76ers make Fultz first pick in NBA Draft

NBA Draft: Knicks And Nets Look Ahead

Scroll through the gallery up top to see what the League had to say about the 2017 NBA Draft.

While the Philadelphia 76ers did what everyone expected and took Markelle Fultz with the first pick of Thursday night's National Basketball Association draft, there were still plenty of surprises.

Furthermore, center Joel Embiid has shown in just 31 games that he can already influence the outcome of a game like few others in the league. Although he has a 6-10 wingspan he is not known for his defense. Hayward, who played for Brad Stevens at Butler, has been linked to the Celtics in free agency rumors for a while now and he would give them a major addition on the wing.

"Speed kills and you can't teach it", said Fox.

"We're on the same page in regards to style of play and the identity that we want to have".

Beyond the scouting, strategy and suspense of teams trying to select the right player for their slot in the NBA Draft, a spate of trades spiced up the proceedings at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Thursday.

Adding Fultz, via a trade with the Celtics at the start of the week that shook up the order at the top of the draft, was the obvious big moment.

"I figured out I had a chance to make it there (the NBA) probably (in) my 11th grade", he said. Don't be surprised you get comparisons to Jason Kidd when you see Lonzo hoops as his height, athleticism and high basketball IQ made him an can't missed prospect.

When it comes to being drafted by a professional sports team, more goes into a player's preference of where they want to play than actual on-the-court things.

That a new position has been invented was itself a story: Ball carrier. Markkanen is a solid stretch-four who can really shoot it, so he's a solid pickup. Luckily for Simmons, he was reportedly able to come to an agreement with the Memphis Grizzlies on a free agent contract. Once, carrying the ball was cause to be whistled for a turnover, but, well, that's the direction of the pro game.

While Dunn could have plenty of promise as the starting point guard of the future, his rookie season in Minnesota left a lot to be desired. Rather, there is a relentless search for a player to do what LeBron James does and essentially trigger the offense from up top by, well, by carrying the ball around. They needed an all around playmaker in the backcourt and that's what they got.

Luke Kennard was the second Duke player selected when the Detroit Pistons took him at No. 12 to improve a team that posted the third-worst 3-point percentage last season. "This is a tremendous night for the Sixers and our great fans". "These sets of players are viable players for the Sixers and viable options to trade in the interim", Hinkie wrote.

Any team built on the foundation of Embiid, Simmons, Fultz and Dario Saric has limitless potential, with several pieces in place for complementary roles. They also added three of the five or six best global prospects in Anzejs Pasecniks (No. 26), Jonah Bolden (No. 36) and Mathias Lessort (No. 50) and a very solid wing prospect in Sterling Brown. They needed to complement Simmons.

In a couple of seasons, Pasceniks could develop into a solid rotation big man for the Sixers and insurance if Joel Embiid keeps getting injured. "I think I do everything at least decent", Fultz said. You're telling me they couldn't have come up with a more enticing package for the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Jimmy Butler?

Fultz certainly demonstrated what he's capable of doing in college. Butler will help them win now.



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