Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers will break down the latest news and notes surrounding the 2016 NBA Draft. Included is an updated mock draft that reflects how each writer sees the draft landscape based on the latest news, workouts and information from the pre-draft process.
Alex’s Notebook: For the first time in these mock drafts, I put Ben Simmons first overall to the Philadelphia 76ers and Brandon Ingram second overall to the Los Angeles Lakers.
My thinking for quite some time was that Philadelphia already had a logjam of bigs, so Simmons may not have fit in there. Yes, I know, Simmons is a point forward who does most of his damage on the perimeter. But most people around the NBA still believe he’ll play the four and make plays from there.
I also believe that Simmons is at his best when he’s surrounded by offensive weapons so he can facilitate. Simmons is not a go-to scorer at this point, and I felt that’s what Philadelphia needed with this pick, which is why I had Ingram going to them. Ingram could give them an inside-outside scoring threat, while Simmons cannot (without drastically improving his jump shot).
I also thought this scenario worked out nicely for Simmons, who would then fall to the Lakers, where he’d be a star in an enormous media market surrounded by scorers like D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams, Julius Randle, etc. Falling to two and being the potential face of the Lakers – which comes with a ton of exposure, endorsements, etc. – isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
So, that explains my previous thinking. However, now we’re hearing more and more that the Sixers are leaning toward Simmons over Ingram – and may even trade one of their other big men (Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid or Dario Saric) to make room for him. For now, I’m slotting Simmons to Philly, but a lot can still change between now and draft night.
Joel’s Notebook: Of the four mock drafts that we’ve done so far, this is the one that has vibed the best to me. Something about the way this lays out just seems to work, and while we all know how horrible I am at predicting things (see “50 NBA Predictions Revisited”), I can’t help but feel that there are a lot of picks here that make sense.
Buddy Hield to Boston would be a slam dunk, not only because he’d be an awesome fit in Boston but because if they do trade the pick he seems like exactly the player teams would trade up to grab. Seniors don’t usually go this high, but Hield is such a known commodity in a league that values three-pointers so much. It just fits here. Bender slips to five in this mock, and really he makes a lot of sense for Minnesota, who don’t have any gaping holes anywhere in their lineup. This is a place where that gamble makes sense for the player and the team.
Skal Labissiere to Milwaukee fits what they’re doing these days, too, with that long body and all that athleticism. They need help in the frontcourt, and at No. 10 there aren’t a lot of guys that boast the star potential Skal has, even if he is a massive risk. Jakob Poeltl, meanwhile, absolutely could slip all the way to Chicago at No. 14, and considering they could lose both of their centers this offseason, that would be a bit of a godsend.
I’d love Luwawu in Phoenix, Jackson in Memphis, Prince in Detroit, Baldwin in Indiana, Diallo in Boston, and the Beasley/Johnson combo to pair with Ben Simmons in Philly.
These guys can’t all be stars, but there’s a lot of players who can help make teams better in this draft. This particular mock helps out so many teams in a lot of obvious ways.
Moke’s Notebook: The more homework I do on the prospects entering the league this year, the more I realize that there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding a number of players. Thon Maker, DeAndre Bembry and Tyler Ulis are each prime examples. If you go around and take a look at some mock drafts, you’ll see quite the disparity from one to the next. What it tells us, to be quite frank, is that correctly nailing a draft pick is incredibly difficult.
The biggest thing for me, as I’ve said, is to determine how the rising cap is going to impact some of these picks. Case in point: Skal Labissierre. Most people would think that the Toronto Raptors are set at the big man slot with the rise of Bismack Biyombo, but if the Raptors feel that they don’t want to break the bank for Biyombo (expect him to command $15 million per year), they may opt to draft the young Haitian from Kentucky.
One of the hottest players out there is Marquese Chriss, and though I see him cracking the top five elsewhere, I don’t see him supplanting any of my top six players. I think that Brandon Ingram, Ben Simmons, Dragan Bender, Kris Dunn, Jaylen Brown and Buddy Hield simply have too much perceived value to fall outside of the top seven, though I wouldn’t surprised to see them swap order.
