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NBA Draft 2017: Big Board and Pre-Draft Discussion Thread

Here are my rankings for the 2017 draft, from the top of the lottery all the way down to the middle of the second round.

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Here’s my overall outlook on the NBA draft. The tiers are pretty self-explanatory, I hope, though there is some range to them (Tier 3 players, for example, have a floor of solid role player, a median outlook of good starter, and the upside of multiple All Star appearances). The players in each tier are ranked as well, though their positions in-tier are far more dependent on which team they get drafted to.

Tier 1- Probable Superstar


Tier 2- Probable All Star, Potential All NBA

1. Markelle Fultz

Tier 3- All Star Potential

2. Dennis Smith Jr

3. Lonzo Ball

4. Josh Jackson

5. De’Aaron Fox

6. Jonathan Isaac

7. Jayson Tatum

Tier 4- Above Average Starter

8. Donovan Mitchell

9. Malik Monk

10. Lauri Markkanen

11. Frank Ntilikina

12. OG Anunoby

Tier 5- Average Starter to Good Role Player

13. Derrick White

14. Jawun Evans

15. Zach Collins

16. Jordan Bell

17. DJ Wilson

18. John Collins

19. Sterling Brown

20. Luke Kennard

21. Justin Jackson

22. Harry Giles

Tier 6- Rotation Players

23. Sindarius Thornwell

24. Justin Patton

25. Terrance Ferguson

26. TJ Leaf

27. Derrick Walton

28. Semi Ojeleye

29. Anzejs Pasecniks

30. Tyler Lydon

31. Ike Anigbogu

32. Bam Adebayo

33. Jarrett Allen

34. Caleb Swanigan

35. Monte Morris

36. Ivan Rabb

37. Frank Jackson

38. Mathias Lessort

39. Wesley Iwundu

40. Isaiah Hartenstein

41. Frank Mason

42. Melo Trimble

43. Josh Hart

44. Dillon Brooks

Tier 7- Bench Depth At Best

45+: Everyone else

Comment below and let me know what you think. Also, feel free to talk about the draft (and the trades surrounding it) in general up until our official draft thread later this afternoon!