2017 Extended Mock Draft 5.0

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 10:30am
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With last night's lottery in the books and the draft order set, here is our fifth stab at this year's first round mock with a little over a month left before draft night.

fultz Markelle Fultz 6-4 190 PG Washington Fr. Fultz has a game tailor-made for succeeding in the NBA as he makes creating quality shots appear effortless with his change of pace dribbles and quick pull up ability. He also has great efficiency with the vision to create easy looks and the creativity to overcome speed or athleticism mismatches. The two main concerns are the fact that he was on a losing team, and that he wasn't able to stay healthy for the entire year. But no prospect in this draft is perfect, and Fultz remains on top of most scouts boards as the premiere prospect available.

Why the Celtics take Markelle Fultz: Fultz is the prospect who offers the most upside as a go to scorer and playmaker. While consideration will need to be made about how he meshes with point guard Isaiah Thomas, the fact that he is nearly 10 years younger than IT gives him the ability to learn under him and presumably take control of the team when the time is right. The idea of trading Thomas is another option, but the Celtics can exercise all options and take their time with Fultz in the fold.

NBA Comparison: James Harden
ball Lonzo Ball 6-6 190 PG UCLA Fr.

Ball's ability to make those around him better and pass teammates open is truly special. He clearly has some major flaws, namely his corkscrew shooting delivery. His 3 point shot, as effective as it is, requires space in order to get off due to the impossible slow release he has. He actually has a very accurate deep 3 point shot that will translate, but the problem is he really needs to cut down on the unnecessary motion in his shot and revamp the form on it in order to be more effective as a shot creator in the mid-range. Regardless, he has that dominate-a-game-without-scoring a la Jason Kidd that should insure success at the next level.

Why LA Lakers take Lonzo Ball: The Lakers and Ball appear to be the big winners of lottery night. It has been reported that Ball is set to only work out for the Lakers, and Ball ending up in LA for the Lakers appears to be destiny.

NBA Comparison: Jason Kidd

jackson Josh Jackson 6-8 205 SG/SF Kansas Fr. Jackson improved as the season went on as much as any freshmen or player in the country and is on a short list of scout's top prospects available. He had some off court incidents but nothing that has scouts too concerned. He is among the draft's elite athletes and the top two way talent. Kawai Leonard is an optimistic comparison for any draft prospect, and while Jackson doesn't have Kawhi's length, he possesses the same type of intensity and passion for the game.

Why the Sixers take Josh Jackson:
Jackson is the best prospect available and could end up the best player in this draft. The Sixers could also opt to trade back a few spots to draft a shooter such as Jayson Tatum or Malik Monk. Drafting Tatum here at 3 is another possibility as there are ties between the Colangelos and Coach K, and Tatum is a safe pick. However he seems to be a bit of a reach here. There are a number of teams that could move up to three to target DeAaron Fox or Josh Jackson, so a trade with Sacramento for 5 and 10 or a deal with Phoenix or another team are possibilities. Jackson gives the Sixers a stud defender and wing to match with Ben Simmons.

NBA Comparison: Kawhi Leonard
fox DeAaron Fox 6-3 170 PG Kentucky Fr. Fox is probably the most physically gifted player in this year's draft. But he has one major Achilles to his game and that is his shooting efficiency. However when you watch him shoot, it's easy to conclude that he can become a quality shooter over time. The form on his shot actually looks decent, not requiring a lot of time to get it off, and solid mechanics. He's the quickest player in the draft and will instantly become one of the quickest at the next level. Combine that with above average size for the position and you have an absolute physical specimen capable of locking down opposing points and getting by opponents virtually at will. Fox had some nagging injuries through the season, but ended the season cementing his place in the top half of the lottery with his 39 point domination of Lonzo Ball, in the Cat's run to the Elite Eight.

