Jacob Lane's Final 2017 NBA Mock Draft

Jacob Lane, Staff Writer
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The 2017 NBA Draft is finally here after what feels like months of rumors, Lavar Ball headlines, and now a major blockbuster trade.

On Monday, we saw the Boston Celtics trade the #1 overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for the #3 overall pick, to likely select Markelle Fultz from Washington. While many have criticized the Boston Celtics and General Manager Danny Ainge for moving out of the first spot, which hasn’t been done since 1993 by the Orlando Magic, this draft has a handful of extremely talented guys with none putting themselves head and shoulders above the rest.

Even with a major trade there are so many other storylines in this draft, which will most certainly make a very entertaining night in the Barclays Center on Thursday night.

Louisville fans are most focused on where Donovan Mitchell will land? While we won’t know anything until draft night, I believe that Donovan Mitchell has become a lock to be selected in the top 12 picks, and could even climb into the late single digits. After working out for ten teams, reports have it that several teams have fallen in love with Donovan Mitchell’s game and potential at the next level. Where will Mitchell land? Will it be in the top 10? Any chance he slips past the lottery?

Here is my final 2017 NBA Mock Draft.

2017 NBA Mock Draft

Team

Player

Position

School

Year

1. Philadelphia 76ers

Markelle Fultz

PG/SG

Washington

Freshman

2. Los Angeles Lakers

Lonzo Ball

PG

UCLA

Freshman

3. Boston Celtics

Josh Jackson

SF

Kansas

Freshman

4. Phoenix Suns

De'Aaron Fox

PG

Kentucky

Freshman

5. Sacramento Kings

Jayson Tatum

SF

Duke

Freshman

6. Orlando Magic

Jonathan Isaac

SF/PF

Florida State

Freshman

7. Minnesota Timberwolves

Lauri Markkanen

PF

Arizona

Freshman

8. New York Knicks

Malik Monk

SG

Kentucky

Freshman

9. Dallas Mavericks

Frank Ntilikina

PG

France

International

10. Sacramento Kings

Dennis Smith Jr.

PG

N. Carolina State

Freshman

11. Charlotte Hornets

Donovan Mitchell

SG

Louisville

Sophomore

12. Detroit Pistons

Luke Kennard

SG

Duke

Sophomore

13. Denver Nuggets

John Collins

PF/C

Wake Forest

Sophomore

14. Miami Heat

Zach Collins

C

Gonzaga

Freshman

15. Portland Trail Blazers

Justin Jackson

SF

N. Carolina

Junior

16. Chicago Bulls

Justin Patton

C

Creighton

Freshman

17. Milwaukee Bucks

Ike Anigbogu

C

UCLA

Freshman

18. Indiana Pacers

Harry Giles

PF

Duke

Freshman

19. Atlanta Hawks

OG Anunoby

SF/PF

Indiana

Sophomore

20. Portland Trail Blazers

Jarrett Allen

C

Texas

Freshman

21. Oklahoma City Thunder

Semi Ojeleye

SF/PF

SMU

Junior

22. Brooklyn Nets

T.J. Leaf

PF

UCLA

Freshman

23. Toronto Raptors

Juwan Evans

PG

Oklahoma State

Sophomore

24. Utah Jazz

Tony Bradley

C

N. Carolina

Freshman

25. Orlando Magic

Derrick White

PG/SG

Colorado

Senior

26. Portland Trail Blazers

Terrance Ferguson

SG/SF

Australia

International

27. Brooklyn Nets

Dwayne Bacon

SG

Florida State

Sophomore

28. Los Angeles Lakers

D.J. Wilson

SF/PF

Michigan

Sophomore

29. San Antonio Spurs

Anzejs Pasecniks

C

Latvia

International

30. Utah Jazz

Tyler Lydon

SF/PF

Syracuse

Sophomore

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