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Al Iannazzone’s NBA mock draft 2017

Washington guard Markelle Fultz during the second half of

Washington guard Markelle Fultz during the second half of an NCAA game against Arizona, in Tucson, Arizona, on Jan. 29, 2017. Credit: AP / Rick Scuteri

1. Philadelphia 76ers

Markelle Fultz, 6-4, 195

G, Washington, Fr.

Sixers acquired the No. 1 pick from Boston so they could take this scoring point guard. His skills should mesh well with last year’s top pick, playmaker Ben Simmons. With talented big men Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, the Sixers could be on the rise if they can stay healthy.

2. Los Angeles Lakers

Lonzo Ball, 6-6, 190

G, UCLA, Fr.

They’re all-in for next summer when Paul George and LeBron James are free agents after new team president Magic Johnson dealt Timofey Mozgov and D’Angelo Russell to the Nets. Now they need a big, pass-first point guard to run things. They’ll be putting the ball in Ball’s hands.

3. Boston Celtics

Jayson Tatum, 6-8, 206

F, Duke, Fr.

They’re said to be deciding between a scoring small forward (Tatum) and a defensive-minded one (Josh Jackson). It appears they can’t go wrong with either. Boston also could trade the pick for more first-rounders and assets that they could use to acquire an established veteran.

4. Phoenix Suns

De’Aaron Fox, 6-3, 170

G, Kentucky, Fr.

They could take the quick and mature Fox and pair him with Devin Booker to form a strong backcourt for the future. But Jackson is very much in play for the Suns if he’s available. If they grab Fox, it would make Brandon Knight and/or Eric Bledsoe expendable.

5. Sacramento Kings

Josh Jackson, 6-8, 207

F, Kansas, Fr.

With two picks in the top 10, the Kings could make moves. They’re looking for a point guard — they would take Fox if he’s here — or a small forward to replace Rudy Gay. Jackson is a far better defender than shooter, but teams love his versatility and competitive fire.

6. Orlando Magic

Jonathan Isaac, 6-10, 210

F, Florida State, Fr.

Magic needs shooting, scoring and defense, so it could go a few ways. If it’s shooting and scoring, Malik Monk or Dennis Smith Jr. could be the pick. But Isaac is a versatile big who can play and defend multiple positions, and still is growing and developing.

7. Minnesota Timberwolves

Malik Monk, 6-3, 197

G, Kentucky, Fr.

Wolves would like to add shooting and defense, and Monk is the most proven player still on the board. Monk is a pure scorer who can shoot from deep and has some point guard abilities. Arizona’s stretch big man Lauri Markkenan is an option too.

8. Knicks

Frank Ntilikina, 6-5, 190

G, France

Monk, Dennis Smith Jr. and Ntilikina all could be on the board. If Monk is, the Knicks have to think long and hard about him. But they have scouted Ntilikina extensively, and Phil Jackson likes bigger guards who have the versatility to play both backcourt positions in the triangle.

9. Dallas Mavericks

Dennis Smith, Jr., 6-3, 195

G, N.C. State, Fr.

They like Ntilikina, and could try to trade up to grab him. But the strong and explosive Smith is a good second choice if he’s available. Markkanen is on their radar too, and will be labeled as the next Dirk Nowitzki if the Mavs pick him.

10. Sacramento Kings

Lauri Markkanen, 7-foot, 230

F, Arizona, Fr.

He could be gone since he fits what NBA teams love: a versatile big man who can stretch the floor with his shooting. It’s possible the Kings will take a point guard if they don’t at five, but if Markkanen is here it may be hard to pass on his potential.

11. Charlotte Hornets

Donovan Mitchell, 6-3, 210

G, Louisville, So.

They would like to add depth at several positions, but their biggest need may be a backup point guard to play behind or with Kemba Walker. If Smith or Ntilikina don’t fall, Mitchell would be a good fit.

12. Detroit Pistons

Zach Collins, 7-foot, 232

F-C, Gonzaga, Fr.

They could look for a shooter in case Kentavious Caldwell-Pope leaves in free agency, but if Collins is here, they may not look any further. Collins improved throughout his freshman season and is one of the more skilled big men in the draft.

13. Denver Nuggets

Jarrett Allen, 6-10, 234

F-C, Texas, Fr.

They have numerous guards and wing players already, so they could go for a big man here with Allen. Wake Forest’s John Collins and Kentucky’s Bam Adebayo also are possibilities. Allen is good around the basket and runs the floor well. The Nuggets need him to protect the paint.

14. Miami Heat

John Collins, 6-10, 235

F, Wake Forest, So.

