NBA Mock Draft First Round 3/25/17

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2017 NBA Mock Draft.

(Updated: 3/23/17) Here is the link to the NFL mock draft

1. Boston (from BRK)-Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA, 6-6, Fr.
The Celtics have a good collection of guards but Ball has established himself as a game changer and one of the top players in this draft. Possessing great size for the next level, Ball is a terrific passer and knows how to get his teammates involved but can also effectively score.  Go here for more on Ball

**Celtics can swap first round picks with Nets

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2. L.A. Lakers-Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington, 6-4, Fr.
Fultz put up ridiculous all-around numbers on a bad Huskies team. He is a complete player who can score at will, distribute the rock, and rebounds well for his size. He would be a great addition alongside a rebuilding Lakers roster that features talented young talent like D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, and Brandon Ingram.

**76ers own Lakers first round pick (top 3 protected)

3. Phoenix-Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas, 6-8, Fr.
The Suns appear to be set in the backcourt with Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker so add a talent wing in Josh Jackson. Jackson has elite athleticism and the ideal size to be a big-time NBA wing player. Go here for more on Jackson

4. Orlando-Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke, 6-8, Fr.
After missing the beginning of the season due to injury, Tatum flashed his potential down the stretch.  He can score from anywhere on the floor and should develop into a better option at small forward for the Magic than recently-acquired Terrence Ross. Go here for more on Tatum

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5. Philadelphia-De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky 6-3, Fr.
The 76ers have built up their frontcourt through the draft the past few years and have to focus on upgrading their skill at guard. Fox is extremely explosive point guard who is at his best using his length and quickness to get to the rim.  His outside shot is very much a work in progress though. Go here for more on Fox

6. Sacramento-Dennis Smith Jr., PG, N.C. State, 6-3, Fr.
Smith Jr. is a skilled point guard capable of scoring or being a distributor and the Kings need a floor general of the future since Darren Collison and Ty Lawson are both free agents.

7. New York-Malik Monk, SG, Kentucky, 6-4, Fr.
The Knicks are in need of depth all across the board but could really use help at guard especially since Derrick Rose is a free agent.  Monk is an elite-level scorer who can stroke it from deep but also get to the rim.  Go here for more on Monk

8. Minnesota-Lauri Markkanen, PF, Arizona, 7-0, Fr.
Extremely skilled and versatile for a seven-footer, the Finland native can shoot it from the outside or score on the block. He and Karl Anthony-Towns would be a versatile, formidable frontcourt for years to come.

9. Sacramento (from NO)-Jonathan Isaac, F, Florida State, 6-9, Fr.
A combo forward who still needs to fill out physically, Isaac is loaded with potential which has NBA Scouts very intrigued. He would add some needed offensively versatility to the Kings’ frontcourt. 

**Kings own Pelicans first round pick (top 3 protected)

10. Dallas-Frank Ntilikina, PG, Belgium, 6-5, 1998.
Deron Williams was a short-term fix at the point and was released by the Mavs. With great size for an NBA point guard, the Belgian is at his best when creating off the dribble.

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11. Charlotte-Bam Adebayo, PF, Kentucky, 6-9, Fr.
With an NBA ready body, Adebayo is extremely physical in the paint but his all-around offensive game needs time to develop.  The Hornets lack an inside presence with his physicality and tenacity on the glass. Go here for more on Adebayo

12. Chicago-Ivan Rabb, PF, California, 6-10, Soph.
The Bulls dealt Taj Gibson and Niko Mirotic is free agent this summer so the Bulls could use options at power forward. Rabb would have been a lottery pick in the 2016 Draft but chose to return to school to work on his all-around game and add muscle to his frame.

13. Portland-Justin Patton, C, Creighton, 7-0, Fr.
Thanks to a breakout redshirt freshman season, Patton emerged as a legit lottery prospect due to his athleticism and skill for a seven-footer. He is a work in progress big man but the Blazers could give him time to develop and hope he adds athleticism to their frontcourt which they will need since they dealt Mason Plumlee.

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14. Detroit-Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State, 6-7, Fr.
Extremely explosive at the rim, Bridges brings a multitude of skill to the floor as he can shoot it from the outside and can attack the rim. The Hornets can afford to add the best available player at this point. Go here for more on Bridges

15. Denver-Jarrett Allen, C, Texas, 6-11, Fr.
Allen is a skilled big inside with plenty of room for development. He would be another piece to add the Nuggets’ skilled young core.

16. Miami-T.J. Leaf, PF, UCLA, 6-10, Fr.
The Heat’s biggest need is finding frontcourt help for Hassan Whiteside. An inside/outside threat, Leaf is a capable scorer around the basket but can stretch defenses with his perimeter game as well. Go here for more on Leaf

17. Milwaukee-Rodions Kurcus, SF, Spain, 6-8, 1998
The Bucks could use options at forward especially with Jabari Parker suffering another major injury. The Spaniard is a versatile forward who can score in a variety of ways.

