2017 NBA DRAFT PLAYER RANKINGS
(TOP PLAYERS AT EACH POSITION)
The 2017 NBA Draft is almost here. We will be previewing each position group. We have ranked the top 7 players at each position. A summary of each player is included. Click on each player’s hyperlink to access their individual 2017 NBA Draft player profile. Here are our top NBA draft prospects by position.
Point Guard play in the NBA is crucial for team success. This year’s point guard crop might be the most talented in the last 20 year’s. As many as 5 point guards can be selected in the lottery. There looks to be future All-Stars, starters, and very good back-ups. Click on each player’s name with their hyperlink to access their 2017 NBA Draft Profile.
1.MARKELLE FULTZ: The Washington Huskies star is the best player in the entire draft. He looks like a lock to be the number 1 overall pick by the Boston Celtics. He is the equivalent of obtaining an excellent free agent. Reminds us of Brandon Roy, a former All-Star with the Portland Trailblazers.
2. LONZO BALL: The flashy UCLA star looks like a perfect match for the Lakers at pick number 2. He is the consummate point guard who gets everyone involved. He will bring flair back to the Lakers and will push former number 2 overall pick D’Angelo Russell, to his more comfortable SG position.
3. De’AARON FOX: We love everything about the Kentucky freshman, who iimproved dramatically during the second half of the college season. He is the fastest player in the draft. Once he gains a consistent jump-shot, he has a chance for stardom. He reminds us of Mike Conley when he was at Ohio State. Fox looks like a lock for the top 5.
4.DENNIS SMITH JR.: Smith came back from a torn acl during his senior year of high school to perform very well for North Carolina State. He is a very physical PG who reminds us of a young Barron Davis. Smith can shoot it and attacks the basket with ferocity. He looks like a top 8 pick.
5. FRANK NTILIKINA: The big wildcard of the first round. Playing in France, he is not known among the casual NBA fan. However, he is 6’5″ with a huge wingspan. He has the attributes of becoming a big time player. There is also a bust factor concern with him. His shooting is a concern, although he is still a teenager. A team looking for a future point guard will probably select him in the top 10.
6.JAWUN EVANS: The Oklahoma State star had a fabulous sophomore year. While a little on the small side, he can turn into an eventual NBA starter. Evans starts the 2nd tier of point guards. He looks to be a first round pick, anywhere from pick 20 on.
7. FRANK JACKSON: Jackson had a solid freshman campaign. He probably would have been better served by staying in school another year. However, he has been performing very well during NBA Draft combine workouts and measured in above 6’3-6’4″. Jackson can also play SG, which helps him. He is rising and now looks to be a first round pick.
OTHER DRAFT-ABLE POINT GUARDS
The shooting guard crop might be the weakest position of the 5. There looks to be 4-5 first rounders and the rest being second round selections. Some players are listed as SG/SF. We took that into consideration and will be listing those players to the position we believe they will be most likely playing in the NBA. Click on each player’s name with their hyperlink to access their 2017 NBA Draft Profile.
1.MALIK MONK: Monk dazzled all season long and might be the best long range shooter in this draft. He can score and score in bunches. While only 6’3″, he will succeed in the NBA because he has the natural athletic ability that many players don’t. The Kentucky freshman looks to be the only shooting guard to be a lock in the top 10.
2.DONOVAN MITCHELL: Mitchell has helped himself during his individual workouts with teams. He is a combo guard who will most likely be an undersized SG. He is explosive, tough, and can shoot the ball. He can go anywhere from the late teens to pick 25.
3.LUKE KENNARD: The sweet shooting lefty from Duke improved in all areas of his game as a sophomore. Always known as a lights out shooter from long range, he showed that he can handle the ball and make plays for others. Because NBA teams are always in need of players who can score, look for Kennard to be drafted in the late teens to early 20’s.
4.TERRANCE FERGUSON: The one time Arizona commit decided to play professionally in Europe for one season instead of going to college. Ferguson has the skills to develop into a “3 and D” player, perhaps more. He is a lock for the first round. NBA teams are scouting him heavily at this point since he didn’t play in the U.S. this year. His workouts are crucial for him.
