2017 NBA Mock Draft: Where Will College Basketball’s Best End Up?

The 2017 NBA Draft figures to be one of the most-loaded in recent memory. In particular, the point guard class is exceptionally deep. Using Real G.M.’s lottery generator, the following order has been created based upon the team’s current standing (as of 4/8):

1. Boston Celtics – PG Markelle Fultz – Washington

Boston is in an interesting position here. Many think Fultz is the best talent in this draft. Not only can he score in virtually every way possible, but he can also facilitate quite well. The Celtics normally would be taking the best player available — regardless of position.

With that said, Boston already has a crowded guard rotation featuring the likes of Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Terry Rozier, and Marcus Smart. Danny Ainge could opt to take Fultz here…or dangle him as a trade chip for potentially Paul George or Jimmy Butler. Either way, the Celtics are in the fortuitous position in having plenty of options.

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2. Phoenix Suns – PG Lonzo Ball – UCLA

With Eric Bledsoe’s battle with injuries consistently rearing its ugly head, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the Suns move on from Bledsoe in favor of Ball.

Ball’s vision is superlative. During the NCAA Tournament, he demonstrated the ability to take over games in the second half. While a groin/thumb injury hindered his explosiveness versus Kentucky in the Sweet 16, his play against Cincinnati and Kent State was sensational. Ball can rebound, ignite the fast-break, pass with effortless ability, and shoot from deep. In essence, he’d be making Devin Booker’s life a whole lot easier.

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