Fultz was chosen No. 1 overall by the 76ers, while Jonathan Isaac was taken sixth by the Magic.
While Fultz’s young career has to this point been slowed by injuries, Isaac is developing into the player the Magic front office envisioned when he was drafted.
But what about the other players selected in the first round of that draft?
In what was the youngest draft in league history at the time, the first seven picks, and 10 of the first 11, were college freshmen. A few already have established themselves as future stars, a handful are significant contributors for their teams, some continue to seek consistency and others have bounced back and forth from the NBA to the G League.
Here is a closer look at the first-round picks in the 2017 draft, listed in the order in which they were selected. An asterisk indicates the player came to his current team via a trade, and the original drafting team is listed in parentheses:
1. Markelle Fultz, G, Magic (76ers)* – A shoulder injury, eventually was diagnosed in December 2018 as Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, slowed Fultz’s progress in Philly, where he appeared in just 33 games and rarely got to showcase the skills that made him the top pick. The Magic, meanwhile, see Fultz as the archetype NBA point guard: strong, explosive and versatile with great court vision and high-level playmaking ability.
2. Lonzo Ball, G, Lakers – The second-year point guard out of UCLA began to show more of his playmaking skills this season before sustaining an ankle injury Jan. 21 that has kept him out of action since. Ball’s perimeter shooting has improved from last year, although his overall numbers across the board are down slightly.
3. Jayson Tatum, F, Celtics – Tatum has turned into arguably the marquee player of this draft class. He’s shooting 45.3 percent from the field this season, including 37.6 from 3-point range. In addition to his scoring (16.4 ppg from 13.9 ppg), Tatum’s rebounding and assist numbers also are up from last season and he continues to defend well.
4. Josh Jackson, F, Suns – Scoring has never been a problem for Jackson, who averages nearly 12 points a game, but the second-year forward has shown improvement in his 3-point shooting as well as other areas of his game. Jackson already has surpassed last year’s totals for assists and blocked shots.
5. De’Aaron Fox, G, Kings – With his ability to penetrate and find open teammates, Fox gives the Kings the perfect complement to shooting guard Buddy Hield and versatile big man Marvin Bagley III. Fox is averaging 17.2 points and 7.1 assists a game and is a big reason the Kings are in the Western Conference playoff hunt.
6. Jonathan Isaac, F, Magic – A gifted defender who can also protect the rim, Isaac is coming into his own in what has amounted to his rookie season after injuries kept him out of all but 27 games last year. Magic coach Steve Clifford loves Isaac’s work ethic and willingness to learn. While his rebounding numbers have climbed, Isaac has also gained confidence in his offensive game with improved perimeter play and an ability to attack the basket with his athleticism.
7. Lauri Markkanen, F, Bulls (Timberwolves)* – Markkanen is blossoming into one of the better power forwards in the league. His ability to shoot from the perimeter (37.9 percent on 3s) creates matchup problems as he can take defenders into the paint and shoot over them. The Bulls also like to utilize the 7-footer in the high pick-and-roll to get him 3-point looks.
8. Frank Ntilikina, G, Knicks – Ntilikina (pronounced Nee-lee-kee-nuh), who is currently out with a groin injury, has given the Knicks solid if unspectacular play off the bench at the point guard position as his development has been slowed by inconsistency.
9. Dennis Smith Jr., G, Knicks (Mavericks)* – The Knicks are hoping a change of scenery does the athletic point guard some good after Smith struggled to find consistency in Dallas. Ironically, in his final game with the Mavericks, Smith put together a triple-double (13 points, 10 rebounds, 15 assists) against the Knicks.
10. Zach Collins, C, Trail Blazers (Kings)* – Collins continues to improve as he provides the Trail Blazers with quality minutes off the bench. The 7-footer is shooting 53.6 percent from the field on 2-point attempts, an increase of nearly 8 percentage points from last season.
11. Malik Monk, G, Hornets – Monk has become a valuable offensive piece off the bench for first-year coach James Borrego, nearly doubling his point-per-game average from his rookie campaign. In addition to his catch-and-shoot ability, Monk is getting into the paint and drawing more fouls from opponents. Those are easy points for an 89.8 percent free-throw shooter.
12. Luke Kennard, G, Pistons – The left-hander out of Duke has tremendous range and has proved to be a valuable reserve for the Pistons. Magic fans have seen what Kennard can do. In two games against Orlando this season, Kennard has averaged 15.0 points and shot 61.9 percent from the field.
13. Donovan Mitchell, G, Jazz (Nuggets)* – Mitchell, who finished second to 76ers guard Ben Simmons in the rookie of the year voting last year, has emerged as one of the league’s most skilled scoring guards. He’s averaging 22.4 points a game after leading all rookies in scoring last season (20.5). Mitchell also ranks in the top 10 in defensive win shares per game.
