2017 NBA Mock Draft 5.0
The NBA Draft is now 2 days away. The NBA offseason is as crazy as it always is and we haven’t even started the free agency period, which is where the real crazy stuff happens. A blockbuster trade for the #1 pick was made by the 76ers. Paul George has said he won’t re-sign with the Pacers and Indiana is taking calls for what would be a ‘rental’ on the All-Star. The Cavs are rumored to be trying to trade for Jimmy Butler or Paul George, which would have to be a 3 team deal. Fans could see some huge trades occur on draft night. Let the chaos begin.
Indiana & Portland
- Portland Receives: Paul George
- Indiana Receives: Allen Crabbe, Al-Farouq Aminu, Pick 20
- Paul George would be a solid fit in Portland, even if it is for just one season. Indiana doesn’t get near as much back for what George is worth but I can’t see many other teams offering much more as George has made it known he is likely going to LA next summer when he is a UFA. Portland creates a little bit of cap space for 17–18 and get another star to play alongside Dame & CJ. I don’t think this makes them legitimate contenders but they could certainly make a run in the playoffs given the right matchup.
Portland & Brooklyn
- Portland Receives: Pick 27
- Brooklyn Receives: Evan Turner, Pick 26
- Portland needs to create cap space. Brooklyn has cap space. They won’t mind taking on Turner’s contract and moving up one slot in the draft.
Cleveland & Chicago & Phoenix
- Cleveland Receives: Jimmy Butler
- Chicago Receives: Brandon Knight, TJ Warren, Derrick Jones Jr., PHX R2P32 , CLE 2020 1st, Swap Rights 2021 for CLE 1st, 2018 MIA 1st Round Pick (from PHX)
- Phoenix Receives: Kevin Love
- Butler would make the Cavaliers better and would allow them to match firepower with the Warriors. Chicago takes the first step in the rebuild process. Phoenix gets Kevin Love which should allow them to get to the playoffs and take the next step.
Lakers & Mavericks
- Mavericks Receive: D’Angelo Russell, 28th Pick
- Lakers Receive: 9th Pick
- The Lakers are rumored to be wanting a top 12 pick, likely to get Monk, Kennard, or Zach Collins. The Mavericks need a PG.
- Philadelphia 76ers (from BOS) — Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington
Fultz would be a great fit alongside Simmons. He can play off-ball and can score from everywhere. A young core of Fultz-Simmons-Embiid looks very bright but health will remain a huge question mark. This should be the last lottery pick the 76ers need to get them into the playoffs.
2. Los Angeles Lakers — Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA
It’s hard to see the Lakers realistically going in another direction here. Ball’s elite passing as well as shooting ability should allow him to be a very good player and potential All-Star in today’s NBA.
3. Boston Celtics (from PHI)— Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke
Tatum has a NBA Ready offensive game and should be able to come in and take some pressure off of IT. Tatum is the perfect complement to the very athletic defender in Jaylen Brown. The two should form a very nice wing pairing for the Celtics for many years.
4. Phoenix Suns — Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas
The best all-around player in the draft. A very athletic wing with tons of upside. He has potential to be a top perimeter defender in the league and be a poor man’s Kawhi Leonard. Should pair very well on the wing with Booker.
5. Sacramento Kings (from PHI) — De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky
Elite athlete who plays very good defense and is a terrific playmaker. Beats his man off the dribble with ease and can finish very well at the rim and he also has a solid mid-range jumper. If he had a 3-Point Shot he would be the #1 pick. With a recent trend of guard’s who can’t shoot not having success at the NBA, he does come with some risk. If he can shoot at least 35% from 3P range he could go down as the best PG in his class.
6. Orlando Magic — Dennis Smith Jr., PG, NC State
DSJ is an explosive scoring PG and would be a huge upgrade over Elfrid Payton. Guards today have to be able to score and scoring isn’t a concern with DSJ. However, there is concerns about his attitude and effort. Nonetheless, he is NBA ready and should help day one.
7. Minnesota Timberwolves — Jonathan Isaac, SF/PF, Florida State
With elite length and great athleticism, Isaac should be able to come in and make an impact on the defensive end of the floor which is something the Timberwolves really need. His offensive game is improving and he shows tons of upside. IF he can add weight to his frame, he could play the 4 and stretch the floor for KAT.
8. New York Knicks — Frank Ntilikina, PG, France
A very raw prospect but with elite physical tools at 6'5 with a 7'2 wingspan. He should be a great defender from day one but will struggle early in other aspects of his game. Knicks view him as the perfect guy to run the triangle offense. He is a huge gamble though and there is lots of uncertainty surrounding him.
9. Los Angeles Lakers (from DAL) — Malik Monk, SG, Kentucky
Elite scorer although he is a bit undersized. He is a very good athlete though. His concern won’t be on the offensive end but rather on the defensive end. He would be a great fit with Lonzo Ball and due to Ball’s size he could guard the 2 and Monk could guard the 1.
10. Sacramento Kings (from NOP) — Lauri Markkanen, PF, Arizona
If the Kings have Fox, they are going to need to surround him with shooters in order for him to be successful. Markkanen was one of the most efficient shooters at the college level this past season and while the bigs on the Kings depth chart now looks a little crowded, Markkanen’s ability to space the floor is more highly coveted today than ever before. Markkanen does have concerns on the defensive end as well as being a one dimensional offensive player. He could be a player similar to Ryan Anderson.
11. Charlotte Hornets — Donovan Mitchell, SG, Louisville
12. Detroit Pistons — Zach Collins, PF, Gonzaga
13. Denver Nuggets — OG Anunoby, SF, Indiana
14. Miami Heat — Luke Kennard, SG, Duke
15. Portland Trail Blazers — Justin Jackson, SF, UNC
16. Chicago Bulls — Semi Ojeleye, SF, SMU
17. Milwaukee Bucks — Jarrett Allen, C, Texas
18. Indiana Pacers — John Collins, PF, Wake Forest
19. Atlanta Hawks — Kyle Kuzma, PF, Utah
20. Indiana Pacers (from POR) — Terrance Ferguson, SG, USA
21. Oklahoma City Thunder — Tyler Lydon, SF/PF, Syracuse
22. Brooklyn Nets (from WAS) — Harry Giles, PF, Duke
23. Toronto Raptors (from LAC) — DJ Wilson, PF, Michigan
24. Utah Jazz — Jawun Evans, PG, Oklahoma State
25. Orlando Magic (from TOR) — Justin Patton, C, Creighton
26. Brooklyn Nets (from POR) — Derrick White, PG/SG, Colorado
27. Portland Trail Blazers (from BKN) — Wesley Iwundu, SF, Kansas State
28. Dallas Mavericks (from LAL) — Isaiah Hartenstein, PF, Germany
29. San Antonio Spurs — Anzejs Pasecniks, C, Latvia
30. Utah Jazz (from GSW) — Jonah Bolden, PF, Australia