Why the Suns take DeAaron Fox: Fox would give the team a potential upgrade or eventual replacement for Bledsoe and a younger running mate for Booker. GM Ryan McDonough seems to have a thing for Kentucky guards as he has taken one in almost every draft (Archie Goodwin, Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis) plus the team's starting point guard Eric Bledsoe is a UK alum. The team would like to target a big, however it's unlikely any of the bigs available would be enough value to select at 4. The Suns could look to take Jackson if available, or listen to offers to move down into the 7-10 range and target a big like Zach Collins.

NBA Comparison: John Wall
tatum Jayson Tatum 6-8 205 SF/SG Duke Fr. Tatum showed excellent improvement over the course of the season. He took some time to hit his stride coming off a foot sprain that he suffered in the team's pro day on October 25th that forced him to miss the first eight games. He became of the nation's most impactful players over the second half of the year. He put the Blue Devils on his back with clutch plays at the end of close games to lead Duke to their first ever four wins in four nights ACC Tournament title. While not an elite athlete, he's extremely smooth and has an advanced isolation game to create space for shots. He should have a chance to be a go-to player in the league, a la Paul Pierce. While he doesn't have the upside of Jonathan Isaac, he may end up hearing his name called before him on draft night due to being such a sure thing and exhibiting such an advanced skill set.

Why the Kings take Jayson Tatum:
Tatum would give the Kings a surefire high level starter and a player with go-to scoring ability on the wing. While he may lack some of the upside of other prospects, like Jonathan Isaac, he's one of the most risk averse prospects available. The Kings are said to be looking to address their PG position with this year's draft so Fox or Smith are possibilities here, and if they opt for one of the wings, they could gamble that French PG Frank Ntilikina falls to their second pick at 10.

NBA Comparison: Allan Houston
isaac Jonathan Isaac 6-10 210 PF/SF Florida St. Fr. Isaac is another extremely promising player further giving this draft an insane amount of depth/talent in the top 10. He has been compared favorably to 2016 number 2 pick Brandon Ingram as he has a similar game with his great size, length and versatility. He's a little older but he was a late bloomer and before suffering his early season ankle injury was getting some top pick hype from scouts. His ability to pull up and shoot over defenders is absolutely effortless.

Why the Magic take Jonathan Isaac:
The Magic always seem to be one pick away from grabbing an elite player (see Porzingis). With the sixth pick this year, they should have the opportunity to grab a player with a lot of potential. It's a great draft to have a mid lottery pick as their is a lot of talent available and a lot of prospects with similar value. Picks 5-8 could easily challenge the top 4 in this year's draft in the long run, which makes it a unique draft. Isaac could give the Magic the franchise talent they have been seeking.

NBA Comparison: Rashard Lewis
smith Dennis Smith 6-2 195 PG NC State Fr. Smith struggled with consistency in his freshman season at NC State. It obviously was a difficult situation as the team lacked direction and saw their coach get fired before the season ended. Smith showed flashes of supreme talent, but just as he had developed a reputation for in high school, he struggled with bouts of inconsistency and lack of effort. He has the tools to be among the game's elite PGs on the next level, but staying hungry will be the key.

Why the Timberwolves take Dennis Smith:
After selecting Kris Dunn early in last year's draft, it may be difficult for the Wolves to select another point guard high in the draft. But Dunn has been unimpressive and Smith offers the most value at their pick. Malik Monk is another possibility as he would give them a shooter to go along with Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins.

NBA Comparison: Steve Francis
monk Malik Monk 6-3 200 SG Kentucky Fr.

Mr. 47 proved all season to be one of the deadliest shooters and scorers on the college level. He not only can get scorching hot from deep and go on scoring barrages, he's also proven to be extremely clutch. He capped off his legendary 47 point performance against North Carolina with two last minute 3 pointers to seal the game. His ability to create and the cojones he's shown to rise in big games at big moments has obviously not gone unnoticed by scouts, raising his draft profile. Amazing to think that even a year ago he was viewed as nothing more than a solid shooter. While he's seen as an undersized 2 lacking a great floor game, his athleticism and tremendous shot give him a great deal of intrigue.

