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.

Jason Gandhi’s NBA Big Board

 

  • Lonzo Ball (1)

 

      1. Lonzo’s court vision and his ability to set his teammates up are the reasons he is my #1 player. He makes guys want to share the ball and orchestrated the fastest offense in college last year. Defensively, there is some work to do, but defense is a mentality. With his shot making ability, court vision and length, Lonzo, on the right team, could be a superstar in this league. My player comparison for him is Steve Nash or Jason Kidd.

 

  • Markelle Fultz (2)

 

      1. Everyone’s number one guy on their big board. I am not as high on him purely because of how dependent he is on having the ball and not having the winning pedigree. He can still score from anywhere and is very comfortable in pick and roll, something he has over Lonzo. He has superstar potential but needs to get more disciplined on defense and be better off the ball. My player comparison is D’Angelo Russell.

 

  • Jayson Tatum (3)

 

      1. Tatum, in my opinion, is the most NBA-ready prospect in the draft. He is 6’8” with a 6’11” wingspan, which will allow him to play the stretch 4 at the next level. He is very polished offensively but really needs to be more consistent on offense. He lacks elite athleticism but makes up for it with his length. This guy could be a perennial all-star. My player comparison is Danny Granger.

 

  • Josh Jackson (4)

 

      1. Jackson’s defense is the best in the draft. He is able to consistently guard 4 positions and is a freak athlete. His offensive game is where I’m hesitant. His shot needs a lot of work, and I’m not sure he can ever develop one. If he does, I think he could be the best player out of the class, but I personally do not buy that he develops it. My player comparison for him is Kawhi Leonard assuming he gets his shot.

 

  • De’Aaron Fox (5)

 

      1. De’Aaron Fox is hard to get a read on from NBA scouts. Some like him more than Ball, but others will put him below Dennis Smith Jr. I like him in the middle because of his potential to be a star in the league. His shot is below average, but he can still hit mid-range and floaters. His athleticism is phenomenal but weighing only 170 pounds factors into whether or not his athleticism will be put on display. He needs to get stronger in order to be able to take it into the paint in the NBA. My player comparison for him is John Wall.

 

  • Malik Monk (6)

 

      1. Monk is one of the safest picks in the draft. If nothing else develops, teams at least get a solid shooter to instantly score. If his defense and basketball IQ can develop, he can be a steal in the draft. He is this class’s best scorer so whatever team gets him at least gets an offensive stud. My player comparison is Devin Booker/Eric Gordon

 

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (7)

 

      1. Dennis Smith is another prospect who is very NBA ready already. He fits the modern NBA very nicely, being able to run PnR as well as score when necessary. He is on the rise for me right now as I watch more and more of his film. He has elite bounce and athleticism and that will make him a lot of people’s favorite player to watch out of this draft. My player comparison is Derrick Rose in his prime.

 

  • Jonathan Isaac (8)

 

      1. The best athlete of the draft. His freakish body and athleticism along with stellar defense this year has some scouts liked him as a better prospect than Jayson Tatum. Isaac’s offensive game needs too much work for me to put him that high, but I do like his potential in the right system. My player comparison is Giannis Antetokounmpo or Rashard Lewis

 

  • Frank Ntilinka (9)

 

      1. Ntilinka has a very raw offensive game. He struggles to shoot from deep but can drive the lane if needed. His defense is the reason he is so high on draft boards. The Mavericks are a team that has scouted him very thoroughly and the Knicks are another team that is in play, in the early lottery, to look at Ntilinka. My player comparison is Dante Exum.

 

  • Harry Giles (10)

 

      1. Giles’ is the hardest prospect to gauge. His talent puts him as a top 5-10 player easily. It’s the medical side that is the problem. With multiple ACL tears, teams have to be worried about. He has had three knee surgeries since 2013, so a major flag. If his tests come back showing no issues, he could be a late riser on draft night. My player comparison is Chris Webber or Julius Randle with a longer body.

 

  • Lauri Markkanen (11)

 

      1. Some people have said Markkanen has the best shot in the draft. I’d say he is second to Monk. He is the definition of a stretch 4 but really can’t go inside even if the team needed him to. He is very weak inside which limits his value to me, but his shooting makes him a definite lottery pick in the draft. Stretch 4’s are the most coveted position in the NBA right now. My player comparison is Dirk Nowitzki or Ryan Anderson

 

  • Zach Collins (12)

 

      1. Although Collins only attempted 21 threes (made 10), many project Zach Collins as a stretch 4 in the NBA. I don’t see it yet, but with his size and athleticism that could be his future. A lot of his position depends on where he is taken on draft night. To me, Collins is a lock to be a lottery pick on draft night, but where is the real question. My player comparison is Bill Laimbeer or Gorgui Dieng.