18. Indiana-Terrance Ferguson, SG, USA, 6-5, 1998.
Indy has several potential free agents in their backcourt so need depth on the wing. The former Alabama and Arizona commit played overseas instead of going to college and is a skilled scorer at the rim or shooting it from the perimeter.

19. Atlanta-John Collins, PF, Wake Forest, 6-10, Soph.
Paul Millsap could opt of his contract this summer and even if he returns, the Hawks could use frontcourt depth. Collins quietly had a monster sophomore season and is a versatile threat on the offensive end. Go here for more on Collins

20. Portland (from DEN via MEM)-Harry Giles, PF, Duke, 6-10, Fr.
With three first round picks, the Blazers can afford to roll the dice here. The Blue Devil drastically underachieved as a freshman, partially due to an injury that hampered the first half of his season. However, he is an athletic, skilled post player with a ton of promise.

21. Oklahoma City-Donovan Mitchell, G, Louisville, 6-3, Soph.
In dealing Cam Payne, OKC lost some backcourt depth. Mitchell is a combo guard who emerged as the Cards go-to option this season but also gets it done on the defensive end.

22. Toronto-Isaiah Hartenstein, PF, USA, 6-11, 1998.
on a foreign prospect. Born in Oregon, Hartenstein has grown up overseas in Germany. He is skilled for his size but needs to become stronger. While the Raptors just acquired Serge Ibaka, he is a free agent this summer along with Patrick Patterson and Jared Sullinger so power forward depth is needed to be safe.

23. Orlando (from TOR via LAC)-Jonathan Motley, PF, Baylor, 6-9, Jr.
In dealing Serge Ibaka and with Jeff Green becoming a free agent, the Magic need frontcourt options. Motley is having an All-American caliber season and brings tremendous length and athleticism to the floor.

**Magic own lower of Raptors first round picks

24. Brooklyn (from WAS)-Justin Jackson, SF, North Carolina, 6-8, Jr.
After struggling to shoot it from deep as a sophomore, the thin, lengthy forward has improved his perimeter game and was awesome for the Heels this season. The Nets need help all across the board and should look for the best available talent.

**Nets own Wizards first round pick (lottery protected)

25. Utah-Caleb Swanigan, PF, Purdue, 6-8, Soph.
The Hawks will be searching for frontcourt depth this off-season and Swanigan has been a double-double machine this season who should develop into a valuable role player at the next level. Go here for more on Swanigan

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26. Brooklyn (from BOS)-Tyler Lydon, PF, Syracuse, 6-9, Soph.

The Nets need help across the board but especially in their frontcourt. Lydon is an inside/outside threat who can stretch defenses with his perimeter shooting.

**Nets swap first round picks with Celtics

27. Portland (from CLE)-Juwan Evans, PG, Oklahoma State, 6-1, Soph.
The Blazers could use a more valuable backup point guard option behind their dynamic starting duo of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCullon.

**Blazers own Cavs first round pick

28. L.A. Lakers (from HOU)-Dwayne Bacon, SG, Florida State, 6-7, Soph.
A smooth scorer with good size for the next level, Dwayne Bacon knows how to get buckets from the perimeter or attacking the tin. He’d give the Lakers another scoring wing since Nick Young could walk this summer.

**Lakers own Rockets first round pick

29. San Antonio-Josh Hart, SG, Villanova, 6-5, Sr.
Hart is a Player of the Year candidate and could blend well on a Spurs team built around the idea of the unit, not the individual.

30. Utah (from GS)-Monte Morris, PG, Iowa State, 6-2, Sr.
The Jazz could lose George Hill and some other guards to free agency so they would be wise to add a backcourt option with one of their first round picks. A terrific floor leader, Morris is a heady point guard who excels in the pick and roll game.

**Jazz own Warriors first round pick

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This 2017 NBA mock draft is listed on numerous databases, including Walter Football, DC Pro Sports Report, The Hoop Doctors and Eat, Drink and Sleep Football.

David Kay is a senior feature NBA DraftNBA, and college basketball writer for the Sports Bank.  He also heads up the NBA and college basketball material at Walter Football.com and is a former contributor at The Washington Times Communities.  David has appeared on numerous national radio programs spanning from Cleveland to New Orleans to Honolulu to Milwaukee.  He also had the most accurate 2011 NBA Mock Draft and the most accurate 2012 NBA Mock Draft on the internet , AND the second most accurate 2013 NBA Mock Draft. (Yup, nearly 3peat champ… #humblebrag.)

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