“My first goal is to get to the National Basketball Association and be the No. 1 pick”, he said.
Markelle Fultz (Washington) is interviewed after being selected as the number one overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center.
Kentucky’s De’ Aaron Fox reacts after being selected by the Sacramento Kings as the fifth pick overall during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in NY.
Philadelphia 76ers 2017 draft picks (left to right), Anzejs Pasecniks, Markelle Fultz, Jonah Bolden, and Mathias Lessort pose after their introductory press conference at Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex.
The 6-4 Fultz, while a defensive cipher a year ago for the Huskies, has those capabilities.
“Really, it’s just do whatever you need to do to win”, Fultz said when that question was raised Thursday night.
Brown, for his part, sees Fultz as a “perfect complement” not only to Simmons but also to Joel Embiid, who, unsurprisingly, has also reached out to Fultz on social media.
Ball became the first high-profile draftee under the regime of new Lakers head of basketball operations Magic Johnson.
As Lonzo walked on stage to meet Commissioner Adam Silver and put on a purple Lakers hat, LaVar put on a gold and purple Big Baller Brand hat, the company he has started.
He expects the on-court mesh to be just as smooth. Leading his Bruins to an Sweet 16 appearance, Lonzo averaged 14.6 points and 7.0 assists a game. But the trade that essentially sent to him to Philly gives him a better opportunity to make an impact right away, and most importantly: his taste palate will remain happy for years to come. The freshman sensation averaged 16.8 points and 7.8 rebounds for the ACC powerhouse. An excellent isolation scorer, Tatum will take major loads off of Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Al Horford during Boston’s 2nd attempt to dethrone Cleveland as the kings of the east.
The Suns picked fourth for the second straight year and selected Josh Jackson from Kansas.
Names from a list brimming with prospects who have completed just one college season figure to be called early and often.
Markelle Fultz’s breakfast joint is Chick-fil-A! He had some seriously impressive performances for the Wildcats, one included an 39 point game against Ball’s UCLA Bruins.
The 14 lottery picks in Thursday night’s National Basketball Association draft have been made, and there were three Wildcats selected.
The first ever pick was Clifton McNeely, who was taken out of Texas Wesleyan by the Pittsburgh Ironmen.
Minnesota Timberwolves – Word on the street coming into the draft was that Tom Thibodeau wanted to get a veteran to help Minnesota speed up its rebuilding process.
The Bulls wound up with Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen in the deal.
The talent is clearly there as a sharpshooting stretch four or five, but with Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic already in the mix at power forward, the fit may be a problem.
That’s a trend that could slow down after this year. After selecting De’Aaron Fox, a potentially elite point guard from the University of Kentucky with the fifth pick in the draft, the Kings fleeced the Trail Blazers in a trade for the 10th pick. Mark Cuban’s latest selection is arguably the most explosive guard in this draft class.
■ Dario Saric, who can play inside or out.
■ Joel Embiid, a center likely to hit three-pointers. No Boogie, no problem. He wants to be better than Michael Jordan.
■ Fultz, who, like Simmons, is a guard without a particular job description.