The thing that may blow up everyone’s mock draft, however, is the fact that the Pelicans, from what I have heard, are intent on taking the best player available. That may or may not be a guard, depending on how the rest of the draft shakes out. For a while, I was sure they would seek a replacement for Eric Gordon, but that may not be the case.
The Knicks have been busy working out some prospects while some guys I expect to go undrafted are working out with a few clubs that have late first-round picks. Things are getting interesting, especially with just a few weeks to go before the draft.
Are you not entertained?
Steve’s Notebook: There are a few names in the 2016 NBA draft that are carrying a bit of negative luggage with them as they undergo the draft workout process. While NBA teams are very mindful about character and history, especially for first-round picks, teams do understand there are circumstances to understand and a number of guys are hoping to show teams they are more than they may have appeared to be in college and are trying to shake labels that may or may not fit.
Tim Quarterman’s season at LSU was as up and down as they come. Some of it was on him, he fell into the same trap some of the other LSU players fell into when their season came unglued. He watched as likely top overall pick Ben Simmons devolved into a me-first guy and Quarterman followed suit. Since leaving LSU, Quarterman has been training in Cleveland and Miami and has started to work out for teams.
League sources rave about Quarterman as a player, but struggle to understand Quarterman as a person. There are some that are approaching his draft status with an open mind, understanding that things went pretty bad at LSU internally and that everyone gets tainted with a season like they had.
Quarterman enters the process as a likely second-round pick, but teams at the bottom of the draft – specifically the Philadelphia 76ers – have expressed more than a passing interest. The Sixers recently had Quarterman in for workouts, where he did better than some expected, especially in a three-on-three setting.
Quarterman will take part in a Pro Day in South Florida this weekend, with the hope of gaining some traction on his draft stock, but more importantly try and shake the character issue label some teams have put on him.
Like Quarterman, Skal Labissiere’s season at Kentucky was not very good. Labissiere was heralded as one of the top overall talents coming into the college basketball season, but underwhelming games at Kentucky have many pundits doubting his viability as a high-level draft pick.
Sources close to the situation point to an almost toxic environment at UK this year, where things went from bad to worse for many guys as the team never came together and did not bond as well as previous Kentucky All-Star squads.
Labissiere in many ways became the poster child for Kentucky’s shortcomings and is routinely crushed in the court of public opinion.
Labissiere is also taking part in a Pro Day this weekend at the famed IMG Academy in Bradenton and is expected to draw a big crowd as NBA teams try to get a grasp on not only Labissiere the player, but understand what went so terribly wrong at Kentucky.
Labissiere put on a show in Chicago in a private workout, showcasing his amazing array of skills. His camp believes a strong showing this weekend combined with some positive and open meetings with teams can not only lock Labissiere into the top 10 of the class, but boost him into the top six to eight range.
Like both Quarterman and Labissiere, Diamond Stone’s season at Maryland left him with more questions surrounding him than answers.
Sources close to the process say Stone has been a sponge while training at IMG, taking to not only the skill and conditioning work, but getting himself on a balanced nutrition plan for the first time in his life.
Stone could end up being one of those sneaky picks toward the bottom of the first round and teams holding multiple picks have expressed more than a passing interest. Stone does not have a bad label, but a number of teams are struggling with where he fits in the draft class. Some say he is a 20 to 40 guy, others say he’s a second-rounder at best.
Stone has worked hard on his body and even more so on his game. Those around him say once his guard comes down, he’s an extremely smart guy with a real passion for basketball and getting better. The problem is Stone was underwhelming at Maryland and will have to overcome those labels in workouts and meetings.
No single player in the 2016 NBA Draft class is more of a mystery than Thon Maker. It’s not because NBA teams have not seen him, because he has been part of a number of high school showcase teams and his name has been floated around for a while. The mystery comes from most teams not knowing he was going to declare for this year’s draft. The plan for Maker was that he was going to do a college season and teams could really drill in on his game and make some decisions on what Maker really is.
