NBA Mock Draft 2017: Full Predictions at the Start of the New Year

Jonathan WassermanNBA Lead WriterJanuary 11, 2017

NBA Mock Draft 2017: Full Predictions at the Start of the New Year

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    As the NBA standings change, so does the projected 2017 NBA draft board. 

    Given the number of quality point guards and the fact most lottery-bound teams are already set at the position, fit could play a big role in determining where each prospect gets selected next summer. 

    UCLA's Lonzo Ball continues to roll, Duke's Harry Giles has returned from injury and Creighton's Justin Patton has officially broken out. Plus, a number of international prospects made strong impressions in December at the U18 European Championships.

    The board will remain fluid as we get deeper into conference play. More competitive matchups create additional opportunities for prospects to move the draft-stock needle.

    Taking team needs into consideration, here's a look at where things stand at the start of 2017.

    The order is based on the NBA standings heading into Jan. 10, 2016. Draft-pick trades were accounted for. 

1. Boston Celtics (via Nets): Markelle Fultz (Washington, PG, 6'4", Freshman)

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    The Boston Celtics' odds of landing the first pick got a boost Sunday from a Brooklyn Nets home loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Nets, who'll be forced to swap selections with Boston, now have two fewer wins (eight) than any team in the NBA.

    UCLA's Lonzo Ball will give general manager Danny Ainge something to think about. Ball's passing would be an intriguing fit alongside Isaiah Thomas' 28 points per game. 

    But Ainge won't value fit over talent. And Markelle Fultz's complete package of athleticism, scoring and playmaking should earn him the top spot on draft boards across the league.

    Averaging 22.1 points on 49.8 percent shooting and 43.5 percent from three, Fultz has dazzled with dribble creativity and shot-making, both inside the arc and behind it. And despite a weak supporting cast, he's still managing 6.4 assists per game, looking just as comfortable and threatening in a setup role. 

    His casual approach and Washington's record are slight turnoffs, but unless Ainge falls in love with Ball's intangibles, there is too much to like about Fultz's basketball ability, development and potential. 

2. Miami Heat: Lonzo Ball (UCLA, PG, 6'6", Freshman)

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    Only one player left on the board has the potential to change and improve the Miami Heat's identity.

    Lonzo Ball did it at UCLA, as the Bruins lead the country in field-goal percentage (53.4) and rank second in assists (23), up from 45.4 percent and 16 assists a year ago.

    While Kansas forward Josh Jackson possesses sharp tools and athleticism and North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith Jr. offers scoring and playmaking, Ball's strengths are mostly immeasurable. He's a one-man offensive-efficiency enhancer whose value lies within his ability to identify and create quality scoring chances for teammates. 

    The fact he continues to drill three-pointers at a scorching ratehe wouldn't be the first player to succeed as a shooter with unorthodox mechanicshelps push him to No. 2 overall. Making 2.4 threes per game at a 43.2 percent clip, Ball is seemingly compensating for odd fundamentals with unbreakable shot-making confidence. 

    He's not the complete scorer that Fultz is—Ball has only made one two-pointer all season that isn't a layup or dunk, per Hoop-Math.com. But that won't be enough to make Miami pass him up.

    The Heat will install Ball as their primary decision-maker and move the versatile Goran Dragic to the 2-guard spot. 

3. Philadelphia 76ers: Jayson Tatum (Duke, SF, 6'8", Freshman)

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    The Philadelphia 76ers won't grab a point guard just to grab one, especially given the likelihood of Ben Simmons doing a lot of ball-handling upon his return.

    Thus, Jayson Tatum should interest the Sixers at No. 3. He's jumped out as the most polished and versatile scorer among the wings and forwards in this draft class. Step-backs, jab steps, fallaways, spin moves—Tatum's footwork is advanced, as are his shot-making skills.

    Shooting consistency could take time, but Tatum has a jumper that projects out to the NBA arc, and the Sixers desperately need that. 

    He's even surprised with defensive playmaking, averaging 2.1 steals and 1.7 blocks through nine games.

    Head coach Brett Brown could wind up playing Tatum at three positions, given his ball-handling for a 2, quickness for a 3 and 6'8" size at small-ball 4. He's a high-floor prospect and potentially Philadelphia's No. 2 option in 2017-18. 