 

  • OG Anunoby (13)

 

      1. Giles is very similar to Giles in the respect that his talent his lottery-worthy, but the question mark pops up with his health. After injuring his ACL in January, teams need to decide whether a lottery pick is worth a player with injury history. His defense, pre-injury, would rival with Jackson for best in the class. The only concern was offensive consistency and getting a shot down. Very similar to Josh Jackson pre-injury. My player comparison is Stanley Johnson.

 

  • Donovan Mitchell (14)

 

      1. Coming into the combine, I, along with others, was not this high on Mitchell. He had the best testing at the combine without playing a minute of basketball. He showed his 6’10” wingspan and a better athlete and defender to a very similar Luke Kennard. Kennard and Mitchell are battling it out to see who will get called first. My player comparison is a less athletic Dwyane Wade.

 

  • Luke Kennard (15)

 

      1. As mentioned above, Kennard and Mitchell are very similar. Both are rising up draft boards as the day nears this week. Kennard is a better shooter than Mitchell but doesn’t have the athleticism. I think Kennard has more defensive potential, but right now Mitchell is a better defender. My player comparison is Klay Thompson with less defensive ability.

 

  • Justin Jackson (16)

 

      1. I like Jackson more than others. I think his potential as a 3 and d prospect is one that can keep in the league for a long time. If he can consistently defend 4 positions, and shoot the 3 in the high 30%’s, he can be a starter in this league for many years. My player comparison is Evan Turner.

 

  • Justin Patton (17)

 

      1. I think he has potential to be a steal in this draft. He isn’t a great athlete, but he can score in the post and rebound very effectively. The only concern I have with him is his lateral movement. He has poor foot speed, which could hurt him against quicker bigs. My player comparison is Myles Turner.

 

  • Terrance Ferguson (18)

 

      1. Ferguson has spurts in his game that make him look like a lottery pick, but there are also times when he looks like a 2nd rounder. He is VERY inconsistent. But he has potential to be an offensive stud. He was able to score at will some games so scouts have reason to be excited. My player comparison is Terrence Ross.

 

  • John Collins (19)

 

      1. John Collins had a phenomenal offensive season for the Demon Deacons. He was the focal point of Wake Forest’s offense last year and he blossomed nicely. His testing at the combine helped his stock rise, including a 38.5 inch vertical. He played a small center in college but being only 6’10” with a 6’11” wingspan, he will have to transition. Defensively, he isn’t long enough. He needs to show his shooting ability this summer and if he can get that going, he has a long future in the NBA.  My player comparison is Nikola Mirotic.

 

  • Jarrett Allen (20)

 

      1. Jarrett Allen’s length is his main selling point. He has a 7’5” wingspan and is going to be a defensive nightmare. The only real issue is his raw skill. He could be a major project in the league, similar to Roy Hibbert for the Pacers, but if he develops, he could be special. My player comparison is Robin Lopez or Rudy Gobert

 

  • Bam Adebayo (21)

 

      1. Edrice “Bam” Adebayo has risen and fallen throughout the year. For me, when I would study Fox or Monk’s tape, I couldn’t help but watch Adebayo and all the energy and athleticism he brought to the game. He tested well at the combine and might be rising again. He could go anywhere from late teens to end of the 1st. My player comparison is Tristan Thompson.

 

  • Jordan Bell (22)

 

      1. My 2nd favorite player in the draft. Bell seems to never run out of energy. He is going to make a team with his defense and shot-blocking ability and the rest is gravy. Seeing his workout, he is focusing heavily on his offensive game and a jump shot. I believe the team that gets Bell, is getting a top 5 defender in the draft and the potential to be the #1 steal of the draft. My player comparison is Thomas Robinson or Javale McGee with a better shot.

 

  • TJ Leaf (23)

 

      1. I am not a huge fan of Leaf and Anigbogu. Both players benefitted from Ball running the show at UCLA. Leaf has a lot of skill, but I have questions about his defense and length. I’m not sure he can play the 3 or the 4, so he is in a tough spot for an adjustment to the NBA. If he can play either position consistently, then he would rise, but I’m not convinced he can. My player comparison is Channing Frye.