There are two big issues with Maker. He’s been on the radar for a while and has not really improved as many would have liked. One scout said he’s basically the same player he was two years ago, leading many to doubt there is another level to his game. The other part is he is still rail thin physically.
Maker’s proponents point to the lack of real challenge over the last year leading to stagnation. The other comment some make is that he was in desperate need of serious pro training to break through, all of which could be true.
Maker has an intriguing mix of skills that’s one part Kevin Durant with a long and rangy three-point game, and another part Kevin Garnett with his long arms and length around the basket. While Maker has never exhibited either player’s fire and tenacity, there is an intriguing tool set that has teams curious.
Maker is one of those guys that could go in the teens or he could slide into the 40s; there’s just not a real consensus on him yet although he has been in to see a number of teams already and the feedback is still very mixed.
2017 NBA Consensus Mock Draft – Final
The Basketball Insiders Mock Draft team gives their final look at the 2017 NBA draft with an all-60 pick mock draft.
For the last eight weeks, we have been dropping weekly Mock Drafts leading up to this point – the final Consensus. The goal of these Mocks is to look at the draft from four different perspectives as we try to get to a Consensus on each pick. Some times we get there, sometimes we get close, and in the case of this draft sometimes we just don’t see things the same way.
This week’s Consensus (our final of the season) we are rolling out a first for us in this format – the entire 60-picks of the 2017 NBA Draft, enjoy.[DISCLAIMER – at this point in the cycle lots of picks trade hands and in order for us to deliver this kind of look, we may not be able to account for every trade that happens between the time our writers file their picks and when this item is posted. So, this mock is reflective of the picks as of 6:00am on 6/21]
2017 NBA Consensus Mock Draft - Final
|Pick #||Team||Joel Brigham||Michael Scotto||Moke Hamilton||Steve Kyler|
|1||Markelle Fultz||Markelle Fultz||Markelle Fultz||Markelle Fultz|
|2||Lonzo Ball||Lonzo Ball||Lonzo Ball||Lonzo Ball|
|3||Jayson Tatum||Jayson Tatum||Jayson Tatum||Jayson Tatum|
|4||Josh Jackson||Josh Jackson||Josh Jackson||Jonathan Isaac|
|5||De'Aaron Fox||De'Aaron Fox||De'Aaron Fox||De'Aaron Fox|
|6||Dennis Smith||Jonathan Isaac||Jonathan Isaac||Josh Jackson|
|7||Jonathan Isaac||Lauri Markkanen||Lauri Markkanen||Dennis Smith|
|8||Malik Monk||Malik Monk||Malik Monk||Malik Monk|
|9||Frank Ntilikina||Dennis Smith||Dennis Smith||Lauri Markkanen|
|10||Lauri Markkanen||Justin Jackson||John Collins||Donovan Mitchell|
|11||Donovan Mitchell||Frank Ntilikina||Donovan Mitchell||Luke Kennard|
|12||Luke Kennard||Luke Kennard||Frank Ntilikina||Zach Collins|
|13||OG Anunoby||OG Anunoby||OG Anunoby||OG Anunoby|
|14||Zach Collins||Zach Collins||Justin Jackson||John Collins|
