NBA Mock Draft 2017: Updated First-Round Pick Predictions For All 30 Teams

by NESN Staff

January 18, 2017

The 2017 NBA draft class has been heralded as one of the best in several years.

There are many extraordinarily talented prospects available, and it’ll be interesting to see how that impacts the number of first-round picks moved before next month’s NBA trade deadline. Unlike other sports, first-round picks usually aren’t off limits in the NBA when it comes to trade talks, but teams in need of depth or youth might re-consider that stance over the next few weeks.

The depth and talent of this class also will help teams that are likely to have lottery picks but might not want another young player who’ll take time to develop. The Boston Celtics, who are able to swap first rounders with the last-place Brooklyn Nets, fall under this category. The Celtics need a top-10 player to be a real NBA Finals contender, and trading their 2017 Nets pick could help them acquire this type of star.

Here’s our second NBA mock draft of the season (draft order based on standings as of Jan. 17).

1. Boston Celtics (via Brooklyn Nets): Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington
2. Miami Heat: Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA
3. Philadelphia 76ers: Malik Monk, SG, Kentucky
4. Dallas Mavericks: Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas
5. Phoenix Suns: Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke
6. Philadelphia 76ers (from Lakers if outside top three): Harry Giles III, PF, Duke
7. Minnesota Timberwolves: Frank Ntilikina, PG, France
8. New Orleans Pelicans: Dennis Smith Jr., PG, NC State
9. Denver Nuggets: Lauri Markkanen, C, Arizona
10. Sacramento Kings: Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State
11. Orlando Magic: Jonathan Isaac, PF, FSU
12. New York Knicks: OG Anunoby, SF, Indiana
13. Detroit Pistons: De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky
20. Charlotte Hornets: Isaiah Hartenstein, PF, Germany
10. Portland Trail Blazers: Edrice Adebayo, C, Kentucky
16. Chicago Bulls: Robert Williams, PF, Texas A&M
17. Indiana Pacers: Ivan Rabb, PF, California
18. Milwaukee Bucks: TJ Leaf, PF, UCLA
15. Washington Wizards: Jonathan Motley, PF, Baylor
23. Memphis Grizzlies: Alec Peters, PF, Valparaiso
19. Atlanta Hawks: Justin Paton, C, Creighton
22: Oklahoma City Thunder: Terrance Ferguson, SF, Australian League
25. Utah Jazz: Marques Bolden, C, Duke
21. Brooklyn Nets (from Boston Celtics): Hamidou Diallo, Prep School
24. Los Angeles Clippers: Luke Kennard, SG, Duke
26. Toronto Raptors: Omer Yurtseven, C, NC State
27. Houston Rockets: Jaron Blossomgame, SF, Clemson
28. Cleveland Cavaliers: Josh Hart, SG, Villanova
29. San Antonio Spurs: Kostja Mushidi, SG, Germany
30. Golden State Warriors: Tyler Lydon, PF, Syracuse

Thumbnail photo via Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Jul 5, 2013; Waltham, MA, USA; Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge, left, and owner Wyc Grousbeck, right, listen as new Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens answers a question during a news conference announcing Stevens new position. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
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