Why the Knicks take Malik Monk: The Knicks could use a dynamic young guard to groom for the future to play alongside Kristaps Porzingis. While GM Phil Jackson hasn't done the greatest job of signing free agents or hiring head coaches, his selection of KP at 4 was a magnificent one. Whether he can duplicate that draft magic at 8 remains to be seen.

NBA Comparison: Louis Williams

collins Zach Collins 6-11 230 C Gonzaga Fr. Collins really could have used a second year at Gonzaga. He came off the bench backing up Karnowski, to the tune of 10 points and 6 boards in just 17 minutes per game. He is extremely big, coordinated and mobile and has an excellent stroke. His shooting numbers were highly efficient at 65% from the floor, 75% from the line and 44% from 3 (8-18). But he lacked playing time and the tourney exposed his tendency to get into foul trouble and inexperience. He enters the league needing a lot of time, but the upside is considerable as he has a very intriguing package of skills.

Why the Mavericks take Zach Collins: Collins is the player that offers a great deal of upside at the Mav's pick. Lauri Markkanen is an intriguing prospect as the team could attempt to mold him into another Dirk, with Dirk's tutelage. However, Collins shows more strength to carry weight and eventually impact both ends of the floor.

NBA Comparison: Brad Daugherty
ntilikina Frank Ntilikina 6-5 190 PG France 1998 Frank Nitty is the draft's man of mystery and while there's a chance that Sacramento could grab him earlier, he figures to be the fourth PG off the board and go in the late lotto. He caught fire in Istanbul at the U18 European Championships in late December and impressed scouts on hand. He's got a huge 7-foot wingspan and has really progressed as a floor general and shooter. He creates problems for opposing guards with his on ball defense utilizing his length and foot speed. His foot speed is an area that scout's aren't sure of and it may keep him from being an absolutely elite point in the NBA.

Why the Kings select Frank Ntilikina:
The Kings would love to upgrade their current point guard position as Darren Collison, while solid, is more suited for a back up role. Ntilikina is a bit of an unknown as his level of competition at PG leaves some doubt. He would give Sacramento hope for the future at the PG position. If a PG they covet is available to them at 5, they will likely opt for a big here. Zach Collins, Jarrett Allen and Lauri Markkanen are all possibilities.

NBA Comparison: Dante Exum
kennard Jarrett Allen 6-10 235 C Texas Fr. Allen was a bit of a surprise to enter and sign with an agent, but with players like Miles Bridges deciding to return to school, who can blame him? He's a likely lottery pick and while he's far from NBA ready, the NBA will get him physically ready faster than Texas could have. He's a solid kid who just needs to learn to play with better intensity each time out. His length and mobility give him potential to develop into a solid starter in a few seasons. And he may not be done growing.

Why the Hornets select Jarrett Allen:
Charlotte has a solid bigman in Frank Kaminsky but adding a more defensive oriented athlete in Allen to platoon with Frank could be more appealing than a power forward that duplicates his face up game. Allen is still a few years away, but shows upside as a defender and athlete.

NBA Comparison: Lorenzen Wright
markkanen Lauri Markkanen 7-0 230 PF/C Arizona Fr. The smooth shooting 7-footer from Finland has scouts extremely intrigued. He attacks the rim well off the bounce. While not the strongest athlete, his ability to stretch the floor at 7-feet gives him a great deal of intrigue. He needs to continue to add core strength and become a better rebounder and defender. Scouts have compared him favorably to 4th overall pick Dragan Bender from the 2016 draft. In order for him to realize his potential, he will need to land with the right team that is able to give him the correct strength and conditioning program to improve his physicality and defense.

Why the Pistons take Lauri Markanen: Markkanen would figure to be a very good pairing along with center Andre Drummond. If Markkanen can fill his potential and become a high level starter in the league, his skill set, namely his ability to spread the floor and fill it up from outside would figure to work well with Drummond's defensive and rebounding prowess.

