One’s a dynamic combo guard with exceptional size, athleticism, and scoring ability. NBA scouts love him despite the fact he couldn't make his squad a winner during his one season in college. The other is considered a once-in-a-generation point guard with an awkward jumper and an uncanny ability to see the floor. He also has loud-mouthed father and a $495 sneaker. The majority of the talk leading up to June’s NBA Draft will undoubtedly revolve around the Markelle Fultz vs. Lonzo Ball debate, specifically who is most worthy of being the No. 1 selection. And while every mock draft out there has Fultz going first, there are plenty of college basketball observers who will tell you it’s not an easy decision. “I don’t think it’s a no-brainer,” says ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas. While most casual college basketball fans are familiar with Ball, Fultz will enter the draft as a mystery to many because he played on a Washington squad that went a measly 9-22 during the regular season and won only two games in Pac-12 play, barely making any appearances on national TV. But that doesn’t mean Fultz isn’t the real deal. At 6’5”, the combo guard is an elite scorer with a quick first step, who can slash and finish better than just about any other guard in the draft. He’s been compared to James Harden and D’Angelo Russell.
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Who Deserves To Be the No. 1 Pick: Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball?
Complex | May 12