Welcome to the 2017 NBA Draft.
For plenty of wide-eyed basketball players, tonight is the official start of a “hooping happily ever after fantasy”—okay, well it will at least define the next few years of their lives. And the newbies aren’t the only ballers thinking about the next move.
Ever since the Golden State Warriors destroyed the Cleveland Cavaliers, in a 4-1 victory in the finals, trade rumors around the league have been spreading with whispers of huge moves. LeBron James‘ and Kyrie Irving‘s time together may be coming to an end, and the Knicks’ unicorn Kristaps Porzingis may get shipped off too. These major moves are done to create cap space and to trade up for higher 2017 draft picks and for years to come.
And there’s great reason to make room in the budget to spend extra moolah. The 2017 draft class boasts one of the most stacked squads in recent memory, with the likes of Markelle Fultz, who’s even been compared to James Harden, and of course Lonzo Ball, who’s known equally for ball handling and his outspoken father, LaVar.
In preparation for the 2017 NBA Draft, here are CASSIUS’ predictions for the top five prospects.
1. Philadelphia 76ers: Markelle Fultz
2. Los Angeles Lakers: Lonzo Ball, UCLA
3. Boston Celtics: Jonathan Isaac, Florida State
4.Phoenix Suns: Josh Jackson, Kansas
5.Sacramento Kings: De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky
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