Editor's note: This year's draft is shaping up to be on of the most talented group in several years. Several teams have already swapped picks and more trades are expected throughout the day. Stay tuned. The Draft begins at 5 p.m. MT and can be watched on ESPN.
Pick by pick
1. Philadelphia 76ers (from Brooklyn via Boston): Markelle Fultz, guard, Washington
2. Los Angeles Lakers: Lonzo Ball, point guard, UCLA
3. Boston Celtics (from Sacramento via Philadelphia): Jayson Tatum, small forward, Duke
Kansas forward Josh Jackson decided to pass on working out for the Boston Celtics. And the Boston Celtics decided to pass on Josh Jackson with its third overall pick.
Instead, the Celtics took Duke forward Jayson Tatum.
Tatum is considered one of the most versatile scorers in this years draft class, averaging 16.8 points per game in his lone season in college. At 6-8, Tatum has NBA-ready size and will compete for a spot in Bostons rotation, even though they finished first in the eastern conference this past season.
Executives were enamored by Jacksons athleticism and explosiveness, but apparently not enough to make him a top-three selection. Jackson was picked fourth overall by the Phoenix Suns.
4. Phoenix Suns: Josh Jackson, small forward, Kansas
5. Sacramento Kings (from Philadelphia): De'Aaron Fox, point guard, Kentucky
6. Orlando Magic: Jonathan Isaac, forward, Florida State
7. Chicago Bulls (from Minnesota): Lauri Markkanen, power forward, Arizona
8. New York Knicks: Frank Ntilikina, point guard, France
The New York Knicks, after reportedly shopping forward Kristaps Porzingis, kept its 8th overall pick and selected guard Frank Ntilinkina out of Belgium.
Ntilikina, at 6-5, has intriguing size for a point guard, but was relatively unknown in a draft stacked at the position (three of the first five picks were point guards). New York has been looking to fill its point guard spot for a long time, with the Derrick Rose experiment failing this past season.
Depending on how free agency plays out, Ntilikina could end up getting a major role on the Knicks immediately. Rose is an unrestricted free agent.
With Ntilikina, Porzingis (at least for the time being) and Willy Hernangmez, the Knicks now have one of the most interesting and internationally developed group of young players in the NBA.
9. Dallas Mavericks: Dennis Smith, point guard, NC State
10. Portland Blazers (via from New Orleans via Sacramento): Zach Collins, forward, Gonzaga
11. Charlotte Hornets: Malik Monk, guard, Kentucky
Every season, someone with "steal" potential falls in the draft and makes NBA general managers question their decision making.
In his only season at Kentucky, Monk averaged 19.8 points. More impressive than his scoring output was his shooting efficiency. Monk made an impressive 45 percent of his total attempts and 39.7 percent of his threes.
The Charlotte Hornets needed a guard to pair alongside Kemba Walker and certainly need spacing now that Dwight Howard will man the paint. Some pundits consider Monk to be the best shooter in this year's draft class.
Monk might've not been picked in the top 10, but he just might end up being the best player to get picked.
12. Detroit Pistons: Luke Kennard, guard, Duke
14. Miami Heat: Edrice (Bam) Adebayo, center, Kentucky
15. Sacramento Kings (from Portland: Justin Jackson, small forward, North Carolina
16. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Chicago): Justin Patton, center, Creighton
17. Milwaukee Bucks: D.J. Wilson, forward, Michigan Wilson supposedly had a draft promise from the Utah Jazz, but the report was later rebuffed.
The Milwaukee Bucks, who might be the longest team in NBA history, added D.J. Wilson to its roster with the 17th overall pick. Wilson, whose nickname is "Lanky Smoove," has a 7-3 wingspan. Wilson projects to be a stretch four, as he made 37 percent of his threes and 83 percent of his free throws — both impressive for a big man.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, John Henson, Khris Middleton, Thon Maker and Wilson is a foundation to build on — as long as they "reach" their potential.
18. Indiana Pacers: T.J. Leaf, forward, UCLA
19. Atlanta Hawks: John Collins, forward, Wake Forest
20. Sacramento (from Memphis via Denver, Cleveland and Portland): Harry Giles, power forward, Duke
21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Terrance Ferguson, guard, Australia
22. Brooklyn Nets (from Washington): Jarrett Allen, center, Texas
23. Toronto Raptors (from L.A. Clippers via Milwaukee) OG Anunoby, Small Forward, Indiana
24. Denver Nuggets (From Utah): Tyler Lydon, power forward, Syracuse
After his predraft workout in Salt Lake City, Lydon spoke about how well he would fit with the Jazz as a floor-spacing 4. And if the Jazz kept this pick, he would've been heading to Utah. Instead, Lydon will be going to the Denver Nuggets as a result of the deal that netted Utah guard Donovan Mitchell.
