2017 NBA Mock Draft: 2 Rounds
Round 1 Picks 16-30
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: May 17, 2017.
Chicago Bulls: Jawun Evans, PG, Oklahoma State
- Chicago needs a starting point guard. They never replaced Derrick Rose andthe Jerian Grant combo with Rondo didn't work versus the Celtics.
- The 6-1 185 lb Jawun Evans averaged 19.2 points per game as a sophomore after averaging 12.9 points per game. He got more points and assists and did a better job getting the offense involved at Oklahoma State. His three point percentage and free throw percentage dropped this season. I said the same thing with Jerian Grant coming out of Notre Dame two years ago which is the one drawback to taking Evans at 17, but he may be an upgrade over Grant long-term.
Previous Pick: Zach Collins, C, Gonzaga
Milwaukee Bucks: John Collins, PF, Wake Forest
- John Collins is averaged a ridiculous 19.2 points per game, 9.8 assists per game, and 0.5 assists per game. John Collins would be good insurance to have if Jabari Parker gets injured again.
Indiana Pacers: Ivan Rabb, PF, California
- Ivan Rabb averaged 14 points per game, 10.5 rebounds per game, 1.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage, three point percentage, and free throw percentage are down from last year. Rabb is still a top 20 talent and can develop into a David Lee type of player.
Atlanta Hawks: Luke Kennard, SG, Duke
- Atlanta has five starters that average double digit points per game. The 6-6 202 lb Luke Kennard is averaging a mind boggling 19.5 points per game at shooting guard and is too good to pass on at this point.
Portland Trail Blazers: Justin Patton, C, Creighton
- Justin Patton is one of the top 2 centers in the 2017 NBA Draft. The 7-0 226 lb center is the best pure center in the 2017 NBA Draft. He's not a power forward/center like the other big men and is a pure center. Patton comes off the board here.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Tyler Lydon, SF, Syracuse
- Tyler Lydon would be an upgrade over Andre Robertson. The 6-10 205 lb Lydon is versatile enough to play small forward or power forward. Lydon needs to do a better job avoiding turnovers though.
Brooklyn Nets: Terrance Ferguson, SG, Adelaide
- The Brooklyn Nets need a shooting guard, small forward, and power forward. Ferguson is the top player on the board at 22 in my mind so I'll keep him here after previously mocking him to Washington. I also strongly considered Anunoby here.
Toronto Raptors: Isaiah Hartenstein, PF, Zalgiris
- His size and power forward possibilities plus the Raptors losing 3 power forwards to Free Agency make him an option for the Raptors at 23. He shows some potential and will be able to help control the boards and dictate the tempo.
Utah Jazz: Alec Peters, PF, Valparaiso
- The Jazz need an upgrade at power forward over Derrick Favors. The 6-9 225 lb Alec Peters averaged 23 points per game and 10.1 rebounds in 2016. Peters seems like someone the Jazz would spend a first round pick on.
Orlando Magic: OG Anunoby, SF, Indiana
- Orlando should get OG Anunoby coming off a season ending injury expecting a steal. OG Anunoby is fantastic value at this point.
Portland Trail Blazers: Rodions Kurucus, SF, F.C. Barcelona
- Portland addresses their final need at small forward here. Rodions Kurucus is the top small forward available here.
Brooklyn Nets: Harry Giles, PF, Duke
- Harry Giles was the top prospect back at the beginning of the year. He falls to Brooklyn due to injuries.
Los Angeles Lakers: Jonathan Jeanne, C, Nancy
- The 7-2 210 lb Jonathan Jeanne averaged 13.7 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game for Nancy's Basketball team in France. Caleb Swanigan is leaning towards returning to school and I also considered Indiana center Thomas Bryant here at 30. Jeane has potential, but he needs to put on 20-50 lbs of muscle as he continues to develop. The Lakers got a first round center in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft too so those centers can push the Free Agent they overpaid for the starting center job.
Previous Pick: Caleb Swanigan, PF, Purdue
San Antonio Spurs: Josh Hart, SG, Villanova
- San Antonio gets a shooting guard for when Manu Ginobli retires. Josh Hart averages 18.7 points per game and was a key piece if not the key piece in Villanova's Championship run.
Utah Jazz: Anzejs Pasecniks, C, Gran Canaria
- Utah takes an International Player to wrap up the first round. Grayson Allen is returning for his Senior Season so Pasecniks gets his spot to wrap up the first round.
Previous Pick: Grayson Allen, SG, Duke
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