Thursday, June 22, 2017

My 2017 Mock Draft

As a kid, the NBA draft was one of my favourite days of the year. I grew up a Vancouver Grizzlies fan. Despite the team being a laughing stock for their entire existence in Vancouver, the draft was always potentially exciting day.

Potentially the key word in the sentence because things never always came out the way that I envisioned them. This years draft is loaded with star studded talent. Therefore, if your picking in the Top 5 it might be hard to screw up. Knock on wood.

With the Vancouver Grizzlies departure from Memphis, I cheer for the Phoenix Suns now. It's no secret, the Suns were terrible defensively and still need a lot of help. Their young core is promising but will take some time especially in the deep talent of teams in the Western Conference.

The good news is the Suns will add a important piece to the puzzle of getting back to the playoffs. I'm really excited to see who they pick. I didn't like their pick last year but I do realize he will take some time.

Here is how I think the draft will unfold tonight:

Rnd.PickPlayerPos.Nationality[n 1]TeamSchool / club team
11Markelle Fultz Philadelphia 76ers (from Brooklyn via Boston)[A][B]
12Lorenzo Ball Los Angeles Lakers
13Josh JacksonBoston Celtics (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)[C][B]
14De'Aaron FoxPhoenix Suns
15Jonathan IsaacSacramento Kings (from Philadelphia)[C]
16Jayson TatumOrlando Magic
17Dennis SmithMinnesota Timberwolves
18Malik MonkNew York Knicks
19Lauri MarkkanenDallas Mavericks
110Harry GilesSacramento Kings (from New Orleans)[D]
111Luke KennardCharlotte Hornets
112Zach CollinsDetroit Pistons
113OG AnunobyDenver Nuggets
114Frank NtilikinaMiami Heat
115Donovan MitchellPortland Trail Blazers
116Edrice AdebayoChicago Bulls
117Jarrett AllenMilwaukee Bucks
118Justin PattonIndiana Pacers
119Tony BradleyAtlanta Hawks
120Justin JacksonPortland Trail Blazers (from Memphis via Denver and Cleveland)[E]
121Frank JacksonOklahoma City Thunder
122Terrance FergusonBrooklyn Nets (from Washington)[F]
123Jonah BoldenToronto Raptors (from L.A. Clippers via Milwaukee)[G]
124

Utah Jazz
125Anzejs PasecniksOrlando Magic (from Toronto)[G]
126Josh HartPortland Trail Blazers (from Cleveland)[H]
127Jordan BellLos Angeles Lakers (from Boston via Brooklyn)[A][I]
128D.J. WilsonLos Angeles Lakers (from Houston)[J]
129
Ivan Rabb 
San Antonio Spurs
130Jawun Evans Utah Jazz (from Golden State)[K]
231Johnathan MotleyCharlotte Hornets (from Brooklyn via Atlanta Hawks)[L]
232Caleb SwaniganPhoenix Suns
233Tyler LydonOrlando Magic (from L.A. Lakers)[M]
234Frank MasonSacramento Kings (from Philadelphia via New Orleans)[D]
235Kyle KuzmaOrlando Magic
236 Dillon BrooksPhiladelphia 76ers (from New York via Utah and Toronto)[K]
237Alec PetersBoston Celtics (from Minnesota via Phoenix)[N]
238Derrick WhiteChicago Bulls (from Sacramento via Cleveland)[O]
239Semi OjeleyePhiladelphia 76ers (from Dallas)[P]
240Sterling BrownNew Orleans Pelicans
241Cameron OliverAtlanta Hawks (from Charlotte)[L]
242Isaiah HartensteinUtah Jazz (from Detroit)[K]
243Monte MorrisHouston Rockets (from Denver)[Q]
244Devin RobinsonNew York Knicks (from Chicago)[R]
245Chris BoucherHouston Rockets (from Portland)[S]
246Isaiah HicksPhiladelphia 76ers (from Miami via Atlanta)[K]
247Kennedy MeeksIndiana Pacers
248Edmond SumnerMilwaukee Bucks
249P.J. DozierDenver Nuggets (from Memphis via Oklahoma City)[T]
250Damyean DotsonPhiladelphia 76ers (from Atlanta)[K]
251Wesley IwunduDenver Nuggets (from Oklahoma City)[T]
252Thomas BryantNew Orleans Pelicans (from Washington)[U]
253Dwayne BaconBoston Celtics (from Cleveland)[V]
254Jeremy MorganPhoenix Suns (from Toronto)[W]
255Mathias LessortUtah Jazz[K]
256Aleksandar VezenkovBoston Celtics (from L.A. Clippers)[X]
257Sindarius ThornwellBrooklyn Nets (from Boston)[A]
258Derrick Walton Jr.New York Knicks (from Houston)[Y]
259Davon ReedSan Antonio Spurs
260Kadeem AllenAtlanta Hawks (from Golden State via Philadelphia and Utah)[K]