4. Dallas Mavericks: Dennis Smith Jr. (N.C. State, PG, 6'3", Freshman)

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    The Dallas Mavericks won't pass on this opportunity to retool at point guard. Deron Williams is in the final year of his contract, and Dennis Smith Jr. is available at No. 4. He's averaging 19.1 points and 6.4 assists after sitting out last year with a torn ACL. 

    Explosive and shifty, Smith carves up defenses off the dribble and puts pressure on the rim. And though not known for shooting, he's looked more comfortable than expected, making 1.8 threes per game at a 38.4 percent clip. 

    Bringing it every night in the ACC will be key for his draft stock—Smith followed up a 27-point, 11-rebound, 11-assist triple-double against Virginia Tech on Wednesday with a quiet 4-of-11, six-turnover showing during a brutal loss to North Carolina on Sunday. 

    Smith still needs to work on his decision-making and sense of urgency, but between his athleticism and ball skills, he projects as an exciting scorer and playmaker.

5. Phoenix Suns: Josh Jackson (Kansas, SG/SF, 6'8", Freshman)

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    Josh Jackson could wind up slipping to No. 5 without a reliable or fundamentally sound jumper. The Phoenix Suns wouldn't mind—they'd happily slide him between Devin Booker and their rookie power forwards (Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender).

    Jackson still lets his athleticism do most of the talking in transition and the half-court drive-and-slash game. But he's proved to be an excellent passer and improved ball-handler, a combination that's led to 3.1 assists per game. 

    Quick and competitive on defense, Jackson's two-way versatility and room to grow offensively create top-five upside.

    Improving his shooting motion will be an immediate priority for Phoenix coaches.

6. Minnesota Timberwolves: Jonathan Isaac (FSU, SF/PF, 6'10", Freshman)

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    Jonathan Isaac has remained both patient and efficient in Florida State's offense. Only taking 8.0 shots per game, he's still managing to flash unique, convincing skills and versatility for a 6'10" forward. 

    His jumper has cooled off, but he looks comfortable shooting the three (15-of-43). And when given the opportunity and/or space, he's shown he can face up, handle the ball and get to the basket, with 61.1 percent of his field goals at the rim going unassisted (a high number for a big), per Hoop-Math.com.

    Making 62.3 percent of his two-point attempts, Isaac is crafty inside the arc and at the rim.

    Showing quick feet defending the perimeter while bringing in 11.7 rebounds per 40 minutes, there are also plenty of other ways for Isaac to contribute when his offensive game is off.

    He's more of a project compared to Jayson Tatum and Josh Jackson, but the Minnesota Timberwolves take Isaac at No. 6 and groom him for a small-ball 4 role alongside Karl-Anthony Towns. 

7. Philadelphia 76ers (via Lakers): Malik Monk (Kentucky, SG, 6'3", Freshman)

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    Using the Los Angeles Lakers' first-round pick, the Philadelphia 76ers could target a point guard (if they take a forward at No. 3) like Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox or France's Frank Ntilikina.

    But Fox is a ball-dominant playmaker with no perimeter game—a questionable fit with Ben Simmons—and Ntilikina looks like a reach at No. 7. 

    Instead, they'll be enticed by Malik Monk's shot-making, given their need to surround Simmons with shooters. Already with a whopping 50 triples through 16 games, Monk uses quick-trigger transition opportunities, jumpers off screens and spot-ups—shots that don't require a great deal of dribbling. 

    On the other hand, he rarely gets to the basket, having only scored six field goals at the rim in the half court this season, per Hoop-Math.com. He's taken 122 threes to 56 free throws.

    But he's still averaging 21.7 points, consistently catching fire and scoring in bunches. The Sixers will buy into his athleticism and offensive potential and pair him with Tatum on the wing.

8. Denver Nuggets: OG Anunoby (Indiana, SF, 6'8", Sophomore)

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    OG Anunoby's skill level still doesn't say "top 10," but the Denver Nuggets reach and bank on his development here. They aren't likely to find his mix of size, athleticism, quickness and length on the wing elsewhere.

    Anunoby should hold the title of top defensive forward in the draft for his lockdown ability, versatility (he guards positions 1 through 4) and playmaking (he's averaging 2.2 blocks and 1.5 steals per 40 minutes). 

    But he's also averaging 11.4 points with a tiny 19.7 percent usage rate, per Sports-Reference.com, converting at a ridiculous 72.3 percent clip inside the arc. A first step and explosiveness carry him to easy buckets off drives and cuts. 

