Mock Draft 2.0: Celtics hold the No. 1 pick
BOSTON – The winning continues for the Boston Celtics.
Less than 24 hours after advancing to the Eastern Conference finals, the Celtics landed the number one overall pick in June’s NBA draft, beating out the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia who will pick second and third, respectively.
Here’s CSNNE.com’s Mock Draft 2.0 based on the actual lottery draft order.
1.Boston – Markelle Fultz, G, Washington
The most explosive scorer in the draft, he is a dynamic scorer with great size (6-foot-4) and length (6-9 wingspan) to play both backcourt spots along with Isaiah Thomas.
2. Los Angeles Lakers – Lonzo Ball, G, UCLA
Has Jason Kidd-like vision on the floor, with an erratic but serviceable jumper. Can’t see him slipping outside of the top-3 in this draft.
3. Philadelphia -- Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas
The Lakers would love to move up and secure Ball, but adding the athletic Jackson to the mix isn’t too shabby for a consolation prize.
4. Phoenix – Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke
One of my favorites in this draft, can score in a lot of ways and with a 6-foot-11 wing span and high basketball I.Q., has the potential to be an elite NBA defender as well.
5. Sacramento – De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky
Has John Wall-like speed with the ball, the 6-foot-4 lefty can be an effective scorer from a multitude of spots on the floor.
6. Orlando – Jonathan Isaac, SF/PF, Florida State
Will certainly need to get stronger at the NBA level, but his perimeter shooting and ability to run the floor makes him a sure-fire top-10 pick.
8. New York – Dennis Smith, PG, N.C. State
Has a killer first-step off the dribble, strong playmaker with a diverse skillset that includes playing well above the rim.
9. Dallas – Lauri Markkanen, PF/C, Arizona
Good pick-and-pop scorer who can be effective both inside and outside the paint which will surely draw some comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki.
10. Sacramento – Zach Collins, PF/C, Gonzaga
High-energy player, gives the Kings added size in the frontcourt in addition to a promising scorer around the basket who has the potential to extend his range beyond the 3-point line.
11. Charlotte – Frank Ntilikina, PG, France
Has tremendous court vision and great size (6-5) for a point guard, gives the Hornets another athletic perimeter player who can help ignite their transition game.
12. Detroit – Justin Jackson, SF, North Carolina
A versatile defender, he doesn’t have great athleticism but more than makes up for it with his basketball smarts.
13. Denver – OG Anunoby, SF/PF, Indiana
He has great strength, size and length, Anunoby will likely make his mark immediately as a high-level defender.
14. Miami – Jarrett Allen, C, Texas
With a 7-5 wingspan on his 235-pound, 6-10 frame, Allen has the potential to become an elite rebounder in the NBA. The big question with him now, and has been for a while now, is whether he plays with a high enough motor to come close to reaching his full potential.