 

  • Tony Bradley (24)

 

      1. Bradley has A TON of potential. In limited minutes at UNC, he showed flashes of greatness. My only concern is his lack of foot speed in the lane. He needs to improve his agility and speed to become a force to be reckoned with down low. He needs to go to the right team, but if he does, he could start for many years on a team. My player comparison is Andrew Bynum or Rudy Gobert.

 

  • Ike Anigbogu (25)

 

      1. I am not as high on Ike as others. I think he benefitted greatly off of Lonzo running point, and if he wasn’t there, I don’t think Ike would be a conversation until the end of the 1st round if not 2nd. With that being said, he has a 7’6” wingspan so his potential is high purely based on his body. He can rebound very well, just offensively, I am very hesitant. My player comparison is Bismack Biyombo.

 

  • Anzejs Pasecniks (26)

 

      1. I think he is the most NBA-ready international player after Ntilinka. He just needs to get stronger and bigger, but his workout at his pro day in LA, had him shooting up draft boards. I’m not sure if he will pan out to be another Kristaps Porzingis, but he can shoot the ball from anywhere and is crazy long. My player comparison is Donatas Motiejunas.

 

  • Isaiah Hartenstein (27)

 

      1. The perfect draft-and-stash project. He has the size and skills to play but needs some time to really refine those skills. If Hartenstein develops a jumper, he could be a dominant player in a year or two. I like him more than Pasecniks long-term, but Hartenstein isn’t as NBA-ready yet. My player comparison is Nikola Jokic.

 

  • Semi Ojeleye (28)

 

      1. Ojeleye, a transfer from Duke, really impressed scouts this season. He showed his ability to stretch the floor averaging 18.2 points per game. He could even shrink down to the three if a team wants to go with a tall lineup. Ojeleye’s success in the league varies on the team that takes him. If he finds the right team, he could be a sixth or seventh man and instantly provide scoring. My player comparison is Draymond Green.

 

  • Ivan Rabb (29)

 

      1. Rabb is all over the place on teams boards. Last year, he was a projected lottery pick and scouts hoped he would refine his game and be a top pick. Throughout the season he was very underwhelming which has led him to fall to a borderline 1st-2nd rounder. I still like his skill set due to his 7’2” wingspan and how fluid he moves offensively. He is 6’10” and needs to bulk up as he weighs only 220 lbs.  I’m higher on his game, but consistency is going to be huge for him. My player comparison is Chris Bosh.

 

  • Caleb Swanigan (30)

 

    1. Swanigan was a monster last year for Purdue. I like his game a lot, I just worry about his transition to the NBA. I think he will be a small-ball 5, similar to Draymond’s role in Golden State. In order for that to happen, he needs to be put in the right organization and get a lot quicker. The team he is drafted by will have a major impact on how his career plays put. He can shoot the ball already which helps him, his body though is the number one concern for teams. He is too short to play the 5 and is too slow to play the 4. My player comparison is a much shorter KG or Draymond Green.

NBA Mock Draft– Post Celtics/76ers Trade

2017 NBA Mock Draft

Jason Gandhi

  1. Philadelphia 76ers (from Kings)- Markelle Fultz
  2. Los Angeles Lakers- Lonzo Ball
  3. Boston Celtics (from Nets)- Jayson Tatum
  4. Phoenix Suns- Josh Jackson
  5. Sacramento Kings (from 76ers)- De’Aaron Fox
  6. Orlando Magic- Jonathan Isaac
  7. Minnesota Timberwolves- Lauri Markkanen
  8. New York Knicks- Frank Ntilinka (nee-lah-kina)
  9. Dallas Mavericks- Dennis Smith Jr
  10. Sacramento Kings (from Pelicans)- Malik Monk
  11. Charlotte Hornets- Luke Kennard
  12. Detroit Pistons- Donovan Mitchell
  13. Denver Nuggets- Zach Collins
  14. Miami Heat- Justin Jackson
  15. Portland Trail Blazers- Harry Giles
  16. Chicago Bulls- OG Anunoby
  17. Milwaukee Bucks- Jarrett Allen
  18. Indiana Pacers- John Collins
  19. Atlanta Hawks- Justin Patton
  20. Portland Trail Blazers (from Grizzlies)- TJ Leaf
  21. Oklahoma City Thunder- Terrance Ferguson
  22. Brooklyn Nets (from Wizards)- Ike Anigbogu
  23. Toronto Raptors (from Clippers)- Isaiah Hartenstein
  24. Utah Jazz- Andzejs Pasecniks
  25. Orlando Magic (from Raptors)- Tyler Lydon
  26. Portland Trail Blazers (from Cavaliers)- Rodions Kurucs
  27. Brooklyn Nets (from Celtics)- DJ Wilson
  28. L.A. Lakers (from Rockets)- Bam Adebayo
  29. San Antonio Spurs- Semi Ojeleye
  30. Utah Jazz (from Warriors)- Derrick White

NBA Mock Draft

6 days away from the NBA Draft! Our latest NBA Mock Draft is here with all the guys putting one out today. We will put one more out on Wednesday hopefully! Enjoy!