    Capable from deep (14-of-42), Anunoby will use his first two years in the league to improve his jumper and tighten his handle. In the meantime, his defense and contagious energy will help him earn minutes in Denver.

9. New Orleans Pelicans: Lauri Markkanen (Arizona, PF/C, 7'0", Freshman)

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    A 7-footer making 2.1 threes per game at a smoking 45.6 percent clip, Lauri Markkanen and his jumper will find their way into the lottery. 

    He'd be an obvious fit in New Orleans, where Anthony Davis could help hide Markkanen's defensive limitations. Meanwhile, Markkanen would give the Pelicans an offensive upgrade at the 4 and extra space for Davis. 

    More than just a shooter, the Finnish stretch big has even been used as a pick-and-roll ball-handler at Arizona, a tribute to his versatility and ability to face up and create off the dribble. 

    A weak interior presence (9.5 boards per 40 minutes) with only nine blocks and five steals all season, Markkanen's suspect rebounding and rim protection hurt his value. But between his shot-making and overall skill level at his size, his offensive game will be highly coveted. 

10. Sacramento Kings: De'Aaron Fox (Kentucky, PG, 6'3", Freshman)

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    With Darren Collison and Ty Lawson set to become unrestricted free agents this summer, the Sacramento Kings could luck out with the Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets each settled at point guard. 

    De'Aaron Fox's 12.5 three-point shooting percentage makes him slip but not past the Kings, who'll fall for his playmaking and defense. 

    He just went for 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting against Arkansas Saturday. He uses open-floor opportunities, ball screens, shiftiness and a quick first step to break down defenses and get to the rim. Along with his 16.7 points, he's also handing out 6.4 assists per game, showing a good feel as a pick-and-roll facilitator. 

    The Kings will wind up coveting Fox's ability to set the table for teammates and apply pressure to opposing ball-handlers. He'll shatter No. 10 value if his jumper ever starts working consistently. 

11. Orlando Magic: Harry Giles (Duke, PF, 6'10", Freshman)

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    Harry Giles is slowly getting his legs and confidence back following a preseason knee procedure—his third in five years.

    And though he isn't likely to score in volume in Duke's loaded lineup, the Orlando Magic could still show a willingness to reach on potential, which comes from his 6'10" size, 7'3" length, quickness and athleticism.

    So far, he's been active under the boards, bringing in 15.7 rebounds per 40 minutes. And he's shown some bounce on off-ball finishes and decent footwork getting into his jump hook. 

    Giles will clearly need time after missing Duke's first 11 games and all of his senior year in high school. The Magic will give it to him while they sort out their messy frontcourt logjam.

    Waiting on his skills to improve and explosiveness to return will be worth it for both parties.

12. Portland Trail Blazers: Isaiah Hartenstein (Germany, PF/C, 7'0", 1998)

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    Isaiah Hartenstein strengthened his draft case in December at the U18 European Championships, where he averaged 14.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in less than 26 minutes per game. Scouts were reminded of his skill level as a scorer and passerstrengths he hasn't had the chance to fully showcase as a teenager with Zalgiris in Lithuania.

    Athletic and strong, Hartenstein plays through contact and finishes with power, but he also has finesse to his game. The 7-footer has shown touch on the move and from three-point range when left open. He dished out some impressive assists (3.5 per game) at the U18s as well. 

    The scouting lens immediately picks up his tools and offensive versatility. It's worth a late-lottery gamble for the Portland Trail Blazers to see if he can tie everything together.

13. New York Knicks: Frank Ntilikina (France, PG, 6'5", 1998)

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    Derrick Rose's mysterious disappearance on Monday should have the New York Knicks thinking about their next franchise point guard.

    France's Frank Ntilikina has emerged as a legitimate candidate, and at No. 13, you can argue the Knicks would be getting strong value. Coming off an MVP showing at the U18 European Championships during December, Ntilikina went off in a way he isn't given the freedom to with Strasbourg IG in LNB Pro A. 

    Though not as quick as De'Aaron Fox or skilled as Dennis Smith Jr., he's a better shooter than both, connecting on 44.4 percent of his threes in France and 58.6 percent during the U18s, per RealGM. Ntilikina isn't flashy with the ball, but he makes good decisions as a passer and scorer, and he plays the game with a calm, poised demeanor. 

    He also projects as the top defensive floor general with 6'5" size and suffocating length. 

    Whether he's an All-Star-caliber talent is up for debate, but Ntilikina looks like a point guard teams can build around. He'll be more valued in the pros for his game management and defense than offensive production.

