NBA Mock Draft 2017: Latest First-Round Predictions As March Madness Nears


Selection Sunday is just a few days away, and the sports world will then turn its eyes to the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

Most of the best players likely to be taken in Round 1 of the 2017 NBA Draft will be front and center during March Madness, and for most casual fans, it’ll be their first time seeing the likes of Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and Josh Jackson in game action.

For these players, the NCAA Tournament is a tremendous opportunity to improve their draft stock.

Here’s our seventh 2017 NBA mock draft of the season (draft order based on standings as of March 8).

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: Frank Ntilikina, PG, France
8. Minnesota Timberwolves: Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke
9. New York Knicks: De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky
10. Dallas Mavericks: Lauri Markkanen, C, Arizona
11. Portland Trail Blazers: OG Anunoby, SF, Indiana
12. Charlotte Hornets: Ivan Rabb, PF, California
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: Terrance Ferguson, SF, Australian League
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): Caleb Swanigan, PF, Purdue
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: Terrance Ferguson, SG, USA
30. Utah Jazz (from Golden State Warriors): Jonathan Motley, PF, Baylor

Thumbnail photo via Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Mar 4, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins guard Lonzo Ball (2) signals in the second half against the Washington State Cougars at Pauley Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
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