What Could Happen With the Top Three Picks in the 2017 NBA Draft

Logan Reily – The Seattle Times

This year’s NBA Draft is taking place at June 22. This is the day that all basketball fans are waiting for. The question is, who is going to be  taken number one overall? Many people say Markelle Fultz is, but there are many other prospects who deserve it.

Markelle Fultz is a 6’4″ guard and is a good all-around basketball player. His ability to take off towards the basket as quickly as he does could mesmerize all the NBA teams. That’s only one thing Fultz is good at. He is also the master of the floater. Fultz can get it over 7 foot tall centers blocking the lane. Fultz also uses a step back jump shot that freezes the defenders. This step back reminds me of James Harden’s. James Harden is an MVP candidate so Fultz is in great company. Finally, he has an exceptional 3-point shot. My real-life NBA comparison is, as I mentioned before, James Harden. An excellent mid-range shooter with a killer step back, along with a 3-point shot that would go in more than it won’t. Fultz is in the lead for the #1 pick, but a guy named Lonzo Ball isn’t far behind.

Lonzo Ball is a 6’6″ point guard out of UCLA. This college produces great point guards as in Russell Westbrook, Baron Davis, and Jrue Holiday. Lonzo can do anything he wants to because of his height. It is abnormal to see a point guard that tall, but it comes with advantages and disadvantages. If you have a height advantage, you can take people to the basket and finish more times than a smaller guy. If you’re tall you also can see over the defense and you’ll be able to connect more passes. The disadvantage with height is you generally are slower.

The first thing I like about Lonzo is his 3-point shot. Many people criticize it because of his unique form, but I think it still is very effective. I also like his defense. Not many guards try to play defense because they leave it all on the offensive end. Giving equal effort on both ends is a good quality to have as a guard. The biggest red flag could be his father, Lavar Ball. Lavar is a crazy man who says and does crazy things to get attention. He says he can beat the greatest player of all time, Michael Jordan, in a 1 on 1 match. He says that his 3 sons will be the greatest basketball players ever. He is selling Lonzo’s new shoes for $500. In general, he is way too confident in his sons and could ruin their careers if he keeps it up.

After two point guards, it is time to look at the best forward prospect. Josh Jackson is considered to be the best forward in the draft. Standing at 6’8”, the 19-year-old attended Kansas University. The Kansas Jayhawks had a good run in the NCAA Tournament. However, they lost to the Oregon Ducks in the Elite Eight. Jackson is one of the best scorers in the draft. He averaged 16 points and 7 rebounds per game. Jackson is a very fast forward and gets up and down the floor with ease. He is a natural born scorer with great jumping abilities. He has one of the best basketball IQs in the draft. He is a great passer and sees the floor like a professional. He is a great shot creator and he is a good defender because he gets low and steals the ball. What he can improve on is getting stronger so he can fight through the defenders. Another part of his game is being able to dribble better through defenders. He overall just needs to get stronger to be able to get through the defense to get to the basket.

Overall, I think the Boston Celtics will select Markelle Fultz with the first overall selection. Then with the second pick I think the Los Angeles Lakers will select Josh Jackson. I say that because the Lakers have been trashing Lonzo Ball left and right.

People say it is just to assure the Celtics won’t take him but I don’t believe that. Then with the third pick I think the Philadelphia 76ers will select Lonzo Ball, even with his insane father saying he will only play for the Lakers.

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