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RB#20 2017 NBA Mock Draft
Published at 6/22/2017 11:24:59 AM

2nd year doing an NBA Mock draft, first round only, write-ups for all Top 10 picks.

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Round 1

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

Fultz-Simmons-Embiid could become an elite Big 3, health is going to be the biggest factor in determining their success.

76ers's Needs via ESPN's RPM

2. Lakers: Lonzo Ball, Point Guard, UCLA

The trade of D'Angelo Russell all but sealed this pick. The distributor the Lakers have been searching for.

Lakers's Needs via ESPN's RPM

3. Celtics: Jayson Tatum, Small Forward, Duke

Between Jayson Tatum and Dennis Smith Jr. here. I give the edge to Tatum, gives the C's an offensive boost that they currently don't have at the SF position- stretch 4 in small-ball lineups.

Celtics's Needs via ESPN's RPM

4. Suns: De'Aaron Fox, Point Guard, Kentucky

Pass-first PG, driver, inside scoring threat paired in the back-court with Devin Booker.

Suns's Needs via ESPN's RPM

5. Kings: Josh Jackson, Small Forward, Kansas

Jackson tumbles a bit further than expected, fills a need, BPA for Sac.

Kings's Needs via ESPN's RPM

6. Magic: Malik Monk, Guard, Kentucky

Can score at will, game-changer that the Magic desperately need.

Magic's Needs via ESPN's RPM

7. Timberwolves: Lauri Markkanen, Power Forward, Arizona

Size, versatility, match-up nightmare, with the potential to develop into a 4 or a 5 next to KAT.

Timberwolves's Needs via ESPN's RPM

8. Knicks: Frank Ntilikina, Point Guard, France

Arguably fits the Triangle Offense better than any PG of this draft class, except for maybe De'Aaron Fox could if he were available.

Knicks's Needs via ESPN's RPM

9. Mavericks: Jonathan Isaac, Small Forward, Florida State

Tremendous length, needs to bulk up and work on a few things, but can contribute right away as a starter in Dallas.

Mavericks's Needs via ESPN's RPM

10. Kings: Dennis Smith, Point Guard, N.C. State

Kings miss out on the PG they wanted in De'Aaron Fox, but get one who in my opinion, is a better offensive threat. One of the most explosive players in the draft.

Kings's Needs via ESPN's RPM

Round 1: 1-15

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