2017 NBA Draft Big Board and Q&A
The draft is quickly approaching with just hours until the 76ers add the third major piece of their future title contending team. Earlier today, I posted my final mock draft and today, I’m going to give you a viewer’s guide so you know what to root for and know more about the players each team picks.
The Big Board
|2||Jonathan Isaac||SF||Florida State|
|8||Dennis Smith||PG||NC State|
|16||John Collins||PF||Wake Forrest|
|24||Justin Jackson||SF||North Carolina|
|42||Dwayne Bacon||SG||Florida State|
Which teams are most likely to swing a deal?
- Detroit looking to move down from #12
- Portland trades out from #20 or #26
- Utah moves up from #24 and #30 into the lottery
- New York looking to move up from #8
- Boston trades down again from #3
- The Lakers move up from #27 and #28 back into the top 12
Which non-lottery players have the most upside?
- Harry Giles, Duke, C
- Terrance Ferguson, Australia, SG
- Tony Bradley, North Carolina, C
- Ivan Rabb, California, PF
- Ike Anigbogu, UCLA, C
- Jonathan Jeanne, France, C
Are there any second round players that could make an immediate impact?
- Tyler Dorsey, SG, Oregon
- Semi Ojeleye, SF, SMU
- Frank Jackson, SG, Duke
- Frank Mason, PG, Kansas
- Josh Hart, SG, Villanova
- Sindarius Thornwell, SG, South Carolina
How is the 2018 draft class shaping up?
There is a terrific top three in the class, but as things tend to go, one of them will likely drop off Harry Giles style, while someone surges from being a borderline lottery pick into the top overall pick discussion. With that being said, here are how things stand today:
- Michael Porter Jr, SF, Missouri
- Luka Doncic, SG, Slovenia
- DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona
- Mohamed Bamba, PF, Texas
- Hamidou Diallo, SG, Kentucky
Special Mention: Tacko Fall, 7’6″ C, Central Florida
Are any superstars on the move tonight?
The biggest names that we could realistically see moved tonight are Jimmy Butler, Kristaps Porzingis, Paul George, DeAndre Jordan, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love. If I had to put money down, it would take 5:1 odds for me to bet on one of those four being dealt tonight. I do think one and potentially three will be traded before July, but because of failed traded attempts, we know already known what it would take to see Butler or Porzingas traded and I don’t think there will be a taker tonight. The Bulls offered Butler to the Celtics for #3 but were denied. The Knicks offered Porzingis for Booker and #4, but were also denied. So unless the Bulls up their offer, presumably to acquire Josh Jackson, Butler will likely be sticking around until they drop their asking price and move him to the Cavs, which is beginning to look inevitable. You can’t fault them for holding onto hope that the Celtics would change their minds, though. I can’t make sense of the non-competitive Lakers actually moving something substantial enough to get Paul George one season early, so let’s not even go there. The Clippers are said to covet Josh Jackson, and while the Suns already turned down their offer of Jordan for #4 and Tyson Chandler, it is possible that Jackson falls to #6 and they make a deal with the Magic, or the Celtics get involved in this one as well, adding the center that they desperately need. With that being said, if the Celtics wouldn’t trade #3 for Butler, there is no way they pull the trigger for DJ. If anything does happen this evening, my money is on the Knicks moving Porzingis and Joakim Noah to the Celtics for #3 and two other conditional firsts.