2017 NBA Mock Draft: Picks 15-30

Picks 15-30 of the 2017 Hashtag Basketball NBA Mock Draft.

Picks 15-30 of the 2017 Hashtag Basketball NBA Mock Draft.

Picks 1-14 Picks 15-30 Picks 31-45 Picks 46-60

John Collins (Wake Forest, PF)

Pick 15 - Portland

Selection made by Russell Smith

Why did you select John Collins?

Collins is different from a lot of the forwards in this upcoming draft, as his offensive growth at Wake Forest is what is powering his current draft stock. He is a high energy finisher at the rim in lob situations, as well as in transition. His biggest weaknesses are on the defensive side of the ball, as his lack of reach and wing span might make it hard for him to match up against power forwards. Until Collins is able to produce a consistent perimeter jump shot, he won't be able to play the small forward position either. Depending on the intentions Neil Olshey has for the roster at the forward positions, the Blazers can afford to wait and see how Collins improves.

Lauri Markkanen (Arizona, PF)

Pick 16 - Chicago

Selection made by Mike Catron

Why did you select Lauri Markkanen?

Lauri Markkanen somehow fell to the Bulls at 16 and for a team that needs literally anyone with future starting potential, Chicago was happy to take him. Markkanen has impressively good footwork for his size and can help spread the floor for Jimmy Butler with his NBA range. Markkanen will need to work on his defensive skill set and add some physicality to his frame, but his mobility and shooting make him an ideal stretch forward in today's NBA.

OG Anunoby (Indiana, SF/PF)

Pick 17 - Milwaukee

Selection made by Andrew Buchanan

Why did you select OG Anunoby?

A defensive stalwart with a great ability to finish around the rim. High amounts of potential and will lend a hand to the defensive prowess of the Bucks as a whole. Dealing with an injury but doesn't seem to be injury prone.

Bam Adebayo (Kentucky, C)

Pick 18 - Indiana

Selection made by Vince Massara

Why did you select Bam Adebayo?

With Paul George destined to leave the Pacers, the emphasis turns to rebuilding. Their best young asset is Myles Turner. Building around Turner is option number one for Indiana. Adebayo is a rim-running specialist center who is limited but skilled in his limitations. He runs the floor hard and gives full energy. Myles Turner lacks the game to be an effective center and needs a bigger body on the inside to take on some of the bodywork. Long term, the fit with Turner and Bam looks to be extremely versatile. Bam is the Pacers man.

Terrance Ferguson (Adelaide, SG)

Pick 19 - Atlanta

Selection made by Dean Vasic

Why did you select Terrance Ferguson?

With seven unrestricted free agents and a core of Dennis Schroeder and Dwight Howard. I really feel The Hawks need some exciting young prospects. Ferguson is exactly that. The Temptation was to get Justin Jackson but I really love the upside of Ferguson. He has the potential to become an elite wing defender with his quickness and athleticism. He needs to work on the mechanics with his shot and his handle but this is a long-term project and a player the Hawks fans will love to come and watch in the futures.

Justin Jackson (UNC, SF)

Pick 20 - Portland (From Memphis via Denver and Cleveland)

Selection made by Russell Smith

Why did you select Justin Jackson?

The do-it-all combo forward made clear strides improving his offensive game in his last year at UNC, averaging 22.9 points per game and helping to lead the Tar Heels to their tournament win against Gonzaga. Jackson is also an excellent passer for a small forward and made significant improvements to his defensive game as well. On the other hand, lack of size isn't an issue with Jackson, but rather his strength and athleticism are key weaknesses to his game. His rebounding is also poor, as Jackson only averaged 4 defensive rebounds per game, which is understandable due to the rebounding ability of the big men on the team such as Kennedy Meeks, but also this was due to his lack of physicality. Regardless, Justin Jackson is coming off of an excellent season and his shooting and high basketball IQ make him an easy fit for the Trail Blazers.

Derrick White (Colorado, PG/SG)

Pick 21 - Oklahoma City

Selection made by van Dammarell

Why did you select Derrick White?

With only one selection at #21 in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder had to address three key problems: perimeter scoring, bench depth and a backup to Russell Westbrook. With my selection, they were able to address all three problems with Derrick White, a 6’5” point guard out of Colorado. While it is no secret that I have somewhat of a crush on White as a player, I really do believe he is the exact type of player Oklahoma City needs to continue to rebuild on the fly. He is a solid player both offensively (18.1 points while shooting 68% at the rim, 44% on two-point jumpers, 40% from three-point range and 81% at the free throw line last season) and defensively (1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals per game) and is a willing playmaker after averaging 4.4 assists while playing for Colorado. The other positive with White is due to the fact he is 23 years old what you see is what you get. And what the Oklahoma City Thunder get is their backup point guard of the future who can create off the bench, score and defend point guards and shooting guards due to his size.

Anzejs Pasecniks (Gran Canaria, C)

Pick 22 - Brooklyn (From Washington)

Selection made by Charles Maniego

Why did you select Anzejs Pasecniks?

