2017 NBA Draft: “Most Likely” Awards For Each Lottery Team
Most Likely To…Draft The Longest Wingspan
The Orlando Magic continued their front office shake up this offseason by recently hiring John Hammond, from Milwaukee, as their new General Manager.
Hammond was the Head of Basketball Operations in Milwaukee and has been a key figure in building the young Bucks team FULL of length. Now that he’s in Orlando, he could look to build a similar team in Florida.
Look out Jonathan Isaac.
Most Likely To…Trade Away Their Pick
If there is a young team that is ready to take the next playoff step, it’s the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Armed with young talent and a veteran coach in Thibs, it’s time for Minny to make the playoffs and adding another young piece to that puzzle might not do that. They could look to package the pick for a proven veteran that won’t take any “development” moving forward.
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Most Likely To…Pick a Player Based On Their System
New York Knicks
We might not know the future of Carmelo Anthony, but one thing we do know is Phil Jackson’s determination in running the triangle offense.
Because of that, they aren’t the type of team to take the best player available, but rather what player will fit their system the best. In this case, Frank Ntilikina would fit it nicely while Dennis Smith Jr. could pull it off also.
Most Likely To…Pick the Best Player Available
Dallas is looking for their next franchise point guard while also wanting to add help in the front court. But with a veteran cored team taking a youthful turn, the Mavericks should simply draft the best prospect available at nine.
They could draft a point guard or wing player they could develop over time. They could even draft a front court player to come off the bench and learn from Dirk Nowitzki and Nerlens Noel.
In Dallas, the current roster shouldn’t even be considered in their pick. Simply take the best player still on the board.
Sacramento Kings (see previous slide)