Zak’s 2017 NBA Mock Draft (Version 5.0)

More commentary and updates to come as draft approaches. This mock predicts trades as well.

And check out Cole’s mock right here

Updated June 22nd, 4:30 PM

Round 1

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

Duh.

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

All the talk of Jackon or Fox going here seems to have been a smokescreen to convince the Celtics to take Jackson #1. I still think Lonzo is the Lakers’ guy. The trading of Russell all but confirms it.

#3) *Sacramento Kings – Josh Jackson (F, Kansas)

*via trade with Boston. Teams swap 3 & 5, Celtics get additional future pick.

Whether the Kings want Jackson or Fox, they have to move ahead of Phoenix to guarantee it happens.

#4) Phoenix Suns – De’Aaron Fox (G, Kentucky)

The Eric Bledose era in Phoenix is coming to an end and Fox is the best player on the board.

#5) *Boston Celtics – Jayson Tatum (F, Duke)

Boston gets their guy at 5, picking up extra picks along the way.

#6) Orlando Magic – Dennis Smith Jr. (G, N.C. State)

DSJ is the most explosive guard in the class and should make for a fine Elfrid Payton replacement.

#7) *Dallas Mavericks – Frank Ntilikina (G, International)

*via trade with T’Wolves. Teams swap picks #7 & #9, T’Wolves receive additional future pick.

Both Dallas and New York love Ntilikina. Here, the Mavs leapfrog NY to ensure they get their guy. He’s a big guard still developing but reminds me of a longer George Hill.

#8) New York Knicks – Jonathan Isaac (F, Florida State)

The Knicks would have to be ecstatic to see Isaac on the board here. He’s a tantalizing and diverse defensive prospect, who also has great touch on his jumper and plays within himself offensively.

#9) *Minnesota Timberwolves – Lauri Markkanen (F, Arizona)

The Wolves grab the sweet shooting seven-footer they probably would’ve taken at 7, picking up a future pick in the process. A wise move.

#10) Sacramento Kings – Donovan Mitchell (G, Louisville)

Maybe Mitchell won’t develop the point guard skills the Kings would like with one of their two picks, but he’s going to be an elite defender capable of guarding 1-3. 

#11) Charlotte Hornets – Malik Monk (G, Kentucky)

I really thought Charlotte might take a center here, but the trade for Dwight Howard would seemingly end that idea. Monk would make for a nice pick though and would elevate the Charlotte bench right away with his ability to score without being ball dominant.

#12) Detroit Pistons – Zach Collins (F/C, Gonzaga)

Whether or not they view Drummond as part of the team’s future, Collins is a nice pickup outside the top 10.

#13) *Phoenix Suns – O.G. Anunoby (F, Indiana)

*via trade with Nuggets. Phoenix sends Eric Bledsoe and a future 2nd rounder in exchange for #13 & Emmanuel Mudiay

Enter the polarizing O.G. Anunoby, who’s ready to be a plus defender right away and showed some nice strides offensively pre-injury. Phoenix lands him, after trading Bledsoe for this pick to clear minutes for Fox.

#14) *Los Angeles Lakers – Luke Kennard (G, Duke)

*via trade with Heat. Miami receives #27, #28, & a future pick swap rights in exchange for #14

The Lakers reportedly LOVE Kennard and want to move up to get him. A possible a Paul George trade package involving picks #27 & #28 complicates things a bit but if Kennard is still on the board in the 12-16 I wouldn’t be surprised to see L.A. pounce.

#15) Portland Trail Blazers – D.J. Wilson (F, Michigan)

An intriguing faceup 4 with a high skill level offensively and great measurables/athleticism defensively. He finally started to put it together this year and thus has risen up boards.

#16) Chicago Bulls – John Collins (PF, Wake Forest)

Best low-post scorer in the draft. By no means a position of need but Chicago is rebuilding soon and I think Collins is better than Portis.

#17) Milwaukee Bucks – Jordan Bell (F, Oregon)

Rising up boards because he can both protect the rim and move his feet. Has the makings of an elite defender.

#18) Indiana Pacers – Terrance Ferguson (G/F, International)

Not quite ready yet but oozes potential as a 3nD wing. High level athlete. would be a nice start to Pacers rebuild.

#19) Atlanta Hawks – Bam Adebayo (C, Kentucky)

Bam has reportedly impressed many teams in workouts. He didn’t always get to show it at Kentucky but he’s got a really high skill level for a guy who also protects the rim and mauls inside. Atlanta would be wise to start their frontcourt rebuild around him.

