National Basketball Association mock draft 2017: Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball lead fresh faces

Sandy Mccarthy
May 19, 2017

However, Pierce, doesn't think they should draft Fultz.

Thomas wouldn't divulge the full nature of their conversations but said Fultz is excited for the possibility of being the top pick and playing in Boston.

Markelle Fultz is projected to be the top overall pick in the June 22 draft, and the Celtics could use the pick to pair him in the backcourt with Isaiah Thomas. "If you can acquire a Paul George, Jimmy Butler, or Gordon [Hayward] from Utah, you have to do it". "So, these picks are really valuable in today's National Basketball Association".

"You see, you don't know what's been going on in L.A. They've been like 'Oh my god, we blew it,"' Johnson said.

The Magic got the sixth pick, followed by the Timberwolves, the Knicks and the Mavericks.

"You trade this pick, because [Markelle Fultz] can not help the Celtics get over the top", Pierce told The Jump.

The Los Angeles Lakers were other big winners, moving up one spot to second to hold onto their pick.

And if the Celtics don't play any better than they did in the first half of the opener, that could be it. For all of these teams, they're now not only chasing Cleveland, but trying to keep pace with Boston as well. The victor of Tuesday's draft lottery was the Boston Celtics, as they secured the number one overall pick in this year's draft; followed by the Lakers at number two and the 76ers at number three.

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"It's two completely different situations", the Boston basketball boss said Tuesday night after the team won the NBA draft lottery. Oh, and Sixers owner Josh Harris publicly thanked Hinkie after the draft lottery results.

The Philadelphia 76ers select third overall, which is considered the lowest spot Ball would be drafted.

The Dallas Mavericks are ninth and the New Orleans Pelicans are 10th.

Sacramento now has the 5th and 10th picks in the upcoming stacked draft. Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge seems as if he would have no qualms about continuing to explore a trade, although Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck seems more interested in the potential of a young talent who doesn't cost as much as an All-Star veteran would right now.

If any franchise could have used a frozen envelope draft lottery conspiracy to vault to the No. 1 pick, it would have been the Knicks, who suffered through another disappointing season and appear to be ready to move on from Carmelo Anthony, with questions about Kristaps Porzingis' future with the team lingering heading into the summer as well. They had about a 53 percent chance of falling out of the top three, which would have triggered a trade of the pick as remaining payment of their acquisition of Steve Nash in 2012.

The event that every New York Knicks fan has been uncomfortably anticipating has finally passed. Plus, do they really want to deal with LaVar Ball?

Aside from Noah Vonleh, who was traded a year after being drafted, every player that Charlotte picked in the lottery since 2011 is still on the roster (Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky). And now we squeeze in the lottery and win the pick.

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