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2017 NBA Draft: First Round Mock
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Jeremy Lamb Headshot

Lamb has more competition for playing time heading into the 2017-18 season after the Hornets selected Malik Monk with the 11th overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.

Lamb was already struggling for playing time in Charlotte, never having averaged more than 20 minutes per game over his five-year career, and the selection of Monk makes it very hard to believe Lamb will buck the trend in the season ahead, even with Marco Belinelli being shipped to Atlanta days earlier. If Monk struggles to begin his rookie season, the Hornets still have far more incentive leaving the rookie on the court since they're not exactly a team that will be in contention for a title in the near future.
Yesterday 9:07 pm (EST)
Dante Exum Headshot

Exum could see his role change with the Jazz's addition of Donovan Mitchell, a combo guard selected with the 13th pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.

Mitchell, similar to Exum, is a lengthy combo guard. He's an athletic 6-3 with a 6-10 wingspan, capable of being a great defender at the NBA level, much like Exum. There are questions about which guard slot he will eventually come to occupy, though if the Jazz believe strongly that he's a point guard, it could be a cause for concern for Exum's playing time.
Yesterday 9:06 pm (EST)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Headshot

With the Pistons' selection of Luke Kennard with the 12th overall pick in Thursday's draft, Caldwell-Pope could have more competition for playing time if he's retained.

Kennard is great shooter and gives the Pistons a weapon off the bench that should help improve their 28th overall three-point percentage from last season. While Caldwell-Pope has been a mainstay in the lineup at shooting guard over the last few seasons, he enters the summer as a restricted free agent, and at this point it's unclear if the Pistons plan to match any offer he receives. The selection of Kennard could be a move to provide insurance should Caldwell-Pope wind up elsewhere, though it's still a bit early to read too much into the pick.
Yesterday 9:06 pm (EST)
Trey Lyles Headshot

Lyles was traded to the Nuggets during Thursday's NBA Draft, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

Utah will send both Lyles and the No. 24 pick to Denver in exchange for the No. 13 pick, which the Jazz used to select Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell. After a promising rookie year, Lyles struggled a bit last season, averaging just 16.3 minutes per game and shooting an ugly 36.2 percent from the field. Perhaps a change of scenery is what the former Kentucky standout needs, though Denver may not be an ideal landing spot given its already-crowded frontcourt.
Yesterday 9:01 pm (EST)
Derrick Rose Headshot

With the Knicks selecting Frank Ntilikina with the eighth overall pick in Thursday's draft, Rose's future could be impacted.

The Knicks have indicated that they're interested in bringing Rose, an unrestricted free agent, back next season, but at this point it's unclear where he'd fit in their future plans. While Ntilikina may not be ready to command the offense right away, he's clearly the Knicks' point guard of the future, so his addition to the team could potentially influence the Knicks' front office as it decides whether or not to make a run at keeping Rose this summer.
Yesterday 8:55 pm (EST)
Seth Curry Headshot

Curry (shoulder) no longer has a clear path to minutes in the 2017-18 season after the Mavericks selected Dennis Smith with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Yogi Ferrell might be more in danger of falling out of the rotation than Curry, if not off the roster entirely, but Curry's value takes a hit nonetheless with the selection of Smith. At 24-years-old, it seems that Curry will move into a reserve role behind Smith and Wesley Matthews, with J.J. Barea and Devin Harris also threatening for a portion of reserve guard minutes.
Yesterday 8:54 pm (EST)
Yogi Ferrell Headshot

Ferrell doesn't have a clear path to playing time in the 2017-18 season after the Mavericks selected Dennis Smith with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

An undrafted free agent to begin last season, Ferrell ended his rookie campaign as a fantasy darling on a depleted Mavericks roster while averaging just over 29 minutes per game over 36 outings. He certainly excelled when given the opportunity, but Smith has much more upside as an NBA player and should see the lion's share of minutes at point guard throughout the upcoming season. With Seth Curry, J.J. Barea, and Devin Harris all potentially on the roster for 2017-18, it's possible that Dallas won't pick up Ferrell's contract option for next season, putting him right back on the market with an uncertain future ahead.
Yesterday 8:47 pm (EST)
Nikola Mirotic Headshot

Mirotic will have competition for playing time in the 2017-18 season after the Bulls selected Lauri Markkanen with the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Before worrying about Markkanen, Mirotic heads into the offseason as a restricted free agent, which means it's not entirely certain he'll remain in Chicago next season. If he does stay, though, Markkanen has a very similar skill set, and funny enough, very similar weak spots. Both players are able to extend the court beyond the arc as a power forward, but they also aren't reliable rebounders for their size and have serious questions on the defensive end. After three lackluster years from Mirotic in Chicago with the Bulls, the organization might be quick to pass the torch over to the younger stretch four while leaving Mirotic outside of the rotation.
Yesterday 8:30 pm (EST)
Terrence Ross Headshot

Ross' workload could take a hit due to the Magic drafting Jonathan Isaac, a small forward/power forward, with the sixth pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Ross, who was brought on board mid-season in a trade that sent Serge Ibaka to the Raptors, averaged 12.5 points per game on 43.1 percent shooting across 31.2 minutes per game for Orlando. With Isaac being drafted, it will put a lot of pressure on Ross to improve all areas of his game or risk being surpassed on the depth chart. The Magic are in a rebuilding phase and likely won't think twice about playing their first round pick big minutes right out of the gate.
Yesterday 8:23 pm (EST)
T.J. Warren Headshot

Warren will have competition for playing time heading into the 2017-18 season after the Suns selected Josh Jackson with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Warren had a strong start to his third year in the league, but a lingering head injury temporarily derailed his breakout season and held him to just 66 games, ultimately ending with averages of 14.4 points and 5.1 rebounds on 31.0 minutes per game. Both standing at 6-foot-8, Warren and Jackson will likely see stints playing at power forward during the season ahead with Marquese Chriss shifting down to center. Assuming one of them is found capable of playing up in size, a lineup of Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker, Jackson, Warren, and Chriss could see considerable usage over the course of 2017-18.
Yesterday 8:13 pm (EST)
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