It's time for No. 1 pick Fultz to turn 76ers into winners


With Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and possibly Paul Georg on board, the Lakers could prove to be an attractive destination for free agents in the summer of 2018.

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

The move overshadowed the NBA Draft in Brooklyn where, as expected, two point guards were the first players selected.

For the players who really should earn more, there's only one route available: trust the process.

Fultz said it's the pictures of the things that mean the most to him. I'll really come in here and work as hard as I can.

The Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Lauri Markkanen with the No. 7 pick. In his sophomore season, the 20-year-old swingman took on a much heavier workload and dramatically improved his game on both ends of the floor.

In a piece written for The Player's Tribune, the newly drafted No. 1 pick explained how he learned he was headed to Philadelphia to workout for the 76ers on June 16.

The Sixers used a series of moves to jump up and snag the No. 1 pick, previously held by the Boston Celtics.

"I'm very excited, just like the fans in Philly, how they back up their players", Fultz said.

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. "Size, strength, power. He plays with reckless abandon, and some of that has to be controlled". Mark Cuban's latest selection is arguably the most explosive guard in this draft class.

It was not a good night in the Windy City.

The 76ers needed a unique guard, someone who could run the point in place of Ben Simmons at times and also play off the ball with Simmons, with enough of a perimeter game to compensate for a Simmons weakness. He's got all the tools to be a good inside presence but just hasn't put it all together.

The Celtics then took Duke's Jayson Tatum at No. 3 after moving down two spots in the trade with Philadelphia, drawing cheers from a large contingent of their fans at Barclays Center wearing green.

The Kings' first pick at No. 5 was guard De'Aaron Fox of Kentucky and they selected Zach Collins of Gonzaga at No. 10 with the pick obtained from New Orleans for DeMarcus Cousins.

With Lonzo Ball, the pressure seems like it will be on from the start, but he was able to lead a UCLA Bruins team to the NCAA Tournament. "By adding a player of Markelle's caliber to our promising roster, we believe we're incredibly well positioned for the future".

The Dallas Mavericks selected Dennis Smith Jr. from out of NC State with the 9th pick. He made $5.7 million in the first year of his rookie deal and $5.9 million last season.

The Timberwolves shocked the National Basketball Association world by trading the seventh overall pick (Lauri Markkanen), Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine to the Chicago Bulls for the 16th pick in the draft (center Justin Patton) and Jimmy Butler. There were also some trade news that has been involved in this draft event. And that's before going into free agency searching for leadership and more shooting, possibly a starter for the backcourt and possibly a backup.