The 2017 NBA Draft is ready to roll after the lottery is over.
We now know the order of all 60 picks, as it wasn’t set until Tuesday’s lottery revealed how the first 14 picks will play out. The Celtics won the top pick, and they’re widely expected to take Washington’s Markelle Fultz.
How the rest of the draft plays out is anyone’s guess, but you can bet several Kentucky Wildcats will be in the top-10 discussion. Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox have been projected to go within the first eight picks by nearly every mock draft, and ESPN’s Chad Ford is sticking to that.
In his latest mock draft, Ford has Monk going No. 3 overall to the Sixers, though it sounds like Fox will be strongly in the running for this pick.
3. Philadelphia 76ers (via Kings) - Malik Monk
A good but hardly ideal night for the Sixers. They didn't get the Lakers pick (though they will get it next year), and their own pick actually fell to fifth. But they moved up to third because of a savvy Sam Hinkie trade made years earlier allowing them to swap places with Sacramento.
Still, it's a tough spot as the Sixers wanted either Fultz or Ball. Now the choice is tougher. But they need shooters and Malik Monk should be there for the taking. Or they can go with the toughness of De'Aaron Fox to bolster their perimeter defense.
Coach Brett Brown plans on putting the ball in Ben Simmons' hands next year, so right now Monk looks more likely. But Fox has a lot of fans in the Sixers' front office and Brown loves gritty players.
As for Fox, he lands with the Kings at No. 5:
5. Sacramento Kings (via 76ers) - De’Aaron Fox
The Kings desperately want to bring in a young point guard to pair with Buddy Hield, Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein.
Fox is the quickest and most explosive guard in the top group of prospects. He also may be the toughest, which should be a godsend for coach Dave Joerger.
Fox's jump shot is shaky and he can't go right, but he's one of the hardest-working, most competitive players in the draft and the sort of culture changer that the Kings really need.
The next Wildcat to hear his name called is Bam Adebayo, who goes No. 23 to the Raptors:
23. Toronto Raptors (via Clippers)
"Bam" is an explosive athlete and has an NBA body. The teams that like him are enamored with his ability to guard in the paint and on the perimeter. Having bigs who can switch is a major priority in the league right now.
His offensive game is still pretty raw but might be more advanced than he showed at Kentucky this year.
Ironically, Bam could replace fellow Wildcat Patrick Patterson, who is set to hit free agency this summer.
The final Wildcat to hear his name called in Round 1 is none other than Hamidou Diallo. who goes No. 27 to the Nets:
27. Brooklyn Nets (via Celtics) - Hamidou Diallo
The Nets need to be swinging for the fences in this draft, and Diallo has all the makings of a boom-or-bust-type prospect. He has elite physical tools, including a 44½-inch maximum vertical, which was the second-highest ever tested at the combine. He also has elite length for his position.
However, his lack of consistent perimeter skills and overall feel for the game have some scouts wondering if he's more of an athlete than a basketball player. If he decides to stay in the draft, he's worth the risk.
It remains to be seen if Diallo will remain in this draft, but if Brooklyn promises to take him with with the No. 22 or 27 pick, he probably stays in it.
Here is how the entire first round played out:
1. Boston Celtics (via Nets) - Markelle Fultz
2. L.A. Lakers - Lonzo Ball
3. Philadelphia 76ers - Malik Monk
4. Phoenix Suns - Josh Jackson
5. Sacramento Kings - De'Aaron Fox
6. Orlando Magic - Jayson Tatum
7. Minnesota Timberwolves - Jonathan Isaac
8. New York Knicks - Dennis Smith
9. Dallas Mavericks - Frank Ntilikina
10. Sacramento Kings (via Pelicans) - Zach Collins
11. Charlotte Hornets - Lauri Markkanen
12. Detroit Pistons - Luke Kennard
13. Denver Nuggets - OG Anunoby
14. Miami Heat - Harry Giles
15. Portland Trail Blazers - John Collins
16. Chicago Bulls - Donovan Mitchell
17. Milwaukee Bucks - Terrance Ferguson
18. Indiana Pacers - TJ Leaf
19. Atlanta Hawks - Jarrett Allen
20. Portland Trail Blazers - Ike Anigbogu
21. Oklahoma City Thunder - Justin Jackson
22. Brooklyn Nets - Justin Patton
23. Toronto Raptors - Edrice Adebayo
24. Utah Jazz - Tony Bradley
25. Orlando Magic - Frank Jackson
26. Portland Trail Blazers - Isaiah Hartenstein
27. Brooklyn Nets - Hamidou Diallo
28. Los Angeles Lakers - Ivan Rabb
29. San Antonio Spurs - Jonathan Jeanne
30. Utah Jazz - Moritz Wagner