Way-too-early 2017 NBA Mock Draft Top 10
2017 NBA Draft: Way-too-early Top 10 mock draft
The 2017 NBA Draft has been talked about as one of the most talent-rich drafts in the league's history, perhaps rivaling a crop of players like the 2003 draft that included LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and many others. Here is a look at a possible Top 10.
No. 10: De'Aaron Fox | 6-4 PG | Kentucky
Fox will run the show for Kentucky in 2016-17. He'll need to add a jump shot, but he is elite in transition with great size.
No. 9: Jonathan Isaac | 6-11 F | Florida State
Isaac made an attempt to enter this year's draft but was unable to do so. His size, ballhandling, and scoring ability will be his biggest draws.
No. 8: Ivan Rabb | 6-11 PF | Cal
Unlike his teammate Jaylen Brown, who was taken No. 3 overall by the Celtics in 2016, Rabb decided to return to school for his sophomore season. It will be his team and his ability to score in the frontcourt will be featured.
No. 7: Thomas Bryant | 6-10 C | Indiana
Bryant is raw, so he probably made the right decision to return to Indiana for his sophomore season. Tremendous motor who outworked Diamond Stone in the lone matchup between Indiana and Maryland this season.
No. 6: O.G. Anunoby | 6-8 SF | Indiana
Remember the 2012-13 season when everyone thought Indiana was Cody Zeller's team, then it became clear that Victor Oladipo was a force? Thomas Bryant will be the centerpiece for Indiana next season, but Anunoby is the kind of ultra-long, versatile defender that NBA execs love. His game is still unpolished and he has to figure it out offensively, but expect him to burst onto the scene in 2016-17.
No. 5: Dennis Smith | 6-2 PG | NC State
Smith is coming off knee surgery, but is the type of ultra-athletic point guard that NBA teams are looking for. From North Carolina, he is a friend of John Wall's.
No. 4: Jayson Tatum | 6-8 SF | Duke
A silky smooth scorer, especially in the mid-range, Tatum simply puts the ball in the basket. He'll likely have to extend his game out to the three-point line to be a more effective scorer in the NBA, but he and Harry Giles (coming up) are the big reasons why Duke is the national title favorite.
No. 3: Markelle Fultz | 6-5 PG | Washington
Fultz went from the JV team at DeMatha (Md.) to the fastest riser in the 2016 class to a projected Top 5 pick. Great size (6-4) and athleticism for an NBA point guard. He is also young for his class, which should make him more intriguing to teams.
No. 2 Josh Jackson | 6-8 SG/SF | Kansas
Jackson is a two-way nightmare for the opposition. Great length makes him a force defensively and he can do everything asked of him on the offensive end. Elite athlete, as well. Would not be surprised if he ultimately goes No. 1 overall.
No. 1: Harry Giles | 6-11 PF | Duke
Giles will play his freshman season at Duke after undergoing two major knee injuries in high school. If he shows he is fully healthy, his combination of size and explosiveness have pushed many to make lofty comparisons already.