2017 NBA Draft Overview

 6/22/17

Today was the much anticipated 2017 NBA Draft. This point guard heavy draft has the potential to be as good as the 2003, 1996, and 1984 draft classes. (Keyword: potential)

  1. (A+) 76ers select: Markelle Fultz: To nobody’s surprise Markelle Fultz was taken by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 1st overall pick. The 76ers needed to pick a relevant guard so that they didn’t have to start TJ McConnell or Nik Stauskas anymore. Markelle Fultz will be a great fit for the Sixers as they need a two-way guard who can shoot the ball at a high percentage and be a reliable playmaker. This young Sixers team reminds me of the young Oklahoma City Thunder trio.
  2. (A) Lakers select: Lonzo Ball: The Lakers surprised many people a few weeks before the NBA Draft when they said that Lonzo Ball ‘looked out of shape’ during his first workout with the team. For a few days, many people thought that the Lakers would either select De’Aaron Fox or Josh Jackson instead of Ball. During this time, the little population who thought that the Lakers wanted to put smoke screens so that no one ahead of them picked Ball, were correct. Lonzo’s playmaking skills will make him a key player for the Lakers if they acquire a superstar in the near future.
  3. (A-) Celtics select: Jayson Tatum: After Boston traded down in the draft by taking the third pick from Philadelphia instead of the first pick, many people were surprised as they thought that Markelle Fultz would be a great fit with the Celtics. Anyway, Duke’s Jayson Tatum was a great pick for the Celtics because they needed a reliable scorer next to Isaiah Thomas. If they had selected Josh Jackson, the fit would be horrible because they already have two small-forward, 3 and D players in Jaylen Brown and Jae Crowder.
  4. (A+) Suns select: Josh Jackson: Josh Jackson might just help the Suns reach the playoffs this upcoming season. Jackson fits perfectly with Devin Booker on the Suns. Booker does everything that Jackson cannot do and Jackson does everything that Booker cannot do. This combo can be scary in the future.
  5. (A+) Kings select: De’Aaron Fox: Everybody celebrate, the Kings did not select a center with their lottery pick! De’Aaron Fox is a hyper-athletic guard who can break down defenders and pass the ball to an open shooter or big man. Fox will fill in as a much needed point guard with this young Kings team.
  6. (D) Magic select: Jonathan Isaac: Absolutely none of the mock drafts I read had Isaac going to the Magic. None. In my opinion, this pick by the Magic was terrible. They simply do not need a big man. They had the option of choosing Malik Monk, Dennis Smith Jr, and Frank Ntilikina. All these players are guards who are much needed in Orlando.
  7. (A+) Bulls select: Lauri Markkanen: I love this pick by the Bulls. They needed a big man and someone who can stretch the floor by having a solid shooting touch. They filled in both these roles by selecting Lauri Markkanen who had a solid year at Arizona last season.
  8. (B) Knicks select: Frank Ntilikina: I still think that the Knicks should have taken Dennis Smith Jr. Ntilikina is a very raw prospect who has a nice upside, but this is not comparable to Smith Jr’s upside, which levels out to near Russell Westbrook
  9. (A) Mavericks select: Dennis Smith Jr: The Mavericks needed to pick an athletic guard because Yogi Ferrell and Seth Curry aren’t the most athletic. Smith will give the Mavs a boost of scoring as they were in the bottom 10 in scoring in the NBA last season.
  10. (A) Trailblazers select: Zach Collins: Entering the draft the Blazers needed a defense oriented big man. They got exactly that when they selected Zach Collins from Gonzaga. Collins will complement Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum’s game very well.
  11. (A+) Hornets select: Malik Monk: The Hornets lucked out this year by getting Monk at 11 when many people including me thought he would get drafted in the top 8 for sure. Monk and Kemba Walker will be as potent a backcourt as any other in the league.
  12. (A) Pistons select: Luke Kennard: Kennard will be a great fit with the Pistons as they needed a shooter on the wing. Kennard will be useful because Reggie Jackson is not the best three point shooter.
  13. (A+) Jazz select: Donovan Mitchell: This pick was absolutely amazing for the Jazz. Their guard play needs a scoring boost which Mitchell can easily provide. This can also give Gordon Hayward an incentive to stay in Utah.
  14.   (A-) Heat select: Bam Adebayo: Adebayo is a nice addition next to Hassan Whiteside. Bam can provide some offense and rebounding for this young Heat team.

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