B/R's Final 2017 NBA Draft Big Board
Teams are finalizing their boards for the 2017 NBA draft with workouts nearly complete.
Most will rank the prospects and separate them into tiers.
It looks as if there will be a dozen players who'll go in the second round but likely received strong consideration in the late first. The difference between No. 20 and No. 40 isn't big.
At the top, the best 10-14 names should look familiar, though there has still been movement within our lottery rankings and projections leading up to Thursday's event.
Jonathan Wasserman covers the NBA draft for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @NBADraftWass.
50. PJ Dozier (South Carolina, SG/SF, Sophomore)
Dozier would have had a shot at going in the first round in 2018 had he come back and improved his jumper. He's intriguing due to his 6'6" size, ball-handling and defensive potential, but he's too raw to love after two years at South Carolina.
49. Damyean Dotson (Houston, SG, Senior)
Dotson made 108 threes and will try to stick as a shooting specialist from the 2-guard spot.
48. Wesley Iwundu (Kansas State, SG/SF, Senior)
Iwundu's point forward versatility is alluring. He'll just have to ease concerns over his jumper and the fact he doesn't have a signature strength.
47. Alec Peters (Valparaiso, PF, Senior)
Peters should get second-round looks just for his shot-making. And he's just been cleared to start working out after missing months with a leg injury.
46. Edmond Sumner (Xavier, PG, Sophomore)
A torn ACL hasn't stopped Sumner from visiting teams. He'll be a second-round boom-or-bust option, with his athleticism fueling the boom and the injury and weak jumper behind his bust potential.
45. Dillon Brooks (Oregon, SF, Junior)
Brooks' toughness and scoring versatility will give him a chance, but a lack of size (6'6"), length (6'6" wingspan) and athleticism will make it difficult at both ends.
44. Tyler Dorsey (Oregon, SG, Sophomore)
Dorsey lacks explosiveness and length, but he's worth taking for his scoring and shooting ability. He'll become a lot more valuable if he can use his handle to create for others.
43. Thomas Bryant (Indiana, PF/C, Sophomore)
Bryant doesn't explode off the floor, but if he can show during workouts his improved three-point numbers were legitimate, he'll have the chance to be the player Adreian Payne never could.
42. Dwayne Bacon (Florida State, SG/SF, Sophomore)
All-around inconsistency has held Bacon back. His physical tools for a wing and athleticism should buy him time, though. Bacon has a standout NBA body (6'6", 221 lbs) and the skill set to score from all three levels.
41. Ivan Rabb (California, PF/C, Sophomore)
Rabb has gradually tumbled down the board because he hasn't shown the shooting range or defensive versatility NBA coaches value. He's still worth looking at in the 25-45 range for his hands and motor around the basket.
40. Frank Mason III (Kansas, PG, Senior)
Mason's size (6'0") and age (23) will hurt his stock, but he'll have a chance with his toughness and shooting. He could be one of the more undervalued prospects in the draft.
39. Frank Jackson (Duke, PG, Freshman)
Jackson is recovering from minor foot surgery, which kept him quiet during workout season. He's still worth looking at beginning in the 20s based on his strength, athleticism, shooting and point guard defense.
38. Tyler Lydon (Syracuse, PF, Sophomore)
Lydon's shooting will keep him alive in the first-round mix. Questions over his defense and ability to make plays off the dribble could push him into Round 2.
37. Josh Hart (Villanova, SG, Senior)
Hart's toughness and versatility are his big selling points. Concerns over his athleticism and ability to create, along with the fact he's a senior, are keep him from going in the first round.
36. Tony Bradley (North Carolina, PF/C, Freshman)
Bradley could sneak into the first round after rising during workouts. His physical profile (6'11", 249 lbs) jumps out first. He's a big target around the basket with soft hands and a nose for the ball. A mid-range jumper makes Bradley a steal this late, even if it takes him a few years to develop.
35. D.J. Wilson (Michigan, SF/PF, Sophomore)
Wilson suddenly went into hiding after the combine. There haven't been any reports of him working out anywhere and his agent won't make any statements. His flashes of versatility in the postseason got NBA scouts talking. Now, it seems possible he may have a first-round promise.
34. Jonah Bolden (Australia, SF/PF, 1996)
Bolden has created buzz for his athleticism and shooting in Serbia after leaving UCLA. His unique game background and production overseas could make him intriguing enough to look at in the 20s.
