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2017 NBA Mock Draft: Fultz To Celtics At No. 1?

For all of a shaken appetite in a room during final night’s breeze lottery, reduced stakes by and vast prevailed as a Celtics went home happy with a No. 1 selection, a Lakers hold onto their collect (and changed adult to No. 2) and a Sixers indeed got to use one of those law Hinkie collect swaps to pierce adult a integrate spots and breeze third. Let’s not rubbish any some-more time—the breeze sequence is entirely set, a NCAA withdrawal deadline is reduction than a week out, and we can now gawk during a mostly whole mural of what this thing is going to demeanour like.

We’ve all waited months and months for this. Let’s ridicule a whole thing up.

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1. Boston Celtics: Markelle Fultz | G | Freshman | Washington

Finally, a C’s income out in full on one of those Nets picks and spend a residence income on Fultz, who’s not usually a many well-rounded actor in this draft, though fits with Boston’s needs as a versatile backcourt square who will be means to hoop early mins though complicated pressure. Fultz has a distance and skills to play alongside Isaiah Thomas and a playmaking ability to span with Marcus Smart or Avery Bradley. Unless a Celtics opt to bargain this pick—and meaningful Danny Ainge, it’ll be unequivocally many in play—Fultz looks like both a best fit and best actor available.

2. Los Angeles Lakers: Lonzo Ball | G | Freshman | UCLA

Get prepared for a lifetime of Lonzo and LaVar (and maybe LiAngelo, and maybe LaMelo) in Los Angeles. There’s too many commotion surrounding this probability to not pencil it in. In this scenario, a Lakers chuck their chips on a child with a playmaking talent to maybe spin a authorization around, though who’s not though risk given his graphic strengths and weaknesses. He’s an superb fit for a proceed Luke Walton wants to play, and if L.A. puts a right tools around him, he could unequivocally blossom. Whether immediately or down a line, Ball may also excommunicate D’Angelo Russell in a process. 

3. Philadelphia 76ers: Jayson Tatum | F | Freshman | Duke

While Sixers fans rejoiced over this collect barter from a Kings conveying, a braintrust will have a formidable choice during No. 3. With a bolt of large group in a overlay and Ben Simmons set to take over ballhandling duties subsequent season, Tatum will be means to hoop some mins early on and offer a group much-needed scoring assistance on a wing. His intensity to turn a peculiarity burst shooter and maybe a multi-positional defender creates him a good fit with what a Sixers are building. His fit alongside Simmons stands out from a container in that regard.

4. Phoenix Suns: Josh Jackson | F | Freshman | Kansas

Well, a Suns should be silly if they land Jackson here as a sidekick for Devin Booker. He’s one of a best defenders in a class, physically prepared to contribute, and a unchanging jumper divided from flourishing into a extensive player. After doubling down on large group a year ago, Jackson fills a hole for Phoenix during tiny brazen and could give Booker peculiarity defensive cover for a subsequent decade. This feels like a healthy fit.

5. Sacramento Kings: De’Aaron Fox | G | Freshman | Kentucky

In Fox, a Kings finally spike a actor means of pulling all their manifold pieces together. Sacramento can take a best awaiting on a house as good as fill their biggest area of need, alighting a lead ensure with a ability to pierce a authorization behind to aptitude and who’s a burst shot divided from being flattering frightening. Fox’s speed will be a game-changer regardless, and his contagious, breakneck nightly bid on both ends competence be a shot in a arm a Kings have indispensable for years.

6. Orlando Magic: Dennis Smith | G | Freshman | NC State

More than anything, a Magic need a actor they can count on to figure games offensively. Of a remaining players, Smith has a best possibility to be what they’re looking for. His explosiveness and creativity with a ball, quite in isolation, should in time give Orlando a required jar to pierce behind in a right direction. With his inherited ability to beget offense and pierce a basketball, Smith is a critical upside pitch they can means here. He has a possibility to be a star.

