2017 NBA Draft
First Round - Top Ten PicksPick 1
Harry Giles | Power Forward | 20 years old | Duke | 6'10" | 220 lbs
"With the first pick in the 2017 NBA draft, the Boston Celtics select, Harry Giles from Duke University".
As predicted, the Celtics go with Harry Giles from Duke. Many experts believe that his ceiling is slightly lower than that of Josh Jackson and Markelle Fultz, but he is a much better fit for Boston right now. The fact that the athletic forward was taken with the first overall pick a few years after suffering two ACL injuries is a massive credit to his recovery and determination to follow his dream of playing in the NBA.
We're hearing whispers that Giles may not be staying in Boston. More to follow...
NBA Comparison: Chris Webber
Fan Opinion: "Interesting choice. Giles isn't the best player in this draft, but he is the best fit for us out of that top group of guys. No point picking one of the point guards when we already have Isaiah and Marcus."
Hold on. Adam Silver is walking back out to the podium with a interesting expression on his face.
"We have a trade to announce..", he declares.
"The Boston Celtics have traded Harry Giles, Jae Crowder, Jaylen Brown and a 2018 first round pick (via Brooklyn) to Indiana in exchange for Paul George and Thaddeus Young".
Wow! This is a surprise.
There were rumours that Celtics GM Danny Ainge had tried to acquire DeMarcus Cousins and Jimmy Butler last season, but he wasn't able to agree a deal for either player. Paul George's name was barely raised in trade discussions, which is why this trade caught most people off guard.
It seems as though the Celtics have decided that the time is right to fully commit to an all-out pursuit of a championship. They have cashed in a lot of their valuable assets to acquire the four-time all-star. Before now they had been reluctant to part with so much to get a deal done.
George is exactly the type of player who can lift them to equal billing with Cleveland in the race for eastern conference supremacy. With a core of Paul George, Al Horford, Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley, Boston will surely be able to match it with the Cavs' big three in any future playoff meetings.
Suddenly the eastern conference landscape is changing. Boston and Philadelphia are strengthening in the hopes of knocking LeBron off his perch. It's been nine seasons since a team that wasn't led by the four-time league MVP made it to the NBA finals from the eastern conference.
Danny Ainge clearly feels that this is the moment to strike with a deal like this, as Al Horford is 31 years old and key guards Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley are entering the final years of their current contracts. It's very much an "all in" move for Boston.
The Pacers are following Washington's lead by cashing in on their star player whilst he still has high value and are now adjusting their goals. After two consecutive conference finals appearances in 2013 and 2014, they have had three disappointing seasons and it became apparently to management that this group wasn't capable of leading them to where they wanted to go.
George was about to enter the final year of his contract. Indiana's failure to make the playoffs last season reportedly left him questioning his future, even though his absence through injury for a large chunk of the season was a major contributor to their poor record.
The path that the Pacers are now on will see them build around Myles Turner, Harry Giles and Jaylen Brown, as well as whoever they select with pick 13. Not to mention the high likelihood that they will be getting a top 5 pick in a year's time if the Nets have another horrible season.
It's unclear at the moment whether this deal was arranged before the draft and if Giles was the preferred choice of the Pacers. I guess we'll find out whether or not he is staying in Indiana in the next ten minutes or so.
We know Minnesota were very interested in Giles before the draft. Could they look to make a deal with the number two pick?
Full details-----Pick 2
Boston Celtics receive: Paul George, Thaddeus Young
Indiana Pacers receive: Harry Giles (pick 1), Jae Crowder, Jaylen Brown, 2018 first round pick (Brooklyn)
Markelle Fultz | Point Guard | 20 years old | Washington | 6'4" | 180 lbs
The Timberwolves decide to go with Washington combo guard Markelle Fultz with the second overall pick. This could mean that they are working on a deal with Indiana for Harry Giles. Why else would they take a point guard when they already have Kris Dunn and Ricky Rubio?
You would have thought that they might have taken Josh Jackson from Kansas if they were picking for themselves. Who knows, maybe they just see Fultz as a much better prospect than Dunn.
The fit may not be perfect right now, but the talent the Fultz possesses has led to many draft experts dubbing him the next James Harden. His elite skills and athleticism, combined with his good size should allow him to become an all-star one day.
We'll have to wait a few more minutes before finding out what is truly happening.
NBA Comparison: James Harden
Fan Opinion: "Thibs must be working on a deal. Either that or David Kahn is back in control."
"We have another trade to announce", proclaims commissioner Silver.
The Indiana Pacers have traded Harry Giles to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Markelle Fultz, a 2020 first round pick and a 2018 second round pick.
