NBA Mock Draft 2017: Predictions With Trades if Celtics Deal No. 1 Pick


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Things have gotten a bit crazy with less than a week remaining before the NBA draft. ESPN’s Marc Stein reported the Celtics and Sixers are discussing a trade centered around the first pick. Heavy is here to help you imagine how this trade might impact the rest of the draft. It is important to note these are trade discussions, and nothing has been finalized yet.

Rumors have heated up as to what could happen at the top of the draft. The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski noted on his podcast he believed Josh Jackson was in play for the top pick. ESPN’s Chad Ford also issued a similar report on Jackson being in play for Boston citing a conversation he had with an anonymous general manager.

“I’ve picked Danny’s brain for years. Jackson is an Ainge player all the way. Tough, athletic, long, versatile, elite motor. If he’s keeping the pick, Jackson just to me, far and away, is the most Celtics-type player for them to draft. From all my conversations with them, I’m convinced they’ll take Jackson No. 1,” the NBA executive told ESPN.

After a month of thinking the top two picks locked up, it appears things may be more in flux than we originally thought. As Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman pointed out, the Celtics have a recent history of trying to float ideas to the media.

One possible explanation is the Celtics think the Lakers really like Josh Jackson, and are trying to entice them into trading picks. Which brings us to the latest in the Lonzo Ball story. Ball was once thought to be a lock to the Lakers, but there is growing buzz the Lakers could look somewhere else with the second pick.

The Lakers had Ball back for a second workout where ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported Ball hoped to emphasis his work ethic. The truth is Ball’s game is not going to shine in an individual workout setting. Ball’s biggest asset is his court vision, a trait that shows up during actual games.

Here’s a look at what the Celtics trade would do to the rest of the draft.

NBA Mock Draft If Celtics-76ers Swap Picks

1. Philadelphia 76ersPG Markelle Fultz, Washington
2. LA LakersPG Lonzo Ball, UCLA
3. Boston CelticsSF Josh Jackson, Kansas
4. Phoenix SunsF Jonathan Isaac, Florida State
5. Sacramento KingsPG De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky
6. Orlando MagicPG Dennis Smith Jr., NC State
7. Minnesota TimberwolvesSF Jayson Tatum, Duke
8. New York KnicksPG Frank Ntilikina, France
9. Dallas MavericksSG Malik Monk, Kentucky
10. Sacramento KingsPF Lauri Markkanen, Arizona
11. Charlotte HornetsSG Luke Kennard, Duke
12. Detroit PistonsSG Donovan Mitchell, Louisville
13. Denver NuggetsC/F Zach Collins, Gonzaga
14. Miami HeatPF John Collins, Wake Forest
15. Portland Trail BlazersF OG Anunoby, Indiana
16. Chicago BullsSF Justin Jackson, North Carolina
17. Milwaukee BucksF Semi Ojeleye, SMU
18. Indiana PacersSG Terrance Ferguson, Australia
19. Atlanta HawksC Harry Giles, Duke
20. Portland Trail BlazersPG Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State
21. Oklahoma City ThunderG Derrick White, Colorado
22. Brooklyn NetsPF Jordan Bell, Oregon
23. Toronto RaptorsC Anzejs Pasecniks, Latvia
24. Utah JazzF Tyler Lydon, Syracuse
25. Orlando MagicC Bam Adebayo, Kentucky
26. Portland Trail BlazersC Jarrett Allen, Texas
27. Brooklyn NetsF D.J. Wilson, Michigan
28. L.A. LakersC Ike Anigbogu, UCLA
29. San Antonio SpursPF T.J. Leaf, UCLA
30. Utah JazzC Justin Patton, Creighton