10 months ago
As if beating Washington in a seven-game series to reach the Eastern Conference Finals wasn’t sweet enough, the Boston Celtics now have the number one NBA draft pick.
Right after Tuesday night’s NBA draft lottery, Jeremy Woo has already posted his mock draft for Sports Illustrated and projects the Celtics taking Markelle Fultz, a star freshman guard from the University of Washington. (And yes, the word “freshman” will be repeated a lot this draft.)
The number two selection in the mock draft went to Boston’s longtime rival, the Los Angeles Lakers. Unlike the Celtics, the Lakers are currently going through the darkest chapter in team history. It’s believe they’ll take a local kid, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, in their attempt at a turnaround. (Indeed, Lonzo’s controversial father LaVar has announced the Lakers are the only team who will get a Lonzo workout.)
It was a miserable day for the New York area, as the Nets watched the Celtics take their traded draft pick to the top, while the Knicks won’t select until the 8th slot.
Below, Woo’s projected top five.
Boston Celtics #1: Markelle Fultz (Freshman Guard from Washington)
Los Angeles Lakers #2: Lonzo Ball (Freshman Guard from UCLA)
Philadelphia 76ers #3: Jayson Tatum (Freshman Forward from Duke)
Phoenix Suns #4: Josh Jackson (Freshman Forward from Kansas)
Sacramento Kings #5: De’Aaron Fox (Freshman Guard from Kentucky)