The 2017 NBA Draft already has been turned upside down by trades. The No. 1 pick has been traded, as have a low first-rounder and a pair of second-rounders. Plus team needs already are shifting.Expect all of that multiplied by 10 Thursday night. This should be one of the most topsy-turvy, fast-moving drafts in memory because there’s so little agreement in NBA front offices about prospects. Though USA TODAY Sports put in hours of talking with people around the draft and analyzing film, there’s no way to know who will pull off what trade at this point. But for now, here’s how we expect things to go. 1. Philadelphia 76ers: PG Markelle Fultz, WashingtonThere was only one player the 76ers would have traded up to No. 1 to get. Fultz projects to be a lead scoring guard in the mold of James Harden or Brandon Roy. He and future teammate Ben Simmons could launch a stirring competition for the Rookie of the Year Award. 2. Los Angeles Lakers: PG Lonzo Ball, UCLAThe unceremonious trade of D’Angelo Russell to the Nets in a salary cap-saving move stunned many around the NBA. It also put the writing on the wall: The Lakers were… Read full this story
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