Check out our podcast for analysis over every pick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDueMwRK7vs

NBA Team: 6/16/17 Jason Gandhi: Dan Magers: Dylan Stagge: Zach Munson: Michael Bailey:
1.     Boston Celtics Markelle Fultz Markelle Fultz Markelle Fultz Markelle Fultz Markelle Fultz
2.     Los Angeles Lakers Lonzo Ball Lonzo Ball Lonzo Ball Lonzo Ball Josh Jackson
3.     Philadelphia 76ers Josh Jackson Josh Jackson Josh Jackson Josh Jackson Lonzo Ball
4.     Phoenix Suns Jayson Tatum Jayson Tatum Jayson Tatum Jayson Tatum Jonathan Isaac
5.     Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox De’Aaron Fox De’Aaron Fox De’Aaron Fox De’Aaron Fox
6.     Orlando Magic Jonathan Isaac Jonathan Isaac Jonathan Isaac Malik Monk Jayson Tatum
7.     Minnesota Timberwolves Lauri Markkanen Lauri Markkanen Lauri Markkanen Jonathan Isaac Malik Monk
8.     New York Knicks Malik Monk Malik Monk Dennis Smith Jr. Dennis Smith Jr. Frank Ntilikina
9.     Dallas Mavericks Frank Ntilikina Frank Ntilikina Frank Ntilikina Frank Ntilikina Dennis Smith Jr.
10.  Sacramento Kings Luke Kennard Zach Collins Malik Monk Lauri Markkanen Zach Collins
11.  Charlotte Hornets Dennis Smith Jr. Luke Kennard Zach Collins Zach Collins Donovan Mitchell
12.  Detroit Pistons Donovan Mitchell Donovan Mitchell Donovan Mitchell Donovan Mitchell Luke Kennard
13.  Denver Nuggets Zach Collins Dennis Smith Jr. OG Anunoby OG Anunoby Justin Patton
14.  Miami Heat Justin Jackson OG Anunoby Harry Giles Luke Kennard Harry Giles
15.  Portland Trailblazers OG Anunoby Justin Jackson John Collins Justin Jackson Lauri Markkanen
16.  Chicago Bulls Harry Giles Jarrett Allen Luke Kennard Jarrett Allen Jarrett Allen
17.  Milwaukee Bucks Jarrett Allen Justin Patton Jarrett Allen Justin Patton Justin Jackson
18.  Indiana Pacers Terrance Ferguson TJ Leaf Justin Jackson TJ Leaf OG Anunoby
19.  Atlanta Hawks TJ Leaf John Collins Justin Patton John Collins John Collins
20.  Portland Trail Blazers Bam Adebayo Harry Giles Bam Adebayo Harry Giles Terrance Ferguson
21.  Oklahoma City Thunder John Collins Ike Anigbogu TJ Leaf Ike Anigbogu Jawun Evans
22.  Brooklyn Nets Justin Patton Terrance Ferguson Ike Anigbogu Terrance Ferguson Bam Adebayo
23.  Toronto Raptors Ike Anigbogu Tyler Lydon Tyler Lydon Tyler Lydon Tyler Lydon
24.  Utah Jazz Isaiah Hartenstein Andzejs Pasecniks Semi Ojeleye Semi Ojeleye Ike Anigbogu
25.  Orlando Magic Jordan Bell Bam Adebayo Frank Jackson Bam Adebayo TJ Leaf
26.  Portland Trail Blazers Andzejs Pasecniks Isaiah Hartenstein Andzejs Pasecniks Isaiah Hartenstein Semi Ojeleye
27.  Brooklyn Nets Tony Bradley Ivan Rabb Terrance Ferguson DJ Wilson Isaiah Hartenstein
28.  Los Angeles Lakers Tyler Lydon DJ Wilson Ivan Rabb Jordan Bell Jordan Bell
29.  San Antonio Spurs Ivan Rabb Caleb Swanigan Isaiah Hartenstein Andzejs Pasecniks Ivan Rabb
30.  Utah Jazz Derrick White Derrick White Derrick White Derrick White Derrick White

 

