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


Every year pundits and experts draw up mock drafts to predict the outcome of the night but trades and big moves make it nearly impossible to predict what can happen.

The programme will get underway at midnight on BT Sport 1 and if you're willing to stay up for the long haul to watch every pick it is scheduled to run until 5am.

Fultz, wearing orange sneakers made of basketballs at the Barclays Center, is a natural talent on the court that moves with fluidity and ease, and his abilities and tendencies have been dissected heavily heading into Thursday's draft.

The Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves upstaged the barrage of freshmen - including Markelle Fultz to the Philadelphia 76ers at No. 1 and the Los Angeles Lakers taking Lonzo Ball (and his provocative father, LaVar) second overall - by executing a league-rattling trade that sent superstar small forward Jimmy Butler to Minnesota.

"Me and my agent talked and we just didn't feel like they had much interest in drafting me at No. 1, so we felt like it would be sort of a waste of time for me to go out and work out if they were really not considering drafting me", Jackson said.

NEW YORK (AP) — Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and the future of the National Basketball Association arrived Thursday night.

Picks #1-#5Although these picks do not relate directly with the Dallas Mavericks pick, any shake up in the top 5 would have a huge effect on the rest of the draft.

"It was unbelievable, really", said Fultz when asked about the feeling of crossing the stage after being announced as top pick.

College freshmen were selected 1-2-3-4-5 in Thursday's NBA Draft, marking the first time in draft history that that has happened.

The Lakers selected Lonzo Ball with the second overall selection, bringing another young potential star to Los Angeles.

"I'm trying to tell to you", LaVar Ball said on ESPN. As expected, one-and-doners Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball led the way.

But they should be able to find someone good tonight. "Just want to get on the court".

With its No. 3 pick, Boston took Jayson Tatum of Duke.

Phoenix selected versatile forward Josh Jackson from Kansas with the fourth choice before ultra quick point guard De'Aaron Fox of Kentucky was snapped up by the Sacramento Kings.

Washington has now had six players drafted in the first round in as many years. Cut from the varsity team as a sophomore at DeMatha Catholic High School in 2013 because he was only 5-foot-9, Fultz dominated opponents on the junior varsity level then continued his stellar performances in his final two years at high school.