14. Bam Adebayo, F, Heat – Adebayo’s scoring (7.8 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg) this season have been solid but the best part of his game continues to fall on the defensive end, where his versatility to guard in the post and on the wing shows.
15. Justin Jackson, F, Mavericks (Trail Blazers)* – Jackson was traded by the Trail Blazers to the Kings on a draft-day deal, then put together a respectable rookie campaign in Sacramento. But Year 2 with the Kings was flat statistically and they traded Jackson to the Mavericks as part of a package for veteran Harrison Barnes.
16. Justin Patton, F, 76ers (Bulls)* – A first-round pick of the Bulls, Patton was traded on draft day to the Timberwolves. He appeared in one game his rookie season before being sent to the Iowa Wolves, Minnesota’s G-League affiliate. In November, Patton was part of the deal that sent Jimmy Butler to the 76ers, who assigned Patton to their G-League affiliate in January.
17. D.J. Wilson, F, Bucks – After a rookie season that saw him play in just 22 games and featured multiple G-League assignments, Wilson has been a bigger contributor this season. He’s averaging 5.8 points per game and shooting 44 percent from the field, including 38 percent from 3-point range.
18. TJ Leaf, F, Pacers – Leaf doesn’t provide much scoring but is especially efficient shooting the ball in 2-point territory. He is averaging just 8.2 minutes a game this season.
19. John Collins, F, Hawks – Collins has quickly emerged as one of the league’s best young power forwards, averaging 19.3 points and 9.8 rebounds this season after going 10.5/7.3 last year as a rookie. Plus, he’s shooting 57.9 percent from the field.
20. Harry Giles, F, Kings (Trail Blazers)* – After spending last season with G-League affiliate Stockton, the 6-foot-10 Giles is averaging 6.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game this season for the Kings.
21. Terrence Ferguson, G, Thunder – A role player last season, Ferguson has fit nicely in the Thunder’s starting rotation this year. He’s averaging nearly 7 points a game and is shooting 38.7 percent from the 3-point line.
22. Jarrett Allen, C, Nets – The Nets don’t get – or need – much offense from Allen, whose strengths lie in his rebounding and shot blocking. But Allen can finish at the rim when given the opportunity.
23. OG Anunoby, F, Raptors – Anunoby started 62 games last season as a rookie but has become a reserve in the Raptors’ rotation this season as his shooting percentages have dropped off. His strength continues to be his perimeter defense.
24. Tyler Lydon, F, Nuggets (Jazz)* – Part of the draft-day trade package that brought Donovan Mitchell to Utah, Lydon has struggled to gain traction at the NBA level. He has appeared in just 21 games this season and currently is dealing with a concussion.
25. Anzejs Pasecniks, C, 76ers (Magic)* – The Magic drafted the Latvian center then immediately traded his rights to the 76ers for a first-round pick and a second-round pick in the 2020 draft. The Magic used the first-round pick (which Philadelphia acquired from the Thunder in a 2016 trade for Jerami Grant) in their deal to get Fultz. Pasecniks has yet to play in the NBA, but reportedly could be in Philly for the 2019-20 season.
26. Caleb Swanigan, F, Kings (Trail Blazers)* – Swanigan, who was the Big Ten Player of the Year his sophomore season at Purdue in 2016-17, rarely saw the floor during his season and a half with the Trail Blazers and had multiple stints in the G League before being traded Jan. 7 to the Kings, who have yet to activate him.
27. Kyle Kuzma, G, Lakers (Nets)* – The Nets took Kuzma then sent him on draft day to the Lakers as part of their trade for D’Angelo Russell. Kuzma has improved over what was a solid rookie season, as he’s now averaging 19.1 points a game and is shooting 45.8 percent from the field as his stock continues to rise.
28. Tony Bradley, C, Jazz (Lakers)* – Bradley was part of a draft-day trade that sent Thomas Bryant and Josh Hart to the Lakers. Bradley has appeared in just 10 games with the Jazz – for a total of 38 minutes – since being drafted, and has bounced back and forth with the team’s G-League affiliate on a regular basis.
29. Derrick White, G, Spurs – White has made 33 starts this season and is averaging 9.6 points on 50.0 percent shooting and 3.6 assists per game in 25.3 minutes per game. The point guard reportedly is out until after the all-star break with a sore right heel.
30. Josh Hart, G, Lakers (Jazz)* – Hart’s shooting numbers are down from his rookie season (40.8 percent compared to 46.9 percent) even though he’s scoring at a slightly higher clip. He is reportedly out until after the all-star break with right knee tendinitis.
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