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.

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.

De’Aaron 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.

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


1st Round Mock Draft

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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.

PICKPLAYER
1. Boston CelticsPG Markelle Fultz, Washington
2. LA LakersPG Lonzo Ball, UCLA
3. Philadelphia 76ersSF Josh Jackson, Kansas
4. Phoenix SunsSF Jayson Tatum, Duke
5. Sacramento KingsPG De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky
6. Orlando MagicPG Dennis Smith Jr., NC State
7. Minnesota TimberwolvesF Jonathan Isaac, Florida State
8. New York KnicksSG Malik Monk, Kentucky
9. Dallas MavericksPG Frank Ntilikina, France
10. Sacramento KingsPF Lauri Markkanen, Arizona
11. Charlotte HornetsPF John Collins, Wake Forest
12. Detroit PistonsSG Luke Kennard, Duke
13. Denver NuggetsC/F Zach Collins, Gonzaga
14. Miami HeatSF Justin Jackson, North Carolina
15. Portland Trail BlazersF OG Anunoby, Indiana
16. Chicago BullsSG Donovan Mitchell, Louisville
17. Milwaukee BucksC Harry Giles, Duke
18. Indiana PacersSG Terrance Ferguson, Australia
19. Atlanta HawksC Jarrett Allen, Texas
20. Portland Trail BlazersF Rodions Kurucs, Latvia
21. Oklahoma City ThunderF Semi Ojeleye, SMU
22. Brooklyn NetsPF Jordan Bell, Oregon
23. Toronto RaptorsPG Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State
24. Utah JazzF Tyler Lydon, Syracuse
25. Orlando MagicC Bam Adebayo, Kentucky
26. Portland Trail BlazersPF Isaiah Hartenstein, Germany
27. Brooklyn NetsF D.J. Wilson, Michigan
28. L.A. LakersC Ike Anigbogu, UCLA
29. San Antonio SpursC Jonathan Jeanne, France
30. Utah JazzC Justin Patton, Creighton

2nd Round Mock Draft

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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.

PICKPLAYER
31. Atlanta HawksG Derrick White, Colorado
32. Phoenix SunsSF Dillon Brooks, Oregon
33. Orlando MagicF Johnathan Motley, Baylor
34. Sacramento KingsPF Ivan Rabb, Cal
35. Orlando MagicF Devin Robinson, Florida
36. Philadelphia 76ersPG Frank Jackson, Duke
37. Boston CelticsC Caleb Swanigan, Purdue
38. Chicago BullsPF T.J. Leaf, UCLA
39. Philadelphia 76ersPF Mathias Lessort, France
40. New Orleans PelicansPG Monte Morris, Iowa State
41. Charlotte HornetsSG James Blackmon Jr., Indiana
42. Utah JazzSG Davon Reed, Miami
43. Houston RocketsPG Frank Mason III, Kansas
44. New York KnicksPF Cameron Oliver, Nevada
45. Houston RocketsPF Alec Peters, Valpo
46. Philadelphia 76ersC Anzejs Pasecniks, Latvia
47. Indiana PacersSF Andrew White, Syracuse
48. Milwaukee BucksC Tony Bradley, North Carolina
49. Denver NuggetsPG P.J. Dozier, South Carolina
50. Philadelphia 76ersPG Kobi Simmons, Arizona
51. Denver NuggetsF Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson
52. Washington WizardsPF Jonah Bolden, Australia
53. Boston CelticsSG Tyler Dorsey, Oregon
54. Phoenix SunsSG Wesley Iwundu, Kansas State
55. Utah JazzC Eric Mika, BYU
56. Boston CelticsSG Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina
57. Brooklyn NetsSF Dwayne Bacon, Florida State
58. New York KnicksSG Josh Hart, Villanova
59. San Antonio SpursPF Kyle Kuzma, Utah
60. Atlanta HawksPG Marcus Keene, Central Michigan