The NBA trade deadline has passed, so now it’s time to focus on the rest of the college basketball season before the NBA playoffs begin in mid-April.
Washington point guard Markelle Fultz and UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball have been the top-ranked players in this loaded draft class all season, but Kansas forward Josh Jackson is threatening to crash that group.
Jackson is one of the most well-rounded players in the nation, and his athleticism is off the charts.
His ability to make a profound impact at both ends of the floor reminds us a little bit of Chicago Bulls superstar Jimmy Butler. Jackson is averaging 16.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, and with Kansas primed for a deep run in the NCAA Tournament, his stock likely will increase even more in the coming weeks.
Here’s our seventh 2017 NBA mock draft of the season (draft order based on standings as of March 1).
1. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn Nets): Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington
2. Phoenix Suns: Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas
3. Los Angeles Lakers: Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA
4. Orlando Magic: Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke
5. Philadelphia 76ers: Dennis Smith Jr., PG, NC State
6. Sacramento Kings (from New Orleans Pelicans): Jonathan Isaac, PF, Florida State
7. New York Knicks: De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky
8. Minnesota Timberwolves: Malik Monk, SG, Kentucky
9. Portland Trail Blazers: Robert Williams, PF, Texas A&M
10. Dallas Mavericks: Harry Giles III, PF, Duke
11. Chicago Bulls (from Sacramento Kings): Frank Ntilikina, PG, France
12. Charlotte Hornets: Lauri Markkanen, C, Arizona
13. Milwaukee Bucks: Ivan Rabb, PF, California
14. Denver Nuggets: OG Anunoby, SF, Indiana
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: John Collins, PF, Wake Forest
20. Oklahoma City Thunder: Terrance Ferguson, SF, Australian League
21. Portland Trail Blazers (from Memphis Grizzlies): Tyler Lydon, PF, Syracuse
22. Toronto Raptors: Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State
23. Brooklyn Nets (from Washington Wizards): Dwayne Bacon, SG/SF, Florida State
24. Orlando Magic (from Toronto via Los Angeles Clippers): Justin Jackson, SF, North Carolina
25. Utah Jazz: Luke Kennard, SG, Duke
26. Brooklyn Nets (from Boston Celtics): Marques Bolden, C, Duke
27. Los Angeles Lakers (from Houston Rockets): Caleb Swanigan, PF, Purdue
28. Portland Trail Blazers (from Cleveland Cavaliers): Josh Hart, SG, Villanova
29. San Antonio Spurs: Terrance Ferguson, SG, USA
30. Utah Jazz (from Golden State Warriors): Jonathan Motley, PF, Baylor
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