With the 2017 NBA Draft about to begin, taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn; we’ll take a very quick look at the two players who are projected to get selected with the top two picks. Of course that would be barring any wild changes, it is draft night after all:
No. 1 – Markelle Fultz: Fultz is one of the most dynamic and talented players in this draft class. Fultz’s defensive capabilities have been eye opening especially at his position. He held averages of 5.7 boards, 1.6 steals and a 1.2 blocks per game in the 2016-2017 NCAA season. Fultz’s explosiveness and athletic abilities combined with his NBA-ready body let him finish strong at the rim. Fultz uses his change of pace and strong first step extremely well in order to get to where he needs to be on the floor. Fultz has a natural feel for the game; particularly in the open floor where he finds open shooters and also when it comes to running half-court sets.
No. 2 – Lonzo Ball: Lonzo averaged 14.6 points, 7.6 assists and 6 rebounds per game. For a young player he possesses outstanding court vision. His 6-6 height and 6-9 wingspan combined with his fluid athletic abilities, make him ideal for uptempo /run and gun opportunities in transition. A major part of Ball’s game at UCLA was to survey the floor and create great looks for his teammates. Ball’s jump shot is very unorthodox, although he shot the ball very pretty well from deep making 41.2 percent of his attempts from the NCAA three point line. Defensively he doesn’t disappoint either; ball displays good awareness to be in good position and getting into the passing lane to deflect passes due to his wingspan.
Both seem to consider each other rivals, and watching both careers unfold should be very entertaining for years to come.