Although there will likely be many trades on draft day, this mock draft does not include trades.
1. Philadelphia 76ers select Markelle Fultz: PG – Washington
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This 2017 NBA mock draft is a collaborative mock between Rahim Merchant and myself. I took the odd picks and Rahim took the even picks.
PG: Lonzo Ball, Dennis Smith Jr., Derrick White, Derrick Walton Jr. Continue reading “NBA Draft: My Guys”
The Draft Combine, depending on the sport, could be the most important days in an athlete’s life or a few slightly meaningful days that will have a minor impact on an athlete’s draft stock. The NBA and NFL both have combines where athletes display their measurables and athletic abilities. They run different drills, but these drills have the same purpose of measuring an athlete’s athletic abilities and limitations. Some athletes have more at stake at the combine than others. It depends on their skill set and questions surrounding their athletic abilities and health. Every athlete has their own unique experience, but there’s one thing universally agreed upon by NFL and NBA draft experts; the NFL Draft Combine has a greater impact on a player’s draft stock than the NBA Draft Combine. Continue reading “The Draft Combine: NFL vs. NBA”
Golden State Warriors defeat San Antonio Spurs 136-100: The Warriors dominated the Spurs to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. The Spurs have looked shell shocked after their superstar Kawhi Leonard re-injured his ankle in the first game of the series. Jonathon Simmons was the only player that stepped up for the Spurs, leading the team with 22 points. LaMarcus Aldridge only scored 8 points. He’s been a major disappointment since joining the Spurs. He looked timid all game. He’s the best player on the Spurs now that Kawhi Leonard is injured. His lackluster performances this postseason are inexcusable. The Warriors dominated the game from the start. The game was over before halftime. The Spurs will need to step up their intensity in game three if they want to keep their season alive. These two teams will play game three on Saturday in San Antonio.
- Boston Celtics
- Los Angeles Lakers
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Phoenix Suns
- Sacramento Kings
- Orlando Magic
- Minnesota Timberwolves
- New York Knicks
- Dallas Mavericks
- Sacramento Kings
- Charlotte Hornets
- Detroit Pistons
- Denver Nuggets
- Miami Heat
- Boston Celtics: Markelle Fultz: PG – Washington
With the first pick in the draft, the Celtics need to draft the best player. Markelle Fultz is the best player in the draft. They already have Isaiah Thomas, but he has only 2-3 elite seasons left. It’s better to get rid of a star a year too early than a year too late. Thomas and Fultz may be able to coexist, but the long-term point guard for the Celtics should be Fultz. He’s the obvious choice.
- Phoenix Suns: Josh Jackson: SF – Kansas
The choice for the Suns is between Josh Jackson and Lonzo Ball. If the Suns are ready to trade away Eric Bledsoe, the choice should be Ball. If they want to keep Bledsoe after his career year, the choice should be Jackson. They are both similarly ranked players, so this pick will be made because of need. The Suns have emerging star Devin Booker as their shooting guard, but he’s not a good defender. They need a wing defender to start with Booker. T.J. Warren is a great offensive small forward, but he doesn’t fit in a starting lineup with Booker. He’d be a better sixth man off the bench. Jackson needs to improve his offensive game, but he has the potential to be a 3-and-D superstar.
- Los Angeles Lakers: Lonzo Ball: PG – UCLA
- Hamidou Diallo: SG – Kentucky
Although Hamidou Diallo didn’t play for Kentucky last season, there’s a chance that he enters this year’s NBA Draft. He had a dominant performance at the combine. His wingspan measured at nearly 7 feet, and he posted a 44.5 inch vertical leap. He’s an intriguing boom-or-bust prospect, but some team will likely take a first round flier on him because of his skill set and combine performance.
- Jordan Bell: PF – Oregon
San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors: The Warriors host the Spurs in game two of the Western Conference Finals. After a controversial game one, the Warriors look to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. The Spurs will be playing without superstar Kawhi Leonard because of an ankle injury that he re-aggravated in game one. Zaza Pachulia injured Leonard on a questionable play that many people (including myself) think was dirty and intentional. Given Pachulia’s history, he doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt. The Warriors were being dominated before Leonard’s injury. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were fantastic in game one, and will have a better chance of dominating again without Leonard’s presence on defense. This should be an easy win for the Warriors.
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