The first round of the 2017 NBA Draft will feature a handful of under-the-radar picks. The Chicago Bulls will have some of those picks, while the San Antonio Spurs could see their own, if their picks make the draft.
Chicago is also the only team with the highest total value of the top seven picks in the draft. However, a large part of the picks will be for future picks, meaning Chicago may have some picks, but not many.
The Bulls have four picks, and two are the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 16. They are the first team to have four selections, which is an interesting pick that could be more helpful than it might appear, considering the Bulls are on the upswing of their turnaround this season.
Chicago will have 12 overall picks, and a couple might make it to No. 1, No. 2 and No. 16.
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1. 1st round: Michael Porter Jr., PF, Louisville
Draft Express currently projects Porter to go 20th overall in Round 1. He played well in his lone season at Louisville, but needs to work on his outside shot, particularly when he has to try to play center. He averaged 6.0, 4.3, 1.3, 1.7, 1.9 and 1.3 rebounds in his three college seasons.
Porter’s wingspan is the most impressive tool on his game, and there is an argument to be made to take him in the first round even, given the way his game has evolved. For example, in his three best seasons, he averaged 16.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 27.3 minutes per game. It will be interesting to see how Chicago goes about using that extra bit of size, as it will help him develop as a player offensively and defensively.
2. 4th round (114th overall): Josh Hart, PF, Arizona
Hart is similar to Porter in he doesn’t have a great deal of height, but he has terrific quickness and a strong ability to create offense out of nowhere. He started at the end of his lone college season, scoring 15.8 points per game (9th in the Pac-12) with the Wildcats.
3. 3rd round (104th overall): Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan State
At 6-8 with
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