Celtics fans, get ready to salivate. Your team is currently 35-19, good for 2nd in the East, and still improving. Isaiah Thomas has emerged as a top five point guard. Al Horford will only get better. Jaylen Brown looks about as raw, young, athletic, and promising as he should. Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley have both made significant improvements in their all-around game.
And I don’t even think the best player for the Celtics in 2017-18 is on the roster yet.
6’4”, 195 pounds. 18 years old. 23 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from deep. Meet Washington Huskies point guard Markelle Fultz.
If you haven’t watched his college highlights yet, stop panicking and find the nearest computer. This kid can straight up ball. Garnering comparisons to Damian Lillard and James Harden, Fultz can score with the best of them. His offensive skills are so advanced for someone his age. His pullup jump shot is among the best in the country. His ball handling and finishing flash some Kyrie Irving in him. He has the size to compete at either guard position at the next level. His defense could use some work, but he’s already mastered the chase-down block.
And he won’t even be 19 until May.
Now Celtics fans, imagine a player of this caliber alongside former Huskie Isaiah Thomas in the Celtics backcourt. Forget spending another max contract, this could be the player to get you over the top. The Celtics are slowly turning these assets into players, and could again become the dynasty they want to be.
Imagine a starting lineup up Thomas, Fultz, Brown, Horford, and Bogut with Smart, Bradley, Crowder, Yabusele, and Zizic coming off the bench. Can you say depth? If they can trade a guard like Rozier for a castaway big like Nerlens Noel, the Celtics could build a contending team for years to come.
I know the draft isn’t for a few months, but the Nets are clearly the league’s worst team and aren’t getting better.
As the season moves on and Fultz keeps producing jaw dropping plays, the likelihood of Danny trading away the Brooklyn pick is diminishing. And that is a good thing for Celtics fans.