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

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"I am confident I have the drive, work ethic and maturity for this next step", Wilson said in May. "Just being with a young team, the upside of it would be insane". He won Most Improved Player in 2014 as well as making the All-NBA 3rd team that year. Sixers fans are frothing at the idea that Simmons and Fultz could become the next great backcourt combination, feeding a healthy Embiid and forming a playoff core next season. They went to Kentucky a year apart and talked throughout that process. The Sixers are for real.

It's the trade that allowed Markelle Fultz to walk across the podium as a Sixer. But it's not just Ball that Fultz will forever be compared to. The newest era of Sixers basketball is here. If you had to define his game in a word, it's "smooth". The 2005 draft was the last time high schoolers could enter the draft. The Sixers are starting a waiting list for those still interested in getting a season slate of seats. He did have a medical examination as part of his pre-draft workout process and it came back clean.

Just like at the 2016 NBA Draft, one year later the NBA gathered at the Barclays Center to disperse the incoming rookie class.

In spirit of tonight's NBA Draft, I made a decision to rank the 10 most under-drafted players since the turn of the millennium. "We're excited to have him aboard".

The point guard averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists for the 9-22 Huskies.

Joel Embiid calmly stepped up to the free throw line.

Despite his success as a shooter, Ball's odd shooting form, which sees him drag the ball across his face from right to left, drew suspicion from National Basketball Association evaluators.

Former Washington Huskies guard Markelle Fultz in the Air Jordan 12. "You really had no choice but to get better because they were so enthusiastic about it - that whole year, them developing me and my whole game, the mental side too". The 76ers have the No. 1 overall pick; the Celtics have the third overall pick.

Of course, Fultz lands in Philadelphia just a few days after the 76ers traded the No. 3 overall selection and the Los Angeles Lakers' 2018 first round pick (with protections) to move up two spots. That's a heckuva story. There are a lot of reasons for this - he basically ran the offense single-handedly while playing heavy minutes, he was on a team going nowhere, and he knew his draft stock would be fine no matter what. This isn't to say Fultz is the next LeBron James, but as far as weaknesses go, he doesn't have many. He's also on Instagram, showing some great pre-draft photos and videos.

"I've started to follow Sixers fans on Twitter recently", said Ireland, who wore a Sixers T-shirt.

Seemingly confirming the perception that the text Fultz was using in his post was prefabricated for him by Tissot, a handful of other draft picks, including De'Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Frank Ntilikina and Zach Collins all used extremely similar phrasing in Instagram posts of their own.

Anyone picked first overall is going to have to make the rounds with the media. They could have replaced the dodgeballs with snowballs. Here is Fultz chatting with ESPN.

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