2017 NBA Mock Drafts: Howard Megdal

Howard Megdal
By Howard Megdal
CBSSports.com NBA Draft Analyst


The 2017 NBA Draft is drawing close. Celebratory hats are being purchased for the draftees. And more important, all over the country, workouts are being conducted, interviews held, so teams can get a direct line into the thinking and physical skills of those players they plan to build their futures around.

One such player is Zach Collins of Gonzaga, whose time with Mark Few meant a bench role, but who is quickly climbing draft boards all over the league.
NBA Mock Draft - 05/11/2017
Round 1
1. Boston Celtics
Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington: Pity opponents who have to figure out the way to guard both Fultz and Isaiah Thomas next year.
2. Phoenix Suns
Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas: Defensive game-changer will alter the way teams prepare for the Suns.
3. Los Angeles Lakers
Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA: No sneaker contract, no problem: Lonzo is still the best passer in this draft.
4. Philadelphia 76ers
Jonathan Isaac, SF, Florida State: You better believe Brett Brown will design his defense around Isaac next year.
5. Orlando Magic
Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke: The unimaginative pick in this lottery, and the Magic are just the team to make it.
6. Minnesota Timberwolves
Dennis Smith Jr., PG, NC State: So many new toys for Smith to play with, given the keys to this offense.
7. New York Knicks
Frank Ntilikina, PG, International: The Knicks don't mind taking chances on overseas players, and they are doing due diligence on him now.
8. Sacramento Kings
Lauri Markkanen, PF, Arizona: The Kings won't be able to resist Markkanen's range and size.
9. Dallas Mavericks
De'Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky: Apologies to Yogi Ferrell, but the Mavericks need an elite defender at point guard.
10. Sacramento Kings
Justin Jackson, SF, North Carolina: Versatile wing will bring championship pedigree to Sacramento, a place that, well, doesn't have a championship pedigree.
11. Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk, PG, Kentucky: At last, a shooter for Steve Clifford to build around.
12. Detroit Pistons
Zach Collins, C, Gonzaga: If this happens, expect the Andre Drummond era to be over in Detroit.
13. Denver Nuggets
Tyler Lydon, SF, Syracuse: Length and defending are precisely what this Nuggets team needs at this position.
14. Miami Heat
Donovan Mitchell, SG, Louisville: A next-level athlete who can defend on day one is prototype Pat Riley player.
15. Portland Trail Blazers
Justin Patton, C, Creighton: Another workout all-star, Terry Stotts can mold Patton into the passing big he wants.
16. Chicago Bulls
TJ Leaf, PF, UCLA: You all know the Bulls need more shooting, right?
17. Milwaukee Bucks
Semi Ojeleye, SF, SMU: Versatile player who will allow Giannis to focus on the things he does best when the two play together.
18. Indiana Pacers
Sindarius Thornwell, SG, South Carolina: A defender actually able to implement what Nate McMillan wants.
19. Atlanta Hawks
John Collins, PF, Wake Forest: If Dwight Howard goes, the Hawks could actually improve their efficiency around the basket with Collins replacing him.
20. Portland Trail Blazers
Monte Morris, PG, Iowa State: He hordes possessions and can give the best backcourt in basketball some rest.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder
Johnathan Motley, PF, Baylor: Expect Billy Donovan to utilize Motley in that hybrid power forward-center role right away.
22. Brooklyn Nets
Harry Giles, PF, Duke: A lottery ticket for a team bereft of lottery picks for the foreseeable future.
23. Toronto Raptors
Frank Mason III, PG, Kansas: A worthy Kyle Lowry understudy, if not a replacement.
24. Utah Jazz
Rodions Kurucs, SF, International: Stash that shooter, let him develop: the Jazz have reached this point.
25. Orlando Magic
Ivan Rabb, PF, California: Necessary rebounding, with a real chance to be the stretch-five complementing Aaron Gordon.
26. Portland Trail Blazers
OG Anunoby, SF, Indiana: A vital defensive upgrade on the wing for a Trailblazers team in need of more stops.
27. Brooklyn Nets
Isaiah Hartenstein, PF, International: The chance to be Brook Lopez-plus is worth the Nets taking a shot here on the German import.
28. Los Angeles Lakers
Tacko Fall, C, UCF: They simply don't make 7-foot-6 players this advanced this soon on a regular basis.
29. San Antonio Spurs
Alec Peters, PF, Valparaiso: Watch Gregg Popovich turn Alec Peters' diversified offensive game into an unsolvable problem as soon as next year's postseason.
30. Utah Jazz
Luke Kennard, SG, Duke: Shooter, but also capable of getting to the basket, and some Gordon Hayward insurance.