Markelle Fultz gives 76ers a dynamic backcourt

Lynette Rowe
June 24, 2017

The draft order was determined simply by using the 2016-17 season's standings, but it does account for pick transfers, so you'll notice the Boston Celtics have both the No. 1 pick (from the Brooklyn Nets) and the No. 3 pick (from the Los Angeles Lakers, via the Philadelphia 76ers).

Forwards Josh Jackson of Kansas and Jayson Tatum of Duke are two players frequently mentioned as possibilities at the No. 3 spot, and Celtics president Danny Ainge said Boston could get the player there they might have taken at No. 1. Fultz played just 25 games in college and said that it had been his dream to be the top pick at the National Basketball Association draft. "After they got the third pick, we tried to schedule something for me to get out there".

As for the idea that Embiid might be able to play in back-to-back games and not on a minutes restriction after dealing with both a year ago, Brown replied, "I think that's ambitious".

There have been a flurry of trades since the Warriors beat the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, though most of the moves on draft night were minor. If Simmons is healthy, the question then becomes who's going to play the point for the team? After all, this isn't the Golden State Warriors we're talking about.

Fultz, a native of Upper Marlboro, Md., played his scholastic basketball at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md.

"Pay attention to my footwear", the Washington guard said. Knee injuries have kept him off the court for the majority of the last two seasons, but the Duke power forward is very talented. He even said Lonzo will lead the Lakers to the playoffs in his rookie season. "They said they love my dad and left it at that".

After a player gets drafted, he gains thousands of new fans and new followers on social media, many of whom decide to go back in time to learn a little more.

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And by the way, it's going to be a lot of fun to argue about this Sixers-Celtics trade for the next decade.

The Boston Celtics made the first move of this year's National Basketball Association draft days before it began when they traded the No. 1 overall pick to Philadelphia to build on an already rich cache of future selections.

The 20 players invited to the green room at Barclays Center posed on stage about an hour before the telecast was to begin.

This is only the fourth time that a team has had the overall No. 1 pick in back-to-back drafts since 1980.

The Sixers kept the project rolling later in the first round, striking a deal with Orlando to acquire the 25th pick, center Anzejs Pasecniks from Latvia. But when news broke last week that the Philadelphia 76ers were trading for the top pick in the NBA Draft, all that changed.

Danny Ainge has done a fantastic job stockpiling all those draft picks, but at some point you have to actually do something with them.

"Those young guys need nurturing and they need veteran leadership". I think Markelle and Ben together is a dynamic backcourt. "I just realized that I was doing stuff that other kids weren't doing and it just started to work out for me".

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