Markelle Fultz is the guy on top of nearly everybody’s draft board, including the new NBC mock draft just released. Teams like Lonzo Ball and Josh Jackson too, but it’s hard to find people who don’t have Fultz on top — he can play the pick-and-roll well, shoot threes, pass, has great size and showed an all-around game despite being on a weak Washington team last season.
Boston has a 25 percent chance at the top pick because they can (and will) swap picks with Brooklyn. So it shouldn’t be a shock that the Celtics brass wants to meet with Fultz, as reported by Jonathan Givony of Draft Express and The Vertical.
This is what they should do, along with working him out. Same with Ball, Jackson, Jayson Tatum, and anyone else they think could warrant being a top four pick (that’s the lowest the pick could slide). It’s simple due diligence.
The question is if the Celtics get the No. 1 pick, will they keep it or use it as trade bait for someone like Jimmy Butler or Paul George? Even if that’s possible, the Celtics need to be ready to make the pick if nothing else comes to fruition.