In nearly every mock draft published in anticipation of the NBA draft, the author will make 30 to 60 selections based off their professional opinion.
However, in this mock draft, I enlisted 30 general managers to help with the mock draft. I gave up control, letting them make trades to either strengthen their team or blow it up for a rebuild. They made their selections, and hopefully this gives a more general consensus on which teams want which players.
As always, a disclaimer that there is a high probability that all these predictions are wrong. Please comment below if you agree/disagree, and be sure to check out the site for continued coverage of draft prospects.
Here’s the fifth mock for the 2017 draft:
2017 Mock Draft 5.0
|PICK||TEAM||GM||PLAYER, POSITION, TEAM||NOTES|
|PICK||TEAM||GM||PLAYER, POSITION, TEAM||NOTES|
|1||BOS||Onur, @o_myilmaz||Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington|
|2||LAL||Glenn Hull, @glennhull95||Lonzo Ball, G, UCLA|
|3||PHI||Rowd, @RowdenJRSG||Josh Jackson, F, Kansas|
|4||PHX||Kevin Smith, @KevinAS2013||Jayson Tatum, F, Duke|
|5||DET||Ryan Blackburn, @RyanBlackburn9||De'Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky||TRADE: Arron Afflalo and #5 pick to Pistons for Reggie Jackson and No. 12|
|6||ORL||Jason Zimmerman, @zimmy1998||Dennis Smith Jr., PG, NC State|
|7||MIN||William Bohl, @breakthehuddle||Jonathan Isaac, SF/PF, FSU|
|8||NYK||Flagrant 2, @TheFlagrant_2||Malik Monk, SG, Kentucky|
|9||DAL||Chris Crouse, @CW_Crouse||Frank Ntilikina, PG, Strasbourg||TRADE: Dwight Powell, Devin Harris and No. 9 for and Eric Bledsoe and a future 1st (MIA 2018 top 7 protected)|
|10||SAC||Can Ozbalkan, @canozbalkan||Lauri Markkanen, PF, Arizona|
|11||CHA||Andrew Chou, @botherchou||Donovan Mitchell, SG, Louisville|
|12||SAC||Can Ozbalkan, @canozbalkan||Justin Jackson, SF, UNC||TRADE: Reggie Jackson and No. 12 for Arron Afflalo and No. 5|
|13||DEN||TJ McBride, @bsn_mcbride||OG Anunoby, SF, Indiana|
|14||MIA||Mitch Libanoff, @Mitch_Landon3||Jonathan Jeanne, C, SLUC Nancy|
|15||POR||Daniel Lewis, @minutemandan||Zach Collins, C, Gonzaga|
|16||CHI||Vijay Vemu, @VJVemu||Justin Patton, C, Creighton|
|17||MIL||Daniel Lewis, @minutemandan||Jarrett Allen, C, Texas|
|18||IND||AJ, @krowbar44||Luke Kennard, SG, Duke|
|19||ATL||Max Goldstien, @UofAGold||DJ Wilson, PF, Michigan|
|20||POR||Brian Chou, @Choudini||Jawun Evans, PG, OK State|
|21||OKC||Sean Derenthal, @odetooden||Semi Ojeleye, F, SMU||TRADE: Jeremy Lin, Quincy Acy, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Joe Harris for No. 52, NOP 2020 1st-round pick, LAC 2021 1st-round pick, Austin Rivers, Wesley Johnson, Luc Mbah a Moute|
|22||BKN||Hunter Kuffel, @notgatherer||Ike Anigbogu, C, UCLA||TRADE: Brook Lopez for Bismack Biyombo, 2018 LAL 2nd-round pick, 2019 ORL 2nd-round pick|
|23||TOR||Matt Shantz, @m_shantz||Terrance Ferguson, G/F, Adelaide||TRADE: Jonas Valanciunas to Phoenix for TJ Warren, Leandro Barbosa, and No. 32|
|24||UTA||Trenton Davis, @TRVNT_||Devin Robinson, SF, Florida|
|25||ORL||Jason Zimmerman, @zimmy1998||Rodions Kurucs, SF, Barcelona|
|26||POR||Parker Fleming, @PAKA_FLOCKA||Johnathan Motley, PF, Baylor|
|27||MEM||Mike Scannapieco, @Mikepieco||Jordan Bell, PF, Oregon||TRADE: Chandler Parsons, 2018 second, 2019 BKN second for Trevor Booker, KJ McDaniels and No. 27|
|28||LAL||Trevor Magnotti, @illegalscreens||Caleb Swanigan, PF, Purdue|
|29||SAN||Logan Stanley, @LS_Easterner||Kostja Mushidi, SF, Mega Leks|
|30||UTA||Trenton Davis, @TRVNT_||Harry Giles, PF, Duke|
|31||ATL||Max Goldstien, @UofAGold||Kyle Kuzma, F, Utah|
|32||TOR||Matt Shantz, @m_shantz||Jonah Bolden, PF, Radnicki Basket||TRADE: TJ Warren, Leandro Barbosa, and No. 32 for Jonas Valanciunas|
