Chad Ford NBA Mock Draft 2017: Notable Picks from ESPN Guru’s 1st Mock

August 23rd, 2016 by Tyler Conway Leave a reply »

The 2016 NBA draft was seen as a two-player class. It was Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram and then a whole lot of unknowns and dice rolls.

The 2017 class is decidedly the opposite. On paper, it looks every bit as hype-worthy as last season's loaded bunch and might rank as the best since 2003. There is no clear-cut No. 1 prospect but instead a handful of guys who could theoretically ascend their way to that spot. Looking deeper, there might be 10-12 guys who would have been top-three picks in this year's class.

Hyperbole aside, these are special players. Expect the hype for this class to only grow as we get closer to the college basketball season and crest at the point you literally know each of their pets' names.

So, in that sense, we should probably get started about now. ESPN's Chad Ford got things underway Tuesday, releasing the first iteration of his mock draft. We know the fluidity of these things means to take them with a grain of salt; Cheick Diallo and Malik Newman were top-10 picks at this time a year ago. But it's nonetheless a good exercise in figuring out where players will stand heading into the season.

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