NBA mock draft 4.0: Celtics pick has got to be Markelle Fultz
BOSTON – Some of the best talent in this upcoming draft is on display this week as several of the top player agencies hosting pro days in California. Danny Ainge, always on the look-out for potential talent to add to the Boston Celtics mix, will be there with a number of folks from his front-office staff.
While no concrete decisions are ever made based on a player’s workout, it does provide another piece to the puzzle for teams to figure out who they should select and who should they pass on. For the Celtics who have the number one overall pick in the June 22 draft, this is the covering-all-the-bases portion of their pre-draft preparation.
And while there will certainly be some movement based upon how some players perform this week, the Celtics are still expected to stand pat in selecting who has been the consensus number one overall pick for several weeks.
1. BOSTON – Markelle Fultz, G, Washington:
He has had conversations with Danny Ainge since Boston got the number one pick, talks that will continue leading up to his selection.
2. LOS ANGELES LAKERS – Lonzo Ball, G, UCLA:
2. LOS ANGELES LAKERS – Lonzo Ball, G, UCLA: The Lakers like Ball a lot, but it’s hard to ignore how De’Aaron Fox outplayed him in both of their head-to-head matchups this season.
3. PHILADELPHIA – Jayson Tatum, F, Duke:
His versatility and overall polish make him an ideal fit in any kind of system.
4. PHOENIX -- Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas:
The Suns continue to load up on athletes, and get one of the best who plays with a strong defensive disposition.
5. SACRAMENTO – De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky:
Fresh off a new shoe deal with Nike, don’t be surprised to see Fox move up the draft boards in the very near future.
6. ORLANDO -- Frank Ntilikina, G, France:
Showed big-game talent in dropping 31 points against Lithuania in Under-18 European Championships finals this season.
7. MINNESOTA – Jonathan Isaac, F, Florida State:
Needs to add size and strength, but his length, ball-handling and potential as a defender makes this a good home for him.
8. NEW YORK KNICKS – Malik Monk, G, Kentucky:
Arguably the best pure shooter in the draft, he should help New York improve on their 8.6 3’s per game which ranked 24th in the league last season.
9. DALLAS – Dennis Smith, PG, New York:
Dallas could use a guard with Smith's high-scoring potential.
10. SACRAMENTO – Lauri Markkanen, C, Arizona:
His size, length and perimeter shooting for a 7-footer adds another talented piece to a Kings team that has nowhere to go but up.
11. CHARLOTTE – Donovan Mitchell, G, Louisville:
11. CHARLOTTE – Donovan Mitchell, G, Louisville: The Hornets ranked 26th in field goals made (37.7) last season, so the addition of Mitchell is huge for them.
12. DETROIT – T.J. Leaf, F/C, UCLA:
Very skilled big man who won’t provide much of a low-post game, but has “stretch big” skills that the Pistons could use.
13. DENVER – Justin Jackson, SF, North Carolina:
Lanky frame, has quick first step to the basket in addition to being able to defend multiple positions.
14. MIAMI – Jarrett Allen, C, Texas:
Allen should get decent minutes playing behind Hassan Whiteside who was tied for 9th among all NBA centers last season in fouls per game.
15. PORTLAND – Zach Collins, PF/C, Gonzaga:
High energy talent, a strong NCAA Tournament showing catapulted him into a borderline lottery (top-14) pick.
16. CHICAGO – Luke Kennard, SG, Duke:
Adding Kennard can only help a Chicago team that shot an NBA-worst 29.8 percent on 3’s last season.
17. MILWAUKEE – Justin Patton, C, Creighton:
The Bucks love to draft length and athleticism, both of which are strengths of Patton’s game.
18. INDIANA -- O.G. Anunoby, F, Indiana:
The ACL injury certainly raises a red flag or two, but getting a player with lottery pick talent at this point is too tempting for the Pacers to pass on.
19. ATLANTA – John Collins, PF, Wake Forest:
Solid rebounder and scorer around the rim, provides some much-needed depth in the frontcourt.
20. PORTLAND – Ike Anigbogu, C, UCLA:
There’s a lot to love about Anigbogu who has great length, a strong frame and a quick first and second-jump around the basket.
21. OKLAHOMA CITY – Ivan Rabb, F/C, Cal:
Should fare better in the NBA in a system with better spacing that can take advantage of his rim-running skills.
No. 22 BROOKLYN – Rodions Kurucs, F, Latvia:
Has a versatile skillset, but hasn’t played against elite level competition.
23. TORONTO – Terrance Ferguson, SG, Australia:
Gets great elevation on jump-shot with a high – and very quick – release point. Could help fill the void left by the Terrence Ross trade last season.
24. UTAH – D.J. Wilson, F, Michigan:
A bit of late-bloomer, Wilson’s steady overall improvement makes him a high-reward, low-risk addition at this point in the draft.
25. ORLANDO – Jonathan Jeanne, C, France:
At 7-2 with a fairly skilled offensive skillset, Jeanne gives the Magic frontcourt a nice change of pace as far as stretch bigs are concerned.
26. PORTLAND – Harry Giles, F, Duke:
With three first-round picks at their disposal, the Blazers can roll the dice on Giles and those gimpy knees of his.
27. BROOKLYN – Bam Adebayo, F, Kentucky:
His tenacious brand of attacking the offensive glass can help a Brooklyn team that ranked 26th in offensive rebounds per game (8.8) last season.
28. LOS ANGELES LAKERS – P.J. Dozier, G, South Carolina:
Can defend multiple positions, the Lakers need someone to play defense on the perimeter. Dozier may be that guy.
29. SAN ANTONIO – Derrick White, G, Colorado:
Had a great senior season that took him from a forgotten man to a late-first, early second round draft pick.
30. UTAH -- Isaiah Hartenstein, PF/C, Germany:
Has great size and a nice floater shot he gets to use when defenses close out on him.