2017 NBA Mock Draft by ChrisThomas32
Published at 6/18/2017 2:35:18 AM
This draft is gonna be interesting to see how it plays out.
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Fultz had a great workout with the Sixers, so great the 76ers are trading away the 2019 Lakers first round pick or 2020 Kings pick (which are likely both top-10 picks) to grab Fultz, who they feel will shorten the process and get them into the title picture.
76ers's Needs via ESPN's RPM
This seems all but likely now that the 76ers traded up to grab Fultz #1, unless the Lakers grab DeAaron Fox or Josh Jackson, who have both also been considered for the pick, Ball will not have to go very far from UCLA to play for the Lakers.
Lakers's Needs via ESPN's RPM
There was a rumor that the Celtics were considering taking Josh Jackson #1 overall, but Danny Ainge traded down in order to grab him. Ainge had more than just this offer to choose from that involved a lot of good players and they choose the trade that involves no current players and just future draft picks that will be very high. Ainge is either looking to build for the future (which is crazy to think about since they were the #1 seed in the East) with their 7 first round picks in three years (15 overall) or will package picks together to grab a Superstar, many think they will go after Anthony Davis or Jimmy Butler, Personally I think they should grab Davis over Butler, but honestly they can grab both and still sign Gordon Hayward. Back to the pick Jackson makes sense for Boston considering it's no secret that they want Jimmy Butler and Josh Jackson plays similarly to how Butler plays. I have to add that I think Fultz would have played well in Boston and had a bigger impact than Jackson. A final thing to think about is next season the Celtics will be favorites to have the 1st and 2nd overall selections and to win the Eastern Conference.
Celtics's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Well... at least it isn't another guard. The Suns have too many guards on their roster and lack depth in the wings. Jared Dudley and TJ Dudley are holding it down right now, but they should draft a forward like Tatum or Josh Jackson to play at the 3 while Marquese Chriss mans the #4. Even though they originally intended on Chriss to play at the 3 and Dragan Bender to play at the 4. Bender has some time before he becomes the next "Porzingis" style stretch 4 that he was destined to be. While Tatum could start as soon as next season.
Suns's Needs via ESPN's RPM
This would be the best case scenario for the Kings. The Kings haven't had a solid point guard since Isaiah Thomas. With all the young players on their roster a point guard seems to be the next piece to the puzzle. All the Kings have to do to not mess this up is to actually pick Fox and not trade down.
Kings's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Its no secret that the Magic haven't had great play at guard as of late. It's also not a secret that the Magic haven't drafted well and have a team filled with draft "busts" and veterans who aren't propelling the team to the playoffs anytime soon. It wouldn't surprise me that the Magic try to select a point guard early and move Elfrid Payton to the bench, because Payton hasn't played terrible, but he hasn't played at a starting point guard caliber level. Even if Smith pans out I wouldn't be surprised if the Magic selected around here or higher next season.
Magic's Needs via ESPN's RPM
This pick makes a lot of sense for the Wolves. They are trying to build an explosive young team with picks like Zach Lavine, Andrew Wiggins, KAT, and Kris Dunn. Isaac can either play behind Wiggins or be the stretch 4 that the Wolves had needed thus making Gorgui Deng the 6th man. Also look out for Tom Thibodeau to trade for a veteran maybe using this pick and a player that he feels can be extendable.
Timberwolves's Needs via ESPN's RPM
The Knicks are in a position where they should either add a large amount of talent to boost themselves into contention or just break it down and get rid of every player not named Kristnaps Porzingis and Willy Hernanagomez. I think they should do the later, but the only problem is they don't have attractive players who teams would want to trade for...its sad to think that teams aren't even interested in trading for Carmelo Anthony. Anyways since Phil Jackson drafted Kristnaps Porzingis and Will Hernangomez who will likely be the starting big men next year and now he's got the foreign player bug and is very interested in drafting Ntilikina. Who isn't a bad player, but with this history highly drafted foreign players have in this league its hard to be excited as a fan base when your team selects one with top tier college talent left on the board. If not Ntilkina look for the Knicks to draft another player who can contribute right away, but the only scenario that I can see that happening in is if they select Malik Monk or trade for Ricky Rubio.
Knicks's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Monk to the Mavs makes sense because, if I know the Mavericks, even with their rough season they are still going to go veteran hunting this offseason to make a playoff push and it is rumored that the Mavs are interested in signing both Jrue and Justin Holiday. With Jrue likely starting at the 1 that leaves a hole at the 2 where even though they will try to sign Justin Holiday they will need to get more depth. Wesley Matthews will likely not be in the teams future so a player like Monk would be a good replacement for him in a year or two.
Mavericks's Needs via ESPN's RPM
At this point the Kings should select the BPA that is Markkanen. He is a stretch four who can play big and would be a great addition to a team who will need to add a lot of shooters to their roster.
Kings's Needs via ESPN's RPM
The Hornets have a lot of decent big men, but their problem is none of them are consistent enough to hold down the center position. Its been interesting to see how the Hornets are replacing Al Jefferson and it seems like the answer is to add more big men.
Hornets's Needs via ESPN's RPM
A lot of people have Kennard higher I think he falls to Detroit to help increase the depth and shooting on the bench and could be an instrumental pieces for the Pistons if they sneak back into the playoffs.
Pistons's Needs via ESPN's RPM
At first this pick might confuse people that now that they will only have one starting caliber small forward in Wilson Chandler once Danilo Gallinari leaves, why would the draft another one. And the answer is because of depth and age. Once Gallinari leaves Chandler won't have much depth behind him and also he is age 30 with 2 years left if Jackson plays well that gives them the flexibility to trade him to a contender since they are trying to get younger and won't be contending for a couple of years.
Nuggets's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Now that Chris Bosh is home its official the Heat are moving on to...sign more free agents to put them back into the playoff picture and championship question. Pat Riley doesn't know what a rebuild is in Miami unless its quick and involves big name free agents. But that also means that the Heat are in need of a big man preferably a Power Forward to put with Hassan Whiteside.
Heat's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Since the Blazers have 3 first round picks they should definitely try to fill all their voids with young players or trade them for veterans that can push them farther in the playoffs. A huge need for them has been at the 4 and 5 they are lacking dominant big men since they lost Lamarcus Aldridge and Robin Lopez in free agency 2 years ago. I'm not saying Patton will play at that level right away, but he will add depth to a position of need on a team that is closer to the finals than most.
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