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:
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:
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
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