NBA Draft 2017: Will De’Aaron Fox be as good as Fultz or Lonzo — or even better?

It’s not a secret that rants and rumors about NBA prospects can become an echo chamber this time of year. I mean this for media who are writing about these young men — alas, I’m guilty as charged — as well as for the scouts and NBA executives who are constantly dissecting these players’ games. And, of course, it’s an echo chamber for fans who wonder where their team plans to cast its lot.

The most consistently loud part of the echo chamber of the 2017 NBA Draft has focused on two extraordinarily talented young point guards who, according to the conventional wisdom of the past several months, have roughly a 100 percent chance of getting drafted with the top two picks: Washington’s Markelle Fultz and UCLA’s Lonzo Ball. This groupthink stems from the two players’ remarkable freshman seasons — Fultz was an absurdly efficient offensive force for a not-so-talented Washington team, and Ball almost single-handedly made UCLA the most exciting team in college hoops — as well as from the sensational media chatter around them: Will Fultz form a good back-court tandem with fellow Washington product Isaiah Thomas in Boston? Will Boston trade the top pick? Will Ball only work out for the Lakers? Will LaVar Ball’s headline-grabbing nature negatively affect his son’s NBA future?

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