The speculation in NBA circles is that Louisiana State’s Ben Simmons is the draft equivalent of a slam dunk and will be the first player selected in the draft Thursday, by the Philadelphia 76ers.
The strong belief among league officials is that Duke’s Brandon Ingram will be the second player taken in the draft, by the Lakers.
After that, when the Boston Celtics go third, “Everything is up for grabs,” said an Eastern Conference executive who was not authorized to speak publicly.
That’s because many feel the Celtics have their eyes on three different players. There have also been reports that Boston is shopping the pick to land a veteran...