NBA Draft 2017 1st Round Recap

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Here is my recap of the 2017 NBA Draft. The Boston Celtics have put themselves into NBA Finals territory. Lakers and Kings made their teams significantly better. The Timberwolves decided to win with a trade for Jimmy Butler reuniting him with the guy who drafted him Tom Thibodeau

1st: Philadelphia 76ers — Markele Fultz

This is a good pick for the 76ers if they can all be healthy. Seems like they always seem to pick broken players.

2nd: Los Angeles Lakers- Lonzo Ball

The pick that the Lakers needed to make. Lonzo is already a star because of his skill and his dad talking him up. Now its time to play. His shot is still in question.

3rd: Boston Celtics- Jayson Tatum

This is a great pick for the Celtics because of his offensive arsenal. This kid can flat out play but his defense needs some work. He is skilled enough to give opponents problems on the offensive end and has the body to be a problem on the defensive end. Boston plays great defense but cant score consistently but Tatum will change this.

4th: Phoenix Suns- Josh Jackson

The suns are in a position where they need a veteran player. I think this pick is trade bait. Josh Jackson is a very good player though. Needs to be more consistent shooter

5th: Sacramento Kings- De’Aaron Fox

Great pick for the Kings. Bad pick for Fox seeing they havent been relevant since Chris Webber.

6th: Orlando Magic- Johnathan Issac

Very good pick. Johnathan has a lot of potential lets see if he lives up to it. He is very long so defense will come easy. He wasn’t asked to score a lot at Florida State but in the NBA they will want him to develop into a scorer with his size. I expect Issac to spend some time in the D-League

7th: Chicago Bulls- Lauri Markkanen

Markkanen will be able to get his offense going in the Eastern Conference but he will need to work on the defensive end.

8th: New York Knicks- Frank Ntilikina

The Knicks dont mind going international. If they keep can keep Porzingis the Knicks will be a long team. The triangle offense works well with length in the frontcourt.

9th: Dallas Mavericks- Dennis Smith

Dennis can ball. I still remember the triple-double he dropped against Duke at Cameron Indoor this year. The Mavericks are a team thats transitioning away from their legend Dirk Nowitski like the Lakers did with Kobe. Bringing in Dennis smith along with Noel and Harrison Barnes can help them get back to relevance in the Western Conference.

10th: Portland Trailblazers- Zach Collins

The Trailblazers moved up to make this pick. Collins is the first freshmen to be selected out of Gonzaga. I dont think he fixes Portlands problems but gives them the opportunity financially to make more moves in the future.

11th: Charlotte Hornets- Malik Monk

Malik is close to bust territory. There won’t be enough shots to go around in Charlotte. He has a lot to work on but he can fill up the scoreboard. Needs to get bigger.

12th: Detroit Pistons- Luke Kennard

My favorite player in the draft. Luke Kennard can really shoot. He needs to develop himself on the other end of the court so they wont have to hide him on defense. I was hoping Luke got a chance to play for a championship contender. An underrated stat with Luke is his ability to use both hands. Like Kennard said in his post draft interview he is more than “just a shooter”.

13th: Utah Jazz- Donovan Mitchell

Donovan plays with an edge and has a lot of heart. He was real gritty at Louisville. Has a chance to be a good role player if he comes in and grind.

14th: Miami Heat- Bam Adebayo

Bam is a workhorse type of athlete. I think he is a better athlete than he is basketball player.

15th: Sacramento Kings- Justin Jackson

Justin Jackson will be a good fit if the Kings decide to keep him around. He is a mature underrated player. He will be bring leadership to an overall young team.

16th: Minnesota Timberwolves- Justin Patton

17th: Milwaukee Bucks- DJ Wilson

The Bucks add another great athlete to an already athletic team.

18th: Indiana Pacers- TJ Leaf

19th: Atlanta Hawks- John Collins

John Collins is a young freakish player. Averaged a double double in the tough ACC. The Atlanta Hawks are a team thats trying to find themselves after trading hometown guy Dwight Howard. John Collins can be great but cant lose himself in the down seasons that the Hawks have ahead of them. Then again this is the Eastern Conference they can squeeze a 7th or 8th seed on the back of Collins.

20th: Sacramento Kings- Harry Giles

Harry Giles was great in high school but had two serious knee injuries. In college he was never who he was before the knee injuries. One more year of college wouldn’t have hurt him but would’ve been risky. Giles will need to continue to develop in Sacramento. Definitely a boom or bust player. One thing I know with Harry Giles is he will play with a big ass chip on his shoulder.

21st: Oklahoma City Thunder- Terrence Ferguson

22nd: Brooklyn Nets- Jared Allen

23rd: Toronto Raptors- OG Anunoby

The Raptors are more and likely going to be point guard-less after free agency so I expected them to be looking there.

24th: Denver Nuggets- Tyler Lydon

Tyler Lydon should’ve stayed in school at least one more year. He is coming from the 2–3 zone at Syracuse so defense will be a problem. Lydon will struggle create his own offense in the NBA.

25th: Orlando Magic- Anzejs Pasecniks

26th: Portland Trailblazers- Caleb Swanigan

This dude is a hard worker! Watching him in the Big Ten kind of reminds me of Draymond Green. If he can play with the same edge he played with at Purdue he will do well in Portland.

27th: Los Angeles Lakers- Kyle Kuzma

28th: Utah Jazz- Tony Bradley

Tony Bradley was a really good piece off the bench at UNC. He is a potential player for the Jazz. Looking to bring him in for development. Could’ve stayed another year in college but I get it leave after a championship season. Would’ve been top 10 pick in next years draft.

29th: San Antonio Spurs- Derrick White

San Antonio type player.

30th: Los Angeles Lakers- Josh Hart

Josh will be a great addition to the Lakers. He brings in a championship mentality. Will be a good player to spell Lonzo Ball and even probably a better defender than Lonzo.

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