2017 NBA MOCK DRAFT

The college season is finally over and North Carolina is the national champion for 2017. From now until June, we shift our focus to the NBA playoffs and the NBA Draft. The upcoming draft has the potential to be one of the best in terms of talent in years.

We will provide a summary on each player and our reason for each selection. Each player is hyperlinked, so just click on their name to read their own in-depth NBA Draft Player Profile. Here is our 2017 NBA Mock Draft.

NOTE: To read our previous 2017 NBA Mock Draft (Lottery Edition),  VIEW HERE.

 

1.BOSTON CELTICS

MARKELLE FULTZ

6’4″  195 POUNDS

Markelle Fultz

PG  WASHINGTON  FRESHMEN

WHY THE PICK: Nothing changes from our first mock draft (lottery edition). Fultz is the best player in this excellent draft. He has the complete overall game and can play both guard spots. He is the type of player who can take Boston to the next level. He has the look and game of former NBA All-Star Brandon Roy. 

 

2.PHOENIX SUNS

JOSH JACKSON

6’7″  205 POUNDS

SF  KANSAS  FRESHMEN

WHY THE PICK: The number 1 player in the high school class of 2016 has the makings of an elite small forward who can also become a premier defender. Jackson showed during the last month of the college season just how good he can be. When he gets a consistent outside jumper, he will have a chance to be phenomenal. 

 

3.LOS ANGELES LAKERS

LONZO BALL 

6’6″  190 POUNDS

PG  UCLA  FRESHMEN

WHY THE PICK: There have been rumblings that if given the chance, the Lakers prefer Josh Jackson over Ball. However, Ball is the 3rd best player in the draft. While his unorthodox shooting stroke is a cause for concern, his play-making ability will be a tremendous boost for LA. He has great size for a PG, and will push  D’Angelo Russell to SG, which might be his best position. 

 

4.ORLANDO MAGIC

DE’AARON FOX   

6’3″  170 POUNDS

PG  KENTUCKY  FRESHMEN

WHY THE PICK: The Kentucky PG is the fastest rising player in the top 10. His performance during the conference and NCAA tournament solidified his top 5 ranking. We love Fox. We believe he will be a star in the NBA. Once he gets a consistent jump-shot, his blend of speed and athletic ability will shine in the NBA setting.

 

5.PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

DENNIS SMITH JR.

6’2″  195 POUNDS

PG  NC STATE  FRESHMEN

WHY THE PICK: The 76ers are loaded with young talent. The one position where they need a major upgrade is at PG. That changes with the selection of Smith Jr. The NC State phenom is a strong and explosive star who reminds us of a young Derrick Rose. By adding Smith Jr., Philadelphia will undoubtedly be in the playoff hunt next year.

 

6.NEW YORK KNICKS

JAYSON TATUM

6’8″  205 POUNDS

SF  DUKE  FRESHMEN

WHY THE PICK: It was another disappointing season for the Knicks. However, they get lucky as Tatum drops down to the 6th spot in this mock due to the PG needs of the teams above them. Tatum came on strong in the ACC tournament. We believe he is better than Brandon Ingram, who was the number 2 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Lakers. The Knicks add the Duke freshmen to their roster as he may have the best offensive skill-set in the draft. 

 

7.SACRAMENTO KINGS

FRANK NTILIKINA

6’5″  170 POUNDS

PG  NO COLLEGE PLAYING IN FRANCE

WHY THE PICK: Ntilikina is this year’s version of Dragan Bender, who was the 4th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He is the big unknown as he is currently playing in France. He has outstanding size for the PG position. His passing and ball-handling skills are elite. It will take time for Ntilikina to learn the NBA game and he needs to get stronger. However, he shows big-time potential. Sacramento gambles on that potential here and selects the last of the top-level PG’s in the draft.

 

8.MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

JONATHAN ISAAC

6’11”  210 POUNDS

SF/PF  FLORIDA STATE  FRESHMEN

WHY THE PICK: Upside, Upside, Upside. That is what the Timberwolves are getting with Isaac. At 6’11”, he has an excellent shooting stroke to go along with very good athletic ability. He will need to gain weight. He needs to gain weight. There is a bit of a bust factor in Isaac. However, his talent is undeniable. 

