NBA Mock Draft 2017: Fresh First-Round Pick Predictions On March Madness Eve

by abournenesn

March 15, 2017

The frenzy that is March Madness begins Thursday when the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament provides fans with remarkable excitement.

Unfortunately, the likely No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, Markelle Fultz, won’t be part of the tournament because Washington didn’t make the field of 68 after going 9-22.

Fultz already has declared for the draft, and even though he’s unlikely to fall outside the top two on most draft rankings, it’s possible he could be overtaken as the top prospect if a player like UCLA’s Lonzo Ball or Kansas’ Josh Jackson stars on a Final Four run. Kentucky star Malik Monk also could rise into the upper echelon with a strong tournament.

Here’s our eighth 2017 NBA mock draft of the season (draft order based on standings as of March 15).

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

Thumbnail photo via Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Mar 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UCLA Bruins guard Lonzo Ball (2) dribbles past the defense of Arizona Wildcats guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright (0) during the Pac-12 Conference Tournament at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
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