33. Caleb Swanigan (Purdue, PF/C, Sophomore)
Swanigan worked out for a ridiculous 20 teams and could be the top rebounder in the draft. He'll stick if the shooting improvement he showed this year was a sign of more to come.
32. Terrance Ferguson (USA, SF, 1998)
Having worked out for the Charlotte Hornets, Ferguson could go high as No. 11, but as low as No. 30. He'd have to convince teams his jumper and ball skills are better than what he showed this year in Australia.
31. Johnathan Motley (Baylor, PF/C, Junior)
Motley is back working out after a minor knee surgery in April. He was a bully at Baylor and developed impressive mid-range shooting touch. He'll have a chance to carve out a backup big-man role with his strength, length and scoring around the key.
30. Mathias Lessort (France, PF/C, 1995)
Mathias Lessort is working out in the United States after having one of the most productive years overseas of any international prospect.
The 21-year-old has an obvious NBA body (6'9", 250 lbs) powered by a live motor. Lessort picks up baskets at the rim by sprinting the floor, crashing the glass and rolling to the hoop.
He'll have a shot to go in the first round more so for his floor than ceiling. Lessort's chances of carving out a supporting energy role appear high. His odds of becoming anything more seem low.
29. Kyle Kuzma (Utah, PF, Junior)
Kyle Kuzma flew under the radar at Utah before blowing up at the NBA combine. He's become a first-round name to watch, as he has the versatility at the 4 every team covets.
Kuzma combines power forward size (6'10", 223 lbs) with a projectable stroke and playmaking ability as a ball-handler and passer.
The team to watch with Kuzma could be the Atlanta Hawks, who've already brought him in for two workouts, one before the combine and one after. He's a sleeper pick in the Nos. 16-30 range. Otherwise, Kuzma shouldn't last long in Round 2.
28. Jawun Evans (Oklahoma State, PG, Sophomore)
Late-first-round teams interested in adding a backup point guard could have Jawun Evans highlighted on their board.
He's worked out for the Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz.
Being one of the only guards worth considering in the Nos. 13-30 range should work to Evans' benefit. It's reasonable to think a general manager could find him more interesting than a leftover energy big.
A team could value his playmaking and ability to break down defenses, even if it's not sold on Evans' scoring potential, given his limited size (6'0"), explosiveness and three-point sample size (135 attempts in two seasons).
27. Isaiah Hartenstein (Germany, PF/C, 1998)
Isaiah Hartenstein is in the United States after playing limited minutes with Zalgiris in Lithuania for the 2016-17 season.
He's given scouts enough material to analyze over the years, though, from Eurocamp and Basketball Without Borders Global Camp to FIBA play and the Nike Hoop Summit.
The idea of Hartenstein sounds more attractive than the current version, though, which doesn't excel in any one area. But at 7'0", he's flashed NBA-friendly versatility, with three-point range, ball-handling skills, rebounding motor and passing instincts.
26. Bam Adebayo (Kentucky, C, Freshman)
Bam Adebayo received an invite to the green room and should go in the teens or late 20s.
He didn't show enough skill for this year's top 10, though we did see flashes of post footwork and touch on his jump hook and free throws. He separates himself with power and explosiveness that translate to easy baskets and second-chance points.
The Portland Trail Blazers, Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers, and Utah Jazz could be mid- to late-first-round suitors.
25. Semi Ojeleye (SMU, PF, Junior)
Semi Ojeleye, who's worked out for late-first and early-second-round teams, offers a unique blend of power and shooting at the small-ball 4 position.
The Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers are all teams in the 20s that can use a big to stretch the floor.
There are some questions about the 6'7" forward's defense, but his jumper and ability to drive could cause problems for bigger, slower power forwards.
24. O.G. Anunoby (Indiana, SF, Sophomore)
O.G. Anunoby received a last-minute invite to the green room. It suggests he shouldn't fall too far, despite going down with a season-ending knee injury after shooting just 31.1 percent from three during a projected breakout year.
Scouts still buy into Anunoby's defensive potential, which comes from his strength, length (7'2" wingspan) and signature quickness. He'll look to follow Andre Roberson, who's built up his value by locking down and guarding multiple positions, despite offering little offensively.
Anunoby did shoot a ridiculous 70.1 percent inside the arc, a tribute to his tools and athleticism. But he'll need that jumper to come around, given his limitations as a ball-handler and shot-creator.
