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NBA Mock Draft 2017: Edition 4 (Final Edition)

Jonathan Isaac to Orlando
1. Philadelphia Sixers: Markelle Fultz, G, Washington (Scouting Report)
Eager to cement their long-term core, Philadelphia made an aggressive move by acquiring the No. 1 overall pick from Boston, giving up future picks in the process. Acquiring Fultz gives the Sixers a dynamic scorer in the backcourt, something they are sorely missing, and another dangerous offensive weapon to pair with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
2. Los Angeles Lakers: Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA (Scouting Report)
Rumors of Lonzo Ball to the Lakers have been talked about since Ball was in high school, but it isn't a 100 percent lock that he goes to LA at the two spot. The Lakers reportedly also have interest in Josh Jackson, and possibly even fellow guard De'Aaron Fox. Even if that is the case, drafting Lonzo would improve the Lakers' poor offense the most, and give them the franchise point guard they so badly need.
3. Boston Celtics: Jayson Tatum, F, Duke
After trading down, Boston has plenty of options to take at pick No. 3, including Josh Jackson, who may be the best prospect on the board here. However, likely the best fit for the Celtics would be Jayson Tatum, a versatile forward who can space the floor effectively, opening up lanes for Isaiah Thomas and company.
4. Phoenix Suns: Josh Jackson, G/F, Kansas (Scouting Report)
Without a ton of long-term pieces to work with beyond Devin Booker, the Suns have to be ready to take the best prospect available here. Selecting Jackson gives them a wing that is lethal in transition and can immediately make an impact on defense, while also giving Phoenix a player that has an extraordinary high ceiling.
5. Sacramento Kings: De'Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky
As they begin life without Demarcus Cousins, Sacramento desperately needs a playmaker that can run their offense, and luckily for them Fox lands in their lap if this is how the Draft unfolds. Fox's electrifying speed and court vision should give this team an elite offensive threat right away, particularly if he can grow a consistent jumper.
6. Orlando Magic: Jonathan Isaac, F/C, Florida State
The Magic do possess two solid big men in Nikola Vuvecic and Aaron Gordon, but neither are great defenders and Orlando really struggles to stop teams in the paint. They'll need to address that with the sixth overall selection, and adding the best rim protector in the Draft, Jonathan Isaac, would help in a big way. Isaac is still growing offensively, but he has all the tools to be a dominant defensive big right away.
7. Minnesota Timberwolves: Zach Collins, F/C, Gonzaga
There are plenty of rumors about Minnesota looking to build a package to land Bulls' star Jimmy Butler, but the T-Wolves would be better suited to add another long-term piece here. They'd love if Isaac dropped to them but if not, taking a chance on Zach Collins may be an option. Collins is extremely young, but he showed immense promise in his lone year at Gonzaga and would be a nice fit next to KAT.
8. New York Knicks: Dennis Smith Jr., PG, NC State
There's a good chance the Knicks look to spend big on a point guard in free agency this summer (Kyle Lowry, Chris Paul and Jrue Holiday will all be on their list) but the team really needs a PG of the future, and Dennis Smith Jr. could be the answer. Despite the fact he was coming off a torn ACL, Smith was wonderful in his lone season at NC State and would immediately upgrade the Knicks' poor backcourt.
9. Dallas Mavericks: Lauri Markkanen, F, Arizona
With a great jump shot and impressive upside, Lauri Markkanen definitely could go higher than pick No. 9, but if he falls to Dallas, the Mavericks will definitely look to add him. With Dirk Nowitzki's career coming to a close in the near future, the Mavs can get his future replacement in Markkanen who would slide in perfectly.
10. Sacramento Kings: Malik Monk, SG, Kentucky
Already adding Fox earlier, the Kings should add another dynamic Kentucky prospect in Malik Monk, who would also upgrade their backcourt in a big way, but differently. While Fox will help run the offense, Monk should end up being the dangerous shooting guard Sacramento needs, and when paired with Buddy Hield, create a scary shooting tandem.