Larry Bird isn't kidding around today. Just minutes after trading superstar Paul George for the first overall pick Harry Giles, he is now sending Giles to the Minnesota Timberwolves for second overall pick Markelle Fultz and future draft picks.
Minnesota were reportedly very high on Giles after scouting him extensively. They view him as the final piece of the puzzle to becoming a legitimate contender in the next few years. His athleticism and mobility will make him the perfect frontcourt partner for Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Opposition teams will find it tough to contain the relentless physical play of this trio.
The Pacers are gathering as many assets as they can now and picking up a future first round pick to drop down one spot is a no-brainer for them. Especially if Fultz does end up having a better NBA career than Giles, as many experts believe he will.
Having Fultz, Myles Turner and Jaylen Brown to build around isn't too shabby for the Pacers. If they draft well over the next few seasons we could well see them become a better team than they ever were during the Paul George era.
Full details-----Pick 3
Indiana Pacers receive: Markelle Fultz (pick 2), 2020 first round pick (Minnesota), 2018 second round pick (Minnesota)
Minnesota Timberwolves receive: Harry Giles (pick 1)
Josh Jackson | Small Forward | 20 years old | Kansas | 6'8" | 207 lbs
After all that excitement we get back to the draft in progress. Denver picks explosive Kansas wing Josh Jackson with the third overall pick. This is a great result for them after losing Wilson Chandler to San Diego in the expansion draft and having Danilo Gallinari reportedly ready to test his free agency options next month.
Jackson has received a lot of comparisons to Minnesota star man Andrew Wiggins during his time at Kansas thanks to his speed and athleticism. He has the ability to not only create his own shots, but also to create good looks for his teammates.
Denver are absolutely stacked with young talent now with Jackson, Nikola Jokic, Emmanuel Mudiay, Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Jusuf Nurkic, Malik Beasley and Juan Hernangomez. Having the speed of Jackson and Mudiay, the outside shooting of Murray and the interior scoring power of Jokic will make the Nuggets a scary prospect for a lot of teams for years to come.
Hopefully this exciting young group can follow the path taken by Oklahoma City and Golden State in the past decade. Building through the draft can be incredibly effective if done correctly.
NBA Comparison: Kawhi Leonard
Fan Opinion: "I love this pick. Jackson is gonna be the best player from this draft. Bookmark it!"
San Diego Eagles
Dennis Smith Jr | Point Guard | 19 years old | NC State | 6'3" | 180 lbs
What an exciting day for the San Diego Eagles franchise. They use the fourth overall pick to make NC State guard Dennis Smith Jr their first ever drafted player. He looks very proud as he walks onto the stage to shake Adam Silver's hand.
Smith has been likened to Derrick Rose due to his explosive athleticism and play above the rim. He attacks the rim with aggression and is a very good finisher, even whilst under high pressure. He did tear his ACL in his senior year of high school, but looks to have recovered fully from that and has a clean bill of health.
NBA Comparison: Chris Paul
Fan Opinion: "I don't really follow college hoops, but I hear this kid is the real deal. Let's hope he becomes an all-star for us."
Lonzo Ball | Point Guard | 19 years old | UCLA | 6'6" | 190 lbs
And now it's time for Louisville to also pick up their first drafted player. And they have used the fifth overall pick on UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball.
Ball is perhaps the most intriguing prospect in this draft. He has the size of a shooting guard and a solid shooting range, but his excellent playmaking abilities mean that he is most comfortable playing as a point guard. It remains to be seen if his unorthodox shooting stroke will be as effective at NBA level as it was with the Bruins.
Having veteran Rajon Rondo to mentor him in Louisville will be a massive boost to his development.
NBA Comparison: Jason Kidd
Fan Opinion: "I'm surprised they didn't go with [De'Aaron] Fox or [Malik] Monk from Kentucky. They seem to like the local products. Ball is gonna be a star though."
Frank Ntilikina | Point Guard | 19 years old | France | 6'5" | 170 lbs
The heat came into this draft looking to draft a point guard and that's exactly what thy have done. The only surprise is that they have opted for the international man of mystery Frank Ntilikina over Kentucky star De'Aaron Fox.
The main strengths that Nitlikina possesses are his size and quickness. And he is probably the best natural playmaker in this draft and loves finding his teammates. He has elite wingspan for a guard, but needs to hit the weight room and bulk up to be able to guard NBA point guards more effectively.
Between Justise Winslow and Ntilikina, the future looks very nice for Miami.
NBA Comparison: Gary Payton
Fan Opinion: "I've never seen this guy play, but I hear he is good. I trust Riley's judgement on this."
