Zach Munson’s NBA Big Board

1.Markelle Fultz – Fultz is simply the best player in the draft. In a draft where every player at the top of the draft has flaws, Fultz is a player with no clear weakness. He has a tremendous scoring ability, great shooting, wonderful ball handling and vision, as well as elite athleticism. Additionally, this playmaker even boasts a 6’10” wingspan, which should aid in his rebounding and defense. He checks every major box of a lead guard in the NBA and will be a future superstar.
2.Lonzo Ball – Ball has the potential to be the best player in the draft. Potential. We all know he is an elite passer, which help him draw comparisons to Jason Kidd. His playmaking instincts and court vision are tremendous. He makes his teammates better and can elevate a team. However, his defense is concerning, which was highlighted by De’Aaron Fox dropping 39 points against him in the NCAA tournament. I am not too worried about the impact of LaVar Ball on his career, neither do I think many teams are either. Lonzo, wear your own ZO2 shoes! If you aren’t going to wear them, why should anybody else?
3.Josh Jackson – Jackson is an elite athlete who can defend four positions. He has great instincts and strong feel for the game. He is very fast and strong and can get to the basket at will. However, the one glaring concern is his jumper. However, he did shoot the ball better as the season went on. If we can improve this, he will be a star.
4.Jayson Tatum – Tatum is arguably the most NBA-ready prospect. He has no problem on the offensive end, scoring and getting to the basket with ease. He is athletic and can create space from his defender very well. Some concerns are his defense and his ability to help the team when he does not have the ball in his hand. If he could improve his range, that would help him tremendously.
5.De’Aaron Fox – Fox had a great NCAA tournament, notably seen by his 39-point performance on Lonzo Ball. As a result, he has been creeping up draft boards. His elite athleticism and amazing speed help him be a monster in transition. His tremendous defense is what separates himself from the pack. However, his jump shot is a real concern. If he had a better shot, he would be higher on this Big Board.
6.Malik Monk – Monk is a tremendous 3-point shooter, has elite athleticism, and can get himself open from his defender with ease. These are the tools which could lead to his NBA stardom. However, at 6’3”, his size is a concern. He needs to improve his defense and shot selection.
7.Dennis Smith Jr. – Smith has elite scoring, explosiveness, and playmaking. Possibly the best isolation scorer in the entire draft, he can be a star point guard in the NBA. However, he could improve his passing and defense, which he has shown promise when he tries.
8.Jonathan Isaac – Isaac, at the very least, will bode as a great defender. His size, length, and athleticism will allow him to be a tremendous defender and weak-side shot blocker. However, his offensive game has question marks. He needs to improve his jump shot and passing to be a future star.
9.Lauri Markkanen – Markkanen is arguably the best shooter in this entire draft and might be the best shooter at his position in the entire NBA. However, he lacks rebounding, defense, and passing ability. However, in today’s NBA, he will be valued as a stretch-4 who can extend the defense and easily get his shot off.
10.Frank Ntilikina – Ntilikina is a long guard who can be a star ball handler in the NBA. He’s a great shooter and defender, but he needs to improve his athleticism and strength to improve his driving ability. He’s a little unpolished, but is the top overseas prospect for a reason.
11.Zach Collins – Collins showed lots of promise at Gonzaga, namely in the NCAA tournament. He is very skilled, has great touch around the basket, tremendous post moves, and valuable rim protection. However, he needs to improve his strength and feel for the game around him.
12.Luke Kennard – Kennard is also arguably the best shooter in the draft. Highlighted by his offensive ability, he is great in pick-and-roll and is a great passer. However, question marks loom around his defense.
13.Donovan Mitchell – Mitchell is a monster athletically and has an enormous 6’10” wingspan. He is a great defender, playmaker, and shooter. He can be a star if he can develop a better game off the dribble.
14.OG Anunoby – At the very least, Anunoby will be a great defender who can guard 4 positions. His size, athleticism, and length make him the most promising defenders in the draft. However, he needs to improve his offensive game and shooting ability to become a star. Additionally, he is currently recovering from a torn ACL, and teams should not expect him to play his first season.
