Editor’s note (May 25):?These rankings have been updated now that the deadline for NCAA underclassmen to withdraw from the draft has passed.
With the NBA draft combine in the books, it’s time for another update to our Big Board.
Here’s the latest intel on the top 30 prospects after consulting NBA scouts and general managers.
Note: ?This board projects every player who has declared for the draft. You can follow our in/out list for a complete look at every prospect and his draft stock.
1. Markelle Fultz
Previous rank:?No. 1
Fultz skipped most of the combine, deciding just to do a handful of interviews. It won’t matter.
More and more scouts seem to be leaning toward Fultz as the consensus No. 1 pick in the draft. With the Celtics now holding onto No. 1, that only makes his case stronger.?
It’s not a sure thing that the Celtics will take Fultz at No. 1 (nor is it sure they’ll even keep the pick), but all signs point to him being the top pick in the draft in a month.
2. Lonzo Ball
Previous rank:?No. 2
Ball’s talent is being eclipsed somewhat by the headlines his father is generating. I was skeptical for months that it would have much of an impact on his draft stock, but at the combine there was a lot of grumbling among scouts.?
Still, with the Lakers landing the No. 2 pick, he has a great shot at going No. 2 and the talent to be a star.
3. Josh Jackson
Previous rank:?No. 3
Jackson wasn’t at the draft combine, but it won’t affect him much. He seems to be a popular pick among scouts as the third-best prospect in the draft.
The challenge for him will be the Sixers at No. 3. Would they really select another non-shooter given their current personnel?
Perhaps. Coach Brett Brown loves tough-nosed defenders, and Jackson is the best wing defender in this draft.
You can say the same thing about Anunoby that you do about Giles. Teams love him as a prospect. They just need…