NBA Mock Draft 2017: Post-Lottery Edition – Bleacher Report

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    31. Atlanta Hawks (via Nets): Ivan Rabb (California, PF, Sophomore)

    Rabb slips after showing little to no improvement, but his tools, motor and hands could still lead to easy buckets, post scoring and rebounds.

    32.  Phoenix Suns: Kyle Kuzma (Utah, PF, Junior)

    Kuzma could have improved his draft stock by 20 spots after his performance at the combine. He flashed everything teams want from their 4, including shooting, passing and rebounding.

    33. Orlando Magic (via Lakers): Tyler Lydon (Syracuse, PF, Sophomore)

    Lydon gives Orlando just what it needs: a big to shoot threes and stretch the floor. The question is whether he’ll have anything else to offer. Lydon failed to add anything new in 2016-17.

    34. Sacramento Kings (via 76ers): Frank Jackson (Duke, PG/SG, Freshman)

    Jackson’s strong Thursday at the combine preceded his decision to stay in the draft. Athletic, skilled and just 19 years old, he’ll draw some looks from teams in the 20s. Jackson slips to Round 2 with questions over his tools and playmaking.

    35. Orlando Magic: Mathias Lessort (France, PF/C, 1995)

    Lessort’s game doesn’t scream upside, but he’s one of the most productive young players overseas. His tools, athleticism and motor give him energizer role-player potential.

    36. Philadelphia 76ers (via Knicks): Jawun Evans (Oklahoma State, PG, Sophomore)

    Even with Ben Simmons at the point, the Sixers need more ball-handlers. Quick, shifty and skilled, Evans gives Philadelphia a pick-and-roll specialist and change-of-pace playmaker off the bench.

    37. Boston Celtics (via Timberwolves): Jonathan Jeanne (France, C, 1997)

    Jeanne’s lack of strength showed at the combine, but so did his 7’2″ size, 7’6 ½” length and mobility. He even flashed some touch. Jeanne could be a boom-or-bust pick based on how much his frame fills out over time.

    38. Chicago Bulls (via Kings): DJ Wilson (Michigan, SF/PF, Junior)

    The first round sounds like a stretch for Wilson, who only averaged 11 points as a junior. But he’ll still draw interest for his unique versatility as a 6’10” forward with some handles, range and defensive quickness.

    39. Philadelphia 76ers (via Mavericks): Josh Hart (Villanova, SG, Senior)

    Hart improved in every area, most importantly shooting. He’ll need that 40.4 percent three-point stroke to carry over and help compensate for average athleticism and shot-creating skills.

    40. New Orleans Pelicans: Caleb Swanigan (Purdue, PF/C, Sophomore)

    Concerns over Swanigan’s defense and athleticism push him into Round 2, but the Pelicans hope he can carve out a career as a stretch rebounder.


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