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2017 NBA Mock Draft 3.0 - 6/15/17
Published at 6/18/2017 12:20:00 AM

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Round 1

Round 1: 1-15
1. 76ers: Markelle Fultz, Point Guard, Washington

The Sixers move up to take the consensus best player in the draft. He gives a volume scorer to pair with Simmons, Saric and Embiid. A scary young nucleus for the future.

76ers's Needs via ESPN's RPM

2. Lakers: Lonzo Ball, Point Guard, UCLA

I have gone back and forth on whether I think LA will draft Lonzo or not. I think the Josh Jackson rumors have been more of a smoke screen at this point. I don't think Boston would have pulled the trigger on the Philly trade if they weren't 100% confident that Jackson would be there at 3. Ball gives the Lakers a play making PG to team up with Russell in the backcourt. A young core of Ball/Russell/Ingram/Randall has loads of potential for the future.

Lakers's Needs via ESPN's RPM

3. Celtics: Josh Jackson, Small Forward, Kansas

Danny Ainge pulls the trigger on the swap with Philly. Jackson is a better fit with Boston's current roster and should have an impact immediately. He is an all around player on the wing that has a bright future ahead of him.

Celtics's Needs via ESPN's RPM

4. Suns: Jayson Tatum, Small Forward, Duke

A point guard will be tempting here, but I don't know if Phoenix is dying to replace their 20 ppg scorer in Bledsoe. Tatum fills a need on the wing and gives the Suns a dynamic, versatile scorer.

Suns's Needs via ESPN's RPM

5. Kings: De'Aaron Fox, Point Guard, Kentucky

The Kings get their PG for the future in Fox. He has the makings of a 2-way stud in the backcourt and should be a fun pairing with Buddy Hield.

Kings's Needs via ESPN's RPM

6. Magic: Dennis Smith, Point Guard, N.C. State

I could see the Magic going a few different directions with this pick. They could go with a wing player like Isaac, but i think he would just add to the log-jam of big men that they have currently. Dennis Smith gives Orlando a go to scorer in the back court and is an instant upgrade over Elfrid Payton.

Magic's Needs via ESPN's RPM

7. Timberwolves: Jonathan Isaac, Small Forward, Florida State

Isaac brings scoring, rebounding and defense to the 3-4 positions for Minnesota. He compliments the current core of KAT/Wiggins/LaVine well and should slide right into a contributing role.

Timberwolves's Needs via ESPN's RPM

8. Knicks: Malik Monk, Guard, Kentucky

The Knicks take the volume scoring combo guard from Kentucky. He is not the true PG they need, however he will provide instant offense in the back court and will spread the floor for Melo and Porzingis.

Knicks's Needs via ESPN's RPM

9. Mavericks: Lauri Markkanen, Power Forward, Arizona

Markkanen gives the Mavs and heir apparent to Dirk at the 4. He is a finesse big man that fits perfectly as a pick and pop 4 or stretch 5. He compliments Nerlens Noel's defensive and rebounding game well.

Mavericks's Needs via ESPN's RPM

10. Kings: Zach Collins, Center, Gonzaga

Zach Collins gives the Kings a high-motor shot blocker and rebounder. He may need time to develop, but its not like the Kings are in a "Win Now" mentality anyways.

Kings's Needs via ESPN's RPM

11. Hornets: Luke Kennard, Shooting Guard, Duke

Kennard gives the Hornets a shooter and scorer to spread the floor for Batum and Kemba. He doesn't have ideal size or defensive abilities for a NBA wing, but could find his role as a scorer off screens and 3-point specialist a la another former Duke star JJ Reddick

Hornets's Needs via ESPN's RPM

12. Pistons: Frank Ntilikina, Point Guard, France

The Reggie Jackson experiement has been a disaster and the Pistons need a replacement ball handler. The raw French PG is a risky pick but could be the guy to build around for the future.

Pistons's Needs via ESPN's RPM

13. Nuggets: Jarrett Allen, Center, Texas

The Nuggets have a lot of young guards, but could use a quality back up C behind unicorn Jokic. Allen is an athletic big man with loads of potential as a rim-runner and pick and roll finisher.

Nuggets's Needs via ESPN's RPM

14. Heat: John Collins, Power Forward, Wake Forest

The Heat desperately need a PF, especially with news of Chris Bosh's potentially career ending condition. Collins gives an old school post scoring game that compliments Whiteside's length and athleticism well.

Heat's Needs via ESPN's RPM

15. Blazers: T.J. Leaf, Power Forward, UCLA

Leaf spreads the floor as a finesse big that compliments banger Nurkic perfectly.

Blazers's Needs via ESPN's RPM

Round 1: 1-15

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