Re Drafting the 2017 NBA Draft Picks 10-8

Now that the 2018 NBA draft has passed, it may take a year or two to really see if teams made the right picks. For instance look at the 2017 NBA draft. Some players were chosen way too early, while others proved they should have been picked higher. Over the next two weeks, I will go over who should have been the top ten draft picks after watching this past NBA season.

10. Lonzo Ball

Yes, Lonzo Ball was the selected second overall by the Lakers, I would draft him at number ten. Ball actually had a decent season with the Lakers if you really look at the numbers. He averaged 10.2 pts, 6.9 rebounds, and 7.2 assists. A lot of players would kill for those numbers in their first season. However, there is a ton of drama when it comes to Lonzo Ball. His shooting percentage and free throw percentage was also garbage. For those reasons, I would draft him at number ten.

9. John Collins

Most of you have probably not heard of John Collins. He was the 19th pick in the 2017 NBA draft, selected by the Hawks. Collins put up some decent numbers this season, but he did it quietly. 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game are huge rookie numbers for a power forward. He even shot 57% from the field and had a win share of 5.4. He is a big piece of the rebuilding process down in Atlanta. Look for this kid to put even better numbers next year, as he looks to improve his game over the offseason.

8. Lauri Markkanen

Markkanen was drafted 7th overall by the Bulls and had a great season. The rookie averaged 15.2 ppg and 7.5 rpg. He also gained valuable experience starting 62 games for the Bulls. This kid will not wow you with his talent, but he makes all the right moves and is efficient. Not going to lie, he somewhat reminds me of a young Dirk. I also hear that he is dominating in European basketball this summer. I can’t wait to see what this kid does as his career continues.

Check in over the next couple of weeks as I continue to re-draft the 2017 NBA top 10 picks.

Connor Strayer (@Big_C19)

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