NBA Mock Draft 2017: Shooting Guards

NBA Mock Draft 2017: Shooting Guards

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NBA Mock Draft 2017: Shooting Guards

POINT GUARDS / SHOOTING GUARDS / SMALL FORWARDS / POWER FORWARDS / CENTERS

Shooting Guard / 6-3 / Kentucky / Freshman
19.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg

The Knicks could use a dynamic young guard to groom for the future to play alongside Kristaps Porzingis. While GM Phil Jackson hasn’t done the greatest job of signing free agents or hiring head coaches, his selection of KP at 4 was a magnificent one. Whether he can duplicate that draft magic at 8 remains to be seen.

Twitter: @AhmadMonk
Comparison: Louis Williams
Salary: $2,537,000*
Shooting Guard / 6-7 / Adelaide 36ers (Australia) / 1998
4.6 ppg, 1.1 rpg

The mystery man drew positive reviews from those around him in Australia. He remains a bit of a project, but for a team like Denver, he would work well as they have a young nucleus. At 19, his shooting could help to eventually replace Gallinari who at 28 may be closing in on the twilight of his career.

Comparison: Rudy Fernandez
Salary: $1,899,500*
Shooting Guard / 6-5 / Kentucky / Freshman
17.3 ppg, 9.8 rpg

The Nets need to use their picks (22 and 27) to swing for the fences and add as much upside as possible. This was the worst team in the league and after their apocalyptic trade in which they sent numerous unprotected picks to the Celtics for Twilight KG and Pierce, it will be years before this franchise recovers. Hami is as good a roll-the-dice pick as any at this point of the draft.

Comparison: Shabazz Muhammad
Salary: $1,241,800*
Shooting Guard / 6-6 / Duke / Sophomore
19.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg

Kennard seems to be a Jazz type of player, and fits into their system. The team already has two top notch shooters in Gordon Hayward and Joe Ingles. But you can never add enough shooters and Kennard gives them further depth on the wing.

Twitter: @LukeKennard5
Comparison: Nik Stauskas
Salary: $1,144,500*
Shooting Guard / 6-3 / Louisville / Sophomore
15.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg

After drafting a forward at 6 in Isaac, the Magic take an undersized 2 with their second pick. The team has shown a commitment to drafting players with defensive ability, and while there is new decision maker in place, Mitchell fits into their sceme. 

Comparison: Norman Powell
Salary: $1,098,700*
Shooting Guard / 6-7 / Florida State / Sophomore
17.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg

With three first-round picks, it’s conceivable the Blazers could look to package their picks to move up or possibly trade away one of their (15, 20, 26) picks. Bacon is a versatile guard who would add depth to a loaded Blazer backcourt.

Comparison: Gerald Wilkins
Salary: $1,062,300*
Shooting Guard / 6-3 / Duke / Freshman
10.9 ppg, 1.7 apg

Jackson could offer the Nets a potential future starter if he can develop at the point guard position. The minutes Jackson could receive on a team like Brooklyn would be valuable.

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Comparison: Cory Joseph
Salary: $1,031,600*

Key: (*) Standard salary for players selected with that pick in 2017-18.

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