2017 NBA Draft Big Board: Pre-Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline Edition

Jonathan Wasserman@@NBADraftWassNBA Lead WriterJune 9, 2017

2017 NBA Draft Big Board: Pre-Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline Edition

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    The NCAA prospect field is set for the 2017 NBA draft. International early entrants have until June 12 to withdraw and declare again in 2018. 

    Teams and players are currently in full workout mode. Since the season ended, our big board has changed based on NBA combine performance and rumblings from scouts on who looks good behind the scenes.  

    Beware of all suspicious reports from here on out, as this is the prime time for teams and agents to leak false information in attempt to deceive and better their organization or client.

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    50. Damyean Dotson (Houston, SG, Senior)

    Dotson drilled 108 threes as a senior and made some new fans at the combine. He's not a playmaker, but athleticism and shooting could earn him a roster spot. 

    49. PJ Dozier (South Carolina, SG, Sophomore)

    Dozier hasn't done enough to make teams think he'll reach the potential his athleticism and versatility fuel. On the other hand, he's still young, 6'6" and athletic, and in doses, he's shown flashes of scoring and playmaking.

    48. Edmond Sumner (Xavier, PG, Sophomore)

    Sumner looked like a possible first-rounder before he tore his ACL in January. Shooting is still the bigger concern, but his positional size and explosiveness should buy him extra time with NBA teams.

    47. Alec Peters (Valparaiso, PF, Senior)

    Despite possessing limited athleticism, Peters is worth drafting because of a career 41.6 percent three-point clip and 289 made threes, assuming his right leg is expected to fully recover from a stress fracture.

    46. Tyler Dorsey (Oregon, SG, Sophomore)

    Dorsey caught fire in March and was excellent during five-on-fives at the combine. He'll have the chance to carve out a role as a scoring specialist off the bench.

    45. Jaron Blossomgame (Clemson, SF/PF, Senior)

    Turning 24 years old in September, Blossomgame appears locked into the second round. Strong, explosive and a productive two-point scorer, he would be a steal if his jumper ever clicks.

    44. Caleb Swanigan (Purdue, PF/C, Sophomore)

    Swanigan plays below the rim, but his improved conditioning and shooting, along with his consistent production at Purdue, puts him in this year's 30-45 range. 

    43. Thomas Bryant (Indiana, PF, Sophomore)

    Bryant will look to stick by bringing energy and crashing the glass. Improved shooting as a sophomore gives him a better chance to make a roster. 

    42. Dwayne Bacon (Florida State, SG/SF, Sophomore)

    Consistency has been Bacon's biggest issue. Otherwise, his body, athleticism and scoring skill set pass the NBA eye test. He's a candidate to rise during workouts.

    41. Frank Mason III (Kansas, PG, Senior)

    Toughness and shooting should help Mason find a role and stick. His 41-inch max vertical suggests he's more athletic than he's given credit for.

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    40. Kostja Mushidi (Germany, SG, 1998)

    Mushidi could still withdraw from the draft, but he shouldn't last long in the second round if he stays. He's currently playing his best ball of the season, averaging 16 points over Mega Leks' last five games. 

    39. Tony Bradley (North Carolina, PF/C, Freshman)

    Bradley surprisingly stayed in the draft and could be moving up boards during workouts. He's mostly tools over skill, but at 19 years old, teams could buy into his 7'5" wingspan, elite offensive rebounding and room for improvement as a shooter and post player.

    38. Frank Jackson (Duke, PG/SG, Freshman)

    Strong and athletic with quick hands, Jackson will try to make it as a point-guard defender, shooter and secondary ball-handler.

    37. Ivan Rabb (California, PF/C, Sophomore)

    Rabb's stock is down after a year of blending in when many thought he'd return as a sophomore to dominate. He becomes a value pick in the second round, with the hope his hands and nose for the ball translate to easy finishes and rebounds. He becomes a steal if his shooting ever takes off.

    36. Tyler Lydon (Syracuse, PF, Sophomore)

    Lydon lacks toughness and assertiveness, but given the value tied to shooting in today's NBA, he's worth a look in the 30s as a potential stretch 4.

    35. Semi Ojeleye (SMU, PF, Junior)

    Ojeleye may have trouble creating and defending, but his shooting is the real deal, and there aren't many stronger players his size.

    34. Josh Hart (Villanova, SG, Senior)

    Hart isn't young, long or explosive, but his scoring, defensive toughness and winning track record have earned him fans. It wouldn't be shocking if a playoff team in the 20s sees Hart as an NBA-ready option.

