SportsTalkATL’s Mock Draft 2.0: Where will Lonzo Ball land?

Posted on Jun 7 2017 - 1:54pm by Chase Irle

 

  1. Boston Celtics- Markelle Fultz– Fultz looks like the best player in the draft. The Celtics seem very interested in taking him with the first pick. This seems more and more likely as the draft approaches.
  2. Los Angeles Lakers- Josh Jackson– Rumors are the Lakers are not sold on Lonzo Ball as a star and would not take him with the #2 pick if the draft were today. That may just be a charade, but it may be because there are several other possible superstars in this draft. Josh Jackson has all the tools to become an elite NBA player.
  3. Philadelphia 76ers- Lonzo Ball– This might be a dream come true for the 76ers, as they get the best all-around point guard in the draft to pair with their talented young core.
  4. Pheonix 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.
  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.
  7. Minnesota Timberwolves- Donovan Mitchell– The hype around this kid continues to grow. He may be undersized for the shooting guard spot, but Mitchell could be a point guard in the NBA. His 6′ 10″ wingspan would make him a tough defender for smaller guards, and his ability as a scorer is well-documented.
  8. New York Knicks- Dennis Smith– Derrick Rose will be out the door and the Knicks will be in desperate need for a replacement. Dennis Smith is a nice snag at this spot.
  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-Jonathan Isaac– The Kings need all the young talent they can get. Isaac could be a steal at this pick and would pair up with Buddy Hield on the wing.
  11. Charlotte Hornets- Justin Jackson– This may seem like a reach, but it is hard to find a player more NBA ready than Justin Jackson.
  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- Zach Collins– Collins was unbelievably efficient when on the floor for Gonzaga. He is a 7-footer with a great stroke from three. His game should fit perfectly in today’s NBA.
  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 would be a nice compliment to Whiteside down low.
  15. Portland Trail Blazers- John Collins– Every big man needs a running mate. The Trail Blazers acquired Josuf Nurkic last season. These two would make quite the one-two punch down low.
  16. Chicago Bulls- Jarrett Allen– The Bulls need help everywhere. Allen is one of the most talented center prospects in the draft with an incredible 7′ 5″ wingspan.
  17. Milwaukee Bucks- Luke Kennard– The Bucks are full of physical freaks, but Kennard adds some shooting to possibly the most talented young squad in the game.
  18. Indiana Pacers- OG Anunoby– Anunoby is a unique talent with loads of potential. His size makes him a little bit of a tweener in this league, but he plays much bigger than he stands. A true competitor, Anunoby would be a great addition to the Pacers.
  19. Atlanta Hawks- Harry Giles– This pick is all about upside. Giles did not play much during his freshman year because of injury, but he was arguably the best player in his high school class. Hawks could be looking to rebuild, and Giles might be a hidden gem in this draft class.
  20. Portland Trail Blazers- Ike Anigbogu– Did not play a bunch his freshman season at UCLA, but has the physical attributes to be a force as a defender and rebounder in this league.
  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- Justin Patton– Patton was a pleasant surprise for Creighton as a redshirt freshman. He is a 7-footer with a nice all-around game that should translate well to the modern NBA style of play.
  23. Toronto Raptors- Bam Adebayo– Adebayo was one of the many freshman sensations on the Kentucky team. A slightly undersized center prospect that makes up for it with his tremendous athleticism.
  24. Utah Jazz- D.J. Wilson– Wilson became a household name during Michigan’s NCAA Tournament run. He is a long power forward with a versatile game. He was a productive three-point shooter last season and could put the ball on the floor and attack the basket.
  25. Orlando Magic-Anzejs Pasecniks– One of the biggest center prospects in the draft. The 7′ 2″ big man from Latvia is a tremendous shot-blocker with an improving shot from range.
  26. Portland Trail Blazers- Semi Ojeleye– He is one of the older prospects in the draft, but Ojeleye could be a great player in this league on the wing. He shot over 42% last season from behind the arc and is a terrific rebounder that can play in the post.
  27. Brooklyn Nets- Jordan Bell– Defensively Bell is as good as it gets. He is the best shot-blocker in the draft and can rebound the ball well on both ends of the court. If he can ever learn to score consistently he could be a real star in the NBA.
  28. Los Angeles Lakers- Ivan Rabb– Rabb is a California product that would stay in state with this pick. He is a little undersized for the center position, where he is projected, but can stretch the floor with his mid-range game and improving three-point shot.
  29. San Antonio Spurs- Jonathan Jeanne– Jeanne is built a lot like his fellow French man Rudy Gobert. Gobert has thrived in the beginning portion of his career, and it would be so like the Spurs to find that kind of talent this late in the draft.
  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 is great option with unique length at the position.

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