|15||Justin Patton||John Collins||Ike Anigbogu||Harry Giles|
|16||John Collins||Jarrett Allen||Luke Kennard||Jarrett Allen|
|17||Justin Jackson||Ike Anigbogu||Jarrett Allen||Ike Anigbogu|
|18||Semi Ojeleye||Terrance Ferguson||Zach Collins||T.J. Leaf|
|19||Derrick White||Justin Patton||Justin Patton||Justin Jackson|
|20||D.J. Wilson||Jawun Evans||Harry Giles||Frank Ntilikina|
|21||Ike Anigbogu||Semi Ojeleye||T.J. Leaf||Bam Adebayo|
|22||Jarrett Allen||Harry Giles||Terrance Ferguson||Semi Ojeleye|
|23||Harry Giles||T.J. Leaf||Semi Ojeleye||Kennedy Meeks|
|24||Tyler Lydon||Donovan Mitchell||Isaiah Hartenstein||D.J. Wilson|
|25||Bam Adebayo||Isaiah Hartenstein||Anzejs Pasecniks||Jawun Evans|
|26||Isaiah Hartenstein||Tyler Lydon||Tyler Lydon||Ivan Rabb|
|27||Terrance Ferguson||Bam Adebayo||Jawun Evans||Terrance Ferguson|
|28||Tony Bradley||Ivan Rabb||D.J. Wilson||Caleb Swanigan|
|29||Anzejs Pasecniks||Anzejs Pasecniks||Mathias Lessort||Vlatko Cancar|
|30||Ivan Rabb||D.J. Wilson||Derrick White||Anzejs Pasecniks|
|31||Caleb Swanigan||Derrick White||Ivan Rabb||Kyle Kuzma|
|32||T.J. Leaf||Tony Bradley||Bam Adebayo||Tyler Lydon|
|33||Josh Hart||Jordan Bell||Caleb Swanigan||Isaiah Hartenstein|
|34||Kyle Kuzma||Caleb Swanigan||Alec Peters||Frank Jackson|
|35||Jonah Bolden||Wesley Iwundu||Frank Jackson||Dillon Brooks|
|36||Alec Peters||Mathias Lessort||Jordan Bell||Alec Peters|
|37||Thomas Bryant||Thomas Bryant||L.J. Peak||Derrick White|
|38||Jordan Bell||Frank Mason||Thomas Bryant||Jordan Bell|
|39||L.J. Peak||Jonah Bolden||Jonah Bolden||Mathias Lessort|
|40||Jawun Evans||Johnathan Motley||Dillon Brooks||P.J. Dozier|
|41||P.J. Dozier||Kyle Kuzma||Frank Mason||Justin Patton|
|42||Frank Jackson||Jaron Blossomgame||Tony Bradley||Jonah Bolden|
|43||Frank Mason||Alec Peters||Johnathan Motley||Devin Robinson|
|44||Sindarius Thornwell||Dwayne Bacon||Jonathan Jeanne||Thomas Bryant|
|45||Dillon Brooks||Josh Hart||Jaron Blossomgame||Tony Bradley|
|46||Devin Robinson||Frank Jackson||Sindarius Thornwell||Jaron Blossomgame|
|47||Jaron Blossomgame||Edmond Sumner||Tyler Dorsey||Josh Hart|
|48||Mathias Lessort||Sindarius Thornwell||Devin Robinson||Wesley Iwundu|
|49||Cameron Oliver||Dillon Brooks||Josh Hart||Alberto Abalde|
|50||Tyler Dorsey||Tyler Dorsey||P.J. Dozier||Luke Kornet|
|51||Wesley Iwundu||Vlatko Cancar||Vlatko Cancar||Aleksandar Vezenkov|
|52||Johnathan Motley||Monte Morris||Isaiah Hicks||Edmond Sumner|
|53||Alpha Kaba||Devin Robinson||Wesley Iwundu||L.J. Peak|
|54||Kobi Simmons||P.J. Dozier||Edmond Sumner||Alpha Kaba|
|55||Nigel Williams-Goss||Cameron Oliver||Aleksandar Vezenkov||George De Paula|
|56||Aleksandar Vezenkov||Alpha Kaba||Isaiah Briscoe||Ognjen Jaramaz|
|57||Damyean Dotson||Peter Jok||Cameron Oliver||Johnathan Motley|
|58||Isaiah Briscoe||Damyean Dotson||Nigel Williams-Goss||Nigel Williams-Goss|
|59||Dwayne Bacon||Kennedy Meeks||Antonio Blakeney||Frank Mason|
|60||Peter Jok||Kobi Simmons||Malcolm Hill||Sindarius Thornwell|
Finally, Steve Kyler took the leash off of us this week and let us do a full 60-pick mock. This is what freedom tastes like.