NBA Comparison: Ryan Anderson
ferguson Terrance Ferguson 6-7 185 SG Australia 1998

Ferguson is all over the place on draft boards, and while his thin body and ability to create remain concerns, his shooting and defense give him a lot of intrigue. His outside shooting was on display a year ago at the Nike Hoop Summit as he hit 7 threes in the span of a few minutes. But concerns about maturity continue to surround him. Regardless in a draft that is seen as relatively average outside the lottery, Ferguson offers the upside and intrigue that few others in this range possess. Feel like rolling the dice, he's your guy. Interviews and workouts are sure to factor heavily in his draft position.

Why the Nuggets take Terrance Ferguson: The mystery man drew positive reviews from those around him in Australia. He remains a bit of a project, but for a team like Denver, he would work well as they have a young nucleus. At 19, his shooting could help to eventually replace Gallinari who at 28 may be closing in on the twilight of his career.

NBA Comparison: Rudy Fernandez

collins John Collins 6-9 225 PF/C Wake Forest So.

Collins had a solid showing in his lone "play in" NCAA tourney game in which Wake Forest lost to Kansas State. He's an explosive athlete with solid aggressiveness. While he lacks a great face up game, his rebounding and skill around the basket is intriguing. While Collins old school skill set gives him a clear cut role, he doesn't have a game that fits into today's NBA as well as others and it could cost him a few spots on draft night.

Why the Heat take John Collins: Collins is more of a traditional power forward, although at times he showed some touch on his face up game. Assuming he maximizes his potential and develops into an NBA starter, he could pair with Hassan Whiteside to form an extremely athletic front court.

NBA Comparison: Richaun Holmes

leaf TJ Leaf 6-10 225 PF UCLA Fr. Leaf has been a model of consistency all season. He proved what a tough competitor he is with his performance early in the year at Rupp Arena, outplaying Bam Adebayo in their individual match up. He's a skilled, mobile big with solid athleticism and quickness. He shows a high level of skill with his ability to face the basket as well as play in the post and rebound. While his frame is thin, he competes hard and has shown excellent toughness. He may need some time for his body to fill out, but should find a role in the league with his great feel for the game.

Why the Blazers take TJ Leaf: Leaf seems to be a player that is currently being undervalued by NBA teams. Which doesn't make a whole lot of sense as he fugures to be a face up four that fits into today's spread-the-floor style perfectly. Leaf is a skilled, finesse power forward who could fit well with their terrific backcourt and bull in a China shop brute in the paint, Josep Nurkic.

NBA Comparison: Nick Collison
leaf Kyle Kuzma 6-9 225 PF Utah Jr. Kuzma could be seen as a bit of a reach here which makes sense as not many viewed him as a first rounder before the combine. However for those that did see Kuzma as a first rounder going into the combine, his performace puts him among the tier of players (ie: Justin Patton, Bam Adebayo, John Collins, Justin Jackson and Ivan Rabb) just outside the lottery. Kuzma didn't have the most effienct year, however his shot looks much better and he has the type of versatility to be a stretch four in the modern NBA. His combine performance and athleticism numbers are on par with a player with NBA starter level talent, if he can sustain his level of focus and intensity.

Why the Bulls take Kyle Kuzma: 16 may seem high for Kyle Kuzma, who is all over the place on team's boards following a stellar Draft Combine. The Bulls could use some help in their frontcourt and Kuzma could push the inconsistent Mirotic for minutes. Despite being nearly 22, Kuzma offers a nice mix of expereince and upside as a potential face up four.

NBA Comparison: Jared Jeffries
jackson Justin Patton 6-11 230 C Creighton Fr.

Patton is a red-shirt freshman who had a surprisingly strong season and likely will end up going in the mid first round. While not the smoothest or most explosive athlete, he shows solid mobility and an excellent skill set for his age. He has very good size and played with decent consistency all year. His touch and post game are both at a good level for his age and with skills at both ends, he should have a chance to develop into a contributor at the NBA level over time.

