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2017 NBA Draft Expert Picks and Predictions

2017 NBA Draft Expert Picks and Predictions


The 2017 NBA Draft is just around the corner. While the first few picks are more or less expected to go a certain way, what about the rest of the first round? Let’s find out what some top draft experts – DraftExpress,, and The Ringer – think by taking a look at their complete first-round mock drafts.

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2017 NBA Draft Expert Picks and Predictions

1. Philadelphia 76ers

DraftExpress The Ringer
Markelle Fultz Markelle Fultz Markelle Fultz

Fultz has been the consensus choice for No. 1 pick by draft experts for virtually the entire process. The Washington product has great size for a point guard, not to mention immense potential offensively. He still has a lot of holes defensively, but they aren’t bad enough to see him going anywhere other than the top spot to the Sixers.

2. Los Angeles Lakers

DraftExpress The Ringer
Lonzo Ball Lonzo Ball Lonzo Ball

The Lakers have been busy working out other top prospects like Josh Jackson and De’Aaron Fox recently, but the consensus remains that Ball will most likely fulfill his dream of playing for his hometown Lakers. The UCLA point guard figures to provide the Lake Show with a playmaker they haven’t seen since Magic Johnson ran the Showtime Lakers in the 80’s.

3. Boston Celtics

DraftExpress The Ringer
Josh Jackson Josh Jackson Josh Jackson

There are rumors swirling about the Sacramento Kings potentially trading their two top-10 picks to go up to No. 3. But the Celtics are still in the spot for the time being, and the experts see them taking Jayson Tatum. The small forward out of Duke would be a perfect fit in the green and white offense and back court.

4. Phoenix Suns

DraftExpress The Ringer
De’Aaron Fox De’Aaron Fox Jayson Tatum

DraftExpress and both have the Suns taking Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox. That’s probably not surprising given the Suns’ apparent love of John Calipari backcourt products. They already have former Wildcats Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, Devin Booker, and Tyler Ulis on the roster, so what’s one more UK guard?

5. Sacramento Kings

DraftExpress The Ringer
Jayson Tatum Jayson Tatum De’Aaron Fox

The Kings are in need of some wings after Rudy Gay opted out and Tatum would be a logical choice. However, the Kings have been anything but logical for many years, as the recent rumors of their potential plans to trade up to No. 3 show. If they do stay at No. 5, though, Tatum would be a terrific pick.

Expert Predictions for the rest of the first round

Pick/Team DraftExpress The Ringer
6. Orlando Magic Jonathan Isaac Jonathan Isaac Dennis Smith
7. Minnesota Timberwolves Lauri Markkanen Dennis Smith Jonathan Isaac
8. New York Knicks Malik Monk Malik Monk Malik Monk
9. Dallas Mavericks Dennis Smith Frank Ntilikina Lauri Markkanen
10. Sacramento Kings Frank Ntilikina Zach Collins OG Anunuby
11. Charlotte Hornets Luke Kennard Lauri Markkanen Zach Collins
12. Detroit Pistons Donovan Mitchell Luke Kennard Donovan Mitchell
13. Denver Nuggets Zach Collins Jarrett Allen Frank Ntilikina
14. Miami Heat John Collins Donovan Mitchell Harry Giles
15. Portland Trail Blazers OG Anunoby Justin Patton Luke Kennard
16. Chicago Bulls Justin Jackson TJ Leaf Justin Jackson
17. Milwaukee Bucks Jarrett Allen Harry Giles Justin Patton
18. Indiana Pacers Ike Anibogu Bam Adebayo John Collins
19. Atlanta Hawks Justin Patton Justin Jackson Jarrett Allen
20. Portland Trail Blazers Harry Giles Kyle Kuzma Ike Anigbogu
21. Oklahoma City Thunder TJ Leaf Jawun Evans Terrance Ferguson
22. Brooklyn Nets Anzejs Pasecniks John Collins Tony Bradley
23. Toronto Raptors Terrance Ferguson Terrance Ferguson Rodions Kurucs
24. Utah Jazz Bam Adebayo DJ Wilson Jonathan Jeanne
25. Orlando Magic Isaiah Hartenstein Wesley Iwundu DJ Wilson
26. Portland Trail Blazers Semi Ojeleye Rodion Curucs TJ Leaf
27. Brooklyn Nets DJ Wilson Ike Anigbogu Jonah Bolden
28. Los Angeles Lakers Tyler Lydon Tony Bradley Jordan Bell
29. San Antonio Spurs Ivan Rabb Isaiah Hartenstein Caleb Swanigan
30. Utah Jazz Derrick White Jordan Bell Jawun Evans

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