#20) Portland Trail Blazers – Harry Giles (C, Duke)

Apparently the medicals are promising. Portland has three picks this round and a full roster already, so it’d be a nice risk for them regardless.

#21) Oklahoma City Thunder – Justin Jackson (F, UNC)

I’m not sure how real Jackson’s improvement as a perimter shooter actually is, but he’s a player who keeps getting better and makes up for his thin frame/average athleticism with smart positioning on both ends.
#22) Brooklyn Nets – Justin Patton (C, Creighton)

Upside pick for Brooklyn. Patton probably isn’t ready to play major minutes yet but he moves really well for a seven-footer.

#23) Toronto Raptors – T.J. Leaf (F, UCLA)

Skilled big who projects as a nice offensive option off bench.

#24) Utah Jazz – Wesley Iwundu (G/F, Kansas State)

Skilled guy with point guard instincts who defends. Evan Turner but maybe a better athlete. One of my personal 15 favorite players in this draft.

#25) Orlando Magic – Jonah Bolden (F, International)

Fast riser, arguable lottery talent. He can move.

#26) Portland Trail Blazers – Anzejs Paseckniks (F/C, International)

With three picks this round, Portland probably needs to trade or draft-n-stash someone. Paseckniks has become a late riser and looks like a great bet to go in the first.

#27) *Miami Heat – Ike Anigobogu (C, UCLA)

A big, big man who should at the very least turn into a plus rebounder and rim protector.

#28) *Miami Heat – Dwayne Bacon (G, Florida State)

I think this bouncy bucket getter is higher on team’s boards than the media is giving him credit for. I know Miami has looked closely at him. He’s ready to play. My favorite sleeper this year.

#29) San Antonio Spurs – Jawun Evans (G, Oklahoma State)

Lottery pick if he’s 2″ taller. Creates his own shot, distributes, and defends. A complete backup PG prospect.

#30) Utah Jazz – Derrick White (G, Colorado)

Arguably the best senior in the draft, White is a very good offensive combo guard who could be this year’s Malcolm Brogdon

 

2nd Round

This round is a crapshoot. Half these picks will be traded. This is more of a stab at which guys will actually be taken rather than where they’ll go.

#31) Charlotte Hornets – Semi Ojeleye (F, SMU)

#32) Phoenix Suns – Ivan Rabb (F/C, California)

#33) Orlando Magic – Tyler Lydon (F, Syracuse)

#34) Sacramento Kings – Isaiah Hartenstein (F/C, International)

#35) Orlando Magic – Frank Jackson (G, Duke)

#36) Philadelphia 76ers – Jarrett Allen (C, Texas)

#37) Boston Celtics – Mathias Lessort (F/C, International)

#38) Chicago Bulls – Thomas Bryant (C, Indiana)

#39) Philadelphia 76ers – Devin Robinson (F, Florida)

#40) New Orleans Pelicans – P.J. Dozier (G, South Carolina)

#41) Atlanta Hawks – Kyle Kuzma (F, Utah)

#42) Utah Jazz – Sterling Brown (G, SMU)

#43) Houston Rockets – Caleb Swanigan (F, Purdue)

#44) New York Knicks – Johnathan Motley (F, Baylor)

#45) Houston Rockets – Vlatko Cancar (F, International)

#46) Philadelphia 76ers – Edmond Summer (G, Xavier)

#47) Indiana Pacers – Tony Bradley (C, UNC)

#48) Milwaukee Bucks – V.J. Beachem (F, Notre Dame)

#49) Denver Nuggets – Cameron Oliver (F, Nevada)

#50) Philadelphia 76ers – Aleksandar Vezenkov (F, International)

#51) Denver Nuggets – Sindarius Thornwell (G, South Carolina)

#52) New Orleans Pelicans – Josh Hart (G, Villanova)

#53) Boston Celtics – Rolands Smits (F, International)

#54) Phoenix Suns – Isaiah Briscoe (G, Kentucky)

#55) Utah Jazz – Kobi Simmons (G, Arizona)

#56) Boston Celtics – Alec Peters (F, Valparaiso)

#57) Brooklyn Nets – Damyean Dotson (G/F, Oregon)

#58) New Yorks Knicks – Jaron Blossomgame (F, Clemson)

#59) San Antonio Spurs – Frank Mason (G, Kansas)

#60) Atlanta Hawks – Davon Reed (G/F, Miami)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.
 

Cole Rightley’s 2017 NBA Lottery Big Board (Version 1.0)

Cole’s (@TrashAsTweets) first 2017 NBA Draft big board. For Zak’s big board click here, and stay close for more content as the draft approaches.

