Boston Celtics Rumor: Markelle Fultz Is Not A Lock At No.1, Think Kansas’s Josh Jackson Instead
Think Markelle Fultz is a lock at No.1 for the Boston Celtics? Well you are wrong according to those who know Danny Ainge.
Speaking to ESPN’s Chad Ford (Insider), an anonymous general manager said he believes Kansas’ Josh Jackson will go No. 1 overall.
“I’ve picked [Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge‘s brain for years,” one GM told Ford. “Jackson is an Ainge player all the way. Tough, athletic, long, versatile, elite motor. If he’s keeping the pick, Jackson just to me, far and away, is the most Celtics-type player for them to draft. From all my conversations with them, I’m convinced they’ll take Jackson No. 1.”
This would be a surprise with Fultz being listed as the stand alone No.1 pick in the draft, but then again the best professional player isn’t always the top pick in the draft. Ainge has never picked at No.1 overall so there really isn’t anything to go on, the highest Ainge has ever picked is the No.3 pick. That pick came last year with Ainge picking Jaylen Brown.
Jackson is a player I was looking at before the lottery as a player the Celtics could be targeting. He fits what the Celtics are trying to do better, he is a 6 foot 8 small forward who with this Celtics team could play the 4 if Brad Stevens wishes to go small. But a Jackson draft would likely mean no Gordon Hayward coming to Boston with Jacksons natural position being small forward. NBA scouts are not sure if Jacksons game can translate to the power forward role at the NBA level which draws concern if Boston wanted him to play there.
Drafting Jackson to play the 4 would also mean Al Horford would continue playing out of position at the 5 which he isn’t a big fan of and would likely mean another year where the Celtics can’t play against the leagues bigs. The issue with trying to come up with a plan for next years Boston Celtics team is they have the No.1 pick paired with the desire to sign a max contract player and move out other pieces to clear playing time.
Too many pieces moving right now and a handful of different directions Ainge could take Boston.