It’s time to make some final decisions this week, though, and I can tell you that having done so many mocks in so many contexts, it’s all starting to bleed together. I know who I like where at this point, and the nuggets of draft information that leak out amid all the free agency and trade rumors are enough to help solidify some things. Lonzo Ball at pick number two is the inevitability it always has been, apparently. Jayson Tatum looks like the Celtics’ guy at number three (if they keep the pick). That would mean Josh Jackson falls into the hands of Phoenix, and Sacramento gets their man in Fox at pick number five.
Of course, knowing the draft as well as I do, it’s 100 percent likely that some team in the top five messes with that order. That top five is incredibly reasonable, which is why it can never be. One trade, and the whole thing goes kablooey.
As far as the second round goes, this year’s crop feels like its rife with players who actually could contribute, which is rare. Caleb Swanigan, T.J. Leaf, Juwan Evans, Jordan Bell, Sindarius Thornwell and Frank Jackson all in the second round is nuts. Any one of those guys could be a good player for a number of teams, and they’ll get snatched up at a value in round number two.
The back end of the second round was tough, though. There are probably going to be about 20 percent more international guys drafted there than what I have at the moment, but I wanted to sneak in guys I liked, such as Dwayne Bacon and Isaiah Briscoe. We’ll see how it shakes out, but this is what I’m going with for now. It’s been a heck of a mock drafting season, folks, and it’s only going to get crazier over the next two days.
Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball will form a great rivalry for years to come, with both expected to be off the board after the first two picks.
As The Vertical reported, the Lakers will trade D’Angelo Russell to Brooklyn, which paves the way for Ball to bring “Showtime” back to Los Angeles and make his dad LaVar’s vision a reality. Boston’s Danny Ainge made a bold move trading down from the top overall pick and passing on Fultz. You can safely assume Fultz will circle every Celtics game on his calendar for the rest of his career.
At third overall, Ainge will choose between Jayson Tatum or Josh Jackson and the Suns will get the leftover player or De’Aaron Fox.
If Phoenix takes Fox, watch out for Eric Bledsoe to be traded on draft night. If Jackson is the pick, keep an eye on T.J. Warren to be dangled as trade bait.
Jonathan Isaac fits the prototype of Orlando Magic executives John Hammond and Jeff Weltman, who like long, athletic forwards and previously took big swings on Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bruno Caboclo.
The Timberwolves can dangle the seventh pick as part of a trade package for Jimmy Butler, a favorite of Tom Thibodeau.
The Knicks will likely choose from three guards: Dennis Smith, Malik Monk and Frank Ntilikina. The Mavericks will land one of those leftovers.
Afterward, more trade possibilities arise. Sacramento is open to moving the 10th pick. Detroit is looking for a veteran to help the team return to the playoffs and is open to moving the 12th pick. Portland has three first-round picks and will look to offload a bad contract with one of those picks. Utah is open to moving up using the 24th and 30th picks as trade bait. Orlando is in a similar position with the 25th, 33rd and 35th picks. Los Angeles is hoping to move the 27th and 28th pick as part of a trade package for Paul George according to reports.
In the second round, the Magic (2), Hawks (2), Knicks (2), Rockets (2), Nuggets (2), Suns (2), Jazz (2), Celtics (3) and 76ers (4) all have multiple picks. With that in mind, keep an eye on each of those teams to be involved in trade discussions or even sell some of those picks.
Remember, it only takes one blockbuster trade, an unexpected selection or medical red flag to change the entire draft landscape upside down.
This draft and upcoming free agency will be more exciting than the playoffs. The question is whether all the excitement will live up to the hype and produce another Finals contender besides the Cleveland Cavaliers to compete against the Golden State Warriors.
I have been covering the draft closely for the past four years and, without question, the 2017 draft is unique. The only thing that we know for sure at this point is that the Philadelphia 76ers are selecting Markelle Fultz and that the Los Angeles Lakers appear to have cleared the way to select Lonzo Ball with the second overall pick. As recently as Tuesday, there were some that were of the opinion that De’Aaron Fox was in play for them at number two, but considering the attention that they’ve given Ball and the lack of attention he’s given to other teams, it’s incredibly difficult to imagine a scenario where he’s not a Laker.
From there, the draft will only get more and more interesting.
