It’s only been three days into the week and the NBA community is going ballistic. The last few days started what has been one of the most overwhelming offseason leading up to draft night. We’ve witnessed two mega trades already and that’s just the beginning. Jonathan Bates and Charles Post of Spark Sports collaborated on this article. 

This draft is one of the most anticipated draft class arguably since the 2003 class, who had LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, etc.

The difference between the 2003 draft class and this year’s is that this class is loaded with guards and wing players, who can dominate instantly. For example, potential #1 pick Markelle Fultz, who the Boston Celtics essentially trade to the Philadelphia 76ers, can thrive well in this new shooting era.

However, if you are wondering what player is going to your favorite team here’s our 2017 NBA lottery mock draft. In this article, we used SocialRank’s report on the NBA Draft to dive into the most discussed draft prospects for each team. The Venn diagrams depict the potential draftees for each pick – while the relative percentages reflect how much they are talked about.

Interestingly, we can see what the experts think in their mock draft and compare that to the what is most discussed.

 

1. Philadelphia 76ers – Markelle Fultz (Washington G): Fultz is almost certainly going to be taken No. 1 overall to Philadelphia because of his athleticism, passing vision, and shooting ability. This was obviously apparent with Fultz averaging 23.2 points and 5.9 assists per game in his lone season at Washington. He should fit in nicely next to Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, and Joel Embiid; creating an exciting young core. Adding Fultz to Philadelphia can allow Simmons to play on and off ball during late game situations.

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2. Los Angeles Lakers- Lonzo Ball (UCLA G): Ball averaged 14.6 points and 7.6 assists at UCLA in 2016-17, and since then has only gotten more and more popular, in part because of his father, LaVar Ball. Los Angeles needs a point guard, desperately. Now more than ever after trading D’Angelo Russell to Brooklyn for Brook Lopez. Ball should be the pick, and he’ll quickly become the future of the Lakers’ backcourt. Pairing Ball with Brandon Ingram, Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle will open frequent fast break opportunities, leading to more points in transition.

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3. Boston Celtics- Jayson Tatum (Duke F) Tatum impressed at Duke last season, and he’s one of our favorite players in this class. He has one of the most NBA ready bodies and has already effectively proven he has has DEEP range. Tatum will be chosen within the top 4 picks without a doubt. Tatum will shine as the new Paul Pierce for the Celtics.

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4. Phoenix Suns- Josh Jackson (Kansas F): Jackson struggled mightily for the first few weeks of his rookie season, during his freshman campaign at Kansas, but he turned things around, showing his true potential in February and March. He finished off with 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Pairing Jackson with Devin Booker can be ideal for the future. His size and length will allow him to have an impact immediately on the court. Most impressively, he can defend any position besides centers.

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5. Sacramento Kings – De’Aaron Fox (Kentucky G): Fox is arguably the best passer in this class, and because of that, plus his incredible ball handling, he’ll most likely be taken in the top-5. According to multiple reports, the Kings were considering trading up to take Fox. Don’t be surprised if Fox comes out to be the best player this draft class ever sees.

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6. Orlando Magic – Dennis Smith Jr. (NC State G): Smith Jr. was supposed to be the third point guard taken in the 2017 NBA Draft, but because of De’Aaron Fox’s climb, and Frank Ntilikina hanging around, he may fall to the fifth signal caller selected. However, his 18.1 points per game is still impressive and Orlando really needs a go-to scorer.

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7. Minnesota Timberwolves – Jonathan Isaac (Florida State F): Isaac is athletic, defends well, and is extremely long. All of which are essentials in the league today. Isaac, if he falls this far, would be a perfect fit for Minnesota, playing alongside Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony-Towns. This is another sleeper than hasn’t gotten the attention he deserves.

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8. New York Knicks – Malik Monk (Kentucky G): Monk may be chosen earlier in this draft, but if he were to fall this low, the Knicks absolutely have to jump all over him. With a proven record in Kentucky, he is a great scorer and that’s exactly what New York needs, because Ron Baker and Chasson Randle aren’t long-term answers.

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9. Dallas Mavericks-  Frank Ntilikina (France G): Ntilikina’s game isn’t very well known because he is coming in as an international athlete. He is a very skilled guard, who is ready to lead a team. Dallas already expressed their feelings about drafting or trading for a point guard that can help lead this team in the future. The Mavericks needs to take a chance here and focus on a young point guard to lead the future in Dallas.

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10. Sacramento Kings – Zach Collins (Gonzaga F): Collins only played one year at Gonzaga, but he was very very special, especially on the big stage against South Carolina in the Final Four. I have the Kings taking De’Aaron Fox at No. 5, which means they would likely go after a big man with this selection. Don’t you dare sleep on Zach Collins.

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