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Published at 5/28/2017 4:03:45 PM

First mock draft post lottery

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Round 1

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

Best upside to risk ratio in the entire draft. He's a guy that can do a little bit of everything offensively and has potential defensively when and if he's motivated to dig in. Concerns about his fit with the Celtics and regarding his record in college shouldn't sway away Boston if they indeed keep this pick. Would not be surprised to see the Celtics draft Jackson instead, who along with Fultz, is probably the best prospect in this draft.


2. Lakers: Lonzo Ball, Point Guard, UCLA

Fingers crossed that Lonzo isn't the pick here... I can't remember a time I wanted one player to bust more than Lonzo. As a basketball player, I can't remember watching anyone has smooth as he is in my lifetime. He's deceptively quick and athletic, and is obviously a tremendous floor general. Questions about his father, defense, and his no-show in big games scare me a little bit.


3. 76ers: Josh Jackson, Small Forward, Kansas

Wouldn't surprise me at all if Jackson ends up being the best player from this draft. IMO, he's right there with Fultz as 1A/1B in this class. He's tremendously athletic, owns a great work ethic, is a stud defensively, and has plenty of untapped upside. With Simmons running the point, Jackson doesn't fit as poorly with the 76ers as some may think. Questions about his jumper don't bother me as much because of the other things he can do. How effective his jumper in determines his overall upside, but his floor is pretty high, IMO.


4. Suns: Jayson Tatum, Small Forward, Duke

I was oh so tempted to mock another Kentucky Wildcat to the Suns, but I'm having trouble seeing them draft another point guard. Tatum gives them a scorer to pair with TJ Warren on the wing. He has enough athleticism and size to play the 4 as well. Tatum may not have huge upside, but his scoring polish gives him a pretty high floor.




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

The Kings need a point guard of the future, and Fox fits the bill. While his shot is a question mark, his speed, athleticism, upside and defense make him an intriguing prospect. He is a gamer who seems to come up in the big moments.


6. Magic: Jonathan Isaac, Small Forward, Florida State

John Hammond, the former Bucks manager who is known to take risks on athletic, raw players strikes again. Isaac probably moves to the four in the NBA, but has plenty of upside on both ends. Yes, this further complicates the Magic's already crowded front court, but this is a classic Hammond selection here.


7. Timberwolves: Frank Ntilikina, Point Guard, France

My first real surprise of my mock draft. With Rubio just being solid and Dunn having an underwhelming rookie season, it's not out of the question that the T-Wolves take a PG. I believe Thibs will fall in love with Ntilikina's versatility and defense, which makes him the pick over Dennis Smith.


8. Knicks: Dennis Smith, Point Guard, N.C. State

The Knicks need firepower and a reason for Porzingod to stay in the Big Apple long term. Smith is crazy athletic with a lot of potential, but he needs to commit more to the defensive end going forward.


9. Mavericks: Lauri Markkanen, Power Forward, Arizona

Markkanen won't be Dirk, but he can serve as a solid multidimensional offensive four. He played solid team defense at Arizona, and he'll have to learn to do so in the NBA to mask his deficiencies on that end.


10. Kings: Malik Monk, Guard, Kentucky

Yes, I know the Kings have Buddy, but the Kings are in bad need of talent, and Monk is the best talent available. He and Buddy form a lethal shooting combo at the 2-guard spot, and it would be cool to see Monk and Fox play on the same team in the league (NOTE: I'm not a Kentucky or a Kings fan).


11. Hornets: Justin Jackson, Small Forward, North Carolina

Justin Jackson played more than one season in college, won a national championship, and played at North Carolina. Classic MJ pick.


12. Pistons: Zach Collins, Center, Gonzaga

Zach Collins is a talented 5 who took over in Gonzaga's Final Four game. He's a guy that can push Drummond, or perhaps take over for him if Van Gundy decides to trade him.


13. Nuggets: O.G Anuoby, Guard, Indiana

With possibly both Chandler and Danilo out, the Nuggets could use a wing. Anunoby looks the part of the new age four in the NBA. He is long and athletic, with a lot of upside as a three-and-d combo forward.


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

The Heat have officially moved on from Chris Bosh, so I new four to pair with Whiteside is officially a need. Collins and Whiteside would form a highly athletic frontcourt.


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

I had Patton here previously, but his poor combine showing has moved him down my board. Leaf has potential as a prototypical stretch four who has ball skills to boot. The Blazers could use help at the four.


Round 1: 1-15
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