Cole’s 2017 NBA Mock Draft (Version 2.0)

Woj leaked me every pick already, so don’t even worry about watching the draft tonight. I got you all covered.


#1) Philadelphia 76ers – Markelle Fultz (PG, Washington)

Philly capitalizes on the Celtics questionable move of trading out of this pick to get Fultz, the clear top player in the draft. Philly now can hang a banner for having the most talented young core in the league.

#2) Los Angeles Lakers – Lonzo Ball (PG, UCLA)

This is a virtual lock now that DLoading is gone. I don’t like this fit as much without Russell in the fold, but Ball fits Luke Walton’s uptempo and free-flowing offense.

TRADE – Boston trades the rights to the 3rd overall pick, Jae Crowder, Terry Rozier and their own pick next year for Kristaps Porzingis.

#3) *New York Knicks – Josh Jackson (F, Kansas)

If Boston stays here, I think they’ll take Tatum, but Phil Jackson is reportedly trying to trade into the top 4 to take Josh Jackson. I don’t know why the Knicks are trying to trade Kristaps, but Boston takes advantage of the Knicks inept front office and nabs Porzingis while the Knicks get the talented and athletic wing in Jackson.

#4) Phoenix Suns – De’Aaron Fox (G, Kentucky)
Phoenix elects to pass on Tatum and take Fox, the more talented prospect. Fox will mesh well with Phoenix’s young and talented core. The Suns will then look to flip Eric Bledsoe.

#5) Sacramento Kings – Jayson Tatum (F, Duke)

Sacramento misses out on Fox, but they get a talented wing in Tatum. Tatum is a three level scorer who can rebound and is an underrated defender.

#6) Orlando Magic – Jonathan Isaac (F, Florida State)
New Magic GM John Hammond drafted Giannis while he was in Milwaukee, and he takes a similarly built and talented prospect in Isaac. Isaac is the second best player in the class.

#7) Minnesota Timberwolves – Zach Collins (F/C, Gonzaga)

Minnesota lands the talented big man in Collins that can play the 4 or 5. Collins can protect the rim, rebound and switch in pick and roll situations on defense, while provide shooting and post scoring on offense.

#8) New York Knicks – Dennis Smith Jr. (G, NC State)

The Knicks get their point guard of the future in Smith. Smith is a three level scorer with elite athletic tools. He has loads of potential if he can put it all together.

#9) Dallas Mavericks – Frank Ntilikina (G, International)

Dallas gets their choice of two talented guards here in Monk or Ntilikina, but decide to go with the big and French prospect. Ntilikina can play either guard spot and guard 1-3 on defense. He’ll also provide shooting.

#10) Sacramento Kings – Malik Monk (G, Kentucky)

The Kings miss out on the top point guards, but never fear, Monk is a great consolation prize. Monk can flat out shoot the rock. Sacramento will start him off ball, but will hope to mold him into a point guard to play next to Hield.

#11) Charlotte Hornets – Donovan Mitchell (G, Louisville)

The Hornets land the talented and athletic guard in Mitchell. Mitchell has been the biggest riser throughout the draft process. He can play and guard either guard position and score at all three levels.

#12) Detroit Pistons – Lauri Markkanen (F/C, Arizona)

Markkanen’s fall ends here. Detroit scoops up the extremely talented big man who is the best shooter in the draft. Markkanen will start off as a bench player with the ability to play either the 4 or 5.

#13) Denver Nuggets – O.G. Anunoby (F, Indiana)

The Nuggets land arguably the most talented defender in the draft. Anunoby is recovering from a knee injury, but the Nuggets can be patient with him. OG has a good shot to be a quality 3&D player in time.
TRADE – Miami trades the rights to this pick for the Lakers 27, 28 and Larry Nance Jr.

#14) *Los Angeles Lakers – Luke Kennard (G, Duke)
The Lakers reportedly want to trade back up into the lottery for Zach Collins or Luke Kennard. Kennard can score from 3 or from mid range. Kennard will complement Lonzo well on the offensive end..

