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Who is the best option for Celtics at No. 3?

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After getting a trade in place to send the No. 1 overall pick in the draft to the Philadelphia 76ers, the Celtics will now pick third overall, as they did last year, when they selected Jaylen Brown out of Cal.

The 76ers will likely draft Washington guard Markelle Fultz with the first pick, leaving the Los Angeles Lakers at the No. 2 spot and the Celtics at No. 3.

Since Boston has a well-stocked backcourt, the club could have its sights on a forward, such as Duke’s Jayson Tatum or Kansas’s Josh Jackson. Here is a closer look at players who could be attractive for the Celtics to select third overall:


Lonzo Ball, point guard, UCLA

Age: 19. Height/weight: 6-6/190.

Stat line: 14.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 7.6 APG, .551 FG% (36 games)

Scouting report: A potentially transcendent point guard prospect to many, Ball was a big-time recruit for Steve Alford at UCLA and delivered in his only season in Westwood, regularly turning in highlight-reel assists while carrying the Bruins to the Sweet 16. With the size Ball brings to what’s become the NBA’s most important position, it’s easy to see why he’s projected to go No. 2 overall. The question mark comes in his shooting mechanics. For a righthander, he brings his right hand to the left side of his forehead to shoot his jumper and he struggles to pull up and shoot while going to his right. It’s hard to argue with the results to this point, though. Ball shot 55.1 percent — including 41.2 percent from 3 — and was able to take over games offensively without trying more than 15 field-goal attempts. His shooting form is something an NBA team will likely work to correct sooner rather than later, but as long as Ball is a serviceable NBA shooter, he’ll have upper-echelon point guard potential. His size and length enable him to see over defenders and he’ll be able to be a post presence, backing down smaller guards once he gets in the weight room. Ball’s biggest gifts, however, are his court vision and preternatural passing ability.

Josh Jackson, small forward, Kansas

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Age: 20. Height/weight: 6-8/203.


Stat line: 16.3 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 3.0 APG, .513 FG% (35 games)

Scouting report: There’s no denying Jackson’s talent on the court as he’s expected to be a top-five selection, but his only season at Kansas included some issues off the hardwood. Jackson helped the Jayhawks reach the Elite Eight, leading the team in double-doubles (13), steals per game (1.7) and blocks (37) while finishing second in scoring (16.3) and rebounding (7.4) and third in assists (3.0). The swingman shot 51.3 percent overall and 37.8 from 3-point range while starting 35 of Kansas’ 36 games to earn Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors and a spot on the all-conference first team. The only contest he missed was the Jayhawks’ opening game of the Big 12 tournament, as Jackson was suspended by coach Bill Self after an incident in February in which he backed into a parked car on campus and fled the scene of the accident. That came after Jackson was handed a misdemeanor charge of criminal property damage for vandalizing the car of Kansas women’s basketball player McKenzie Calvert outside a bar in Lawrence in December. An affidavit was released regarding that incident the day before Kansas’s opener in the NCAA Tournament, and Calvert told police Jackson followed her to her car and “was yelling for her to get out of the car and that he would beat her [expletive].” On April 26, Jackson signed a diversion agreement and must attend anger management classes, write a letter of apology, and refrain from using alcohol or recreational drugs for a year. The case will be dismissed if he successfully completes the program. In the traffic case, Jackson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor violation on May 23 and will be on probation for six months and must pay a $250 fine. If he violates his probation, Jackson would have to serve 30 days in jail. Due to his explosive athleticism, a team will almost certainly look past those troubles and select Jackson early with the hopes he can become a franchise cornerstone. That could very well be the case with some experts comparing Jackson to All-Stars Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs and Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls, two of the best two-way players in the NBA. As is the case with most young players, Jackson still needs to improve his outside shooting. He also struggled from the foul line at Kansas, going 98 of 173 (56.6 percent), and committed a team-high 97 turnovers to 104 assists.


Jayson Tatum, small forward, Duke

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Age: 19. Height/weight: 6-8/204.

Stat line: 16.8 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 2.1 APG, .452 FG% (29 games)

Scouting report: One of the premier scorers in the draft class, Tatum is considered NBA-ready and poised to make an immediate impact. In one season at Duke, Tatum found success by scoring in a number of ways. He could use a quick first step to drive the lane and score off the dribble or step back and knock down a mid-range jumper when given too much space. He was named to the All-ACC Tournament first team after averaging 22 points and 7.5 rebounds in leading the Blue Devils to the title. Tatum moves quickly for his size and can create mismatches for opposing defenses while playing the wing. Despite being hailed as a proven scorer, his long-range game needs improvement. Tatum was inconsistent from beyond the arc, draining 6 of 7 3-pointers at Virginia on Feb. 15 but missing all seven 3-point tries at Miami 10 days later. He connected on 27.3 percent of his 22 3-point shots in Duke’s six ACC and NCAA Tournament games. It is believed, however, that his shooting from deep will come around over time. His defense and passing have also come into question. His 0.82 assist-to-turnover ratio ranked 148th out of 155 players from major conferences who played at least 900 minutes and totaled 60 or more assists. While his overall game has flaws, teams are captivated by his offensive aptitude and potential to develop into a prolific scorer.


