Mock Draft 3.3: New picks for Lakers, Kings and more

Where are top prospects Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and more projected to go in the draft?

Editor’s Note (Feb. 22): This mock draft has been updated after the Nets, Lakers, Kings, Blazers and Magic acquired 2017 first-round picks at the trade deadline. It includes a new projected draft order with new selections for multiple teams.

We’re halfway through the NBA season and moving toward the end of the college basketball regular season, which means it’s time for the third full mock for the 2017 NBA draft.

With the Patriots releasing the running back into the route scheme, Garoppolo knows he has to find his inside hot read and unload the ball (with a free rusher coming off the edge). Plus, Garoppolo has to deliver the ball quickly as the linebacker (orange circle) matches inside to Danny Amendola (yellow circle). This window closes in a hurry, but Garoppolo puts the ball right past the ear of the defender to complete the pass.

On the flip side, here is an example of Garoppolo delivering a ball late to Edelman on a pass he should hit, given the leverage and cushion of the defensive back in coverage.

Magic Johnson swept in to soothe the rattled Lakers, a young, struggling team still reeling from front-office upheaval and the trade of leading scorer Lou Williams.
As for the possibility of more trades from the Lakers before the deadline, sources said Johnson is far more likely to move a veteran such as Young or Jose Calderon than anyone from L.A.’s young core.

A trade for George, who grew up a huge Lakers fan in nearby Palmdale, California, is considered unlikely at this point. The initial conversation between Johnson and Bird, sources said, never got beyond pleasantries.

Sources said numerous interested teams around the league, furthermore, believe the Pacers have been fielding calls on George in recent days more to get a detailed read of the market for potential down-the-road deals, as opposed to a serious intent to trade George this week.

 

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