Of all lottery-projected players, there seems to be the most mystery surrounding Frank Ntilikina. Some have projected him to go as early as eighth (to the New York Knicks), while some have opined that he could slip outside of the lottery, mainly because he’s a somewhat unknown quantity. And at the end of the day, “unknown” is a remarkably appropriate term. Alec Peters, Bam Adebayo and Devin Robinson are among the prospects who have had medical red flags attached to their names, so if any of those three slip, you’ll know why.
For me, that’s about all I have to say. My sources have been fairly consistent in what they’ve told me, and I believe my mock drafts have been fairly similar. At this point, I believe there will be one or two draft night trades, but the order in which players are picked, I believe, will not vary tremendously as a result. Scouts generally believe that there are five to eight potential future All-Stars in this crop, meaning that this draft should ultimately end up being one of the deepest in recent memory.
Keep your fingers crossed that your team gets one of those guys.
Oh boy, has this thing gotten interesting. The Lakers dumped the Timofey Mozgov contract and gave final closure to how the Magic Johnson Lakers viewed D’Angelo Russell in their deal to obtain Brook Lopez (and cap flexibility) and the 27th pick.
The Cavaliers have been active trying to add one more star to their roster. The Pacers have gotten serious in their quest to move Paul George, who is expected to be dealt by the end of the draft tomorrow.
The Atlanta Hawks moved on from Dwight Howard, and the Clippers have started kicking the tires on ways to improve in advance of free agency — and all that’s just what got done in the last 24 hours.
There is a lot of talk taking place, so keep in mind that NBA teams at this point in the cycle are talking daily and everyone is trying to decide what to do, not only in the draft but in the trade market surrounding it. Let’s dig into what’s floating around:
– The Knicks have opened the door on virtually everything. With pressure mounting in New York to turn the franchise around, Phil Jackson and his staff have entertained talks on the entire roster, including promising star Kristaps Porzingis. Before you get too far on this, league sources say the asking price on Porzingis is FOUR unprotected first round picks or a handful of unprotected picks and a proven star level player. It does not seem that the Knicks will get their price for Porzingis, but the Knicks have started down a dangerous path with their best building block. Word is this Porzingis camp was already sour on Phil Jackson and for him to actively shop him, it may destroy what little trust remained in the relationship.
– The Minnesota Timberwolves (seventh pick) and Detroit Pistons (12th pick) continue to be the teams mentioned most as likely to move their first-round picks. Both teams are believed to be looking for proven starting-caliber veterans rather than adding another young guy to the mix. The real value of those picks likely surfaces during the draft as players start to fall into place. Sources near both teams said they are absolutely prepared to select players with those picks, but they absolutely can be had in trade.
– Don’t expect the Jimmy Butler noise to die down anytime soon. The Bulls apparently decided over the weekend to actively listen on Butler trades, but sources near the situation say it will take a really good offer to get them to move Butler. The Cavaliers and Celtics have been mentioned most prominently in their pursuit of a Butler trade, but sources near the process say the Rockets and Wizards have logged interest in Butler and in Indiana’s Paul George. Depending on who you talk to in NBA circles, some believe Butler will be moved, while others doubt the Bulls get offered enough to do a deal by the end of the draft. The stance everyone takes is that Butler will be expensive to obtain in trade and the Bulls may not get enough to make a deal. The Bulls were also reportedly notified that Dwayne Wade will opt into his final contract year, which may influence what the Bulls ultimately do with Butler. Once Wade officially opts in, he too could be traded, but there is a sense the Bulls may take another run with this group and deal Butler next season, either at the deadline or after the 2017-18 season plays out.
Some players to watch as the draft plays out:
There are mixed reviews on Gonzaga bigman Zach Collins. While he is viewed as having a tremendous ceiling, several teams who saw him think he is too raw to be a rotation player as a rookie, meaning if he does not go early to a team that’s building and has minutes to groom him, he could slip in the draft.
There is increased talk that if Josh Jackson does not go number three to Boston, he could slide pretty hard. His camp has played the draft process very deliberately. He did not attend the NBA Draft Combine so teams have not seen medical on him. He has also declined workouts with a number of situations, which could make this a tough process if he does not go where his camp expects him to go.