De’Aaron Fox, point guard, Kentucky

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Age: 19. Height/weight: 6-4/171.

Stat line: 16.7 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.6 APG, .479 FG% (36 games)

Scouting report: A pure scorer and playmaker, Fox is a top-five talent who has the game to make an immediate impact for a team looking for an offensive boost. In his one season at Kentucky, Fox shot 47.9 percent overall despite making just 24.6 percent of his 3-point attempts. Fox is a solid athlete who seems to have little trouble finding his way to the basket. He appears best off the dribble, and has a knack for shaking down defenders with little effort. A smart player who sees the floor well, Fox is a natural scoring presence on the break but possesses a selfless trait that knows when it’s time to dish and make his teammates look good. Fox’s ability to take over games is what sets him apart from some of the other lottery hopefuls. However, Fox can get frustrated when his shot won’t fall and can get a little reckless with his shot selection, especially if he’s struggling. At times, he’ll try to do too much and sacrifice a better scoring option elsewhere on the court. Judging from his consistent struggles from beyond the arc, Fox’s improvement from distance might be the focal point of his NBA education. He’s considered an overall solid defender, but like any young scorer will endure his share of defensive lapses.


Jonathan Isaac, small forward, Florida State

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Age: 19. Height/weight: 6-11/205.

Stat line: 12.0 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, .508 FG% (32 games)

Scouting report: The crown jewel of a loaded Florida State 2016 recruiting class, Isaac’s time in Tallahassee was fully expected to be a short stay from the moment the five-star recruit arrived on campus. His unique skill set and tantalizing upside make the versatile forward a near certainty to be taken among the top 10 picks with a chance to sneak into the first five. Isaac began his high school career as a guard before growing seven inches into his slender 6-11 frame. Therefore, his court sense and jump shot are rather advanced for a 19-year-old prospect who figures to see significant minutes as a power forward in the pros. With the height to shoot over wing defenders and the quickness to blow by most fours, he’s a potential mismatch nightmare at the next level. Still, Isaac has a ways to go before his game rivals his physical comparisons to Kevin Durant. His perimeter shooting remains a bit inconsistent, though he shows good form and should improve in time, and his obvious lack of upper-body strength will give him trouble finishing near the rim and guarding more mature post players as he enters the NBA. Isaac is still capable of making an immediate impact even if he isn’t scoring, however, as he’s already a good rebounder and excellent shot blocker who gives consistent energy and effort on the defensive end. His above-average length and movement skills offer great promise that he can emerge as a valued stopper capable of effectively guarding multiple positions.

Lauri Markkanen, power forward, Arizona

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Age: 20. Height/weight: 7-0/225.

Stat line: 15.6 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, .495 FG% (29 games)

Scouting report: Markkanen seems like the fairly typical big-man prospect from Europe, a heady player who is a terrific shooter and weak on the defensive end. The Finland native has drawn comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki and Kristaps Porzingis, but what could separate Markkanen is his athleticism. He’s not clunky. Instead, Markkanen is quite agile and possesses a muscular frame. It’s that combination that makes some scouts think he could be a star, with the opportunity to become even more diverse offensively and improve defensively. If nothing else, Markkanen should be a regular in some team’s rotation because he’s a 7-footer who can flat out shoot. The third-team Associated Press All-American hit 42.3 percent from 3-point range in his only season at Arizona, making a team-high 69, and he led the Pac-12 in free-throw shooting at 83.5 percent. He is adept at creating his own shot, capably hitting pull-up jumpers rather than just waiting for the ball to rotate to him on the perimeter. The problem with Markkanen is that his effort, footwork, and awareness on defense are sorely lacking. His 0.7 blocks and 0.5 steals per 40 minutes both ranked sixth among the team’s nine rotation regulars. He’s not considered to be a particularly good rebounder, but he did average a team-leading 7.2 boards as a freshman to go with his 15.6 points per game. Markkanen will be more important for his ability to stretch the floor on offense because one of the opponent’s best big men will need to leave the lane to defend him.

Rachel G. Bowers of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Material from STATS, Inc., was used in this report.