Pat Riley usually opts for athletes who can play several positions, and Collins could become one as he further develops. He showed great improvement in his all-around game as a sophomore and is very active around the rim.

15. Portland Trail Blazers

Bam Adebayo, 6-10, 243

F, Kentucky, Fr.

Watch the Blazers. They have three first-round picks and little roster room, so they could deal picks and players or doa little draft-and-stash. But they need a big man, and Adebayo is a terrific athlete who can run the floor and defend.

16. Chicago Bulls

Luke Kennard, 6-6, 205

G, Duke, So.

Bulls were in the bottom third in scoring, field-goal percentage and three-point accuracy. If Kennard isn’t already taken, he would help those areas. He might be the best shooter in the draft. But Chicago could be very busy with the ongoing trade talks involving Jimmy Butler.

17. Milwaukee Bucks

Justin Jackson, 6-8, 200

F, North Carolina, Jr.

Versatile wing player could go earlier, because of his maturity as a player and a person. He’s played in a lot of big games in college. The Bucks want to add more shooting and scoring, and Jackson can help a team right away.

18. Indiana Pacers

Harry Giles, 6-10, 240

F-C, Duke, Fr.

If a wing player like Jackson drops, the Pacers may scoop him up as they prepare for life after Paul George, who could be traded this summer. But someone is going to take a chance on Giles, a top-level prospect before blowing out his knee as a high school senior.

19. Atlanta Hawks

Justin Patton, 6-11, 229

C, Creighton, Fr.

They could look for Paul Millsap’s replacement in case he leaves in free agency, but after trading Dwight Howard to Charlotte the Hawks need a big man. Patton is a player on the rise after an impressive second half of his freshman season.

20. Portland Trail Blazers

TJ Leaf, 6-10, 222

F, UCLA, Fr.

An offensively skilled big man who benefited from playing with and receiving passes from Lonzo Ball. But Leaf also showed he can score inside and out, and can initiate the offense with his passing.

21. Oklahoma City Thunder

OG Anunoby, 6-8, 232

F, Indiana, So.

Had he not suffered a season-ending knee injury, he might be a lottery pick because of his ability to play and defend both forward positions. Can be disruptive on the defensive end, which the Thunder needs after trading Serge Ibaka.

22. Nets

D.J. Wilson, 6-10, 235

F, Michigan, Jr.

Nets finally moved Brook Lopez, and got a center (Mozgov), but they went into the draft looking for big men and athleticism. Wilson has some versatility to his game. Giles, Tony Bradley and Latvian center Anzejs Pasechniks are possibilities too.

23. Toronto Raptors

Anzejs Pasechniks, 7-1, 220

C, Spain

Latvian big man played with Kristaps Porzingis on an under-18 national team, but they’re different players. Pasechniks moves well and has some touch, but he needs to get stronger. Toronto can keep him overseas if they want.

24. Utah Jazz

Ike Anigbogu, 6-10, 252

F-C, UCLA, Fr.

Jazz’s main concerns are re-signing Gordon Hayward and George Hill and building off this past season. Utah could take a chance on the 18-year-old Anigbogu, who has an impressive frame and plays hard, and wait for him to develop.

25. Orlando Magic

Semi Ojeleye, 6-7, 240

F, SMU, Jr.

Didn’t play much his first two seasons at Duke, so he transferred to SMU and excelled, averaging 19 points a game. But he’s 22, so his upside may not be that high. Magic could go with a perimeter player if they go big at No. 6, though.

26. Portland Trail Blazers

Isaiah Hartenstein, 7-foot, 249

F, Lithuania

They could draft this Oregon native and stash him if they can’t make a move with any of their three first-round picks. He’s shown impressive mobility and athleticism as well as some playmaking skills.

27. Los Angeles Lakers

Terrance Ferguson, 6-7, 184

G, Australia, Sr.

Chose to play Down Under rather than at Arizona and that could hurt his stock since he didn’t stand out last year. But teams know his strength is shooting.

28. Lakers

Ivan Rabb, 6-10, 240

F, California, So.

There was talk of Rabb being a lottery pick if he came out last year. He’s mobile, and a good scorer and rebounder, but lacks a perimeter game.

29. San Antonio Spurs

Derrick White, 6-5, 190

G, Colorado, Sr.

They need to get younger in the backcourt. White can play both guard spots, he defends and works hard. He went from playing in Div. II before transferring to Colorado and now could be a first-round pick.

30. Utah Jazz

Tyler Lydon, 6-10, 215

F, Syracuse, So.

Needs to get stronger to be able to defend both forward positions, but he’s a good shooting big man (40 percent from three his two years at Syracuse), and a decent rebounder.


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