Former Washington Huskies guard Markelle Fultz is currently the top favorite to become the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft. Since the NBA draft combine, Fultz revealed that he has multiple conversations with Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge.
“I’ve talked to Danny a few times, and they want to get me to come out there for a visit,” Fultz told ESPN. “They just want to get a chance to know me better as a person. I want to be the No. 1 pick really bad. It’s been a dream of mine since I was a little kid, and I feel like I would fit well in Boston.”
In most mock drafts, the Celtics are expected to pick Markelle Fultz at No. 1 while the Los Angeles Lakers will select Lonzo Ball at No. 2. Boston tried to reached out Ball about having a workout with them but the former UCLA Bruins star politely refused. Ball openly stated that he would rather join the Lakers than being the No. 1 overall pick.
Will the Isaiah Thomas-Markelle Fultz backcourt tandem work?
With Ball out of the equation, there is no reason for the Celtics to pass on Fultz. However, some people believe that Fultz would be an odd fit in Boston since they already have Isaiah Thomas. Recently, Thomas and Fultz had a conversation about playing together with the Celtics.
Thomas has strong belief that they can mesh well in the Celtics’ backcourt. Fultz shared the same sentiment and explained how he and Thomas can play together in one team.
“We can both play on or off the ball,” Fultz said. “We can both score and also pass. I think we’d be great together. When we’ve talked since the lottery, we haven’t really talked about basketball much. He’s been through a lot lately. I’m a versatile point guard who is unselfish and can score at all three levels. I can rebound, block shots, push the ball, basically anything you need from a guard. Off the court, I’m humble.”
Isaiah Thomas at the point, Markelle Fultz as shooting guard
If the Celtics draft Markelle Fultz at No. 1, coach Brad Stevens may decide to use him at 2 while Isaiah Thomas remains as their starting point guard. Fultz is a prolific scorer who shoots 41 percent from beyond the arc. Both guards are good passers and playmakers which make them an incredible backcourt duo.
The Celtics will also consider improving their frontcourt and are reportedly targeting Gordon Hayward in the free agency market. The improvement they will make this offseason will strengthen their chance of dominating the Eastern Conference next season.
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