NBA Free Agent Fits

By: Dylan Stagge

Now that the NBA Draft is over, it’s time to move into NBA Free Agency! In this article, I am coming up with 5 free agent fits that make sense (Not where I think they’ll end up, but a fit that is fun/makes sense).

REUNION IN PHILLY

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Andre Iguodala goes back to the place where he spent the first eight years of his NBA career, Philadelphia. The Sixers are able to make Iguodala a much bigger offer (probably about 3 years, $60 million) than Golden State will be able to. With two championships and a Finals MVP under his belt from GSW, Iggy bolts for the money and teams up with the Process to help mentor the young guys.

BLAKE & RUSS

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Although I don’t think this will happen and certainly hope it doesn’t as a Clippers fan, Blake Griffin teaming up with Russell Westbrook would certainly be fun to watch. Two of the most high-flying, explosive dunkers on the same team would create an insane highlight reel. Although OKC can’t afford Blake right now, they would probably do a sign and trade with the Clippers, parting with either Steven Adams or Enes Kanter to make room (which I’m sure they’d be willing to do).

BUTLER TO BOSTON

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Not Jimmy Butler, but a Butler University reunion in Boston. Gordon Hayward heads to Boston to team up with his college head coach, Brad Stevens and the Celtics. Jae Crowder can slide down to the 4 and the Celtics could create a starting lineup of IT, Avery Bradley, Hayward, Crowder, and Horford with Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum coming off the bench. The Cavs better watch out.

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NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Toronto Raptors

Tony Parker is too old and Patty Mills is a free agent. The Spurs need a spark in their roster and Kyle Lowry needs out of Toronto if he ever wants to see a Larry O’Brien trophy. If the Spurs can get rid of Tony Parker’s $15 million next year get back Pau Gasol, Dwayne Dedmon, and Johnathan Simmons along with Kyle Lowry, they just might have a chance at competing with the Warriors next year.

KING-TAVIOUS CALDWELL-POPE

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The Kings are losing Rudy Gay, Ben McLemore, and Tyreke Evans to free agency. Their only remaining wings are Buddy Hield and new draftee Justin Jackson. With only $50 million currently on the Kings payroll for next season, they might as well take a chance on a young wing with lots of potential.

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Final 2017 NBA Mock Draft

Check out Dylan and Jason’s final mock drafts before the NBA Draft tonight!

Check out our Live Mock Draft on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/WzPvGBkuINU

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

Dylan Stagge’s NBA Big Board

  1. Markelle Fultz

Fultz is an elite offensive weapon. His ability to make tough shots and get to the rim with his height is amazing. Many of his weaknesses came from lack of effort, which I believe will improve leaving the terrible situation in Washington. His offensive skillset and defensive potential are unmatched by any other prospect in the draft.

Player Comparison: James Harden

  1. Lonzo Ball

Ball’s height, defense, transition, and range makes him one of the best PG prospects to come out in a while. However, I don’t see the quickness, and the lack of a mid range game along with some baggage in his dad (especially if he doesn’t go to the Lakers) pushes him below Markelle Fultz.

Player comparison: Jason Kidd

  1. Josh Jackson

Josh Jackson has a lot of versatility and athleticism in his game. He can score from anywhere inside the 3 point line and excels in making explosive plays. However, he is undersized to be able to truly be a defensive stopper at 207 lbs. Lebron James and big 4s will dominate him. Once Jackson fills out and improves the 3 point shooting, he will be an all-around great 3.

Player Comparison: Justice Winslow

  1. Jayson Tatum

Jayson Tatum reminds me of Melo, and I think that is exactly what he becomes in the NBA. He doesn’t have elite athleticism, but doesn’t have any glaring weaknesses either. Mid range game is strong and can continue to improve on defense.

Player Comparison: Melo

  1. De’Aaron Fox

In the time it took me to write this sentence, De’Aaron Fox just ran around Lonzo Ball again. Fox is speedy and is nearly unstoppable in transition and is a defensive stopper at PG with a 6’3.5 height. Once he fills out and develops a consistent jump shot, it won’t be the last time he drops 39 on Lonzo.

Player Comparison: Dennis Schroeder

  1. Dennis Smith Jr.

Smith is a great all around player and could be a top 3-5 pick in many drafts, but continues to fall down mock drafts. He is a great, explosive scorer, but an average passer and defensive player. With NBA players around him, he will become a better passer. Smith may not be picked until the end of the top 10 or even outside though.

Player Comparison: D-Wade

  1. Malik Monk

Monk has one of the most complete offensive games in the draft. He can shoot the ball from anywhere on the court, but is also streaky. Another downside to Monk is his size, only a 6’4 SG. I compare his game to CJ McCollum, another undersized SG that shoots from everywhere. I think Monk can be just as good in the NBA.

Player Comparison: CJ McCollum

  1. Jonathan Isaac

Isaac is a project, but has the tools to be an elite defender against positions 1-4. He shows flashes on offense, but still has a lot of work. He has a high ceiling that could go as high as Giannis, but could end up being a complete bust.

Player Comparison: Brandon Ingram

  1. Frank Ntilikina

Ntilikina is very raw, especially on offense. He can come in and contribute right away on defense with a 6’5 height and 7’0 wingspan. His offense is a work in progress, but his defensive potential alone gives him a floor of a defensive PG off the bench.

