The up-and-coming 2017 NBA draft has deep talent, although there may be a player that won’t enter. This list is for all players who are currently projected to enter the draft.
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1st Pick: Boston Celtics select Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas.
The Celtics have a boatload of picks and hey, they could wind up trading this pick away for a proven superstar. If not though, Jackson would be a very wise choice. The highest picks of this draft are full of guards, and the Celtics don’t need those with Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, and Terry Rozier.
2nd Pick: Miami Heat select Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington.
Fultz has been the highest-rated prospect in this year’s draft for the longest time. If the Celtics don’t pick him up at number one, then the Heat would find themselves an opportunity to draft a nice playmaking guard, who can score from just about anywhere on the court.
3rd Pick: Phoenix Suns select Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke.
The Suns have a very nice backcourt combo with Eric Bledsoe and the young-stud Devin Booker. So selecting a guard wouldn’t be the most intelligent thing to do. Tatum would give the Suns the option to save their money, whilst not having to sign TJ Warren a max-deal in the 2018 offseason.
4th Pick: Dallas Mavericks select Dennis Smith Jr, PG, NC State.
Smith may be one of the most physically gifted players in this draft. The Mavericks are a team that doesn’t have much playmaking. Dirk Nowitzki is just getting older, while the backcourt of Deron Williams and Wesley Matthews aren’t putting in much work. So Smith would be a massive upgrade as well as a player to build around in the future.
5th Pick: Philadelphia 76ers select Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA.
Ball is one of the most popular players in this draft. He played for the Chino Hills high school basketball team in California, and is currently a star at the University of UCLA. Ball has shown stellar skills at effectively finding his teammates, getting to the basket, shooting the long ball and being an enforcer on defense. Ball would play well next to last year’s 1st overall pick Ben Simmons and the up and coming star that is Joel Embiid.
6th Pick: Philadelphia 76ers select Malik Monk, SG, Kentucky.
Malik Monk has had one of the most spectacular performances this season, including his 47-point game vs North Carolina. The previous selection of Ball and the young 76ers roster could be a force to be reckoned with in the near future.
7th Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves select Harry Giles, PF, Duke.
Giles in recruiting was one of the most sought-out players. He is lengthy and can play very well in the low post. He was most likely a one and done, so it makes sense for him to go to a university like Duke.
8th Pick: New Orleans Pelicans select De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky.
The Pelicans need a player that can play well with their superstar Anthony Davis and their young up and coming player Buddy Heild. The Pelicans haven’t been a good team, but they have been getting better with the return of Jrue Holiday. The point guard position isn’t the most needed position for this team, but taking the best available should be the route the pelicans take here.
9th Pick: Orlando Magic select Jonathan Isaac, SF, Florida State.
Isaac has shown some flashes of his potential, but hasn’t shown to be a consistent player In college. Maybe its that he isn’t on a great team, but the Magic should take the route that the Pelicans did and take the best player available. Plus the Magic are weak at the 3 position after trading away Tobais Harris last season.
10th Pick: Sacramento Kings select Terrence Ferguson, SG, Australia.
This overseas player has been highly sought after, once the explosion of Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks took place. Ferguson has been quite the player at Australia. He has shown the knack for hitting the 3-ball and the skill on the perimeter as a defender.
11th Pick: Denver Nuggets select Grayson Allen, SG, Duke.
Allen has shown his potential in his extended stay at the University of Duke, but while he’s been there he’s shown his dark side. Like the infamous tripping incident, where he was suspended a few games. He can knock down the long ball and play some average defense.
12th Pick: New York Knicks select Frank Ntilikina, PG, Belgium.
Ntilikina has been an under-the-radar player. There isn’t much information on him and not a great amount of film since he is over seas. But on the limited information, he has shown a good mid-range shot.
13th Pick: Detroit Pistons select Jaron Blossomgame, SF, Clemson.
14th Pick: Charlotte Hornets select TJ Leaf, PF, UCLA.
TJ Leaf has gotten a lot of attention while playing alongside Lonzo Ball. The Hornets need a big man after the departure of Al Jefferson and the lack of production of Frank Kaminsky.
15th Pick: Portland Trail Blazers select Ivan Rabb, PF, California.
Rabb was expected to enter the draft but decided not to. This may effect his draft stock, but he does show a very good IQ for getting to the basket. The fans even call him superman, so if that doesn’t call out greatness, I don’t know what will.
16th Pick: Chicago Bulls select Bam Adebayo, PF, Kentucky.
17th Pick: Milwaukee Bucks select Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State.
18th Pick: Washington Wizards select Marquese Bolden, C, Duke.
The Wizards need post defense and post scoring and that is what Bolden brings to the table. Ian Mahinmi isn’t producing the way the Wizards would have liked only playing in one game.
19th Pick: Indiana Pacers select Omer Yurtseven, C, NC State.
20th Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder select Melo Trimble, PG, Maryland.
The Thunder could use themselves a quality back up point guard and Trimble has shown that he can be an average player in the NBA. Trimble stared in his freshman year and decided to stay. He is now a junior and is he doesn’t decide to stay until a senior, the Thunder could have themselves a great back up of Russell Westbrook.