2017 NBA Mock Draft by ASaintsFan - 6.18
Published at 6/18/2017 10:18:30 PM
Second lottery only mock I've made. Felt like I should since the big trade kind of changes things up a little. Though not much. I'm gonna go on opinion of what each team should do more than what they'll actually do although I will stick to consensus for at least the top 3.
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Like I said, no surprises for the top 3. Also, I'm not projecting trades that aren't known yet. Fultz's scoring and shooting are a great complement to what Ben Simmons does, and if Embiid stays healthy, Saric fulfills what people say he can be, and Covington sticks around they could have a nice future, although I've always been weary about Fultz's defensive concerns despite his size and wingspan W-L record freshman year(I understand he's only one player but even Ben Simmons got his team to .500 and the next year in a trainwreck season without him they won more games than Fultz's Huskies)
76ers's Needs via ESPN's RPM
There are reports of the Lakers having some interest in Fox but...even though I think he'll be the better player, I believe that's a smoke screen and that Lonzo is the best natural passer to come out in a long time. Think what everyone was saying Ricky Rubio would be coming into that draft.
Lakers's Needs via ESPN's RPM
I don't know what Boston will do with Jackson, whether that's to trade him to win now or keep him and hope to develop him into a slasher with a decent shot on offense(because we know what he has on defense). If they keep him, Boston would have 5 really good defensive players that all can guard multiple positions in Jackson, Brown, Crowder, Smart, and Bradley
Celtics's Needs via ESPN's RPM
I know they have Bledsoe. I know they like to shoot 3's and Fox isn't good at that right now. But understand, this is absolutely who the Suns need to take. Bledsoe will have good trade value and Fox will possibly end up being the best PG in this draft. Fox and DBook would one day be the best backcourt in the NBA.
Suns's Needs via ESPN's RPM
The Kings need to find the BPA with their next two picks. Here that's a toss-up between Tatum, Malik Monk and Jonathon Isaac but I'll go with Tatum because they already have Hield at SGand compared to Isaac he's the more ready now player and he fills their need at the SF position since Aaron Afflalo is likely gone and he never really was a SF in the first place.
Kings's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Jonathon Isaac is arguably the best player here and he fills the need of a 3 point shooter for them, as the best one they have is Evan Fournier and he's around 38% as a shooter from distance for his career but just had his worst 3-point shooting season percentage wise by 2 percent. I also believe he can challenge and maybe take the starting SF role and move Terrance Ross to a 6th man role, a role in which he was very good in Toronto.
Magic's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Malik Monk is clearly the best player here but the problem is, he's a 6'5 SG, they already have a 6'5 SG who probably wouldn't be that good at SF, and even if he was they already have a SF that probably wouldn't work out at PF. And before I continue, I know that really good players have come off the bench for many solid teams but at this stage in the draft, the teams need to find starters especially in a draft that's this deep in really good players. Lauri could be a really good stretch 4 and can definitely start over Jodan Hill or Gourgui Dieng.
Timberwolves's Needs via ESPN's RPM
For the sake of whoever comes over in the Melo trade. For the sake of Porzingis. For the sake of the fans of this franchise, I hope this happens. No offense to Courtney Lee but Monk is the better player. Sure there are concerns on defense but the dude can flat out score and is the best player available hands down.
Knicks's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Right now Dallas has Harrison Barnes, an aging frontcourt, and a lot of questions going forward. They could stand to take Zach Collins or maybe another 4 or 5 here but they really need the best player available for the future because this team has a lot of question marks going forward. Smtih could be the steal of the draft if he comes back to what he was pre-injury.
Mavericks's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Once again, Kings take BPA. I've heard good things about this player and plus he's a lot cheaper than whatever Darren Collison will be. If he pans out and they take Tatum, they have a good core for the future. Suddenly, trading Demarcus Cousins wouldn't look so terrible. Of course since this is the Kings they'll probably do something utterly stupid
Kings's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Hornets need another man in the post. Badly. If Cody Zeller gets hurt again, someone like Zach Collins could fill in well, but they don't have that, at least not pre-draft. If he becomes what I think he will, however, Charlotte has the defensively competency backup big that they need.
Hornets's Needs via ESPN's RPM
This is probably a little high for him but I had no clue who to put here because I wanted to put a PG here that was actually a passer but all the good ones are gone so I'll just give them a SG instead because trying to retain KCP will get very expensive very quickly and it just isn't worth it for them.
Pistons's Needs via ESPN's RPM
This team just needs defense anywhere. Donavon Mitchell could definitely help, but I see more upside in Allen, who can help cover for the defensive woes of this team to an extent. If they truly want better defense, however, they'll need to do more than this, but it's a start.
Nuggets's Needs via ESPN's RPM
The Miami Heat, who went 30-11 down the stretch and are primed to draft lower than this next year, can afford to take a risk here. Anuoby has major health questions but if he pans out he will be a big-time defensive anchor for this team to go with Whiteside and even if the injuries catch up to him, they have a solid roster to compensate. Also, I know this is separate from the pick but at 6'8 with his playstyle, he's definitely not a guard, more of a 3 or 4. The G/F by his name kinda bugs me.
Heat's Needs via ESPN's RPM