The NBA Draft Lottery firmed up the selection order as of Tuesday night, prompting a flood of new mock drafts published online. A quick perusal through them produced a couple observations.
First, the irony of the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference holding the No. 1 overall pick in the same year was lost on no one. The Celtics just finished off the Wizards in Game 7 for the right to face the Cleveland Buzzsaws, but the future is very promising in Boston.
Washington guard Markelle Fultz remains the consensus top prospect across most mock drafts published in the last 24 hours. The Celtics will either be direct beneficiaries of his talents or be compensated handsomly in a trade for those talents. It's a win-win.
But another item of note about the post-lottery mocks is the consistency in the top five selections.
Looking at mocks from NBC Sports, Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, Bleacher Report and Draft Express, every one predicted UCLA guard Lonzo Ball would go No. 2 to the Los Angeles Lakers. His father insists the Lakers are the only team Lonzo will work out for, anyway.
All five mocks also agreed that Duke forward Jayson Tatum, Kansas forward Josh Jackson and Kentucky guard De'Aaron Fox will be drafted third through fifth, in some order.
This is a deep draft at multiple positions, so teams picking after those players are off the board still have a lot of good options.
Barring some kind of trade back into the draft, the Wizard will be without a first-round pick this year. Washington dealt their first-rounder to the Brooklyn Nets as part of the deal for Bojan Bogdanovic this season.
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