 

9.DALLAS MAVERICKS

MALIK MONK

Malik Monk

6’3″  200 POUNDS

SG  KENTUCKY  FRESHMEN

WHY THE PICK: Monk is the best pure scorer in this draft with in the gym range. The ultra athletic freshmen did it all for Kentucky this year. While he is small for a SG at 6’3″, he athleticism and offensive skill-set should allow him to be successful. He can help Dallas right away by doing what he does best. That is put the ball in the basket. 

 

10.SACRAMENTO KINGS

LAURI MARKANNEN

7’0″  255 POUNDS

PF  ARIZONA  FRESHMEN

WHY THE PICK: Markannen was one of the nicest surprises in college basketball this past season. The big-man has the makings of becoming a very good “stretch-4”. He has a great shooting stroke and is developing some low-post moves. Although he needs to get tougher, he should receive immediate playing time with Sacramento. We like the European’s overall game. Kings fans will like him. 

 

11.DETROIT PISTONS

ZACH COLLINS

6’11”  240 POUNDS

PF/C  GONZAGA  FRESHMEN

WHY THE PICK: Collins was perhaps Gonzaga’s highest rated recruit in school history. While he was the team’s 6th man, he is their best pro prospect. The freshmen has range out to the 3-point line to go along with well developed inside moves. He projects as a “stretch-4” in the NBA. He is just beginning to scratch the surface of his abilities. His stock is soaring at this point in time.

 

12.CHARLOTTE HORNETS

JOHN COLLINS

6’10”  225 POUNDS

PF/C  WAKE FOREST  SOPHOMORE

WHY THE PICK: The Demon Deacon was one of the pleasant surprises in all of college basketball in 2016-17. Collins was perhaps the most athletic big-man in the country this season. His offensive game is rapidly improving. He will make his mark early in his NBA career by rebounding the ball. He has a chance of becoming an elite shot-blocker. Charlotte wastes no time selecting the high upside of John Collins.

 

13.MIAMI HEAT

JARRETT ALLEN

Jarrett Allen

6’11”  230 POUNDS

C  TEXAS  FRESHMEN

WHY THE PICK: Allen is the 4th straight talented big-man to come off the board in this scenario. He has a vast array of offensive moves that should get him immediate playing time as a rookie. He is very athletic and sports a 7’5 wing-span. His coordination, skill, and athletic ability are not easy to find.

 

14. DENVER NUGGETS

JUSTIN JACKSON

6’8″  200 POUNDS

SF  NORTH CAROLINA  JUNIOR

WHY THE PICK: The small forward has a solid sophomore season. However, he blew up this year while leading North Carolina to the national title. Jackson can shoot it with range and is adept at moving without the ball. he Nuggets have a young and talented roster. They add another piece with a player who can score, although he will need to gain weight.

 

15.PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS

T.J LEAF

6’10”  220 POUNDS

PF  UCLA  FRESHMEN

WHY THE PICK: Lonzo Ball garnered most of the headlines. However, T.J. Leaf was just as impressive during UCLA’s stellar season. The future NBA “stretch-4” can do a little bit of everything. He is stronger than he looks. He can shoot it from deep, hit the mid-range jumper, and post-up. He reminds us very much of former Bruin Kevin Love, as he is an outstanding passer like the CAVS star. Portland adds a nice piece to go alongside Lillard and McCollum.

 

16.INDIANA PACERS

TERRANCE FERGUSON

Terrance Ferguson

6’7″  185 POUNDS

SG  AUSTRALIA  NO CLASS

WHY THE PICK: Ferguson was a highly touted Arizona recruit in 2016 who decided to turn pro for 1 year. NBA scouts know all about him as he is one of the top SG prospects in this draft. He has the chance to become a premier defender in the league. If he can develop his outside shooting, he has a chance to become an excellent player. Indiana selects Ferguson and gets more athletic and younger with the hope that he can help Paul George with the scoring load in the near future.

 

17. CHICAGO BULLS

JUSTIN PATTON

6’11”  230 POUNDS

C  CREIGHTON  FRESHMEN (RS)

WHY THE PICK: This draft has an abundance of talented freshmen big-men. Patton fits right into that group. He surprised a lot of college basketball fans with his play this year. He is a major defensive presence in the middle and will help the Bulls right away in this area. Patton can also shoot it from the outside. The athletic center needs to gain weight. The Bulls need youth up front and the Creighton star will give them that. He is 2-3 years away from becoming a consistent NBA player. High upside who is to tempting to pass up at this pick.

