NBA Mock Draft 2017: Who would you pick if you were in charge of each team?
June 26, 2017
I will do one more of these before the draft on June 23, once teams and players have worked out more and we’ve seen them outside of the constraints of their college or professional teams.
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Daniel Sedin Game Jersey But, from what we saw of Embiid last year, we know the Sixers potentially have a star big man. If Simmons comes as advertised, he will be a star from the get-go. Saric will need to develop, and the Sixers will need some impact from whomever they draft next week.
Add to that mix some perimeter weapons like Redick and Lowry — again, they’d need to be healthy, too — and the Sixers could vault toward the top of the East ahead of schedule. Quickly enough to threaten for a title next season? No, of course not. But they would not be far off.
The addition of Hayward would give the Celtics a strong three at their core, alongside Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford. Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley are top role players, and the Celtics would have young talent on the bench with the likes of Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown, plus incoming rookies Ante Zizic and Guerschon Yabusele.
The key, though, might be Fultz. If the Celtics choose him first and he proves to be a contributor right away off the bench, the Celtics might have enough offense to keep up with Cleveland in the East and maybe even Golden State in the West. More likely, this scenario is a year or more away. But it’s possible.