76ers get No. 1 pick from Celtics, chance to draft Fultz

Tuesday, 27 Jun, 2017

The Sixers are expected to draft 6-foot-4 Washington guard Markelle Fultz.

The Celtics already have a point guard in Isaiah Thomas, so it's not insane to imagine that they'll be looking to fill another position on their roster with the pick. With several potentially franchise-changing players, this National Basketball Association mock draft will attempt to correctly place all 30 first round draftees. The Celtics will get the pick if it falls in slots 2-5 in next summer's National Basketball Association draft lottery. They have a supremely talented young core, but will be relying on two players, Ben Simmons and presumably Markelle Fultz, who have yet to play a second in the National Basketball Association, plus another, Joel Embiid, with a long history of health issues.

In 2018, when the Warriors' super-team could be undone by Kevin Durant's (possible next) free agency and when LeBron James could take his talents elsewhere, the Celtics could be sitting there with a bevy of picks and talent as the path opens for another team to challenge for the championship.

The Celtics and 76ers had agreed on the parameters of a deal on Saturday night after Philadelphia held a workout with Fultz, who will become the fourth No 1 overall pick in franchise history by the 76ers at the draft to be held in Brooklyn.

The Celtics traded the No. 1 pick to the 76ers for the No. 3 pick and a future first-rounder. "And when the right deals come around, we will move on them". If Fultz turns out to be a generational player a la Golden State's Steph Curry, this deal will not look good for Ainge.

It's been two-plus decades since a team with the No. 1 pick traded it before the draft. That conversation led to further dialogue and it's been consistent since the Draft Lottery.

"We've been evaluating these kids for a couple of years, and we felt like it was very close in the top handful of players". However, with Philadelphia's move towards Fultz, how will this effect the rest of the NBA Draft?

The Celtics, on the other hand, have their eyes on getting more athletic at the wing forward positions. But draft picks are the most coveted and easiest to trade, and Boston is overflowing. The Sixers used the No. 1 pick a year ago on Ben Simmons, who missed the entire season because of a foot injury.

Sixers big man Joel Embiid tweeted a photo of himself with Fultz, Simmons and Robert Covington along with the caption: "This should be legendary if it happens".

With Thomas, the Celtics didn't necessarily need a point guard - which is the piece Philadelphia apparently wanted most. He was the top freshman scorer in the country.

If you told me even a week ago that this was going to be the headline of the NBA Draft this season, I would've called you ridiculous.