76ers Select Washington G Markelle Fultz No. 1 In NBA Draft
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 22:43
The 76ers had the No. 1 pick for the second straight year after trading with the Boston Celtics on Monday. The deal makes the Timberwolves look like a playoff team in the Western Conference.
The 19-year-old Fultz, who is the club's fourth top overall pick, averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 25 games last season for a Huskies team that was 9-22.
Butler's long-term status in Chicago has been in doubt for some time, despite the fact he is a three-time all-star who was a third-team All-NBA selection this past season, the first time he'd received that honor. He explained as much in his exit interview with reporters following the 2016-17 season.
Fultz, who starred for the Dawgs for one year at Montlake, went number 1 in Thursday's National Basketball Association draft.
During a dizzying few days of deals around the National Basketball Association, the presumed No. 1 pick had his Saturday plans - not to mention his future destination - change when the Philadelphia 76ers brought him in for a workout.
Philadelphia had the No. 1 draft spot three previous times, taking Doug Collins in 1973, Allen Iverson in 1996 and Simmons. The Sixers have sold a franchise-record 14,000 season tickets for 2017-18 and expect to sell out all of their home games.
For the past four seasons, the Philadelphia 76ers have done what everyone expected them to do: They've lost a ton of games, but they've done so with eyes toward a promising future. But the National Basketball Association has this: a summer night in which fans of all ages come together to be a part of the sideshow. The Sixers went 28-54 last season.
Fans and the media have shared their opinions on this. "I think I do everything at least decent", Fultz said. "And I'm just looking forward to going in there and giving it my all and hopefully changing the program around".