as mentioned in Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesESPN’s NBA draft guru Chad Ford released his third 2017 mock draft Tuesday in an attempt to predict which of the top prospects will declare and where they will land in June.
1 overall pick Ben Simmons, The 76ers could put the LSU product at the point on a 76ers team that has plenty of young talent in the frontcourt with Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel.
5 overall to Philadelphia 76ersThere might not be a better big-game threat in the 2017 draft class than Kentucky freshman guard Malik Monk.
The two teams agreed to swap 2017 first-round picks in the 2013 deal that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets.
7 North Carolina in December:The 76ers could create one of the best young backcourts in the NBA by drafting Monk in 2017.
referring to Because of the Brooklyn Nets‘ inability to win basketball games, the Boston Celtics appear destined to own the best lottery odds when the NBA chooses the draft order this summer.
Most NBA evaluators believe Fultz has the best chance of any 2017 prospect to grow into a special player.
ESPN’s Chad Ford has already debated who the Celtics should take if they luck into the top selection, but doubled down on his stance within his latest mock draft, guessing they would select Washington’s Markelle Fultz at No.
In what turned out to be a highly-hyped blowout, Fultz met fellow top prospect Lonzo Ball this weekend.
Fultz has the size and natural scoring ability to play either the 1 or the 2.
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Luke Kennard, SG, DukeLuke Kennard isn’t Duke’s best prospect but he has been Duke’s best player.
Tyler Lydon, SF/PF, SyracuseTyler Lydon was a legitimate NBA prospect after his freshman year and has done nothing but improved as a sophomore.
At best, he’ll be an All-Star combo guard that leads an NBA team in scoring.
De’Aaron Fox, PG, KentuckyNo prospect is faster with the ball than De’Aaron Fox, who has been Kentucky’s most consistent player.
Dennis Smith, PG, N.C. StateDennis Smith was the best player on the court during NC State’s upset of Duke, and he has two triple-doubles so far this season.
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