    33. D.J. Wilson (Michigan, SF/PF, Junior)

    Wilson is on the rise and could sneak into the first round thanks to two big NCAA tournament games. He has some NBA people buying into his versatility as a 6'10" big who can handle, shoot and slide defensively.

    32. Kyle Kuzma (Utah, PF, Junior)

    Kuzma's performance at the combine has scouts rethinking their previous evaluations. Some still question his toughness, but his potential offensive versatility as a passer and shooter is too enticing.

    31. Mathias Lessort (France, PF/C, 1995)

    Lessort's season is over in France, where he was one of the most productive young prospects in Europe. His offensive game is limited, but overwhelming tools and quickness suggest he'll continue to rack up points in the paint and be useful in pick-and-roll defense.

30. Jawun Evans (Oklahoma State, PG, Sophomore)

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    Jawun Evans will get looks in the 20s as a potential backup point guard.

    He's a mean ball-handler with tremendous quickness, which, at the least, should allow him to break down defenses and set the table. Scouts are questioning whether his scoring will translate, given his small sample size of jumpers and lack of explosiveness and length for finishing at the rim.

    It's worth finding out with a pick in the 25-40 range this year. With size becoming less meaningful in today's NBA, it's not difficult to picture Evans carving out a change-of-pace playmaking role off a bench.

29. Rodions Kurucs (Latvia, SF, 1998)

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    Despite shooting it poorly in Spain's second division, Rodions Kurucs' youth, tools and projectable stroke will buy him time with teams. 

    They just saw him workout during his pro day. Kurucs has gained attention over the years for his 6'9" size for a wing, athleticism and scoring ability, even if it hasn't translated to efficient offense just yet. 

    He hasn't done enough to rise up boards, but he's an acceptable draft-and-stash play once the top NCAA talent starts to dry up midway through the 20s. 

28. Terrance Ferguson (Australia, SF, 1998)

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    Australia didn't help Terrance Ferguson's draft stock. He played sparingly and struggled to make a great case for himself when he did get time.

    Teams will still see a gamble worth taking in the 20s based on Ferguson's athleticism, quickness and stroke, along with the idea two-way wings hold extra value. He's had workouts with the Denver Nuggets, who pick in the lottery, and the Chicago Bulls, who pick No. 16 and could use depth on the wing. 

    Despite an off year shooting overseas, Ferguson was considered a sniper coming out of high school. He'll use these workouts to try to restore any lost credibility.

27. Johnathan Motley (Baylor, PF/C, Junior)

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    Johnathan Motley is back on the floor working out with teams after undergoing knee surgery in April. 

    He's coming off a big year at Baylor in which he consistently scored within 15 feet and rebounded at a high rate. 

    An improved post player, mid-range shooter and passer, Motley has NBA tools that are a big selling point. He measured a giant 7'4" wingspan and weighed in at 238 pounds.

    He doesn't appear to offer any upside, but teams in the 20s could view him as a rotational big for his athleticism, toughness, touch and nose for the ball.

26. Bam Adebayo (Kentucky, C, Freshman)

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    Bam Adebayo has multiple workouts for teams picking in the lottery, including the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons. 

    Unless he turns heads with surprise shooting, he's still more likely to wind up going in the mid-to-late first round. Adebayo doesn't offer any scoring upside and only totaled 32 assists through 38 games averaging 30.1 minutes. 

    His mix of elite power and athleticism should have teams buying into his potential to become an easy-bucket machine off dump downs, lobs and offensive rebounds. The hope will be for his foot speed to translate to plus pick-and-roll defense and the versatility to protect the rim and switch.

25. Jordan Bell (Oregon, PF/C, Junior)

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    Jordan Bell found the radar with a breakout junior year, but his play at the combine put him in in the first-round mix.

    One NBA coach told Bleacher Report his staff compared Bell to a young Dennis Rodman. He stands out as the type of player capable of impacting games without using a dribble. One of the top athletes in the draft, Bell will make his money off defensive versatility, shot-blocking, finishing and passing.

    Whether his offensive skills improve over time is irrelevant when deciding whether he's worth a pick in the 20s. Bell's job in the pros will be to react and make plays off the ball at both ends of the floor. 

24. Isaiah Hartenstein (Germany, PF, 1998)

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    Isaiah Hartenstein's season isn't over yet in Lithuania, where his minutes have been limited all year. 

    Scouts still got a close look at him in April at the Nike Hoop Summit and in December during the U18 European Championships. 

    Ranking Hartenstein in the 20s means buying into the flashes of versatility at both ends. He's capable as a shooter, ball-handler and switch man defensively. Scouts just haven't seen consistency in any one area. 

