NBA Draft 2017: Four prospects whose stock is projected too high –

With the NBA Draft three days out, most mainstream mock drafts have settled. Projections may be off (and that’s the fun of mock drafts vs. the real thing), but for the most part we know where prospects are placed and the expectation of the 2017 talent pool. 

With that in mind, you’ve got opinions or questions. Everyone does. You might find be asking yourself, “How is this guy slotted so low?” or “Why does everyone think he’s a top-10 player in this year’s draft?” Every year, there are players ranked higher than it seems they should be.

Let’s discuss those players in depth. For prospects I think are underrated, check here. Below, four players whose stock is too high.  

1. Markelle Fultz, Washington

Should be taken: Top 3

Figures to be taken: No. 1

Focus on the assumption he’s clearly separated from the pack, and not the big trade making him the presumptive No. 1 pick in Philly instead of Boston. He has been considered the ideal No. 1 pick for nearly a year. He played on a bad Washington team, averaged 23.2 points (47.6 field goal percentage, 41.3 from 3-point range), 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds. I ranked him as the third-best freshman last season, taking into account personal stats and impact on his team. He was very good but his teammates were not. But it’s a bit unfair to ding Fultz because he wasn’t and able to single-handedly rescue Washington.

Consider Fultz is surrounded by so many good players in this draft, yet almost no one has suggested Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum, De’Aaron Fox, Dennis Smith or Jonathan Isaac as a No. 1 overall candidate.  The NBA lands a only a few long-term impact players in most drafts, but this one seems different. And

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