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2017 NBA Consensus Mock Draft – Ver 6.0

With 15 days left until the 2017 NBA Draft, here is the latest Moch Draft from four different perspectives.

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Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers break down the latest news and notes surrounding the 2017 NBA Draft.

Here is this week’s Mock and the Draft notebooks from each writer.

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Joel’s Notebook:

Just like they did in the Porzingis draft a couple of years ago, New York is essentially going to have their decision made for them by the time they pick at #8. They end up with Jayson Tatum there in this draft, which is a pick as damn fine as the coffee and cherry pie at the Double R Diner. Tatum might not be the megastar they had hoped to land in this draft, but they would not be disappointed in the return on that investment. There are eight or nine really, really good players in this draft. All the Knicks have to do is nab the best of who’s left over.

I also had it in my mind heading into this mock that there was no way De’Aaron Fox was going to fall to Sacramento at #5, and he may still not, but Kings fans don’t have as bad a chance as they probably think of landing arguably one of the top three talents in this draft with the fifth overall selection. If the Lakers pass, as happens in this mock, there’s a reasonable chance he’s still there at #5. He won’t make it past the Kings.

This is probably the highest I’ve ever had Ike Anigbogu, and I’m good with it. Sacramento needs to gamble on potential future stars, and Anigbogu, the youngest player in this draft, has a chance to be really good. Every radio show I’ve done in the last three weeks somehow has come back around to him somehow, and I imagine he’s pretty high on a lot of teams’ wish lists despite his relative inexperience. Go watch a YouTube highlight video on him if you haven’t already. Kid’s a freak show defensively.

Chicago will lose their minds if Justin Jackson is still available at #16. He’s exactly their kind of kid, having played three years of college basketball for an elite program like UNC. Jackson’s a really, truly great kid with top-rate pedigree. There’s a better chance that John Paxson and Gar Forman “get younger and more athletic” this offseason than there is of Chicago passing on Jackson if he’s available at that slot in the draft.

Jackson’s UNC teammate Tony Bradley made his way into the first round of this mock, too. He’s insanely inexperienced and right on that first-round bubble, but I think late in the first round, ceiling wins out and somebody with a young core (like L.A.) takes a gamble.

Moke’s Notebook:

It’s almost unbelievable that the NBA Draft is only about two weeks away, but here we are. This is actually the third-to-last mock draft we are going to put out, and this week, I don’t really have anything earth-shattering to report.

All indications I have gotten from Los Angeles is that Lonzo Ball is likely to land with the Lakers, but that the team is doing its due diligence in exploring other options and opportunities that may be there with the pick. If the Lakers truly are in love with Lonzo, fooling everyone into thinking that De’Aaron Fox could be their choice could actually motivate Ball to both show up and show out for his Lakers workout, as well as gauge the extent to which he truly wants to be a Laker.

As for the Sixers, I am still standing behind my belief that they will walk away with Malik Monk and a bunch of other outlets are finally catching up. I believe that Josh Jackson might be the third-best prospect in this draft, which will bode well for the Phoenix Suns. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Suns nab Fox with the fourth pick, as the combination of Fox and Devin Booker is one that could form a dynamic backcourt for the next 10-15 years. Not being intimately plugged into the front office in Phoenix, I can’t say I know how they’re thinking.

In the latter half of the lottery, we are seeing some names move up and down. The most notable is Frank Ntilikina. There are some that think he has incredible talent, but many that believe he is a few years away from making an impact at the NBA level. The Knicks could have interest in him, but from what I’ve been told, he trails both Malik Monk and Dennis Smith on the team’s wish list. If the Mavericks pass on Ntilikina, he could make a lot of sense with the Pistons at number 12, which is where I had him last week. He goes down with Terrance Ferguson and Rodions Kurucs as the guys whose floor and ceiling in the draft we truly don’t know. It’s similar to Thon Maker last year, as some mock drafts had him lasting until the second round before the Milwaukee Bucks surprisingly chose him with the 10th overall pick.

