Re-Drafting the 2017 NBA Draft. (Pt.2)

This is a part 2 of my part 1 article where I cover my re-draft for picks 1-10 of the 2017 NBA Draft. If you want to read that article before this, here is the link: Part 1

#11 Charlotte Hornets: Dillon Brooks

Actual Pick: Malik Monk

Brooks' draft slot: #45 Houston Rockets (traded to Memphis Grizzlies)

Brooks' this season really showed his full potential. After an injured 2018-2019 NBA season Brooks' seemed determined to go back to how he played at Oregon. Brooks' this season put up 15.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, and two assists on 40.2% shooting and 36.9% from three. As a 3-level scorer he is a threat as soon as he crosses half-court. He started all 65 games he played and proved to be a piece the Grizzlies could use in the future.

#12 Detroit Pistons: Luke Kennard

Actual Pick: Luke Kennard

Kennard's draft slot: #12 Detroit Pistons

For the second time in my re-draft I see a team, picking the original player they selected in this draft. Kennard, similar to Dillon Brooks' really showed his potential as an offensive threat. He's a sharpshooter, and nearly shot 40% from three. Overall, he put up 15.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists in only 28 games. The reason I have Kennard one slot behind Dillon Brooks' is that he was injured for half the season. For Luke, to take the next step as a player, he needs to put up similar stats to what he did this season and play 50+ games.

#13 Denver Nuggets: Markelle Fultz

Actual Pick: Donovan Mitchell (traded to Utah Jazz)

Fultz's draft slot: #1 Philadelphia 76ers

Markelle Fultz has had an interesting NBA Career. Fultz, in his rookie year was diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS). TOS is a physical injury that affects the nerves in between the shoulder and neck. It results in abnormal functional movement and range of motion, which obviously would affect Markelle's shooting. He went from averaging 23 points on 47% shooting at Washington, to not being able to shoot a basketball. Now on the Magic, Fultz can hopefully return to his college form and after his first "legit" season of basketball, it seems like he could get better and even be an all-star.

#14 Miami Heat: Josh Jackson

Actual Pick: Bam Adebayo

Jackon's draft slot: #14 Phoenix Suns

Josh Jackson started his career out strong after putting up 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists as a rookie, but after that it seems that everything has gone downhill. In now his third year in the NBA, his scoring, rebounding, and assists have all dipped. The reason I have Jackson here, instead of a lower slot would be that he is an efficient shooter. He shoots around 3/8 this year, and with more shots taken comes more shots made as we saw in his rookie year when he shot around 5/12.

#15 Portland Trail Blazers: OG Anunoby

Actual Pick: Justin Jackson (Traded to Sacramento Kings)

Anunoby's draft slot: (#23 Toronto Raptors)

OG Anunoby statistically isn't the best player out there right now. Each season he has improved his game, and this season was by far his best. He put up 10 points, 5 rebounds and about two assists. He shot 50% from the field and 38% from three. Anunoby is also a great defender, and is considered to be one of the best pure isolation defenders for his size in the NBA right now.He seems poised to get better and better, expanding his game to different areas.

#16 Chicago Bulls: Thomas Bryant

Actual Pick: Justin Patton

Bryant's actual draft slot: #42 Utah Jazz

Bryant seems to be the next piece to the Wizards rebuild. He's a bulky 6'10 center who can shoot, score and rebound. Due to this, people might say that he should be over some of these other players but his 18.1 points and 10.7 rebounds per 36 minutes haven't improved the Wizards quality at all even with all-star, Bradley Beal. He's a hyperefficient shooter who shoots 40% from three, and ranks in the top 88th percentile among big men in points per attempt. If the Wizards start heading in the right direction, Bryants re-draft stock moves up more and more.

#17 Milwaukee Bucks: Josh Hart

Actual Pick: D.J. Wilson

Hart's draft slot: #30 Utah Jazz

At only 6'5 Josh Hart makes the best out of everything. He is one of the best rebounding guards in the game. This is due to his high-motor, tenacious, mindset. Among players under 6'5, DeJounte Murray and Josh Hart are tied for the highest rebound rate. One major flaw in Harts game is that he rarely distributes the ball leading to buckets. As a guard, if Hart really wants to take his game to the next level he needs to average 3+ assists a game minimum.

#18 Indiana Pacers: Derrick White

Actual Pick: T.J. Leaf

White's draft slot: #29 Sacramento Spurs

Derrick White's instant offense/defense hasn't directly translated to any team success which is why I have White here. Among the 2017 NBA Draft Class, he ranks 8th in VORP and BPM, with most of his impact coming on the defensive side. He is one of the best shot-blocking guards in the NBA, nearly averaging one block a game. He is also an efficient scorer, and among combo guards, he ranks in the 91st percentile in points per shot attempt.

#19 Atlanta Hawks: Monte Morris

Actual Pick: John Collins

Morris' draft slot: #51 Denver Nuggets

Monte Morris is the bench guard that every team wants. He's a low-mistake point guard who shoots 39% from three, and 46% from the field in general. As a backup point guard behind Jamal Murray, he hasn't had much room to grow and improve his game, but in another situation Morris potentially could be a 12/4/4 floor general.

#20 Portland Trail Blazers: Zach Collins

Actual Pick: Harry Giles

Collins' draft slot: #10 Sacramento Kings (traded to Portland Trail Blazers)

A shoulder injury wiped out Collins' 2019-20, which means we'll have to wait to find out if he can reach his ceiling by becoming the floor-stretching, rim-defending center. Collins has a pretty stroke from beyond the arc and can elevate to finish as a roll man in the pick & roll combo. He put up the best stats of his career, and might get better and better.

If you have made it this far, thank you for taking your time to read this article! I spent a while on it, comment down below if you agree/disagree and if you think I missed a player.

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