The projected No. 1 overall selection of the upcoming 2017 NBA Draft, Markelle Fultz, has reached out to fellow Washington standout and Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas, inquiring about the team’s culture.
The freshman scoring talent is seen by most as the first one off the board in this year’s draft, regardless if it is indeed Boston or a different team calling his name come June. But that hasn’t stopped the 6-foot-4 guard from being curious about the chance to play alongside a bona fide scorer like Thomas.
“He asks questions; I answer them,” Thomas told ESPN’s Chris Forsberg. “He’s a good friend of mine. If it happens, we’ll figure out how to play together. If not, we’ll go from there.”
The 5-foot-9 Thomas played three seasons at the University of Washington before being selected by the Sacramento Kings with the very last pick of the 2011 NBA Draft.
Having gone through the process only six years ago, the high-volume scoring dynamo knows exactly what Fultz is going through at the moment.
He’s excited,” Thomas said. “I mean, he obviously doesn’t know where he’s going, but… he’s excited about the opportunity.”
Fultz isn’t worried about the solidified starting lineup the Celtics boast to this day, knowing that he and Thomas can create one of the most explosive backcourts in the league. If he does indeed join the Celtics, the two would most certainly have that Pacific North West connection going for them.
“Me and Isaiah Thomas would be a great backcourt. I think the opportunity that would be there would be amazing,” Fultz said during the lottery. “For him to play off the ball, where I think he’s better at it, or him to play on ball and I can play off the ball, I think the chemistry would be amazing.”