14. Detroit Pistons: Ivan Rabb (California, PF/C, 6'11", Sophomore)

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    Ivan Rabb is back at it after a mini-slump in December, having just hit game-winning free throws against USC on Sunday after going for 17 points and 20 rebounds against UCLA on Thursday, 20 points, 15 boards and five assists against Arizona State on January 1 and plus 16 points and 16 rebounds against Arizona on December 30. 

    There isn't anything flashy about Rabb, who lacks explosiveness and perimeter skills. But he's developed into a sharp post player and double-team magnet due to his terrific back-to-the-basket footwork and shot-making ability around the key. 

    And he consistently gives a strong effort under the boards, where he's averaging 10.8 rebounds per game. You get the impression it's a strength that will carry over based on his tools, motor, instincts and hands. 

    Rabb struggles to defend quicker bigs and isn't the most versatile offensive player, but his inside scoring, efficiency and activity in the paint sell the Detroit Pistons at No. 14.

15. Chicago Bulls: Justin Patton (Creighton, C, 6'11", Freshman)

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    Nobody has risen higher than Justin Patton, who's been impossible to ignore at Creighton while averaging 14.3 points on 74.3 percent shooting. 

    An athletic near-7-footer with savvy post footwork, great hands and mobility, Patton will get someone to reach on his upside, even if he's a project producing against smaller bigs.

    How about the Chicago Bulls, with Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic entering free agency?

    A giant target for lobs, Patton has also flashed impressive back-to-the-basket moves and even some outside touch (five three-pointers), though his 48.8 percent clip from the free-throw line suggests his shooting is still far away.

    He'll need to get tougher under the boards (he only averages 10 rebounds per 40 minutes) and quicker on defense, but Patton's tools, skills, production and efficiency for a redshirt freshman are intriguing. Coming back for another season will be an option, but assuming he tests the waters, there should be enough interest to keep him in the draft.

16. Milwaukee Bucks: Miles Bridges (Michigan State, SF/PF, 6'7", Freshman)

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    Michigan State freshman forward Miles Bridges returned to a reduced role after missing seven games with an ankle injury. 

    The Milwaukee Bucks will covet his explosiveness, which should continue translating to monster finishes, rebounds and blocked shots. He'll slip to No. 16 without a signature offensive strength—Bridges' shooting touch (34.9 percent from three-point range, 53.8 percent from the free-throw line), ball-handling (3.2 turnovers per game) and post game each need work. 

    But he's capable in all areas and still makes things happen with leaping ability, strength and motor. 

    There are questions about Bridges' fit without sharp perimeter skills or traditional big-man size, but his skill development is worth gambling on outside the lottery. He could be a tough small-ball 4 matchup if his jumper becomes a true weapon.

17. Washington Wizards: Bam Adebayo (Kentucky, C, 6'10", Freshman)

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    With a frontcourt of Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat, the Washington Wizards could use an injection of athleticism. 

    No big in this year's first round packs a more destructive punch of power and bounce than Edrice "Bam" Adebayo. He'll make an NBA living as a simple-play center who runs, dunks and rebounds. 

    Occasionally, when given space, he's shown he can score with a jump hook or 12-foot jumper, but he'll earn his NBA minutes and contracts with his motor and finishing ability.

    Any offense he gives Washington out of the post is just a bonus. 

18. Charlotte Hornets: Robert Williams (Texas A&M, PF, 6'9", Freshman)

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    The Charlotte Hornets will give Robert Williams the same role he has with Texas A&M: an energizer off the bench. He brings length, explosiveness and motor to the paint at both ends of the floor.

    Offensively, he does most of his work reacting off the ball as a finisher and cleanup man. But we've seen flashes of a jump hook and mid-range jumper, and he's made 22 of 30 free throws.

    Williams' defensive potential puts him in the top-20 discussion, as he's blocked 4.8 shots per 48 minutes.

    Though unpolished, the Hornets will chase the upside tied to his tools, athleticism and room for offensive growth. In the meantime, they'll look to tap into his motor for easy buckets, rebounds and rim protection.

19. Indiana Pacers: TJ Leaf (UCLA, PF, 6'10", Freshman)

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    TJ Leaf's skills are still ahead of his athleticism. At No. 19, he'll sell the Indiana Pacers on his ball-handling, shooting and scoring instincts inside. 

