In the third version of Chad Ford’s 2017 NBA Mock Draft, one Wildcat soared to the top, while another bottomed out of the first round.
4. Malik Monk
Monk is closer to No. 10 in most mock drafts, but Ford has the dynamic scorer as a Top Five prospect. Ford believes Monk will work well in The Process for the Philadelphia 76ers.
“Monk makes a lot of sense for the Sixers. Ben Simmons can play the point, so what they need is a dynamic scorer and shooter to pair with him. Monk is the most electric scorer to come into the draft in some time. He can be streaky, but when he gets going he’s difficult to stop. He should be able to instantly transform the Sixers’ offense.”
11. De’Aaron Fox
Ford has Fox just outside of the Top 10, leading the Knicks backcourt next season.
“The depth of the draft remains ridiculous. Fox is having a terrific season for the Wildcats, he might be the fastest player in the draft and he can’t crack the top 10.”
NR: Bam Adebayo
Once a consensus lottery pick, Adebayo has slowly fallen down mock draft boards. Draft Express currently has Bam as the 20th best prospect, but Ford doesn’t even have him in his first round. These are all of the college basketball power forwards and centers Ford ranked ahead of Adebayo:
- Lauri Markkanen, Arizona
- Justin Patton, Creighton
- T.J. Leaf, UCLA
- Robert Williams, Texas A&M
- Jarrett Allen, Texas
- Ivan Rabb, Cal
- John Collins, Wake Forest
- Zach Collins, Gonzaga
- Ike Anigbogu, UCLA
Ford’s version is different than other mock drafts because he accounts for a team’s need, assuming lottery positioning based off the odds. Still, Ford provides proof that Adebayo hasn’t done himself any favors in the second half of his freshman season.