Final 2017 1st Round Mock Draft

1)   Philadelphia 76ers- Markelle Fultz- G (Washington)

This is an obvious choice for the team that moved up to get him. Philly’s core looks really nice, but it’ll take time for them to develop.

2)   Los Angeles Lakers- Lonzo Ball- G (UCLA)

This is another obvious choice. Lonzo wants to be in LA, and the Lakers need a star. He’s exactly that.

3)   Boston Celtics- Jayson Tatum- F (Duke)

Most experts say that Josh Jackson should be the pick here, but I think that Danny Ainge can see what Tatum offers- an NBA-ready, versatile scorer.

4)   Phoenix Suns- Josh Jackson- F (Kansas)

I’d like to say that Phoenix wins big here, but I’m also nervous about how Jackson progresses with the Suns. He could be the best player in this draft, but he could also turn into Wesley Johnson.

5)   Sacramento Kings- De’Aaron Fox- G (Kentucky)

Word is that this pick makes a lot of sense for both parties. Sacramento will also look at Isaac, Smith, and Ntilikina, but if Fox is available, he’s the pick.

6)   Orlando Magic- Dennis Smith Jr.- G (NC State)

Isaac probably makes the most sense here, but I want him to go to my team (Minnesota, with the next pick), so I’ll say Smith. Collins might be in play here, too.

7)   Minnesota Timberwolves- Jonathan Isaac- F (Florida State)

Isaac wins the award for The Most Interesting Man in the Draft. He has a very high ceiling, but will take some time. Is that really what the Wolves want to invest in? Finding premium talent in a small market like Minnesota is tough, so let’s hope so.

8)   New York Knicks- Frank Ntilikina- G (France)

I’ve read that the Knicks are very high on Frank from France, so I’ll slot him here. I love his size. If Orlando does take Isaac, Frank might be the next player I want to see Minnesota take.

9)   Dallas Mavericks- Harry Giles- F (Duke)

Projections on Giles are all over the place, but I think he’s a great prospect. He certainly wasn’t at his best in his only year in college, but do you remember another Duke one-and-done: Kyrie Irving?

10)  Sacramento Kings- Zach Collins- F/C (Gonzaga)

I’m way lower on Collins than it seems like NBA GMs are, so I think he’ll land in the lottery somewhere. He fouled out way too much for my liking, and didn’t start in college OR in high school!

11) Charlotte Hornets- Malik Monk- G (Kentucky)

There are shooters abound at this spot, both at the 2 and the 4. Frank Kaminsky looks like an interesting player at the PF spot, and the value is with Monk anyway.

12) Detroit Pistons- Lauri Markennen- F (Arizona)

See Charlotte (part 1), but the opposite of Charlotte (part 2). Detroit could use a shooter too, but their better player is at the 2, and the value now is at PF.

13) Denver Nuggets- OG Anunoby- F (Indiana)

I think Denver’s main goal is to try to find a replacement for Danilo Gallinari, who presumably is leaving in free agency. OG and Justin Jackson are complete opposites, but I think the defensive-minded Anunoby is the right choice.

14) Miami Heat- Luke Kennard- G (Duke)

Kennard had a lot of hype last week, but I think he’ll land in the teens somewhere. Miami could use a shooter, and he might be the best in the class.

15) Portland Trail Blazers- John Collins- F/C (Wake Forest)

There is a ton of depth at PF and C in the 15-25 range of this draft. I like Collins the most of those guys, but Portland may do something crazy with one or more of their three picks.

16) Chicago Bulls- Donovan Mitchell- G (Louisville)

Mitchell provides great value to the Bulls and is an obvious replacement for Dwyane Wade when he stops getting paid exorbitant amounts of money.

17) Milwaukee Bucks- Justin Jackson- F (North Carolina)

Milwaukee loves length, and Jackson has it. The Bucks could use a scorer and an outside shooter off the bench. Jackson is a great fit.

18) Indiana Pacers- Bam Adebayo- F (Kentucky)

Aside from Myles Turner, Indiana doesn’t have much to build around right now. They take Adebayo, the BPA at this spot.

19) Atlanta Hawks- Jarrett Allen- C (Texas)

Atlanta just parted ways with Dwight Howard, so a center makes sense. If not Allen, Justin Patton could wind up here.

20) Portland Trail Blazers- Terrance Furgeson- G/F (USA)

I like Furgeson, but he’ll take a huge step up in competition after playing internationally in Australia after high school. Portland could still do something weird here.

21) Oklahoma City Thunder- Justin Patton- C (Creighton)

OKC already has good depth up front, but Patton provides too much value to pass up here. A trade could be likely if the draft plays out this way.

22) Brooklyn Nets- TJ Leaf- F (UCLA)

What the hell are the Nets doing? (I feel like I’ve said that for 6 straight years…) D’Angelo Russell is a nice piece, but Brook Lopez + a first round pick + having to pay Timofey Mozgov a bagillion dollars is too much to pay. Leaf is a traditional four man, who had a nice college career, but is probably 10 years too late to factor in the NBA.

23) Toronto Raptors- Ike Anigbogu- C (UCLA)

This is good value for the Raptors. Anigbogu provides good athleticism and frontcourt depth, and I’ve seen some Raptors’ fans talking about trying to trade Jonas Valanciunas.

24) Utah Jazz- Tyler Lydon- F (Syracuse)

Speaking of replacing current players, the Jazz take a SF to replace (presumably) Gordon Hayward. Lydon is the same style of player, but not the same quality.

25) Orlando Magic- Jordan Bell- F (Oregon)

I like this pick a lot for the Magic, who add Bell to Dennis Smith Jr. and their core of Terrence Ross, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, and Bismack Biyombo.

26) Portland Trail Blazers- Isaiah Hartenstein- C (Germany)

Portland has to take at least one international player if they keep all these picks.

27) Los Angeles Lakers- Ivan Rabb- F (Cal)

I really think that LA will try to leverage these picks into an established player, but if not, Rabb is a local prospect that is ready to produce right away, so he make sense.

28) Los Angeles Lakers- DJ Wilson- F (Michigan)

Michigan is my team, so it’s weird to see DJ talked about in the late first round, because I don’t think he’ll be a productive NBA player any time soon. Drafting him and Rabb together will allow him to develop behind Rabb for a year or two.

29) San Antonio Spurs- Josh Hart- G (Villanova)

Has there ever been a more San Antonio pick than this one?

30) Utah Jazz- Kyle Kuzma- F (Utah)

I’ll finish off the first round with another choice that makes way too much sense. Kuzma is a local product and provides frontcourt depth for a team in transition
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