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Draft Day: 2017 NBA Draft Final Predictions

With the NBA Draft just mere hours away, four former Seminoles are gearing up for the start of their professional basketball careers. Jonathan Isaac, Dwayne Bacon, Xavier Rathan-Mayes, and Michael Ojo each have a chance to be drafted on Thursday night. Isaac and Bacon are the likely candidates from FSU to be selected. XRM and Ojo will likely have to fight their way onto a roster during the Summer Leagues and training camp. The 2017 NBA Draft will be shown live on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET.

Florida State will be looking to have at least two players drafted for the first time since 2010. The `Noles could also have two players selected in the first-round for the first time in 24 years.

– Jonathan Isaac, Phoenix Suns (no. 4)

Isaac has reportedly refused to work out for teams that are picking below the top four picks in the draft. He worked out for the Suns in Las Vegas and was then flown in for a private workout with the team. Isaac could create a developing big man trio with Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss.

However, a wrench could be thrown in Phoenix’s potential promise. The Boston Celtics are expected to select Jayson Tatum at number three, originally it was thought they would select Josh Jackson. If Jackson falls to four, the Suns could pounce on him. Phoenix has also been linked to trades that are centered around their no.4 pick. Isaac won’t fall past Minnesota at no. 7.

– Dwayne Bacon, Los Angeles Lakers (no. 28)

Bacon has worked out for the Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz, and New York Knicks. He has done a good job of working out for a ton of teams and his stock has been on the rise throughout the predraft workout process.

He is reportedly ranked in the 20s on some teams draft boards. If that is true, Bacon has an outside shot at going in the first round. The Lakers just traded D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young will reportedly opt out of his contract. Bacon could help replace some of the scoring load that is departing from Los Angeles. Utah (no. 24), Orlando (no. 25), and Portland (no. 26) are also good fits. He could fall into the second round, but Bacon will likely be selected somewhere in the draft.

Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Undrafted

XRM has also done a great job working out for a lot of teams. He has worked out for the Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, and Sacramento Kings.

Rathan-Mayes could possibly go in the second round if a team really likes him as a prospect. He’ll have the opportunity to choose the team he signs with if he goes undrafted. XRM will have to show that he can play the point guard position during the Summer League if he wants a chance to play in the NBA.

Michael Ojo, Undrafted

Ojo is also likely to go undrafted. He has worked out for the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic. A team will give him a contract for Summer League and possibly to training camp if he performs well enough.

He definitely has the body to play in the NBA, but his skills need a lot of refining. Perhaps Ojo can get that kind of development in a professional program.

Dustin Lewis
Lead writer for NoleGameday. Majoring in English Editing, Writing, and Media at Florida State University. Writer for FSView Sports and Hashtag Basketball.

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