15.Justin Jackson – With great size at 6’8”, Jackson is one of the best shooters in this draft class. Although he lacks athleticism, he has a great feel for the game around him and will immediately help space the floor and extend the defense.
16.John Collins – Collins was perhaps the most productive player in college last season. His offensive production was second to none, averaging 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game. However, he does have defensive holes in his game.
17.Jarrett Allen – Allen was a player who tremendously improved his game as the season progressed. Many teams are turned off by his lack of commitment, as he has lots of interests outside of basketball. He has great physical tools and has great touch around the basket. He lacks polish and is a very raw project, but shows some promise.
18.T.J. Leaf – Leaf is a tremendous shooter and has perhaps the most diverse skill set in the entire class for a big man. He has huge hops and is a great rebounder. However, he lacks length and lateral quickness, which has turned teams off. However, his great scoring ability and shooting will draw teams towards him.
19.Terrance Ferguson – Ferguson is a great shooter, defender, and elite athlete. He needs to improve his dribble drive game and is a little thin for the NBA right now.
20.Harry Giles – Giles has been suppressed by his multiple ACL injuries. He has lost a lot of his bounce and explosiveness, which scares teams. However, he is a strong rebounder. He is the riskiest player in the draft his stock relies on his medicals. However, teams will take a chance on him. If he returns to the player he was two years ago, he will be the steal of the draft.
21.Justin Patton – Patton has showed tremendous offensive production, passing, and touch around the basket. His size and mid-range shooting ability offers great promise at the next level. However, he needs to improve his rebounding and defending to be a star.
22.Semi Ojeleye – Ojeleye shows promise as a two-way role player at the next level. He is a great defender and can drive to the basket, as well as score from all areas of the court. Although he is not very long, he can be a formidable 3 or 4 in the NBA.
23.D.J. Wilson – Wilson is one of my favorite players in this draft class. He is a great shooter from deep, has tremendous size, and has promising defensive sills. He can switch on defense during pick-and-rolls, which is very valuable as he can guard multiple positions. His ability to stretch the floor will pay dividends in the NBA. Although his rebounding is a small concern, there are so many things to like about his guy.
24.Isaiah Hartenstein – Hartenstein is an elite athlete, 3-point shooter, and outlet passer. He has many tools that NBA teams will covet. However, he is certainly a raw project for any team. Although he is skilled, his defensive game lacks. It is unsure how his sills will translate to the next level.
25.Ike Anigbogu – Anigbogu has amazing physical tools and elite athleticism. He was a great defender for UCLA, however he lacks offensive production. He is not going to be a reliable option on offense initially, but he offers great upside as a defender and rim-runner.
26.Jawun Evans – Evans showed tremendous production at Oklahoma State. His instincts, ball handling, and speed are incredible. However, his finishing and jump shot need to improve.
27.Jordan Bell – Bell is arguably the most NBA-ready defender in this entire draft class. He has the quickness to guard the perimeter, as well as shows promise as a rim protector. He boasts great instincts and toughness. Although he lacks an offensive game, his defense will be valued at the next level.
28.Tyler Lydon – Lydon shows tremendous promise as a stretch-4 in today’s NBA. His combination of great shooting and size will allow him to stretch the floor and extend the defense. He is a good rebounder and has great touch around the basket. However, his defense and consistency will be a question mark in the NBA.
29.Derrick White – White had arguably the best showing at the NBA draft combine. He was one of the most productive players at Colorado and was an elite defender at the collegiate level. He is quick and is able to play both guard positions. An improvement to his game would be his passing.
30.Bam Adebayo – Adebayo has tremendous strength, rebounds very well, and plays above the rim. Also, he does not need the ball in his hands very much to perform his job. He lacks post skills and over half of his shots at Kentucky were dunks, which is concerning. He needs to improve on the defensive end, but his rim protection is promising. Also, Adebayo needs to improve his jump shot to carve out a formidable role in the NBA.

