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NBA Mock Draft 3.0 (1st and 2nd Rounds)

2017 NBA Mock Draft

NBA Mock Draft 3.0 (1st and 2nd Rounds)

1st Round

1) Boston Celtics – Markelle Fultz, Point Guard (Washington)

It’s no surprise who is going number one.  Especially since Lonzo Ball refused to work out for the Celtics.  Fultz is going to be in good hands if he is under coach Brad Stevens for the long haul.

2) Los Angeles Lakers – Lonzo Ball, Point Guard (UCLA)

We are all tired of hearing about Lonzo and Lavar Ball, but we can’t stop talking about them.  Great marketing/branding idea.  I have seen film of Ball at UCLA and there are definitely some holes that show he might not be as great as his father believes he is.  He has the ceiling of a Jason Kidd level player, but he could wind up being the next D’Angelo Russell. 

3) Philadelphia 76ers – Josh Jackson, Guard/Forward (Kansas)

I strongly believe Philly tries to move down to see if they can grab Monk in the 6-10 range but if they stay pat, I am bullish on Jackson being the best fit here.

4) Phoenix Suns – Jayson Tatum, Small Forward (Duke)

Tatum is getting interest from a lot of teams, and for good reason.  I like his ability to score the basketball and I think pairing him with Booker in Phoenix makes sense.

5) Sacramento Kings – De’Aaron Fox, Point Guard (Kentucky)

The Kings have to select Fox at 5 if he is here.  Some people might try to trade into the top 3 to get their hands on De’Aaron and it might even be the Kings we see doing it.

6) Orlando Magic – Dennis Smith, Point Guard (North Carolina State)

Smith might be the most interesting guard in this draft.  He has the athleticism and tools to really be a force in the league but it will take time for him to reach his maximum potential.

7) Minnesota Timberwolves – Jonathan Isaac, Power/Small Forward (Florida State)

  1. When it comes to Isaac, there couldn’t be a better fit.  I am dreading the Magic taking him at 6 and watching that train wreck of him and Gordon trying to play together.  Minnesota has the best coach for Isaac and I think it’s a perfect fit.

8) New York Knicks – Malik Monk, Shooting Guard (Kentucky)

Monk is one of those guys I could see going as high as 3, but also as low as 12.  The Knicks desperately need a point guard so they could be enticed by Ntilikina from France and go that route.  Regardless, I think Monk is the best scorer in the lottery and the Knicks could use a backcourt scorer.

9) Dallas Mavericks – Frank Ntilikina, Point Guard (France)

It appears that the Mavericks will either go with Nitlikina or Markkanen come Draft night.  While nothing has been said, their two biggest holes are at power forward and point guard.  Those two guys are projected as the best available for their position at this point in the Draft.

10).Sacramento Kings – Lauri Markkanen, Power Forward (Arizona)

Markkanen has been doing some private workouts and he can really score the basketball.  He has the look and build of a Dirk/Porzingis type player but he has to put a lot of work into that.  I like have Fox, Hield and Markkanen as a future Big Three for the Kings.  Make it happen Vlade.

11 Charlotte Hornets – Harry Giles, Power Forward (Duke)

Giles is continuing to rise on the Draft Boards.  He has all the raw talent you want and he is a lottery level player.  The Hornets might be afraid of his knee injuries but ultimately, Giles could be a steal here at 11.

12) Detroit Pistons – Donovan Mitchell, Shooting Guard (Louisville)

The rumor around the league is that the Pistons want to trade away their pick for veteran help.  We know that Stan Van is not a huge Jackson supporter, so if the Pistons could swing a deal for Ricky Rubio for the 12th pick, I think they would do it.  They could also look to a team like New York who has Courtney Lee and see if they could give away this year’s pick for Lee and the ability to swap picks the following year.  However, if they keep the pick, Mitchell would be the best fit for Stan Van Gundy.  He can defend at an elite level and score the basketball.

13) Denver Nuggets – Zach Collins, Power Forward/Center (Gonzaga)

Collins falling to 13 isn’t a popular pick for most Mock Draft websites.  They believe Collins is a top 10 prospect in this year’s Draft Class.  While Collins might be the most talented Power Forward/Center, I can see him sliding.  If the Nuggets want to let Plumlee go and possibly find a Faried replacement, Collins could be their guy.