The talent in this years draft is top heavy. It’s not as deep as once was thought of because of talents like Miles Bridges and Robert Williams opting to return to school. However, teams picking in the top ten will still be pleased with the star talent available to them and teams picking in the middle to late first round range will be excited with the role player potential with this years pool of talent. He are my top 14 players in the 2017 NBA draft as of April 22nd.

1) Markelle Fultz (PG, Freshman, Washington)

Markelle Fultz is the clear prize of this draft class. He is quite frankly in a tier of his own. If you were creating a point guard from scratch, you would end up creating Fultz. He has great size, standing at 6’4”, weighing 195 pounds with a 6’10’ wingspan. He’s not an elite athlete at the position, but he is a dang good one. Fultz greatest strength as a prospect is his ability to score at all three levels. He can get to the basket using his vast array of dribble moves, he can pull up and hit a mid-range jumper if a defender is sagging off, and he can hit the 3, in which he shot at a 41% clip in his lone season at Washington. He is a good passer and displays good vision. He dominates in the pick and roll, thanks to his ability to threaten the defense at all three levels, combined with his ability to whip passes to the screener or an open man on the perimeter. Although Washington’s defense this year was abysmal, it wasn’t because of Fultz. He was inconsistent on defense, but he has a ton of potential on that end of the floor because of his size, quick feet and length. Fultz is the clear-cut #1 prospect in this class.

2) Lonzo Ball (PG, Freshman, UCLA)

Lonzo Ball is an extremely unique point guard prospect. He is 6’6”, which is outstanding size for a two guard, let alone a point guard. Ball is a slightly above average athlete. He doesn’t have the foot speed to stay with good athletes at the position and must rely on his basketball instincts and size on that end of the floor. Although he’s not a particularly good individual defender, he is a pretty good team defender. He lets his instincts take over off the ball, flying in for steals and the occasional block.  Ball’s best quality by far as a prospect is his passing ability. He is an elite passer with elite vision. He does a pretty good job attacking the basket and finishing at the rim thanks to his size. The biggest question with Ball is if his unorthodox shot will translate to the next level. He shot the 3 at a 41% clip at UCLA, whether that was in catch and shoot situations, or with his patented step back heave off the dribble. He was able to get his shot off at the college level, but playing against bigger and more athletic players in the NBA will leave him with an extremely small room for error shooting the ball. The team that ends up with Ball will be extremely happy to get a player of his caliber and his ability to transform an offense.

3) Jonathan Isaac (F, Freshman, Florida State)

Jonathan Isaac is the ideal stretch 4 that the NBA looks for. He has good size at the position at nearly 6’11” with a 7’1” wingspan. He is a great defender with the ability to guard the 4 or the 3. He has quick feet, and can more than hold his own out guarding on the perimeter. He averaged nearly 2 steals and 2.5 blocks per 40 at Florida State. Offensively, Isaac can attack off the dribble due to his quickness and handle. He can shoot the 3, as evidenced by his nearly 35% behind the arc. He is extremely unselfish on offense, maybe a little too unselfish at times. He doesn’t go into a game thinking that he needs to “get his”. He lets the game come to him. He doesn’t really have any post moves at this point, and when he is in the post, he usually gets pushed off of his spot. He needs to get stronger to reach his full potential at the next level. Any team in the early part of the lottery looking for a stretch 4 with the ceiling of being an extremely good role player should look no further than Jonathan Isaac.

4) Josh Jackson (F, Freshman, Kansas)

The first thing that sticks out when watching Josh Jackson is his defensive ability. Jackson can stay with quick wings out on the perimeter and can bang down low with bigger players in the post. He displays good instincts on defense as shown by his 2 steals and 1.5 blocks per 40. He stands at 6’8” with a 6’10” wingspan. Jackson is a great athlete with extremely quick feet and strong body for someone his age. He is a great leaper, and will be able to catch any lobs thrown to him at the basket that are in his vicinity. Jackson is an ideal 3 at the next level, but can play some small ball 4 if needed because of his strength and rebounding ability. He is great at attacking the basket and finishing at the rim. He has rare vision for his position and he won’t hesitate in passing the ball. Jackson’s 3-point shot improved drastically over the course of the year, but his FT% remained very bad. His shot will be something to keep an eye on at the next level. The team that selects Jackson early in the draft will be pleased with his ability to guard the opposing team’s best player along with his skills attacking the basket and facilitating on the offensive end.

