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Fultz, Ball, other top draftees tipped to light up NBA in coming season and beyond

Markelle Fultz

Let’s not go or look far from the latest NBA draft if we are to pick those who will stand out in the league this year or by 2018.

Of course, the top five led by the highly-touted Markelle Fultz deserve plenty of attention.

They have been hyped to make waves in the league this early, barring any injuries.

And who knows, they might even be aligned in the future with those who are already certified superstars like LeBron James, Stephen Curry, James harden, Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant, to name a few.

The fresh bunch are talented, full of promise and ready to bang bodies with big-name players and veteran dribblers, anytime anywhere.

That is the notion this early but we still have to see them playing in the real deal, that is the NBA.

The 6-foot-4 Fultz was taken as No. 1 by the Philadelphia 76ers via a trade with the Boston Celtics.

Lauded for having ala-John Wall moves on both ends of the floor, the 19-year-old sensation from Washington has a 41.3% three-point shooting norm that gives the 76ers a much-needed perimeter threat.

Also, his playmaking prowess, both on and off the ball, will help Ben Simmons ease into his role while his 7-foot wingspan is going to be useful as he morphs into a defensive stopper.

Teammate Joel Embiid is so excited to play with him. So do we trust “The Process’’ here?

Fultz is acclaimed as NBA-ready and many are forecasting he will fit in well with slotman Embiid and fellow guard Simmons, as well as the rest of the team.

However, Fultz sprained his ankle during a recent summer league game, but 76ers insiders said there is nothing to worry for Fultz will recover quickly.

One of the biggest buzzes in the draft belonged LA Lakers pick at No. 2, Lonzo Ball.

The 6-foot-6 point guard from UCLA is trumpeted by his father Lavar as “better than Stephen Curry,’’ sending many eyebrows raised.

We have yet to see that but early raves say he can develop into one fine dribbler, as a pass-first point guard and shooter.

He has superb court vision and basketball IQ, which complements his deadly outside shot. His 8.1 assists per 40 minutes ranks second out of all players in the draft, but he will have to lessen his 18% turnover ratio to lead an efficient NBA offense.

Ball, 19, failed to impress in his summer league debut but that would definitely be a temporary setback.

We will be watching when his long treys start finding their marks as easy as ABC.

Then there is Jayson Tatum, selected at third by the Celtics via a trade with the 76ers.

The 19-year-old Tatum is a 6-foot-8 small forward who starred for Duke.

In college, he proved to be an effective scorer, averaging over 20 points per 40 minutes in his lone season.

He has impressive footwork and body control, as well as a quick first step that enables him to break free from slower defenders.

But his efficiency is a question mark. Almost 40% of his non-transition shot attempts were on mid-range jumpers, and he succeeded in only 40.2% of them.

The Celtics see him as prototypical NBA small forward and in this regard, he I seen to provide the team a threat from the wing.

Another small forward worth the following is Josh Jackson, picked at No. 4 by the Phoenix Suns.

Versatility will be the main weapon of the 6-foot-8 small forward when he faces opponents in the grand stage of the NBA.

He is an effective scorer both on and off the ball, averaging 21 points per 40 minutes, while shooting 55% of two pointers and nearly 40% from the three-point territory.

His lateral quickness allows him to guard positions 1-4 on defence, and his anticipation skills allow him to clog passing lanes.

Experts believe Jackson might be the best athlete in the draft. But that we have to see, and Jackson to prove.

Also on the radar is De’Aaron Fox, who was netted by the Sacramento Kings.

The 19-year-old, 6-foot-4 point guard from Kentucky is an explosive athlete. Speed will be his calling card.

He led all power-conference players in fast-break scoring with 5.9 points per game and showed he can finish at the rim, making almost 60% of his shots in the paint.

One drawback though is his poor jump shooting which will make him easier to defend at the NBA level. He shot just 31% on pull-up jumpers last season and fared even worse on spot-up attempts, hitting just 20%.

In Fox, the Kings may have finally found a point guard who can inspire them to great heights.

So who among them will live up to expectations and excel or end up laying big fat zeroes?

We will be watching them with keen eyes.

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