    But he's no stiff. Light on his feet, Leaf has been showing impressive lift and the ability to throw down on challenging defenders.

    A high-energy stretch 4 (he's averaging 9.1 rebonds) with strong passing instincts (2.9 assists), Leaf is now averaging 17.4 points and has shot at least 60 percent in 13 of UCLA's 17 games. Along with the drives, putbacks and post buckets, he's also hit 17 of 35 three-pointers. 

    Nobody has had an answer for Leaf. The only question is whether he can guard starting NBA bigs.

    Leaf's lack of strength and quickness could keep him from rising to the Pacers' starting lineup.

20. Atlanta Hawks: Johnathan Motley (Baylor, PF, 6'10", Junior)

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    After drafting a Baylor product in 2016 (wing Taurean Prince), the Atlanta Hawks could go back to the well for Johnathan Motley, who's suddenly become the top player for the current No. 1-ranked team in the nation.

    Long, athletic and active, Motley averages 15.3 points, scoring in all different ways around the key. He's developed an advanced back-to-the-basket game with touch, as well as an improving mid-range jumper.

    He doesn't project as a big NBA scorer, but with ancillary strengths—rebounding, passing and shot-blocking—Motley could compete for playing time next year if Paul Millsap gets traded or leaves in free agency.

21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Terrance Ferguson (Adelaide 36ers, SF, 6'7", 1998)

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    Though Terrance Ferguson only plays 17.5 minutes a game in Australia's National Basketball League, the potential he flashed in high school will help draw first-round looks. 

    The Co-MVP of last year's Nike Hoop Summit is also holding his own against pros overseas. 

    His high-level athleticism and shooting project favorably for a 6'7" wing under the NBA lens. His jumper, quick feet and explosiveness in transition create convincing three-and-D potential, even if he enters the draft without much production. 

    The Thunder could use an additional shot-maker with Andre Roberson and Jerami Grant currently manning the 3.

22. Utah Jazz: Mathias Lessort (France, PF/C, 6'9", 1995)

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    From Bruno Caboclo to Nikola Milutinov to Guerschon Yabusele, at least one unexpected international player usually goes in the first round.

    Averaging 19.0 points and 13.7 rebounds per 40 minutes in LNB Pro A, Mathias Lessort has emerged as a potential name. His overseas tools and production have made him tough to miss, though after declaring for the draft and withdrawing last year, he had already been on the NBA radar.

    Lessort isn't a face-up scorer or jump-shooter. But at 6'9", he's physically overwhelming around the basket and consistently gets buckets off rim runs, pick-and-rolls, putbacks, explosive finishes and jump hooks. Meanwhile, he's a force under the boards and a high-energy, mobile defender. 

    Already 21 years old (22 by next season) with an obvious NBA body, Lessort could be an option for the Utah Jazz to bring over immediately.

23. Denver Nuggets (via Grizzlies): Tyler Lydon (Syracuse, PF, 6'9", Sophomore)

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    The Denver Nuggets have depth at every position, but they're missing a stretch 4 to spot up around the arc.

    Tyler Lydon projects as a fit, where the team would value his 43.5 percent three-ball. He's found a rhythm lately after a slow start and has now made 76 of 183 (41.5 percent) career attempts from behind the arc. Though not a threatening shot creator, he still finds other ways to convert inside the arc between his athleticism and developing jump hook. 

    Limited scoring and defensive potential push Lydon outside the top 20, but assuming his jumper is for real, there should be a place for him in the league. 

24. Brooklyn Nets (via Celtics): Edmond Sumner (Xavier, PG, 6'5", Sophomore)

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    There's no point for the Brooklyn Nets to play it safe at No. 24. This should be a swing-for-the-fences selection given the team's lack of talent and long road back toward relevance.

    Edmond Sumner offers the upside of a top-20 pick based on his explosive athleticism and size for a lead ball-handler. And the Nets can offer Sumner the time and minutes to develop.

    No shooting improvement holds him back from flying up boards—he's just 10-of-36 from three-point range this seasonbut the rest of his game is coming together. 

    Prior to his 3-of-15 outing Tuesday against Villanova, Sumner had averaged 18.4 points and 6.2 assists on 63.8 percent shooting over his previous five games. A pesky defender, electric slasher and transition weapon, Sumner could bring something to Brooklyn's table even if his jumper never comes around. 

25. Toronto Raptors (via LA Clippers): Kostja Mushidi (Germany, SG, 6'5", 1998)

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    The Toronto Raptors will go abroad with one of their two first-round picks and grab Kostja Mushidi, a productive project.

