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NBA Mock Draft: Version 2

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


As NBA Draft workouts continue, it has become more obvious that while the top of this draft won’t be as great as it was hyped up to be, there is a ton of talent overall, with a lot of potential NBA role players likely to be picked in this second round. 

In this second version, team needs were used a little bit more than version one, but at this stage, if it’s a question of talent versus need, I opted towards talent. 

Boston will be up first:   

 

1. Boston: Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington – While I’m still on board with Boston trying to deal this pick in a package for a player who can help them compete with Cleveland at the top of the Eastern Conference. If they keep the pick, there is really only one player in the top tier, and that’s Fultz. If they add Fultz, they could explore dealing one of their backcourt players. 


2. Los Angeles Lakers: Lonzo Ball, UCLA – Josh Jackson was just brought in for a second workout, which I think the Lakers are doing to convince Ball to come in himself for a second look. I still think Ball is the pick here, even if I consider De’Aaron Fox the better point guard prospect. Ball will create some excitement in the Los Angeles area, and would allow the Lakers to move D’Angelo Russell off the ball, where he would be more effective. 


3. Philadelphia: Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas – I still like the Sixers to take a wing in this version, though Jackson seems to get the nod this time, with his motor and defense giving him the edge over Jason Tatum. If Jackson was to somehow go number two to Los Angeles, then I think Tatum goes here instead of Ball, with the Sixers going ahead and playing Ben Simmons at the point.    


4. Phoenix: Jason Tatum, SF, Duke – Tatum now drops to number four for the Suns, though the idea of giving them another Kentucky backcourt player was tough to overcome. Tatum’s polish on the offensive end will fit in well with the Suns’ current players, and the defensive potential is there if he locks in.  


5. Sacramento: De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky – Fox stays put here at number five, giving Sacramento their best chance at a high-level point guard in a long time. Dennis Smith, Jr. could also be in the mix, or they could hope that Jackson or Tatum drop to them to fill the void created by Rudy Gay becoming a free agent. 


6. Orlando: Malik Monk, SG, Kentucky – Orlando shot less than 33-percent from three-point range last year, so it makes sense to add one of the top shooters in the draft. Plus, with his athleticism, Monk may give the Magic the excitement they thought they were getting when they drafted Mario Hezonja


7. Minnesota: Jonathan Isaac, SF/PF, Florida State – Isaac replaces Lauri Markkanen here, with Isaac’s potential too much to pass up, even if Markkanen’s ability to stretch the floor could be a better fit. Isaac can contribute on both ends, and his defensive potential will have Tom Thibodeau very excited.  


8. New York: Dennis Smith, PG, North Carolina State – Smith sticks at number eight, with the Knicks adding an explosive point guard, who’s ability to get into the defense will open up things more for Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony on the perimeter. 


9. Dallas: Lauri Markkanen, PF, Arizona – The career of Dirk Nowitzki is coming to an end, and while I doubt Markkanen will ever be Nowitzki, a seven-footer who can stretch the floor will be a great addition for Dallas long-term. 


10. Sacramento: OG Anunoby, SF, Indiana – With Rudy Gay opting for free agency, the Kings will need some help on the wing, and while Anunoby is raw, his ability to defend multiple positions will be valuable. With the addition of Fox at number five, the Kings can instantly upgrade their defense.   


11. Charlotte: Luke Kennard, SG, Duke – Kennard moves up a spot in this version, giving the Hornets some immediate scoring punch off the bench, as well as some long-range shooting to stretch the floor. Another option could be to look at a forward like Justin Jackson, who can give the same, with some more size.  


12. Detroit: Frank Ntilikina, PG, France – Ntilikina is still very raw, but has been playing pro ball in Europe, and has improved rapidly over the last two years. Reggie Jackson may not be the perfect player to learn under for him, but Stan Van Gundy will love his potential on the defensive end, and the change of pace he could give from Jackson at the point. 


