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2017 NBA Mock Draft

Jayson Tatum & Luke Kennard | Photo: Chris Summerville

It’s that time of year again…time for Duke Report’s Annual NBA Mock Draft.

This year our resident NBA Expert Zion Olojede and myself (who’s not an expert) are joined by WFNZ‘s own Travis Hancock (T-Bone to his adoring fans). We make selections for every pick in the first round, as well as provide insight into why the Duke players selected were good fits for the teams who chose them.

Pick #TeamSelectionPick Made By
1Boston CelticsMarkelle FultzZion
2Los Angeles LakersLonzo BallChris
3Philadelphia 76ersJosh JacksonZion
4Phoenix SunsJayson TatumChris
5Sacramento KingsDe'Aaron FoxZion
6Orlando MagicMalik MonkChris
7Minnesota TimberwolvesLauri MarkkanenZion
8New York KnicksJustin JacksonT-Bone
9Dallas MavericksJonathan IsaacChris
10Sacramento KingsZach CollinsZion
11Charlotte HornetsLuke KennardT-Bone
12Detroit PistonsDonovan MitchellChris
13Denver NuggetsDennis SmithZion
14Miami HeatJohn CollinsChris
15Portland Trail BlazersFrank NtilikinaZion
16Chicago BullsOG AnunobyChris
17Milwaukee BucksJarrett AllenZion
18Indiana PacersTerrance FergusonChris
19Atlanta HawksIke AnigboguZion
20Portland Trail BlazersJustin PattonChris
21Oklahoma City ThunderJawun EvansZion
22Brooklyn NetsHarry GilesZion
23Toronto RaptorsT.J. LeafChris
24Utah JazzD.J. WilsonChris
25Orlando MagicTyler LydonZion
26Portland Trail BlazersJonathan JeanneChris
27Brooklyn NetsIsaiah HartensteinZion
28Los Angeles LakersIvan RabbChris
29San Antonio SpursRodions KurucsZion
30Utah JazzFrank JacksonChris
Jayson Tatum | Photo: Chris Summerville

Jayson Tatum
Phoenix Suns

The Suns already have T.J. Warren and Darren Jones Jr. at the SF spot on their roster, but they’ll take the best available player on the board and worry about that later. Jones is under contract relatively cheap, while Warren has qualifying offer after next season. He also hasn’t played a full season yet in the NBA. Tatum gives them a long term dynamic scorer and athlete at both ends of the floor.

Luke Kennard | Photo: Chris Summerville

Luke Kennard
Charlotte Hornets

Hornets have passed on Klay Thompson, Bradley Beal, and Devin Booker in recent drafts. They can’t afford to pass up another great scorer who is more than just a 3pt shooter. Sure he isn’t a great defender but he rebounds well for a guard and is just the type of player Kemba can drive and kick to.

Harry Giles | Photo: Chris Summerville

Harry Giles
Brooklyn Nets

Nets have no current piece to build off of and no first round picks in the 2019 draft. Caris LeVert and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson could evolve into solid players but haven’t flashed star potential. With another pick at 27, they should take a shot on Giles because if he grows into the player we all thought he was going to be out of high school, he can turn the struggling franchise around.

Frank Jackson | Photo: Chris Summerville

Frank Jackson
Utah Jazz

Many felt the only way Frank Jackson would leave Duke after his freshman year would be if he had a first round promise from a team. The Utah Jazz look to be that team. Frank will be recovering from surgery but should be ready in time for training camp. He’ll fit in nicely with the nice young team the Jazz have built and could take over the starting PG duties in a couple of years.

What do you think about our picks? Who went too high? Too low? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.