De'Aaron Fox | Point Guard | 19 years old | Kentucky | 6'3" | 187 lbs
After a horrible season, the Dallas Mavericks were hoping for for a high draft pick. But the addition of the two new franchises, coupled with Denver's rise in the lottery saw them slide down to the seventh overall pick. It's not all doom and gloom though because they have used that selection to draft Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox.
The Texas native was actually born just a few hours south of Dallas, so his family will be thrilled with this outcome. Fox was known at Kentucky for his explosive athleticism and high skill level, coupled with an aggression to always attack on offense that made him a nightmare to guard.
He will probably get a lot of playing time in his rookie season with Deron Williams set to leave the Mavericks next month.
NBA Comparison: Dennis Schroder
Fan Opinion: "I really like this pick. This kid has John Wall written all over him. I'm excited."
Malik Monk | Shooting Guard | 20 years old | Kentucky | 6'3" | 200 lbs
With the pick they received from the Sixers in the John Wall trade, the Wizards select Kentucky shooting guard Malik Monk. Washington had probably hoped to draft a long-term replacement for Wall, but all the top tier point guards are now off the board.
So they instead went for one of the best scorers in the draft, Malik Monk. He can play as a combo guard at times, but he is definitely more comfortable creating shots for himself, rather than his teammates. He is a little small for his position, but makes up for that lack of height with a highly polished offensive game.
It's another new era for the Wizards. This time built around a core of Bradley Beal, Jahlil Okafor, Brandon Knight, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre and now Malik Monk. They also have the fourteenth overall pick still to come.
NBA Comparison: Bradley Beal
Fan Opinion: "I love this pick. Monk is gonna be one of the best scorers to come outta this draft. A real steal like Devin Booker was for the Suns a couple of years ago."
Jonathan Isaac | Small Forward | 19 years old | Florida State | 6'10" | 210 lbs
The Orlando Magic select Florida State forward and native Floridian Jonathan Isaac with the ninth overall pick. This is a great result for both parties as the Magic get a versatile forward with immense upside, whilst Isaac gets to begin his NBA career with a team that is located directly between the campus where he attended College and the town where he grew up.
Isaac's draft stock really gained upward momentum late in the college season as more and more people noticed his impressive play for the Seminoles. Some experts even suggested that he may go in the top five. So the Magic can consider this a steal at pick nine.
Despite his 6'10" frame, Isaac runs the floor like a guard and has good ball handling ability and athleticism. He also has a smooth shooting stroke with solid range. He could be an all-star one day.
NBA Comparison: Rashard Lewis
Fan Opinion: "Keeping things local, I like it. I watched every game he played this season and let me say this, this guy is gonna be a beast."
Terrance Ferguson | Shooting Guard | 20 years old | USA | 6'7" | 182 lbs
This is a very surprising selection by the Hornets. Ferguson took the gamble of skipping college and opted to play professionally for a year in Australia instead. It seems as though that gamble paid off as he'll now get to live his NBA dream. The Hornets must be confident in their scouting reports because the high-flying shooting guard wasn't expected to go inside the top fifteen picks.
Ferguson is known as a big-dunking showman in a similar mould to Vince Carter or Terrence Ross. He will need to keep working hard to expand his game if he wants to become a consistent scorer in the NBA.
I'm sure Hornets fans are just happy that they didn't draft another stretch four white guy in the lottery. It's too bad, because both Isaiah Hartenstein and Lauri Markkanen were still available too. They will have to make do with Cody Zeller and Frank Karminsky.
NBA Comparison: Terrence Ross
Fan Opinion: "I'm not really sure about this pick. Why did we pass on Jayson Tatum?"
First Round - Continued11.) Chicago Bulls - Lauri Markkanen - Power Forward - 20 years old - Arizona - 7'0" - 230 lbs
12.) New York Knicks - Jayson Tatum - Small Forward - 20 years old - Duke - 6'7" - 206 lbs
13.) Indiana Pacers - Grayson Allen - Shooting Guard - 21 years old - Duke - 6'5" - 206 lbs
14.) Washington Wizards - Bam Adebayo - Power Forward - 19 years old - Kentucky - 6'8" - 261 lbs
15.) Utah Jazz - Miles Bridges - Small Forward - 20 years old - Michigan State - 6'7" - 231 lbs-----
For the third time tonight commissioner Silver utters that familiar phrase, "We have a trade to announce".
The New Orleans Pelicans have traded the sixteenth overall pick, Quincy Pondexter and Alexis Ajinca to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Enes Kanter.
This trade isn't as exciting as the previous two, but it could be important for the two teams involved. It sees the Pelicans acquire center Enes Kanter for the sixteenth overall pick and two veterans.