One scout told me that he only thinks four players in this draft have “star caliber” ceilings—Markelle Fultz, Malik Monk, Josh Jackson and Dennis Smith. He thinks that Lonzo Ball and De’Aaron Fox will be “solid” pro guards, but has reservations about each of them. While I may not agree, his opinion underscores a recurring theme in this draft: outside of the top five, many people think there is a lot of parity among the players being projected to fall in the second half of the lottery. That said, there are certain players that I have confidence in believing where they will fall, and that’s pretty much been indicated in my consistency over the past several weeks.

Michael’s Notebook:

Check your smoke detectors, folks. Smokescreens are spreading rampantly with two weeks until the draft as executives try to keep their competitors guessing.

Even Pat Riley recently joked at an American Express event alongside Magic Johnson that the Lakers’ president of basketball operations wants to be Lonzo Ball’s mentor. This followed several reports that the Lakers are not committed to Ball yet if the Celtics select Markelle Fultz first overall as expected.

In addition, the rumor mill churned out new reports of the 76ers and Kings being open to trade discussions. 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo left the possibility open for trading down. Conversely, the Kings have had internal discussions about trading their two picks to move up and land De’Aaron Fox, according to an ESPN report.

The Kings can also trade the fifth and 10th picks to move up and select Kansas forward Josh Jackson. Rudy Gay is entering unrestricted free agency, which leaves a void at small forward.

Speaking of point guards, Jawun Evans is drawing interest from several teams in the 20s and will have upcoming workouts with the Trail Blazers on June 8, the Thunder on June 9, and the Jazz on June 10, league sources told Basketball Insiders. Evans also wrapped up a workout with the Lakers earlier this week.

Luke Kennard is another player who is seeing his stock rise after an impressive shooting display at his CAA Pro Day.

Some of the top prospects will begin working out for teams with high draft picks over the coming days. Those workouts will help determine where that player ranks on each team’s big board and how they envision moving up or trading down on draft night.

The Celtics fell in love with Terry Rozier years ago, and he was drafted higher than many expected at the time. We’ll find out over the next week or so who can be the next Rozier.

Steve’s Notebook:

Throughout the Draft process, we often get a chance to sit in on workouts or take part in Pro Days for players trying to get into the NBA Draft discussion. Last year we got a chance to see Juan Hernangómez’s Pro Day and were blown away by his upside. The same was true of D-League Rookie of The Year Abdel Nader.

This year there have been a few impressive showings, but for whatever reason, some of these guys may not get a lot of draft consideration. But as teams start to field Summer League squads there are some names to watch.

Craig Victor played for LSU before running into issues off the court and was ultimately dismissed from the team. Once considered a top 40 high school prospect, Victor has spent a ton of time in the gym not only re-making his body (dropping some 20 pounds) but remaking his game. The slimmer Victor looks every bit the part of a NBA small forward, but his track record may make him too risky to draft – but he could be one of the better diamond in the rough prospects in the class.

Chris Perry, who played at South Florida for a bit before running into his own issues, looks every bit the part of a Big Baby-Lite type player. Crafty around the basket. Has a knack to score from a lot of places. He is a little undersized for his game, but his ability to play fluidly in the open court and to finish around the rim makes him an interesting name to watch, especially if a team take a chance on him in summer league.

Kobi Simmons falls into this group as well. He has not done as well in team workouts as his camp had expected, but his athleticism and raw ability make him an interesting player at the bottom of the draft. Simmons could go undrafted in this particular draft, but it’s not hard to imagine that he’ll get a look in the NBA once he proves that he can really be a point guard at the next level.

The sleeper of all sleepers may be Virginia Military Academy’s QJ Peterson. In terms of flat out NBA ability, he checks a ton of boxes. The problem for QJ is he is really undersized and a tad older than most teams are willing to invest a draft pick in. He averaged 19 a game for VMI, and in his Pro Day at IMG, he flat out crushed drills and shot the ball incredibly well. He may not be a draft pick, but he did enough in this process to think he could play at the next level and is a name to watch as summer roster start to get constructed.

