1. Boston Celtics (via Brooklyn Nets)- Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas, Fr.
Jackson was the best wing player in the 2016 recruiting class. His athleticism and length make him look like and Andrew Wiggins clone wearing the Kansas uniform.
2. Philadelphia 76ers- Dennis Smith Jr., PG, NC State, Fr.
Most teams don’t draft by position need in the draft, but the 76ers really need a point guard.
3. Los Angeles Lakers- Markelle Fultz, G, Washington, Fr.
Fultz is a combo guard that could compliment D’Angelo Russell down the road.
4. Denver Nuggets- Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke, Fr.
Denver has Emmanuel Muddiay and Jamal Murray at the guard spots and some good players down low so taking the talented wing from Duke makes sense.
5. Phoenix Suns- Harry Giles, PF, Duke, Fr.
A lot of guard play still for the Suns, they need more good post players.
6. Sacrament Kings- Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA, Fr.
What a mess the Kings have. If they keep Demarcus Cousins for the rest of the season, they need a point guard to feed him the ball.
7. Orlando Magic- Jonathan Isaac, F, Florida State, Fr.
Isaac is a lot like Brandon Ingram, but probably has a lower ceiling.
8. New Orleans Pelicans- Frank Ntilikina, PG, France
The Pelicans need more perimeter players to surround Anthony Davis with. Ntilikina is a big, athletic, play-making point guard.
9. Miami Heat- De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky, Fr.
Fox is already getting compared to John Wall. He is one of the fastest players in the class.
10. New York Knicks- Bam Adebayo, PF, Kentucky, Fr.
A lot of scouts think that Adebayo is the most NBA-ready player in college basketball. His body is a lot like a young Dwight Howard’s.
11. Milwaukee Bucks- Grayson Allen, G, Duke, Jr.
The Bucks need guys who can hit shots. We know what Allen is, some freshmen we don’t know a lot about will pass him up by season’s end.
12. Washington Wizards- Ivan Rabb, PF/C, Cal, So.
Rabb has some good post moves, but needs to work on his rebounding for NBA-level competition.
13. Chicago Bulls- Marques Bolden, C, Duke, Fr.
He has really good control of his body on both ends of the floor, but needs to add strength.
14. Houston Rockets- Isaiah Hartenstein, PF/C, Germany
Porzingis’ great start in the NBA helps out all verastile European big men in the eyes of scouts, including Hartenstein.
15.Charlotte Hornets- Tyler Lydon, F, Syracuse, So.
Lydon has the shooting ability to stretch the floor for NBA teams.
16. Minnesota Timberwolves- Jaron Blossomgame, F, Clemson, Sr.
He isn’t great at anything, but Blossomgame is solid at every facet of basketball.
17. Dallas Mavericks- Edmond Sumner, PG, Xavier, So.
There are a lot of big point guards in this class and Sumner could be the most athletic in the class.
18. Detroit Pistons- Malik Monk, SG, Kentucky, Fr.
Fran Fraschila has compared Monk to Russell Westbrook already. He might have a better three point shot and lack some of Westbrook’s athleticism.
19. Atlanta Hawks- Rawle Alkins, G, Arizona, Fr.
Alkins got off to a slow start at Arizona, but will have plenty of chances due to their thin roster.
20. Oklahoma City Thunder- Terrance Ferguson, G/F, USA
OKC needs wing players and Ferguson is a good shooter that can also slash to the basket.
21. Indiana Pacers- Miles Bridges, F, Michigan State
Bridges scored 21 points in his debut game, but needs to hit more jump shots to move up draft boards.
22.Denver Nuggets (via Memphis Grizzlies)- Moses Kingsley, PF/C, Arkansas, Sr.
In order to be a very effective at the next level he needs to develop more on offense, but does have great energy and production.
23. Portland Trail Blazers- Malik Pope, PF, San Diego State, Jr.
Pope needs a jump in production to earn a first round grade from scouts, but stretches defenses with his shooting touch from deep.
24. Utah Jazz- LeGerald Vick, SG, Kansas, So.
Vick has potential, but has to fight for time on the court at Kansas.
25. Nets (via Celtics)- V.J. Beachum, G/F, Notre Dame, Sr.
He has great size and a good shooting touch, but needs to work on his ball-handling.
26. Toronto Raptors- Tyler Roberson, F, Syracuse, Sr.
Roberson isn’t a great shooter, so therefore needs to add some strength to play on the inside in the NBA.
27. Toronto Raptors- Monte Morris, PG, Iowa State, Sr.
The best quality that Morris has is how well he protects the ball. His assist to turnover ratio last year was 3.67/1.
28. San Antonio Spurs- Thomas Bryant, PF/C, Indiana, So.
In his first game against Kansas, Bryant came out of the gates hot. He can score, but isn’t really athletic and needs to work on his defense.
29. Utah Jazz (via Golden State Warriors)- Chris Boucher, PF/C, Oregon, Sr.
Defense and Rebounding are issues, but he is a decent shooter, with decent size.
30. Cleveland Cavaliers- Jarrett Allen, C, Texas, Fr.
Allen has potential, but has to work on his passing from the post.
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