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

Magic and Bird: The Rebirth of Basketball

By: Jason Gandhi

 

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics have a well-known rivalry in professional basketball. It stemmed from the early 1960’s up until today still with the two teams squaring off every year. The reason the Lakers—Celtics rivalry has remained consistent throughout history is largely because of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. The rivalry of Magic vs. Bird went from 1979-1992 in basketball but it stemmed much further than just on the court. “Bird and Magic would meet face-to-face in a celebrated NCAA title showdown that contributed as much as anything to making college tournament play finally a primetime “made-for-television” event”.[1] Converse came out with a commercial in 1986 pushing consumers to either purchase the “Magic shoe” or the “Bird shoe”[2]. There was also a Broadway show on them called “Magic/Bird” directed by Eric Simonson[3]. This seems to suggest that the men were not only basketball icons but also made an impact on pop culture. Basketball was on the decline at the turn from the 1970’s to the 1980’s. Ratings were down and people were just not interested in NBA basketball like they used to be. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird changed that, and revived basketball to where it is today. Without Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird, the NBA might not be around today. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird not only effected the game itself, but they brought basketball’s popularity to a whole new level.

 

NBA Basketball was on the decline in the 1970’s. “Attendance had already been dropping, as had television ratings. CBS routinely tape-delayed its games, even playoff games, which meant most markets saw these games on TV after midnight. The NBA was in a significant down period.”[4] In the 1960’s, it was mainly Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain, but in the 1970’s the skill level was more balanced. None of the fourteen teams in the league were that much better than the next[5]. The NBA used to have a TV deal with ABC but at the end of the contract ABC declined to renew it[6]. CBS purchased the rights to show the NBA, but they could not market the product as well as ABC did[7]. Because there were no teams that were exponentially better than the next, fans did not have the desire to watch subpar basketball. It was hard for fans to rally behind the league, when they weren’t producing high-level basketball. The 1979 NCAA national championship between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird still has the highest TV shares, which is the estimated amount of televisions tuned in, to this day.[8] The correlation between the growth in popularity and the rise of Magic and Bird cannot be denied.

 

So, the NBA was at a low point in its popularity as stated previously. When Magic Johnson and Larry Bird burst onto the scene, they helped the ratings and the popularity go up. Magic said after his playing days were over, “Everybody knew that one of the main reasons for the dramatic increase in salaries was the presence of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.[9]” When the men got drafted into the NBA in 1979, the arenas were more empty than full, TV ratings were lowering and “the average player made less than $150,000.[10]” This evidence shows that before they burst onto the scene, NBA basketball was on life support. The two men had to try and revive the brand of professional basketball. Then once Magic Johnson and Larry Bird established themselves as the future in the NBA, things began to improve. By 1984, “Attendance had soared. TV ratings were way up-–especially during the 1984 Finals. The average salary was now well over half a million dollars.[11]”. This all demonstrates the clear correlation between the rise of popularity and the two men. Magic had his “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers, and Larry had his grind-it-out Boston Celtics. Yet every time the two teams squared off, everybody had to watch because Magic Johnson and Larry Bird made basketball fun again. The two teams met three times in the NBA Finals always on national television, as well as numerous times in the regular season. The uniqueness of an individual rivalry that repeats itself year after year because of team success, but also the men being friends off the court was something fans had never seen before. The Los Angeles Lakers or Boston Celtics won eight of the ten championships in the 1980’s[12], so Magic got the upper hand on Larry in the team rivalry.

Some could argue that the rise of the NBA would have happened with or without Magic and Larry. David Stern, former commissioner of the NBA, believed it to be “more of saving the NBA than Bird and Magic”[13]. They believe it could not have gone any lower so the rise was inevitable. This claim cannot be true because of the evidence that the TV contracts rose from $500,000 in 1969, to over 1 million dollars just under 12 years later[14]. Their national championship game began the rise and their success in the NBA, just took it to the next level. The summer after the Laker beat the Celtics in the Finals, “the NBA signed a three-year, $1.5-million-dollar deal with the USA Network for Thursday night doubleheaders and early round playoff games”[15]. This all demonstrates the men had a clear impact on the growth and popularity. Others could say that Magic and Larry are the only reason that the NBA grew in popularity. That is also not accurate, because players such as Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal and other polarizing figures could have also boosted the popularity. In 2017, the NBA regular season attendance record was broken again for the third straight year[16]. So although they did impact the popularity, they were not the sole factor.