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Michael Bailey’s NBA Mock Draft

2017 NBA Mock Draft

Michael Bailey

 

  1. Boston (From Brooklyn) – Markelle Fultz-PG/SG-Washington

Boston, coming off of the first seed in the East are in no place to start rebuilding, but definite changes are needed if they want to contend with the LeBron James-led Cavaliers team which is poised to return to the NBA finals seeking vengeance over the Warriors. Fultz could be the last piece of the puzzle for the Celtics and could be needed if they wanted to sign a stud in free agency like Gordon Hayward. Although I think it would be smart to trade this very valuable pick to gain a player like Paul George or Jimmy Butler, Fultz is the definite pick if they are to keep it.

 

  1. Los Angeles Lakers- Josh Jackson-SG-Kansas

After lucking out and keeping their pick this year, the Lakers are in a prime spot to help their team out tremendously at this number two pick. Many thought Lonzo was no doubt the guy to take here, it appears the Lakers weren’t that convinced by his workout with them. They like Jackson in his workout with them and it is likely that they will take him here.

 

  1. Philadelphia (from Sacramento)– Lonzo Ball-PG-UCLA

The Sixers have plenty of young talent with the likes of Simmons, Okafor, etc. But they have a dearth of talent in the backcourt. If Lonzo falls to them at 3, they should no doubt add his talent to their team. He has superstar potential and even if he becomes half the player his dad thinks he will be, he will be well worth the number 3 pick.

 

  1. Phoenix- Johnathan Isaac-SF-Florida St.

Isaac is a great athlete and if he can develop a solid jumper, could develop into a star in the NBA. The Suns could use a strong starting SF to go alongside Booker on the wing. Taking a chance on Isaac is the best move at 4 unless they want to trade down to get a center assuming they let Len walk.

 

  1. Sacramento (from Philadelphia)– De’Aaron Fox-PG-Kentucky

With Darren Collison and Ty Lawson becoming free agents this offseason, the PG position is the number 1 need for the Kings this offseason. Fox showed a lot of upside at Kentucky his freshman year and could be the next star of the Sacramento Kings organization if he falls to them at 5.

 

  1. Orlando– Jayson Tatum-SF-Duke

Orlando currently only have Terrence Ross and Aaron Gordon as their forwards for the upcoming season. Drafting Tatum will give them the opportunity to possibly develop a star SF and have Terrence Ross coming off the bench.

 

  1. Minnesota– Malik Monk-SG-Kentucky

Monk can socre. Averaging 19.8 points per game in his freshman year at Kentucky showed that he can put the ball into the basket. Minnesota has a lot of young talent and adding Monk gives them leeway when deciding if they want to give LaVine major mullah when deciding or not to extend his contract.

 

  1. New York– Frank Ntilikina-PG-INTL

Derrick Rose will be a free agent this offseason and it looks like New York will not bring him back. Ntilikina is a solid prospect at PG that the Knicks can hope for and develop alongside their other young star Kristaps Porzingis.

 

  1. Dallas- Dennis Smith Jr-PG-NC St.

Dallas is pretty limited in cap space this offseason so will most likely look to upgrade at PG in the draft and will grab whichever one between Ntilikina and Smith Jr. that the Knicks do not.

 

  1. Sacramento (From New Orleans)– Zach Collins-C-Gonzaga

After predicting them to draft De’Aaron Fox with the 5th pick in the draft, the Kings will try to find a full time replacement for Demarcus Cousins. Zach Collins can score and be presence for the Kings on the boards as well.

 

  1. Charlotte- Donovan Mitchell-SG-Louisville

The Hornets need to find some way to improve their team. Mitchell will give them good scoring off the bench and provide depth in the backcourt.

 

  1. Detroit- Luke Kennard-SG-Duke

The Pistons will most likely lose Kentavious Caldwell Pope in free agency due to another team offering him a crazy amount of money. Kennard can shoot and could be the SG for the Pistons next season.

 

  1. Denver- Justin Patton-C-Creighton

If the Nuggets decide to let Plumlee go in free agency, getting a center in the draft is necessary. Patton has some of the best upside out of all the centers in the draft.

 

  1. Miami- Harry Giles- PF/C-Duke

Although coming off of a knee injury, Giles still has great potential. If he can stay healthy he could blossom into a great starter in the NBA. At 14, I think the Heat can afford taking a risk on Giles and hope that he can stay healthy.

 

  1. Portland- Lauri Markkanen-PF-Arizona
  2. Chicago- Jarret Allen-C-Texas
  3. Milwaukee- Justin Jackson-SF-North Carolina
  4. Indiana- OG Anunoby-SF/PF-Indiana
  5. Atlanta- John Collins-PF-Wake Forest
  6. Portland (From Memphis via Denver and Cleveland)– Terrance Ferguson-SG-INTL
  7. Oklahoma City-Juwan Evans-PG-Oklahoma St.
  8. Brooklyn (From Washington)-Bam Adebayo-C-Kentucky
  9. Toronto (From LA Clippers via Milwaukee)-Tyler Lydon-PF/SF- Syracuse
  10. Utah- Ike Anigbogu-PF/C-UCLA
  11. Orlando (From Toronto)-T.J. Leaf-PF-UCLA
  12. Portland (From Cleveland)-Semi Ojeleye-SF/PF-SMU
  13. Brooklyn (From Boston)-Isaiah Hartenstein-PF/C-Germany
  14. Los Angeles Lakers (From Houston)-Jordan Bell-PF/C-Oregon
  15. San Antonio-Ivan Rabb-PF- California
  16. Utah (From Golden State)-Derrick White-PG/SG-Colorado