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NBA Mock Draft 2017: Chad Ford 7.0 projects all 60 picks

The NBA Draft is oh so close now.

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The 2017 NBA Draft begins Thursday as 60 players from around the world have their NBA dreams realized.

For now, ESPN’s Chad Ford just released a new mock draft that projects all 60 picks, including three Kentucky Wildcats. The first Wildcat to hear his name called is De’Aaron Fox, who teams up with Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere in Sacramento:

5. Sacramento Kings (via 76ers) - De'Aaron Fox

The Kings have also explored moving up to No. 2 or No. 3 in the draft. Their target has been Fox.

Not only is Fox the fastest player in the draft and a major fit at point guard, but he has shown genuine interest in playing for and leading the Kings. If Fox is gone, Tatum seems like the next most likely pick for the Kings.

The Kings badly need a point guard, and they’ve reportedly been very high on Fox coming into the draft. If he’s on the board there, Fox is almost certain to join the Kings.

As for Malik Monk, most projections have had him going in the 6-9 range of this draft. However, Ford thinks Monk could slip all the way down to the No. 11 pick by way of Charlotte:

11. Charlotte Hornets - Malik Monk

This would be a bit of a slide for Monk. He's one of the two or three best shooters in the draft and an elite athlete, but his lack of size and length for his position (at 6-foot-3) have clearly scared away some teams.

While he's in the mix with the Wolves and Knicks, if neither team takes him, this will be his likely landing spot. Grabbing Monk here would be a steal for the Hornets, who could use his shooting to back up both Nicolas Batum and Kemba Walker. Kennard and Donovan Mitchell are both strongly in play here as well.

It’s hard to see a prospect like Monk falling this far, but the Hornets would be a decent team to land with.

As for Bam Adebayo, he once again is being projected as a top-20 selection by way of Portland:

20. Portland Trail Blazers (via Grizzlies) - Edrice Adebayo

This is the second first-rounder for the Blazers and Portland continues to shop it around.

Adebayo is a polarizing prospect, but his physical abilities alone make him intriguing to teams that need mobile big men who can defend both the paint and the perimeter.

Unfortunately, this projection has Isaiah Briscoe and Isaac Humphries going undrafted. Both players should earn invites to NBA training camps, though Humphries may prefer to play overseas.

Here is how the entire first round played out:

1. Philadelphia 76ers - Markelle Fultz

2. L.A. Lakers - Lonzo Ball

3. Boston Celtics - Josh Jackson

4. Phoenix Suns - Jayson Tatum

5. Sacramento Kings - De'Aaron Fox

6. Orlando Magic - Jonathan Isaac

7. Minnesota Timberwolves - Lauri Markkanen

8. New York Knicks - Frank Ntilikina

9. Dallas Mavericks - Dennis Smith

10. Sacramento Kings (via Pelicans) - Zach Collins

11. Charlotte Hornets - Malik Monk

12. Detroit Pistons - Luke Kennard

13. Denver Nuggets - OG Anunoby

14. Miami Heat - Donovan Mitchell

15. Portland Trail Blazers - Harry Giles

16. Chicago Bulls - John Collins

17. Milwaukee Bucks - Ike Anigbogu

18. Indiana Pacers - TJ Leaf

19. Atlanta Hawks - Justin Patton

20. Portland Trail Blazers - Edrice Adebayo

21. Oklahoma City Thunder - Justin Jackson

22. Brooklyn Nets - Andzejs Pasecniks

23. Toronto Raptors - Jonah Bolden

24. Utah Jazz - Tony Bradley

25. Orlando Magic - Jarrett Allen

26. Portland Trail Blazers - Isaiah Hartenstein

27. Brooklyn Nets - Terrance Ferguson

28. Los Angeles Lakers - D.J. Wilson

29. San Antonio Spurs - Josh Hart

30. Utah Jazz - Tyler Lydon

Round 2

31. Atlanta Hawks (via Nets) - Frank Jackson, Duke

32. Phoenix Suns - Derrick White

33. Orlando Magic (via Lakers) - Jawun Evans

34. Sacramento Kings (via Sixers) - Alec Peters

35. Orlando Magic - Mathias Lessort

36. Philadelphia 76ers (via Knicks) - Tyler Dorsey

37. Boston Celtics (via Wolves) - Ivan Rabb

38. Chicago Bulls (via Kings) - Jordan Bell

39. Philadelphia 76ers (via Mavericks) - Edmond Sumner

40. New Orleans Pelicans - Semi Ojeleye

41. Charlotte Hornets - Monte Morris

42. Utah Jazz (via Pistons) - Aleksandar Vezenkov

43. Houston Rockets (via Nuggets) - Caleb Swanigan

44. New York Knicks (via Bulls) - Sterling Brown

45. Houston Rockets (via Blazers) - Frank Mason

46. Philadelphia 76ers (via Heat - Alpha Kaba

47. Indiana Pacers - Johnathan Motley

48. Milwaukee Bucks - Dillon Brooks

49. Denver Nuggets (via Grizzlies) - Jonathan Jeanne

50. Philadelphia 76ers (via Hawks) - Devin Robinson

51. Denver Nuggets (via Thunder) - Simon Birgander

52. Washington Wizards - Kyle Kuzma

53. Boston Celtics (via Cavaliers) - Jeremy Morgan

54. Phoenix Suns (via Raptors) - Kenan Sipahi

55. Utah Jazz - Nedim Buza

56. Boston Celtics (via Clippers) - James Birsen

57. Brooklyn Nets (via Celtics) - Kobi Simmons

58. New York Knicks (via Rockets) - Cameron Oliver

59. San Antonio Spurs - Thomas Bryant

60. Atlanta Hawks (via Warriors) - Davon Reed