2017 Mock Draft 1.0 — Preseason Weirdness Part 2
Last week we graced the internet with our Part 1 for our Mock Draft 1.0, and I don’t want to sound like a guy who loves his work, but it was a pretty great mock draft.
Sit back and enjoy Part 2 of our Mock Draft 1.0 — Preseason Weirdness.
15. Charlotte Hornets
Edrice “Bam” Adebayo,PF, University of Kentucky
Quick Comp: Is a 6’9 Dwight Howard cool? Oh, it isn't…. then Bismack Biyombo
The Hornets might have the least athletic frontcourt in the NBA and no team can succeed without a rim protector. Enter Bam Adebayo: A 6'9 man child who looks like he is in the same family tree as Greg Oden and plays well above the rim. Due to his supreme athleticism and strength at the high school level, Adebayo never really had to develop actual post moves, which could hurt him at the next level. If his offensive skills can ever come close to matching his freakish genes, then WATCH OUT.
16. Houston Rockets
Malik Monk, SG, University of Kentucky
Quick Comp: Avery Bradley
By adding Monk to their roster, the Rockets will get their hands on a potential lock-down defender capable of guarding both backcourt spots at an elite level, which is huge for Harden. Monk is still a little rough around the edges on offense, but he has a growing perimeter game and out of this world athleticism that should allow him to flourish on the fast break. Kentucky will be loaded on the perimeter with Briscoe and Fox, but Monk has the best shot at becoming their go-to scoring option from the wing.
17. Portland Trail Blazers
Tyler Lydon, PF, Syracuse University
Quick Comp: Keith Van Horn 2.0
The Blazers just spent a lot of money to retain their chemistry and with Noah Vonleh not progressing the way many thought he should, the need for a floor spacing power forward is essential for their growth. Tyler Lydon is a fluid and mobile athlete who plays within himself but also has the athleticism to make plays on the defensive end. Just by looking at him, you can tell that he will need to add some muscle to his frame, but that shouldn’t be a major concern for a team drafting him this late.
18. Denver Nuggets (From Memphis Grizzlies)
OG Anunoby, F, University of Indiana
Quick Comp: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
The surprise hit during the 2016 NCAA tourney, Anunoby is one of the more intriguing prospects this season. He should definitely see more minutes this season, as he only averaged about 13 minutes during his freshman year, which should allow for time to evaluate his skills. After taking a look at his freshman year numbers, even with his little PT, it’s still clear that Anunoby is an absolute animal on defense and could be one of the best wing defender prospects since MKG and Kawhi. His draft outlook hinges on the growth of his offensive side when asked to carry the scoring burden alongside James Blackmon and Thomas Bryant. With the small sample size from last year, he looks the part of a capable 3-and-D player with great instincts.
19. Atlanta Hawks
Thomas Bryant,C, University of Indiana
Quick Comp: Amir Johnson
One of my favorite players for this season, Bryant does all the little things needed to succeed on a team level and possibly has the best motor in the draft. He will never lead the league in rebounds or blocks, but he competes at an elite level and is the epitome of a team player. If he can add a more complete offensive game this season, he has the potential to jump up the draft boards.
20. Indiana Pacers
Marques Bolden,C,Duke University
Quick Comp: Andrew Bynum
With PG-13 locked in as the star player for the foreseeable future, the main goal for Larry Bird and company is surrounding him with talent. They grabbed Turner last year, who has experience playing with and by adding Bolden, Bird could be creating one of the best young front courts in the league after a few years. Turner who has experience playing with larger bigs like Mahinmi should benefit from Bolden’s ability to take up space in the middle, allowing for Turner to spread the floor with his shooting. Bolden is a big boy for someone his age, he stands 6’11 with a 7’6 wingspan and weighs in at 250. The most important thing when it comes to Bolden is that he understands how to use his impressive frame and physical abilities at such a young age. With Giles out for the first 6 weeks of the season, Bolden can really solidify himself as a top prospect and really showcase his offensive talents.
21. Detroit Pistons
Wenyen Gabriel,F, University of Kentucky
Quick Comp: Tim Thomas 2.0
Detroit is a strange team in they way they choose to surround their star players, but grabbing Gabriel at 21 would be a great fit for them. SVG loves his versatile, big men who can defend multiple positions and score from the wing, two things that Gabriel can do right away. Along with his length and ability to stroke it from deep, Gabriel has an elite motor that will allow him to overcome his potential difficulties in adding some serious muscle.
