2017 NBA Draft

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ROUND 1

1. MARKELLE FULTZ
76ers, PG, WASHINGTON
6'4

This is exactly who the Sixers traded for and for good reason. The Celtics had a ton of guards and the Sixers needed an NBA-ready talent and Fultz will provide all-around help with scoring, spacing, leading with the ball and it will take pressure off of Joel Embiid to do all of the dirty work. Their scoring will be more balanced and Fultz will get plenty of assists passing off to open wing players.

Updated at: Thu June 29th 3:42 PM
2. LONZO BALL
Lakers, PG, UCLA
6'6

The prophecy is completed and Ball stays in Cali. Even though he’s not great off the pick and roll, Ball is an excellent passer and the Lakers were convinced that it was Ball that will lead them up the standings over the next few years. Ball is not only a good passer, but an excellent attacker from all angles. The Lakers traded away D’Angelo Russell for this guy, and are obviously oozing with confidence that Ball will help some of the younger Lakers find consistency in spots on the floor on offense that will be easier for them to create. Lakers will be a lot quicker next season.

Updated at: Thu June 29th 3:46 PM
3. Jayston Tatum
Celtics, SF, Duke
6'8

It took a lot of guts for the Celtics to essentially pass on Fultz, but as always Danny Ainge is addressing team needs over overall skill and Tatum will help shutdown the lanes on defense as he has great reach and he will be effective from the elbow on offense. He will be a good compliment to Jaylen Brown as 2nd units will experience two completely different players on the wing. Expect Tatum to take a ton of mid-range jumpers.

Updated at: Mon July 3rd 9:21 AM
4. Josh Jackson
Suns, SF, Kansas
6'8

The Suns are another team with a ton of guards and even though De’Aaron Fox was on the board, the Suns are addressing a huge need at Forward and Jackson gives them size, tenacity on defense and even though he need to put on a bit of muscle, Jackson is a hustler on both sides of the court and the Suns need to start playing better defense in the post and Jackson should see a ton of minutes early.

Updated at: Thu June 29th 3:49 PM
5. De'Aaron Fox
Kings, PG, Kentucky
6'5

The Kings have not found the right fit at guard and the swift and aggressive Fox will provide impact on offense immediately, but it may not come in the form of points. Fox will show his intangible skills early. He is very consistent at pushing the ball and has good control of the tempo when he has possession of the rock, but the reputation is that he struggles shooting. Luckily for Fox, he not only has Buddy Hield, who will have no problem taking a bunch of jumpers, but the Kings have no identity and they can work together to re-create the Kings offensive attack. Fox can ease into shooting, so he can learn what exactly is a high-percentage shot.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:16 PM
6. Jonathan Isaac
Magic, PF, Florida State
6'10

 A bit surprised by this pick because the Magic are really pushing Aaron Gordon to be “The Guy” in Orlando. Isaac MUST put on muscle to match his size, but he will be able to run the floor effectively. He will be best used, at least at the start, by coming in late in quarters in the first half to take advantage of the fatigue factor of the opposition. He will bang in the lane and the Magic will get more help up front.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:17 PM
7. Lauri Markkanen
Bulls, PF, Arizona
7'0

The Bulls centerpiece in the Jimmy Butler trade and they must think what others think; He has the potential to become the next Dirk Nowitzki….Slow down! While Markkanen does have long-range shooting ability and can drive, he’s no pioneer. There are plenty of big forwards who will cause trouble for him on the outside. A lot will be asked of him early as the Bulls are in re-build mode. Expect him to get a lot of shots early. I’m a bit worried how he will defend the paint, but the position is open and he will get a long leash to learn. 

