2017 NBA Draft Lottery: The Instant Mock Draft
- With the 2017 NBA draft lottery settled, The Crossover took its first stab at projecting the first 14 picks. Who will the Celtics, Lakers, 76ers and more take? Scroll down to find out below.
Let the mock drafting begin!
With the 2017 NBA draft lottery coming and going Tuesday night, we now know the order of June's draft. The Celtics, thanks to the Nets, will possess the No. 1 pick on the heels of a deep playoff run. The Lakers, with new management in town, get a chance to select a new franchise star at No. 2. And The Process will get to add another prospect to the cupboard with the No. 3 pick.
But what about the rest of the lottery—including the Knicks at No. 8?
With the cement still wet from the lottery, The Crossover's NBA staff offers its Instant Mock Draft, a quick-hitting look at how the first 14 picks could play out. Although NBA fans have five weeks to study these prospects endlessly, we've provided analysis from Jeremy Woo's latest Big Board of each prospect below.
Without further ado, here's our 2017 Instant Mock Draft.
Fultz stayed the course at No. 1 all season, and is highly likely to remain there as we enter the last leg of the draft cycle, offering a great blend of ceiling and floor, high-caliber bounce and quickness, and the ability to score, run the team and make others better. He’s not a perfect prospect — he’ll need to up his commitment on defense, continue to improve his jumper and corral his turnovers. Washington should have been better last season, but a new environment and NBA caliber teammates should allow Fultz’s gifts to pop even further. He checks all the major boxes for a lead guard and has a strong chance to become the best player in the class when it’s all over.