For the Thunder, this deal is about shedding salary whilst still remaining competitive. With the extensions of both Steven Adams and Victor Oladipo taking effect next season, Oklahoma City faced a salary increase of over $30 million. So they really needed to ditch the $18 million contract of backup center Enes Kanter.
Sending him to New Orleans landed them two much more manageable contracts and a chance to enter the draft much earlier than they usually do.
This is a solid move for the Pelicans. Superstar Anthony Davis desperately needs help and adding one of the best offensive centers in the NBA to play alongside him is a good move. Kanter is often criticized for his weak defensive play, but having Davis cover for him should reduce that issue.
The Pelicans still need to add a lot more shooting to their team, but this move is a good start to their off-season.
Full details-----16.) Oklahoma City Thunder - Jaron Blossomgame - Small Forward - 23 years old - Clemson - 6'7" - 220 lbs
New Orleans Pelicans received: Enes Kanter
Oklahoma City Thunder received: Pick 16, Quincy Pondexter, Alexis Ajinca
17.) Milwaukee Bucks - Marques Bolden - Center - 20 years old - Duke - 6'11" - 245 lbs
18.) Atlanta Hawks - Ivan Rabb - Power Forward - 20 years old - California - 6'11" - 221 lbs
19.) Toronto Raptors - Isaiah Hartenstein - Power Forward - 20 years old - Germany - 6'11" - 251 lbs
20.) Phoenix Suns - Jonathan Jeanne - Center - 20 years old - France - 7'2" - 191 lbs
21.) Denver Nuggets - O.G Anunoby - Small Forward - 20 years old - Indiana - 6'8" - 229 lbs
22.) Toronto Raptors - Devonte Graham - Point Guard - 22 years old - Kansas - 6'2" - 186 lbs
23.) Phoenix Suns - Allonzo Trier - Shooting Guard - 21 years old - Arizona - 6'5" - 205 lbs
24.) Detroit Pistons - Nigel Hayes - Power Forward - 22 years old - Wisconsin - 6'8" - 241 lbs
25.) Houston Rockets - Jarrett Allen - Center - 20 years old - Texas - 6'11" - 235 lbs
26.) Chicago Bulls - Thomas Bryant - Center - 19 years old - Indiana - 6'10" - 255 lbs
27.) Brooklyn Nets - Edmond Sumner - Point Guard - 21 years old - Xavier (OH) - 6'6" - 187 lbs
28.) Portland Trail Blazers - Frank Jackson - Point Guard - 20 years old - Duke - 6'3" - 206 lbs
29.) Cleveland Cavaliers - Malcolm Hill - Small Forward - 21 years old - Illinois - 6'6" - 221 lbs
30.) Oklahoma City Thunder - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - Shooting Guard - 20 years old - Kansas - 6'8" - 205 lbs-----
Out comes Adam Silver, "We have a trade to announce". Here we go again.
The New York Knicks have traded Jayson Tatum and pick 56 to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Jaron Blossomgame, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and a 2018 second round pick (via Boston).
Sam Presti is having fun tonight. He has turned Enes Kanter and some draft picks into highly-rated Duke forward Jayson Tatum. The gifted scorer has some huge shoes to fill as the media will now likely proclaim him as Kevin Durant's replacement in Oklahoma City.
The Thunder did still make it to the western conference finals without Durant, but they really lacked another wing scorer. That is exactly what Tatum was at the college level and what the Thunder will be hoping he becomes in the NBA.
This is an interesting move from the Knicks' perspective. A lot of people would have been happy to stick with Tatum, but they clearly feel that the package they received was better value overall. Both of the guys they picked up here have pretty good upsides.
Maybe they have developed a new marketing ploy which prices jerseys by how many letters they have in the name on the back. They now have Porzingis, Kuzminskas, Hernangomez, Blossomgame and Mykhailiuk on their roster.