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:18 PM
8. Frank Ntilikina
Knicks, PG, France
6'5

This pick made more sense before Phil Jackson was fired. While the Knicks will look to find a guard in free agency, Ntilikina could provide immediate impact being the first guard off the bench and he defends well and is a solid ball-handler. Now that the Knicks will abandon the triangle offense, a lot should not be asked of Ntilikina early. He’s a good passer and defender, but not as much of a scorer.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:19 PM
9. Dennis Smith Jr.
Mavericks, PG, North Carolina State
6'2

The Mavs have guards and they must have been blown away with what they saw in Smith. Smith is a quick driver and has quick moves to the basket. While is leadership ability is questionable, Mark Cuban has said that the Smith Era has begun. What an endorsement! Luckily for Smith, the Mavs guards can play both guard spots and Smith could actually end up starting from the get-go. The Mavs have a ton of scorers and they just need someone to organize and attack open lanes.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:20 PM
10. Zach Collins
Trail Blazers, C, Gonzaga
7'0

Jusuf Nurkic gets some help in the post as the Blazers trade to get an offensively skilled Collins. While Nurkic creates from the post, Collins will be able to create from further out and it will force bigger defenders outside to open up the paint. Collins should not have too much competition at the position.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:25 PM
11. Malik Monk
Hornets, SG, Kentucky
6'3

A lot of analysts think Monk is the steal of the draft because of how effective of a scorer he is. The Hornets have a very effective back court in Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum and that is where most of their offense comes from. Monk will take advantage of the 2nd unit and can rotate to both guard spots giving one of the starters a break. When the Hornets need more offense, Batum will shift to SF with Monk playing in the SG spot.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:26 PM
12. Luke Kennard
Pistons, SG, Duke
6'6

The Pistons struggled with guard consistency and health last season and because Andre Drummond is so limited offensively, the Pistons needed to balance out their offense. Kennard is an excellent fit and will serve as a knock-down shooter from long and mid-range. Kennard is also an effective free-throw shooters and he will take advantage if he learns how to attack the rim. Expect mainly Kyle Korver-like scoring to start.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:52 PM
13. Donovan Mitchell
Jazz, SG, Louisville
6'3

The common word I’ve been seeing when different Scouts and Analyst describe Mitchell is “athletic”. With Gordon Hayward likely gone, the Jazz will have to fill the hole and health has not been on their side over the last couple of seasons. The Jazz need someone to just run the floor efficiently and even though Mitchell is a bit of a smaller SG, if he can stay healthy, he will play a lot of minutes early.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:52 PM
14. Bam Adebayo
Heat, PF, Kentucky
6'10

The Heat just got even tougher inside on defense as teams will find it hard to push their way in the paint between Hassan Whiteside and Adebayo. Both will be sending back a lot of shots and Adebayo could pick up a ton of playing time early as the Heat are a bit light at PF. Expect a ton of rebounds and inside scoring. He reminds me of Gorgui Dieng with the way he’s built and the way he plays.

Updated at: Thu July 6th 12:54 PM
15. Justin Jackson
Trail Blazers, SF, North Carolina
6'8

With the status of Rudy Gay up in the air, the Kings are completely rebuilding and Fox and Hield will re-develop the Kings offense with another scorer in Jackson. Expect Jackson to be a bailout option early in the season as he will get the chance to hit knockdown jumpers. He will likely be open when teams try to double in the lane.With the status of Rudy Gay up in the air, the Kings are completely rebuilding and Fox and Hield will re-develop the Kings offense with another scorer in Jackson. Expect Jackson to be a bailout option early in the season as he will get the chance to hit knockdown jumpers. He will likely be open when teams try to double in the lane.

Updated at: Fri July 7th 1:54 PM
16. Justin Patton
Timberwolves, C, Creighton
7'0

The ‘Wolves need more help up front and Patton will help defend against the 2nd units early and he will be able to use his size to muscle his way inside. Don’t expect too much from the offensive side early, but he will earn his minutes via defense.

Updated at: Fri July 7th 2:09 PM
17. D.J. Wilson
Bucks, PF, Michigan
6'10

Wilson was brought on to give the Bucks more scoring from the outside. It’s also become hard to rely on Jabari Parker’s health and Wilson gives the Bucks more size, scoring, defense and he will draw bigger defenders outside of the paint.

