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Ja Morant has been a stud for the entirety of the 2018-19 college basketball season. He became the first player in NCAA history to average more than 20 points and 10 assists per game, which resulted in him skyrocketing up NBA Draft boards. He has positioned himself as an almost guaranteed top-3 pick.
With the NBA Draft Lottery and 2019 NBA Draft rapidly approaching, let's take a look at where the Murray State product will most likely land.
3. Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics won't have a top-3 selection, but they do have the potential to own four first-round picks in the upcoming draft, and at a minimum three. The one pick in question is Memphis' pick, which goes to Boston if it falls outside the top eight. With the looming possibility of Kyrie Irving leaving this summer, the Celtics could package some of those picks in an effort to move up and draft their next franchise point guard in Morant.
2. New York Knicks
The Knicks are on pace for the worst season in the franchise's history and are in line to land the No. 1 overall pick in June's NBA Draft. But if they miss out on the top selection, falling down to the No. 2 or No. 3 spot, a player like Morant could be at the top of their list. Despite young point guards, Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina, already in house, plus the growing rumors of Irving preparing to sign with the Knicks this summer, Morant could be the best player available when the team makes its pick.
1. Phoenix Suns
The Suns are probably both the most likely and the most logical landing spot for Morant, based on lottery positioning and team needs. The Suns have needed a franchise point guard for years now and, if Phoenix lands at No. 2 or No. 3, it would be shocking to see them draft anyone aside from Morant. With that being said, don't count them out to take him with the No. 1 pick if they do win the lottery.
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