The 2017 NBA Draft is in 15 days, so there will be two more Consensus Mock Drafts before the final picks are made.

Who are these guys anyway? Steve Kyler is the Publisher of Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last 19 years. Moke Hamilton is a Deputy Editor and Columnist for Basketball Insiders and has covered basketball for the last seven years. Joel Brigham is a Senior NBA Writer and has covered the NBA for the last 12 years. Michael Scotto is a Senior NBA Writer for Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last seven years.

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NBA Daily: A New 2018 NBA Mock Draft – 2/13/18

With the NBA Trade Deadline passed, Basketball Insiders Publisher Steve Kyler turns focus toward the 2018 NBA Draft.

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Time To Focus On The Draft

With the NBA Trade Deadline out of the way, the next transactional window to watch becomes the 2018 NBA Draft; we’ll start dropping more Mock Drafts as we get closer, including our annual weekly Consensus Mock Draft.

There is something of a consensus starting to take shape in NBA circles on who the top 100 players truly are, although the range on players remains somewhat wide depending on who you talk to.

With all of that in mind, here is the latest Mock Draft:

Here are some of the pick swaps and how they landed where they are currently projected:

The Cleveland Cavaliers are owed the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick as a result of the Kyrie Irving trade this past summer. The Brooklyn Nets traded several unprotected picks to Boston as part of the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trades in 2015.

The Philadelphia 76ers are owed the LA Lakers’ 2018 Draft pick, unprotected, as a result of the 2012 Steve Nash trade with the Suns. The Suns traded that pick to the 76ers as part of the Michael Carter-Williams three-team trade with the Milwaukee in 2015. The 76ers traded that pick to the Boston Celtics as part of the draft pick trade that became Markelle Fultz before the draft; it has 2 through 5 protections and based on the standings today would convey to Philadelphia.

The LA Clippers are owed the Detroit Pistons first-round pick in 2018 as a result of the Blake Griffin trade. The pick is top four protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Phoenix Suns are owed the Miami HEAT’s first-round pick as part of the Goran Dragic trade in 2015, it is top-seven protected and would convey to Phoenix based on the current standings.

The Chicago Bulls are owed the New Orleans Pelicans first-round pick as a result of the Nikola Mirotic trade. The pick is top-five protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are owed the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first-round pick as part of the Jazz/Wolves Ricky Rubio trade this past summer. The Jazz acquired the pick as part of the Thunder’s deal to obtain Enes Kanter in 2015. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Phoenix Suns are owed the Milwaukee Bucks’ first-round pick as part of the Eric Bledsoe trade. The pick only conveys if the Bucks pick lands between the 11th and 16th pick, which based on the standings today would not convey.

The Atlanta Hawks are owed the Minnesota Timberwolves’ first-round pick as part of the Adreian Payne trade in 2015. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The LA Lakers are owed the Cleveland Cavaliers first-round pick as a result of Jordan Clarkson/Larry Nance Jr trade. The pick is top-three protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Brooklyn Nets are owed the Toronto Raptors’ first-round pick as part of the DeMarre Carroll salary dump trade this past summer. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Atlanta Hawks are owed the Houston Rockets’ first-round pick as part of a three-team deal with the LA Clippers and Denver Nuggets involving Danilo Gallinari and taking back Jamal Crawford and Diamond Stone. The pick is top-three protected and based on the current standings would convey.

Check out the Basketball Insiders’ Top 100 NBA Draft Prospects – http://www.basketballinsiders.com/top-100-nba-draft-prospects/

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NBA Daily: The Top of The 2018 Draft Is Getting Crowded

The top of the projected 2018 NBA Draft is starting to get interesting, mainly because so many potential draft prospects are having incredibly dominant seasons.

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Things Are Getting Interesting

While the projected 2018 NBA Draft class doesn’t seem to have a future superstar sitting at the top of the board, there are potentially four players that are really looking the part of future NBA All-Stars and it’s making the top of the class very interesting.

Say what you want about stats, but there is little doubt that the numbers some of the top prospects are posting so far this season are pretty compelling.

