2017 NBA draft tracker: Pick-by-pick grades and analysis


USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt discusses the biggest story lines to come out of the NBA draft, including Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and the Timberwolves’ big trade for Jimmy Butler.

After several trades and plenty of pre-draft chatter, the night is finally here.

Follow all of USA TODAY Sports’ NBA draft analysis here, featuring picks and grades from reporter Adi Joseph. We will be updating this file regularly as picks are filed and trades are confirmed.

A word on the grades: Yes, we are aware that the quality of an NBA draft selection usually isn’t obvious for several years, let alone several minutes. But the goal here is to base grades on a prospect’s value at the given spot — for instance, a player predicted to go 15th might not be wise to take third — and the player’s fit within a team’s goals, system and positional needs.

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With that said, here’s the NBA Draft pick order, which will be updated as each pick is made:

First round

1. Philadelphia 76ers: PG Markelle Fultz, Washington

There wasn’t really much doubt whom the 76ers were trading up for when they swapped picks with and…

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