The Celtics are seriously considering trading the No. 1 pick in next week’s NBA Draft to the Philadelphia 76ers, ESPN reported Friday.
A follow-up report from The Vertical said the Celtics would get Philadelphia’s No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft plus a future first-rounder, among other picks.
Rumors have been floating around about movement at the top of the draft as the Lakers are supposedly considering trading down with the Sacramento Kings for the No. 5 and No. 10 picks, but while that is big news, this one may be bigger.
The Top 3 prospects in the NBA Draft are as follows according to ESPN’s Chad Ford: Washington’s Markelle Fultz, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball and Kansas’ Josh Jackson.
Your opinion of Monk depends on how much you believe in his jump shot. If you think this elite athlete is also the elite jump shooter that he was at Kentucky this year, you believe he can average 20 per game in the NBA. If you think he’s more of a good, but streaky shooter, you think he’s more of a bench player at the next level due to the rest of his game.
Ntilikina is a long French guard with the potential to become a lead ball handler, but he’s not quite there yet. He’s a good shooter and strong defender, but he needs to improve his overall physical profile as well as take a leap athletically in order to get into the lane consistently. A good developmental team with a strong strength and conditioning program would really help him.