The 2017 NBA Draft is over, and teams and cities are buzzing with excitement. The first five picks went as follows; Markelle Fultz to the Philadelphia 76ers, Lonzo Ball to the Los Angeles Lakers, Jayson Tatum to the Boston Celtics, Josh Jackson to the Phoenix Suns, and De'Aaron Fox to the Sacramento Kings. Along with those first big couple of picks, other great young players are headed to the league and some seriously league-altering trades went down, including Jimmy Butler being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night, marking a rebuild for the Chicago Bulls and a championship push for the Wolves.
We can't get enough of the draft excitement, so with this draft being over, let's look into the future and predict the top 5 picks of the next three NBA drafts. The standings and draft lotteries for these next few drafts obviously are now set in stone yet, but we will do our best to get a good outlook on what teams will be taking these now high-school superstars in the next few seasons. A lot of the guys on this list are going to be household names in a few years.
Here is the top 5 picks of the next three NBA Drafts.
15 1st Pick In 2018: Celtics (via Nets) Select Mohamed Bamba
The Celtics will once again have most likely another top 3 selection next year due to their excellent trade with the Nets a few years back. Talent wise, the Nets are the worst team in the league and will come in last in the standings, which will most likely garner the Celtics the first pick in next years draft which is something special considering they are championship contenders with a lot of young assets as well. Michael Porter Jr. is most likely the best prospect in the 2018 class, but considering they just drafted Jayson Tatum in this years draft and are looking to add a piece such as Gordon Hayward this offseason, the Celtics will choose Mohamed Bamba from Texas.
Bamba is a great athlete for being a 7 footer, and his long wingspan to match will make him an excellent big man in the NBA. If his offensive skills develop a bit more which I believe they will, Bamba could be in line to help Boston raise banner number 18, and maybe more.
14 2nd Pick In 2018: Kings Select Michael Porter Jr.
Michael Porter Jr. will slip to the 2nd pick in next year's draft, not due to talent questions however, as the Celtics will most likely be stocked up at his position and will go for a big defender. The Kings, even though they made a splash in this year's draft, will be one of the worst teams in the league this year which means they could be in line for a big young piece such as Michael Porter Jr. At 6'10", Porter Jr. has a NBA ready body with some serious offensive tools which could see him into being an NBA superstar very soon. The Kings will be a very dangerous team in a few seasons, as they continue to rebuild since departing with superstar DeMarcus Cousins.
13 3rd Pick In 2018: Magic Select DeAndre Ayton
The Magic are still looking to add young pieces to their team, and will most likely be one of the worst teams in the league this upcoming season. They have some solid players in Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier, but players like that may not be on the team in a year as the Magic may want to strip their roster to make room for minutes for guys like Jonathan Isaac, who could be a dominant player with the right development. DeAndre Ayton is a 7 footer with 250 pounds of muscle to match, and could be the next great Magic big man for the franchise. Playing for Arizona this upcoming college season, it will be interesting to see how Ayton plays, as he absolutely dominated in high school and is a very intriguing prospect.
12 4th Pick In 2018: Bulls Select Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic is a young basketball phenom in his home country of Slovenia. At 18 years old, he is tearing up pro basketball players and is surely going to be a top pick in next year's draft and will most likely blossom into an NBA superstar. He is a combo wing player, who stands at 6'7" and shoots the ball lights out. He is incredibly polished on the offensive end of the floor, and his only weaknesses come with his quickness and strength on the court, but the kid literally just turned 18, and he will be able to add muscle and get faster with years of development.
The Bulls just traded Jimmy Butler which marks their rebuild, and will acquire a top draft pick considering they lost their best player. Adding Doncic could be a big piece in the Bulls quest to become one of the best teams in the league again like the days they had with Michael Jordan leading the team years ago.
11 5th Pick In 2017: Knicks Select Collin Sexton
Collin Sexton is one of the top point-guards in the country right now, and could be headed to the big apple when his name is called next draft. He is headed to Alabama and will likely be one of the top players in college, as he has a dynamic skill set and is primed to be an excellent player in the NBA, possibly taken with the a top 5 draft pick. Even with Phil Jackson now departing the team, the Knicks will continue to be one of the worst teams in the league, but it will allow them to add a piece like Sexton to a core that (hopefully) includes Kristaps Porzingis and Frank Ntilikina. Collin Sexton will be known around the country if he heads to play in the Big Apple.
10 1st Pick In 2019: Nets Select Marvin Bagley Jr.
Considering no big players want to join the Nets in free-agency and they haven't had their last few coveted first round draft selections, the Nets will once again be the worst team in the league in 2019. It will be however, the first time their first round draft picks will go back to them from the Boston trade, and they will be able to reap the reward of being so bad. Marvin Bagley Jr. has been labeled as the prospect of the generation, as he really is going to be a great player in the NBA if everything goes as planned for the young man. He has an elite skill set and there are no glaring weaknesses in his game, and scouts have said he is as complete as a player for a 6'10 frame they have ever seen.
9 2nd Pick In 2019: Clippers Select Zion Williamson
The Clippers are coming to grips that they haven't been a real contender for years now, and it looks as though they are ready to begin a rebuild. Chris Paul was traded to the Rockets and Blake Griffin is most likely signing with different team, and DeAndre Jordan is on the trade block as well for them. The Clippers franchise has been accustomed to winning for some time now, but 2019 will be their worst season in a while enabling them to select Zion Williamson with the 2nd pick in the 2019 draft.
