2017 NBA Mock Draft: De'Aaron Fox to 76ers, Jayson Tatum to Celtics - Metro US

2017 NBA Mock Draft: De’Aaron Fox to 76ers, Jayson Tatum to Celtics

A Jackson on the doormat Mavs would be perfect.

It’s difficult to remember, but there was a time when the Dallas Mavericks were a perennial doormat, so much so they were the default punching bag on NBA Jam. So pardon if I had a nostalgia seizure while doing NBA Draft research and realized that the Mavs could again be the worst team in the league and that Josh Jackson would likely be the No. 1 pick. Just seeing the named “Jackson” next to “Mavericks” brought back some video game memories, as poor Jim Jackson and Derek Harper were Sega’s sacrificial basketball lambs.

Getting to the mock, though, don’t be surprised if Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox climbs up other mocks soon given Kentucky’sascension in the college basketball rankings. He’ll garner more and more attention nationally the longer the Wildcats remain undefeated. Seems like a logical choice already for the point guard-deprived Sixers at No. 2.

1. Dallas Mavericks: Josh Jackson, SG, Kansas

2. Philadelphia 76ers: De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky

3. Boston Celtics: Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke

4. Phoenix Suns: Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington

5. Miami Heat: Jonathan Isaac, SF, Florida State

6. Minnesota Timberwolves: Bam Adebayo, PF, Kentucky

7. New Orleans Pelicans: Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA

8. Washington Wizards: Dennis Smith, PG, NC State

9. Orlando Magic: Harry Giles, PF, Duke

10. Sacramento Kings: Ivan Rabb, PF, California

11. Denver Nuggets: Lauri Markkanen, PF, Arizona

12. Detroit Pistons: Malik Monk, SG, Kentucky

13. Milwaukee Bucks: Tyler Lydon, PF, Syracuse

14. Portland Trail Blazers: Frank Ntilikina, PG, France

15. Indiana Pacers: Robert Williams, PF, Texas A&M

16. New York Knicks: Jaron Blossomgame, SF, Clemson

17. Philadelphia 76ers: Melo Trimble, PG, Maryland

18. Utah Jazz: Edmond Summer, SG, Xavier

19. Oklahoma City Thunder: Isaiah Hartenstein, PF, Germany

20. Charlotte Bobcats: Dwayne Bacon, SG, Florida State

21. Brooklyn Nets: Grayson Allen, SG, Duke

22. Atlanta Hawks: Marques Bolden, C, Duke

23. Chicago Bulls: Johnathan Motley, PF, Baylor

24. Toronto Raptors: Kostja Mushidi, SG, Germany

25. Denver Nuggets: Frank Jackson, PG, Duke

26. Houston Rockets: DJ Hogg, SF, Texas A&M

27. Toronto Raptors: EC Matthews, SG, Rhode Island

28. San Antonio Spurs: Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State

29. Cleveland Cavaliers: Rawle Tlkins, SG, Arizona

30. Utah Jazz: VJ Beachem, SF, Notre Dame

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