13. Denver: Justin Jackson, SF, North Carolina – Danilo Gallinari is a free agent, and while he still may return to Denver, the Nuggets could use some depth on the wing, and Jackson’s size and ability to knock down shots would make him a great target for Nikola Jokic’s passing.  


14. Miami: Zach Collins, PF/C, Gonzaga – Collins would give the Heat a versatile big who could play alongside Hassan Whiteside, or back him up, at times. His ability to knock down threes will allow Whiteside even more room to crash the boards, while also giving the guards and wings room to work.  


15. Portland: Donovan Mitchell, SG, Louisville – The backcourt is certainly not Portland’s biggest need, with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum as one of the top duos in the league, but Mitchell’s talent and potential is tough to pass up if he falls this far, and his ability to back either guard up, and provide a defensive spark could be very valuable as this team matures. 


16. Chicago: Jarrett Allen, C, Texas – I’ll stick with the center spot for the Bulls in this version, but Allen gets the nod this time because of the offensive skill he has already, plus the potential to be a defensive stopper with his 7’5 wingspan. Realistically, any of the center prospects could fit here, but Allen is probably closest to making some impact early on.    


17. Milwaukee: Ike Anigbogu, C, UCLA – The Bucks are no strangers on taking chances, but they could use some help in the middle, especially with Greg Monroe likely to leave, and Thon Maker not really the answer. Anigbogu is definitely a project, but the seventh man for UCLA showed a lot of potential on the defensive end with his athletic ability and 7’6 wingspan. The Bucks’ development of young players has been good, so this could be a great spot for Anigbogu to learn.  


18. Indiana: Terrance Ferguson, SG, Adelaide – The question of if Paul George will stick around in Indiana past next season will loom over the team all season, and there’s likely no pick here who will make a major impact next season, but with a look to the future, adding a shooter with size like Ferguson could pay off in a couple of seasons,  


19. Atlanta: Justin Patton, C, Creighton – I still think the Hawks jump on a big man here, but with Allen and Anigbogu gone, Patton is worth the shot here. While Patton had a breakout season as a redshirt freshman, he is still raw on both ends of the floor, but he is very active and runs the floor as well as any big man in this draft. Learning under Dwight Howard could get him ready to step in down the road. 


20. Portland: Anzejs Pasecniks, C, Latvia – This is their second pick in the first round, and with a lot of players under contract already, the Blazers may look to draft the 7’2 Latvian and let him stay overseas a few more years to develop. With Jusuf Nurkic still under contract a couple of more seasons, there isn’t a huge need in the frontcourt. They could also look at any of the myriad of college fours who can stretch the floor, though most would likely be a reach here.   


21. Oklahoma City: Semi Ojeleye, SF/PF, SMU – Taj Gibson, Nick Collison, and Mitch McGary are all free agents, so there is some need at the four for Oklahoma City. Ojeleye is a bit undersized, but he is as tough as any bigger four in this draft, plus he has the ability to step out and knock down threes, or attack off the dribble. Of any player in this first round, Ojeleye is certainly among the most ready to contribute immediately.  


22. Brooklyn: John Collins, PF, Wake Forest – The Nets have been tied to Pasecniks, but he is gone in this version, so they stand pat here with Collins, though there is also a good chance he is gone by the mid-teens, depending on how it all plays out. In this scenario, he is still available and would be a great addition to back-up Brook Lopez, who has had a lucky streak of health recently, or, if he develops a consistent perimeter shot, playing at the four alongside him. 


23. Toronto: T.J. Leaf, PF, UCLA – Serge Ibaka, Patrick Patterson, and P.J. Tucker are all unrestricted free agents this summer, so depth in the frontcourt could be important. The Raptors can certainly use a four who can knock down threes, and Leaf can do that and more, running the floor well and showing scoring ability around the basket. 


24. Utah: Derrick White, PG/SG, Colorado – The Jazz also stay put here, opting for the combo guard who can provide some protections in case the team can’t re-sign George Hill, and are left relying on Dante Exum. White’s size and ability to break down defenses, plus defend multiple positions, makes him a good value pick here. 


