The 2017 NBA Draft tips off Thursday night, but the big moves aren't waiting.
Now that the Celtics and 76ers officially completed their blockbuster trade that sends the No. 1 overall pick to Philadelphia, we need a fresh new look at the overall board (OK, fine, we were planning a new mock regardless).
While the DeMatha product/University of Washington point guard is the projected No. 1 overall pick, not much is certain about the draft from there.
Here are some major storylines:
1) The Lakers shouldn't fret Lonzo Ball's dad if they think his point guard son is their best option with the second overall pick. There's plenty to love about how Lonzo runs an offense and the Lakers need a quality lead guard. The two questions for Los Angeles: Is Ball's herky-jerky 3-point shot workable and do they like him paired with D'Angelo Russell.
If the former is cool, the latter shouldn't impact the decision. All of this could be a factor in whether the Lakers make a deal with the Pacers for Paul George now or whether they (wisely) wait on the All-Star in free agency next summer.
2) There's tons of speculation about who the Celtics will select at 3 after pulling off the rare move of trading out of the No. 1 spot. Forwards Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum seem like the best bets, but what we really need to know are the Vegas odds Boston deals the pick as part of a package for a major impact player like Jimmy Butler.
3) Get past the lottery slots and it's truly anybody's guess with which players go in which order. There's the underclassman factor, but also simply a plethora of raw big men with wide-ranging forecasts.
UCLA center Ike Anigbogu only averaged 13 minutes last season, yet could land in the top 20. Combo forward Jonah Bolden went from Australia to a stint with UCLA to Serbia to rumors that he could land in the first round. That's just two examples.
4) Will any senior be selected in the first round? Odds are against, but Colorado guard Derrick White and Villanova forward Josh Hart (Sidwell Friends) could hear their names called among the top 30 picks.
5) As for the Wizards, nobody should expect the 52nd pick to solve any of their needs. Sure, backcourt depth behind John Wall and Bradley Beal is a must, but it's a best available situation regardless.
In terms of the 2017-18 season, think upperclassmen ready to contribute like Iowa State point guard Monte Morris, Kansas point guard Frank Mason, Utah stretch-4 Kyle Kuzma, SMU wing Sterling Brown and Florida State combo forward Devin Robinson.