76ers take Fultz, Lakers grab Ball to start NBA draft

The Celtics have been linked with either Josh Jackson of Kansas or Jayson Tatum of Duke at No. 3, although multiple media outlets reported the team may be willing to deal the pick.

Barring an unforeseen change, Fultz will be the No. 1 pick in the National Basketball Association draft on Thursday night, joining Simmons with the Philadelphia 76ers in an attempt to invigorate a once proud franchise.

Derrick White (Colorado), Wesley Iwundu (Kansas State) and Josh Hart (Villanova) are among the seniors who could - emphasis could - go late in the first round. Not even the Geno's vs.

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But suffering through the ilk of Alexy Sheved, Malcolm Thomas and Sonny Weems for the reward of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and that top pick Thursday night just might be worth it.

Boston also brought in No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz, but drafting the Washington product would have likely meant a move from point guard to shooting guard, with an All-Star in Thomas already on the roster.

Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and the future of the National Basketball Association arrived Thursday night.

"We are really open-minded with this pick, it's not very often you see a pick in the 20s that can contribute right away, but sometimes we say, 'you never know, ' " he said.


When Bryan Colangelo took over the position of President of Basketball Operations for the Sixers, he was left in good hands by the sacrifices former GM Sam Hinkie made while he held the position. Still, Smith is all but a lock to hear his name called in the lottery and probably has a floor at No. 9 to the Dallas Mavericks, although No. 8 to the New York Knicks could make plenty of sense as well.

I'm not quite sure what it is exactly, but the way that Embiid and his teammates embraced Fultz before he was officially drafted counts for something.

The trio isn't here to lose.

Don't be surprised if the run on freshman keeps going through the top 10. The 76ers took Evan Turner with the No. 2 overall pick in 2010 and expected to pair him with Jrue Holiday in the backcourt for a decade.

Ojeleye looks like the most promising of the second-round picks, and is another versatile offensive threat at 6-7 who has shown an ability to score both outside and in the paint.

FILE - In this February 18, 2017, file photo, Arizona's Chance Comanche, right, defends as Washington's Markelle Fultz's (20) looks for a shot during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, in Seattle.

First-pick Fultz bolstered the 76ers young core as a 19-year-old playmaker. "We are a team on the rise in so many different ways". "This fan base has been already excited about what they've seen".

Brett Brown - the coach of with the lifetime 75-253 (.229) record - might actually be on the hot seat with easily the best roster of his five seasons. "We're trying to see if we can do something similar". "We have to be all in on what the right and positive culture is". "He's a terrific kid and a good player". Dwight Howard was dealt and D'Angelo Russell - who just two years ago was on the same stage the players will walk Thursday as the No. 2 pick - was dealt by the Los Angeles Lakers, presumably to clear the point guard spot for Ball and salary cap space for the future. "The bell rings every time someone sells a new season ticket".


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