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2017 NBA Mock Draft by IMKudaimi - 6.7
Published at 6/20/2017 7:18:33 PM

Post-NBA Season. My Mock after the 76ers and Celtics agreed to the following blockbuster: 76ers Receive: 2017 Nets pick (No.1) Celtics Receive: 2017 76ers pick (No.3), 2018 Lakers Number 1 protected, if pick isn't between picks 2-5, the Celtics will get the Kings 2019 unprotected 1st rounder Also after the trades of Hornets receive: Dwight Howard, 31st pick Hawks receive: Miles Plumlee, Marco Bellineli, 41st pick and Lakers receive: Brook Lopez, 27th pick Nets receive: D'Angelo Russell, Timofey Mozgov Grades for those to come later

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Round 1

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

Fultz checks every box as an NBA prospect. He's a good athlete with size and length. He can play and defend multiple positions. He can shoot the 3 and handle the ball. He has character, a high basketball IQ and no major flaws in his game. The 76ers pick at the top and traded a likely top 5 selection in 2018 to complete the process and select the top prospect in the best draft class since 2003. Fultz's skillset should gel with teammates Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid and Fultz can be the piece to finally take the 76ers to the playoffs.

76ers's Needs via ESPN's RPM

2. Lakers: Lonzo Ball, Point Guard, UCLA

Ball is the best passer in the draft. He's ultracompetitive and he plays with a special swagger. While his jump shot is unorthodox, it goes in at a high rate. In the right system, he has a chance to be a superstar.
Magic Johnson likes a PG like Ball, and Ball is somehwat the playmaker the Lakers need.

Lakers's Needs via ESPN's RPM

3. Celtics: Josh Jackson, Small Forward, Kansas

Jackson is the best wing in the draft. Long and athletic, he can play three positions. His inconsistent though improving jump shot is a concern. But overall his game and his motor are special. But his shaky shooting is a big issue. The Celtics traded down because their guy was Jackson, and he will (potentially) be the future at the SF spot for the Celtics instead of Jae Crowder or Jaylen Brown.

Celtics's Needs via ESPN's RPM

4. Suns: Jonathan Isaac, Small Forward, Florida State

Isaac has a rare combination of size, length and shooting ability. He has the potential to play multiple positions on both ends of the floor. Strength is his biggest issue, but he put up solid numbers for the Seminoles. With a stacked backcourt, the Suns have holes in the frontcourt. Isaac may be a little big for the SF position, but he is overall a better all-around player than Jayson Tatum. He'd play a lot at the 3 and 4. His versatility is very valuable.

Suns's Needs via ESPN's RPM

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

Fox is a blur with the ball, both in the open court and in half-court sets. His quickness and ballhandling ability are elite, and he showed terrific playmaking instincts at Kentucky. The Kings have loved Fox and need a pure point guard of the future, something they get here with Fox.

Kings's Needs via ESPN's RPM

6. Magic: Jayson Tatum, Small Forward, Duke

Tatum has the tools to be a dominant NBA 3. He's athletic, strong and a skilled scorer who's devastating in the post. But his pedestrian 3-point shooting is a red flag for scouts. Tatum doesn't fill a need, but gives the Magic explosiveness, versatility and athleticism that is a need and could develop his flaws to become a great all-around player.The Magic don't need front court players, but Tatum makes a strong case here as an athletic 3 who is his 3 point shot is mastered can become a great player and possibly the best player in this draft class. The Magic need a PG, but passing on Tatum could be a huge mistake, so they'll take the BPA.

Magic's Needs via ESPN's RPM

7. Timberwolves: Malik Monk, Guard, Kentucky

Monk is the best pure scorer in the draft. His deep range and explosive athleticism are a rare combination. When his shot is falling, he can be unstoppable. But he's just an average rebounder, defender and passer. The Wolves have a lot of depth in the backcourt, but Monk gives them a scoring punch off the bench, something they could use. They also need his 3 point shooting.

Timberwolves's Needs via ESPN's RPM

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

Smith has elite athleticism and ability to get his shot from anywhere, and he's a good passer and devastating finisher at the rim. But he doesn't always compete with a high level of intensity. Th Knicks like Ntilikina, but he seems to prefer to play for the Mavs. So they take Smith, another very good PG, arguably better than Ntilikina.

Knicks's Needs via ESPN's RPM

9. Mavericks: Frank Ntilikina, Point Guard, France

Ntilikina is a big, aggressive point guard and an improving shooter with a high basketball IQ. If he were a bit more explosive athletically, he might be a top-five pick. The Knicks have liked him for a while, but he somewhat apparently prefers the Mavs. The Mavs need a guard of the future by Yogi Ferrel, and Dirk Nowitzki thinks they will draft a PG. Hence this selection.

Mavericks's Needs via ESPN's RPM

10. Kings: Lauri Markkanen, Power Forward, Arizona

Markkanen looks like an ideal stretch-4. Athletic, 7-foot jump shooters don't come along every day. He's just an average rebounder and defender, however. The Kings can use the select 1st rounder they have on the best player available, and Markkanen gives them a strecth 4.

Kings's Needs via ESPN's RPM

11. Hornets: Luke Kennard, Shooting Guard, Duke

Kennard is the best shooter in the draft, but he can do more than spot up and launch 3s. He's also a capable ball handler and runs the pick and roll well. Plus, he has a quarterback mentality that should allow him to play some point at the next level. Since Michael Kidd-Gilchrist can't shoot, Kennard comes in as the scorer and shooter off the bench.

Hornets's Needs via ESPN's RPM

12. Pistons: Donovan Mitchell, Guard, Louisville

The Pistons need wings who can shoot, and Mitchell brings that as the 2nd best player available. Mitchell could end up being a great player for the pistons in the future.

Pistons's Needs via ESPN's RPM

13. Nuggets: Zach Collins, Center, Gonzaga

Collins made the most of his minutes at Gonzaga. He's a versatile athlete, he can play on the perimeter and he finishes above the rim. He needs to add strength, but teams love his upside not good defenders. The Nuggets need a defensive big man, as both Niko'a Jokic and Mason Plumlee are not. Collins can be just that, but he's not alone. Either way, a defensive big man is a large need for a top offensive team.

Nuggets's Needs via ESPN's RPM

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

Collins can be a Bosh-like player for the Heat, who need someone to stretch the floor since Hassan Whiteside cannot shoot.

Heat's Needs via ESPN's RPM

15. Blazers: Jarrett Allen, Center, Texas

The Blazers have 3 first round picks. They can use all 3 or 2 if they trade one to pick the best player available, here Allen to give them depth on a highly paid roster that has a not-so-good bench. They also need big men to get rid of Meyers Leonard and Festus Ezeli.

Blazers's Needs via ESPN's RPM

Round 1: 1-15

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