Final NBA Mock Draft Predictions

The wait is finally over. The draft is here. Not one pick has been made, but we’ve already seen trade fireworks from the Sixers, Celtics, and Lakers. These are my final predictions. To be honest, I don’t truly believe in all of these, and I guarantee that some are off. I try to go through the draft and put myself in that teams’ shoes and mindset and work from there. It’s not a perfect strategy, but it suffices. I didn’t predict nearly as many trades as I think there will be, but that’s because things have been so crazy that I don’t think any prediction is safe. One last note is that I also think we’ll have a great crop of undrafted free agents after Thursday night, as this class is absolutely loaded from 1-100. That’s my last words and here is my final mock draft of the 2017 NBA Draft.  (PS – I include pictures my projected top 10 picks, as well as my favorite guys and sleepers.)

Round 1

  1. Philadelphia 76ers – Markelle Fultz, PG WashingtonImage result for markelle fultz
  2. Los Angeles Lakers – Lonzo Ball, PG UCLAImage result for lonzo ball
  3. Boston Celtics – Jayson Tatum, SF DukeImage result for jayson tatum
  4. Phoenix Suns – Josh Jackson, SF KansasImage result for josh jackson
  5. Sacramento Kings – De’Aaron Fox, PG KentuckyImage result for de'aaron fox
  6. Orlando Magic – Jonathan Isaac, SF/PF Florida St.Image result for jonathan isaac
  7. Minnesota Timberwolves – Lauri Markkanen, PF/C ArizonaImage result for lauri markkanen
  8. New York Knicks – Dennis Smith Jr., PG N.C. StateImage result for dennis smith
  9. Dallas Mavericks – Malik Monk, SG KentuckyImage result for malik monk
  10. Sacramento Kings – Zach Collins, PF/C GonzagaImage result for zach collins
  11. Charlotte Hornets – Donovan Mitchell, SG Louisville
  12. Detroit Pistons – Frank Ntilikina, PG/SG Strasbourg/France
  13. Denver Nuggets – John Collins, PF Wake Forest
  14. Miami Heat – Luke Kennard, SG DukeImage result for luke kennard
  15. Portland Trail Blazers – Justin Jackson, SF North Carolina
  16. Chicago Bulls – Jarret Allen, C Texas
  17. Milwaukee Bucks – OG Annuoby, SF/PF Indiana
  18. Indiana Pacers – Justin Patton, C Creighton
  19. Atlanta Hawks – Harry Giles, C Duke
  20. Portland Trail Blazers – Bam Adebayo, C Kentucky
  21. Oklahoma City Thunder – TJ Leaf, PF UCLA
  22. Brooklyn Nets – Ike Anigbogu, C UCLA
  23. Toronto Raptors – Tyler Lydon, SF/PF SyracuseImage result for tyler lydon
  24. Utah Jazz – Semi Ojeleye, SF/PF SMU
  25. Orlando Magic – DJ Wilson, PF Michigan
  26. Los Angeles Clippers (predicted trade by the Portland Trail Blazers) –                         Terrance Ferguson, SG/SF Adelaide
  27. Indiana Pacers (predicted trade by the Los Angeles Lakers) – Derrick White PG/SG Colorado
  28. Indiana Pacers (predicted trade by the Los Angeles Lakers) – Frank Jackson, SG Duke
  29. San Antonio Spurs – Anzejs Pasecniks, C Gran CanariaImage result for anzejs pasecniks
  30. Utah Jazz – Kyle Kuzma, PF Utah                                                                                           Round 2
  31. Charlotte Hornets – Isaiah Hartenstein, PF/C Zalgiris International
  32. Phoenix Suns – Tony Bradley, C North Carolina
  33. Orlando Magic – Jawun Evans, PG Oklahoma St.
  34. Sacramento Kings – Dillon Brooks, SF Oregon
  35. Orlando Magic – Caleb Swannigan, PF/C PurdueImage result for caleb swanigan
  36. Philadelphia 76ers – Wesley Iwundu, SG/SF Kansas St.
  37. Boston Celtics – Ivan Rabb, PF/C California
  38. Chicago Bulls – Frank Mason, PG Kansas
  39. Philadelphia 76ers – Jordan Bell, PF OregonImage result for jordan bell
  40. New Orleans Pelicans – Josh Hart, SG VillanovaImage result for josh hart
  41. Atlanta Hawks – Edmond Sumner, PG Xavier
  42. Utah Jazz – Tyler Dorsey, SG/PG Oregon
  43. Houston Rockets – Alec Peters, PF Valporaiso
  44. New York Knicks – PJ Dozier, SG South Carolina
  45. Golden State Warriors (predicted trade by the Houston Rockets) – Jonathan Motley, PF/C Baylor
  46. Philadelphia 76ers – Jonah Bolden, PF Radnicki Basket (international)
  47. Indiana Pacers – Devin Robinson, SF/PF Florida
  48. Milwaukee Bucks – Monte Morris, PG Iowa St.Image result for monte morris
  49. Denver Nuggets – Alberto Abalde, SF Joventut International
  50. Memphis Grizzlies (predicted trade by the Philadelphia 76ers) – Dwayne Bacon, SF Florida St.
  51. Denver Nuggets – Matthias Lesort, PF/C Nanterre International
  52. Washington Wizards – Thomas Bryant, C Indiana
  53. Boston Celtics – Davon Reed, SG Miami
  54. Phoenix Suns – Cameron Oliver, PF Nevada
  55. Utah Jazz – LJ Peak, SG Georgetown
  56. New Orleans Pelicans (predicted trade by the Boston Celtics) – Sindarius Thornwell, SG/SF South CarolinaImage result for sindarius thornwell south carolina
  57. Brooklyn Nets – Damyean Dotson, SG Houston
  58. New York Knicks – George De Paula, PG Paulistano
  59. San Antonio Spurs – Nigel Hayes, PF WisconsinImage result for nigel hayes
  60. Atlanta Hawks – Jaron Blossomgame, SF/PF Clemson          

Predicted Trades:

  1. Clippers trade Brandon Bass, future 2nd round pick, and cash for Trail Blazers 26th overall pick
  2. Lakers trade 27th and 28th overall picks, future 2nd round pick, Jordan Clarkson, and Brook Lopez to the Pacers for Paul George
  3. Rockets trade 45th overall pick to Warriors for future 2nd round pick, cash, and Kevon Looney
  4. 76ers trade 50th overall pick to Grizzlies a future 2nd round pick and cash
  5. Boston Celtics trade 56th overall pick to Pelicans for Alexis Ajinca                                                                                                                                                                                              Sources: draftexpress.com for providing me with a list of prospects and scouting reports, and a huge shoutout to fellow sports blog, 4thquarter17.wordpress.com, who gave me a shoutout in one of his articles and does great NBA content of his own

 

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