 

18.ATLANTA HAWKS

IVAN RABB

6’10”  220 POUNDS

PF  CAL  SOPHOMORE

WHY THE PICK: Rabb would have been a top 5 pick in last years draft, which was weak in terms of overall talent. While he won’t be drafted that high this year, he has improved a lot in a year. Rabb is a player who can come right into the NBA and give solid minutes off the bench. He projects as a solid starter in the NBA. He is also regarded as a very hard-working, high character player. He should have a nice 10-12 year NBA career.

 

19.MILWAUKEE BUCKS

BAM ADEBAYO

Bam Adebayo

6’10  255 POUNDS

PF/C  KENTUCKY  FRESHMEN

WHY THE PICK: Adebayo is physically ready for the NBA who we really like. He can conceivably become the best out of all the freshmen big-man in this draft. He is a defensive presence who will rebound. He didn’t get many opportunities on the offensive end at UK, however, that was because Monk and Fox were on the team. If he can develop a few offensive low-post moves, watch out. While he is very young, his toughness will help an already talented Bucks team. He will fit in perfectly with Jason Kidd’s team.

 

20.PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS

LUKE KENNARD

6’5″  185 POUNDS

SG  DUKE  SOPHOMORE

WHY THE PICK: Kennard is one of the draft’s most purest shooters. The lefty is deadly from the outside as he has a beautiful shooting stroke. His high basketball IQ will help off-set his average athletic ability, which is a concern among NBA scouts. However, to win in the West you have to have scorers. Pair him with Lillard and McCollum, and Portland just got that much more dangerous on the wing. He will score in the NBA. Can he defend?

 

21. OKC THUNDER

Dwayne Bacon

DWAYNE BACON

6’6″  220 POUNDS

SG  FLORIDA STATE  SOPHOMORE

WHY THE PICK: Bacon is a highly athletic shooting guard. He is one of the better slashers in this draft. He has the attributes to become a starting SG in a few years and provides the Thunder with outside scoring, which they need. He has a chance of moving up in our next 2017 NBA Mock Draft edition.

 

22.TORONTO RAPTORS

RODIONS KURUCS

6’8″  220 POUNDS

SF LATVIA  NO COLLEGE

WHY THE PICK: The 19-year old is a big wildcard in this draft. However, NBA scouts like his offensive repertoire. He will need a few years to get acclimated to the physicality and speed of the NBA game. The Raptors look at this pick as a future investment.

 

23. ORLANDO MAGIC

ISAIAH HARTENSTEIN

6’11”  235 POUNDS

PF  GERMANY  NO COLLEGE

WHY THE PICK: The 18-year old is held in high regard. He is considered the best German prospect since Dirk Nowitzki. He shows the unique ability for a player his size to put the ball on the floor and create for himself and others as he has very good court vision and passing ability. If the Magic are patient with him, he can be a very productive player in the league.

 

24. BROOKLYN NETS

HARRY GILES  

6’10”  225 POUNDS

PF  DUKE  FRESHMEN

WHY THE PICK: Giles is one of the top 5 overall talents in the draft. However, he has already had 2 torn acl’s dating back from high school. Duke held him back in the beginning of the year. He is only now starting to play regularly. He has shown glimpses of the talent that has made him so highly regarded. If he can stay healthy, his talent will shine and he will be a very good NBA player. This is a boom or bust pick. The lowly Nets take the huge gamble that is Harry Giles.

 

25. UTAH JAZZ

TYLER LYDON

6’9″  215 POUNDS

SF/PF  SYRACUSE  SOPHOMORE

WHY THE PICK: Lydon is another one of the versatile forwards in this draft. Due to his ability to stretch the floor with his shooting, we feel he will be a “stretch-4” at the next level. Utah adds another young and quality big-man to its talented roster. This is a good spot for Lydon where he doesn’t need to be rushed.

