2017 NBA Draft Big Board and Q&A

by Bobby Sylvester | @bobbyfantasypro | Featured Writer
Jun 22, 2017

Markelle Fultz will be going number one, but what else will happen?

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

Rank Player Pos Team
1 Lonzo Ball PG UCLA
2 Jonathan Isaac SF Florida State
3 Markelle Fultz PG Washington
4 Jayson Tatum SF Duke
5 De’Aaron Fox PG Kentucky
6 Josh Jackson SF Kansas
7 Frank Ntilikina PG France
8 Dennis Smith PG NC State
9 Malik Monk SG Kentucky
10 Lauri Markkanen PF Arizona
11 Harry Giles C Duke
12 Zach Collins C Gonzaga
13 Terrance Ferguson SG Australia
14 OG Anunoby SF Indiana
15 Ike Anigbogu C UCLA
16 John Collins PF Wake Forrest
17 Jarrett Allen C Texas
18 Ivan Rabb PF California
19 Donovan Mitchell SG Louisville
20 Tony Bradley C UNC
21 Luke Kennard SG Duke
22 T.J. Leaf PF UCLA
23 Bam Adebayo C Kentucky
24 Justin Jackson SF North Carolina
25 Justin Patton C Creighton
26 Anzejs Pasecniks C Latvia
27 Jordan Bell PF Oregon
28 Isaiah Hartenstein C Germany
29 Caleb Swanigan PF Purdue
30 D.J. Wilson PF Michigan
31 Frank Jackson SG Duke
32 Semi Ojeleye SF SMU
33 Jonathan Jeanne C France
34 Kyle Kuzma PF Utah
35 Derek White PG Colorado
36 Isaac Humphries C Kentucky
37 Josh Hart SG Villanova
38 Jonathan Motley PF Baylor
39 Tyler Lydon SF Syracuse
40 Tyler Dorsey SG Oregon
41 Thomas Bryant C Indiana
42 Dwayne Bacon SG Florida State
43 Mathias Lessort PF France
44 Frank Mason PG Kansas
45 Jonah Bolden PF Australia


Which teams are most likely to swing a deal?

  1. Detroit looking to move down from #12
  2. Portland trades out from #20 or #26
  3. Utah moves up from #24 and #30 into the lottery
  4. New York looking to move up from #8
  5. Boston trades down again from #3
  6. The Lakers move up from #27 and #28 back into the top 12

Which non-lottery players have the most upside?

  1. Harry Giles, Duke, C
  2. Terrance Ferguson, Australia, SG
  3. Tony Bradley, North Carolina, C
  4. Ivan Rabb, California, PF
  5. Ike Anigbogu, UCLA, C
  6. Jonathan Jeanne, France, C

Are there any second round players that could make an immediate impact?

  1. Tyler Dorsey, SG, Oregon
  2. Semi Ojeleye, SF, SMU
  3. Frank Jackson, SG, Duke
  4. Frank Mason, PG, Kansas
  5. Josh Hart, SG, Villanova
  6. 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:

  1. Michael Porter Jr, SF, Missouri
  2. Luka Doncic, SG, Slovenia
  3. DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona
  4. Mohamed Bamba, PF, Texas
  5. 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.

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