2017 NBA Draft: April Edition

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With the NCAA tournament concluded, the NBA playoffs in full-swing, and plenty of players having already declared, it’s time to get serious about the draft.  I’ll be expanding my big board from 10 to 15 and hopefully even more as the draft approaches.

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2017 NBA Draft: March Big Board & Sixers Mock Draft (and much more!)

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1 – Markelle Fultz (PG – 6’4” 195 lbs, Washington – FR)

(previous rank: 1)

I’ll be the first to admit that I watched far less Washington games than I should have, but I couldn’t do it.  I wasn’t going to stay up until 11 just to watch a sorry excuse for basketball.  The Huskies were awful.  They had a group of guys and Markelle Fultz.  Fultz put on a show night-in and night-out, carrying the team on his back on a slash line of 23/6/6.  I can’t tell you how many times Fultz split a double-team, moved into the lane and delivered a perfect pass only for it to be mishandled out of bounds.  Had he been on a good team, maybe the numbers aren’t as good, but don’t let that distract you from the talent.  It’s obvious he still has a lot to learn about running the point, but what he was able to do while learning on the job and without any semblance of a supporting cast showed poise beyond his years.  His pull-up game has been most impressive to me.  Typically players will pad their numbers with open looks off screens – not Fultz.  Fultz has no problem stopping his dribble and shooting (on or off balance) from anywhere on the court, yet he still did it efficiently.  Looking for a negative?  His free-throw percentage was less than stellar (65%) and his defense was lacking to say the least.  His physical tools and raw ability will be enough to make him a competent defender, so I’m not worried in the least.  Fultz is a superstar in waiting.

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