|33||ORL||Jason Zimmerman, @zimmy1998||Dillon Brooks, SF, Oregon|
|34||SAC||Can Ozbalkan, @canozbalkan||Tyler Dorsey, G, Oregon|
|35||ORL||Jason Zimmerman, @zimmy1998||Tyler Lydon, SF, Syracuse|
|36||PHI||Rowd, @RowdenJRSG||Josh Hart, SG, Villanova|
|37||BOS||Onur, @o_myilmaz||Tony Bradley, C, UNC|
|38||CHI||Vijay Vemu, @VJVemu||Monte Morris, Iowa State|
|39||PHI||Rowd, @RowdenJRSG||Sindarius Thornwell, SG, USC|
|40||NOP||Daniel Lewis, @minutemandan||Nigel Williams-Goss, PG, Gonzaga||TRADE: DeMarcus Cousins for DeAndre Jordan|
|41||CHA||Andrew Chou, @botherchou||Sterling Brown, SG, SMU|
|42||UTA||Trenton Davis, @TRVNT_||Isaiah Briscoe, G, Kentucky|
|43||HOU||Josh Young, @joroyo92||PJ Dozier, SF, South Carolina|
|44||NYK||Flagrant 2, @TheFlagrant_2||Derrick White, Guard, Colorado|
|45||HOU||Josh Young, @joroyo92||Kobi Simmons, PG, Arizona|
|46||PHI||Rowd, @RowdenJRSG||Alpha Kaba, C, Mega Leks|
|47||IND||AJ, @krowbar44||Frank Mason, PG, Kansas|
|48||MIL||Daniel Lewis, @minutemandan||LJ Peak, SG, Georgetown||TRADE: MIL trades No. 48 to NOP for cash|
|49||DEN||TJ McBride, @bsn_mcbride||Jaron Blossomgame, SF, Clemson|
|50||PHI||Rowd, @RowdenJRSG||Isaiah Hartenstein, C, Germany|
|51||CLE||Chris Manning, @cwmwrites||Dwyane Bacon, SF, Florida State||TRADE: DEN trades No. 51 to CLE for cash|
|52||BKN||Hunter Kuffel, @notgatherer||Alec Peters, PF, Valparaiso||TRADE: WAS trades No. 52 to LAC. TRADE: LAC trades No. 52 to BKN|
|53||BOS||Onur, @o_myilmaz||Anzejs Pasecniks, C, Gran Canaria|
|54||PHX||Kevin Smith, @KevinAS2013||Cameron Oliver, PF, Nevada|
|55||UTA||Trenton Davis, @TRVNT_||Melo Trimble, PG, Maryland|
|56||BOS||Onur, @o_myilmaz||Thomas Bryant, C, Indiana|
|57||BKN||Hunter Kuffel, @notgatherer||Frank Jackson, PG, Duke|
|58||NYK||Flagrant 2, @TheFlagrant_2||Arnoldas Kulboka, Wing, Bamberg|
|59||SAN||Logan Stanley, @LS_Easterner||Davon Reed, SG, Miami|
|60||ATL||Max Goldstien, @UofAGold||TJ Leaf, PF, UCLA|
- Jonathan Jeanne was a surprise early pick in this mock draft. Since this exercise took place, Jeanne has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a potentially career ending injury. It is tragic for Jeanne to have this happen, and I wish him the best.
- I’ll continue to say that if the Nuggets want Isaac, they need to hope two things happen. First, that he slides to the Orlando Magic at No. 6. Second, that the Magic are willing to trade that pick to Denver.
- Hunter Kuffel, the Brooklyn GM, did great. He comes out with Bismack Biyombo, Chandler Parsons, Austin Rivers, Wesley Johnson, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Ike Anigbogu, Frank Jackson, and Alec Peters. Bravo.
- Devin Robinson is a sleeper Ryan Blackburn likes, but going at 24 to Utah? That’s probably too early. With the Jazz taking Giles and Melo Trimble, that was a draft I didn’t like - too much risk.
- Charlotte took Donovan Mitchell and Sterling Brown - stellar picks.
- Kevin Smith, the Suns GM, did a great job in my opinion of flipping Eric Bledsoe to the Mavericks. Getting Valanciunas, Tatum, and Ntilikina to play alongside Marquese Chriss, Devin Booker, and Dragan Bender is great work.
- I liked Houston getting Kobi Simmons and P.J. Dozier, those are smart gambles in the second round.
- I honestly think people forgot about T.J. Leaf, who was the final pick of the draft. There’s no way he goes that late, but again, this isn’t the real draft! I would have liked T.J. McBride to select Leaf over Jaron Blossomgame.
- There are good point guards in the top 10, but that position gets bad real quick after that. If teams are looking for a backup point guard, this could be a tough draft for that need.
Keep an eye out for lots of draft coverage over the next 10 days - we’ll do our best to keep you informed.