25. Orlando: Isaiah Hartenstein, PF/C, Germany – This will be the Magic’s second first-round selection, and stashing a versatile big man like Hartenstein could be the way to go, especially with a lot of stretch fours crowding the end of the first round.  


26. Portland: D.J. Wilson, PF, Michigan – This is Portland’s third selection in the round. The frontcourt is crowded for the Blazers, but no one has really stood out, so taking a shot on a high upside four is worth it towards the end of the first round. Wilson made his mark in the NCAA Tournament, and his physical profile and emerging skills could see him becoming a mainstay in the Portland frontcourt for a long time. 


27. Brooklyn: Harry Giles, C, Duke – Brooklyn isn’t making a major turnaround next year. Or even likely the year after, so why not take a shot on the potential of Giles, once considered the top high school player in his class before knee injuries slowed down his development. Giles is still very raw, and while not the athlete he was before his knee surgeries, he works as hard as anyone on the floor, can rebound and defend, and is efficient around the rim. If he stays healthy, and Brooklyn invests in his development, Giles can be a steal here.   


28. Los Angeles Lakers: Tyler Lydon, SF/PF, Syracuse – This is the Lakers’ second selection in the first round. While they looked to fix their point guard issue at number two, jumping in on this group of stretch fours could also benefit them, with Lydon being an excellent value here. The 6’10 sophomore was a true long-range threat, with the ability to score in the post when he had the right match-up. Lydon could be a good alternative to Julius Randle when the Lakers want to create some space and need shooting.

 

29. San Antonio: Josh Hart, SG, Villanova – Some may see this as a stretch for Hart, but adding the do-anything shooting guard can give the Spurs a solid two-way bench player, with the reputation as a hard-worker and winner. Sometimes picks may seem too perfect, and this is certainly one of those times. 

 

30. Utah: Bam Adebayo, C, Kentucky – Rudy Gobert has solidified himself as one of the league’s top big men, but the Jazz could use some depth behind him, and they get a high potential big in Adebayo at the end of first round. While he may not seem like what the NBA is looking for in big men. Adebayo has size, athleticism, and the potential to stretch the floor a bit. 

 

 

Round 2

 

31. Atlanta: Juwan Evans, PG, Oklahoma State

32. Phoenix: Ivan Rabb, PF, California

33. Orlando: Edmond Sumner, PG, Xavier

34. Sacramento: Caleb Swanigan, PF, Purdue

35. Orlando: Matthias Lessort, PF, France

36. Philadelphia: Frank Mason, PG, Kansas

37. Boston: Tony Bradley, C, North Carolina

38. Chicago: Frank Jackson, SG, Duke

39. Philadelphia: Jordan Bell, PF, Oregon

40. New Orleans: Jonah Bolden, PF, Australia

41. Charlotte: Kyle Kuzma, SF/PF, Utah

42. Utah: Dwayne Bacon, SF, Florida State

43. Houston: Dillon Brooks, SF, Oregon

44. New York: Tyler Dorsey, SG, Oregon

45. Houston: Cam Oliver, PF, Nevada

46. Philadelphia: Alec Peters, PF, Valparaiso

47. Indiana: PJ Dozier, PG/SG, South Carolina

48. Milwaukee: Jonathan Motley, PF, Baylor

49. Denver: Jarron Blossomgame, SF, Clemson

50. Philadelphia: Damyean Dotson, SF, Houston

51. Denver: Sindarius Thornwell, SG, South Carolina

52. Washington: Wesley Iwundu, SG, Kansas State

53. Boston: LJ Peak, SG, Georgetown

54. Phoenix: Luke Kornet, PF, Vanderbilt

55. Utah: VJ Beachem, SF, Notre Dame

56. Boston: Rashawn Thomas, SF, Texas-Corpus Christi

57. Brooklyn: Monte Morris, PG, Iowa State

58. New York: Devin Robinson, SF/PF Florida

59. San Antonio: Kobi Simmons, PG, Arizona

60. Atlanta: Vlatko Cancar, SF, Slovenia




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