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.
6’4″ 195 POUNDS
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
6’9″ 250 POUNDS
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
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.
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