Josh Hart picks his top five players from 2017 draft class
New Orleans Pelicans guard Josh Hart was the last pick of the first round during a very talented 2017 NBA Draft. However, despite his solid success in the league so far, the 25-year-old does not believe he is a top-five player in the draft class.
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At number one, Hart went with Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum. Tatum was drafted No. 3 overall out of Duke and has really come into his own this season, averaging 23.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the floor and 39.8 percent from deep.
Next, Hart chose his guest, Mitchell. The 6-foot-1 guard fell out of the draft’s top 10 and was selected No. 13 overall. Mitchell immediately showed potential as a star. This season, he is averaging 24.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game.
At number three, Hart picks Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo, who was selected 14th overall. Adebayo was in the midst of a breakout season, with the first-time All-Star putting up 16.9 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game while being a defensive anchor for Miami.
Hart then chose Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox. The former Kentucky star was picked fifth overall and has developed into one of the best young point guards in the league. Fox is averaging a career-high 20.4 points, 6.8 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per game this season.
Lastly, Hart went with his New Orleans teammate Lonzo Ball, who was originally the second overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers before being traded to the Pelicans this offseason. Ball is having the best season of his career, averaging 12.4 points, 7.0 assists, and 6.2 rebounds per game while shooting a career-best 38.3 percent from beyond the arc.