Kevin Durant thinks 76ers getting ahead of themselves with 'FEDS' nickname

Lynette Rowe
June 27, 2017

"It's unbelievable. I think this process has a high ceiling and I'm looking forward to it", said Mr. Fultz during a Cisco Telepresence Video Call with global media on draft day last Friday. And while every team will now believe that they improved in the 2017 NBA Draft, they can't all be winning lottery tickets.

On draft night, Joel Embiid gave the Philadelphia 76ers' young core the nickname FEDS. The Kings then used those newly acquired picks to select Justin Jackson and Harry Giles who should be able to contribute to the franchise immediately. But Fultz had only one thing in mind when he heard it. He was still named a finalist for NBA Rookie of the Year, which will be announced Monday, along with teammate Dario Saric and Malcolm Brogdon of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Think about this: Markelle Fultz just turned 19 years old.

The 76ers now have a dynamic point guard with Markelle Fultz, who will lead the team with arguably the highest potential of the young teams in the National Basketball Association.

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So, for now, Fultz is going to get most of the attention while his draft mates polish their games overseas. "We're going to be a fun, energetic, entertaining team". The rebuilding mission is already complete in Boston, and they still have a boatload of future first rounders to come.

His season props over/unders have opened at 12.5 points and 2.5 assists, and over have been jumped on. If he does turn Lakers around (not out of question, as there's a possibility that this team will add a free agent star or trade for one), he'll probably take the NBA Rookie of the Year award. The Sacramento Kings selected De'Aaron Fox to round out the top five. Fultz could have wound up in Boston, had the Celtics held on to that No. 1 pick instead of sending it to the 76ers for the No. 3 pick and another first-rounder in the next two years. That is a lot of maybes in exchange for a three-time All-Star and 2017 All-NBA player. But while it's fortunate that Fultz found a city that has Chick-fil-A, it seems that he found a team who fits with him.

The Boston Celtics selected Jayson Tatum out of Duke University back on Thursday in the 2017 NBA Draft.

"I was just waking up", Fultz wrote of when he learned from his trainer, Keith, that he was going to work out for the 76ers. Phil Jackson struck gold with his Kristaps Porzingis pick previous year, so he must have thought he will double down this season. It's very hard to tell since both players only played one year of college basketball. But by not trading Kristaps Porzingis, as many thought they might, this is a win for the Knicks.

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