SportsTalkATL’s Mock Draft 1.0

Posted on May 26 2017 - 5:17pm by Chase Irle

  1. Boston Celtics- Markell Fultz– Fultz has catapulted himself to the #1 spot on the majority of draft boards. The Celtics do not have a need for another point guard with Isaiah Thomas, but draft the best player available and worry about allocating minutes later plays true in this scenario.
  2. Los Angeles Lakers- Lonzo Ball- He has already said he will not be working out for the Celtics. At this point, it is just too good to be true. Ball is headed to the Lakers.
  3. Philadelphia 76ers- Josh Jackson– Jackson has superstar potential and the 76ers need a true wing threat. There is a chance Jackson is taken before this pick, but if he is available it is hard to imagine the 76ers passing on him.
  4. Phoenix Suns- Jayson Tatum– The Suns have tremendous guards and will be looking both Tatum and Jackson at this pick. With Jackson gone, Tatum becomes the pick. Tatum is already a more polished scorer then Jackson with a silky smooth stroke.
  5. Sacramento Kings- De’Aaron Fox– The incredibly fast point guard comes off the board to the Kings. His ability to get into the lane should fit well with new teammate and sharpshooter Buddy Hield.
  6. Orlando Magic- Malik Monk– Monk is the most electric scorer in this draft. If it was not for him being undersized, he could be going #1 overall. Magic get the pure scorer they were hoping to get when they drafted Victor Oladipo.
  7. Minnesota Timberwolves- Dennis Smith– The Timberwolves need a young guard that can run with Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony Towns. There are rumors they may be in the market for Derrick Rose, but Smith would be a more long-term option with tremendous upside.
  8. New York Knicks- Jonothan Isaac– The Knicks are going to be looking for help on the wing for life without Carmelo Anthony, whenever that may be. Isaac could benefit from Anthony, especially as a scorer, but may be asked to start early, if the Knicks chose to trade Anthony.
  9. Dallas Mavericks- Lauri Markkanen– Wait, the Mavericks are about to lose their 7′ European power forward with a sweet stroke due to retirement. They draft a 7′ European power forward with a sweet stroke.
  10. Sacramento Kings- Zach Collins– The Kings will need to bring in size to replace Demarcus Cousins. Collins is not a similar player but can player center and stretch the floor at the NBA level.
  11. Charlotte Hornets- Donovan Mitchell– Mitchell is an NBA-ready shooting guard. The Hornets need to build around their star PG Kemba Walker. Mitchell is a nice backcourt running mate for the future.
  12. Detroit Pistons- Frank Ntilikina– Pistons have showed a willingness to part ways with Reggie Jackson. Nitilikina could be their point guard of the future.
  13. Denver Nuggets- Jarrett Allen– The Nuggets need to add a true center piece to line up next to Jokic. Allen and his nearly 7’6″ wingspan head to Denver.
  14. Miami Heat- T.J. Leaf– This 6’10” power forward can jump out of the gym, but also has a sweet stroke from behind the arc. He could be a perfect partner to Whiteside down low.
  15. Portland Trail Blazers- Justin Jackson– The Trail Blazers have a terrific backcourt, but are lacking talent on the wing. Jackson is one of the most pro-ready wingmen in the draft. He could come in and immediately have an impact in Portland.
  16. Chicago Bulls- John Collins– The Bulls are looking for help everywhere. Collins is one of the more underrated prospects in this draft, as he posted a ridiculous 36.3 PER at Wake Forest last season.
  17. Milwaukee Bucks- Ike Anigbogu– The Bucks love physical freaks and that is exactly what Anigbogu is. He has a wingspan of over 7’6″at the center position. The Bucks have a lot of length but many great rebounders. Anigbogu thrives in this area and would certainly give the Bucks a boost.
  18. Indiana Pacers- Luke Kennard– The Pacers desperately need scoring from somebody other than Paul George. Kennard was one of the best scorers in college basketball last season and should be as ready as anybody in this draft to go to the next level.
  19. Atlanta Hawks- OG Anunoby– The Hawks might be without Paul Millsap next year. In that case, they draft Anunoby as a possible replacement. Even if Millsap does not walk, Anunoby provides depth at a position of need.
  20. Portland Trail Blazers- Harry Giles- This pick is all about potential. Giles barely played in his freshman year at Duke, but was one of the best recruits in the country coming off of injury. There is a lot of risk here, but Portland is willing to risk it with their second pick of the draft.
  21. Oklahoma City Thunder- Terrance Ferguson- Ferguson did not play college basketball and instead went overseas to play pro for a season. He does not have a very large sample size, but has already come a contributor as a professional. The Thunder desperately need more shooting and he is shooting close to 40% from three.
  22. Brooklyn Nets- D.J Wilson– Really improved his draft stock during Michigan’s March Madness run. He has a tremendous all-around game and shot 37.3% from three as a power forward.
  23. Toronto Raptors- Jawun Evans– The Raptors are at a cross roads. They could be parting way with point guard Kyle Lowry. It is time for this team to start thinking rebuild. Evans would be a nice start to replacing Lowry.
  24. Utah Jazz- Isaiah Hartenstein– Hartenstein does not have much experience against high-level competition, but over drafting 7-footers that can shoot is a trend that is not going away any time soon.
  25. Orlando Magic- Rodions Kurucs– The Magic need help on the wings and Kurucs is the best prospect available at this spot. Like Hartenstein, the competition he has faced is worrisome, but he could wind up starting for the Magic on the wing in the future.
  26. Portland Trail Blazers- Ivan Rabb– Rabb can score and was one of the best rebounders in the NCAA last season. He has the size to play power forward and center in the NBA, but his unique skill set makes him better suited as a power forward.
  27. Brooklyn Nets- Jonathan John– It’s hard not to look at this 7’2″ French man and not think Rudy Gobert, but remember there is only one of those guys in the NBA right now.
  28. Los Angeles Lakers- Jordan Bell– Bell is the best shot blocker in the draft and he is only 6′ 9″. He has ridiculous athleticism and relentless energy. This is a great pick up for the Lakers as they try and become contenders once again.
  29. San Antonio Spurs- Tyler Lydon– Lydon is a prototypical Spurs player with NBA size and beautiful shooting stroke.
  30. Utah Jazz- Derrick White– White is one of the older players in the draft at almost 23. The Jazz could use another point guard, especially with George Hill’s impending free agency, and at this spot, White looks like the best option.

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