The 2017 NBA draft is still 23 months away, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be excited about it. Already, due to the strongest high school class we’ve seen pass through American hoops in a long time, NBA teams that have multiple picks coming over the course of the next couple years are gearing up for what could be a draft similar to the ones in 2003 and 2008 — the last two major influxes of talent in the NBA.
Basically, anything that a team could need in the draft will be featured in that one. Need a generational big man? Harry Giles is the No. 1 overall pro prospect in the class, and is shaping up as one of the better NBA prospects in a while. How about a great wing? Josh Jackson doesn’t look a whole lot different than Andrew Wiggins did at this time a few years ago. A point-forward that can both run pick-and-rolls as a ball-handler and set screens in them? Jayson Tatum can do that. An exciting, thrilling guard? Malik Monk can score on anyone, and is improving as a facilitator daily. What about those point guards? There’s a five-way battle at the top between Lonzo Ball, Dennis Smith Jr., Kobi Simmons, De’Aaron Fox and Frank Jackson.