Boston Celtics mock draft 4.0: Selecting the next big star

Most NBA mock drafts project between 8-10 ACC players to get selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, set to begin on Thursday night. One potential trade had Boston giving the No. 1 the Lakers for the No. 2 pick and another top pick in the draft and then Boston trading down to No. 4 of even No. 5 in a deal with the Phoenix Suns or Sacramento Kings.

Meanwhile, the same ESPN report mentioned that Ball still considers meeting with other lottery teams before the 2017 NBA Draft if, in case, Lakers decides to go with Jackson. However, the team later traded its selection to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the No. 3 and a future first-rounder.

There's the ever-intriguing questions as to which school will have the most players drafted, and which owners will make the biggest bone-head moves, but the biggest wonderment for Thursday night-how Lavar Ball will react if Lonzo Ball is not drafted by the Lakers. The Celtics had Duke's Jayson Tatum in for a workout on Monday and hope to have Kansas' Josh Jackson in on Tuesday. "I think they're both terrific talents".

All three players performed well during their first year at the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball season 2016-17.

And that means the Celtics could be gearing up for more moves soon.

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If this deal were to acquire a plethora of first round picks from Vegas, that would be annoying since we are all so excited for No. 2, but could be a smart strategy if Hextall isn't completely sold on Nico or Nolan.

Anything can happen in tomorrow night's draft, but before it gets too insane, here is one final look at who the Celtics might target.

Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 25 games last season for a Washington Huskies team that was 9-22. Ainge spent plenty of time in Raleigh this past season watching Smith, although he was traveling around the country looking at top prospects, knowing the Celtics would end up with a high pick thanks to the Nets struggles. Fultz would join a Philadelphia roster that includes Simmons, Jahlil Okafor and 2017 Rookie of the Year finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric.

Former Kansas star Josh Jackson might still be a good fit with the Boston Celtics for the No. 3 pick of the National Basketball Association draft, but he never got a chance to work out for the team before Thursday's draft. The Sixers went 28-54 last season. The main goal is to find promising, new athletes that can help rebuild the team and contribute on their outside shooting and perimeter defense.

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