NBA Mock Draft 2017: Pre-Trade Deadline First-Round Pick Predictions


The NBA trade deadline is upon us.

Teams have until 3 p.m. ET on Thursday to make trades in hopes of making the playoffs and/or competing for an NBA championship.

Some teams are looking for the opposite effect. The 2017 draft class has been heralded as one loaded with elite talent and plenty of depth, making this year’s first-round picks valuable trade assets.

We’ve seen only one of those picks change teams so far. The Sacramento Kings acquired a top-3 protected first-rounder from the New Orleans Pelicans as part of the DeMarcus Cousins trade on Sunday night. We still could see more 2017 first-round selections move before the deadline. All eyes will be on the Boston Celtics to see if they give up their pick swap with the Brooklyn Nets in a trade for a superstar player.

Here’s our sixth NBA mock draft of the season (draft order based on standings as of Feb. 22).

1. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn Nets): Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington
2. Phoenix Suns: Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA
3. Los Angeles Lakers: Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas
4. Orlando Magic: Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke
5. Philadelphia 76ers: Dennis Smith Jr., PG, NC State
6. Minnesota Timberwolves: Malik Monk, SG, Kentucky
7. Dallas Mavericks: Jonathan Isaac, PF, Florida State
8. Sacramento Kings (from New Orleans Pelicans): Harry Giles III, PF, Duke
9. New York Knicks: De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky
10. Portland Trail Blazers: Robert Williams, PF, Texas A&M
11. Chicago Bulls (from Sacramento Kings): Frank Ntilikina, PG, France
12. Charlotte Hornets: Lauri Markkanen, C, Arizona
13. Miami Heat: Isaiah Hartenstein, PF, Germany
14. Denver Nuggets: OG Anunoby, SF, Indiana
15. Milwaukee Bucks: Ivan Rabb, PF, California
16. Detroit Pistons: Jarrett Allen, C, Texas
17. Chicago Bulls: Justin Paton, C, Creighton
18. Indiana Pacers: TJ Leaf, PF, UCLA
19. Oklahoma City Thunder: Terrance Ferguson, SF, Australian League
20. Atlanta Hawks: John Collins, PF, Wake Forest
21. Toronto Raptors: Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State
22. Memphis Grizzlies: Alec Peters, PF, Valparaiso
23. Utah Jazz: Luke Kennard, SG, Duke
24. Washington Wizards: Jonathan Motley, PF, Baylor
25. Los Angeles Clippers: Justin Jackson, SF, North Carolina
26. Brooklyn Nets (from Boston Celtics): Marques Bolden, C, Duke
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

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