7. Minnesota Timberwolves: Jonathan Isaac | F | Freshman | Florida State

Thanks to their new run of breeze luck, a Wolves have a oppulance of not wanting another franchise-caliber stud. In Isaac, they get a actor with a plain building and a intensity to pierce good value. He’ll be a initial to tell we he needs to container on muscle, and Minnesota can pierce him along solemnly in hopes he’ll rise into a floor-spacing, resilient helper that can give Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins copiousness of space to operate. 

8. New York Knicks: Malik Monk | G | Freshman | Kentucky

It would be flattering tough for a Knicks to pass on Monk’s starry upside in this scenario. He’s one of a best pristine shooters in a breeze and presents a ton of possibilities despite measurables that leave a bit to be desired. If Melo’s headed out of town, New York will need someone else to measure a turn and would be fit in branch to Monk in hopes that he evolves into a fatal one-two punch alongside Kristaps Porzingis. Monk won’t be prepared from day one, though would make an electrifying fit in a Garden if all breaks correctly.

9. Dallas Mavericks: Frank Ntilikina | G | 18 Years Old | France

Point ensure has prolonged been a position of need for Dallas, and Ntilikina (for a record, nee-lee-KEE-na) would give them a clever building retard as a post-Dirk epoch looms. Taking Lauri Markkanen as his apparent successor would be delicious here, though it’s a other European male who binds some-more appeal. Ntilikina has a earthy gifts to turn one of a league’s best two-way indicate guards in time, and his playmaking ability and burgeoning growth a shooter also assistance him mount out.

10. Sacramento Kings: Lauri Markkanen | F | Freshman | Arizona

Oh, how a Kings adore their European large men. Markkanen’s calling-card—his shooting—sets him detached from a prospects Sacramento has already amassed, and on a register abundant with holes, his scoring intensity creates for a good investment. He’s not a many well-rounded large male in a class, though he enters with a rare, potentially chosen specialty that they’ll wish blossoms into something more. With Fox already in a fold, a some-more shooters, a better.

11. Charlotte Hornets: Zach Collins | F/C | Freshman | Gonzaga

Skill-wise, Collins is rather equivalent to a bigs a Hornets have in tow, though his girl joined with clever instincts as a rebounder and shot-blocker gives him a curtsy here. He’ll have time to grow into a good fit in Steve Clifford’s defensive-minded complement and rise a skills to eventually play energy brazen or center.

12. Detroit Pistons: Justin Jackson | F | Junior | North Carolina  

This competence be a tiny early for Jackson, though a Pistons need sharpened and Jackson profiles as one of a draft’s some-more NBA-ready wings. His prolonged arms give him a possibility to be a clever defender, and his multiple of qualification and spot-up comfort would let him container easily into Detroit’s revolution early on. The Pistons are financially invested in Andre Drummond and have fabricated adequate tools that it’s approaching not value floating all adult and starting over only yet. Jackson competence be means to make them improved right away.

13. Denver Nuggets: Justin Patton | C | Freshman | Creighton 

Denver is gallant to save talent and can means to let a actor with Patton’s substantial upside rise on their bench. He has an all-around descent ability set and liquid athleticism for a 7-footer, and a fact that a awaiting of his ilk competence tumble this distant speaks to a peculiarity of this lottery. In college, he thrived in a purpose functioning mostly divided from a ball, using to a rim, throwing lobs and spasmodic spotting adult for jumpers. He’s also a unequivocally good passer. Could he strengthen a edge and fit alongside Nikola Jokic in time? Absolutely.

14. Miami Heat: OG Anunoby | F | Sophomore | Indiana

Anunoby is one of a draft’s many physically intriguing prospects, with a good possibility to turn an impossibly versatile defender, though he has a ways to go in terms of descent ability set. Miami could play here and line him adult during brazen alongside Justise Winslow and Hassan Whiteside, combining a nightmarish defensive frontcourt means to relieve lineups large and small. The post-LeBron Heat have had a lot of success with actor development, and this seems like a estimable play given a best-case scenario.

