2017 NBA Mock Draft: Less than a week from Draft night
2017 NBA Mock Draft
2017 NBA Draft week is upon us and trades are flying.
Time for a new mock draft update from Ben Standig. Local kid Markelle Fultz is the expected No. 1 overall pick, but does Lonzo Ball or Josh Jackson go next?
Meanwhile, does Kentucky's Malik Monk shoot his way into the top 10 ahead of Gonzaga's Zach Collins and Duke's Luke Kennard? And what will the Wizards do at 52?
Click through for his analysis.
1. 76ers: Markelle Fultz
Bio: Philly's current management starts cashing in with assets acquired from former GM Sam Hinkie's bold and insightful "process."
The athletic Fultz's ability on and off the ball fits perfectly with the young core headlined by Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
The 76ers are coming -- if healthy.
You've been warned.
2. Lakers: Lonzo Ball
Bio: Even the most casual of NBA Draft fans know about Lavar's son. Ball's basketball IQ is stellar, which is why there should be few doubts about his ability to run an NBA offense.
His shot isn't so lovely.
That and the presence of D'Angelo Russell could have the Lakers looking at forwards Josh Jackson or Jayson Tatum.
Still, we all want to see Ball in LA, right?
3. Celtics: Jayson Tatum
Bio: The real intrigue is less about the player and more about whether GM Danny Ainge will use this pick as the centerpiece for a blockbuster trade that nets Boston a star.
Tatum is the most NBA-ready of the prospects and would provide the Celtics needed frontcourt offense.
4. Suns: Josh Jackson
Bio: Some believe the dunking and rugged Jackson offers the highest upside of any prospect in the draft.
There's also off-court baggage any team must take on.
That massive potential and his competitive nature is why someone in the top 5 will.
5. Kings: De'Aaron Fox
Bio: In other years, the energetic Fox might be the first point guard off the board.
Based on his NCAA Tournament performance against Lonzo Ball, there's a case he should go ahead of the UCLA standout.
If one of the point guards slips to the fifth pick, the Kings should pounce.
6. Magic: Jonathan Isaac
College: Florida State
Bio: Of all the perennial lottery teams, the Magic's plan is most unclear following a front office shakeup.
Therefore, talent trumps all. Isaac has a ton of talent.
7. Timberwolves: Lauri Markkanen
Bio: When you're a 6-foot-11 European who shot over 42 percent from 3 in college, you get the Dirk Nowitzki comparisons.
That's a lot of pressure, but Markkanen certainly has the stretch-4 game teams covet in the modern era.
8. Knicks: Malik Monk
Bio: The Triangle Offense is staying in Gotham.
The Knicks better find some folks capable of playing within the system.
The shot making Monk -- 40 percent from beyond the arc -- is one of those types.
9. Mavericks: Frank Ntilikina
College: None (France)
Bio: Point guard is a primary need for the Mavericks.
Two interesting options are on the board in Ntilikina and Dennis Smith.
Let's give the nod to the rising international option.
Dallas isn't afraid about finding talent from all over the globe.
10. Kings: John Collins
College: Wake Forest
Bio: This is where the draft could get wonky.
Yes, that's partly because the Kings are the Kings, but it's also where the value of prospects levels off some.
Sacramento does need some scoring pop up front and the 6-foot-11 Collins certainly showed that part of his game in the ACC.
11. Hornets: Zach Collins
Bio: Collins went from "who?" to "whoa!" in short order.
Though not the leading man during Gonzaga's run to the national championship game, the 7-footer's rim protection skills impressed the NBA world.
Going for 14 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks in the semifinal win over South Carolina helped as well.
12. Pistons: Luke Kennard
Bio: The Pistons won't need a shooting guard specifically if free agent Kentavius Caldwell-Pope remains.
But they still need more shooting help regardless. Kennard sank 43.8 percent of his 3-point attempts while averaging 19.5 points during his sophomore season.
13. Nuggets: Dennis Smith Jr.
College: North Carolina State
Bio: Denver spent a top-10 pick on point guard Emmanuel Mudiay.
After two seasons, the natives are getting restless.
Granted, he's only 21, but do the Nuggets use another lottery pick for more help?
14. Heat: Donovan Mitchell
Bio: The measurements are crazy, specifically a 6-foot-2 guard with a 6-foot-10 wingpsan.
That length helped Mitchell generate 2.1 steals per game last season. Miami could use more wing help if free agent Dion Waiters doesn't return.
15. Trail Blazers: Justin Jackson
College: North Carolina
Bio: Portland spends the first of its three first-round selections on an honest-to-goodness upperclassmen.
Jackson blossomed as a shooter and scorer during his junior season.
