The NBA season is winding down and at least eight teams that have resigned themselves to not making the playoffs, a few teams who are keenly observing where their owed draft picks end up and a few playoff teams who are looking to the end of the draft to shore up their rotations.

This is the first of three mock drafts that 10th year seniors will produce; one before March Madness, One directly after the NBA lottery draw when draft picks become finalized and the final mock leading up the NBA draft on June 22nd 2017.

A few points to note

  • This draft rankings are independent from team needs as the draft order changes daily and will be significantly different after the draft lottery
  • Rankings will change due to NBA combine measurements. Players such as Malik Monk, Miles Bridges and Bam Adebayo stand most to gain/lose considerably based on their physical measurements
  • Rankings will change due to players not declaring for the draft
  • NCAA March Madness will inflate high usage players on good teams, particularly point guards, before NBA combine workouts gives a more detailed understanding of lesser known and international players
  • Late first round picks are guided more towards team preference as any team as there is functionally little difference between picks 25-35. Teams are increasingly traded their end of first round picks for cash to reduce the amount of guaranteed contracts on their roster but that trend may change since the 2017/2018 NBA cap is not expected to rise as much as earlier anticipated

 

PICKTEAMPLAYER HEIGHTWEIGHTPOSITIONSCHOOL/REGIONSTATUSPROS CON
1Boston Celtics (via Nets)Markelle Fultz6’4″190PGWashingtonFreshmanHigh upside, immediate NBA productionNo significant flaws
2Los Angeles LakersLonzo Ball6″6190PG/SGUCLAFreshmanHigh college productionSlight lack of athleticism
3Phoenix SunsJosh Jackson6″8″205SG/SFKansasFreshmanHigh defensive potentialShot creation off the dribble
4Orlando MagicJonathan Isaac6’10”210SF/PFFlorida StateFreshmanHigh defensive potential, 3 point shootingVery skinny frame
5Philadephia 76ersMalik Monk6’3″200SGKentuckyFreshmanHigh college productionSlight lack of height
6Sacramento KingsDennis Smith6’2″195PGNC StateFreshmanHigh athleticism3 point shooting
8New York KnicksLauri Markkanen7’1″230PFArizonaFreshmanHigh production, 3 point shootingLow strength
9Sacramento Kings (via Pelicans)Jayson Tatum6’8″205SFDukeFreshmanHigh NBA floor, smooth offenseLack of intesity
10Minnesota TimberwolvesFrank Ntilikina6’5′190PGFranceInternationalHigh upside3 point shooting

 

PICKTEAMPLAYER HEIGHTWEIGHTPOSITIONSCHOOL/REGIONSTATUSPROS CON
11Dallas MavericksTerrance Ferguson6’7″185SG/SFUSAInternationalHigh upsidePoor ball handling
12Charlotte HornetsJohn Collins6’10”235PF/CWake ForestSophomoreHigh college productionLow NBA IQ
13Portland Trail BlazersTyler Lydon6’9″220PFSyracuseSophomorePrototype stretch 4Low upside
14Chicago BullsTJ Leaf6’10”225PFUCLAFreshmanHigh NBA IQLow strength
15Denver NuggetsIvan Rabb6’10”220PF/CCaliforniaSophomoreSteady production, reboundingLow athleticism, 3 point shooting
16Miami HeatRobert Williams6’9″235PF/CTexas A&MFreshmanHigh defensive potentialLow NBA IQ
17Milwaukee BucksDe’Aaron Fox6’3″175PGKentuckyFreshmanFloor general, high defensive potential3 point shooting
18Detroit PistonsDwayne Bacon6’7″220SG/SFFlorida St.SophomoreHigh productionAge
19Indiana PacersBam Adebayo6’10”255PF/CKentuckyFreshmanHigh upside, physical toolsLow motor
20Atlanta HawksIsaiah Hartenstein6’11”245PFGermanyInternationalHigh upside, physical toolsPoor composure

 

 

 

PICKTEAMPLAYER HEIGHTWEIGHTPOSITIONSCHOOL/REGIONSTATUSPROS CON
21Oklahoma City ThunderLuke Kennard6’5″200SGDukeSophomoreHigh college productionLow upside, athleticism
22Portland Trail Blazers (via Grizzlies/Nuggets)Nigel Williams-Goss6’3″195PGGonzagaJuniorHigh college productionLow upside
23Toronto RaptorsMiles Bridges6’6″226SF/PFMichigan StateFreshmanHigh athleticism3 point shooting, lack of height
24Orlando Magic (via Clippers/Raptors)Dillon Brooks6’7″225SFOregonJuniorAll around scoringTweener
25Utah JazzJordan Bell6’9″225PFOregonJuniorHigh defensive potentialPoor fundamentals
26Brooklyn Nets (via Celtics)Johnathan Motley6’10”230PFBaylorJuniorHigh college production3 point shooting
27Brooklyn Nets (via Wizards)Grayson Allen6’4″180SGDukeJuniorHigh college production, athleticismMental Issues
28Portland Trail Blazers (via Cavaliers)Caleb Swanigan6’9″250PF/CPurdueSophomoreHigh college productionLow athleticism, weight issues
29Los Angeles Lakers (via Rockets)Josh Hart6’6″204SGVillanovaSeniorHigh college productionLow upside
30San Antonio SpursJonathan Jeanne7’2″190CFranceInternationalHigh upside, high athleticismLow strength, high bust potential

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