76ers put future of The Process in No. 1 pick Fultz's hands

Markelle Fultz is expected to be selected by the Philadelphia 76ers No. 1 overall in tonight's NBA Draft - and his shoes could not be more appropriate.

The 19-year-old point guard had 14.6 points, 7.6 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals a game for the Bruins last season.

Fultz, the 6-foot-4 guard, was selected No. 1 overall in the National Basketball Association draft Thursday night and joined former LSU guard Ben Simmons as consecutive top picks for the Sixers.

Fultz averaged 23.2 points last season, tops among freshmen, and added 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game, the only Division I player to reach those stats.

The NCAA has never really liked it, and earlier this month, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the system as it's now constructed - where players can enter the draft after a year of college - is "not working for anyone". "It was something out of a dream". Now they add Fultz to a promising young core that includes Rookie of the Year finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, plus Ben Simmons, the top pick from last year who sat out all season with a foot injury.

Philadelphia garnered the top draft selection in a trade with Boston. Utah then got the 28th pick from the Los Angeles Lakers and took North Carolina center Tony Bradley, sending back the 30th and 42nd picks in this year's draft in exchange.

Ball was projected to be picked by the Lakers' new front office of Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka. "It just shows you how this business is and like I said, I just go with the flow".

Philadelphia, which was picking No. 1 overall for the second straight year, acquired the top pick in the draft from the Boston Celtics in a trade completed earlier this week.

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.

And while rumored deals for George and Porzingis failed to materialize, the Chicago Bulls finally traded Butler after more than a year of rumors about the all-star forward's future, sending him - along with the No. 16 pick, which turned into Creighton center Justin Patton - to the Minnesota Timberwolves for guards Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine plus the seventh pick in Thursday's draft, which Chicago used to select Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen.

After the Knicks selected promising French guard Ntilikina, who is flying right back to Strausbourg to help his club try to win their league championship, two other worldwide players were taken in the first round.

  • Julie Sanders