The Blazers need a 3-man to go with their high-scoring backcourt and center Jusuf Nurkic.
16. Bulls: O.G. Anunoby
Bio: Are we convinced Jimmy Butler opens the season in Chicago? Dwyane Wade?
For the moment we'll say yes, meaning the Bulls can focus on adding frontcourt and shooting help.
Anunoby isn't a perimeter threat, but he might have been a top-10 pick if not for a January knee injury.
17. Bucks: Harry Giles
Bio: Injuries wrecked the 7-footer's college career, but he looked like a potential No. 1 overall selection before his second knee tear.
If Giles returns to that form and he's added to the wow pieces already on the Bucks roster, look out.
18. Pacers: T.J. Leaf
Bio: The Paul George trade rumors are all anybody in the Hoosier state is focusing on now, as they should.
If the Pacers land a deal pre-draft then that could dictate this selection. For now, lets go with a stretch-4 candidate to pair alongside building-block center Myles Turner.
19. Hawks: Justin Patton
Bio: Dwight Howard isn't DWIGHT HOWARD anymore so the Hawks need a young, mobile option behind the hulking vet. Patton turned into one of the nation's top freshman surprises with his interior game.
20. Trail Blazers: Anzejs Pasecniks
College: None (Latvia)
Bio: Seems logical the Blazers use one of their three round one selections on a draft-and-stash. The 7-foot-2 center is getting run in the Spanish ACB league, but needs more seasoning. Shot 66.2 percent from the field last season.
21. Thunder: D.J. Wilson
Bio: The Thunder have size with Enes Kanter and Steven Adams, but that duo doesn't offer perimeter offense. The 6-foot-10 Wilson shot 37 percent from 3 during a breakout junior season.
22. Nets (From Wizards): Bam Adebayo
Bio: Breaking news: The Nets need help everywhere.
With the first of their two first round selections, Brooklyn goes for upside with the polarizing Adebayo.
Not everybody thinks the 6-foot-10, 260-pounder's raw skill set develops on the NBA level.
23. Raptors (From Clippers): Ike Anigbogu
Bio: Even if the Raptors fear free agent point guard Kyle Lowry doesn't return, this isn't a spot for a replacement. The 6-foot-10 Anigbogu only averaged 13 minutes per game as a freshman, but showed impressive work on the offensive boards.
24. Jazz: Isaiah Hartenstein
College: None (Germany)
Bio: With two first round picks, Utah has a little wiggle room if they want to aim high.
The 19-year-old Hartenstein has the needed skills for a 4-man in the modern NBA. He also might stay overseas for a year, which works fine with Utah's financial situation.
25. Magic (From Raptors): Terrance Ferguson
College: None (Australia)
Bio: Orlando apparently whiffed with Mario Hezojna.
That means a long-term shooting guard option remains a need.
The Oklahoma native got a taste of pro ball last season in Australia and showed enough promise to warrant first-round consideration.
26. Trail Blazers (From Cavaliers): Tyler Lydon
Bio: Another 6-foot-10 forward with 3-point range.
Shot 39.5 percent from 3 last season, but also muscled over eight rebounds per game for the Orange.
27. Nets (From Celtics): Jonah Bolden
College: None (Australia)
Bio: From Down Under to UCLA to Serbia, the 6-foot-10 Bolden has had quite the basketball journey already.
That ride took an interesting turn when his name began popping up in late first-round conversation. Everybody wants a stretch-4 no matter where they come from.
28. Lakers (From Rockets): Jarrett Allen
Bio: After going small early, the Lakers go big late.
The 6-foot-11 Allen blocked 1.5 shots per game last season. Having a crazy 7-foot-5 wingspan helps.
29. Spurs: Derrick White
Bio: Maybe the Spurs add Chris Paul or another free agent to shore up their perimeter concerns.
They also need help defending the lane. Perhaps most of all, San Antonio needs a player who can step in immediately.
White, a former D-II player, earned All-Pac 12 honors last season after averaging 18.3 points and 4.3 assists while shooting 40 percent from 3.
30. Jazz (From Warriors): Ivan Rabb
Bio: The Jazz may need a Derrick Favors replacement sooner than later.
The rugged Rabb averaged a double-double (14.0 points, 10.5 rebounds) during his sophomore season.
52. Wizards: Monte Morris (UPDATE: Pick reportedly dealt to Pelicans)
College: Iowa State
Bio: The consummate college point guard might not slide all the way to the Wizards. If he does, they should be very, very tempted with a player who efficiently directed the Cyclones offense.
Morris averaged 16.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting 38 percent from deep. Teams might seek out prospects with more potential. The Wizards need help now.