Updated at: Fri July 7th 2:10 PM
18. T.J. Leaf
Pacers, PF, UCLA
6'10

The Pacers had a big problem finding consistency in scoring, especially from their Forward spots. Leaf will provide scoring relief (with or without Paul George on the team) and he should be one of the first players who subs in off the bench to score against 2nd units. He can score from both inside and outside and that versatility will add another dimension to the Pacers offensive scheme.

Updated at: Fri July 7th 2:10 PM
19. John Collins
Hawks, PF, Wake Forest
6'10

Collins is another big man with a solid offensive game, but the Hawks need defensive help up front and with Dwight Howard gone and Paul Millsap likely gone, Collins could start, make an immediate impact on offense, and if he can be as aggressive under the basket on defense as much as he was in college, the Hawks will finally be able to defend inside.

Updated at: Fri July 7th 2:12 PM
20. Harry Giles
Kings, C, Duke
6'10

 I understand the risk because the Kings have had a lot of action in this draft and they already drafted a Center. Giles has had major Knee injury issues and that is the biggest warning sign of permanent damage for a big man. Giles has a ton of offensive ability, but if he’s unable to stay on the court, that’s not ideal. Expect Giles to get a limited amount of minutes early on as he will be eased into the league slowly. Conserving his minutes until he’s proven durable is key.

Updated at: Fri July 7th 2:13 PM
21. Terrance Ferguson
Thunder, SG/SF, Australia
6'7

This pick fits well for what the Thunder need as Ferguson will be able to be a bailout option for Westbrook and could pick up more shots early because of how inconsistent Victor Oladipo is on offense. Ferguson is also a good defender on the perimeter and could pick up more playing time early because of it.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 4:55 PM
22. Jarrett Allen
Nets, C, Texas
6'10

If Allen does not start for this team, he will come off the bench a few minutes into the game because Timofey Mozgov is still very raw and is more effective when he plays less minutes. Mozgov’s inability to play 20 effective minutes consistently will benefit Allen. Allen will be a good two-way player and should play over 20 minutes per game easily, unless the Nets sign a more polished Center.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 4:57 PM
23. OG Anunoby
Raptors, SF, Indiana
6'8

The Raptors certainly have a ton of athletic types, but with Serge Ibaka’s status unknown heading into free agency, the Raptors want to continue adding aleticism and Anunoby will run the floor very well. The Raptors have had issues finding that consistent two-way piece (outside of DeMar DeRozan) and Anunoby will likely play a lot with the Raptors 2nd unit to start as they need more help stopping lane drivers.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 4:58 PM
24. Tyler Lydon
Nuggets, PF, Syracuse
6'9

The Nuggets had a lot of shooters who came through at different times last season and Lydon is one of those guys. The Nuggets are dealing with the possibility of losing at least Danilo Galinari and Lydon should be able to pick up shots off the bench, but unless there is a big overhaul (like the Rockets trade) Lydon will not be playing a ton at least for the first third of the season. The Nuggets have had their fair share of injuries and that could help Lydon’s cause.        

Updated at: Tue July 11th 4:58 PM
25. Andzejs Pasecniks
76ers, C, Latvia
7'2

TRUST THE PROCESS! This guy is HUGE and athletic. He moves nicely, but is most likely a long-term project for the Sixers. When you watch him, he does have agility and moves quicker than your average big-man and could be a good compliment to Embiid and what comes with his game.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:00 PM
26. Caleb Swanigan
Trail Blazers, PF, Purdue
6'5

The Blazers back up SG/SF options were very inconsistent. At times, they looked like they punted at Small Forward (no offense Mo Harkless). Swanigan is listed as a Power Forward, but he’s 6’5”; doesn’t make sense and he will likely be a SG/SF in the NBA. Swanigan can shoot from the outside and will be an off the bench scoring option.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:01 PM
27. Kyle Kuzma
Lakers, PF, Utah
6'9

