Boston Celtics: With Isaiah Thomas, How Will Markelle Fultz Fit in Rotation?
The Boston Celtics beat the surging Washington Wizards in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semi-final series. The next day, the Celtics snagged the first pick overall in the upcoming 2017 NBA Draft. However, there's one question many Celtics fans are asking. How will Isaiah Thomas and Markelle Fultz - whom many basketball analysts believe is the hottest commodity among NBA hopefuls - play out should the Celtics decide to pick him in the NBA Draft?
Undoubtedly, the 28-year old court general is on another level of basketball this season. At 5'9", Thomas led the Celtics in scoring this season. His new career scoring average to 28.9 points is good for third spot behind only Russell Westbrook and James Harden, both strong MVP contenders.
So will the Boston Celtics pick the high-scoring point guard in the NBA Draft? According to ESPN Insider Jeff Goodman, Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that the choice for the #1 pick "hasn't been narrowed down to one or two guys yet." This opens up a lot question as to how the Boston Celtics will play its card - will they go for Markelle Fultz, or another top non-point guard prospect, or will they put their pick on the trade table?
Jimmy Butler, Gordon Hayward
Early this year, all eyes are on Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler after the Boston Celtics reportedly showed willingness to give a "Godfather offer". However, as reported by the Chicago Tribune, the Celtics will not go as far as sending their first round pick, especially now that it's the first pick overall. But will the Celtics front office change their mind to get Jimmy Butler?
Now there's one very interesting move for the Boston Celtics to do come Draft day and free agency - pick Markelle Fultz and aggressively recruit Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz should he exercise his player option. Should this happen, you have a starting lineup with Thomas, Fultz and Hayward, while the emerging play of Kelly Olynyk could push him as starting center sliding Al Horford back power forward spot.
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