Utah’s Kyle Kuzma continues to be a name some talk about a likely selection in the 20’s. Kuzma did very well in the draft workout process. The question is, where will he really land?
Looking for the reach of the draft? Could be Vlatko Cancar. There are lots of fun stories floating around about his abrupt departure from KK Mega Leks after just eight games. Some wonder if he got a promise early in the process and shut it down.
Basketball Insiders will be on the ground in New York through the entire 2017 NBA Draft process, so stay tuned for video from the media availabilities. Instant reaction to all the picks and our minute-by-minute Draft Day Diary – featuring all of the news, rumors and trades updated throughout the day. All of the draft news worth knowing in one easy to find place,
NBA AM: Final Mock Of The 2017 NBA Draft
Steve Kyler delivers his final 60-pick Mock Draft, as well as the latest news on the draft front.
The Final Mock Of The 2017 NBA Draft
So, it comes down to this. While there will surely be some changes between today and the actual draft on Thursday, here is my final Mock Draft of the 2017 NBA Draft season. It reflects all 60-picks and how I see it playing out based on the latest from around the NBA.
We are hearing from NBA teams that this draft class may have the most medical red-flags of any in recent history. Most of them are subjective, meaning teams have to come to grips with the risks involved, which may drive the perceived stock of a player down pretty dramatically.
A medical red-flag is something that surfaced during the physical that is of material concern. These often prompt teams to consider the situation more thoroughly and make a decision on the medium and long-term impact of the ailment. It does not immediately mean a player won’t be drafted, but does change the valuation of a player.
This draft could see a considerable amount of volatility, especially outside the top 1o selections. There is a sense that Detroit at seven, Minnesota at 12 and the Blazers at 15, 20 and 26 are all open to moving one or, in Portland’s case, more of their picks. The Pistons and Wolves are said to covet proven veterans more so that youth, although both are said to have plans to draft a player if they cannot find a deal.
The LA Lakers and New York Knicks are both said to be buyers on additional first round picks. The Cavaliers and the Rockets are also believed to be open to buying into the later part of this draft, which should make things interesting.
With so many picks in the second round belonging to the same group of teams – Denver, Philadelphia and Utah – there is a sense all of them would be open to packing together picks to move up or move out of some of them in the 2nd round.
Philadelphia has a bit of problem with their picks, as they have received in trade nearly the maximum amount of cash a team can receive in a single season. In other words, they won’t have the option of just selling picks for cash; they must make physical trades. This will get tough for them especially as they get in the mid-40s.
The Pre-Draft Basketball Insiders Podcast
Basketball Insiders publisher Steve Kyler and Senior NBA Writer Michael Scotto get into the 76ers and Celtics trade, the Lonzo Ball and Lakers situation, Paul George and the mess the Pacers find themselves in, the future of Gordon Hayward, some NBA draft sleepers, the guys whose draft stock could be falling, where certain players’ floor may be and who is and is not likely to be traded around the 2017 NBA Draft.
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2017 “Outsiders” NBA Mock Draft
Each year, we ask “outside” experts for their mock drafts. Here’s how they see it.
Every year, we ask some of our friends in the media world to chime in on their own Mock Draft. We call this the Outsiders Mock to help differentiate it from the Basketball Insiders Mocks we file each week. These guys, however, are the furthest from Outsiders in the NBA world.
This year’s team includes Vince Ellis (@Vincent_Ellis56) of the Detroit Free Press. Vince has covered the NBA for more years than he likes to admit and no one knows the Pistons and the Central Division better than him.
Sherrod Blakely is also a part of this year’s team. He covers the NBA and the Boston Celtics for Comcast Sports New England. In addition to be an absolute follow on Twitter (@SherrodbCSN), Sherrod also co-hosts one of the best NBA podcasts (CelticsTalk) in the business.
Brett Pollakoff of Fox Sports returns to the Mock Draft team this season. Brett is a must follow on Twitter (@BrettEP) and a frequent guest on Basketball Insiders’ Podcasts. No one is more dialed into the shoe game than Brett, who has a pretty solid Snapchat and Instagram game.
