After the NBA broke a few tiebreakers among teams, the order for the non-lottery portion of the 2017 NBA draft is official.
All that is left to settle are the teams who will take the first three slots in the NBA draft, which will be decided by a lottery held on Tuesday, May 16.
Until then, here's a new mock draft with the current order as well as a look at four of the top prospects and their best possible fits.
|2017 NBA Mock Draft|
|Pick||Team||Player||Position||College or Pro Team|
|1||Boston Celtics||Markelle Fultz||PG||Washington|
|2||Phoenix Suns||Josh Jackson||SF||Kansas|
|3||Los Angeles Lakers||Lonzo Ball||PG||UCLA|
|4||Philadelphia 76ers||Malik Monk||SG||Kentucky|
|5||Orlando Magic||Jayson Tatum||SF||Duke|
|6||Minnesota Timberwolves||Jonathan Isaac||SF/PF||Florida State|
|7||New York Knicks||De'Aaron Fox||PG||Kentucky|
|8||Sacramento Kings||Frank Ntilikina||PG||Strasbourg IG (France)|
|9||Dallas Mavericks||Lauri Markkanen||PF||Arizona|
|10||Sacramento Kings||Zach Collins||C||Gonzaga|
|11||Charlotte Hornets||Justin Jackson||SF||North Carolina|
|12||Detroit Pistons||Dennis Smith Jr.||PG||North Carolina State|
|13||Denver Nuggets||Rodions Kurucs||SF||FC Barcelona B (Spain)|
|14||Miami Heat||TJ Leaf||PF||UCLA|
|15||Portland Trail Blazers||Terrance Ferguson||SG||Adelaide (Australia)|
|16||Chicago Bulls||Justin Patton||C||Creighton|
|17||Milwaukee Bucks||Harry Giles||PF||Duke|
|18||Indiana Pacers||Donovan Mitchell||SG||Louisville|
|19||Atlanta Hawks||Isaiah Hartenstein||PF||Zalgiris (Lithuania)|
|20||Portland Trail Blazers||Luke Kennard||SG||Duke|
|21||Oklahoma City Thunder||Jordan Bell||PF||Oregon|
|22||Brooklyn Nets||Jawun Evans||PG||Oklahoma State|
|23||Toronto Raptors||Semi Ojeleye||PF||SMU|
|24||Utah Jazz||John Collins||PF||Wake Forest|
|25||Orlando Magic||Ivan Rabb||PF||Cal|
|26||Portland Trail Blazers||Caleb Swanigan||PF||Purdue|
|27||Brooklyn Nets||OG Anunoby||SF||Indiana|
|28||Los Angeles Lakers||Jarrett Allen||C||Texas|
|29||San Antonio Spurs||Dillon Brooks||SF||Oregon|
|30||Utah Jazz||Josh Hart||SG||Villanova|
Markelle Fultz: Boston Celtics
On paper, this may not seem like a good fit at all considering that Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas is coming off a fantastic season (28.9 points per game).
It's difficult for any player to be given the keys to an NBA franchise before they hit their 20s, so Fultz can benefit from coming off the bench and learning from a group of veterans around him to start his career. It's also not impossible to think that he and Thomas could play together if Thomas is in Boston long term.
That being said, it is no guarantee Thomas will be wearing Celtic green in two years, as he is an unrestricted free agent after the 2017-18 season. Therefore, if Thomas leaves, Fultz can man the point for Boston starting with the 2018-19 year.
Josh Jackson: Phoenix Suns
The Suns look like a future offensive powerhouse led by shooting guard Devin Booker, but their defense was one of the worst in the NBA last year, allowing the most points per game in the NBA (113.3). Teams can't win games by trading baskets, so Phoenix needs to focus on improving its defense.
Enter Josh Jackson, a fantastic two-way forward who shined in his one season at Kansas. The 6'8" Jackson could slot into the starting lineup right away and immediately provide some length and athleticism to help slow down some guards and forwards. He could be tasked with matching up with a team's No. 1 scoring option every night (provided that player is not a big man).
NBADraft.net is even comparing him to Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler. If Jackson reaches that ceiling, then the Suns would undoubtedly be thrilled.
Lonzo Ball: Los Angeles Lakers
It's pretty clear that Lonzo Ball loves to fly up and down the court and lead a fast pace of play. That worked well for UCLA last year, as it was second in Division I in offensive efficiency, per KenPom.com. The Lakers play fast as well, as they ranked sixth in pace last season, per ESPN.com.
Therefore, Ball, who is from nearby Chino Hills, California, could fill in at point guard and help lead the Lakers. He'd be a better facilitator than D'Angelo Russell, who is probably better suited in a shooting guard role.
A starting lineup featuring Ball, Russell, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle and Ivica Zubac probably wouldn't land the Lakers a playoff spot next year, but it would certainly provide a lot of intrigue for the future.
Malik Monk: Philadelphia 76ers
The 76ers need some help at shooting guard. On paper, it looks like the final missing piece for a potentially fantastic starting lineup that should feature point guard Ben Simmons, small forward Robert Covington, power forward Dario Saric and center Joel Embiid.
Malik Monk is the best shooting guard on the draft board this year and one of the top six or seven prospects this year. The 76ers taking Monk would a perfect marriage of filling a need and picking one of the best players available.
Philadelphia only made 44.2 percent of its field goals last year, which ranked fourth-worst in the NBA. The 76ers were also dead last in offensive efficiency, per ESPN.com. Monk, who averaged 19.8 points per game last year, can immediately step in and improve the struggling 76ers offense.