Why the Bucks take Justin Patton: The Bucks are in solid shape in the backcourt and overall talent and would like to add a bigman to compliment their nucleus of Greek Freak and Jabari Parker. They have handed the keys over to Giannis as their quarterback, so a young, skilled big would seem to fit the bill. GM John Hammond has had an outstanding recent track record, and seems to target length with his picks.

NBA Comparison: Brendan Haywood

bam Bam Adebayo 6-10 245 PF/C Kentucky Fr. Adebayo is more of an old school bigman as he lacks the shooting/scoring skill set that is coveted by so many teams in today's NBA. But his athleticism and toughness will make him a handful on the block. He has been compared to Dwight Howard but that comparison only works to Old Superman, as a young Dwight would jump right over Bam. What he lacks for in skill, he seems to make up for in energy and aggressiveness and should continue to develop as a post player over time. Though he probably will always be more of a role player than a star.

Why the Pacers take Bam Adebayo:
This pick may be contingent upon whether the Pacers decide to move Paul George, instead of keeping him in the final year of his deal, and whom they feel they can get in return. Bam is a player that seems to be undervalued as teams are shying away from the more traditional players in favor of the versatile, multifaceted guys. Indiana had luck with the Davis Brothers in the 90s and Bam is cut from the same ilk.

NBA Comparison: Mason Plumlee
jackson Justin Jackson 6-8 200 SF North Carolina Jr. Jackson was champion North Carolina's top scorer this season. While he lacks ideal toughness and strength, the fact that he has developed into a consistent outside shooter (38% from 3) has elevated his first round chances. His near 7-foot wingspan gives him great length on the defensive end and boards. Concerns about his competitiveness and toughness have followed him since his prep days, but for a recruit that came in with a top 10 ranking, he finally delivered on that promise, proving to be the top junior prospect in the country, and helping guide UNC to their third title under Roy Williams.

Why the Hawks take Justin Jackson: Jackson is likely to benefit more than anyone from UNC's title and provides experience and shooting. The Hawks are a playoff team that could use another shooter and also a player ready to come in and produce, so JJ checks a number of boxes for them.

NBA Comparison: Rod Higgins

giles Harry Giles 6-10 230 PF/C Duke Fr. Giles is a wildcard for the draft as he came back in late December and struggled to show much explosiveness off his surgically repaired knee(s). Giles was once seen as a potential #1 pick, but concerns about his knees have his stock falling. He's no longer considered a likely lottery pick after struggling mightily in limited minutes at Duke. His inability to play physical and get any lift after contact is a major concern.

Why the Blazers take Harry Giles: Giles is obviously a bigtime talent, but his inability or unwillingness to explode off his knee has left a lot of skepticism and concern about his future. With three picks in the first round, the Blazers are in excellent position to take a flyer on him and live with the consequences if his knees do not show any further recovery/improvement.

NBA Comparison: Bobby Portis
rabb Ivan Rabb 6-10 220 PF California So. Rabb made a questionable decision to stay in school and probably lost a few spots from where he would have been drafted a year ago. But it shouldn't be much of a factor in the long run. He's a bright kid with a solid skill set but he didn't break out into the star in his sophomore season that some envisioned. While he has a good understanding of the game, and gives consistent effort, he's not very physical or the most explosive athlete, lacking fluidity. On the positive side, he has shown the ability to defend the perimeter, guard the pick and roll and has very good size at 6-11.

Why the Thunder take Ivan Rabb:
The Thunder made an excellent pick last year in Domantas Sabonis after moving Serge Ibaka. Rabb isn't the sexiest of prospects as he doesn't run the floor very smooth, but he's a tremendous kid with both the drive and intelligence to improve, plus the shooting to spread the floor. Rabb would be a steal if he were to fall this far.

NBA Comparison: Andrew Nicholson
hami Hamidou Diallo 6-5 195 SG Kentucky Fr.

Diallo is a real wildcard after recording one of the best max verts at the combine, to go along with his very good 6'10 wingspan length. He's still got a ways to go with his offensive game, particularly shooting, but there's a lot of upside for teams to get excited about. Hami can't shoot, but he reminds of Russell Westbrook with the relentless way he attacks the rim.

