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NLL Insider - Mock Draft

by smokey, updated on Wednesday, June 14 2017, 12:03 am EST

1. ATLANTA HAWKS

Markelle Fultz

Point Guard

6’4”

Is Fultz the obvious choice? Some might argue that the Hawks need some help at the 3, but with Jrue Holidays futer as a Hawk in the air Fultz fits the bill and will start the rebuild nicely for Atlanta.

2. DALLAS MAVERICKS

Josh Jackson

Small Forward

6’8”

Dallas went into full rebuild mode early in the season, and it has paid off landing the #2. Ball is a serious contender here, but they may have some faith in Mudiay for the future so they select Jackson.

3. LA CLIPPERS (VIA POR)

Lonzo Ball

Point Guard

6’6”

Clippers are in a great spot having their choice of the next 2 prospects. Ball is brought in and they look at running a three guard system of Booker, Russell and Ball.

4. LA CLIPPERS

Jonathan Isaac

Small Forward/Power Forward

6’11”

With the team already having a lot of guys who can score, Isaac is a good selection, even though his small frame might get pushed around. He will grow into his body, and with his massive wing span will help at the defensive end of the floor.

5. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES

Jayson Tatum

Small Forward

6’8”

Grizzlies need a little bit of love everywhere. With two young big guys already in Papagiannis and Chriss they will take the best available talent and Jayson Tatum will help the team head in the right direction.

6. TORONTO RAPTORS

Malik Monk

Shooting Guard

6’4”

Small Forward is the only position that is really locked down by Crowder. Carl looks to Malik Monk to add that scoring touch. Monk is a deadly shooter, and will get better on other parts of his game as his career goes on.

7. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (VIA MIA)

De’Aaron Fox

Point Guard

6’4”

With recent trades, the wolves look nice at every starting position. The weakest link to me is the PG spot. Spud jumps at taking De’Aaron fox as he can add some explosive speed on the floor. Not the best shooter, but plenty of time to work on that side of his game.

8. DALLAS MAVERICKS (VIA DET)

Frank Ntilikina

Point Guard

6’5”

The Mavericks are back on the board continuing their rebuild. Ntilikina has great athleticism, speed and a big wing span. But like Mudiay has an inconsistent jump shot, But Dallas take him anyway.

9. INDIANA PACERS

Dennis Smith

Point Guard

6’3”

Pacer fans are jumping for joy! If it wasn’t for so many PG prospects in this draft Smith would go a lot higher. One of the most explosive athletes on the draft, but is there a worry about him tearing his ACL about a year ago?

10. ATLANTA HAWKS (VIA ORL)

Lauri Markkanen

Power Forward

7’0”

Atlanta Add Lauri Markkanen here. With Fultz already on the team, Markkanen will add a lot on offense in the catch and shoot scenario. But has some work to do on his defensive game.

11. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (VIA PHO)

Luke Kennard

Shooting Guard

6’6”

Kennards stocks have risen lately and some may be surprised to see him go this high. The Grizzlies need some scoring flare and Kennard adds that. He has come a long way since his freshman year where he was underwhelming, but has landed himself inside the top 15.

12. DALLAS MAVERICKS (VIA NO)

Zach Collins

Power Forward/Centre

7’0”

With Zubac and Noel the likely starters, Dallas will need some backup power to team with Henry Ellenson. Zach Collins produced well off the bench for Gonzaga and will come in with a similar role for the Mavericks.

13. CHARLOTTE HORNETS

Justin Jackson

Small Forward

6’8”

There is a lot of good young talent on this team, and with Evan Turner on the block it opens the door for a player Like Justin Jackson. He is a good all round player and a good selection here for the Hornets.

14. LA CLIPPERS (VIA UTAH)

John Collins

Power Forward

6’10”

There is a couple of big guys who could go at this spot, but Clippers go with John Collins. Has a good interior presence, but lacks any outside game. Add his inside game with Lonzo ball, and Bookers outside game it makes for an exciting combination.

15. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (VIA HOU)

Donovan Mitchell

Shooting Guard

6’2 ½ “

The 76ers are probably looking for some PG help at this spot, but there isn’t a lot on the board right here. VT takes Donovan Mitchell who although undersized for the 2 spot, has an incredible wing span and plays the open floor extremely well. Look for VT to ship Mitchell for the PG help he needs.

16. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

Jarret Allen

Centre

6’11”

The Warriors gave up 18 more rebounds per game in the first round of the playoffs. Taking Allen at 16 is a good choice. His size and length will help him haul in the boards in this league, and that can only help the Warriors move forward.

17. INDIANA PACERS (VIA WAS)

TJ Leaf

Power Forward

6’10”

The Pacers may need another guard, but the amount of big men at this spot is hard to dance around. TJ Leaf looks like a good get here who has the ability to play well inside and out on offense. He will need to work on his strength though.

18. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (VIA CHI)

Harry Giles

Power Forward

6’11”

With David Lee aging, and Holmes who can play either position, The 76ers look at taking a fly on Giles. The talent in undeniable, but it’s the injury worries that may hurt his explosiveness.

19. LA LAKERS

Bam Adebayo

Power Forward/Centre

6’10”

The Lakers aren’t getting any younger, and there might be a few not returning. Simmons, and Brogdon will look to get even better next year. Mig adds a young big who can burn his opposing big men in the open court. Still very raw and has a lot of developing to do.

20. DALLAS MAVERICKS(VIA DEN)

Justin Patton

Centre

7’0”

Dallas on the board again, and have most positions covered for the season. They will look at Patton who has fallen a little and most likely send him to the D-League to develop.

21. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (VIA BKN)

Ivan rabb

Power Forward/Centre

6’10”

The Grizzlies now look at a big. Ivan Rabb is a great talent. A great post player, with not a lot of perimeter skills, which most teams look for these days. But that doesn’t scare Dunne away from a great talent.

22. LA CLIPPERS (VIA BOS)

Terrance Ferguson

Shooting Guard

6’7”

With the likes of Burks on the block, The clippers look at sharp shooting Ferguson to come off the bench and add some punch.

23. PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS (VIA MIN)

OG Anunoby

Small Forward/Power Forward

6’7”

Portland are in need of anything and everything. Although Anunoby needs time, he has an NLL ready frame and can potentially step in for some help right away.

24. SACRAMENTO KINGS

Kyle Kuzma

Power Forward

6’9”

Is Kuzma a bit of a reach? I actually don’t know. There is a lot to like about this kid. He runs the floor well as a big, and has great speed in getting to the glass. A streaky shooter, but nothing he can’t work on.

25. LA CLIPPERS (VIA OKC)

Tyler Lydon

Power Forward

6’9”

Lydon is projected as an early 2nd rounder, but the Clippers love his as a stretch four even if he enter the league with limited defensive ability.

26. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (VIA CLE)

Wesley Iwundu

Shooting Guard/Small Forward

The Thunder just got Paul George and are looking to attack next season and bring down the Spurs. They take what I feel is best available here and hope Wes can develop into a great player for them.

27. NEW YORK KNICKS

DJ Wilson

Power Forward

6’10”

The Knicks were so close this season, and they will be back next year just as hungry. DJ Wilson is the pick here as they try to stock up another big with Bobby Portis for the future.

28. PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS (VIA SA)

Ike Anigbogu

Centre

6’10”

Mahinmi is aging and probably not going to help the Blazers in the future. They select Ike here and add to their assets to build into the future.

29. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (VIA MIL)

Semi Ojeleye

Small Forward/Power Forward

6’6”

Good selection here by the Wolves. Semi is a great ball handler in the open court, a good perimeter shooter, and is able to get to the free throw line a lot.

30. SAN ANTONIO SPURS (VIA PHI)

Isaiah Hartenstein

Power Forward

7’0”

The champions round out the 1st round. Hartenstein is a star in Europe and the Spurs add a player who has NLL range in his shot, not afraid to bang bodies in the paint and runs the floor well.

  Comments (14) 
Andrew
06/16 09:21 am
No intrigue lol
sheed36
06/16 08:59 am
badwolf creating intrigue ¬¬ lol
Andrew
06/16 08:19 am
Jackson isnt facing jail time.. that story was months ago
sheed36
06/16 08:09 am
Nbadraft.net has Josh Jackson as number one right now. Draftexpress has Fultz...
badwolf
06/16 07:52 am
I heard today Josh Jackson could face jail time. What's that about?
Andrew
06/14 11:13 pm
Tough tough draft to predict...
smokey
06/14 09:48 pm
I have no idea who the Hawks take lol. There were a few spots I scratched my head over. Unsure penny, just a stab in the dark tbh. If he does its definitely not past 7 I dont think. Just threw this together without any knowledge of whag guys are thinking. Just hope people enjoyed the read. :-)
pennywise
06/14 04:59 pm
you think Fox falls to 7? I wouldn't expect him to get past 5.
frahminator
06/14 04:30 pm
Good analysis! Interesting thoughts on who the Hawks might take! :)
Rootsey
06/14 01:28 am
I am. Showing my draft knowledge there.
smokey
06/14 01:25 am
I think you are thinking of Josh Jackson Rootsy. who won't fall past #3.
Rootsey
06/14 12:38 am
Is Justin Jackson going to slide that far?
spudspace
06/14 12:14 am
Great writeup! This draft is so strong, you really can't go wrong with anyone at the top. Just a fit/need draft since they are all so close.
jessedunne
06/14 12:09 am
Cool write up! It's gonna be such an interesting draft night!

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