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NBA Mock Draft 2017: Chad Ford 1.0

A new NBA mock draft for 2017 shows just how special this freshman class is.

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The 2016-17 college hoops season can't get here soon enough, especially for Kentucky Wildcats fans.

Thanks to another top-ranked recruiting class for John Calipari, UK will once again feature a wealth of uber-talented freshman bound to hear their names called in the NBA Draft. At least, that's what Chad Ford thinks in his 2017 NBA Mock Draft 1.0.

To no surprise, UK point guard De'Aaron Fox is leading the way in this mock, just as he'll be doing for the Cats towards Final Four contention this coming season. But while Fox is the first Cat drafted here, it doesn't come until pick No. 11 when the Bucks grab him.

10. Milwaukee Bucks - De'Aaron Fox

Jason Kidd has been churning through point guards, and the current crop of Michael Carter-Williams and Tyler Ennis was on the trade block all summer. Although Matthew Dellavedova was a solid pick-up, he isn't the long-term answer.

Fox is often compared to a young John Wall. He's super quick and aggressive getting to the basket. If he can get stronger, cut down on turnovers and improve his jumper, he'd be a very interesting addition.

Odds of winning lottery: 1.1 percent

Projected record: 39-43

Up next, Malik Monks makes it into the end of the draft lottery as New York scoops him up at No. 14.

14. New York Knicks - Malik Monk

The Knicks added some veteran help this summer in Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose and Courtney Lee. That should put them on the brink of the playoffs when teamed with Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.

Monk might be a bit undersized (6-foot-3, 185 pounds), but he's both an explosive athlete and a scorer. He could be a good long-term fit for the Knicks at the 2.

Odds of winning lottery: 0.5 percent

Projected record: 40-42

And finally, Edrice 'Bam' Adebayo teams up with John Wall in Washington at No. 15.

15. Washington Wizards - Edrice Adebayo

Bam Adebayo already has the body of an NBA veteran. He's tough, physical and athletic.

His on-court decision-making and offensive game are raw, but on a team such as the Wizards, he'd have plenty of time to develop. You can't teach his sort of toughness and motor.

Projected record: 41-41

Pretty much everyone assumes those three will be first-round selections if and when they do come out next year. However, Ford does not include Isaiah Briscoe, Sacha Killeya-Jones or Wenyen Gabriel in his first mock. All three of those guys have first-round talent, but may need another year in college to showcase it.

The problem for Briscoe is he'd be coming back as a junior, which is always frowned upon by NBA scouts unless they make a Buddy Hield-level jump.

What's even more crazy is how deep this coming freshman class appears to be. 13 college freshman are projected among Ford's first 15 picks, an incredible number for any single class.

Here is how Ford is currently projecting the first round.

1. Philadelphia 76ers* - Markelle Fultz

2. Boston Celtics (via Nets)* - Harry Giles

3. Los Angeles Lakers* - Josh Jackson

4. Phoenix Suns- Dennis Smith

5. Sacramento Kings*- Frank Ntilikina

6. Denver Nuggets - Jonathan Isaac

7. Orlando Magic - Lonzo Ball

8. New Orleans Pelicans - Jayson Tatum

9. Miami Heat - Ivan Rabb

10. Milwaukee Bucks - De'Aaron Fox

11. Minnesota Timberwolves* - Terrance Ferguson

12. Chicago Bulls - Jarrett Allen

13. Dallas Mavericks - Marques Bolden

14. New York Knicks - Malik Monk

15. Washington Wizards - Edrice Adebayo

16. Houston Rockets - Edmond Sumner

17. Charlotte Hornets - OG Anunoby

18. Denver Nuggets (via Grizzlies)* - Lauri Markkanen

19. Atlanta Hawks - Omer Yurtseven

20. Oklahoma City Thunder - Carlton Bragg

21. Indiana Pacers -Tyler Lydon

22. Utah Jazz - Rodions Kurucs

23. Detroit Pistons - Grayson Allen

24. Portland Trail Blazers - Isaiah Hartenstein

25. Toronto Raptors - Jonathan Jeanne

26. Brooklyn Nets (via Celtics) - Miles Bridges

27. Toronto Raptors (via Clippers)* - Kostja Mushidi

28. Cleveland Cavaliers - Thomas Bryant

29. San Antonio Spurs - Jaron Blossomgame

30. Utah Jazz (via Warriors)* - Jalen Brunson