Winning top pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics now must decide who they will select. Not surprisingly, the consensus is Washington Huskies PG Markelle Fultz
After the 2017 NBA Lottery announced that the Boston Celtics had won the rights to the top pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, all eyes in Boston turned to the University of Washington Huskies Men’s Basketball Team. You see, the lottery was ultimately about which NBA team had the right to name Markelle Fultz as the first pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. That right now belongs to the Boston Celtics.
But the Boston Celtics already have plenty of star power in their back court. In fact, they have former Washington Huskies Isaiah Thomas leading the pack. Can a back court of PG Isaiah Thomas and NBA shooting guard Markelle Fultz work? Can the pair of Washington Huskies guards co-exist in the NBA at the post season level? Some have their doubts, but none at FanSided’s Hardwood Houdini website doubt the fit in the least.
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Michael DePrisco has wasted no time in compiling the Top 30 Players for the Boston Celtics. In his post lottery draft board, DePrisco names PG Markelle Fultz as the Boston Celtics top prospect in the NBA draft.
The reason for Markelle Fultz? Well, in his words, DePrisco describes Fultz as:
"“His combination of skill and athletic ability give him the chance to become a superstar caliber player for years to come. On the Celtics, he could eventually play alongside Thomas in the back court at either point guard or shooting guard.”"
Since Thomas is both the point guard and the veteran, I’ll go out on the limb and wager its Markelle Fultz who will move to off ball.
Ultimately, the Celtics will need to sort out their crowded back court. Selecting Fultz places veteran guards Marcus Smart and or Avery Bradley on notice. Both NBA veterans have contracts which expire at the end of the 2017-2018 season.