Larry Bird and Magic Johnson are now in the front office of NBA teams, sprinkling their magic on the NBA even without playing. They are a reason that the NBA is growing as one of the most popular professional sports in the United States today.

 

 

 

Works Cited:

 

[1] Peter C. Bjarkman, The Biographical History of Basketball (Chicago, Illinois: NTC/Contemporary Publishing group, 2000) pages 48, 49

[2] Josh Mapes, “Magic Johnson and Larry Bird’s Rivalry,” Bio, last modified April 12, 2012, http://www.biography.com/news/magic-johnson-and-larry-birds-rivalry-20795891

[3] Josh Mapes, “Magic Johnson and Larry Bird’s Rivalry,” Bio, last modified April 12, 2012, http://www.biography.com/news/magic-johnson-and-larry-birds-rivalry-20795891

[4] “Magic, Larry and Cable Television:” Basketball Origins, Growth and History of the Game, accessed October 24, 2016, http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/basketballhistory.html.

[5] “A Decade of Parity” NBA Encyclopedia Playoff Edition, accessed October 26, 2016, http://www.nba.com/encyclopedia/decade_of_parity.html

[6] “Magic, Larry and Cable Television:” Basketball Origins, Growth and History of the Game, accessed October 24, 2016, http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/basketballhistory.html.

[7] “Magic, Larry and Cable Television:” Basketball Origins, Growth and History of the Game, accessed October 24, 2016, http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/basketballhistory.html.

[8] Peter C. Bjarkman, The Biographical History of Basketball (Chicago, Illinois: NTC/Contemporary Publishing group, 2000) pages 48, 49

[9] Earvin “Magic” Johnson and William Novak, My Life (New York: Random House, 1992) pg. 204

[10] Earvin “Magic” Johnson and William Novak, My Life (New York: Random House, 1992) pg. 204

[11] Earvin “Magic” Johnson and William Novak, My Life (New York: Random House, 1992) pg. 204

[12] “Magic, Larry and Cable Television:” Basketball Origins, Growth and History of the Game, accessed October 24, 2016, http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/basketballhistory.html.

[13] Bill Simmons, The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy (New York: ESPN Books, 2009) page 138

[14] Peter C. Bjarkman, The Biographical History of Basketball (Chicago, Illinois: NTC/Contemporary Publishing group, 2000)

[15] Bill Simmons, The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy (New York: ESPN Books, 2009) page 139

[16] “NBA Breaks Attendance Record for Third Straight Season.” NBA.com. April 13, 2017, http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/13/nba-breaks-all-time-attendance-record-third-straight-season

 

How African Americans Affected Basketball History

By Dan Magers

Where would basketball be today if it wasn’t for black players? They have changed the entire outlook on the game. If James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, watched a game today, he would be amazed at how different everything is. African-Americans have affected the game of basketball forever.

It’s the 1966 NCAA Basketball National Championship. The clock is winding down in the game and the score shows 72-65. One team was Kentucky, a powerhouse in college basketball. They were 27-1 coming into this game and had arguably the best player-coach duo in the country with Pat Riley and Adolph Rupp. Riley was averaging twenty-two points and nine rebounds a game and was the SEC Player of the Year that season. Rupp is one of the best coaches in college basketball history with a career record of 876-190. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame just two years after this National Championship was played. The other team was the Texas Western Miners, the unknown team that squeezed their way into the Final Four after a controversial regional final game against Kansas. The Miners were also 27-1 entering the title game, but didn’t have as tough of a schedule as Kentucky. They were a very inexperienced group when it came to the National Championship. However, as the clock hit zero, the Miners were celebrating their first ever National Championship as they completely stunned the Kentucky Wildcats. This game is considered the biggest upset in college basketball history, but there is much more to the story.

Don Haskins is a huge contributor to bringing African-Americans into basketball.  Texas Western was coming off of a 12-12 season in 1961 under head coach Harold Davis.8 Davis was fired after the season, and Haskins was brought to the helm. He didn’t have any college coaching experience, but had coached girls and boys high school basketball. At the time, not many teams were playing a lot of black players, so Haskins used this to his advantage. He started recruiting them.18 This paid off as Haskins, in his fifth season, got his team a national championship. The special part about this though is that he started five black players for the title game. With a total of seven on the team, the Miners squared off against an all white team in Kentucky. Texas Western proved that African-Americans could play with anyone.