14) Miami Heat – OG Anunoby, Guard/Forward (Indiana)

Anunoby still has a ton to prove to teams but I would absolutely love his fit with Eric Spolstra and the Miami Heat.  I think Anunoby could became Dwyane Wade like, but with a more consistent three.  OG could fall in this Draft, but I don’t think he gets lower than the Bucks at 17.

15) Portland Trailblazers – John Collins, Power Forward (Wake Forrest)

The Blazers have been desperate for a starting power forward since the loss of LaMarcus Aldridge and I think John Collins has the tools to be the replacement.  Collins could be off the board already at this time, but the Blazers do have a lot of picks to play with here in the first round so they could move up and assure they get this ACC stud.

16) Chicago Bulls – Justin Patton, Center (Creighton)

The more I study Patton, the more intrigued I am with him.  If Chicago deals Jimmy Butler and gets wing players in return, it would be a no-brainer to draft Patton.  He has the rawest talent in the 2nd tier of big guys and he could really develop into something special one day.

17) Milwaukee Bucks – Luke Kennard, Shooting Guard (Duke)

Milwaukee could go several different ways here but I like the scoring and ball handling ability of Kennard.  The Bucks need some offensive fire power off the bench and the Duke standout could easily fill that role for them.

18) Indiana Pacers – Ike Anigbogu, Center (UCLA)

Anigbogu is a guy who has been rising in Mock Drafts and some think will be as high as the 15th pick overall.  He is a solid 230 pounds standing in at 6’10” with a 7’6” wingspan.  The Pacers desperately need rebounders and Anigbogu could add toughness inside to complement a scoring big man in Turner.

19) Atlanta Hawks – Justin Jackson, Small Forward (North Carolina)

It is hard to gauge where exactly a guy like Jackson fits in.  In fact, I don’t know which team would take him exactly.  I think Detroit and Denver make sense, but they also have to consider the talent they would be passing on to draft Jackson ahead of them.  I like Atlanta to take Jackson because they don’t have a starting small forward and Jackson is a proven winner.  Making it to the NCAA Championship in back to back years has to be worthy of some stock in Jackson.

20) Portland Trailblazers – Jarrett Allen, Center (Texas)

Portland needs help on the inside and Allen could be a good fit off the bench.  Jarrett Allen is still a work in progress but I think he will eventually be better than Meyers Leonard.  The Blazers have a chance to swing for the fences here at 20, but I think Allen is too good of a center prospect to pass on.

21) Oklahoma City Thunder – Terrance Ferguson, Shooting Guard (Australia)

Ferguson was known for his ability to be a spot up shooter.  While he isn’t the most athletic player, he still is athletic.  We have seen the recent success from Australian players in Delly (Bucks) and Ingles (Jazz).  Maybe the next one to add to that list is Ferguson.

22) Brooklyn Nets – TJ Leaf, Power Forward (UCLA)

I have Leaf falling a little bit lower than some Mock’s because I think he lacks athleticism.  He has a very high basketball IQ and understands how position himself to make the best play but he still lacks lateral quickness.  I am curious to see how he’ll perform without being a part of Lonzo Ball’s success.

23) Toronto Raptors – Ivan Rabb, Power Forward (Cal)

The continued knock on Rabb is that he can’t shoot the three.  He is an okay scorer but still has a lot of rawness to his game.  The Raptors don’t need Rabb to be a starter next season, but if they wanted to invest in a long-term player, Rabb could be the guy they select on Draft day.

24) Utah Jazz – Jordan Bell, Power Forward (Oregon)

The Oregon forward made a name for himself at the Draft Combine and took full advantage of it.  Bell showed us how good he is in the NCAA Tournament but I think he even wowed scouts more at the Combine with his athleticism and his ability to defend.  The Jazz do have the 30th pick so this might be a bit of a reach, but I am intrigued by this player’s assets.  I think he has what it takes to be a Draymond type player for the Jazz.

25) Orlando Magic – D.J. Wilson, Power Forward (Michigan)

Wilson continues to get praise from NBA scouts because of his wingspan, ability to defend, hit the three-point shot and handle the basketball.  He isn’t anywhere near a lottery pick level talent, but he could be one of the guys teams will be talking about passing upon come 3-5 years from now.