Duke’s Marvin Bagley III is averaging 21.1 points per game to go with 10.9 rebounds. His 61.7 percent field goal average is impressive, especially when you consider he’s knocking in 34.6% of his three (9-26 on the season). Bagley has a 32.2 PER with a 64.6 True Shooting percentage and a 26.7 usage rate. In short, highly productive almost everywhere without having to own the basketball.

Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton is posting similarly ridiculous numbers, 19.5 points per game with 11.4 rebounds. His 61.7 percent from the field also comes with an impressive 30.4 percent three-point average (7-23 on the season). Ayton’s 32.3 PER is a nose higher than Bagley. He is also posting a whopping 65.6 True Shooting percentage with a 26.7 percentage usage rate. Again, highly productive in every way without being so ball-dominant to skew the numbers. Ayton hit the ground running at Arizona and really hasn’t had a bad game yet.

Oklahoma’s Trae Young has burst into the top-five discussion in a huge way. His 6’2 180-pound frame looks small on the court, but his game has been tremendous. Young is posting 28.7 points per game with a monster 10.4 assists per contest. He is grabbing 3.5 rebounds while shooting 48.5 percent from the field, 57.1 percent from two-point range and a scorching 41.1 percent from three (44 of 107 on the season). Young’s 38 PER is tops in all of college basketball. He has a 65.2 True Shooting percentage and a 36.1 usage rate. Unlike Bagley and Ayton, Young does control the ball, but that’s typical for an impact scoring point guard. He offsets the ball dominance with incredible assist numbers. He is also pretty spectacular to watch.

International phenom Luka Dončić is having a solid season in his own right, although his averages are lower because he doesn’t play the same volume of minutes as the NCAA collegiate prospects. In 26 games in both the Euroleague and the ACB, Dončić is posting 16.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per contest. He is shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from international three (48 of 135 on the season). Dončić is posting a 28.2 PER in Euroleague play and a 23.7 PER in ACB play. Dončić’s True Shooting numbers in Euroleague play are impressive at 66.2 percent. In ACB play his number drop a bit to 58.1 percent. His usage numbers illustrate the same slip. In Euroleague play, he posts a 30 percent usage rate while posting a 26.6 percent usage rate in ACB. Dončić typically plays more minutes and a larger role in Euroleague play. Hence the stat shift. If you haven’t seen him play, he’s so instinctual and gifted it easy to see why many see him as the top pick.

There are some compelling storylines to watch towards the top of the NBA draft board, which is likely why so many NBA executives seem split on who they would peg as the top talent in the projected 2018 Draft class.

So, with that out the way, lets jump into the latest first-round 2018 NBA Mock Draft:

Here are some of the pick swaps and how they landed where they are currently projected:

The Philadelphia 76ers are owed the LA Lakers’ 2018 Draft pick, unprotected, as a result of the 2012 Steve Nash trade with the Suns. The Suns traded that pick to the 76ers as part of the Michael Carter-Williams three-team trade with the Milwaukee in 2015. The 76ers traded that pick to the Boston Celtics as part of the draft pick trade that became Markelle Fultz before the draft; it has 2 through 5 protections and based on the standings today would convey to Boston.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are owed the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick as a result of the Kyrie Irving trade this past summer. The Brooklyn Nets traded several unprotected picks to Boston as part of the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trades in 2015.

The Phoenix Suns are owed the Miami HEAT’s first-round pick as part of the Goran Dragic trade in 2015, it is top-seven protected and would convey to Phoenix based on the current standings.