The Latvian big may not project as a rim protector or shut down defender, but he fills a modern NBA need at the center position - mobility. Pasecniks is fluid and well coordinated for a 7-footer, and is seemingly a late bloomer. He may still be working on his shooting stroke, but he could be one to develop over time for the Brooklyn Nets.

TJ Leaf (UCLA, PF)

Pick 23 - Toronto (From LA Clippers via Milwaukee)

Selection made by Jordan Kligman

Why did you select TJ Leaf?

The Raptors are in a tough spot at both forward spots. PJ Tucker, Patrick Patterson, and Serge Ibaka are all free agents. It’s unlikely that all will be back. If Patterson is the odd man out, TJ Leaf could be a nice replacement. Leaf is a good shooter and passer for a power forward. The Raptors desperately need shooting so not only would Leaf fill the power forward need, but he would also fill a shooting need. He isn’t as bad defensively as advertised and kind of reminds me of Dario Saric a little bit.

Ike Anigbogu (UCLA, C)

Pick 24 - Utah

Selection made by Robby Lewis

Why did you select Ike Anigbogu?

The Jazz adds depth to the frontcourt with the addition of Ike Anigbogu from UCLA. Anigbogu only averaged 4.7 points & 4.0 rebounds but the young big (18.7) age possesses the skill and athletic ability to become a quality big man in today's modern NBA. His pro-ready body at 6'10 230 pounds with a 7'6 wingspan makes him a perfect rim running player at the center position. He could come along slowly and learn behind Rudy Gobert & Derrick Favors.

Jawun Evans (Oklahoma St, PG)

Pick 25 - Orlando (From Toronto)

Selection made by Josh Lloyd

Why did you select Jawun Evans?

Jawun Evans is a guy who exhibits an explosive scoring punch and for a team like the Magic, who sported the 29th best offense last season, they need all the offense they can get. Evans had a true shooting percentage of 54.7 over his two-year career at Oklahoma State and hit 41 percent of his triples, hitting 3.0 per game in his sophomore season. While small, he is strong and that helps him hold up defensively, and it’s clear DJ Augustin isn’t the backup point guard of the future, and perhaps Evans could challenge Elfrid Payton if new management doesn’t have his back in the same way Rob Hennigan did.

Jordan Bell (Oregon, PF)

Pick 26 - Portland (From Cleveland)

Selection made by Russell Smith

Why did you select Jordan Bell?

Bell proved his worth as an undersized, elite defensive power forward/center during the 2017 NCAA Tournament, averaging a career high 11.9 rebounds per game, as well as double-digit rebounds in each of the Oregon Ducks tournament games. Most of his rebounding power comes on the offensive glass, where he uses his athleticism to get into position for tip-ins. Because of his lack of size, however, Bell can get caught being outrebounded due to him using his athleticism to rebound more, rather than actively boxing out. His jump shot is also a work in progress. Most of the hype surrounding Bell comes from his defensive versatility in blocking shots and switching onto different positions as a big man, which is a rare commodity in the NBA. Given time and improvement to his offensive game, Bell could easily replace the role that Ed Davis currently plays for the Blazers and maybe more.

Jonah Bolden (Radnicki Basket, PF)

Pick 27 - Brooklyn (From Boston)

Selection made by Charles Maniego

Why did you select Jonah Bolden?

The Aussie former-Bruin turned European draft sleeper has been rising on draft boards. Much like Pasecniks (selected at 22), Bolden is fluid, mobile with still untapped potential. He's comfortable shooting off the dribble, which is impressive for a 6'10" player. He may need to hone in on defense, but Bolden has lottery talent, according to many in the know.

DJ Wilson (Michigan, PF)

Pick 28 - Los Angeles Lakers (From Houston)

Selection made by Tyler Watts

Why did you select DJ Wilson?

The Lakers return for their second first round pick as part of the Lou Williams trade to select D.J. Wilson. The stretch four out of Michigan provides the Lakers will a superb athlete who will give them a different look offensively. The drawback of selecting Wilson is that he will not help the Lakers already porous defense, but he provides a nice stretch four off the bench who should continue to improve and expand his game in Hollywood.

Justin Patton (Creighton, C)

Pick 29 - San Antonio

Selection made by Josh Lloyd

Why did you select Justin Patton?

With Justin Patton sliding and Dewayne Dedmon exercising his free agency option, and Pau Gasol and David Lee not exactly young, the Spurs grabbed the best player on the board, who also fits their needs. Patton is a great athlete and his dip in college production was tied to the fact that he lost his point guard for the second half of the season. With NBA talent around him, he can be an efficient offensive option for the Spurs in the next couple of years. He is a poor rebounder and his defense is a work in progress, but if Gregg Popovich can coax the number one defense out of a frontline consisting of Gasol, Lee, and LaMarcus Aldridge, then Patton’s issues shouldn’t be a concern.

Josh Hart (Villanova, SG)

Pick 30 - Utah (From Golden State)

Selection made by Robby Lewis

Why did you select Josh Hart?

Hart is a well-rounded player that contribute from day one. He fits perfectly into the Jazz system as a player that will understand his role. Hart can hit shots and plays reliable defense. Alec Burks has struggled to stay healthy for Utah, Hart could replace him if they decide to cut ways with Burks.

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