Welcome to our first 2017 NBA Mock Draft (Lottery). We will be predicting the lottery selections (top 14 picks). Even though the NBA Draft is a little more than 4 months away, it is never to early to predict where the college/international stars of today will be making a living in just a few months. This year’s draft is being considered as the most talented in over a decade.
These players lives will be dramatically changing as they are finishing up their respective college seasons and are auditioning for NBA scouts and general managers every time they step on the basketball court.
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 first edition of our 2017 NBA Mock Draft (Lottery).
6’4″ 195 POUNDS
PG WASHINGTON FRESHMEN
WHY THE PICK: Boston fans can thank the Brooklyn Nets for this pick, which was part of the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade a few years ago. Fultz is the complete package who is capable of playing both guard spots. We love his overall demeanor and game. While playing on a struggling Washington team this season, he has been superb. He has the look of a future perennial All-Star. He can do everything on the court. He reminds us of former NBA All-Star Brandon Roy.
6’7″ 205 POUNDS
SF KANSAS FRESHMEN
WHY THE PICK: Jackson started off slow, however, he has been excellent the past month of the season. He is showing off his athletic ability and improved shooting to the scouts. 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. Once his outside shooting improves, look out. He will give the young Suns another building block for the future.
3.LOS ANGELES LAKERS
6’6″ 190 POUNDS
PG UCLA FRESHMEN
WHY THE PICK: The Lakers waste no time giving the card to NBA commissioner Adam Silver. Ball is the best college passer in years. His court vision, play-making ability, and overall skill level is extraordinary. By adding Ball, D’Angelo Russell can move over to shooting guard. A back-court of Ball and Russell might just bring a little showtime back to Los Angeles. Once his outside shooting becomes more consistent, he will be a lethal weapon on the offensive end of the court. Ball has an opportunity to be special.
6’8″ 205 POUNDS
SF DUKE FRESHMEN
WHY THE PICK: Tatum started his college career injured. He is now starting to show off his impressive array of offensive moves. The 2016 High School Player of the Year has the ability to become a premier scorer at the NBA level. The Magic need a player who can put the ball in the basket. The 6’8″ Tatum will do just that. He has one of the top 3 best offensive skill-sets in this draft. We consider him a better prospect than Brandon Ingram, who was the number 2 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Lakers.
6’2″ 195 POUNDS
PG NC STATE FRESHMEN
WHY THE PICK: Smith has rebounded very well from a torn acl that kept him sidelined during his senior year of high school in 2016. He is a very strong, fast, and explosive point guard who finally gives the 76ers a highly skilled leader at the most important position on the floor. We believe Smith is a potential NBA star who reminds us of former NBA MVP Derrick Rose. By selecting Smith, Philadelphia might be the surprise team in the Eastern Conference next season.
6’11” 210 POUNDS
SF/PF FLORIDA STATE FRESHMEN
WHY THE PICK: Isaac is a tantalizing prospect who oozes potential. He is inconsistent at this point in his development. However, if he can put it all together, he has the ability to become an excellent NBA player. The 6″11″ SF/PF has a sweet shooting stroke and very good athleticism for a big-man. It will take a few years for him to fill out his body and round out his game. The Timberwolves add a player who’s ceiling is sky high.
6’3″ 170 POUNDS
PG KENTUCKY FRESHMEN
WHY THE PICK: Fox is the fastest player in the 2017 NBA Draft. He has been a great leader for the Wildcats all year long. Once he improves his shooting, watch out. He reminds us of Mike Conley while Conley was at Ohio State. Fox has elite athletic ability and is a superb passer. As he matures and improves his jump-shot, the Mavericks will have their point guard for the next decade.
8.NEW YORK KNICKS
6’3″ 200 POUNDS
SG KENTUCKY FRESHMEN
WHY THE PICK: Monk is a scoring machine who should step right into the NBA and continue to put the ball in the basket. While slightly undersized for a shooting guard, the 6’3″ Arkansas native is an elite athlete. His pure shooting stroke will get him immediate playing time for the disappointing Knicks. He will help shoulder the scoring load as a rookie with Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. Monk reminds us of Monta Ellis. His ability to get on scoring hot streaks will delight the Madison Square Garden fans.
9.NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
6’5″ 170 POUNDS
PG NO COLLEGE PLAYING IN FRANCE
WHY THE PICK: Ntilikina is the big unknown and a wildcard in this draft. He has outstanding size for a point guard to go along with phenomenal ball-handling and passing skills. If he played Division 1 basketball, the teenager would be a star. His individual workouts will be very important, however, his talent is undeniable. With the possible loss of Jrue Holliday, New Orleans gambles on the international star. His upside is extremely high.
7’0″ 255 POUNDS
PF ARIZONA FRESHMEN
WHY THE PICK: The Arizona freshmen is one of the better shooters in the entire draft. The seven footer has an outstanding shooting stroke and the look of a “stretch-4”. He is a very good athlete as he can get up and down the floor. His shooting ability will help C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard out immensely. He will help spread the floor for those two guards. While he is young, he has the skill-set for immediate playing time.
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. With the recent trade of DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings gamble with Giles. 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.
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.
6’9″ 240 POUNDS
PF TEXAS A&M FRESHMEN
WHY THE PICK: Williams is perhaps the biggest riser of any player that will be in the 2017 NBA Draft. His calling card right now is his defensive ability. He is a dominant rebounder, which is a skill that translates to the NBA level. He also shows great shot-blocking ability. He needs work on the offensive end of the court. Miami gets a defensive presence to go alongside center Hassan Whiteside.
6’10” 220 POUNDS
PF UCLA FRESHMEN
WHY THE PICK: Leaf is the second half of the tremendous 1-2 punch for UCLA, along with Lonzo Ball. He has surprised everyone with his stellar play. He has been a consistent offensive presence and can stretch the floor with his outside shooting. Once thought to be a 2-3 year college player, the 6’10”, “stretch-4” is becoming one of the fastest risers in this draft. The freshmen is also a very good rebounder and is more athletic than he looks.
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