This year’s draft class could end up as one of the deepest groups in years. The 2017 NBA Draft could yield several stars and change the destinies of downtrodden franchises. Last year’s draft was focused on two, maybe three players, but 2017 seems to have six or seven players that can change a team’s outlook for the better.

Forgive my brevity, more detailed reports will come closer to the draft process. Please remember there’s a difference between college production and NBA potential/projection.

  1. Markelle Fultz (PG/SG, Washington) – Clear cut No.1. Barring catastrophic injury he should go first overall. Undisputed stud.
  2. Josh Jackson (SF, Kansas) – Lockdown perimeter defender with a great NBA body. If he can find a reliable shot from beyond the arc, he could be one of the best small forwards in the game. Gritty competitor
  3. Dennis Smith Jr. (PG, NC State) – 6’3 purebred scorer, with serious athleticism. If you’ve never seen him play just watch his film from the big win over Duke.
  4. Jonathan Issac (PF/SF, Florida State) – Issac’s upside is as high as anyone else’s in this draft, except Fultz. Tweener forward with tremendous versatility defensively with a reliable offensive game.
  5. Lonzo Ball (PG, UCLA) – I’m not in love with Ball like some people. He’s an abnormally gifted passer and underrated defender, but I’m not seeing projections as an efficient/consistent NBA scorer
  6.  Jayson Tatum (SF, Duke) – Smooth offensive game, but needs to develop a three-point shot. Great frame and defensive potential and could possibly play a little small-ball four at the next level.
  7. Malik Monk (SG, Kentucky)Malik Monk gets buckets. Think JR Smith but smaller
  8. Frank Ntilikina (PG, France) – Ideal height and length for the point guard spot. Has the potential to be a defensive force, and a consistent mid-close range scorer. (Haven’t seen much of him because he doesn’t play NCAA basketball)
  9. Lauri Markkanen (PF, Arizona) – Has the ideal offensive skill set for a stretch-four. Great outside shooter with enough skill to put the ball on the floor and get to the basket. Offensive game shows flashes of Kevin Love.
  10. Harry Giles (PF, Duke) – I’m 100% aware of his injury history and his underwhelming college production, but think potential here. Superb rebounder, developing offensive skill set, fantastic athleticism, and the ability to guard multiple positions. Teams will recognize that come draft night.
  11. OG Anunoby (SF, Indiana) – First things first, OG is a sweet name. Standing 6’8 with a 7’5 wingspan is absolutely freakish. His knee injury will no doubt hurt his stock, considering he showed no offensive improvement beforehand. Nothing stands out for Anunoby offensively, but he could be one hell of an NBA defender.
  12. De’Aaron Fox (PG, Kentucky) – Fox’s game is predicated on athleticism. Can blow by his defender, excels in transition. Biggest thing holding him back is the lack of a jumper.
  13. Miles Bridges (SF/PF, Michigan State) – Bridges’ draft stock is fragile. His 6’7 230ish frame added with his elite athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect, but if he continues to fail at indicating his NBA offensive role, expect his stock to drop.
  14. Ivan Rabb (PF, California) – Fundamentally sound overall game. Rebounds, scores, defends, and most of his short comings are due to his thin build (6’10, 220 lbs.)
  15. Bam Adebayo (C, Kentucky) – No frills, no flash. Bam is old-school. He’s a physical presence on both sides of the ball, and will take any opportunity to dunk on your head.
  16. Isiah Hartenstein (PF, Germany) – Another stretchy European big man (born in America, raised in Germany). His offensive skill set is what has the attention of NBA front offices, but immaturity in his overall game and body (born in 1998) could make him a prime draft-and-stash candidate
  17. Justin Patton (C, Creighton) -Nobody has risen up draft boards faster than Patton. He was a virtual unknown before the season and now he’s garnering first round buzz.
  18. Jarrett Allen (C, Texas) – Long and smooth athlete that uses his frame in all facets of his game. Constantly active !
  19. Robert Williams (PF, Texas A&M) – 6’9 237 lbs. and is boasting a stat-line of 11 and 6 per while shooting 61% from the floor, not bad right  ?
  20. Ike Anigbogu (C, UCLA) – Anigbogu is looking like a prototype NBA backup center. He’ll be a sparkplug big coming off the bench with his ability to; rim-run, block shots, and crash the glass.
  21. Terrence Ferguson (SG, Adelaide 36ers) – Freakish athleticism paired with a jump-shot and a 6’7 body. He’ll intrigue a team in the ballpark of the 20th selection.
  22. Jaron Blossomgame (SF/PF, Clemson) – A tweener forward with the ability to defend multiple positions and has the shooting stroke to find a real offensive role. Could very well move up in a few weeks.
  23. Zack Collins (PF, Gonzaga) – Great blend of big-man’s game and perimeter skills. Can flux between both when needed. Now if only Gonzaga played real competition…
  24. Josh Hart (SF, Villanova) – I’m higher on him than most, but answer me one question. What doesn’t he do ?… Exactly ! Moving on !
  25. Tyler Lydon (PF, Syracuse) – Typical stretch-four material, but he goes to ‘Cuse so don’t expect any legit NBA defense.
  26. Juwan Evans (PG, Oklahoma State) – Sorry if my analysis is getting lazy, but just insert every stereotype about a small, really athletic point here.
  27. Thomas Bryant (C, Indiana) – Prime NBA measurements; 6’10, 255 lbs., 7’5 wingspan. He has a great feel for the game and would be higher on most boards if he played on a competent basketball team (Yes I mean you Hoosiers !).
  28. Edmond Sumner (PG, Xavier) – Very quick with the ball for being 6’5. Has the desired NBA playmaking skills, height, and defensive potential and is a jump-shot away from being a top 20 lock.
  29. Alec Peters (PF, Valparaiso) – Small school, semi-big, and his NBA role will be shooting, shooting, and more shooting. I swear there’s an Alec Peters in every draft.
  30. Marques Bolen (C, Duke) – If there’s one guy on this list that could absolutely sky rocket up into the teens its Bolden. The college production has been underwhelming, but has the size and skillset to be one of the best centers in the NBA.
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