ESPN’s Jeff Goodman: No huge difference between Celtics landing 1st or 4th pick

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman: No huge difference between Celtics landing 1st or 4th pick

Markelle Fultz (James Snook/USA Today Sports)

Markelle Fultz (James Snook/USA Today Sports)

The NBA Draft Lottery takes place Tuesday night and the odds are in the Celtics’ favor to earn the No. 1 pick. But what if they fall to the No. 4 pick?

ESPN basketball insider Jeff Goodman, who may be the foremost authority when it comes to analyzing the draft prospects, believes it wouldn’t be a huge deal.

The difference is “not a big as people think,” Goodman said.

He believes the top four picks are Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum.

“There’s not a huge disparity [between the four players],” Goodman said. “Most people think there’s a little gap after the top two, but not really. Danny Ainge is going to take who he thinks is going to be an NBA superstar.”

Should the Celtics get the first pick, they are expected to take Fultz, a freshman out of Washington. Lonzo Ball, a freshman from UCLA is expected to go second followed by freshman De’Aaron Fox out of Kentucky and Kansas freshman Jackson. (For an in-depth look at the candidates, click here.)

The Celtics have a 25 percent chance of claiming the top pick in the draft when the lottery is held Tuesday night, with the odds dropping to 21.5 percent for the second pick and 17.8 percent for the third.

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