By the sounds of it, the Boston Celtics shouldn’t have any worries about drafting Markelle Fultz with the first overall pick.
With Isaiah Thomas set to become a free agent after next season, there’s a lot of discussion about whether or not the Celtics should keep their draft pick to select one of two potential star point guards in Fultz or Lonzo Ball. With Ball’s dad doing all he can to make his son a Laker, it’s presumed that Fultz is the most likely to end up with the Celtics, a fit he believes would work wonderfully.
“Me and Isaiah Thomas would be a great backcourt,” Fultz told CSN New England the night of the Draft Lottery. “I think the opportunity that would be there would be amazing, just for him to play off the ball, where I think he’s better at it, or him to play on the ball and I can play off the ball. I think the chemistry would be amazing.”
The six-foot-four Washington product, who says he’s already in contact with Thomas, has the size and skill set to play both guard positions. But he also lacks the experience to be an instant contributor on a team that just punched its ticket to its first Eastern Conference Finals appearance since 2012.
The Celtics could always trade their pick in return for a player who could contribute more to their present-day needs, but there’s little doubt that Fultz would be a solid addition for a team that looks ready to compete well into the future.
“It really doesn’t matter to me, really. I just love the game, and I think I’m versatile enough to play the one or the two,” said Fultz. “Whatever a team needs me to do to win, I think I’m capable of doing that.”