Player Comparison: Dante Exum

  1. Donovan Mitchell

Mitchell has risen quickly up draft boards with his combine performance and athleticism. He does it all: scores from all three levels, is explosive, and is solid on D. His ceiling would be Dwyane Wade and a floor would be Trey Burke.

Player Comparison: Avery Bradley

  1. John Collins

John Collins a a bouncy 4 that also shoots the ball well. He did it all for a bad Wake Forest team last year, so his numbers are a bit inflated. He is not polished defensively but has the body to guard both 3s and 4s. Overall solid late lottery pick with Blake Griffin potential

Player Comparison: Blake Griffin

  1. OG Anunoby

OG is a defensive stopper. With his quickness and 7’6 wingspan, he will be lockdown in the NBA. On offense, he finishes well and his jumper has potential. He will never be able to lead a team on the offensive side though, and his knee injury raises some concerns.

Player Comparison: Luc Mbah a Moute

  1. Lauri Markkanen

Markkanen is the Dirk/Porzingis stretch 4 type. He shoots the ball extremely well, and that opens up driving lanes for him. However, I believe Markkanen struggles greatly on the defensive side in the NBA. He can’t guard smaller, quicker stretch fours and big centers bully him. I think Markkanen has a role in the NBA, but won’t be a star.

Player Comparison: Ryan Anderson

  1. Harry Giles

Giles could have been the #1 pick in this draft if not for injuries. However, 3 knee surgeries limited his time at Duke and plummeted his draft stock. He still showed flashes post-injuries but if he can get back to what he was before, he will be the steal of the draft.

Player Comparison: Joel Embiid

  1. Luke Kennard

Kennard=JJ Redick- white guys from Duke that shoot the lights out. They also have the same weaknesses though. Kennard lacks athleticism (see: white guy) and only has a 6’5 wingspan. Kennard definitely has a role in the NBA as a shooter with all the 3s teams throw up these days.

Player Comparison: JJ Redick

  1. Zach Collins

Collins is a solid offensive player. He is good around the basket and shot the 3 efficiently when he (rarely) stepped out behind the line. However, he doesn’t do anything exceptional and his defense is below average. I wouldn’t spend a lottery pick on him

Player Comparison: Nicola Vucevic

  1. Jarrett Allen

Long, rangy, athletic rim protector. Not great yet on offense and is a bit of a project, but lots of potential.

Player Comparison: Tristan Thompson

  1. Justin Jackson

He shoots the ball well and went back to work on his shooting. He can also guard 3s and 4s in the NBA. He has average athleticism but could become at least a good 3 and D guy.

Player comparison: Matt Barnes

  1. Bam Adebayo

He tested well at the combine and is extremely athletic. He can provide a major impact on defense, but his offensive versatility does not match with the modern NBA big man. His athleticism and defensive potential could turn him into Deandre Jordan though.

Player Comparison: Deandre Jordan

  1. Semi Ojeleye

Ojeleye is big and extremely versatile. He can play 3 positions in the NBA (SG, SF, PF) and his shooting stroke and toughness will find him a role somewhere.

NBA Comparison: Jimmy Butler

  1. Terrance Ferguson

Ferguson decided to go overseas, and gained lots of experience playing against bigger guys at only 18 years old. He could end up being a great scorer in the NBA.

NBA Comparison: Terrence Ross

  1. Justin Patton

Good offensive versatility and scores well as a big man. He is limited defensively though as he is not super quick. Lots of potential though and could be a steal

Player Comparison: Jahlil Okafor

  1. TJ Leaf

Laef is a great, versatile scorer who will have a role somewhere as a stretch 4. However, his defense is limited and I don’t believe he ever develops into more than a bench shooter.

Player Comparison: Josh McRoberts

  1. DJ Wilson

Wilson is a bouncy 4 that can also shoot the ball. He does a little bit of everything and could probably play the 3 too. He isn’t very strong yet, though, and is not a great rebounder. If he continues to improve, he could find a Draymond Green type role in the NBA.

NBA Comparison: Aaron Gordon

  1. Ike Anigbogu

Anigbogu has the tools to become a solid offensive player and a defensive anchor. However, he didn’t play a lot at UCLA and struggled with much of his looks not at the basket. Lots of potential but is definitely a boom or bust prospect.

Player Comparison: Ed Davis

  1. Anzejs Pasecniks

Pasecniks is still underweight for an NBA center, but shows lots of potential to turn into a versatile big man who can step out and shoot the rock. Draft and stash candidate.

NBA Comparison: Myles Turner

  1. Ivan Rabb

Rabb is another guy with stretch 4 potential. He shoots it well and still grabs 10 reb a game. He didn’t do much to improve his stock (in fact dropped it) between freshman and sophomore year, but it could be due to a bad Cal team.

NBA Comparison: Andrew Nicholson

  1. Derrick White

White is a combo guard that can do a little bit of everything (18 ppg/4 rpg/4 ast/1 blk/1 stl). He can come off the bench right away to play either guard spot in the NBA.

NBA Comparison: E’twaun Moore

  1. Isaiah Hartenstein

Hartenstein has a body that can translate to the NBA. He is a good rebounder and is solid defensively. However, he struggles to finish and does not have the jump shot down yet. He has potential as a draft and stash candidate.

NBA comparison: Donatas Montejunas

  1. Tyler Lydon

Lydon does a little bit of everything, and will be a solid 3 and D prospect. He shoots it well and can defend other 3s pretty solidly.

NBA Comparison: Sam Dekker

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.

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