The Phoenix Suns are owed the Milwaukee Bucks’ first-round pick as part of the Eric Bledsoe trade. The pick only conveys if the Bucks pick lands between the 11th and 16th pick, which based on the standings today would not convey.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are owed the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first-round pick as part of the Jazz/Wolves Ricky Rubio trade this past summer. The Jazz acquired the pick as part of the Thunder’s deal to obtain Enes Kanter in 2015. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Atlanta Hawks are owed the Minnesota Timberwolves’ first round pick as part of the Adreian Payne trade in 2015. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Brooklyn Nets are owed the Toronto Raptors’ first round pick as part of the DeMarre Carroll salary dump trade this past summer. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Atlanta Hawks are owed the Houston Rockets’ first round pick as part of a three-team deal with the LA Clippers and Denver Nuggets involving Danilo Gallinari and taking back Jamal Crawford and Diamond Stone. The pick is top-three protected and based on the current standings would convey.

Check out the Basketball Insiders’ Top 100 NBA Draft Prospects http://www.basketballinsiders.com/top-100-nba-draft-prospects/

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NBA Daily: Another 2018 NBA Mock Draft – 12/13/17

Basketball Insiders’ publisher Steve Kyler drops his latest 2018 first-round NBA Mock Draft.

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A little less than a month ago we dropped the first 2018 NBA Mock Draft, which was met with a lot of disdain. Which is often a good thing because it sparks the discussion in NBA circles.

Since that Mock dropped, we’ve seen a bit more play out of some of the top prospects and many of the assumptions made almost a month ago are starting to settle into place a little more clearly.

The prevailing thought from NBA scouts and executives is that the possible 2018 NBA Draft class has a lot more questions than answers. The common view is that outside of the top 3 or 4 players there could be a very wide range on who the next 10-12 players will be; so expect for the second tier to evolve a lot over the course of the college basketball season.

A couple of things have started to surface among NBA scouts and executives, there seem to be three camps emerging around the top overall player – Duke’s Marvin Bagley III and international phenom Luka Dončić, seem to be the leading names mentioned most, with Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton making a strong push into the discussion. We can safely call this a three-horse race at this point.

The prevailing belief is that none of the three is far and away better than the other as a professional prospect, making it more likely than not that the top player selected will have a lot more to do with which team ultimately lands the pick, more so than the player themselves.

This class also seems to be brimming with promising athletic point guards, which unlike last year’s draft, could provide a lot of options for teams still trying to find that impact point guard.

There also looks to be 27 players in the projected top 100 that are 6’10 or bigger, eight of which project in the top 30. To put that into perspective, there were 11 players 6’10 or bigger drafted in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft, and 17 total in the 60 2017 NBA Draft selections.

As we get into the 2018 calendar year, we’ll start to do deeper dives into the tiers of players and their possible NBA strengths and weakness.

So, with all of that in mind, here is the second 2018 first-round NBA Mock Draft.

Here are some of the pick swaps and how they landed where they are currently projected:

The Philadelphia 76ers are owed the LA Lakers 2018 Draft pick, unprotected, as a result of the 2012 Steve Nash trade with the Suns. The Suns traded that pick to the 76ers as part of the Michael Carter-Williams three-team trade with the Milwaukee in 2015.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are owed the Brooklyn Nets first-round pick as a result of the Kyrie Irving trade this past summer.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are owed the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first-round pick as part of the Ricky Rubio trade this summer. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would not convey.

The Phoenix Suns are owed the Miami HEAT’s first-round pick as part of the Goran Dragic trade in 2015, it is top-seven protected and would convey to Phoenix based on the current standings.

The Atlanta Hawks are owed the Minnesota Timberwolves first round pick as part of the Adreian Payne trade in 2015. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Phoenix Suns are owed the Milwaukee Bucks first-round pick as part of the Eric Bledsoe trade. The pick only conveys if the Bucks pick lands between the 11th and 16th pick, which based on the standings today would not convey.

The Brooklyn Nets are owed the Toronto Raptors first round pick as part of the DeMarre Carroll salary dump trade this past summer. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Atlanta Hawks are owed the Houston Rockets first round pick as part of a three-team deal with the LA Clippers and Denver Nuggets involving Danilo Gallinari and taking back Jamal Crawford and Diamond Stone. The pick is top-three protected and based on the current standings would convey.

Check out the Basketball Insiders’ Top 100 NBA Draft Prospects http://www.basketballinsiders.com/top-100-nba-draft-prospects/

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