22. Utah Jazz
Grayson Allen, SG, Duke University
Quick Comp: Manu Ginobili Very Lite
The Jazz are a team that don’t need much in terms of immediate production, which is a good thing especially if they resign Gordon Hayward. One area of I can see them going is looking to solidify their bench, and Grayson Allen has the potential to be a dangerous scoring threat off the bench for a playoff team. Grabbing Allen in the early 20s is a score for a young and fun team like the Jazz moving forward.
23. Chicago Bulls
DJ Hogg, G/F, Texas A&M
Quick Comp: Klay Thompson Lite
A serious sleeper in my eyes, Hogg could be the best shooter in the draft and we all know the Bulls need shooting on their team. Alongside Tyler Davis, Hogg will get plenty of opportunities to show his ability, which will eventually get him in the second half of the draft. Hogg has serious potential on both sides of the ball, and he could be seen as the steal of the draft in a few years.
24. OKC Thunder
Jaron Blossomgame,F, Clemson University
Quick Comp: Corey Maggette
The Thunder need a legitimate starter on the wing now with Durant gone, and Blossomgame is a wing who plays with a lot of power and could turn out to be a major 3-and-D guy. Although he may never turn out to be a top scoring option on a team, his ability to put points on the board shouldn’t be discounted. He is a strong competitor who can produce right away for a team.
25. Toronto Raptors (From LA Clippers)
Miles Bridge, G/F, Michigan State University
Quick Comp: PJ Tucker 2.0
There is always that freshman that looks like he should be a senior, and this year that superlative goes to Bridge. One of the better athletes in the draft, Bridge is already built like a NBA journeyman at 18, but his offensive game needs serious developing. Like most dominant, athletic prospects, learning how to succeed without your athleticism is key, and Bridge has a great opportunity to learn under Tom Izzo. Grabbing him in the bottom half of the first round is an absolute steal, as he has the potential to turn out to be a lockdown defender.
26. Toronto Raptors
Isaiah Hartenstein,F, Žalgiris Kaunas
Quick Comp: Athletic Ersan İlyasova
With Jonas Valančiūnas, and recently drafted Jakob Poeltl locked in, the Raptors will need a floor spacing big to maximize the old-school approach to both young bigs moving forward, which is where Hartenstein comes in. Hartenstein has a capable low post game but his bread and butter is his ability to spread the floor, something that should open up plenty of space for DeRozan drives and allow Jonas the ability to play his game.
27. Brooklyn Nets (From Boston Celtics)
Chimezie Metu, PF/C, University of Southern California
Quick Comp: Clint Capela
Metu might be one of the Flagrant 2’s favorite prospects. He is a 6’11 freak pogo stick who can play both frontcourt spots with elite defensive potential. Currently, the Nets have Brook Lopez locked up, and finding someone who can help protect his defensive inefficiencies would be ideal. Metu was limited to mostly dunks last year, but he should have plenty of opportunities to expand his game. If Metu can provide more than just dunks, his professional outlook is much higher than 27.
28. San Antonio Spurs
Omer Yurtseven, PF/C, North Carolina State University
Quick Comp: Skinnier Enes Kanter
Instead of turning pro overseas, Yurtseven decided that enrolling at NC State to play alongside Dennis Smith Jr. provided him with a better shot at showcasing his talents to NBA executives. He is a lanky 7’0 player with great hands, a soft touch around the rim, and an overall great feel for the game for someone so young. Adding weight is a serious concern, but Omer has the offensive skill-set that most young bigs at his age don’t possess.
29. Cleveland Cavs
Allonzo Trier, SG, University of Arizona
Quick Comp: Dion Waiters/ Randy Foye
When your team consists of Lebron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love, all you really need is to find players who will fit in with the system you currently have in place. With JR Smith and Iman Shumpert either plateauing in skill or being past their NBA prime, a player like Allonzo Trier could be a huge steal for the Cavs at 29. Trier has the length to become a viable perimeter defender, but more importantly, he is a shot-maker from inside the arc. He has the opportunity to impress scouts by expanding his range, which will make him that much more enticing as a prospect.
30. Utah Jazz (From Golden State Warriors)
Nigel Hayes,F, University of Wisconsin
Quick Comp:Marvin Williams
While this Jazz team certainly does not need another pick, with the probable last one in the draft, a combo forward like Nigel Hayes could be in play. Hayes might not be amazing at one particular thing, but he is talented in all areas of the game. He is strong 6’8 combo forward who has a decent enough shot to keep his man watching and is expanding his range to the perimeter. His main drawing point is his defensive versatility, which will allow him to defend both forwards immediately in the NBA. He has a lot of holes in terms of ball skills, but at 30, he is a great value pick.