Why the Nets take Hamadou Diallo: The Nets need to use their picks (22 and 27) to swing for the fences and add as much upside as possible. This was the worst team in the league and after their apacolyptic trade in which they sent numerous unprotected picks to the Celtics for Twilight KG and Pierce, it will be years before this franchise recovers. Hami is as good a roll-the-dice pick as any at this point of the draft.

NBA Comparison: Shabazz Muhammad

lydon Tyler Lydon 6-9 215 PF/SF Syracuse So.

Lydon is a tweener, but the fact that he has a pure outside shot, gives him a lot of intrigue with NBA scouts. The Syracuse defensive system also creates a certain level of uncertainty and skepticism about how well he can defend. He needs to add a lot of strength, but scouts have been high on Lydon for over a year. Despite an up and down, underachieving season for Syracuse, he has elected to sign with an agent and is considered likely to go in the late first round. Similar to Markkanen, Lydon will take some time to catch up defensively as his optimum playing weight is calibrated.

Why the Raptors take Tyler Lydon: Lydon isn't the typical athlete that GM Masai Ujiri targets with his picks, but his ability to shoot it should work well as the team continues to be one of the Challengers in the East. The question is whether Lydon can defend well enough to get on the floor early in his career.

NBA Comparison: Nikola Mirotic

kennard Luke Kennard 6-6 195 SG Duke So.

Kennard lacks ideal size for a wing and isn't a high level defender or athlete. But he's an absolute natural with his ball skills and ability to shoot. He's an excellent passer, and actually an underrated athlete. He surprised a lot of people by taking over the team from Grayson Allen in the early part of the year, but in reality Kennard was the better high school player and some expected it to happen a year earlier. Kennard is such a high level shooter, he should find a place in the league as a floor spreader, specialty shooter for years to come.

Why the Jazz take Luke Kennard: Kennard seems to be a Jazz type of player, and fits into their system. The team already has two top notch shooters in Gordon Hayward and Joe Ingles. But you can never add enough shooters and Kennard gives them further depth on the wing.

NBA Comparison: Nik Stauskas

mitchell Donovan Mitchell 6-2 210 SG Louisville So. Mitchell isn't high on every scout's list, and some write him off as a 6-foot-2 small forward. But he was a steadying force for the Cardinals all season and plays with great energy and emotion. He possesses toughness and leadership and despite lacking ideal height, he's extremely long and athletic. He has a huge wingspan, close to 6-foot-10, which helps. But his 8-foot-1 standing reach is clearly small for a 2. He also has proven to be an extremely aggressive guard attacking the rim for ally oops and put back dunks. His jumpshot has shown enough improvement to be a late first rounder.

Why the Magic take Donovan Mitchell: After drafting a forward at 6 in Isaac, the Magic take an undersized 2 with their second pick. The team has shown a commitment to drafting players with defensive ability, and while there is new decision maker in place, Mitchell fits into their sceme.

NBA Comparison: Norman Powell

bacon Dwayne Bacon 6-6 220 SG/SF Florida St. So. Bacon had a strong season overall and while he's not on every scout's first round board he has enough interest that he will likely find a spot somewhere in the 20s. He had a very solid year, despite his shooting numbers falling off some late in the year. He's a solid kid who should impress teams in workouts with his versatility. He's not a finished product but he gives a lot to work with and the effort needed.

Why the Blazers take Dwayne Bacon:
With three first round picks, it's conceivable the Blazers could look to package their picks to move up or possibly trade away one of their (15, 20, 26) picks. Bacon is a versatile guard who would add depth to a loaded Blazer backcourt.

NBA Comparison: Gerald Wilkins
frank Frank Jackson 6-3 200 PG/SG Duke Fr. Jackson had an up and down season at Duke, and while he's a bit of a tweener lacking a true position, his physical attributes and scoring ability will get him a lot of looks in the late first round. He had a strong performence in the first day of the combine, showing the ability to blow by defenders and finish at the rim, as well as a promising outside shooting stroke.

