2017 TDT NBA Mock Draft
Our resident NBA Draft experts J-Tex & Stoph predict every first round pick in tonight's draft.
There is insane amounts of buzz surrounding the NBA right now. From free agency and trade rumors, to speculation over potential draft picks, all eyes are glued to the happenings in and around the association. Tonight, the latest crop of basketball talent will enter the NBA looking to make their mark and join an elite group of athletes. Our resident NBA Draft experts, Jordan Teixeira and Christoph Coates linked up to conduct their mock drafts, predicting each first round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
(1) Philadelphia 76ers
J-Tex: G Markelle Fultz, Washington – When the Sixers pulled off the trade with the Celtics to move to the #1 overall slot, we all knew it was to add a premier scoring guard to the awaiting talents of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, and Jahlil Okafor.
Stoph: G Markelle Fultz, Washington – He’s pretty much become the consensus name for this pick and news surrounding the draft confirms that this will happen.
(2) Los Angeles Lakers
J-Tex: G Lonzo Ball, UCLA – This is the storybook location for the hometown Cali kid to try and return the Lakers to Showtime under the leadership of Magic Johnson.
Stoph: G Lonzo Ball, UCLA – To live and die in L.A. With D’Angelo Russell out of the picture, Lonzo looks to be his heir apparent at the 1. Sharing Russell’s ability to hit from deep, Ball is more than capable of setting the table and making those around him better. Lakers’ fans should expect a few more wins this season.
(3) Boston Celtics
J-Tex: F Jayson Tatum, Duke – Would be somewhat surprised if the Celtics actually ended up keeping this pick and adding another rookie to their squad, rather than flip such a high pick for a proven star in the league. If they do keep it though, Jayson Tatum is the best remaining player available and probably a very good fit.
Stoph: F Josh Jackson, Kansas – If Danny Ainge decides that one trade is enough, Jackson should ultimately find himself a Boston Celtic. His jumper could use more than a little work, but he has the tenacity and grit of someone like Boogie Cousins. A hard worker on both ends that should fit in nicely with the likes of Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, and Jae Crowder.
(4) Phoenix Suns
J-Tex: F Josh Jackson, Kansas. It really comes down to just Tatum or Josh Jackson here, and since I have Danny Ainge & the Celtics rolling with Tatum, this is how the cards fall for Jackson.
Stoph: F Jayson Tatum, Duke – Tatum would have gone 3rd overall if it were not for hisdefensive woes and fit. However, his offensive game is clearly more developed than Jackson, making this an easy pick to upgrade at the wing for the Suns. Tatum’s ability to score from any level should add another dimension to a young Phoenix core.
(5) Sacramento Kings
J-Tex: G De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky – The Kings are in dire need of a franchise altering player, and why not cater your rebuild around an elite athlete at point guard who plays both ends of the floor very well?
Stoph: G De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky – Sacramento likely has the easiest pick of the night. They find their guy in Fox, who compares to John Wall in quickness and finishing ability.
(6) Orlando Magic
J-Tex: F Jonathan Isaac, Florida State – One of the best overall athletes in this entire draft, Isaac is very versatile and Orlando just needs to get their hands on as many talented players as it possibly can to try and change the tide of the franchise
Stoph: G Malik Monk, Kentucky – Anybody who watched Kentucky basketball this past season had to have thought at least once that Malik Monk might be the best player in the country. His game is that exciting and his shot making ability is second to none. Magic desperately need all the scoring they can find.
(7) Minnesota Timberwolves
J-Tex: F Lauri Markkanen, Arizona – Minnesota has three pieces in place for the long-term when you look at LaVine, Wiggins, and Towns and I think Markkanen can be the power forward of the group who is a very good jump-shooter.
Stoph: F Lauri Markkanen, Arizona – In today’s NBA, the ability to stretch the floor is held in high regard. Markkanen’s shooting touch at 7 feet makes him a hot commodity. The only question surrounds his ability to add weight.
(8) New York Knicks
J-Tex: G Malik Monk, Kentucky – One of the very best pure scorers in this draft, Monk also possesses next level athleticism. I think he can be a serviceable fit in the Triangle Offense the Knicks have in place.
Stoph: G Dennis Smith Jr., North Carolina State – New York is reportedly enamored with French international player Frank Ntilikina. Despite this, I find it hard to believe that Phil Jackson would select a raw 18-year-old over one of the most explosive and talented players in the nation.
