It’s very likely that point guards Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball — the projected top-two picks in next week’s NBA draft — could become fierce rivals playing for the game’s two most storied franchises, as the Boston Celtics have the top pick and the Los Angeles Lakers hold the No. 2 spot. Should that come to fruition, don’t expect it to be Magic Johnson-Larry Bird 2.0. However, Fultz provided a glimpse of his competitive nature during his workout with the Lakers on Thursday by complimenting Ball and promising to take it to him at the same time. “I’m a competitor, so anybody that’s in front of me, I’m going to try to take them out,” Fultz said at the Lakers workout via The Associated Press. “Lonzo is a great guard, so we’re both competing for the same position. Stepping on the court, I’m going to try and beat him in everything I do, if that’s tying my shoe faster or anything.” Fultz, who averaged 23.2 points and 5.9 assists a game on an underachieving Washington Huskies squad, faced Ball’s superior UCLA team once in the collegiate ranks. The Bruins won 107-66, with Fultz scoring 25 points on 9-for-19 shooting. Ball, who averaged 14.6 points and led the nation in assists with 7.6 a game, registered 22 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the floor in that Pac-12 matchup.
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Markelle Fultz: I want to beat Lonzo Ball in 'everything I do'
USA Today | Jun 16