Zion Williamson has been seen all over the internet due to his incredible dunking abilities, and I mean incredible. Watch a video of him playing and you will see what I mean.
8 3rd Pick In 2019: Magic Select Cameron Reddish
The Magic are currently today a few young pieces behind teams such as the Sixers, which is why they will still be one of the worst teams in the league a few seasons from now. That's ok though, as they will be able to grab another great young piece in their rebuild, that player being Cameron Reddish. Reddish is still only in high-school today, but is showing major superstar talent as he is a 6'7" shooting guard who can get to the rim with ease, and is developing his shooting touch as well. Considering we have the Magic taking DeAndre Ayton with the 3rd pick in 2018, Cameron Reddish would be a nice fit alongside him as a guard player for Orlando.
7 4th Pick In 2019: Mavericks Select Bol Bol
The Mavericks just added Dennis Smith Jr. to their roster in the 2017 NBA Draft, but a lot of their roster is aging and Dirk Nowitzki will no longer be around to keep them afloat. After acquiring a high draft selection for 2019, the Mavericks will want to grab a franchise changing player, and Bol Bol, while the risk is high, could be that guy. Son of NBA legend Manute Bol, Bol Bol has all and more of what his father brought to the league years ago. Standing at 7'1", Bol Bol isn't too tall so that he is a walking injury, but he still brings a ton of length to the court.
He has a nice touch around the rim and can send shots the other way in a hurry. Easily one of the most intriguing prospects of the last few years, he and Dennis Smith Jr. could be a dangerous tandem in a few seasons.
6 5th Pick In 2019: Celtics (via Kings) Select Romeo Langford
This pick would have conveyed to the Sixers, however their deal with the Celtics to acquire Markelle Fultz with the 1st pick in 2017 made them give up this valuable pick. The Kings will once again be a top lottery pick in 2019, allowing the Celtics to grab yet another young player to add to what they are already building. Romeo Langford is being compared to guys like Rip Hamilton, as he is incredibly smooth on the court and is going to be an efficient scorer in the league. At 6'6", Langford is a combo guard who would fit great into a Boston offense, who at this point may already be champions of the league. Langford would be coming into a proven championship contender and would help keep them in contention for years to come.
5 1st Pick In 2020: Nets Select Chol Marial
The Nets, even though just selecting Marvin Bagley Jr. with the 1st pick in 2019, will once again be the worst team in the league. They will pair up Bagley with Chol Marial, creating a dominant young front court to build around. Chol Marial has already made headlines around the country for his extreme height and length, as he stands at 7'3" and has a 8 foot wingspan. He is still very agile and athletic for being so tall, and while he still needs to add a lot of weight and strength to his frame, he has the tools needed to be a superstar and could be the 1st pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. The Nets will finally turn things around as they pair up Chol with Bagley Jr. years from now.
4 2nd Pick In 2020: Hawks Select R.J. Barrett
2020 is three years from now, and NBA teams that have been solid in today's game will finally be coming around to their rebuilding stages. The Hawks are on the downward trend, and 2020 will be their first top pick in a long time. With Dwight Howard departing and Paul Millsap aging, the Hawks might scrap their roster sooner than later. R.J. Barrett is someone the Hawks would love to take with their 2nd overall pick in 2020, as he is a perfect player to build around and be a franchise player for Atlanta. An athletic lefty player, R.J. Barrett is primed for stardom in the league. He has great coordination and strength and has no glaring weaknesses in his game due to his great work ethic and physical gifts. R.J. will be something special in the league.
3 3rd Pick In 2020: Pacers Select Scottie Lewis
Paul George will no longer be with the Pacers in 2020, as he will most likely be a Los Angeles Laker at that point. If the Pacers were smart, they would then move their other good players such as Jeff Teague and Thad Young to make room for young prospects as they begin their post Paul George rebuild. Scottie Lewis would be a great first young prospect to start building around, as he is one of the best high-school players in the league and could be a very good scorer in the NBA. He is a natural slasher, and needs to work on balancing his game a bit with the mid-range and threes, but you can't knock a guy who gets to the rack and gets to the free-throw line. Scottie Lewis will be a top pick in 2020, and will be a star for the Indiana Pacers if they select him.
2 4th Pick In 2020: Clippers Select Charles Bassey
The Clippers will be looking to add more young pieces in 2020 to go along with phenom Zion Williamson, and Charles Bassey could be that guy for them. A 6'11" combo forward, Bassey shows very good skill for such a big prospect, as he can grab a rebound at one end and take it all the way to the rack on the other end. He is smooth around the rim but is also a brute down low, as he is hard to man up with due to his strength especially against other high-school players as of now. He is still a bit raw but that will improve with age. To think that Charles Bassey is just a name to scouts at this point and he could be the next big Los Angeles name country wide is crazy to think about.
1 5th Pick In 2020: Pistons Select Cassius Stanley
Scouts are saying Cassius Stanley could be the next greatest NBA dunker of all-time, as his jumping skills are unmatched at the high-school level. Pair that up with his great basketball talent, and you have a young prospect ready to make a splash in the NBA. He is great at getting to the rack due to his burst and strength, and his shot mechanics are smooth even though his three isn't very consistent yet. The Pistons have been a mediocre team for a while, and in 2020 they will slip into the top 5 in the draft, and will take Cassius Stanley to give them a scoring spark they need. Cassius is going to be a dominant player in a few seasons, and could be the next great Detroit Piston.
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