The Lakers need more depth and while Larry Nance Jr, will be a major help defensively next season, Kuzma can be the Forward off the bench that provides a bit of offensive relief. The Lakers need all of the help they can get scoring from mid-range. It’s an uphill battle early on for minutes for Kuzma, but the Lakers have a ton of new pieces, and just like he impressed in the Combine, he can turn heads and steal more minutes in training camp.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:04 PM
28. Tony Bradley
Jazz, C, North Carolina
6'11

Derrick Favors health cannot be relied on and Rudy Gobert needs help and just like he’s a force inside, Bradley will be a rebounding specialist as that is his major strength. The Jazz will be going through changes and if Bradley can show that he can play effectively at Power Forward, he could start alongside Gobert. He has a big ceiling for playing time with the Jazz in rebuilding mode.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:06 PM
29. Derrick White
Spurs, PG, Colorado
6'4

It’s hard to get a read on the Tony Parker situation, and the Spurs are looking for a successor and White not only plays both positions effectively, but a lot of the Spurs players (while on the team) develop as nice complimentary pieces to start and he can come off the bench along with Patty Mills to bolster the Spurs offense against opposing 2nd units.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:06 PM
30. Josh Hart
Lakers, SG, Villanova
6'5

It will be hard for Hart to get playing time and shots early, but he could settle in the roll of being the first SG off the bench and he has a good two-pronged attack of stopping and popping for jumpers and attacking the basket. I expect Hart to be a good change of pace option for the Lakers, but he will have competition for playing time early on.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:07 PM

ROUND 2

31. Frank Jackson
Pelicans, PG, Duke
6'4

 Jackson gives the Pelicans what they need; strong attackers from the guard spot. The Pelicans have a very skilled frontcourt, but they need balance and if Jrue Holiday does not get re-signed the fierce lane attacker Jackson could start. The Pelicans just traded Tim Frazierand that should help Jackson secure more minutes early on.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:10 PM
32. Davon Reed
Suns, SG, Miami
6'6

Reed is known for his scoring ability, but he joins a Suns team that has a lot of shooters and he will likely get a limited amount of minutes because of the amount of depth they have. Reed could standout if he can play PG effectively as he has good ball-handling skills and could help push the Suns 2nd unit offensively playing on the ball.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:11 PM
33. Wesley Iwundu
Magic, SG/SF, Kansas State
6'7

Total defensive pick for the Magic. It will be hard for Iwundu to earn sufficient minutes early. Iwundu does not fit well with the current roster when it comes to growth potential because of how much Forward depth they have on the team. Iwundu is a listed SG and if he can provide shutdown perimeter defense from the SG spot, that’s his only chance to break through the rotation. He should be a solid wing defender in the league down the road.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:12 PM
34. Frank Mason III
Kings, PG, Kansas
5'11

The Kings have a lot of guards and it will be hard to for Mason to get playing time from an offensive standpoint, but just like with Iwundu, Mason is a solid defender and can earn playing time through defense. The Kings were embarrassing defensively and Mason can give them a boost on the perimeter. That’s his best bet.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:13 PM
35. Ivan Rabb
Grizzlies, PF, California
6'11

The Grizzlies need to start opening up the lane more and with Chandler Parsons health a constant issue, Rabb gives them size and outside scoring and could actually steal a few minutes if he is as consistent of a long-range shooter at the pro level as he grew to be in college. Rabb could eventually allow Marc Gasol to play more in the post than at the key.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:14 PM
36. Jonah Bolden
76ers, PF, Australia
6'10

The Sixers go to the land down under to pick up an enforcer who is a prominent defender and could get minutes off the bench to rough up teams 2nd unites. Bolden is a specialist and can even keep up with the guards on defense. He focuses on footwork when facing quick guards and shuts down their opportunity to get a step via momentum in the lane and keep them passing off and in check at the key.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:15 PM
37. Semi Ojeleye
Celtics, PF, SMU
6'7

