NBA Mock Draft 7.0: Resetting draft board after Celtics-Sixers trade
BOSTON – Well, the Boston Celtics did it!
Trader Danny struck again, sending the Celtics’ top overall pick to Philadelphia for the No. 3 selection as well as a future first-round pick in 2018 or 2019.
Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, made it clear that he saw little distinction between the top portion of the draft.
So in his mind, moving the pick while getting an additional asset and still drafting a player that they would have considered with the number one pick, is a win-win right?
It is unless the presumptive top overall pick Markelle Fultz turns into an immediate superstar in this league.
Not only would the deal haunt the Celtics for years to come, but it would certainly be a major knock against Ainge who has done an impressive job in his role as the franchise’s basketball operations leader.
“This is certainly a trade that’s under the microscope more than other trades,” Ainge said in a conference call on Monday following the trade becoming official. “We’re not afraid of that.”
The draft order is changed now, with there being a bit of musical chairs among the top prospects.
Here’s a look at CSNNE.com’s Mock Draft 7.0.
1. PHILADELPHIA – Markelle Fultz, G, Washington:
They were chips all-in for Fultz who gives the Sixers a young core that if healthy – and that’s a big ‘if’ – can make them playoff contenders this year.
2. LOS ANGELES LAKERS – Lonzo Ball, G, UCLA:
The smoke screens that the Lakers will go in another direction will continue, but in the end Ball will be a Laker.
3. BOSTON – Jayson Tatum, F, Duke:
His offensive versatility gives him a slight edge over Josh Jackson.
4. PHOENIX – De’Aaron Fox, G, Kentucky:
This pick will fuel speculation that the Suns will replace one Kentucky alum (Eric Bledsoe) with another in Fox.
5. SACRAMENTO – Josh Jackson, F, Kansas:
Getting a player many believe was the second-best player in the draft is certainly a major victory for the Kings.
6. ORLANDO – Jonathan Isaac, F, Florida State:
The defensive potential of Isaac will get him on the floor early in Orlando.
7. MINNESOTA – Lauri Markkanen, C, Arizona:
Big man with stretch-the-floor skills, Markkanen can only help a Timberwolves team that ranked among the NBA’s worst from 3-point range.
8. NEW YORK – Dennis Smith, G, N.C. State:
One of the best at getting points for himself in a flashy style; he’ll fit in well with the Knicks.
9. DALLAS – Frank Ntilikina, G, International:
He doesn’t individually catapult the Mavericks back into the playoffs, but his two-way talent can help them at least be a playoff contender.
10. SACRAMENTO – T.J. Leaf, F/C, UCLA:
Getting Jackson at No. 5 gives the Kings the flexibility to take the best “stretch big” available.
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11. CHARLOTTE – Malik Monk, G, Kentucky:
His upside offensively will remind many of Ben Gordon, an instant offense, go-get-buckets kind of player.
12. DETROIT – Luke Kennard, G, Duke:
Defensive concerns aside, the Pistons desperately need to add shooting and do so with Kenard who shot 43.8 percent on 3’s last season.
13. DENVER — Jarrett Allen, C, Texas:
The Nuggets were 29th last season in defensive rating, so adding a player like Allen who has a 7-5 ¼ wingspan and huge hands, makes a lot of sense.
14. MIAMI – Donovan Mitchell, G, Louisville:
In case re-signing Dion Waiters becomes too pricey, Heat add a tough, gritty undersized shooting guard.
15. PORTLAND – O.G. Anunoby, F, Indiana:
With their depth, the Blazers can afford to take a flier on a really talented player who may miss the entire 2017-2018 season due to ACL injury suffered in January.
16. CHICAGO – Zach Collins, PF/C, Gonzaga:
So much of his game is predicated on playing with high energy, something the Bulls could use more of in the frontcourt.
17. MILWAUKEE – Harry Giles, F, Duke:
With the growth of their already young core, rolling the dice on Giles and his surgically repaired knees is worth the gamble.
18. INDIANA – Bam Adebayo, F, Kentucky:
They need an infusion of talent and toughness, getting a little bit of both with this pick.
19. ATLANTA – John Collins, PF, Wake Forest:
Adding some size and versatility to the frontcourt is on the Hawks’ to-do list.
20. PORTLAND – Justin Patton, C, Creighton:
Needs to add bulk to his frame; wouldn’t be a surprise if he spent most of rookie season on Gatorade-League assignment.
21. OKLAHOMA CITY – Justin Jackson, F, North Carolina:
Versatile defender who could help soften the blow if the Thunder don’t re-sign Andre Roberson.
22. BROOKLYN – D.J. Wilson, F, Michigan:
Good workouts have elevated him from a late-first, early second round prospect to a solid first-round pick who may continue to rise in the coming days.
23. TORONTO – Ivan Rabb, F/C, Cal:
At this point in the draft, Rabb’s rim-running ability and potential makes him a nice addition.
24. UTAH – Semi Ojeleye, F, SMU:
This might seem a bit high for Ojeleye, there’s a very good chance he won’t be around when the Jazz come back around with pick No. 30.
25. ORLANDO – Ike Anigbogu, C, UCLA:
This is a nice “down the road” pick. Has great size, length and quick feet but lack of experience likely to keep him mostly in the G-League as a rookie.
26. PORTLAND – Anzejs Pasecniks, C, International:
With three first-round picks, the Blazers have to take at least one “draft-and-stash” guy.
27. BROOKLYN – Wesley Iwundu, G/F, Kansas State:
Can defend multiple positions, his ball-handling and ability to attack the rim effectively are major strengths.
28. LOS ANGELES LAKERS – Kyle Kuzma, F, Utah:
Shot the ball well at Chicago pre-draft combine last month, followed that up with solid workouts and interviews. Another on-the-rise prospect.
29. SAN ANTONIO – Isaiah Hartenstein, F/C, International:
This 19-year-old lefty has great size and strength, but could use some work improving his shooting mechanics.
30. UTAH – Tyler Lydon, F, Syracuse:
A stretch big who is at his best in catch-and-shoot situations, he isn’t long and doesn’t have impressive lateral quickness which will limit his progress.