(9) Dallas Mavericks
J-Tex: G Dennis Smith Jr, North Carolina State – Dallas gets a steal here at No.9. Dude can absolutely ball and he is a great piece at point guard to build around for the post-Dirk Nowitzki era
Stoph: G Frank Ntilikina, France – Another franchise that believes in his game, Dallas GM Mark Cuban paid Ntilikina a visit himself. Ntilikina’s prowess as a defender and frame at 6’5 would give Dallas a different look from the small guards of late. His offensive game should expand as he settles into his role as well.
(10) Sacramento Kings
J-Tex: C Zach Collins, Gonzaga – I see Collins as the type of big who can play alongside Willie Cauley-Stein for a long time in a Kings uni, paired with Budddy Heild who they got in the Boogie Cousins deal.
Stoph: F Jonathan Isaac, Florida State – Issac falls to the Kings at 10, giving them a replacement in the event of a Rudy Gay divorce. Issac appears to be a top five talent and would be a steal if he were to fall this far.
(11) Charlotte Hornets
J-Tex: G Donovan Mitchell, Louisville – Another guy here who just knows how to score the basketball, and I think he can learn a lot being around guys like Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum on this roster.
Stoph: G Donovan Mitchell, Louisville – Charlotte could look to find a backup to Kemba or just to bolster their bench with scoring. Mitchell is an explosive combo guard with the ability to run the show and get his own – something that should keep the starter/bench drop-off to a minimum.
(12) Detroit Pistons
J-Tex: F Harry Giles, Duke – Potentially a stud big to pair with Andre Drummond for many years to come if his knees hold up and the injuries cease.
Stoph: G Luke Kennard, Duke – Easy pick for a terrible shooting team. We all know what Luke Kennard is good at.
(13) Denver Nuggets
J-Tex: G Frank Ntilikina, France. The Nuggets are famous for digging into the international pool of players, and I think they’ll continue that trend this year.
Stoph: F OG Anunoby, Indiana – Drawing comparisons to Kawhi Leonard coming into the league, Anunoby has the label of defensive stopper. If his recovery from a torn ACL goes smoothly, he should be able to improve a porous Denver defense.
(14) Miami Heat
J-Tex: G Luke Kennard, Duke – Kennard proved at Duke that he could score pretty efficiently at a high clip, and I think Miami could use a guy like this.
Stoph: F John Collins, Wake Forest – Averaging nearly 20/10, Collins is also a freak athlete. With Bosh out of the picture, I don’t think Riley or Spoelstra would like to be starting Okaro White or Willie Reed for longer than they are forced to.
(15) Portland Trail Blazers
J-Tex: F OG Anunoby, Indiana – Anunoby is an athletic player who can get it done on the defensive side of the floor. Portland really just needs as many athletes as possible to help Lillard, McCollum, and Nurkic out.
Stoph: F Harry Giles, Duke – If not for injuries, who knows what Giles could have done at the college level. Once a sure top 10 pick, if Giles is able to stay healthy this pick could turn out to be a steal.
(16) Chicago Bulls
J-Tex: C Jarrett Allen, Texas – Hard to tell what direction this Bulls franchise is trying to move in, but Allen is a talented big who they can start looking up with.
Stoph: F Justin Jackson, North Carolina – The Bulls are another poor outside shooting team. Jackson’s skill set speaks to Chicago at 16. His experience in big games doesn’t hurt either.
(17) Milwaukee Bucks
J-Tex: C Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, Kentucky – Very athletic player who can mature and become very good going up against bigs like Thon Maker, Cheick Diallo, Greg Monroe, and Jabari Parker in practice.
Stoph: G/F Terrance Ferguson, Australia – Terrence ‘2K’ Ferguson is among the most gifted athletes in this class and his ability to shoot from any part of the floor, as well as defend at a high level, should give Milwaukee a boost as Jabari Parker recovers. He fits in along fellow 3-and-D Bucks Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon, and Matthew Dellavadova.
(18) Indiana Pacers
J-Tex: F John Collins, Wake Forest – Collins has great athleticism and I think he and Myles Turner can become a freaky athletic front court that may dominate in the future.
Stoph: F Caleb Swanigan, Purdue – Likely the shocker so far, I feel as though for putting up such gaudy numbers, Swanigan’s draft stock should be a lot higher than it is. I would be targeting him in the 10-15 range, but Indy is a perfect fit with an undersized Thaddeus Young starting at the 4. Averages of 18.5 PPG/12.5 RPG for any player should warrant top 10 pick projections.
(19) Atlanta Hawks
J-Tex: C Justin Patton, Creighton – The Hawks just traded Dwight Howard away to the Hornets, so center is all of a sudden a position of need here.