15. Portland Trail Blazers: Ike Anigbogu | C | Freshman | UCLA 

After appearing to strike bullion with Jusuf Nurkic, a Blazers can residence some of their interior concerns on a other side of a turn with this selection. Anigbogu’s insanely young, though he’s a singular defensive awaiting and bomb contestant who’s already skilful during throwing lobs and finishing. If Portland stays specific with his development, he could be readier to minister as a dilettante earlier than expected. You can demeanour during a pursuit Houston did with Clint Capela as a touchstone.

16. Chicago Bulls: Donovan Mitchell | G | Sophomore | Louisville

The Bulls have several needs to residence this off-season and would now turn some-more jaunty in a backcourt by bringing in Mitchell, one of a many bomb players on a board. He’s still some-more of an thought than anything, though as a high-quality two-way dilettante with a building jumper, Mitchell is a flattering plain concept. His 6’10” wingspan and 40” straight are off a charts, and if a Bulls’ stream backcourt options stay in place, he won’t be tasked with complicated playmaking duties right away. Then again, this is a register that could demeanour unequivocally opposite in a integrate months.

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Harry Giles | F | Freshman | Duke

Giles and his refractory knees lift some-more damage red flags than anyone in a draft, though teams are entirely wakeful of his talent. As with any risk-reward proposition, a intelligent gambler is peaceful to sidestep a gamble during a right price. This is what a Bucks have finished best over a final several drafts, and with a clever medical staff in a fold, they can continue to palliate Giles behind into basketball activity and play a prolonged game. His touch, coordination and measureless length and strech are still benefaction if rusty, and even if his explosiveness doesn’t lapse in full, he could still turn an superb player. He won’t have to be a luminary if a Bucks (and Giannis) continue on their benefaction trajectories.

18. Indiana Pacers: Luke Kennard | F | Sophomore | Duke

This collect will count on what a Pacers confirm to do with Paul George, though presumption he stays put, Indiana will need to find ways to get improved as he enters his agreement year. Kennard’s low sharpened ability and savvy decision-making could make him a serviceable actor early on and make life easier for his teammates as Indiana tries to widespread a floor. He gives them a good multiple of benefaction and destiny application in this spot.

19. Atlanta Hawks: John Collins | F/C | Sophomore | Wake Forest

Atlanta could use another ball-handler here, though as a guards start to skinny out, it creates clarity to residence a interior with a developmental square behind Dwight Howard. Collins displayed considerable descent fluency and resilient instincts during a dermatitis season, though lacks gloss in terms of recognition and on a defensive end. The Hawks have been gallant to try and filigree players with singular ability sets in a past, and Collins’s activity and scoring instincts are an engaging sell.

20. Portland Trail Blazers: Rodions Kurucs | F | 19 Years Old | Latvia

If a Blazers keep all 3 first-rounders they’ll approaching have to accumulate someone, and Kurucs could be a claimant given his intriguing all-around descent form and comparatively early theatre of veteran growth in a Spanish B League. He’s versatile and has a makings of a useful actor down a line. Portland’s conditions could make him a fit.

21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Terrance Ferguson | F | 19 Years Old | Australia

Although a Thunder unequivocally need a delegate shot creator to anchor lineups when Russell Westbrook sits, that need could be tough to residence in this spot. Ferguson’s an bomb leaper with a possibility to turn a dangerous shooter and could eventually turn a estimable further to OKC’s fast of specialists. He has a prolonged proceed to go physically, as good as aggressive off a dribble, though provides good value here.

22. Brooklyn Nets (via Washington): Jarrett Allen | C | Freshman | Texas

Allen has a prolonged proceed to go in terms of basketball comprehension, though he done some strides in his one year during Texas and possesses high-end length and defensive prospects. At this point, a Nets are still though many vigour to win and can means to rise him into an impactful defender and finisher behind Brook Lopez. Brooklyn has been all about upside in new drafts, and it’s a scold proceed given a circumstances.

