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Here are my rankings for the 2017 draft, from the top of the lottery all the way down to the middle of the second round.
Here’s my overall outlook on the NBA draft. The tiers are pretty self-explanatory, I hope, though there is some range to them (Tier 3 players, for example, have a floor of solid role player, a median outlook of good starter, and the upside of multiple All Star appearances). The players in each tier are ranked as well, though their positions in-tier are far more dependent on which team they get drafted to.
Tier 1- Probable Superstar
Tier 2- Probable All Star, Potential All NBA
Tier 3- All Star Potential
2. Dennis Smith Jr
3. Lonzo Ball
4. Josh Jackson
5. De’Aaron Fox
7. Jayson Tatum
Tier 4- Above Average Starter
9. Malik Monk
10. Lauri Markkanen
11. Frank Ntilikina
12. OG Anunoby
Tier 5- Average Starter to Good Role Player
13. Derrick White
14. Jawun Evans
15. Zach Collins
16. Jordan Bell
17. DJ Wilson
18. John Collins
19. Sterling Brown
20. Luke Kennard
21. Justin Jackson
22. Harry Giles
Tier 6- Rotation Players
24. Justin Patton
25. Terrance Ferguson
26. TJ Leaf
27. Derrick Walton
28. Semi Ojeleye
29. Anzejs Pasecniks
30. Tyler Lydon
31. Ike Anigbogu
32. Bam Adebayo
33. Jarrett Allen
34. Caleb Swanigan
35. Monte Morris
36. Ivan Rabb
37. Frank Jackson
38. Mathias Lessort
39. Wesley Iwundu
40. Isaiah Hartenstein
41. Frank Mason
42. Melo Trimble
43. Josh Hart
44. Dillon Brooks
Tier 7- Bench Depth At Best
45+: Everyone else
Comment below and let me know what you think. Also, feel free to talk about the draft (and the trades surrounding it) in general up until our official draft thread later this afternoon!
They’ll still be looking to make a move, however.
The L.A. Clippers enter today’s 2017 NBA Draft without any selections of their own—the result of two past trades. One unfortunate deal cost the Clippers the 23rd selection in this year’s draft as they attempted to dump Jared Dudley’s contract. A later, more fruitful trade sent out the Clippers’ second round pick for Austin Rivers.
Here is tonight’s draft order (via NBA.com):
1. Philadelphia (From Brooklyn via Boston)
3. Boston (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)
5. Sacramento (from Philadelphia)
8. New York
10. Sacramento (From New Orleans)
20. Portland (From Memphis via Denver and Cleveland)
21. Oklahoma City
22. Brooklyn (From Washington)
23. Toronto (From LA Clippers via Milwaukee)
25. Orlando (From Toronto)
26. Portland (From Cleveland)
27. Los Angeles Lakers (From Boston via Brooklyn)
28. Los Angeles Lakers (From Houston)
29. San Antonio
30. Utah (From Golden State)
31. Charlotte (From Brooklyn via Atlanta)
33. Orlando (From Los Angeles Lakers)
34. Sacramento (From Philadelphia via New Orleans)
36. Philadelphia (From New York via Utah and Toronto)
37. Boston (From Minnesota via Phoenix)
38. Chicago (From Sacramento via Cleveland)
39. Philadelphia (From Dallas)
40. New Orleans
41. Atlanta (From Charlotte)
42. Utah (From Detroit)
43. Houston (From Denver)
44. New York (From Chicago)
45. Houston (From Portland)
46. Philadelphia (From Miami via Atlanta)
49. Denver (From Memphis via Oklahoma City)
50. Philadelphia (From Atlanta)
51. Denver (From Oklahoma City)
52. New Orleans (From Washington)
53. Boston (From Cleveland)
54. Phoenix (From Toronto)
56. Boston (From LA Clippers)
57. Brooklyn (From Boston)
58. New York (From Houston)
59. San Antonio
60. Atlanta (From Golden State via Philadelphia and Utah)
The Clippers reportedly attempted to pry the 4th pick from Phoenix, but were rebuffed. They have also been involved in talks with the Detroit Pistons, which could include the 12th overall pick. If the team does move DeAndre Jordan today, I expect that a high pick will be part of the return, either to be flipped for Paul George or used by the Clippers to add a young building block.
More likely, however, is that the team will buy one (or maybe even two) second round pick(s). Targets include Philadelphia (picks 1, 36, 39, 46, 50), Boston (3, 37, 53, 57), Phoenix (4, 32, 54), New York (8, 44, 58), Atlanta (19, 41, 60), Utah (24, 30, 42, 55), and Denver (13, 49, 51). The Clippers reportedly have a handful of targets who they will attempt to purchase a pick for and select as the second round goes on.
You might want to leave work early and get in front of a TV for this one.
After the most insane week of pre-draft rumors in recent memory, tonight we will finally see 60 young players selected to join the ranks of the NBA. There’s going to be a little more going on than that, though: rumored players on the trade block include Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Kristaps Porzingis, and DeAndre Jordan, among others—and those are just the ones that we’ve heard about. We’ll certainly be blindsided by some brand new deals made during the draft.
Even though the Clippers don’t have a pick of their own in this year’s draft—having sent their first rounder to dump Jared Dudley’s contract (bad move) and their second rounder to acquire combo guard Austin Rivers (good move)—they’re expected to be active in trade talks, almost certainly buying into the second round but potentially swinging a big deal to shake up the team’s core.
So park yourself in front of a TV, open twitter, and watch a whole evening of your life fly by. Here are the details:
What: 2017 NBA Draft
When: 4 P.M. Pacific Time
How to Watch: ESPN
Online: WatchESPN App
PLAYA VISTA >> Despite not having a pick in Thursday's draft, the Clippers emerged with one player to bolster their backcourt with another expected to be on his way.
The Clippers purchased the No. 48 pick from the Milwaukee Bucks, drafting former South Carolina guard Sindarius Thornwell.
Thornwell, who spent four years with the Gamecocks, led South Carolina to the NCAA Tournament's Final Four in April and averaged 21.
EL SEGUNDO >> Before the Lakers fulfilled the Prophecy of LaVar, drafted a hometown hero and hit reset on a rebuilding effort that has come in fits and starts, Luke Walton understood what fans believed would reclaim the city's hardwood heritage.
Lonzo Ball. Whenever Walton stepped outside his Manhattan Beach home, fans told him who the Lakers needed.
Fortunes can change quickly in the NBA, where, by rule, something has to happen at least every 24 seconds.
Not even the reigning-champion Warriors, however, can break this fast, the landscape of opportunity around the league U-turning this week in a manner violent enough to cause spinal distress.