Lydon, who made 39 percent of his threes last season, will be competing for minutes with former Jazzman Trey Lyles, who was also a part of the earlier trade.
25. Orlando Magic (from Toronto): Andzejs Pasecniks, center, Latvia
From ages 5 until 13, Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan grew up in Salt Lake Valley. Projected to go in the first round, Swanigan was picked 26th by the Portland Trail Blazers — just a short flight away from "home."
Swanigan averaged 12.5 rebounds last season and should be able to carve out a role for himself in Portland, who were in the top half of the league in rebounding.
Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are looking to rebuild the Lakers with versatile, athletic players. Enter, Kuzma.
His stock had been difficult to gauge before Thursday's draft, but he was impressive enough to catch the Lakers' eye. Kuzma will play behind Julius Randle, who similarly can handle the ball well for a big.
29. San Antonio Spurs: Derrick White, point guard, Colorado
30. Los Angeles Lakers (from Golden State via Utah): Josh Hart, shooting guard, Villanova
The Utah Jazz might've netted a steal in Mitchell, but it might've also lost one in Hart. This selection was supposed to be Utah's, but the Jazz traded the 30th and 42nd pick to Los Angeles for the 28th pick.
The former Villanova guard averaged nearly 19 points, but his age was a setback for teams. At 22, Hart doesn't have the upside that most players do coming out of college. Still, his scoring could make him an impact player in his first season, which cannot be said for the majority of rookies.
Getting picked in the NBA is special, but there's something particularly sweet about getting picked in the first round — also known as a guaranteed paycheck. Lone Peak High grad Frank Jackson found himself a spot away from being a lock to make a roster.
Jackson was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans and will have an opportunity to earn minutes, which might've not been the case elsewhere. The Pelicans' starting point guard, Jrue Holiday, is an unrestricted free agent and their shooting guard position remains in flux.
Second round picks, however, aren't guaranteed contracts, so Jackson will have to fight to earn a spot. This could be a safety net for the Pelicans, because if Jackson isn't healthy or doesn't perform well initially, the team isn't locked into him long-term.
32. Phoenix Suns Davon Reed, shooting guard, Miami
33. Orlando Magic (from L.A. Lakers): Wesley Iwundu, forward, Kansas State
34. Sacramento Kings (from Philadelphia via New Orleans): Frank Mason III, point guard, Kansas
35. Orlando Magic: Ivan Rabb, power forward, Cal
36. Philadelphia 76ers (from New York via Utah and Toronto) Jonah Bolden, forward, FMP Beograd (Serbia)
37. Boston Celtics (from Minnesota via Phoenix): Semi Ojeleye, forward, SMU
The rich just keep getting richer.
Ojeleye wasn't expected to be available when it was Danny Ainge's turn to pick in the second round, but the Boston Celtics had another potential contributor fall into its lap.
Ojeleye, at 6-7, lacks size, but makes up for it with his shooting and versatility. Ojeleye transferred to SMU from Duke after not getting much playing time in 2 years, but quickly blossomed in his junior season.
Ojeleye averaged 19.0 points and 6.9 rebounds and made 42.4 percent of his threes. Celtics coach Brad Stevens emphasizes spacing and prefers to play bigs that can score from the perimeter. Boston forward Amir Johnson is a free agent, clearing way for Ojeleye to play in his rookie season.
38. Chicago (from Sacramento through Cleveland): Jordan Bell, f, Oregon.
39. Philadelphia (from Dallas): Jawun Evans, g, Oklahoma State.
40. New Orleans: Dwayne Bacon, f, Florida State.
41. Atlanta (from Charlotte): Tyler Dorsey, g, Oregon.
42. Utah (from Detroit): Thomas Bryant, c, Indiana.
43. Houston (from Denver): Isaiah Hartenstein, c, Zalgiris (Lithuania)
44. New York (from Chicago): Damyean Dotson, g, Houston.
45. Houston Rockets (from Portland): Dillon Brooks, guard, Oregon
The mid-range jump shot was once considered an art in the NBA. It's been replaced by another art: flopping.
Brooks became notorious for his egregious flop against Utah and almost boasted about it after his predraft workout with the Jazz. Now he's going to be teammates with one of the best — or worst — floppers in the NBA, James Harden.
At pick 45, Brooks could also end up becoming a steal. He averaged 16.1 points and made an impressive 40 percent of his threes while attempting more than four shots behind the 3-point line. The Rockets led the NBA in 3-point shots made last season.