    Scouts saw mixed results in December's U18 European Championships, where Mushidi averaged 14.7 points but only shot 42.3 percent overall and 19.0 percent from three-point range. It's been the same story for him during Adriatic League play and Basketball Champions League: Mushidi is averaging 9.3 points in 23.6 minutes on 36.3 percent shooting for Mega Leks. 

    There is no denying his NBA potential, though.

    An athletic, physical wing, Mushidi passes the eye test with a skill set that covers ground. Naturally best when slashing to the basket, he's developed the handle to create and make things happen off the dribble, both as a scorer and passer. 

    Mushidi is capable in a number of areas—he's just not proficient in any yet. Still 18 years old, he'll have the time to sharpen and tighten his game for a playoff team over the next few seasons.

26. Toronto Raptors: Dwayne Bacon (Florida State, SG/SF, 6'7", Sophomore)

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    The Raptors aren't filling a specific need with the No. 26 pick. They'll take the best available player, which could be Dwayne Bacon, who continues to show off NBA-caliber scoring potential. 

    His offense has started to click, generating 20.5 points per game during Florida State's first four ACC showdowns. Bacon creates shots for himself with drives, runners, step-backs and pull-up jumpers. And after hitting 32 three-pointers as a freshman, he's already up to 27 through only 17 games.

    An athletic, 6'7", 221-pound wing, Bacon has ideal tools to build upon. He'll have the chance to carve out an NBA career as a scoring specialist if he can continue to sharpen his perimeter skills. 

27. Houston Rocktets: Josh Hart (Villanova, SG, 6'6", Senior)

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    Lack of athleticism and one signature skill has always held Josh Hart back in the draft discussion. He's responded during his senior year by improving every aspect of his game, specifically his shot-creating, playmaking and shooting. 

    Averaging 19.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.9 threes per game, Hart now looks like a guard who can give the Houston Rockets a little bit of everything, including defense. 

    He'll be 22 years old in March, but Hart's toughness and versatility should earn him an NBA role the way Malcolm Brogdon has with the Bucks. 

28. Portland Trail Blazers (via CLE): Luke Kennard (Duke, SG, 6'6", Sophomore)

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    With their second first-round pick, the Portland Trail Blazers look to add shooting and grab one of the country's breakout stars.

    Averaging 20.4 points and 2.5 threes per game on 44.7 percent shooting from deep, Luke Kennard has blown up at Duke, where he consistently puts on shot-making clinics. He isn't explosive, but he compensates with sharp ball skills and a jumper that works off the catch and dribble. 

    Strong basketball IQ and passing instincts only help strengthen his chances of carving out a supporting NBA role.  

29. San Antonio Spurs: Jaron Blossomgame (Clemson, SF/PF, 6'7", Senior)

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    The San Antonio Spurs give Jaron Blossomgame a look and bank on his three-ball coming around with better NBA coaching and playmakers.

    The fact that he's 7-of-44 from downtown on the season yet is still averaging 17.9 points on 49.8 percent shooting is significant. It's a tribute to his two-point scoring versatility and efficiency. He's converting inside the arc at a strong 59.1 percent clip, generating offense with explosive drives, runners in the lane, post-ups and improvised one-handers around the key. 

    The Spurs should also covet his strong defensive tools—quick feet and long arms on a 220-pound frame—and ability to guard both forward positions.

    He's a late-first-round steal if his jumper suddenly clicks. It's not out of the question, as Blossomgame sunk 45 of 102 threes (44.1 percent) last year as a junior.

30. Utah Jazz (via Warriors): Alec Peters (Valparaiso, PF, 6'9", Senior)

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    The Jazz can add a shot-maker and the nation's second-leading scorer with their second first-round pick

    Alec Peters' 24.2 points per game won't carry him up draft boards—a lack of athleticism and quickness weigh him down—but for a 6'9" forward, his jumper and scoring instincts are impressive.

    A career 41.6 percent three-point shooter on 623 attempts, Peters' stroke is easy to buy. If nothing else, he should give the Jazz a frontcourt shooter and mistake-free—he has a career 11.8 turnover percentagerole player.

     

    All statistics accurate heading into Jan. 11, 2017 and are via RealGM.com or Sports-Reference.com, unless otherwise noted.

    Jonathan Wasserman covers the NBA draft for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @NBADraftWass