23. Toronto Raptors: T.J. Leaf | F | Freshman | UCLA 

With Patrick Patterson’s failing (not to discuss Kyle Lowry’s) and a Raptors positioned to make some changes, they can residence a intensity need for a widen brazen with Leaf, who’s a learned scorer and passer and an enterprising rebounder. If a Raptors wish to rise into a some-more complicated descent team, it doesn’t harm to supplement a actor with his versatility.

24. Utah Jazz: Ivan Rabb | F | Sophomore | California

Rabb has mislaid a bit of his dash though stays a plain awaiting interjection to his joining to resilient a basketball. He has some work to do as a scorer, though he’s flattering gifted and was mostly marginalized by a flattering bad descent conditions during Cal. The Jazz can rise him as a probable deputy for Derrick Favors.

25. Orlando Magic (via Toronto): Jonathan Jeanne | C | 19 Years Old | France

The Magic will be staid to breeze dual some-more plain prospects during 33 and 35, so they can take a possibility here and deposit in building Jeanne and his lanky 7’2” frame. He stood out during a breeze brew throwing lobs and contesting shots interjection to his jaunty advantages, and showed a decent sharpened hold in drills. Jeanne is a singular earthy citation with delicious intensity this late in a initial round.

26. Portland Trail Blazers: Isaiah Hartenstein | F/C | 19 Years Old | Germany 

Hartenstein is an intriguing awaiting with good size, strength and lively and another actor Portland can find room to pierce along in hopes his scoring catches up. He has musty sharpened mechanics though isn’t an awful shooter, either, that becomes some-more savoury if he can hoop personification a 5 defensively.

27. Brooklyn Nets (swap with Boston): Hamidou Diallo | G | Freshman | Kentucky

Diallo’s violent jaunty ability will keep him on a first–round radar, and again, Brooklyn’s in no rush. His tangible basketball skills have drawn churned reviews. He struggles as a shooter and all in all he’s a long, prolonged proceed away. That said, if he stays in a draft, he’s a form of quick-twitch wing who could aver guaranteed income in this operation only in box he pans out.

28. L.A. Lakers (via Houston): D.J. Wilson | F | Junior | Michigan

If a Lakers indeed enter a Lonzo era, they’ll need jaunty bigs who can run with him and space a floor. Wilson checks those boxes, and also possesses good mobility on a defensive finish that creates him one of a some-more engaging stretch-four forms in a class. In that honour his strengths are a tiny opposite from Julius Randle and Larry Nance, and he fits a mold of actor L.A. should try and supplement into this mix.

29. San Antonio Spurs: Bam Adebayo | C | Freshman | Kentucky

Adebayo’s bargain of his possess purpose as a champion on a interior creates him a good fit for San Antonio as a Spurs continue to get younger and put purpose players around Kawhi Leonard. As a rim-runner and rubbish man, Adebayo has a transparent NBA fit. He’s intensely jaunty and strong, that helps him plan as a arrange of switch-friendly defender that San Antonio could unequivocally use in lieu of plodding veterans.

30. Utah Jazz (via Golden State): Jawun Evans | G | Sophomore | Oklahoma State

Given that George Hill competence not be back, Utah will need to residence a indicate ensure mark in some proceed over Dante Exum, and Evans is one of a improved pristine playmakers in a class, notwithstanding his smaller stature. His scoring ability leaves something to be preferred during this stage, though he’s a form of hard-working, intelligent actor that can make others improved and turn a fit with what a Jazz wish to do in a halfcourt.

First 5 out: Rawle Alkins, Arizona; Caleb Swanigan, Purdue; Derrick White, Colorado; Tony Bradley, North Carolina; Frank Jackson, Duke.

Article source: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/05/17/nba-mock-draft-lottery-results-celtics-lakers-76ers

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