11. Charlotte Hornets: Frank Ntilikina, G, France
There are few players in the Draft that are greater mysteries than Ntilikina. Coming out of France, Ntilikina hasn't worked out with any NBA teams, but NBA teams still have done plenty of homework on him, because of his impressive offensive abilities and impressive potential. If he is still available down here, Charlotte needs to take a chance on him, as he could slide in to the shooting guard position effortlessly.
12. Detroit Pistons: Donovan Mitchell, G, Louisville
After breaking out his sophomore season at Louisville, Donovan Mitchell has continued to rise up Draft boards, and has a very good chance to end up going in the lottery. The Pistons are very thin at shooting guard, and not a great defensive team, two solutions Mitchell could solve right away if they add him.
13. Denver Nuggets: John Collins, F, Wake Forest
Nikola Jokic emerged as a legitimate superstar for Denver this season, putting up wild numbers as the Nuggets took major steps in their race back to respectability out West. Adding another young frontcourt weapon for Jokic to work with would only help the versatile center; Collins will need time to adjust to the NBA, but is a super athletic forward with plenty of upside.
14. Miami Heat: O.G. Anunoby, G/F, Indiana
Without Dwyane Wade, Miami was forced to use inexperienced or untested options on the wing, a major reason why their offense lacked much bite for the majority of 2016-2017. They can upgrade the wing in a big way by adding Anunoby, a versatile guard/forward who showed flashes of stardom while at Indiana.
15. Portland Trail Blazers: Justin Patton, C, Creighton
While the dynamic backcourt of C.J. McCollum and Damian Lilliard will continue to guide Portland for years to come, this is still a team that needs a huge facelift in their frontcourt. Jusuf Nurkic was a pleasant surprise after coming over from Denver mid-season, but Creighton product Justin Patton could be an even bigger improvement in the long run. Patton is a hard-nosed, physical specimen in the paint who will gobble up rebounds for the Blazers.
16. Chicago Bulls: Justin Jackson, G/F, North Carolina
The Bulls sit in a state of flux with the Draft upcoming, as Jimmy Butler's future remains completely unclear. Even if Butler isn't traded, upgrading the wing and adding a shooter must be top priorities for the front office. Justin Jackson emerged as a dangerous three-point shooter this past season for UNC, and brings a proven winner to this roster.
17. Milwaukee Bucks: Jarrett Allen, C, Texas
Despite having a quiet year on a bad Texas team, NBA scouts are excited about Jarrett Allen's future at the next level. His size, shot-blocking abilities and work ethic are all off the charts, and the Bucks have proven they are willing to take chances on unproven players with tons of upside. With Allen, Giannis and Thon Maker, the size and length on this Milwaukee roster would be daunting.
18. Indiana Pacers: Ike Anigbogu, C, UCLA
Much like Chicago, Indiana finds themselves in a state of limbo as they make a decision on what to do with Paul George. Considering there is a very high chance George will be moving out of Indianapolis at some point over the next few years, Indiana needs to think long-term and add a youngster with significant potential here. Anigbogu certainly fits the mold; the 18-year-old was quiet this past season at UCLA, but his strength and aggressiveness could soon transform into a formidable low post force.
19. Atlanta Hawks: Bam Adebayo, F/C, Kentucky
Now that Dwight Howard is gone and Paul Millsap possibly gone this summer, Atlanta needs to begin remaking their frontcourt, once a notable strength for the franchise. They have a plethora of options available at 19, but Bam Adebayo may intrigue the front office the most. While he still needs work to round out his game, the physical tools are there for him to be dominant.