    Still, his tools and skill set for a 19-year-old big man should be enough to lock him in as a first-rounder. 

23. OG Anunoby (Indiana, SF, Sophomore)

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    Some are high on OG Anunoby's upside, while others are wary of his limited skills and on-and-off motor after two years at Indiana. 

    He'll go in the first round for his defensive potential and versatility, which stems from his athleticism, strong frame, long arms and quickness. He'll look to carve out a similar career to specialists Thabo Sefolosha and Andre Roberson. 

    The hope with Anunoby is that his shooting comes around. He made threes sporadically before suffering a season-ending knee injury as a sophomore. But he's shown no ability to create off the dribble. 

    On the other side, he only took quality shots off drives or open looks, which led to a 70.1 percent conversion rate inside the arc.

22. Derrick White (Colorado, SG, Senior)

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    Teams have started to take Derrick White seriously as an NBA prospect. One scout for a playoff team told Bleacher Report he thought White had become a first-round-caliber player.

    Though an advanced scorer with a dangerous pull-up game and strong finishing ability at the rim, he's also an impressive playmaker who averaged 4.4 assists in his one season at Colorado.

    The fact that he's worked his way up from Division II only strengthens his image and points to admirable coachability, work ethic and development. 

21. TJ Leaf (UCLA, PF, Freshman)

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    TJ Leaf's unique skill level for a freshman big man will get teams to look past his physical and athletic limitations.

    His game screams role player, as he has the ability to make open threes, pass and clean up around the basket. Concerns over his potential to score one-on-one and defend hint at a low ceiling. 

    Leaf is working out for teams in the early teens and 20s and could go as high as No. 14 to the Miami Heat, who need a stretch 4. He'll use these workouts to try to prove he's a better athlete than the combine numbers suggest.

20. Jarrett Allen (Texas, C, Freshman)

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    Jarrett Allen jumps out as a low-risk, low-reward center with incredible tools and basic skills.

    There isn't anything flashy about his game, but his offense gradually improved throughout the year, specifically his post footwork and mid-range touch.

    He didn't put up great defensive or rebounding numbers, which raises some questions. But teams will likely overlook the stats and value his mobility and measurements, specifically that eye-popping 7'5 ¼" wingspan.

    Once teams start to feel they are looking at backups, likely in the No. 13-20 range, Allen will start to get real consideration.

19. Anzejs Pasecniks (Latvia, C, 1995)

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    Anzejs Pasecniks is in the United States and already had his pro day, a suitable setting for his 7'2" size, effortless mobility and shooting range. 

    He was a breakout player this year in the Spanish ACB, and given his measurements and time playing with Kristaps Porzingis on the Latvian junior national teams, his production didn't go unnoticed. 

    He lacks strength and toughness inside, but there is too much intrigue and potential tied to his unique tools and skill set.

18. Harry Giles (Duke, PF, Freshman)

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    Harry Giles worked out in Sacramento for the Kings, who could consider him at No. 10 with their second lottery pick. 

    Risk tied to his injury history and limited production makes the mid-to-late first round sound more reasonable for Giles, though. He only averaged 3.9 points as a freshman and missed two years in high school rehabbing torn ACLs. 

    He'll use these workouts to try to convince teams his explosiveness is returning and his ball skills and jumper are better than what he showed at Duke. 

    Unless he's medically red-flagged, Giles will be seen as an energizer in a worst-case scenario. Best case, his bounce comes back, post game develops and shooting improves.

17. Ike Anigbogu (UCLA, C, Freshman)

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    Daunting tools and fluid mobility should be enough for a team to take Ike Anigbogu in the first round. 

    A monster physical presence, his strength, 7'6 ¼" wingspan and feet should translate to rim protection, pick-and-roll defense and easy baskets, even if he doesn't improve offensively or add anything new.

    So far, the Miami Heat at No. 14 are the highest team on the board he's worked out for. Teams looking for defense and some extra beef up front will consider Anigbogu in the mid-to-late first round. He'll be a backup next year and potential starter down the road if he can learn to avoid foul trouble.

16. John Collins (Wake Forest, PF, Sophomore)

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    One scout outside the lottery told Bleacher Report he didn't expect John Collins to be there when his team picked. 

    "There is good buzz out there on Collins as a scorer and athlete," the scout said. But he also mentioned legitimate concerns about his defense and debate over his shooting. 

    Collins was a beast at Wake Forest within 15 feet, where he generated offense with explosive leaping ability, post moves, pick-and-rolls and mid-range touch. He'll likely show teams in workouts his jumper will be more of a threat than it was in college, when he only took one three all season.

