Biggest Winners and Losers of the 2017 NBA Draft

It’s a wrap for the 2017 NBA draft! After months of anticipation, all 60 picks have finally been made.

The big question on everyone’s mind is: Who won? Sure, some teams improved their rosters, but which teams and prospects came out on top? And who did so well that they are the biggest winners and losers of the draft?

It’s never too early to start looking ahead to next year. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at who came out on top in the 2017 NBA draft and who came up short.

Winner: Markelle Fultz

The Philadelphia 76ers selected Washington point guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 overall pick, making him the first player off the board and officially an NBA champion.

This was deemed by many experts as an easy decision from the moment it became apparent that Philly had landed at No. 1. Despite his slight frame, he has all the tools to be a transcendent floor general in this league for years to come.

Loser: Lonzo Ball

The Los Angeles Lakers took UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball with the second overall pick, then proceeded to take all kinds of flak for it. Much of it was deserved given Ball’s shaky jumper and

From Markelle Fultz to Frank Ntilikina to the Chicago Bulls, here are the winners and losers of the 2017 NBA Draft.

Winners: Minnesotans

The Minnesota Timberwolves selected hometown hero and former Apple Valley High School standout, Jarrett Culver, with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Coming off a 2018-19 season where he was named Big 12 Player of the Year as well as Consensus Second Team All-American, Culver was one of four players from Minnesota to be drafted on Thursday night.

He’ll join former Big Ten rivals, Indiana Pacers guard Carsen Edwards (Purdue) and Detroit Pistons center Xavier Tillman (Michigan State), as well as his former Texas Tech teammate Matt Mooney who was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the No. 36 pick.

The current roster for the Timberwolves includes two other Minnesota natives in Tyus Jones (Apple Valley High School) and Jordan Murphy (University of Minnesota).

Remember the NBA Draft? That thing that happened like a week ago? Yeah. You probably don’t remember it all too well. What with the thunderous excitement of Draft Day, the gripping drama of Summer League and the endless trade reports that have surfaced since then, it’s tough to really focus on what went down on June 22.

And given that we’re talking about the NBA Draft, you should expect there to be winners and losers. There always are. Sometimes these win/loss designations are obvious, and sometimes they take time to become apparent. But thanks to some hindsight, let’s take a look at some winners and losers from this year’s draft — a draft that might not seem like it was all that crazy when you consider how much crazier things have gotten since then.

The 2017 NBA Draft is just a few days away. As we approach the big day, the draft hype is building up. Some teams have a better position than others to get their hands on the best possible players in this year’s draft class. The New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings, and Minnesota Timberwolves have three picks in the first round, while the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics have two each.

The Knicks are also rumored to be interested in trading for Indiana Pacers’ Paul George or Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler, who will most likely be available on Thursday night. The Los Angeles Lakers, meanwhile, are looking to acquire Butler as well. The Celtics are reportedly planning to make a run at Gordon Hayward of Utah Jazz or George. It is unclear if they will get any of them.

If the Lakers and Celtics succeed in getting either Hayward or George, they will gain some serious momentum heading into free agency next week. The Celtics will be able to attract more free agents and get back on track following their disappointing loss against Cleveland Cavaliers in Eastern Conference finals last season. If all goes according to plan for both teams, they could enter next season as two of the best teams in Western Conference.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics made the 2017 NBA draft must-see television by orchestrating a blockbuster trade, but they weren’t the only ones who had fans buzzing on Thursday night. The Philadelphia 76ers also stole the show.

The Sixers shocked everyone by trading back to No. 25 and selecting Anzejs Pasecniks, a player many didn’t have being selected until the second round, at No. 25. It was an interesting pick, to say the least.

That’s not to say there is anything wrong with Pasecniks, though. He’s a promising Latvian center with an intriguing skill set and plenty of potential, but he’s also a long way away from making an impact in Philadelphia.

There were other prospects still on the board who could have helped the Sixers in 2017-18, such as D.J. Wilson from Michigan and Tyler Lydon from Syracuse.


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