#15) Portland Trail Blazers – John Collins (F, Wake Forest)

Portland lands Collins, the talented forward from Wake Forest. Collins can provide a spark off of the bench for the Blazers at the 4 position because of his low post scoring arsenal and rebounding ability.
#16) Chicago Bulls – Jarrett Allen (C, Texas)

The Bulls take a chance on the physical freak from Texas in big man Jarrett Allen. Allen won’t play much early, but he has the tools to develop into a good defensive big who defends the rim and rebounds, and scores in the low post on offense.
#17) Milwaukee Bucks – Ike Anigbogu (C, UCLA)

Milwaukee takes another long and athletic big man. Anigbogu should be able to protect the rim and rebound immediately. He also has the length and athletic ability to catch lobs at the rim.
#18) Indiana Pacers – Justin Jackson (F, North Carolina)

PG is likely on his way out, so the Pacers select his replacement here. I’m not a big fan of him, but the Pacers will rely on Jackson to score early.
#19) Atlanta Hawks – D.J. Wilson (F, Michigan)

The Hawks should start rebuilding now that their best player in Millsap is out. Wilson can stretch the floor, attack off the dribble, and is good guarding the pick and roll on defense.
#20) Portland Trail Blazers – Anzejs Paseckniks (C, International)

Portland doesn’t have a ton of room on their roster, so they elect to take a draft and stash guy here. Paseckniks has reportedly had great workouts throughout the draft process.
#21) Oklahoma City Thunder – T.J. Leaf (F, UCLA)

I like this fit a lot. Leaf can space the floor and give Russ more space to work with. Leaf is good enough off the dribble for a big man and is a decent rebounder.
#22) Brooklyn Nets – Harry Giles (C, Duke)

Brooklyn is rebuilding and they are in no rush to win now. Therefore, Giles makes sense here, as he was an extremely athletic and talented big man before the injuries. He has the potential to be a star role player.
#23) Toronto Raptors – Jordan Bell (F, Oregon)

Bell is one of my favorite players in this class. He’s an athletic big who is best on the defensive end, blocking shots and rebounding the ball. He can finish down low on offense and has shown he is capable of developing a shot.
#24) Utah Jazz – Bam Adebayo (C, Kentucky)

Utah lands the talented Kentucky big man here in Adebayo. Bam can backup Gobert and there won’t be a big dropoff from a rebounding and rim protection perspective. I think Bam should go higher than this, but alas.
#25) Orlando Magic – Tyler Lydon (F, Syracuse)

Lydon is a stretch 4 who can hit shots. He’ll come off of the bench and he’s a good complement to Aaron Gordon’s skillset.
#26) Portland Trail Blazers – Terrance Ferguson (F, International)

Portland takes a shot on the athletic forward Terrance Ferguson. Ferguson has the chance to develop into a nice 3&D player.
#27) *Miami Heat – Justin Patron (C, Creighton)

Miami takes the falling center in Patton. Patton is good guarding the pick and roll on defense and rim running on offense, but he’s raw pretty much everywhere else. Patton can backup Whiteside early on.
#28) *Miami Heat – Frank Jackson (G, Duke)

Jackson was overshadowed in his lone season at Duke, but he’s a talented guard. He can shoot and score, while offering the versatility to play either guard position.
#29) San Antonio Spurs – Caleb Swanigan (F, Purdue)

Swanigan has the potential to be a quality role player. He can hit shots, score down low and rebound the ball. No one can better maximize Swanigan’s skillset than Popovich.
#30) Utah Jazz – Wesley Iwundu (F, Kansas State)

Iwundu is tall (6’7”) and long (7’1” wingspan) and fits perfectly into the defensive minded Jazz team. He can guard 2-4 and showed an improved 3 point shot in his senior year at Kansas State.
 

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