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Sixers Expect Markelle Fultz to Play in Summer League

Thursday, the team strengthened its roster by selecting its dream fit in 6-4 guard Markelle Fultz, out of the University of Washington.

Jimmy Butler and Tom Thibodeau hope to rekindle their past. Derrick White, who went to the Spurs, and Josh Hart, who went to the Lakers, had to wait until the last two picks of round number one to hear their names called.

Thursday night's NBA Draft was expected to present a more exciting crop of future NBA players than previous year and had been lauded as holding the best potential draft class in recent memory. The Sixers, still in the baby-steps phase, will inch along behind two playmakers who have yet to play an National Basketball Association minute. "I've been through a lot growing up, so I'm looking forward to coming to the city and giving my all", Fultz said. "It's something that nearly all kids dream of and for me to do this, it just goes down in the history book and it's a milestone for me". But Coach Brown seems like he believes in growth and development for his players.

The draft has already included a major trade involving the Bulls and Timberwolves.

Philadelphia drafted the 23-year-old out of Kansas with the third overall pick of the 2014 draft.

Embiid averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.45 blocked shots in 31 games last season, missing the final 2 1/2 months because of a torn left meniscus. He walked across the stage Thursday night at Barclays Center wearing orange sneakers made of basketballs. But as the Sixers gained the No. 1 overall draft choice for a second consecutive season, Fultz, for one, viewed it as something more than a ticket-huckstering opportunity.

It did not matter to the Sixers that Fultz is the first player from a losing team to go No. 1 since the Portland Trail Blazers took LaRue Martin out of Loyola (Ill.) in 1972. If you're No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz, you go all-out with custom sneakers made of basketball leather.

After the announcement of Ball's selection by the Lakers, he said he "just wants to get on the court". In other leagues it's easy to imagine a commissioner having much less fun with this scenario playing out, but after a long night of announcements this was a good bit of levity to close the show.

"When we study what he did in college", Brown added, "you recognize very quickly that he has the ability to play that position and be one of the main ball distributors as well".

Fox ended up in the same state as Ball, who he outplayed when Kentucky ousted UCLA in the NCAA Tournament.

"When I was talking to Fultz early on about the Celtics, and I said 'is it good that you have a chance to play on a team that could make the playoffs?" Under his tenure, the phrase "trust the process" became a mantra inside the Sixers locker room but was of course drowned out by the ineptness of the team.



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