ESPN NBA analyst Chad Ford released his sixth mock for the upcoming 2017 NBA draft Tuesday morning, and Washington point guard Markelle Fultz holds down the top spot as the projected selection of the Boston Celtics.
UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball comes off the board second to the Los Angeles Lakers with the most discussed pick of the draft process so far. He's followed by Kansas small forward Josh Jackson, who rounds out the top three by landing with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Other notable choices include Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox to the Phoenix Suns at No. 4, Kentucky shooting guard Malik Monk to the New York Knicks at No. 8 and North Carolina small forward Justin Jackson to the Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 21.
The situation involving Ball and the Lakers is going to generate the most attention leading up to draft night.
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All signs point toward the Celtics' taking Fultz with the top choice, which would leave Ball available for Los Angeles. Getting his son to remain under the bright lights of L.A. has been the preferred outcome for the Bruins star's outspoken father, LaVar Ball, the entire time.
The elder Ball boasted to Ryan Ward of Lakers Nation following the draft lottery that Lonzo was only going to schedule one predraft workout.
"That's all we working out for is the Lakers," LaVar said. "Just the Lakers. There's nobody else that we need to work out for."
What seemed like a sure thing might be getting more complicated, however.
Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reported last month the Ball camp was "considering" a workout with the Sixers, who own the third pick. Last week, Jordan Schultz of the Huffington Post had a source say the Lakers "would pass" on the guard if the draft was held that day.
All told, the mock drafts have been cut and dry so far. There haven't been many surprises among insiders like Ford, and his latest mock falls in line with expectations.
But if L.A. opts against taking Ball, the potential is there for a shakeup inside the top 10 and maybe even some blockbuster trades as teams move up for a shot at one of the top prospects.