NBA Draft 2017: Markelle Fultz Enters Sweepstakes, Could Go to Boston Celtics

By Joe Bacaron, Posted: 03/12/17 10:02PM EDT
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Markelle Fultz has announced that he is leaving college to go play with the big boys. The Washington Huskies point guard is expected to be the top pick in the NBA 2017 Draft, which means he might be going to the Boston Celtics.

A video message was posted on Twitter, where Fultz revealed that he arrived at a decision after sitting down with his mom and the coaching staff. He also expressed gratitude to the Huskies organization and its fans.

Fultz is quite big for a point guard at 6-foot-4 even in the NBA. His wide body allows him to bully all the other guards in college, save perhaps Lonzo Ball of UCLA, another point guard who is taller than him at 6-foot-6.

As a freshman for the Huskies, he is averaging a little more than 23 points per game, 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game. According to Chad Ford of ESPN, NBA scouts and coaches prefer Fultz over Ball because he has no major weaknesses in his game.

The consensus right now is that the Celtics will likely get the top pick in the 2017 NBA draft. The second and third pick has been alternating between the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic.

Both NESN and Bleacher Report pick the Celtics to get the top lottery pick. Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report, wrote that Fultz with his shooting stroke can partner with Isaiah Thomas in the backcourt. Both are scoring point guards and should have no problem sharing the ball.

There is another element that Fultz will bring to the table for the Celtics -- a tradeable option. While they are not likely to release their rookie, this will give the Celtics the flexibility to unload some of their players to get a franchise-changing superstar. While the Celtics have so far been impressive, their current roster just is unlikely to cut it to go past the Cleveland Cavaliers.



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