Joining us this season is Rick Kamla (@NBATVRick) of NBATV, NBA on TuneIn and host of the top rated Middays With Rick & John sports radio show on 92.5FM The Game in Atlanta. Rick is a legend in the NBA world and one of the most genuine guys in the game.
2017 Outsiders Mock Draft
|Pick #||Team||Brett Pollakoff||Rick Kamla||Sherrod Blakey||Vince Ellis|
|1||Markelle Fultz||Markelle Fultz||Markelle Fultz||Markelle Fultz|
|2||Lonzo Ball||Lonzo Ball||Lonzo Ball||Lonzo Ball|
|3||Josh Jackson||Josh Jackson||Josh Jackson||Josh Jackson|
|4||Jayson Tatum||Jayson Tatum||De'Aaron Fox||De'Aaron Fox|
|5||De'Aaron Fox||De'Aaron Fox||Jayson Tatum||Dennis Smith|
|6||Jonathan Isaac||Jonathan Isaac||Jonathan Isaac||Jonathan Isaac|
|7||Malik Monk||Lauri Markkanen||Lauri Markkanen||Jayson Tatum|
|8||Frank Ntilikina||Dennis Smith||Dennis Smith||Frank Ntilikina|
|9||Lauri Markkanen||Frank Ntilikina||Frank Ntilikina||Lauri Markkanen|
|10||Dennis Smith||Malik Monk||T.J. Leaf||Zach Collins|
|11||Donovan Mitchell||Zach Collins||Malik Monk||Malik Monk|
|12||Zach Collins||Donovan Mitchell||Luke Kennard||Donovan Mitchell|
|13||OG Anunoby||Justin Jackson||Jarrett Allen||Justin Jackson|
|14||Justin Jackson||T.J. Leaf||Donovan Mitchell||Luke Kennard|
|15||Harry Giles||John Collins||OG Anunoby||Justin Patton|
|16||Luke Kennard||Luke Kennard||Zach Collins||OG Anunoby|
|17||Jarrett Allen||Jarrett Allen||Harry Giles||John Collins|
|18||John Collins||Ivan Rabb||Bam Adebayo||T.J. Leaf|
|19||Justin Patton||Justin Patton||John Collins||Jarrett Allen|
|20||Tyler Lydon||Bam Adebayo||Justin Patton||Ike Anigbogu|
|21||T.J. Leaf||Terrance Ferguson||Justin Jackson||Terrance Ferguson|
|22||Ike Anigbogu||Kyle Kuzma||D.J. Wilson||Isaiah Hartenstein|
|23||Jawun Evans||Harry Giles||Ivan Rabb||Semi Ojeleye|
|24||Semi Ojeleye||Jordan Bell||Semi Ojeleye||Frank Jackson|
|25||D.J. Wilson||Semi Ojeleye||Jaron Blossomgame||D.J. Wilson|
|26||Ivan Rabb||Frank Mason||Ike Anigbogu||Harry Giles|
|27||Terrance Ferguson||Tyler Lydon||Anzejs Pasecniks||Tyler Lydon|
|28||Jordan Bell||Ike Anigbogu||Wesley Iwundu||Bam Adebayo|
|29||Anzejs Pasecniks||Josh Hart||Isaiah Hartenstein||Tony Bradley|
|30||Derrick White||Dillon Brooks||Johnathan Motley||Caleb Swanigan|
*** This Mock does reflect the current Philadelphia 76ers trade with the Boston Celtics for the first overall pick.
The next Mock Draft will drop on Tuesday with Steve Kyler’s latest 60-Pick Mock Draft, then on Wednesday we’ll drop the final Insider’s Consensus Mock of the 2017 NBA Draft cycle, which will be the first 60-pick Mock in the Consensus format featuring all four contributors. The annual Basketball Insiders Draft Day Diary will also ramp up on Tuesday and run you all the way through the draft with the very latest news, rumors and deals as they get done, updated throughout the day.