The Philadelphia 76ers are on track to get two top 10 picks in the 2017 NBA Draft. Here are the best prospects.
New year, new NBA Draft big board.
As conference play gets underway and the new year rolls in, it’s time to once again look at the top prospects of the 2017 NBA Draft class. With some more important games off the docket and more left to come, the landscape has changed rather substantially in recent weeks.
There have been some sizable shifts towards the top, and more frequently, some new faces introducing themselves to the later echelons of the first round discussion. With such a loaded draft class in terms of talent, it’s important for members of every fanbase — especially the Philadelphia 76ers — to keep tabs on the ins and outs of the prospects.
This is a fairly lengthy read — I get that — but it’s well worth your time. I’ve provided in-depth analysis on each and every prospect, as well as some expert opinions drawn from DraftExpress.com‘s fine staff of scouts and analysts.
What goes into ranking a prospect
In terms of how I go about ranking each prospect, it’s a fairly delicate balance. Finding out which skills project best at the next level, while factoring in the ever-cloudy concept o floor and ceiling, plays a major role in determining their positioning.
If a player has elite physical tools that allow him to compete with NBA athletes right away, he has the upper hand over someone who isn’t as developed physically. With that said, superior skill or a more lofty upside could easily flip the script.
On the issue of upside, that normally takes the advantage over a player with a strong ‘floor.’ While having a set of immediately transferable skills that should produce right away at the next level is a definite positive, nothing is truly guaranteed in the draft.
Some things pan out as expected, while others don’t. With a draft as heavily loaded as this one, it’s a guessing game more than anything else — so risks are beneficial and advised.
So, without further ado, here are my top 30 prospects entering the new year:
Each prospect also contains analysis from Jonathon Givony of Draft Express, one of the best places to get incredible draft content.