5. JOSH HART: Hart is a perfect example of a player working as hard as he can to become the best player he can possible be. The 2-time first team All-American can do a little bit of everything. While not a real explosive athlete, he should enjoy a nice 10-year NBA career playing both guard spots. Nobody in this draft competes as hard as Josh Hart. He is simply a winning basketball player with a real high IQ of the game.
6.DWAYNE BACON: Bacon’s stock among NBA teams seems to be dropping. We are still high on the Florida State star. He has an NBA body. He can shoot it, make plays for himself, and play defense. We don’t know why the sudden drop but don’t be surprised if he ends up being a good NBA player.
7. P.J. DOZIER: Dozier played an integral part in South Carolina’s shocking ride to the Final 4. We like the upside of the combo guard. Dozier does everything on the basketball court very well, with his long-range shooting being his main weakness. At 6’6″ Dozier has an opportunity to turn into a PG. He can defend multiple positions. If Dozier can improve his outside shooting, he has a chance to be a steal in the early second round.
OTHER DRAFT-ABLE SHOOTING GUARDS
The small forward class is solid. There looks to be around 10 players who have a very good chance of being selected. Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum both should get picked within the top 5-7 picks. As many as 4 other small forwards can go in the first round. Because of the overall depth in this draft, look for a few 2nd rounders to make an NBA roster. Click on each player’s name with their hyperlink to access their 2017 NBA Draft Profile.
1.JOSH JACKSON: The Kansas freshman lived up to the hype this past season. The number 1 recruit from the class of 2016 can do it all on the floor. He has improved his jump-shooting ability. He has All-Star potential and is a future lock-down defender. If he gains a consistent 3-point shot, he will be a true organizational foundation player. He isn’t even close to becoming the player that he can be, which is scary.
2. JAYSON TATUM: Tatum started off his freshman campaign injured at Duke. However, he turned it on at the end of the year. He has an excellent overall skill-set and should be a big-time scorer in the league. While his defense needs work, a team picking in the top 5-7 will snatch him up. He can score from anywhere on the floor.
3. JUSTIN JACKSON: The North Carolina star led the Tarheels to the National Championship. He withdrew his name from last year’s draft and it looks like a wise decision. He improved his overall game. He is a smooth scorer and has good size for the position. He shouldn’t make it out of the first 20 picks.
4. OG ANUNOBY: Anunoby was having a real good season until he suffered a season ending injury. He was an elite defender at Indiana who needs work on his jump-shot. He should be 100%by next season and looks like a possible “3 and D” player in the NBA. He is an excellent athlete.
5.RODIONS KURUCS: Kurucs is perhaps the best European in the draft. His best attribute is scoring. He might not be ready for the NBA and the team that drafts him might keep him in Europe for another 1-2 years. He can be a good rotational player in time.
6. WESLEY IWUNDU: An under the radar player at Kansas State, Iwundu is gaining traction as the draft nears. He looks like a “3 and D” type of player. He is a good defender as he can guard multiple positions, which is critical in today’s NBA style of play.
7. DILLON BROOKS: Brooks had a stellar career at Oregon. He is a tweener but can flat out play the game. He can do everything well on the court. He will be a 2nd round pick who should make an NBA team and eventually be a productive role player and a jack of all trades type of player.
OTHER DRAFT-ABLE SMALL FORWARDS
The power forward crop for the 2017 NBA Draft is very good. There is a lot of potential with this group and as many as 12-15 players have a chance of being selected within the 2 rounds of the draft. Some of these players are PF/C combos. However, we are ranking these players on the position we believe they will most likely be playing in the NBA. Click on each player’s name with their hyperlink to access their 2017 NBA Draft Profile.
1.JONATHAN ISAAC: Isaac is a tantalizing prospect. At 6’11”, he is a great athlete with a beautful shooting stroke. He can handle the ball and pass extremely well. While he has all the upside that NBA scouts can want, he needs to gain weight and has boom or bust potential. However, a team within the top 7 picks will gamble on all that talent that he possesses.
2. LAURI MARKKANEN: The Arizona big-man was a pleasant surprise for the Wildcats. He sports a great outside shooting stroke. He isn’t much of a low-post player. He looks like a “stretch-4” in the NBA. He needs to get tougher. However, big-men who can shoot like him don’t come around often. He should be a lottery pick.
