There is no easy answer. Solid games and streaks of any of the top prospects in this NBA draft class will weigh heavily in the decision. Why? Should it matter who has a good NCAA tournament? In the grand scheme of assessing talent levels, does it make a huge difference whether or not a player participates in March Madness?
In the age of one and one players, decisions of those same players must be made with the best available data. Succeeding in high levels of competition certainly trumps regular season play. It’s far easier to appear superior against inferior competition.
Virtually anyone can set a face pace running downhill. But it is running uphill, against gravity, where the true runner’s fortitude and perseverance are challenged.
Health Factors In
Teams must weigh the known, with the unknown. Joel Embiid, clearly the best talent in that 2017 NBA Draft, fell to third due to health concerns. Right now, there is no bleak outlook for Markelle Fultz, but there are no answers either.
Markelle Fultz played an incredible season to the best of his ability. That is all that can be expected. The University of Washington decided it was time to change head coaches after the season’s disappointment.
Now Markelle Fultz must enter the 2017 NBA Draft to face the questions. What’s wrong with the knee? Will you be able to hold up under an 82 game schedule.
But perhaps the most important question of all. Why should an NBA team select Markelle Fultz with the first pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.