Most young basketball players dream of playing at the game’s highest level. They dream of challenging the best out there for championship glory, and they dream of, one day, earning that lucrative contract. But before any of that can actually happen, they need to make it to the league. And as we all know, not everyone is good enough to play in the NBA.
For the game’s top prospects, hearing their names called on draft night is something they’ve dreamed about ever since they could pick up a ball. At the NBA Draft on June 22, 2017, that dream will become a reality — for some.
Following an exciting — for some of us, anyways — draft lottery we now know the official draft order. While anything could happen on the night of the big event, we now have the latest piece of the puzzle at our disposal. And we feel a bit more confident predicting how the actual draft will play out. Here’s a look at our 2017 NBA Mock Draft: Post-Lottery Edition.
1. Boston Celtics (via Nets): Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington
The ping pong balls bounce the Celtics’ way and that should make everyone in Boston super excited. If you ask us, the pick is an absolute no-brainer. Markelle Fultz is an absolute stud. In his lone season at Washington, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound combo guard shot 47.6% from the field, drilled 41.3% of his three-point attempts, and averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 1.6 steals per game.
Fultz has great size — allowing him to play multiple positions — impressive body control, a mean handle, and is a fantastic shot-creator. He doesn’t lack flaws, but make no mistake, Fultz has the makings of a superstar at the next level.