A lot of people who follow sports know about the Negro Leagues in baseball. Jackie Robinson played there before breaking baseball’s color barrier in the 1940s, but most people don’t know about the Black Fives. Beginning in 1904, this was the basketball league for only African-Americans. A man named Claude Johnson decided to dedicate an exhibit to the Black Fives. “There are ‘dozens and dozens’ of all-black teams that played basketball before 1950 — and that their legacy reflects the changing face of America at the time. They are in parallel with the evolution of black culture, black society — and they are a mirror of the way America evolved, the way the game evolved,” Johnson says. “You know, the pioneers of the game, for all of us, not just for black descendants, but anybody who loves the game and who loves sports.”

In 1945, Germany surrendered and World War II would soon be over. People began to think about a future of no war in America. Entertainment was in this future. That meant sports would be coming back. Baseball was the main sport of the time and people were looking forward to its return. Football, hockey, and horse racing were also looking to come back and make a huge splash in the sports world. Basketball however, did not have a professional league, but people wanted to take advantage of the excitement after the war. On June 6, 1946, they created the Basketball Association of America, which would later be called the National Basketball Association. The meeting was held in New York; they started with eleven teams and played sixty games a season. The future of basketball seemed bright.

For the first three years of the league, there were only white players. Then in 1950 the Black Fives ended and Earl Lloyd made history. Lloyd was the first African-American to ever play a game in the NBA. He wasn’t alone though. Chuck Cooper and Nat Clifton were drafted in 1950 along with Lloyd. Cooper was the first one to get taken with pick fourteen of the second round. These men are huge contributors to bringing equality between blacks and whites.

The 1950s were dominated by white players. Blacks were just starting to get their feet wet as there were only a couple that really made an impact. The one that stood out the most was Maurice Stokes. “Stokes was the NBA’s first great black player, but he played just three seasons before a devastating head injury left him afflicted with post-traumatic encephalopathy, paralyzed and tragically dead by 1970.” At this time fans came to see great fundamentals, defense, and hustle. George Mikan led the Minneapolis Lakers to five titles and created one of the first huge dynasties. This would be the only decade of white dominance as four black players, who are considered as some of the greatest of all time, entered the league in the late fifties and would dominate the sixties.

The 1960s was a decade that told whites to watch out. The best player was William Felton (Bill) Russell. He was a part of the Boston Celtics, who won nine out of the ten championships in the sixties. He was the key to their dynasty and he made everyone around him better. Don Nelson, a three-time NBA coach of the year, once said “There are two types of superstars. One makes himself look good at the expense of the other guys on the floor. But there’s another type who makes the players around him look better than they are, and that’s the type Russell was.” He played the game at a level no one had seen before. Russell had five Most Valuable Player Awards, was a twelve time All-Star, and had fifty-one rebounds in one game. With eleven titles to his name in thirteen seasons, Bill Russell undoubtedly changed basketball forever.

Wilt Chamberlain is another one of the greats of the sixties. Known for all the records he broke, he brought much interest to the game as people wanted to watch how dominant he was on the court. His scoring records were unbelievable. “Most games with 50+ points, 118; Most consecutive games with 40+ points, 14; Most consecutive games with 30+ points: 65; Most consecutive games with 20+ points: 126; Highest rookie scoring average: 37.6 ppg; Highest field goal percentage in a season: .727.” People said it was unfair for him to even be playing. He was one of the first seven-foot players ever and he used it to his advantage. The records were crazy and the man was fun to watch. People came to see him play. They didn’t care what his skin color was. Wilt is one of the greats that will never be forgotten.

Elgin Baylor was also one of the greats of this game. He didn’t have the kind of stats Wilt did, but his play did most of the talking. “‘He was one of the most spectacular shooters the game has ever known,’ Baylor’s longtime teammate Jerry West told HOOP magazine in 1992. ‘I hear people talking about forwards today and I haven’t seen many that can compare with him.’” Baylor made a mark in the game with his athletic style of play that some people might see in today’s NBA.

Another player from this great generation was Oscar Robertson. This man was a stats machine. Until 2017, he was the only player to ever average a triple double in a season. “During his 14-year NBA career with the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks, Robertson became the top-scoring guard of all time, amassing 26,710 points.” Although he was great in the NBA, his biggest contribution to African-American sports history would have to be when he was a teenager. He played for Crispus Attucks, an all-black high school. They were the most dominant high school the country had ever seen. This Indianapolis high school took home three state championships in the late fifties. In 1955, they were the first ever all-black high school in the country to win a state title. The next year they took home another championship going 31-0 becoming the first high school from Indiana to have an undefeated season. Robertson was the leader of this great high school finishing his career with thirty-nine points in a 79-57 win to give him two state titles and a legacy that will be remembered forever.