 

26. BROOKLYN NETS

DONOVAN MITCHELL

6’3″  210 POUNDS

SG/PG  LOUISVILLE SOPHOMORE

WHY THE PICK: Mitchell was Louisville’s leader this past season. There are a lot of things to like about Mitchell. There is a lot of versatility that he displays. He can defend, score, run the team in spurts, and make big plays when the need arises.The Nets need help anywhere and they get a player who will see back-court time right away.

 

27.PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS

JOHNATHAN MOTLEY

6’9″  230 POUNDS

PF  BAYLOR  JUNIOR

WHY THE PICK: Motley is a terror on the glass. He runs the floor as well as any power forward in this draft. He will help out Portland on the defensive end right away. He never stops playing hard. Every NBA team can use a player like Motley.

 

28. LOS ANGELES LAKERS

EDMOND SUMNER

6’5″  180 POUNDS

PG/SG  XAVIER  SOPHOMORE

WHY THE PICK: Sumner has a great basketball body with speed and athleticism to burn. He had a season ending knee surgery a few months ago, which cut short his sophomore year. If he was healthy, he would be a possible top 15 pick. The Lakers get great value here in Sumner. While he might take a while to get back to 100%, it is worth the chance to select a possible NBA starter in time.

 

29. SAN ANTONIO SPURS

CALEB SWANIGAN

6’9″  250 POUNDS

Caleb Swanigan

PF/C  PURDUE  SOPHOMORE

WHY THE PICK: Swanigan was the most dominant big-man in college basketball. He is a load to handle down-low. He is more athletic than many think and can hit the mid-range jumper. At the very worst, he will become a valuable rotation player. This just feels like a Spurs selection.

 

30. UTAH JAZZ

OG ANUNOBY

6’8″  215 POUNDS

SF/PF  INDIANA  SOPHOMORE

WHY THE PICK: Anunoby was having a stellar sophomore year before having a season ending knee injury. If declared 100% before the June draft, he will go higher than this. He is an incredible athlete who is just starting to scratch the surface of his abilities. Right now we consider him a “3 and D” player. Even though the Jazz selected Lydon, Anunoby is too talented to pass up in this spot.

 

NOTE: We will be publishing more Mock Drafts. We will also be publishing our NBA Draft Positional Rankings. STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFO!

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This article has 8 Comments

  1. I like this version of your mock draft. I agree with your prediction of Collins from Gonzaga. He is definitely a riser. I also think that Tatum will fall to the Knicks and be Carmelo’s replacement.

    1. Hello JSC,
      We really like Zach Collins. He was the 6th man on Gonzaga, who lost in the national championship. Jayson Tatum really came on strong during the last month of the season. He is a better prospect then former Duke star, Brandon Ingram. If he drops to the Knicks, they will have a hard time passing him up, especially since Carmelo Anthony will likely be traded in the off-season.
      -Rob

  2. Lonzo Ball is going to be something great in the league fir sure. I can see it now. You have this thing just about right. I would suggest tweaking it a little more. Why do you have Monk so low? That kid is a monster. The 2017 draft should be very interesting indeed.

    1. Hi James,

      I agree with you on Ball. He is going to be a very good player. The reasoning for Monk is that this draft is loaded at the top with point guards. Also, he is a 6’3″ shooting guard. I honestly see him eventually being a good starter or an excellent 6th man where he can come off the bench and change the complexion of a game. Just my opinion of course. Watch out for Fox from Kentucky. Once he gets a consistent jump-shot, he is going to be really good. We publish NBA player profiles every Monday. You can find those on the main menu under NBA and then 2017 Draft player profiles.

      -Rob

  3. I’m anxious to see how my Sixers do. If we draft a point guard I think that’ll get in the way of Ben Simmon’s and his development what you think?

    Honestly I’m ready for us to get out of this drought and finally start making some noise, it’s been too long!

    1. Hi,

      I believe they will draft a point guard. There are about 5 legitimate future stars at the position in the draft. I say they draft one of them. Simmons can play point but he really is a power forward. I say get a true PG and then watch out for Philly in 1-2 years.

      -Rob

    1. Hi Phi,
      Fox is the player who is really rising up the draft boards. There are people like you who think he will be a better NBA player than Ball. Once he gets a better jump-shot, Fox has a chance to be superb. Ball will be drafted ahead of him, however the gap is closing .

      -Rob

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