Basketball

NBA 2017 Draft: Round 1, Grades

Graphicle: The 2017 National Basketball Association (NBA) draft is wrapped up. Here's a summary & grades for the first round picks.

2017 NBA Draft

Round 1 6.22.17

A Markelle Fultz

Philadelphia 76ers #1


Philly got their man, time to trust in The Process.

A+ Lonzo Ball

Los Angeles Lakers #2


Magic will get Daddy under control, and lead Lonzo.

B+ Jaysun Tatum

Boston Celtics #3


Celtics get a scorer to help IT.

A Josh Jackson

Phoenix Suns #4


Jackson will help add some defense to the suns while keeping up the fast tempo.

B+ De’Aaron Fox

Sacramento Kings #5


Hopefully Fox can help turn around this franchise alongside Buddy Hield.

A+ Jonathon Isaac

Orlando Magic #6


Great upside here, adding to the Orlando’s young core.

B Lauri Markkanen

Chicago Bulls #7


Searching for Dirk 2.0 here.

B- Frank Ntilikina

New York Knicks #8


A lengthy guard who is still raw, should get decent playing time behind Rose.

A- Dennis Smith

Dallas Mavericks #9


High risk, high reward. Smith needs to be more consistent to win me over.

B- Zach Collins

Portland Trail Blazers #10


Patience is the key here.

A+ Malik Monk

Charlotte Hornets #11


Arguably the best shooter in the draft, the human microwave.

B+ Luke Kennard

Detroit Pistons #12


A great shooter to help space the floor for Drummond.

C+ Donovan Mitchell

Utah jazz #13


Adding another defensive presence isn’t exactly what the Jazz needed.

B- Bam Adebayo

Miami Heat #14


Hassan Whiteside + Bam Adebayo = Block Party.

B+ Justin Jackson

Sacramento Kings #15


Jackson should help bring some consistent offense with his mid-range game.

C Justin Patton

Minnesota Timberwolves #16


T-Wolves rolled the dice on this one, but don’t worry. Jimmy Buckets is on his way to town.

B D.J. Wilson

Milwaukee Bucks #17


A nice addition to the young core, will be given the needed time to develop.

B- T.J. Leaf

Indiana Pacers #18


An athletic PF who could help spread the floor.

A+ John Collins

Atlanta Hawks #19


Steal of a pick here, sleeper for sure.

B+ Harry Giles

Sacramento Kings #20


Could be the next KG, could never see the floor. High-risk high-reward here.

B Terrance Ferguson

Oklahoma City Thunder #21


A raw shooter to put next to Westbrook.

B+ Jarrett Allen

Brooklyn Nets #22


Athletic interior defender who needs to develop and offiensive game.

A- O.G. Anunoby

Toronto Raptors #23


Great pick, think Draymond Green here.

B Tyler Lydon

Denver Nuggets #24


Will help give Jokic room to function in the paint.

C- Anzejs Pasecniks

Philadelphia 76ers #25


Only time will tell.

B- Caleb Swanigan

Portland Trailblazers #26


You know what you’re getting here. Think Zach Randolph 2.0.

C Kyle Kuzma

Los Angeles Lakers #27


Not too hot on this pick, although the ball will be flying around with Kuzma and Ball on the court.

B+ Tony Bradley

Utah Jazz #28


Great size, will fill the hole behind Gobert. Bradley lives on the glass.

A- Derrick White

San Antonio Spurs #29


The Spurs draft the feel-good story, surprised?

B+ Josh Hart

Los Angeles Lakers #30


Not great at any one thing, but good at almost everything.

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