20. Portland Trail Blazers: T.J. Leaf, F, UCLA
While Patton will help give Portland a physical presence down low, T.J. Leaf could help out in a little different way. The former UCLA Bruin proved he could hit the three-ball in his lone season in Westwood, knocking down 47 percent from deep. Portland would love to add the smart, savvy big to help space the floor for their slashing guards.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Luke Kennard, G, Duke
There is a wide range of opinions on Luke Kennard as he awaits his NBA future. Some view him as a legitimate offensive star who could go in the lottery, while others think he's too small for the NBA and not even worth a first-rounder. No matter where he does fall, he will surely bring shooting help, something the Thunder certainly need.
22. Brooklyn Nets: Harry Giles, F/C, Duke
Few players can average 3.9 PPG on 11.5 minutes per game and perhaps be considered for a lottery selection, but this is the NBA and teams are eager to take chances on unproven commodities as long as they bring potential. Giles has proven he can star in the high school ranks, but his lengthy injury history will make teams wary. Even so, the Nets need all the help they can get, and may be willing to take a chance on the ultimate boom-or-bust prospect.
23. Toronto Raptors: Jawun Evans, PG, Oklahoma State
Rumors have surfaced around the league that there is next to no chance Kyle Lowry returns to Toronto next season, forcing the Raptors to rebuild their thin point guard position. There isn't a great number of guard options available near the end of the first, but Evans should still be a quality selection. The dynamic point guard would bring immediate playmaking and offense, especially if he improves his shooting.
24. Utah Jazz: D.J. Wilson, F/C, Michigan
The Jazz love versatile big man that can help their team in a variety of ways, something former Michigan big D.J. Wilson certainly could do. Wilson emerged as a star for the Wolverines in '16-'17 after a quiet first few years on campus, and displayed impressive shooting touch.
25. Orlando Magic: Semi Ojeleye, F, SMU
Orlando hopes they fixed their defensive woes by adding Isaac with the sixth selection, now its time to improve their poor wing play. Ojeleye proved he could carry a team on his back with his play this past season at SMU, where he truly did it all. He could be a nice running mate for Elfrid Payton, while also bringing an immediate upgrade defensively.
26. Portland Trail Blazers: Isaiah Hartenstein, F/C, Germany
With three picks in the first round, there is a very good chance Portland either trades away some selections, or uses a pick or two on an international stash guy. Isaiah Hartenstein would be quite the pick; the young German big man is a fine shooter and runs the floor well. With a little bit more professional experience over in Europe, he could be quite polished when he does come over to the league.
27. Los Angeles Lakers: Terrance Ferguson, G/F, Australia
With the pick they just recently acquired in the Brook Lopez-D'Angelo Russell deal, the Lakers could be looking for a high-risk, high-reward prospect who could just maybe play out. Terrance Ferguson made a questionable move heading to Australia instead of enrolling at Arizona, and it will be interesting to see how his career plays out. No matter what, his athleticism and speed would be lethal in transition, and an ideal fit in the up-temp offense Luke Walton wants to run.
28. Los Angeles Lakers: Tony Bradley, C, North Carolina
He certainly never panned out in Los Angeles, but the Lakers' large investment in Timofey Mozgov last summer indicated how desperately this team needs rim protection. Tony Bradley will need significant time to adjust to the NBA after coming off the bench this season for UNC, but his defense alone is worthy of a late first-round pick.
29. San Antonio Spurs: Ivan Rabb, F/C, California
With Tim Duncan gone, Pau Gasol aging and Lamarcus Aldridge not quite panning out the way they envisioned, San Antonio has some questions to solve in their frontcourt. They should address a big issue right here by adding Rabb, a terrific scorer who can bring rim protection. Rabb might not have the upside of others in this Draft, but his mobility and smarts will be important assets right away for the Spurs.
30. Utah Jazz: Frank Jackson, G, Duke
Jackson surprised many when he announced he would be leaving Duke after one season, mainly because he still has big questions surrounding him. Is he a shooting guard or point guard? Can he really run an offense? Just how high is his ceiling? Those questions are still to be answered, but Jackson's three-point shooting and instant offense would really help Utah.

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