NBA Mock Draft 2017: Updated After Celtics-Sixers Trade No. 1 Pick

Markelle Fultz looks to be heading to Philadelphia after the Sixers and Celtics swapped picks. (Getty)

The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Celtics have agreed to trade the number one pick to the Philadelphia 76ers. Heavy is here to help you break down the draft after the trade with our latest mock draft.

Markelle Fultz was in Philadelphia on Saturday to work out for Sixers’ brass then meet with the media. The workout went as expected, and the two teams agreed to the deal after Fultz’s workout. Wojnarowski reported the teams will officially call in the deal on Monday.

There was growing buzz the Celtics liked Josh Jackson, and were considering taking him with the first pick. Wojnarowski noted on his podcast he believed Jackson was in play for the top pick (if the Celtics kept the pick). ESPN’s Chad Ford also issued a similar report on Jackson potentially being the preference 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.

While Jackson is the favorite for the Celtics at three, nothing is a done deal as Boston continues to hold workouts. Real GM’s Keith Smith reported some around the league expect them to trade out of the third pick.

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor thinks Jayson Tatum would be a perfect fit in Boston, and expects the Celtics to select the Duke forward at three.

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. Draft Express reported the Lakers were also interested in trading up to the top pick to select Fultz. With this deal nearing completion, it appears Los Angeles will have to stay put at two.

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.

Ford released his own hypothetical mock draft based on a Celtics-Sixers pick swap. Ford has the Sixers taking Fultz at one, the Lakers selecting Ball at two, the Celtics snag Jackson at three, the Suns end up with Fox at four and Tatum goes to the Kings at five.

Here’s a look at how the Sixers-Celtics trade impacts the draft. You’ll notice the rumored trades should not have a massive impact on teams picking outside the top five. The exception to this would be if the Lakers pass on Ball. This is the scenario that would impact the largest amount of teams.


NBA Mock Draft After Celtics-76ers Swap Picks

PICK PLAYER
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


NBA Mock Draft If Lakers Pass on Ball After Celtics-Sixers Swap Picks

One of the most interesting scenarios involves the Lakers passing on Ball. The Celtics would then have a decision to make on Ball who has not worked out in Boston. In this scenario, Jayson Tatum would be a likely target for Boston with Jackson off the board.

PICK PLAYER
1. Philadelphia 76ers PG Markelle Fultz, Washington
2. LA Lakers SF Josh Jackson, Kansas
3. Boston Celtics SF Jayson Tatum, Duke
4. Phoenix Suns PG Lonzo Ball, UCLA
5. Sacramento Kings PG De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky
6. Orlando Magic PG Dennis Smith Jr., NC State
7. Minnesota Timberwolves F Jonathan Isaac, Florida State
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

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