The Celtics picked up more offense at the Forward spot in this draft, but will Ojeleye stay and grow with this team? The Celtics are rumored to be getting in the position to make a couple of blockbuster moves and Ojeleye could be an asset that is dealt. He can score from both inside and outside and defense will need to improve on the wing.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:16 PM
38. Jordan Bell
Warriors, F/C, Oregon
6'9

Warriors added a defensive piece to defend their title and they are very high on Bell’s defensive potential. While I don’t think he will start, he will be the first big man to come off the bench to bang around with Draymond Green in the post. The Warriors needed an enforcer-type to keep them balanced.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:17 PM
39. Jawun Evans
76ers, PG, Oklahoma State
6'1

Could Evans be Fultz back up? Evans has good ball handling skills and could be a good change of pace option for the Sixers off the bench. Evans will likely be the third guard behind both Fultz and T.J. McConnell, but if he can prove to be a better ball-handler and control the pace more consistently, he could move up the depth chart.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:18 PM
40. Dwayne Bacon
Hornets, SF, Florida State
6'7

He has some growing to do, but he hustles. It is very easy to tell by watching a player who gives up on plays and who doesn’t and Bacon will sacrifice his body in order to keep players from scoring and hustle is an intangible that earns players more playing time and the Hornets need more SF depth. Bacon should see limited minutes off the bench early on.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:18 PM
41. Tyler Dorsey
Hawks, SG, Oregon
6'4

Dorsey’s stood out in the NCAA Tournament, but that’s over and he can run the floor and hit the knockdown jumper, but he has a lot of growing to do and a hill of shooting depth to climb in Atlanta.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:19 PM
42. Thomas Bryant
Lakers, C, Indiana
6'10

Bryant is just another enforcer type who will be brought in exclusively in foul trouble situations and/or if the Lakers need to stop consistent inside scoring by fouling in the lane.  I’m not expecting Bryant to pick up consistent minutes this season unless he stands out in training camp. He is the third Center behind Brook Lopez and Ivica Zubac.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:19 PM
43. Isaiah Hartenstein
Rockets, C, Lithuania
7'1

The Rockets all-around defense SUCKS and with Clint Capela being more of an offensive force, the Rockets could bring Hartenstein in to bang as he loves playing in the paint. He doesn’t give up on rebounding and will always fight for loose balls. He’s very physical and uses his size to his advantage.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:26 PM
44. Damyean Dotson
Knicks, SG, Houston
6'5

Dotson will be an off the bench shooter for the Knicks, but the question still remains whether or not he can drive? Dotson could take the Justin Holiday role from last season of being a high-energy shooter from the wing. Dotson is more of an offensive player, but could earn more playing time on this mess of a Knicks team if he shows he can play good perimeter defense.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:28 PM
45. Dillon Brooks
Grizzlies, SF, Oregon
6'7

Brooks is another outside shooter the Grizzlies have incase Parsons can’t stay healthy. Brooks can pick up minutes early if Memphis keeps Parsons on a minutes limit. He produces primarily from the arc and could be a decent Mike Conley bailout option

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:29 PM
46. Sterling Brown
76ers, SG, SMU
6'5

The Sixers are still trying to figure out their SG depth, and if they lose out on signing an established veteran, Brown could be the first SG coming off the bench as he can both rebound and hit shots from the outside. His defense could earn him more minutes. It also depends where the Sixers play Ben Simmons.

Updated at: Tue July 11th 5:28 PM
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12:01 am (EST)
Kevin Durant Headshot

Durant finished with 25 points (9-15 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, six assists and one block across 33 minutes during Monday's 133-103 win over the Mavericks.

Durant put up a relatively typical, but certainly impressive, performance Monday. Coming into the game, he was averaging 23.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists per contest while shooting over 45.0 percent from beyond the arc. There's little question Durant is one of the best fantasy options in any format.
Yesterday 11:55 pm (EST)
Joffrey Lauvergne Headshot

X-rays on the sprained right ankle Lauvergne suffered Monday came back negative, and Lauvergne will undergo an MRI on Tuesday, Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News reports.