46. Philadelphia (from Miami through Atlanta): Sterling Brown, guard, SMU.
47. Indiana: Ike Anigbogu, center, UCLA.
48. Milwaukee: Sindarius Thornwell, guard, South Carolina.
49. Denver (from Memphis through Oklahoma City): Vlatko Cancar, forward, Mega Leks (Serbia).
50. Philadelphia (from Atlanta): Mathias Lessort, forward, Nanterre 92 (France).
51. Denver (from Oklahoma City): Monte' Morris, guard, Iowa State.
52. New Orleans (from Washington): Edmond Sumner, guard, Xavier.
53. Boston (from Cleveland): Kadeem Allen, guard, Arizona.
54. Phoenix (from Toronto), Alec Peters, forward, Valparaiso.
The Utah Jazz weren't expected to use all four of its picks on Thursday. Out of all its four picks, the 55th overall selection seemed the most expendable. Instead of trading the pick, selling it for cash or using it on a draft-and-stash prospect, the Jazz picked Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss.
Williams-Goss averaged 16.8 points in his three seasons in college and will be a candidate for a two-way contract with the Jazz. The NBA will allow teams two extra roster spots, with the additional players signed spending most of their time in the NBA G-League (formerly known as the D-League). If Williams-Goss does sign a two-way deal with the Jazz, he will primarily be a member of the Salt Lake City Stars.
56. Boston (from L.A. Clippers): Jabari Bird, guard, California.
57. Brooklyn (from Boston), Aleksandar Vezenkov: forward, FC Barcelona Lassa (Spain).
58. New York (from Houston), Ognjen Jaramaz: guard, Mega Leks (Serbia).
59. San Antonio, Jaron Blossomgame: forward, Clemson.
60. Atlanta (from Golden State through Philadelphia and Utah): Alpha Kaba, forward, Mega Leks (Serbia).
Why Utah should root against a Porzingis trade to Boston
For years, Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has been loading up on assets with hopes of eventually acquiring a franchise player. According to several reports, he might finally be willing to part ways with the picks and players he's accumulated.
And that's not necessarily good news for the Utah Jazz.
ESPNs Ian Begley reported that Boston has offered the New York Knicks its third overall pick, a player currently on the roster and a future lottery pick for Kristaps Porzingis, who Knicks president Phil Jackson all but confirmed was shopping after the Latvian big man skipped an exit interview.
Porzingis, 21, averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game last season in New York and is widely considered one of the best young players in the NBA. His 3-point shooting, shot blocking and upside is obviously valuable. But so is his contract.
Under a rookie-scale contract, Porzingis is on a super economical deal. Porzingis made $4.3 million last season, is set to make $4.5 million for next season and $5.7 million in 2018-19.
A player with Porzingis' skill-set and talent usually makes upwards of $20 million annually. For example, New Orleans Pelicans star forward Anthony Davis made $22 million last season.
What does that mean for the Jazz, exactly?
Because Boston would not be making additional draft picks and would lose a player currently on the roster, the team would save money and get a star in Porzingis, creating even more room for the Celtics to sign top free agents this summer, including Gordon Hayward.
A core of Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford and Porzingis would undoubtedly be enticing to any player not under contract. Adding Porzingis to the fold would only bolster Bostons already impressive roster and could be enough to convince others to join.
George Hill to reunite with Spurs?
For the Utah Jazz, who've needed a starting point guard since Deron Williams was traded in 2011, George Hill was a godsend last season. But as Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey pointed out, there's a strong chance Hill will decide to leave Salt Lake City after just a single season.
According to Jabari Young of My San Antonio, Hill, who's an unrestricted free agent come July 1, has interest in returning to the Spurs.
"Hill has long desired to reunite with Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich since 2013, when he re-signed with the Pacers, who traded him to the Utah Jazz last summer," Young wrote. "Hill still maintains a residence in San Antonio, and frequently works out at the team's practice site when in town."
Young noted that the Spurs have yet to contact Hill about a possible return, but will do so once free agency begins. Hill was picked 26th overall by the Spurs in 2008 and played three seasons in San Antonio before being traded to the Pacers in exchange for Kawhi Leonard.
Chad Ford has Frank Jackson going to the Jazz
From Lone Peak High to the Utah Jazz. That's the journey ESPN's Chad Ford projects Frank Jackson to take in his latest NBA mock draft.
In his frequently-updated mock draft, Ford has the Jazz selecting Duke guard Jackson with its 24th overall pick, writing, "Several teams in the 20s are potential culprits but they like [Jackson] and his combination of athleticism and shooting are a fit."
Ford mentioned that a number of NBA executives believe Jackson received a draft promise from a team after performing well at the league-wide combine, but he doesn't think the Jazz were the ones to make that commitment.
Jackson discovered a stress reaction in his right foot in his freshman season at Duke and underwent surgery, which sidelined him for team pre-draft workouts. He's expected to recover by July and will be ready by the start of training camp.
Jackson averaged 10.9 points in his lone season in college. Jackson shot 39.5 percent from three and 47.3 percent from the field. At 6-foot-3, Jackson projects to be a combo guard at the next level.
Utah owns the 24th, 30th, 42nd and 55th picks.
Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey has a history of draft-day, trade savviness