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 76ers||PG Markelle Fultz, Washington|
|2. LA Lakers||PG Lonzo Ball, UCLA|
|3. Boston Celtics||SF Josh Jackson, Kansas|
|4. Phoenix Suns||F Jonathan Isaac, Florida State|
|5. Sacramento Kings||PG De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky|
|6. Orlando Magic||PG Dennis Smith Jr., NC State|
|7. Minnesota Timberwolves||SF Jayson Tatum, Duke|
|8. New York Knicks||PG Frank Ntilikina, France|
|9. Dallas Mavericks||SG Malik Monk, Kentucky|
|10. Sacramento Kings||PF Lauri Markkanen, Arizona|
|11. Charlotte Hornets||SG Luke Kennard, Duke|
|12. Detroit Pistons||SG Donovan Mitchell, Louisville|
|13. Denver Nuggets||C/F Zach Collins, Gonzaga|
|14. Miami Heat||PF John Collins, Wake Forest|
|15. Portland Trail Blazers||F OG Anunoby, Indiana|
|16. Chicago Bulls||SF Justin Jackson, North Carolina|
|17. Milwaukee Bucks||F Semi Ojeleye, SMU|
|18. Indiana Pacers||SG Terrance Ferguson, Australia|
|19. Atlanta Hawks||C Harry Giles, Duke|
|20. Portland Trail Blazers||PG Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State|
|21. Oklahoma City Thunder||G Derrick White, Colorado|
|22. Brooklyn Nets||PF Jordan Bell, Oregon|
|23. Toronto Raptors||C Anzejs Pasecniks, Latvia|
|24. Utah Jazz||F Tyler Lydon, Syracuse|
|25. Orlando Magic||C Bam Adebayo, Kentucky|
|26. Portland Trail Blazers||C Jarrett Allen, Texas|
|27. Brooklyn Nets||F D.J. Wilson, Michigan|
|28. L.A. Lakers||C Ike Anigbogu, UCLA|
|29. San Antonio Spurs||PF T.J. Leaf, UCLA|
|30. Utah Jazz||C Justin Patton, Creighton|