Why the Nets take Frank Jackson:
Jackson could offer the Nets a potential future starter if he can develop at the point guard position. For a team that is a long ways from contending for a playoff spot, the minutes Jackson could receive on a team like Brooklyn would be valuable.

NBA Comparison: Cory Joseph
jackson Rodions Kurucs 6-8 200 SF Latvia 1998 Kurucs is a wing with solid scoring ability and very good run/jump athleticism by European standards. He has struggled some with knee injuries over the past two years but is back at full strength. He plays with a high level of intensity and energy and shows a lot of focus. The young Latvian is well liked by scouts and could impress enough to be a first round pick.

Why the Lakers take Rodions Kurucs: The Lakers could opt for a European here to stash for a year or two and bring over or bring in right away and look to provide scoring. The team is likely to grab Lonzo Ball at #2, so taking a big or a wing here at 28 makes sense.

NBA Comparison: Sam Dekker
yurt7 Omer Yurtseven 7-0 250 C NC State Fr. Yurtseven is a skilled bigman who has been well liked in Europe for a number of seasons. He made the unfortunate decision to play basketball at NC State and struggled to showcase his skillset this year. The Turkish big is very young and still growing into his body and struggled some with the physicality of the ACC. But he shined at the NBA Draft Combine showing very good mobility and touch.

Why the Spurs take Omer Yurtseven: The Spurs always seem to be two steps ahead of everyone with their draft strategy. If a player that has no business falling to them does (DeJounte Murray, Kyle Anderson, etc) they jump all over them, and if no American players with value are available, they generally find value going International with a player they can stash and put into the right situation in Europe to facilitate their development. Yurtseven has a good deal of upside left to develop and at 29, there isn't a lot of risk.

NBA Comparison: Raef LaFrentz
pj PJ Dozier 6-6 200 SG/PG South Carolina So.

Dozier was a key player for a South Carolina team that overachieved in making the Final Four. His game is not completely polished as his jumpshot needs work, as his outside shooting percentages can attest. But his versatility gives him a lot of intrigue with his length and ability to guard multiple positions. He's able to legitimately play point guard, and his huge 6-11 wingspan gives him a lot of defensive and rebounding ability.

Why the Jazz take PJ Dozier: Dozier would be a steal at 30 for Utah and while he probably duplicates Dante Exum to a degree, his ability to defend and play multiple positions adds to his value. The Jazz, while not on the level with the Warriors, Cavs and Spurs, are clearly developing into a second tier team.

NBA Comparison: Shaun Livingston

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Donovan Mitchell

Your sleeping big time on Mitchell. He may be undersized at 6-3 but he has a huge wingspan and is an athletic freak. His film reminds me allot of Dwayne Wades coming out of Marquette.

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Ivan Rabb will slow OKC down

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whoever wrote this needs to watch the sports science on Lonzo his shot is 2 tenths slower than Klay Thompson.

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Way too many Centers.

I count between 7&9 center prospects in the first round, more than the norm of 6, with Center being the least needed position right now in the nba with so many players originally drafted as 4 playing the position and so many talents available in FA or cheap trades.

It's also worth noticing that it's a position where euros/international tend to succeed more in past years, yet this first round snobs Hartenstein, Jeanne, Lessort & Pasecniks, all presumably higher upside 5 than Raab, and Lessort easy higher floor.

The talent level of the "secound rounders" at that 5 spot is probably close enough to those names that unless you are high on Giles or have your lottery pick for Collins, it's better to just wait&see who is available with your secound round pick or as an undrafted FA. Top senior wing contributors or small ball stretch 4, anybody showing potential as a classic 3&D guy should be taken before Bam Adebayo.

It's also not particularily a need for any team at the moment, and arguably any team that should want a Center could get one easily via trade or in free agency, with names like Vucevic, Okafor, Lopez, probably obtainable for a late first and hardly any team willing to spend money on Alex Len, Aaron Baynes, Tiago Splitter , all probably as cheap as first round money.

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