Full details-----31.) San Antonio Spurs - Kyle Kuzma - Power Forward - 21 years old - Utah - 6'9" - 218 lbs
New York Knicks received: Jaron Blossomgame (pick 16), Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (pick 30), 2018 second round pick (Boston)
Oklahoma City Thunder received: Jayson Tatum (pick 12), pick 56
32.) Utah Jazz - Tyler Lydon - Power Forward - 21 years old - Syracuse - 6'9" - 224 lbs
33.) Louisville Lions - Rodions Kurucs - Small Forward - 20 years old - Latvia - 6'8" - 191 lbs
34.) San Diego Eagles - Omer Yurtseven - Center - 20 years old - NC State - 7'0" - 241 lbs
35.) Atlanta Hawks - Frank Mason III - Point Guard - 23 years old - Kansas - 5'11" - 191 lbs
36.) Indiana Pacers - Carlton Bragg Jr - Power Forward - 21 years old - Kansas - 6'9" - 230 lbs
37.) Memphis Grizzlies - Bennie Boatwright - Power Forward - 21 years old - USC - 6'10" - 221 lbs
38.) Dallas Mavericks - Jalen Brunson - Point Guard - 20 years old - Villanova - 6'3" - 190 lbs
39.) Houston Rockets - Melo Trimble - Point Guard - 22 years old - Maryland - 6'3" - 185 lbs
40.) Los Angeles Lakers - V.J. Beachem - Small Forward - 22 years old - Notre Dame - 6'8" - 202 lbs
41.) Sacramento Kings - Caleb Swanigan - Power Forward - 20 years old - Purdue - 6'9" - 250 lbs
42.) Charlotte Hornets - Monte Morris - Point Guard - 22 years old - Iowa State - 6'3" - 175 lbs
43.) Orlando Magic - Devin Robinson - Small Forward - 22 years old - Florida - 6'8" - 201 lbs
44.) Milwaukee Bucks - London Perrantes - Point Guard - 22 years old - Virginia - 6'2" - 192 lbs
45.) Washington Wizards - Johnathan Motley - Power Forward - 22 years old - Baylor - 6'10" - 218 lbs
46.) Indiana Pacers - Dwayne Bacon - Shooting Guard - 21 years old - Florida State - 6'7" - 221 lbs
47.) Utah Jazz - Keita Bates-Diop - Small Forward - 21 years old - Ohio State - 6'7" - 235 lbs
48.) San Antonio Spurs - Justin Jackson - Small Forward - 22 years old - North Carolina - 6'8" - 207 lbs
49.) Utah Jazz - Josh Hart - Shooting Guard - 22 years old - Villanova - 6'5" - 215 lbs
50.) Minnesota Timberwolves - Luke Kornet - Power Forward - 22 years old - Vanderbilt - 7'1" - 252 lbs
51.) Toronto Raptors - Dillon Brooks - Small Forward - 21 years old - Oregon - 6'7" - 225 lbs
52.) Boston Celtics - Malik Pope - Small Forward - 20 years old - San Diego State - 6'8" - 211 lbs
53.) Oklahoma City Thunder - Kennedy Meeks - Center - 22 years old - North Carolina - 6'11" - 260 lbs
54.) New Orleans Pelicans - Alec Peters - Power Forward - 22 years old - Valparaiso - 6'9" - 236 lbs
55.) Toronto Raptors - Dedric Lawson - Small Forward - 19 years old - Memphis - 6'9" - 228 lbs
56.) Oklahoma City Thunder - Moses Kingsley - Power Forward - 22 years old - Arkansas - 6'8" - 230 lbs
57.) New York Knicks - Amida Brimah - Center - 23 years old - Connecticut - 7'0" - 230 lbs
58.) Utah Jazz - Kris Jenkins - Power Forward - 23 years old - Villanova - 6'6" - 235 lbs
59.) Brooklyn Nets - Chris Boucher - Power Forward - 24 years old - Oregon - 6'4" - 191 lbs
60.) Houston Rockets - Ross Welsch - Shooting Guard - 22 years old - Penn State - 6'6" - 194 lbs
61.) Boston Celtics - Antoine Ball - Center - 21 years old - George Mason - 7'2" - 277 lbs
62.) Oklahoma City Thunder - Homer Snyder - Shooting Guard - 20 years old - Duke - 6'5" - 234 lbs
63.) San Antonio Spurs - Ervin Spencer - Center - 20 years old - Florida International - 6'10' - 270 lbs
64.) Utah Jazz - Luke Fischer - Center - 22 years old - Marquette - 6'11" - 250 lbs
Getting selected in the draft isn't always a guarantee that you'll be joining the NBA ranks.
Several second round pick each year miss out on being signed by the teams who drafted them due to roster size and salary cap issues.
Here are the unlucky players who missed out this year:
Pick 45 - Dedric Lawson - Toronto Raptors
Pick 50 - Luke Kornet - Minnesota Timberwolves
Pick 53 - Kennedy Meeks - Oklahoma City Thunder
Pick 58 - Kris Jenkins - Utah Jazz
Pick 60 - Ross Welsch - Houston Rockets
Pick 61 - Antoine Ball - Boston Celtics
Pick 62 - Homer Snyder - Oklahoma City Thunder
Pick 63 - Ervin Spencer - San Antonio Spurs
Pick 64 - Luke Fischer - Utah Jazz