15. Luke Kennard (Duke, SG, Sophomore)

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    For a 2-guard with solid size, Luke Kennard's shooting should lock him into the top 20. It could even help Kennard draw looks in the late lottery, starting with the Charlotte Hornets at No. 11. 

    Athletic limitations won't let him climb higher than that. There are too many questions concerning his potential to cleanly separate offensively or defend starting-caliber players.

    But Kennard will likely put on shows with his jumper during workouts. And teams are well aware of his tremendous skill level and feel, which led to 19.5 points per game his sophomore year.

14. Zach Collins (Gonzaga, C, Freshman)

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    Zach Collins validated his efficient regular season with big NCAA tournament games against top-notch competition.

    He's now a candidate to be the first center called on draft night. Collins looks the part with NBA size, mobility and a budding skill set that includes post moves and shooting range. 

    He also blocked 4.1 shots and grabbed 13.6 rebounds per 40 minutes, which highlights his presence around the basket. 

    At this stage, Collins doesn't excel in any one area offensively, but a perceived high floor should get him drafted in the No. 9-16 range.

13. Justin Patton (Creighton, C, Freshman)

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    Teams won't be counting on Justin Patton for big rookie minutes. They'll value his long-term upside after a few years of developing with NBA coaching.

    He aces the eye test physically and athletically, and he's flashed impressive footwork, post moves and shooting range. But at this point, everything has comes in small doses. His production at Creighton came mostly off finishes and rim runs. 

    Patton comes off as one of the bigger boom-or-bust prospects in this year's field. He'll get looks starting in the late lottery.

12. Donovan Mitchell (Louisville, SG, Sophomore)

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    Donovan Mitchell has gradually risen in the draft conversation since February.

    He was a big winner at the NBA combine without touching a ball, having gotten up for the highest standing vertical, finished first in the three-quarter-court sprint and measured a monster 6'10" wingspan.

    Scouts like his toughness, athleticism and scoring ability as a driver and shooter. He'll benefit in the draft with more teams looking for guards and too many bigs in the teens and 20s.

11. Lauri Markkanen (Arizona, PF, Freshman)

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    Lauri Markkanen could be the top shooter in the draft. Teams are trying to decide whether he'll offer much else as a scorer, defender or rebounder. 

    He totaled just 19 blocks and 15 steals all season, registered a weak 14.0 rebounding percentage and averaged fewer than one assist per game. 

    At the same time, he's a 7-footer who shot 42.3 percent from three, did some ball-handling and shot off the dribble. The Ryan Anderson comparison seems more fair in terms of style of play and upside. 

    Expect Markkanen to go somewhere in the second half of the lottery.

10. Justin Jackson (North Carolina, SF, Junior)

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    Justin Jackson's breakout year changed NBA minds after two underwhelming seasons at North Carolina. 

    He's now a first-round lock with the potential to draw interest from late-lottery teams, including the New York Knicks, who he'll work out for on June 13, per ESPN.com's Ian Begley.

    His shooting stroke has become highly convincing, due to both his clean mechanics and the 105 threes he sunk as a junior. Jackson's ability to shoot and score off screens, movement and spot-ups should make him a strong fit with a team that already has playmakers and shot creators. 

9. Malik Monk (Kentucky, SG, Freshman)

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    Nobody questions Malik Monk's shot-making skills. And his athleticism is well-documented. Teams must decide how much upside he offers as a 6'3" 2-guard who hasn't been asked to create and doesn't project as a plus defender.

    His microwave scoring and shooting should keep him from falling past the Sacramento Kings at No. 10. The Philadelphia 76ers will likely consider him at No. 3, but it may make more sense to trade back a few spots to get him, either with the Kings at No. 5 or Orlando Magic at No. 6.

    Otherwise, the Magic and New York Knicks will be suitors at their current spots.

8. Dennis Smith Jr. (North Carolina State, PG, Freshman)

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    Dennis Smith Jr. has already met with the Orlando Magic and New York Knicks, and he is expected to work out for the Boston Celtics, per Marc Berman of the New York Post

    The fact Boston is bringing him in points to the upside his skills and explosiveness create. 

    With nifty ball-handling and the ability to score off the dribble, Smith has a game that screams lead guard in today's NBA. 

    Teams are still unsure about his potential to lead, both in terms of on-court decision-making and attitude. But Smith wasn't to blame for North Carolina State's poor season. 

7. Frank Ntilikina (France, PG/SG, 1998)

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    Still alive and contributing in the LNB Pro A playoffs with Strasbourg IG, Frank Ntilikina hasn't yet met with NBA teams.

    Instead, they've been flying to France for last-minute looks at the unique combo guard likely to go somewhere in the top 10. 

