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

It could last a bit longer. They acquired the pick from the Celtics on Monday and gave Boston the No. 3 choice. An athlete. And the kid also knows his cheesesteaks, revealing on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night he already has a local spot.

Twelve of the first 14 picks, including Adebayo, were one-and-doners.

Silver has talked about changing the NBA's limit, saying the current rule that American-born players must be 19 and a year out of high school, but teams seem fine with the current system.

At No. 8, the Knicks picked French point guard Frank Ntilikina, who heard a mix of cheers and boos from fans.

Most mock drafts had Kentucky standout Monk in the top 10, some even the top five. Sure, the Wolves had to part with the No. 7 overall selection (Lauri Markkanen), Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine, but Butler should help make this team a playoff contender in their crowded conference.

Butler will be reunited with coach Tom Thibodeau, who coached him previously in Chicago.

Philadelphia went all out to get their man, trading their third overall pick plus a future first-round pick to the Boston Celtics to secure the Maryland native. The Washington guard let the PAC-12 in scoring, finished 6th among all Division 1 players, and was the top freshman scorer in the country. Milwaukee Bucks - D.J. Wilson 18.

For Markelle Fultz, it's what's on the inside that counts.




There were about a dozen pictures of friends and family along with his slogan F2G, which means "Faithful to the Grind".

The other amusing story to come out of Fultz's day in the spotlight is that he's moving to Philly, home of the cheesesteak, and is most excited about their generic, fast food chicken sandwiches.

Philadelphia took Markelle Fultz and the Los Angeles Lakers selected Lonzo Ball, both point guards, before the Celtics were on the clock.

- Markelle Fultz was once cut from the varsity team in high school and now he is the No. 1 overall pick in the National Basketball Association draft. Tatum also supplied 7.3 rebounds and is a pretty good free throw shooter as he shot 84% from the line last season.

The result is a fully handmade basketball-leather sneaker, which had everyone talking Thursday night.

The top 10 was rounded out with two more freshmen: Dennis Smith Jr of North Carolina State to Dallas at No 9, and Gonzaga's Zach Collins at No 10 with the Kings' second pick, which was later dealt to Portland for a pair of picks.

"It is truly a blessing", said Fultz of his rapid ascent after one season at Washington.

Fultz could have wound up in Brooklyn, had the Nets not made one of the worst trades in National Basketball Association history.

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