23. Ike Anigbogu (UCLA, C, Freshman)
Ike Anigbogu's NBA identity and role are clear. He'll draw looks in the Nos. 15-30 range for his rim protection and overall physical presence inside.
At 252 pounds with an enormous 7'6" wingspan and quick feet, he patrols the paint defensively and finishes inside off dives, dump-offs, lobs and putbacks.
Having played just 13.0 minutes per game as a freshman without any projectable skills, Anigbogu is likely looking at mostly G League playing time as a rookie. But a team trying to beef up its front line and find the next Clint Capela—the Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors—could consider Anigbogu as its next project.
22. Jordan Bell (Oregon, PF/C, Junior)
Jordan Bell turned heads during the NCAA tournament before making even more noise at the NBA combine.
He's trending upward, earning praise for his explosiveness, motor and defensive quickness. Bell has proved to be capable of impacting a game without needing touches.
He worked out for a number of teams drafting early in the second round, but also some late-first-round franchises, including the Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz. Both have multiple picks in the 20s.
There won't be any confusion regarding Bell's role. He's an energizer and defensive specialist.
21. TJ Leaf (UCLA, PF, Freshman)
TJ Leaf could go anywhere from No. 13 to the late first round with his coveted skill set and questionable tools/athleticism.
He's earned interest for his shooting and ability to put the ball on the floor and make a play off the dribble. Leaf also brings energy and competitiveness, which helps compensate for his limited strength and explosiveness.
He's being viewed as a role-playing stretch 4 who'll fit in nicely but may have trouble defending starting-caliber NBA bigs.
20. Jarrett Allen (Texas, C, Freshman)
Jarrett Allen isn't the most exciting prospect, but he comes off as a surefire NBA player, which is enough to draw mid-first-round interest.
He worked out for the Detroit Pistons and Denver Nuggets, who have picks in the lottery. Teams will value Allen's finishing and potential in rim protection with his giant 7'5" wingspan. But he's also flashed mid-range touch and post moves that suggest he may have some offensive game.
If not Detroit or Denver, the Milwaukee Bucks and Portland Trail Blazers jump out as mid-first-round suitors.
19. Derrick White (Colorado, SG, Senior)
Nobody has risen more than Derrick White since the season ended. An impressive Portsmouth Invitational earned him an invite to the NBA combine, where he was one of the standout prospects among mostly second-rounders during five-on-fives.
Some scouts now view him as a legitimate first-round option. White projects as a combo at the 2, where he can create his own shot and score or facilitate as a secondary playmaker.
He even earned himself workouts with a pair of lottery teams, the Charlotte Hornets and Denver Nuggets. White's draft range is as wide as any prospect's.
18. Anzejs Pasecniks (Latvia, C, 1995)
Intrigue alone could force a team to bite on Anzejs Pasecniks in the Nos. 15-30 range. At 7'2", he moves unusually well and effortlessly lifts off the floor around the rim.
Pasecniks is notably thin, but he still plays high above the rim for easy finishes off dives, cuts, lobs and putbacks. And he's flashed enough shooting touch and range to suggest his jumper will eventually be a weapon.
The Portland Trail Blazers are the only team he's publicly worked out for, though he did have a pro day with NBA scouts and executives on hand.
17. Harry Giles (Duke, PF, Freshman)
Harry Giles hasn't run into any issues (at least not publicly) regarding his knees or medicals during workouts.
Nothing can erase the injury history that highlights two torn ACLs and a third procedure that cost him his first 11 games at Duke. The risk alone with Giles may make him difficult to draft in the lottery.
But as long as doctors don't reveal any long-term damage, he's still a gamble worth taking in the Nos. 15-30 range. Giles, whose tools are textbook for a power forward, should bring solid energy and activity to some team's paint.
The Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers and Brooklyn Nets are squads to watch.
16. Justin Patton (Creighton, C, Freshman)
Justin Patton has been busy. He's worked out for four late-lottery teams, including the Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat.
The upside with Patton is obvious—he aces the eye test with size (6'11", 229 lbs), length (7'3" wingspan) and mobility, and he's flashed enough offensive versatility, from post moves and handles to passing and shooting range.
The questions with Patton are about his toughness and lack of polish. He didn't rebound at a high rate (6.2 per game), and outside of finishing at the rim, he's overly raw without any go-to skill to lean on.
His draft range is wide. Look for Patton, a perceived boom-or-bust prospect, to go anywhere from No. 11 down to the late first round.