5) De’Aaron Fox (PG, Freshman, Kentucky)

De’Aaron Fox is a lightning quick player on both ends of the floor. He is extremely good athlete with good leaping ability. On offense, he is great at attacking the basket because of his great first step, but will struggle with length while finishing at the rim. He also will get pushed off his spot when attacking due to his lack of strength. He is a good and willing passer with an improving jump shot. He only shot 25% from 3 in college, but his shot improved throughout the course of the year. While statistically he wasn’t a good 3 point shooter, he was very good using a one dribble pull up. Defensively, Fox is an extremely fun watch. He is not scared to pick up the opposing team’s point guard full court and pressure him all the way up the floor. He is able to stay in front of nearly every single player he guards because of his elite foot speed. I honestly wouldn’t be shocked if De’Aaron Fox turns out to be a better pro than Lonzo Ball. He put Ball in a blender in both of their matchups showing off his elite athleticism and outstanding on-ball defense.

6) Jayson Tatum (F, Freshman, Duke)

Jayson Tatum is aesthetically pleasing to watch. Just watching his his smooth movements on both ends of the floor is fun. Tatum comes in at 6’8” with a 6’11” wingspan. He’s not super explosive, but he’s a pretty good athlete. Tatum is an extremely good offensive player that can score at all three levels. He is the best iso scorer in the draft, whether that be using his quick first step attacking the basket, using his ability to back defenders down and turn over either shoulder shooting the ball, or pulling up from 3 at a 34% rate while he was at Duke. Tatum doesn’t get the credit he deserves on defense. He is able to stay with most 3s, and can guard some 4s in small ball situations. He is a very good team defender and a very good rebounder for his position. Tatum can be a cornerstone piece to the team that selects him because of his elite scoring arsenal and underrated defensive ability.

7) Dennis Smith (PG, Freshman, NC State)

When watching Smith, the first thing that immediately stands out is his athletic ability. He is a very good athlete with an outstanding leaping ability in which he can be seen to to throw down highlight dunks. He is a tad undersized at the point guard position at 6’2”. He is a score first point guard but he is willing to pass the ball on offense. He is very effective in the pick and roll because of his ability to either attack the basket or shoot the 3, which he did at NC State at a 36% clip. He can be turnover prone on offense due to his bad decisions with the ball at times. Smith is very inconsistent on defense. He has the ability to stay with guards because of his athletic ability but didn’t do it enough in college. The team that gets Dennis Smith will be getting a player with elite athletic ability and the ability to score but a player that contains a lot of untapped potential if he buys in.

8) Lauri Markkanen (F/C, Freshman, Arizona)

Lauri Markkanen is the next European big man that can shoot the ball. He is a legit seven footer with unlimited range. He is a sniper on offense, shooting the 3 at a 42% clip at Arizona this past year. He has the ability to come off of screens and shoot the ball which is extremely rare for a player his size. I’m not sure if he’s a 4 or 5 at the next level, but whoever is guarding him will not be able to contest his shot due to his size and his slight lean back when shooting the ball. He is decent attacking off the dribble and has a couple of good post moves. He’s not a good passer and he doesn’t display good vision when attacking the basket or when facing double teams in the post. Markkanen improved defensively throughout the year but he still has a long ways to go on that end. He doesn’t have fast feet and will get pushed around down low. He is a decent rebounder but he offers no rim protection. I’m not sure he’s strong enough to guard 5s, or quick enough to guard 4s, which will obviously be a problem at the next level. The team that selects Markkanen early will love his shooting ability at his size with the hope that he can develop to an average defender on defense.

9) Malik Monk (G, Freshman, Kentucky)

Malik Monk gets buckets. He is a fantastic offensive player that can score in bunches. His size at 6’3” would suggest for him to be a point guard in the NBA, but he doesn’t display the passing ability or vision to be the lead ball handler full time. Due to that, he is an undersized two guard. Lucky for him, his freakish athletic ability helps compensate for his lack of size. Monk is an extremely good offensive player. He is best known for his three point shooting ability in which he shot at 40% at Kentucky, but he can also attack the basket and show off his very good leaping ability. He’s not very good as a defender right now, but he has the potential to stick with guards at the next level due to his athleticism. However, he will get bullied by bigger and stronger guards. If Monk isn’t scoring, he’s not impacting the game, which is why I think he is best suited as player who can come off the bench to provide a spark. Monk is a better prospect than Jamal Murray was last year, and the team that drafts him will be excited in his ability to immediately provide bench help.