Stoph: C Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, Kentucky – Get rid of one rim protector for a other. Edrice ‘Bam’ Adebayo is as close to Dwight Howard as it gets in terms of physicality and game. At 6’10”, he is capable of banging down low and is a great rim protector. His slight shooting touch would count as an upgrade as well.
(20) Portland Trail Blazers
J-Tex: F T.J. Leaf, UCLA – More supplemental scoring added here to lighten the load on Lillard and McCollum.
Stoph: F T.J. Leaf, UCLA – With their second of three first rounders, Portland goes the safe route and takes Leaf, who should be a great consolation prize if Giles is unable to perform.
(21) Oklahoma City Thunder
J-Tex: G/F Terrance Ferguson, Australia – Ferguson is the prototypical 3-and-D player that has become so coveted in the new age NBA, Russell Westbrook will enjoy being able to kick it out to Ferguson rather than Andre Roberson for open threes.
Stoph: F D.J. Wilson, Michigan -The NCAA Tournament did no more for any player than it did for Wilson. He was able to show off his formerly streaky shooting touch and ability to take defenders off the dribble. Oklahoma City needs more shooters around Westbrook, and Wilson fits that mold at 6’10.
(22) Brooklyn Nets
J-Tex: C Ike Anigbogu, UCLA – The Nets moved Brook Lopez to the Lakers, and here they have the opportunity to put a possible center of the future in place.
Stoph: C Jarret Allen, Texas – Allen’s length is unmatched, and playing for Brooklyn would give plenty opportunity to improve across the board
(23) Toronto Raptors
J-Tex: F Ivan Rabb, California – Rabb was an absolute beast in high school, and he played very solid at Cal. The Raptors get a quality big here who may help eventually replace Serge Ibaka if he moves on.
Stoph: F Ivan Rabb, California – Rabb is another undervalued player in my opinion. At the back end of Round 1, Rabb is the best player available at his position.
(24) Utah Jazz
J-Tex: F D.J. Wilson, Michigan – Versatile, athletic wing here who can potentially help the Jazz recover from a possible Gordon Hayward departure this summer in free agency.
Stoph: C Justin Patton, Creighton – At 7’1″, Patton could step into a backup role to Rudy Gobert. Having only recently turned 20, he undoubtedly has things to work upon but size is unteachable
(25) Orlando Magic
J-Tex: F Justin Jackson, North Carolina – Another versatile player here and he’s coming off of a national championship. The Magic should add as much talent as they can to Nikola Vucevic & Co.
Stoph: G Frank Mason III, Kansas – Having the John R. Wooden Award winner as your backup doesn’t sound bad. Mason’s ability to shoot compared to Elfrid Payton makes this pick quite sensible.
(26) Portland Trail Blazers
J-Tex: C Tony Bradley, North Carolina – Bradley is a very good rebounder who can help the Blazers develop more of a post presence further down the line.
Stoph: C Ike Anigbogu, UCLA – A bit undersized for center, Anigbogu makes up for it with his build and freakish athletic ability, projecting to be a DeAndre Jordan type big. Look for Portland to roll the dice on the young big.
(27) Los Angeles Lakers
J-Tex: F Jordan Bell, Oregon – Bell is a player here who took his game to the next level during the NCAA Tournament. I think Magic knows talent when he sees it, which is why Bell comes off the board here.
Stoph: C Zach Collins, Gonzaga – The Nets will reportedly trade pick to Lakers. This is definitely the furthest drop of the draft and you likely will not find a mock where Collins falls past 16, but I’m not believing the hype despite his “two-way” center label. Lakers get a steal right here if I’m wrong though.
(28) Los Angeles Lakers
J-Tex: G Frank Jackson, Duke – Jackson is an athletic guard who can potentially be the running mate with Lonzo Ball in the Lakers backcourt one day, depending on what happens with Jordan Clarkson.
Stoph: G Josh Hart, Villonova – A four-year winner, well coached, and could remind most of Malcolm Brogdon. If that’s any indication of where I’m going with this, Magic Johnson will not let him go undrafted past 28.
(29) San Antonio Spurs
J-Tex: G Josh Hart, Villanova – High character guy here, who just plays the game the right way; very typical Spurs system fit with this pick here.
Stoph: G Juwan Evans, Oklahoma State – With both Tony Parker and Patty Mills’ futures with the team unknown, another floor general is appropriate.
(30) Utah Jazz
J-Tex: F Tyler Lydon, Syracuse – Another guy who can help improve the Jazz on the wings, especially if Hayward passes on re-signing.
Stoph: G Frank Jackson, Duke – A bullish combo guard, the only thing holding Jackson back is recent ankle surgery. Look for Utah to add scoring and ball handling capabilities to their bench.