15. John Collins (Wake Forest, PF, Sophomore)
There has been positive buzz on John Collins, who's showing off explosive bounce and underrated shooting range we never saw at Wake Forest.
There are concerns about his defensive awareness, but his offensive upside should help ease them once all the flashy one-and-done names are off the board.
Collins led the country in player efficiency rating (33.3) and brings standout NBA tools, athleticism and motor, as well as a budding skill set within 18 feet that features a mid-range jumper, low-post game and high-level finishing ability.
14. Luke Kennard (Duke, SG, Sophomore)
Luke Kennard is gaining steam with his jumper in workouts that could launch him as far as No. 8 to the New York Knicks.
Teams are confident in Kennard's ability to make shots, while his tremendous skill level and volume production at Duke help neutralize concerns tied to his suspect athleticism and strength.
He isn't viewed as a future star; rather, he's a high-end role player with a high floor and coveted shooting.
13. Donovan Mitchell (Louisville, SG, Sophomore)
He's risen on boards after improving his shot-making skills dramatically from one year to the next, having hit 80 threes as a sophomore and just 18 his freshman year.
Mitchell, who's widely praised for his character, offers an enticing mix of power, explosiveness, defensive quickness and confident scoring ability. He could benefit on draft night from there being so few guards worth taking in the mid- to late first round.
If not the Knicks or Mavericks, the Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets and Detroit Pistons will also be options. Mitchell won't make it to the Portland Trail Blazers at No. 15.
12. Lauri Markkanen (Arizona, PF, Freshman)
Lauri Markkanen hasn't publicly worked out for many teams. The highest he could go is to the Orlando Magic at No. 6. They could value his shooting, as could the Minnesota Timberwolves at the 4 between Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.
Markkanen's jumper is the real deal. The question is how much teams should worry about his athleticism, defense, rebounding and 32 assists through 37 games.
The Charlotte Hornets have Frank Kaminsky, the Detroit Pistons are loaded at power forward and the Denver Nuggets already can't get stops. If he gets past the Sacramento Kings at No. 10, it's possible Markkanen falls to the Miami Heat (No. 14), a team he'd fit perfectly on as a stretch 4.
11. Zach Collins (Gonzaga, C, Freshman)
Zach Collins worked out for the Phoenix Suns and even the Los Angeles Lakers.
He's going to be an option for the Dallas Mavericks at No. 9 and Sacramento Kings at No. 10. It's difficult to see him falling outside the lottery.
Collins stands out with 7-foot size, light feet and a high skill level highlighted by back-to-the-basket moves and shooting touch. He only played 17.3 minutes a game for Gonzaga against mostly weak competition, but with post footwork, a promising jumper and shot-blocking potential, Collins could be the most well-rounded center in the class.
10. Justin Jackson (North Carolina, SF, Junior)
Justin Jackson worked out mostly for mid-first-round teams, though he did visit the New York Knicks, who are picking at No. 8.
He has a lot going for him entering draft week, including production at North Carolina, coveted shooting and well-recognized character that should have earned him support during interviews.
Jackson's jumper suddenly clicked his junior year, leading to 18.3 points per game and a Tar Heel record 105 made threes. Teams should feel good about his ability to make shots and score within an offense off screens, curls and spot-ups.
The Detroit Pistons, Denver Nuggets and Chicago Bulls are the most realistic suitors for Jackson in the Nos. 12-16 range.
9. Malik Monk (Kentucky, SG, Freshman)
Malik Monk worked out for the Philadelphia 76ers (No. 1), Phoenix Suns (No. 4), Orlando Magic (No. 6) and New York Knicks (No. 8).
Despite the fit, he won't end up in Philadelphia after its trade up to No. 1 from No. 3, and even No. 4 sounds too high for Monk, an exciting athlete and shot-maker who lacks size (6'4"), length (6'4" wingspan) and playmaking skills.
The Magic were the worst three-point shooting team in the Eastern Conference, so they're a realistic option. And the Knicks are desperate for guard play.
The Charlotte Hornets at No. 11 look like Monk's draft floor.
8. Frank Ntilikina (France, PG/SG, 1998)
With the LNB Pro A Finals still in progress, Frank Ntilikina won't make it over for predraft workouts.
