The 2017 NBA Draft class is regarded to be the best in recent memory due to its elite players at the top, and its solid depth throughout. Each year for teams that aren’t in playoff contention, they have the time to build their team up through the draft and become an NBA dynasty like the Golden State Warriors.
1st Pick: Philadelphia 76ers select Markelle Fultz, Guard, Washington
Markelle Fultz is without a doubt the best all-around player in this draft class due to his elite offense and his defensive capabilities. The 76ers are in great condition to start a dynasty for the near future with their young core in Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and now Fultz.
The 76ers feel that Fultz is the last piece for this team to be able to compete in a few years as they traded for this pick from the Boston Celtics just a few days ago, giving up the 3rd overall pick and either the Lakers’ protected 2018 1st round pick or Sacramento’s protected 1st round pick in 2019.
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) June 18, 2017
2nd Pick: Los Angeles Lakers select Lonzo Ball, Guard, UCLA
The Lakers just traded away former 2nd overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft D’Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets, for Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick in this years draft. That means long time Laker fan and California native Lonzo Ball will most likely be a Laker on June 22nd as now they only have Jordan Clarkson under contract at guard.
The Lakers have been linked to All-Star forward Paul George from the Indiana Pacers via trade and want to build their team around George so he would be more comfortable in LA.
Lonzo Ball averaged 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists.
Whether the Celtics are picking here or they trade away the pick for a proven superstar is up in the air. But if they decide to keep the pick and select Jayson Tatum, he would be able to mesh very well with this Celtics roster. He will most likely be the backup small forward behind Jae Crowder, moving Jaylen Brown to shooting guard. Tatum will more than likely become the starter at some stage during next season and possibly help lead this Celtics team to a championship.
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— Brody Logan (@BrodyLogan) June 21, 2017
4th Pick: Phoenix Suns select Josh Jackson, Forward, Kansas
Josh Jackson being available here for the Suns would just be great. It means that they can keep Eric Bledsoe for the time being and not have a tangle at point guard like they did before. Jackson and current Suns small forward TJ Warren would be able to play great next to each other. Warren is a score first player with a down side of defense and Jackson is possibly one of the best defensive players in the draft.
5th Pick: Sacramento Kings select De’Aaron Fox, Guard, Kentucky
The Kings franchise right now is just very dysfunctional and they haven’t been able to draft good players the past few seasons. It is really hard not to draft a good player when one of the best guard prospects fall into your lap at 5. Fox and current Kings guard Darren Collison can battle out and see who will be the starting point guard for the Kings. Fox had a very similar player to Buddy Hield in college being Malik Monk, who is a natural scorer just like Hield.
6th Pick: Orlando Magic select Jonathan Isaac, Forward, Florida State
The Orlando Magic haven’t had a great small forward since they traded away Tobias Harris two seasons ago to the Detroit Pistons. Selecting Isaac here will give the Magic flexibility on whether they move forward with recently acquired Terrence Ross and allow Isaac to take control immediately or let Isaac develop for a few seasons under Ross and learn under him.
7th Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves select Lauri Markkanen, Forward, Arizona
The Minnesota Timberwolves just have a few missing pieces to their puzzle as they trade and take their young core and contend for a championship in the next few seasons. One of those pieces is a power forward. Last season they had quite a few players suit up to play the four and lacked consistency from all those players. Drafting Markkanen would give the Timberwolves a starter from day one and help this young team try and compete in the Western Conference.
Monk would give the Knicks a 2nd or 3rd option scorer right off the bat and can strive in any offense he finds himself in. The Knicks have been involved in trade discussions regarding Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, but none of those trades are serious at the moment.
Monk averaged 20 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.
9th Pick: Dallas Mavericks select Frank Ntilikina, Guard, International
The Dallas Mavericks need a guard like Frank Ntilikina to take over the offense in a few seasons down the road. Right now they have Devin Harris and JJ Barea under contract for them at point guard, but both of those players are in their 30s and they need a new guard to take over the helm.
Undrafted guard Yogi Ferrell had a very good season for the Mavs last year, but he is not the future of this team.
10th Pick: Sacramento Kings select Justin Jackson, Forward, North Carolina
With their second top-10 selection the Kings go with highly anticipated Justin Jackson, who saw his draft stock rise tremendously in March Madness. Current Kings small forward Rudy Gay declined his player option and is set to hit the open market, after an injury-rattled season last season. Jackson can be a player like Malcolm Brogdon last year for the Milwaukee Bucks, a player that has experience from spending more time in college and learning the game better than some of the other prospects that are one-and-done. Jackson’s scoring and IQ would be great for the Kings heading forward
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The Hornets lack a consistent shooter alongside Kemba Walker. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist hasn’t developed a jump-shot like everybody thought he would and the Hornets would be a way better team if they have consistency from behind the arc. Kennard can step in right away and is very underrated in the draft.
12th Pick: Detroit Pistons select Donovan Mitchell, Guard, Louisville
Current Pistons shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is set to hit free agency this offseason and is most likely going to look elsewhere. Although he is a restricted free agent, which means the Pistons can match any offer that he gets, but there are a lot more teams that can pay Caldwell-Pope more than the Pistons can afford. Donovan Mitchell is a player that the Pistons can rely on and can step in right away and not have a slow start.
“I love to compete.”
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— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) June 19, 2017
13th Pick: Denver Nuggets select Dennis Smith Jr, Guard, NC State
The Nuggets are most likely to move on from Emanuel Mudiay and have somebody new take over. Smith being available here at 13 is amazing value and great upside.
14th Pick: Miami Heat select John Collins, Forward, Wake Forest
The Miami Heat don’t have a starting-caliber power forward on their roster after the tragic news that ended Chris Bosh’s career. The Heat are very slim at the four as Udonis Haslem is getting ready to end his long career with Miami and Josh McRoberts isn’t particularly star quality. Willie Reed is not a player that fits into the Heat’s system, either. At power forward they need a player that can shoot the mid range and on occasions hit from behind the arc. Collins will be a great player for the Heat here and give them a lot of needed athleticism.
15th Pick: Portland Trail Blazers select OG Anunoby, Forward, Indiana
Anunoby is an outstanding player and could be regarded as one of the best players in the draft until he tore his ACL early in the season. He is another great defensive player and could possibly contend for the starting small forward spot day one. The Trail Blazers don’t have many good players at the three with only Mo Harkless, Evan Turner, and Jake Layman. If Anunoby can stay healthy he will be one of the best rookies next year.
16th Pick: Chicago Bulls select Jarrett Allen, Center, Texas
17th Pick: Milwaukee Bucks select Ike Anigbogu, Center, UCLA
18th Pick: Indiana Pacers select Zach Collins, Forward, Gonzaga
19th Pick: Atlanta Hawks select TJ Leaf, Forward, UCLA
20th Pick: Portland Trail Blazers select Justin Patton, Center, Creighton