NBA Mock Draft 2017: 2 Round Predictions for Every Pick

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Josh Jackson will be one of the first forwards taken in the 2017 NBA Draft. (Getty)

Just a few weeks remain before the 2017 NBA Draft. It is the calm before the storm with limited information flowing from teams.

Lonzo Ball is slated to work out with the Los Angeles Lakers on June 7, and it looks like the only team Ball will work out for is Los Angeles. Basketball Insiders’ Steve Kyler reported Ball must “blow the doors off” the workout for the Lakers to select him with the No. 2 pick.

This is hard to believe for a few reasons. The Lakers will have their first draft since Magic Johnson is back in the front office. Johnson wants to get good players for the Lakers, but also understands the Los Angeles market. Ball and all that surrounds him is a perfect fit for the L.A. lights. There are also obvious similarities to Johnson in Ball’s passing ability and court vision. All this will be too tempting for the Lakers to pass up.

However, HuffPost Sports’ Jordan Schultz reports the Lakers are not sold on Ball citing a Lakers source close to the situation. “It’s not even close right now. Ball won’t be a Laker unless they really start to buy into him as a star,” the source told Schultz.

The Lakers are working out additional players with an eye on the other top point guards in the draft. The Vertical’s Shams Charania reported the Lakers will work out Dennis Smith Jr. and De’Aaron Fox. Smith is an interesting name to watch as he as much talent as anyone in the draft but questions surround his poor finish at NC State.

As you are waiting for draft day, take a look at the statistical model Reddit user kip_chelly put together as a way to compare 2017 NBA Draft prospects to current NBA players. The model uses prospects stats and compares them with past college players. Here are a few notable comparisons, but be sure to check out kip_chelly’s full findings.

Fox’s numbers most closely resembled Dwyane Wade and Allen Iverson. Fox’s data also had similarities to Marcus Smart and Elfrid Payton- players who could be viewed as Fox’s floor.

Jonathan Isaac was comparable to Al-Farouq Aminu and Kawhi Leonard. Isaac has not displayed massive amounts of offensive ability but does have the versatility to defend multiple positions. The hard part is projecting whether Isaac can develop into a primary scorer.

My big board of top 75 players is now available on Fan Speak where you can control your favorite team and conduct your own mock draft. Try it out for yourself and reach out to me on Twitter @JonDAdams with your results.

Fans wishing to look ahead to 2018 can also check out my latest 2018 NBA mock draft outlining the stars to watch for next year’s draft.

Here’s my breakdown of every pick of the NBA draft in my latest two-round mock draft.


NBA Mock Draft 1st Round

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Malik Monk’s shooting ability is about to make one NBA team very happy. (Getty)

The third pick will begin to show how the draft will unfold. Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk are the four likely candidates in play for the Sixers. What direction they choose will have a domino effect on the rest of the draft. As of now, I have the Sixers siding with Jackson, but Fox is also a logical choice depending on how serious the Sixers are about playing Ben Simmons at point guard.

PICK PLAYER
1. Boston Celtics PG Markelle Fultz, Washington
2. LA Lakers PG Lonzo Ball, UCLA
3. Philadelphia 76ers SF Josh Jackson, Kansas
4. Phoenix Suns SF Jayson Tatum, Duke
5. Sacramento Kings PG De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky
6. Orlando Magic PG Dennis Smith Jr., NC State
7. Minnesota Timberwolves F Jonathan Isaac, Florida State
8. New York Knicks SG Malik Monk, Kentucky
9. Dallas Mavericks PG Frank Ntilikina, France
10. Sacramento Kings PF Lauri Markkanen, Arizona
11. Charlotte Hornets PF John Collins, Wake Forest
12. Detroit Pistons SG Luke Kennard, Duke
13. Denver Nuggets C/F Zach Collins, Gonzaga
14. Miami Heat SF Justin Jackson, North Carolina
15. Portland Trail Blazers F OG Anunoby, Indiana
16. Chicago Bulls SG Donovan Mitchell, Louisville
17. Milwaukee Bucks C Harry Giles, Duke
18. Indiana Pacers SG Terrance Ferguson, Australia
19. Atlanta Hawks C Jarrett Allen, Texas
20. Portland Trail Blazers F Rodions Kurucs, Latvia
21. Oklahoma City Thunder F Semi Ojeleye, SMU
22. Brooklyn Nets PF Jordan Bell, Oregon
23. Toronto Raptors PG Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State
24. Utah Jazz F Tyler Lydon, Syracuse
25. Orlando Magic C Bam Adebayo, Kentucky
26. Portland Trail Blazers PF Isaiah Hartenstein, Germany
27. Brooklyn Nets F D.J. Wilson, Michigan
28. L.A. Lakers C Ike Anigbogu, UCLA
29. San Antonio Spurs C Jonathan Jeanne, France
30. Utah Jazz C Justin Patton, Creighton

NBA Mock Draft 2nd Round

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Dillon Brooks is a name to watch in the second round. (Getty)

The second round is where things get interesting as teams look for players who have a chance to make their roster or are worth stashing in the D-League. Here are a few sleepers to keep an eye on.

Syracuse forward Andrew White is a perfect Three-and-D candidate at the next level. White has good size, shot 40 percent from the three-point line and averaged 18.5 points. A team in need of shooting would be wise to take a chance on him.

All Johnathan Motley did at Baylor was produce averaging nearly a double-double in Waco. Motley is a steal if he falls into the second round.

Florida’s Devin Robinson is an interesting prospect who I got to see in person a few times. Robinson is crazy athletic but lacks polish. While he is not always in the right place, Robinson has a good motor and a team will see value in his upside.

PICK PLAYER
31. Atlanta Hawks G Derrick White, Colorado
32. Phoenix Suns SF Dillon Brooks, Oregon
33. Orlando Magic F Johnathan Motley, Baylor
34. Sacramento Kings PF Ivan Rabb, Cal
35. Orlando Magic F Devin Robinson, Florida
36. Philadelphia 76ers PG Frank Jackson, Duke
37. Boston Celtics C Caleb Swanigan, Purdue
38. Chicago Bulls PF T.J. Leaf, UCLA
39. Philadelphia 76ers PF Mathias Lessort, France
40. New Orleans Pelicans PG Monte Morris, Iowa State
41. Charlotte Hornets SG James Blackmon Jr., Indiana
42. Utah Jazz SG Davon Reed, Miami
43. Houston Rockets PG Frank Mason III, Kansas
44. New York Knicks PF Cameron Oliver, Nevada
45. Houston Rockets PF Alec Peters, Valpo
46. Philadelphia 76ers C Anzejs Pasecniks, Latvia
47. Indiana Pacers SF Andrew White, Syracuse
48. Milwaukee Bucks C Tony Bradley, North Carolina
49. Denver Nuggets PG P.J. Dozier, South Carolina
50. Philadelphia 76ers PG Kobi Simmons, Arizona
51. Denver Nuggets F Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson
52. Washington Wizards PF Jonah Bolden, Australia
53. Boston Celtics SG Tyler Dorsey, Oregon
54. Phoenix Suns SG Wesley Iwundu, Kansas State
55. Utah Jazz C Eric Mika, BYU
56. Boston Celtics SG Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina
57. Brooklyn Nets SF Dwayne Bacon, Florida State
58. New York Knicks SG Josh Hart, Villanova
59. San Antonio Spurs PF Kyle Kuzma, Utah
60. Atlanta Hawks PG Marcus Keene, Central Michigan