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Snap Judgments: 2017 NBA Draft Prospects

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At this time two years ago, Justin Patton was getting ready to redshirt in his first year at Creighton. Two years later, his name will be called in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft. (Robert Cole/ALOST)
At this time two years ago, Justin Patton was getting ready to redshirt in his first year on campus at Creighton. Two years later, his name will most likely be called within the first 20 selections of the 2017 NBA Draft. (Robert Cole/ALOST)

 

BROOKLYN — Tonight’s 2017 NBA Draft might not only be one of the most memorable drafts in recent memory, but also its most unpredictable.

The depth of talent in offer at the top of the draft board is almost reminiscent of the famed 2003 draft class of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, etc. That’s part of the reason why the Boston Celtics, who won the draft lottery earlier this month, decided to trade down from the No. 1 overall pick in a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, who now own the No. 1 selection and will almost certainly select University of Washington shooting guard Markelle Fultz.

The Los Angeles Lakers also decided to do some pre-draft dealing, sending 2015 No. 2 overall selection DeAngelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets for big man Brook Lopez and a draft pick. With Russell out of the way, it makes way for Magic Johnson to take another phenomenon of a point guard, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, with the No. selection. We will also see if the Lakers, who are rumored to be active in trying to pull a deal with the Indiana Pacers for Paul George, pull off something dealing with that before or during the draft.

This past college basketball season, A Lot of Sports Talk got a chance to cover many of the players who will hear their names called on Thursday during our coverage of the 2016-2017 college basketball season, and, in our latest Snap Judgments gallery, we collected some of the best shots taken of all of these prospects from our photographers, senior photographer Robert Cole and California-based photographer Yasmin Vahdatpour. The gallery is broken down to three sections: players projected to go in the lottery, players projected to go later in the first round and players who might go in either the first or second round. There are 32 photos in this gallery, and, after clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures.

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