That isn't likely to stop the New York Knicks or Dallas Mavericks from taking him. Both teams have thoroughly scouted Ntilikina over the past six weeks, and though it's been tough for him to be consistent while playing a limited role, the bright moments outweigh the quiet stretches.
Still 18 years old and playing among pros, he just scored 13 points in a Finals game on Thursday off a season-high six made field goals.
He isn't a blow-by athlete or creative scorer and playmaker; instead, Ntilikina's appeal stems from his defensive potential, shooting and youth. Three-and-D appears to be his floor.
7. Dennis Smith Jr. (North Carolina State, PG, Freshman)
Dennis Smith Jr. could wind up with any team drafting Nos. 6 through 10.
He'd upgrade the Orlando Magic's point guard position at No. 6 and start right away for the New York Knicks (No. 8). It's tough to imagine him falling past the Dallas Mavericks at No. 9 unless Ntilikina is also available.
Smith's talent is well-documented—he's arguably the most athletic ball-handler in the draft and has exciting scoring potential. There have just been questions about his decision-making, leadership and inconsistency, which are possible turn-offs, considering his ball-dominant style.
6. Jayson Tatum (Duke, SF, Freshman)
Jayson Tatum was the first player to work out for the Boston Celtics after they traded the No. 1. pick.
A wing scorer, which each team drafting Nos. 3 through 6 could use, Tatum will be in play for the Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings and Orlando Magic.
His tools, skill level and production at Duke create the perception he's one of the draft's safer options. Tatum isn't super explosive, shows questionable shot selection and has lapses on defense. But his offensive polish, from his jumper to his footwork, remains convincing.
5. De'Aaron Fox (Kentucky, PG, Freshman)
De'Aaron Fox may make the Los Angeles Lakers think at No. 2, but the Phoenix Suns or Sacramento Kings are more likely destinations as Nos. 4 and 5, respectively.
Assuming Josh Jackson goes in the top four, the Kings would likely be all over Fox, whose driving and attacking would complement Buddy Hield's perimeter scoring.
Shooting remains the obvious key to Fox's upside (.478 field-goal percentage at Kentucky), which is fueled by quickness, explosiveness and ball-handling.
4. Jonathan Isaac (Florida State, SF/PF, Freshman)
Don't sleep on Jonathan Isaac as an option for the Boston Celtics at No. 3. He isn't even working out for teams outside the top four.
Unique with 6'10" size, face-up ball skills and shooting touch, Isaac jumps off the screen and court through offensive versatility. And though not as productive as the other top forwards, he was efficient, rebounded at a better rate (12 per 40 minutes) and flashed monster defensive potential.
If not from the Celtics, Isaac should get serious looks from the Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic. Don't expect him to be there for the New York Knicks at No. 8.
3. Josh Jackson (Kansas, SF, Freshman)
Josh Jackson's athleticism and offensive versatility fuel exciting two-way potential. But to reach it, there is a lot he'll have to improve on skill-wise, most notably his ball-handling and jumper.
Still, he's flashed enough promise in both departments to create optimism. And even if he fails to make significant strides, Jackson's slashing, passing and ability to guard three positions should hold plenty of value.
Jackson comes off as a Justise Winslow-type role player at the least. At best, we could be looking at another Andre Iguodala, depending how much he develops as a perimeter scorer.
2. Lonzo Ball (UCLA, PG, Freshman)
Lonzo Ball checks in at No. 2, where he's likely to wind up going on draft night.
There is little risk tied to his unique vision and passing, which seems guaranteed to translate to high assist totals and more open looks for teammates.
Whether he can develop into an All-Star guard comes down to how much pressure he can put on the defense as a scorer and shooter. At UCLA, we saw his three-ball but no real in-between game with the pull-up or floater.
Still, it's easier to picture his changing a team's direction or identity than Jackson, Fox, Tatum or Isaac.
1. Markelle Fultz (Washington, PG/SG, Freshman)
Apparently, Markelle Fultz wasn't No. 1 for Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge. But he remains No. 1 for Bleacher Report after starting the season atop our board and averaging 23.2 points and 5.9 assists.
The Philadelphia 76ers will acquire their lead guard of the future. Fultz, a scoring playmaker, fits the mold of the ideal, modern-day primary ball-handler.
With Fultz's unbeatable numbers—he was the only player in 25 years to average at least 20 points, five assists and five rebounds and shoot 40 percent from three—along with the tools and athleticism to back them up, the losses at Washington can't factor into the assessment on his long-term potential.