2017 NBA Mock Draft: Who goes when, where and why

2017 NBA Mock Draft: Who goes when, where and why

August 17, 2020 qnbblzgg 0

first_imgWhy Jackson? Boston hit the jackpot. Danny Ainge’s team won the lottery during a run to the Eastern Conference finals. So, naturally they trade the top pick. Jackson has been the darling of the draft and linked to all of the teams at the top of the board. He is a strong defender on the wing and can slide to power forward. He makes the Celtics even scarier.4. Phoenix SunsDe’Aaron Fox, PG, KentuckyWhy Fox? The team with the second-worst record in the NBA fell out of the lottery’s top three but will still be able to find an impact player to pair with budding superstar Devin Booker in the backcourt. They’d love Ball, but Fox outplayed the UCLA star in their NCAA Tournament matchup and is a fine consolation prize.5. Sacramento KingsJayson Tatum, SF, DukeWhy Tatum? The Kings are in full rebuild mode after dumping mercurial center DeMarcus Cousins on New Orleans. A dynamic two-way player like Tatum, 6-foot-8 with a 6-11 wingspan, helps accelerate that process.6. Orlando MagicLauri Markkanen, F/C, FinlandWhy Markkanen? The Magic could use some depth in the frontcourt, and the agile 7-footer from Arizona (via Finland) has drawn comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki. It’s doubtful he’ll be that good immediately, but Orlando, which already has Aaron Gordon at power forward, can afford to give him time to develop.7. Minnesota TimberwolvesMalik Monk, G, KentuckyWhy Monk? Minnesota ranked dead last in the NBA in bench scoring last season. Monk will contend for time with Zach LaVine but might be a more complete scorer right now. The Timberwolves are so young already they could look to trade this pick for a player with NBA experience.8. New York KnicksFrank Ntilikina, PG, FranceWhy Ntilikina? You can bet Phil Jackson and the Knicks will do something unconventional. They’re looking for a point guard given the uncertainty around Derrick Rose. Ntilikina is 6-5 and plays both sides of the ball. He dominated the U-18 Euro Championships, leading France to the title.9. Dallas MavericksJonathan Isaac, F, Florida StateWhy Isaac? The Mavericks need to start thinking about what comes after Nowitzki, and Isaac has perhaps the most upside of anyone in the draft. Mark Cuban & Co. will be delighted if Isaac falls to them. Tenacious and athletic, the 6-11, 205-pounder is often compared to Kevin Durant at the same age.10. Sacramento KingsDennis Smith, Jr., PG, N.C. StateWhy Smith? In a draft rich with point guards, Smith might be the safest choice. He has fallen a bit, but for a Kings team that relied on Darren Collison and Ty Lawson at point last season, an explosive, attacking guard sounds like a dream.11. Charlotte BobcatsLuke Kennard, SG, DukeWhy Kennard? A big guard to pair with Kemba Walker, one who shoots the lights out from 3-point range and just happened to play his college ball in the Tar Heel State? Perfect. The only question is whether Michael Jordan can bring himself to draft a Blue Devil.12. Detroit PistonsDonovan Mitchell, SG, LouisvilleWhy Mitchell? He is a physical guard despite only being 6-2. Mitchell averaged 15.6 points last season and made himself into a 3-point shooter in his sophomore season.13. Denver NuggetsZach Collins, PF, GonzagaWhy Collins? He broke out in the NCAA Tournament, guiding the Zags to the national championship game. He’s an efficient 7-footer who can shoot the ball and, though he is still rather lean, does not shy away from the dirty work.14. Miami HeatJohn Collins, PF, Wake ForestThe Heat are desperate for another quality big man to pair with star center Hassan Whiteside and Collins is athletic and active, although his offensive game has plenty of room to improve.15. Portland Trail BlazersHarry Giles, C, DukeWhy Giles? The No. 1 player in the class of 2016 will get a shot despite his struggles at Duke.16. Chicago BullsBam Adebayo, PF, KentuckyWhy Adebayo? He is the sort of active, aggressive player who does everything well, including defend the pick-and-roll.17. Milwaukee BucksO.G. Anunoby, F, IndianaWhy Anunoby? Even with a new GM in place, the Bucks are stockpiling length. Anunoby is 6-8 with a 7-2 wingspan.18. Indiana PacersJustin Jackson, SF, North CarolinaWhy Jackson? The Pacers need to prepare for life without Paul George, who has eyes on L.A., and Jackson could step in and play right away.19. Atlanta HawksJarrett Allen, C, TexasWhy Allen? A mobile center who can shoot the ball, Allen might eventually be a better fit for Coach Mike Budenholzer’s offense than the over-the-hill Dwight Howard.20. Portland Trail BlazersTJ Leaf, PF, UCLAWhy Leaf? The Blazers need help in the frontcourt, and Leaf’s one season in Westwood proved he can score.21. Oklahoma City ThunderTerrance Ferguson, SG, Adelaide 36ersWhy Ferguson? The Texas native was a top-20 recruit before deciding to skip college and spend a year playing pro ball in Australia.22. Brooklyn NetsJustin Patton, C, CreightonWhy Patton? He is a project and the Nets, going nowhere fast, can take their time with him.23. Toronto RaptorsKyle Kuzma, PF, UtahWhy Kuzma? No one else enjoyed a boost from the Draft Combine as much as Kuzma. The Raptors have drafted Utes the last two years, so why not?24. Utah JazzIke Anigbogu, C, UCLAWhy Anigbogu? A third first-rounder for UCLA, and one who happens to give Utah a long, impactful backup for Rudy Gobert25. Orlando MagicJawun Evans, PG, Oklahoma StateWhy Evans? Yes, the Magic have Elfrid Payton. Unlike Payton, the speedy Evans is actually a threat to score the ball.26. Portland Trail BlazersIsaiah Hartenstein, C, GermanyWhy Hartenstein? He was born in Oregon, and like Trail Blazers great Arvydas Sabonis, began his professional career at Zalgiris in Lithuania.27. Lakers (from Brooklyn)Semi Ojeleye, F, SMUWhy Ojeleye? He is the rare player who spent several years in college, and that seasoning will go a long way with a team that won just 26 games.28. LakersTyler Lydon, SF, SyracuseWhy Lydon? The Lakers have struggled to find a reliable spot-up shooter. Lydon shot 40 percent from 3-point range in two seasons with the Orange.29. San Antonio SpursWesley Iwundu, SF, Kansas StateWhy Iwundu? Gregg Popovich is earning a living drafting 3-and-D players with eye-popping measurables. Iwundu might be raw, but he can develop.30. Utah JazzFrank Jackson, G, DukeWhy Jackson? A Utah native, Jackson fits the bill for a Jazz team unsure what its backcourt will look like after this summer when George Hill and Joe Ingles hit free agency. Staff writer Bill Oram predicts how the first round of Thursday’s NBA draft might unfold. Will the Lakers go with Lonzo Ball at No. 2? Where will Josh Jackson finally land after being linked to so many teams? What about UCLA’s other potential first-round picks?1. Philadelphia 76ers (From Boston)Markelle Fultz, PG, WashingtonWhy Fultz? Philly is selling the farm to get Fultz, the consensus best player in the field. The 76ers sent three first-round picks to Boston and believe he is the missing piece to their dynamic young core. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons just have to stay healthy. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers2. LakersLonzo Ball, PG, UCLAWhy Ball? You could not design a better fit for the Lakers than the Chino Hills product: a pure point guard with an effective, if unconventional, perimeter game. He is comfortable in the spotlight and will be ready to play on day one.3. Boston Celtics (From Philadelphia)Josh Jackson, F, Kansascenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

 

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