Thursday, June 22, 2017

THE MOCK DRAFT to end ALL MOCK DRAFTS



Ladies and Gentlemen, your 2017 Mock Draft Lottery:

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1. Sixers- Markelle Fultz- PG

After trading up for the 1st overall pick, the Sixers are all in on Fultz.  Brett Brown has been in need of a star point guard to run his system, and after six years of The Process Philadelphia has assembled an impressive lineup on paper.  With four second round picks, look for Philly to be active all night.

2. Lakers- Lonzo Ball- PG

Magic Johnson has begun to put his fingerprint on the new showtime Lakers, shipping out D'Angelo Russell and clearing cap space for next season.  Ball has terrific court vision and a quality three point shot that will allow his creativity to flourish at the pro level.

3. Boston- Jason Tatum- SF

A lot of mock drafts have Josh Jackson at #3, but the Celtics have two defensive wings under contract in Jae Crowder and Jaylen Brown.  Celtics struggled to score against the Cavs in the playoffs and Tatum is the best scorer in the draft.  With Amir Johnson a free agent, the 4 spot is wide open so look for Boston to go small and score more with Tatum, who has the potential to be a perennial all-star in the future.

4. Phoenix- Josh Jackson- SF

With the departure of PJ Tucker last season, Jackson can be inserted into the lineup right away and log 30+ minutes every night.  A great defensive wing with lots of energy, Jackson is a perfect glue guy to play alongside Bledsoe and Booker.

5.  Kings- De'Aaron Fox- PG

The fastest guy in college last season heads to a team in desperate need of talent.  Fox has the speed, tempo, and ball handling skills to develop into one of the best point guards in this draft.  With a Mike Conley-like sill set, Fox will have to work on his shooting to develop into a superstar guard in this league.

6. Magic- Dennis Smith Jr- PG

The Magic struck out when they traded up for Elfrid Payton a few years ago.  Orlando lacks leadership, star power and a team identity and Smith can help address some of those issues.  Smith is explosive and his game has a chance to really grow at the next level.  

7. Timberwolves- Jonathan Isaac- PF

Isaac is a supremely talented big man with a knack for defense, crazy length, and an underrated jump shot who can grow to be a perfect compliment alongside Anthony-Towns in Minnesota. 

8. Knicks- Malik Monk- SG

Knicks need a little bit of everything, but grab the best pure shooter in the draft who will be able to play solid minutes and contribute right away.  

9. Mavericks- Lauri Markkanen- PF

The Mavs draft Dirk 2.0, a seven footer with a knock down shot and someone who can stretch the floor to compliment Nerlens Noel in the back-court.  

10. Sacramento- Zach Collins- C

With a back-court of De'Aaron Fox and Buddy Heild, the Kings can now address the front-court with the feisty seven footer out of Gonzaga who will give them a defensive presence down low.

11. Charlotte- Luke Kennard- SG

After trading for Dwight Howard, MJ lands a solid shooter in Kennard.  A knockdown shooter who will replace the recently departed Mario Bellinelli, Kennard will help space the floor alongside Walker and Batum to make up a formidable back-court.

12. Detroit- Donovan Mitchell SG

Detroit can go a lot of ways here, but with their guards in flux grab they best one available in Mitchell.  A feisty defender and scorer, Mitchell will contribute right away.

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