justin Jackson, SF, North Carolina, 6-8, Jr.
In acquiring Dwight Howard, the Hornets addressed their need for a defensive presence inside and likely turn their attention toward adding depth on the wing. After struggling to shoot it from deep as a sophomore, the thin, lengthy forward tremendously improved his perimeter game and stock during the Tar Heels’ run to the National Championship.
Detroit Pistons: Luke Kennard, SG, Duke, 6-6, Soph.
Kennard had a breakout sophomore campaign and is a sharpshooter from downtown. The Pistons were one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the league last season, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a restricted free agent, so a shooting guard is needed.
Denver Nuggets: Zach Collins, C, Gonzaga, 7-0, Fr.
Collins’ was Gonzaga’s sixth man this past season but has a well-rounded game for a young big, which should land him in the lottery. The Nuggets could use another big man, especially since Mason Plumlee is a restricted free agent.
Miami Heat: John Collins, PF, Wake Forest, 6-10, Soph.
The Heat’s biggest need is finding frontcourt help for Hassan Whiteside. Collins quietly had a monster sophomore season and is a versatile threat on the offensive end.
Portland Trail Blazers: Donovan Mitchell, G, Louisville, 6-3, Soph.
Mitchell is a combo guard who emerged as the Cardinals’ go-to option this past season, but he also gets it done on the defensive end. The Trail Blazers could use a boost of talent in their backcourt behind Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.
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Written by David Kay – @david_kmiecik.
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