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With the NBA draft lottery completed and all the first-round positions set, it’s a good time to take a first pass at which players will be selected. There’s still plenty more maneuvering to go, with some underclassmen still waiting until May 24 to decide whether they want to stay in the draft or return to college.
Many of the top prospects are fully committed and won’t be a worry. But those later in the first round, without some guarantee from teams, will rely on their individual workouts with teams to determine their final decision.
With the Lakers moving up to No. 2 and the Celtics getting the top pick, there isn’t much maneuvering to be done — just a choice of whether the Celtics might trade the pick to improve with a veteran or keep the pick and deal with the fallout later.
The first 10 picks could feature as many as five point guards being selected, dropping some of the premier big men to the next 10 and letting teams with serious needs in the frontcourt get their pick of some of the best frontcourt players.
In the weeks leading up to the June 22 draft, there could be any number of trades, with individual workouts allowing teams to get a better gauge of players who may not have worked out at the draft combine last week or executives getting their first up-close look.
Here’s a first look at how The News’ Rod Beard projects the first round will shake out.