While the negative results on the X-rays are a positive, Lauvergne's status for Wednesday's game against the Heat is still uncertain. Tuesday's MRI should provide more clarity, with more information following in the coming days.
Yesterday 11:50 pm (EST)
Greg Monroe Headshot

Monroe finished with eight points (4-9 FG), seven rebounds and three assists across 21 minutes during Monday's 103-94 win over the Hornets.

Monroe played just seven minutes during the team's previous game, putting up zeros across the board. Despite seeing limited run, he can often put up solid numbers, however. Excluding the seven-minute contest, he's averaging 8.7 points, 6.3 rebounds across 18.7 minutes per game this season. That said, until he starts consistently getting more time on the floor, he can probably be avoided in many fantasy formats.
Yesterday 11:48 pm (EST)
Josh Richardson Headshot

Richardson recorded 21 points (8-17 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 2-3 FT), four rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks in 37 minutes during Monday's 104-93 win against the Hawks.

Richardson paced the Heat in scoring and minutes while contributing on both ends. He is averaging 14.3 points (47.1 FG, 38.1 3Pt, 60.0 FT), 4.7 boards, 2.7 assists, 2.7 threes, 1.3 blocks, and 0.7 steals in 36.7 minutes through the first three contests of the season, and Richardson will likely remain a solid fantasy option across all formats as long as he keeps earning such heavy minutes.
Yesterday 11:45 pm (EST)
Giannis Antetokounmpo Headshot

Antetokounmpo accumulated 32 points (13-21 FG, 6-8 FT), 14 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and one steal across 39 minutes during Monday's 103-94 win over the Hornets.

Antetokounmpo put on his lowest-scoring performance of the season -- 32 points. He's been dominant to say the least. In addition to averaging 36.8 points, he's posting 10.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.0 block per game while not yet shooting worse than 50 percent from the field in any performance.
Yesterday 11:41 pm (EST)
Kyle Lowry Headshot

Lowry tallied eight points (3-11 FG, 2-8 3Pt), three assists and two rebounds across 35 minutes during a 101-97 loss to the Spurs on Monday.

Lowry turned in what could end up being one of his worst performances of the season in the loss, as he failed to reach double figures in scoring, struggled from the field and didn't have success distributing the ball. The tough matchup against the Spurs was likely at least partly to blame for his struggles. The matchup against the Warriors in the next game could be a tough one as well, but expect him to bounce back from this subpar performance.
Yesterday 11:39 pm (EST)
Jakob Poeltl Headshot

Poetl provided 10 points (4-5 FG, 2-3 FT), 12 rebounds, three blocks and one steal across 26 minutes during a 101-97 loss to the Spurs on Monday.

Poetl saw an increased workload in the absence of Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) and made the most of it by tallying his first double-double of the season. He also blocked three shots for the second straight game. Poetl played more minutes than starter Lucas Nogueira, and was also more productive. If Valanciunas is forced to miss more time, Poetl has the potential for another performance like this.
Yesterday 11:37 pm (EST)
Khris Middleton Headshot

Middleton collected 20 points (8-19 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block across 35 minutes during Monday's 103-94 win over the Hornets.

Middleton has been struggling from beyond the arc this season through four games, going a combined 2-for-16. It seems highly unlikely that will continue, however, considering he shot 43.3 percent from long range during 2016-17.
Yesterday 11:36 pm (EST)
Pau Gasol Headshot

Gasol contributed one point (0-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks across 22 minutes during a 101-97 win over the Raptors on Monday.

Gasol managed a single point as he missed on all his field goal attempts in the victory, but he was still productive in other areas. His scoring abilities look to be suffering in a big way early in the season, as he is averaging just 6.0 points per game on 27.3 percent shooting. But he is still finding a way to help out the team, as he has had seven boards and four dimes in each of the team's first three games.
Yesterday 11:35 pm (EST)
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