10) O.G. Anunoby (F, Sophomore, Indiana)

OG Anunoby is a freak of nature. He is a 6’8” forward that weighs 230 pounds with a 7’6” wingspan. When watching Anunoby, his defense immediately sticks out. He is extremely quick for someone his size and is pretty strong. He has the ability to guard 2s, 3s or 4s, and probably some 1s and 5s at the next level. He is that good on defense. On offense, Anunoby is work in progress. He is a good straight line driver with rare leaping ability when attacking the rim. He has shown the potential to be able to knock down spot up 3s in which he shot at a 37% clip at in his two years at Indiana. However, he doesn’t have a good handle, can’t shoot off the dribble, and doesn’t have good vision. Anunoby is for sure a lottery talent, but his knee injury complicates things. The team that drafts Anunoby will first be hoping that he comes back fully healthy from his knee injury. If he shows signs of his old past, they will be ecstatic in his ability to immediately guard 1-5 at the next level with the hope that he can develop more on the offensive side of the ball.

11) Frank Ntilikina (PG, 19 y/o, International)

Frank Ntilikina’s size immediately sticks out as soon as you watch him. He has great size for the point guard position at 6’6” with a 7’ wingspan. His greatest strength as a player is his defensive ability. He’s a menace on defense. He uses his long arms to get in passing lanes and disrupt shots. He’s more  of a fluid athlete with good body control compared to an explosive athlete. On offense he has a good handle with the ability to drive the ball and finish at the basket due to his length and body control. He is also a willing passer. His shot has improved greatly over the past few years and he has extended his range to behind the three point line. Ntilikina is a very good point guard prospect because of his size, length, defensive ability and offensive improvement. He will be able to play early on for the team that drafts him because of his ability to impact games defensively now, while continuing to develop his offensive game on the job.

12) Zach Collins (C, Freshman, Gonzaga)

Zach Collins is an intriguing center prospect. He has good size at 7’ and 230 pounds with room to add strength. Collins’ offensive and defensive ability stands out for someone his age. On the offensive side of the ball, Collins has shown the ability to execute different post moves down on the block, displaying nice touch with either hand. He does struggle with length at the rim and can get pushed off of his spot at times. He can also step out at and hit mid range jumpers, or step behind the arc and shoot 3s in which he did at Gonzaga at a 48% rate, albeit he shot less than one per game. Defensively, you notice Collins’ length immediately. He blocked an incredible 2 shots per game while playing only 17 minutes per game, which translates to around 4 blocks per 40 minutes. The team drafting Collins will get a player that will develop into an above average starter at the center position with the ability to protect the rim on defense and score the ball in multiple ways on offense.

13) Luke Kennard (G, Sophomore, Duke)

Luke Kennard was the unexpected second best player on Duke this year. He took a big jump from his freshman to sophomore season. Kennard is a 6’5” guard prospect with the ability to score at all three levels. He is an extremely good shooter, whether that be from downtown, where he shot at 44% this past year, or whether that be from the mid range, in which he shows craftiness as a ball handler and impressive footwork. He can drive the ball and score at the rim, but will struggle at finishing due to his average athletic ability and lack of length. Kennard is a good player in the pick and roll due to his threat to score, combined with his handle and passing ability. On defense, due to his lack of athletic ability, he has trouble staying in front of quicker guards. However, he is a good team defender. Kennard is probably best used as a scorer and facilitator off the bench at the next level. The team that drafts him will be getting a good scorer and playmaker on the offensive end and a willing defender.

14) Bam Adebayo (C, Freshman, Kentucky)

Bam Adebayo is an imposing physical specimen. He is a 6’10”, 250 pound center prospect with a 7’2” wingspan. Bam is a good vertical athlete and a pretty good lateral mover. He was the defensive anchor for Kentucky this past year. He is very strong, and due to his length and strength, it is hard to score down low on him whether that be a big man trying to score on him in the post, or a guard/forward attacking the rim. Bam is a very good rebounder and can contribute to an NBA team early next year if he remains a consistent rebounder. However, he’s not particularly a smart defender at this stage, as his off ball defensive awareness needs to improve. Bam improved vastly on the offensive side of the floor throughout his lone season at Kentucky. He has always been able to catch lobs at the rim and score off of offensive rebounds, but he showed a greater display of post moves as the year went on. He can step out a little bit and shoot, but that is not a consistent part of his game yet. Wherever Bam goes come draft night, the team that drafts him will be getting an immediate contributor to the defensive end of the floor as a rebounder and a good enough shot blocker with potential on the offensive end.