3. T.J. LEAF: Leaf benefited greatly playing alongside Lonzo Ball. He will remind some fans of former UCLA great Kevin Love. He can shoot from deep and rebound well. He looks like another “stretch-4”. He should be a solid player who has a nice 10-12 year NBA career.
4. HARRY GILES: Giles was a top 5 recruit in the class of 2016. He had a very disappointing freshman year at Duke. He already has 2 torn acl’s, dating back from high school. If he gain regain his abilities pre-surgery, he will be a steal. However, he is a very risky selection in the first round. A boom or bust prospect. A team will probably gamble on him around picks 22-30 in the first round.
5. IVAN RABB: The CAL sophomore would have been a top 10 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Instead, he is now looking to be a late first-early 2nd round selection. Rabb is a solid rebounder with a nice 12 foot jumper. He should enjoy a 10-12 year NBA career. He knows how to play the game. He is underrated, in our opinion. What you see is what you get with him. He is a safe pick.
6. D.J. WILSON: Wilson has improved his stock to the point where he is now considered a virtual lock to be a first round selection. At 6’10”, he has a very diverse game as he does a lot of things well. He is still improving but has the skills to be an eventual NBA starter in a few years.
7. TYLER LYDON: The Syracuse sophomore can shoot it well. He will most liekly be a “stretch-4” and is more athletic than NBA scouts first thought. He is a borderline first round pick in such a deep draft. He should eventually turn into a good rotational player who can help out the 2nd unit of an NBA team.
OTHER DRAFT-ABLE POWER FORWARDS
The center crop for the 2017 NBA Draft is very young as a whole. While the power forward crop has players that can play both PF/C, we believe the majority of these players will be strictly centers in the NBA. The 2 exceptions are Zach Collins, Jordan Bell, and Thomas Bryant. Click on each player’s name with their hyperlink to access their 2017 NBA Draft Profile.
1.ZACH COLLINS: Collins was the 6th man for Gonzaga, who was the national runner-up this past season. However, he was their most talented player and has all the makings of a future NBA All-Star. We love his overall game. He conceivably play the “stretch-4” also at the next level. We believe with an extra 20 pounds, he can be a do it all center. In 3 years, Collins might be the 2nd or 3rd best player out of this draft. He is only scratching the surface of his talents. He will be a lottery pick and perhaps a top 10 pick.
2. JARRETT ALLEN: Allen was superb for a Texas team that wasn’t very good this past season. He has nice low-post moves and can be force on the defensive end. He is a true center. The quality of the center position isn’t very good, which will make a team select the talents of Allen within the first 15 picks.
3. BAM ADEBAYO: The Kentucky freshman already has an NBA body. He is a very tough and rugged player with very good athleticism. While his offensive game consists of mostly dunks at this point, he should improve in time. He will make his mark in the beginning of his career by playing outstanding defense. He plays the game real hard and the right way.
4. JOHN COLLINS: Collins was one of the most improved players in college basketball during the 2016-17 season. The Wake Forest star can shoot it and has good athletic ability. He was a dominant rebounder and shot-blocker this season, which are skills that every NBA team wants to add to their roster. He is still developing his skills but looks like a future starter.
5. IKE ANIGBOGU: The UCLA freshman is a perfect case of NBA teams looking at long-term potential. Anigbogu averaged less than 15 minutes of playing time per game. However, NBA scouts believe he can turn into a defensive force in a few years. He is very raw at the offensive end. A team will draft him in the first round because of his defensive ability.
6: JUSTIN PATTON: The Creighton red-shirt freshman surprised many in the Big-East conference. He runs the floor extremely well and can shoot it above-average for a center. He is a good shot-blocker. In a league devoid of centers. Patton looks like he made the right decision to leave college early as he will be a first round pick.
7. TONY BRADLEY: Another young center with talent, which is the theme of the center crop for this year’s draft. Bradley came off the bench for North Carolina. He played very well down the stretch for the national champions. He has a few low-post moves and can hit the mid-range jumper. The key fr him will be gaining the necessary strength and weight in order for him to match-up physically with NBA veterans. He is an interesting and long-term project, in our opinion.
OTHER DRAFT-ABLE POWER CENTERS
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