    One NBA executive scouting Ntilikina told Bleacher Report his wingspan was 7'1". His unbelievable length, impressive quickness and instincts could translate to elite-level defense and the versatility to guard positions 1-3. 

    Shooting 39.2 percent from behind the arc, Ntilikina has a three-and-D floor. The big question with Ntilikina, who's only 18 years old, is how much his creating and playmaking will improve over the next few seasons. At this stage, he just takes what the defense gives him. 

6. Jayson Tatum (Duke, SF, Freshman)

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    Jayson Tatum skipped the NBA combine and reportedly hasn't worked out with anyone. He's playing the role of a projected top-five pick with nothing to gain from predraft participation.

    Scouts have ultimately been looking at Tatum since 2013 when he first suited up for USA. His NBA body, polished skills and scoring ability have been well-documented. And his production at Duke only helped validate Tatum's talent.

    But will it translate to efficient offense in the NBA? His shot selection and explosiveness, as well as his defense, have raised questions. 

    The Philadelphia 76ers could give Tatum a look at No. 3, but the No. 4-7 range sounds more reasonable.

5. De'Aaron Fox (Kentucky, PG, Freshman)

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    De'Aaron Fox drew some big-name executives to the Catalyst Sports pro day, including Magic Johnson and Phil Jackson, per DraftExpress' Jonathan Givony. He's expected to work out with each of the teams drafting in the No. 2-5 range, per NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper.

    Unless Dennis Smith Jr. leapfrogs Fox into the top five, it's difficult to picture Fox falling past the Sacramento Kings.

    His explosiveness, big-game production at Kentucky and character are all major selling points. And there is some optimism among scouts regarding his potential to improve as a shooter. 

    One scout told Bleacher Report between 60 and 70 percent of the NBA people he talks to still favor Lonzo Ball. But there is clearly some support out there for Fox, who's held back by his jumper.

4. Jonathan Isaac (Florida State, SF/PF, Freshman)

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    Jonathan Isaac's workout plans haven't surfaced, but he isn't likely to visit anyone outside the top 10.

    Arguably the top defensive prospect in the draft, he could be an option as high as No. 3 overall to the Philadelphia 76ers. 

    Teams are likely to consider Isaac more of a project who won't be offering much offense as a rookie. But he's certainly flashed enough scoring and shooting potential, both with his tools and athleticism and unique ball skills for a 6'10" forward. 

    Expect either the Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic or Minnesota Timberwolves to grab Isaac in the No. 4-7 range.

3. Josh Jackson (Kansas, SF, Freshman)

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    Ranking Josh Jackson top three means buying into his floor and likelihood of his shooting improving.

    At the least, he should be able to carve out a career as an athletic, high-end role player. But if his ball skills tighten and jumper becomes more consistent, nobody from this draft will match his offensive versatility. 

    There haven't been any updates on Jackson's workout schedule, but chances are he won't visit any teams outside the top four unless there is a specific one he'd want to fall to. Don't count on Jackson being there when the Sacramento Kings are on the clock at No. 5.

2. Lonzo Ball (UCLA, PG, Freshman)

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    Lonzo Ball went through his anticipated workout with the Los Angeles Lakers. They got a chance to see his unusual and scrutinized shooting mechanics up close. 

    The Lakers still have other candidates to work out, most notably De'Aaron Fox, who outplayed Ball in both head-to-head matchups during the year. 

    But the team is aware that Ball's strengths won't show up in a workout. They're illuminated during five-on-five, when his floor leadership comes to life. 

    If they take him at No. 2, it will be because nobody else in the draft can replicate his basketball IQ and potential to improve a team's offense with quick, smart decisions.

1. Markelle Fultz (Washington, PG/SG, Freshman)

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    Markelle Fultz worked out for the Boston Celtics and spent two days meeting coaches and front office members.

    He isn't likely to go anywhere else before the draft. Fultz is the heavy favorite at No. 1 and doesn't have any reason to try to impress the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 2 or Philadelphia 76ers at No. 3. 

    With 2-guard size and well-rounded scoring, shooting and playmaking ability, he'll fit in anywhere, including in Boston alongside Isaiah Thomas. The Celtics could even view Fultz as Thomas' eventual replacement if they're hesitant about giving Thomas max money when he's a 29-year-old free agent next summer.


    Stats via ESPN.comRealGM.comNBA.comHoop-Math.com and Sports Reference unless otherwise noted. Height and weight information via DraftExpress or school bios unless otherwise noted.

    Jonathan Wasserman covers the NBA draft for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @NBADraftWass.


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