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NBA Draft Rankings 2017: ESPN Ranks Top 30 Prospects

ESPN ranked the top 30 prospects in this year's NBA draft, and it's clear Bam isn't highly thought of anymore.

NCAA Basketball: Tenn-Martin at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

John Calipari may have been on to something when he said his players need to quit looking at mock drafts.

That could be because he doesn’t want them to be a distraction to the current season, but it may also be a warning to avoid seeing how far their stock has dropped, at least in the case of Bam Adebayo.

The latest 2017 NBA Draft Big Board by ESPN’s Chad Ford has Bam all the way down at 27th overall, putting him in danger of falling out of the first round.

27. Edrice Adebayo,

"Bam" continues to be solid for Kentucky, but his draft stock has been slipping in recent weeks.

He's strong, bouncy and a fierce dunker. However, his inconsistency and so-so rebounding give scouts pause. One NBA exec compared him to Florida's Patric Young; he looks the part, but doesn't always play the part.

And Ford isn’t the only one souring on Bam. At DraftExpress, Bam is ranked as the 22nd-best prospect, though he goes 20th in their latest mock draft. Even that’s a major fall from how highly Bam was viewed in the preseason, but it’s become painfully clear he’s not yet in the same class as other prospects in this year’s draft.

Among them is Malik Monk, who is now ranked sixth overall by Ford.

6. Malik Monk

Monk is the best pure scorer on the board. His deep range and explosive athleticism are a rare combination. But he can be streaky and doesn't always bring enough other strengths to the table to move ahead of the players in front of him.

If he were a couple of inches taller, or a pure point guard, he'd have a strong claim on the No. 1 pick.

Also sneaking in the top 10 was De’Aaron Fox, despite his recent injury and illness affecting his impact.

10. De'Aaron Fox

Fox has also been rising with his recent play.

He's the quickest point guard in the draft and excels in the open court. He's an excellent passer and defender, but he's still trying to figure out his jump shot. That 17 percent mark from 3 is a real issue.

DraftExpress ranks Fox eighth overall, while Monk is a spot behind at the ninth spot. If Monk can keep putting up performances like he did Tuesday vs Georgia, he can probably sneak into that 3-4 range.

As for Fox, he could fall victim to circumstance with this being a loaded class for point guards. Lonzo Ball, Markelle Fultz and Dennis Smith will likely go ahead of him, but even as the fourth-best point guard, he’s still worthy of top-10 consideration.

Here’s what ESPN’s entire big board looks like now:

1. Markelle Fultz

Previous rank: No. 1

2. Lonzo Ball

Previous rank: No. 2

3. Josh Jackson

Previous rank: No. 3

4. Dennis Smith

Previous rank: No. 5

5. Jonathan Isaac

Previous rank: No. 8

6. Malik Monk

Previous rank: No. 4

7. Jayson Tatum

Previous rank: No. 6

8. Harry Giles

Previous rank: No. 7

9. Lauri Markkanen

Previous rank: No. 11

10. De'Aaron Fox

Previous rank: No. 9

11. Frank Ntilikina

Previous rank: No. 12

12. Miles Bridges

Previous rank: No. 10

13. Justin Patton

Previous rank: N/A

14. Robert Williams

Previous rank: No. 15

15. T.J. Leaf

Previous rank: No. 14

16. Ivan Rabb

Previous rank: No. 16

17. OG Anunoby

Previous rank: No. 13

18. Isaiah Hartenstein

Previous rank: No. 28

19. Jarrett Allen

Previous rank: No. 19

20. Terrance Ferguson

Previous rank: No. 17

21. Zach Collins

Previous rank: N/A

22. Tyler Lydon

Previous rank: No. 23

23. Rodions Kurucs

Previous rank: No. 27

24. John Collins

Previous rank: N/A

25. Andrew Jones

Previous rank: N/A

26. Donovan Mitchell

Previous rank: N/A

27. Edrice Adebayo

Previous rank: No. 18

28. Luke Kennard

Previous rank: No. 30

29. Marques Bolden

Previous rank: No. 20

30. Tony Bradley

Previous rank: No. 22