These four men revolutionized the game of basketball. They were the ones that started a slow integration of black dominance into the league. In the next decade, the 1970s, players began to craft their game after these greats. There were two main players that everyone associates the seventies with.

One of these players was Julius Erving. Every kid wanted to be like Dr. J. His style of play was so unique that the NBA might never see it again. “‘As a basketball player, Julius was the first to truly take the torch and become the spokesman for the NBA,’ said friend and former coach Billy Cunningham. ‘He understood what his role was and how important it was for him to conduct himself as a representative of the league. Julius was the first player I ever remember who transcended sports and was known by one name — Doctor.’ He will always be known as the face of his era.

The other great of the seventies was a man who came into the league known as Lew Alcindor but later changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. His accomplishments are by far some of the best of all time. He won his first NBA title in 1971 for the Bucks and later won five more championships with the Lakers in the 1980s. This man not only won six MVP awards in the seventies, he also has the most points all time by any player in league history. He is without a doubt a top five player of all time. If it wasn’t for Jordan, many would consider Kareem the greatest to ever put on a uniform.

The other story being played out during the eighties was the rivalry between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Bird was drafted in 1978 by the Celtics, and Magic was drafted in 1979 by the Lakers, but the rivalry had started before this. In the 1979 NCAA National Championship game, these two met for the first time. Bird was trying to lead his Indiana State Sycamores to an undefeated season, but Magic denied that opportunity as he led Michigan State to the title. It took these two a while to get going in the NBA, but they met in 1984 in the NBA Finals. Bird took this title home, but the implications were much greater. People were starting to realize that this was becoming more than a rivalry.  It wasn’t just Bird vs. Magic, but it was also white vs. black.

Racism was very alive at the time as it has always been, but Bird vs. Magic brought a whole new aspect to the topic. Boston was known at the time for being a white city. Larry Bird came from French Lick, a small white town in Indiana, and had a blue-collar background. He seemed perfect for the Celtics. The Lakers on the other hand were seen as more of an African-American team with three black stars leading the way in Magic, Kareem, and James Worthy. These two players each came out with their own converse shoe. Each white kid wore Bird’s and each black kid wore Magic’s. They were helping the game of basketball but some might say they hurt the world around them.

The Lakers and Celtics met two more times in the eighties. Magic got back at Bird and took both of them home. Those were two of the greatest teams of all time in maybe the best era of all time. From the 1960s to the 1980s, blacks slowly came into the league and changed everything about it. By now black dominance was known in the game of basketball, and it set up perfectly what was next to come.

Michael Jordan is considered to be the greatest basketball player of all time. He played the game a way that no one will ever see again. His athletic ability and fundamental soundness to the game gave him a clear advantage over everyone. Almost every great player will praise his game. Magic Johnson once said, “There’s Michael Jordan and then there is the rest of us.” Larry Bird even called him “God disguised as Michael Jordan.” ESPN conducted a survey asking athletes, media members, and others related to sports to rank the greatest athletes of the twentieth century. Jordan beat out everyone including Babe Ruth and Muhammad Ali. This just shows how far ahead of his time Michael really was. There is no player that can compare to him; no one will ever be better than Michael Jordan.

In the twenty-first century basketball is known as an African-American sport. If someone were to look at the best players in the league, it would take a while to find a player that wasn’t black. As of December 11, 2016, Bleacher Report ranked the top twenty-five players in the league right now. Out of all twenty-five, only three players did not have African-American descent. The twenty-first century has seen some amazing players. Kobe Bryant, a black player who won five championships for the Lakers, is one of the greatest of this generation along with Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett, and Allen Iverson. The player that stands out the most though, is Lebron James. He is the only one that people think can be better than Jordan. It is hard to compare them at two different positions, but Lebron has a way of taking over the game that people love to watch. With so many blacks in the league, today’s NBA is a lot different from the NBA fifty years ago.

African-Americans are known as some of the best athletes the world has seen. In basketball, it is no different. In 2015 Bleacher Report ranked the top 100 greatest players of all time. Each player was given a score based on playoff performance, career contributions, MVP awards, and other important metrics. Out of the 100 players, sixty-eight of them were either African-American or were of African-American descent, and the top seven players were all African-American.6 This just shows how much of an impact blacks have had on the league.

African-Americans have affected the game of basketball forever. When they came into the league, they showed how great they really could be. Every decade got more dominant, and now today the league is almost entirely black. One of the best white players ever, Larry Bird, once said “It is a black man’s game and it will be forever.”

 

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