26) Portland Trailblazers – Rodions Kurcus, Small Forward (Barcelona 2)

With a third pick in the 1st round, I decided that the Blazers could use a scoring wing player from overseas.  They have a ton of money wrapped up in their current roster so this would help the Blazers from having to pay someone this season.  However, if Kurucs does indeed come over this off-season, I could see him being in the Trailblazers rotation.

27) Brooklyn Nets – Dwayne Bacon, Shooting Guard (Florida State)

The Nets will have to keep taking chances on young talent and I think they might get a diamond in the rough with Dwayne Bacon.  I have enjoyed Bacon’s run the last few seasons and I think some teams might be overlooking this guys talent.  I wouldn’t be shocked to see him drafted in the top 20 but I think it is highly unlikely.  The Nets may get a steal here in Dwayne Bacon.

28) Los Angeles Lakers – Jonathan Jeanne, Center (Nancy)

Jeanne is one of those centers who really seems to have made an impact at the Draft Combine.  While the Lakers have plenty of options to play with in this years’ Draft, it wouldn’t be the worst idea to bet on a potential elite rim protector.

29) San Antonio Spurs – Caleb Swanigan, Power Forward (Purdue)

Say what you want about Swanigan but this man can flat out play.  He was the Big Ten Player of the Year and finalist for National Player of the Year.  The Spurs are going to need size with Deadmon becoming a free agent and veterans David Lee and Pau Gasol aren’t getting any younger.  I love Swanigan’s fit here because he could play center next to Aldridge or come off the bench to relieve Aldridge and provide a scoring punch.  Either way, whomever the Spurs draft here will end up being a contributor for Poppovich later down the road.

30) Utah Jazz – Jawun Evans, Point Guard (Oklahoma State)

The more you read, the more you find teams enamored with Evans’ from Oklahoma State. What he lacks in size, he makes up for in speed and a high Basketball IQ.  The Jazz could use a point guard if George Hill departs in the off-season and investing in a guy like Evans makes perfect sense.

2nd Round

31) Atlanta Hawks – Isaiah Hartenstein, Center (Germany)  

32) Phoenix Suns – Bam Adebayo, Center (Kentucky)

33) Orlando Magic – Derrick White, Shooting Guard (Colorado)

34) Sacramento Kings – Tyler Lydon, Small/Power Forward (Syracuse)

35) Orlando Magic – Jonathan Motley, Power Forward/Center (Baylor)

36) Philadelphia 76ers – Anzejs Pasecniks, Center (Latvia)

37) Boston Celtics – Semi Ojeleye, Power Forward (Southern Methodist)

38) Chicago Bulls – Frank Jackson, Point Guard (Duke)

39) Philadelphia 76ers – Mathias Lessort, Forward/Center (France)

40) New Orleans Pelicans – Josh Hart, Shooting Guard (Villanova)

41) Charlotte Hornet s- Thomas Bryant, Center (Indiana)

42) Utah Jazz – Kyle Kuzma, Power Forward (Utah)

43) Houston Rockets – Alec Peters, Power Forward (Valparaiso)  

44) New York Knicks – Tony Bradley, Center (North Carolina)

45) Houston Rockets – Edmond Sumner, Point Guard (Xavier)

46) Philadelphia 76ers – PJ Dozier, Point/Shooting Guard (South Carolina)

47) Indiana Pacers – Dillon Brooks, Small Forward (Oregon)

48) Milwaukee Bucks – Sindarius Thornwell, Shooting Guard (South Carolina)

49) Denver Nuggets – Jonah Bolden, Small Forward (Australia)

50) Philadelphia 76ers – Kostja Mushidi, Shooting Guard (Belgium)

51) Denver Nuggets – Egeman Guven, Center (Turkey)

52) Washington Wizards – Frank Mason, Point Guard (Kansas)

53) Boston Celtics – Kobi Simmons, Point/Shooting Guard (Arizona)

54) Phoenix Suns – Jarron Blossomgame, Small Forward (Clemson)

55) Utah Jazz – Wesley Iwundu, Guard/Forward (Kansas State)

56) Boston Celtics – Arnoldas Kulboka, Small Forward (Lithuania)

57) Brooklyn Nets – Cameron Oliver, Power Forward (Nevada)

58) New York Knicks – Tyler Dorsey, Point Guard (Oregon)

59) San Antonio Spurs – Damyean Dotson, Guard/Forward (Houston)

60) Atlanta Hawks – Sterling Brown, Shooting Guard (Southern Methodist)

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