NBA Draft prospects arrive at Barclays Center dressed to impress
- Author: Joanne Flowers Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 15:36
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.
Now the Celtics own the third pick and Danny Ainge's choice isn't clear - which is probably just how he likes it.
Teams seem to have one eye on the draft and future stars like Fultz and Lonzo Ball, while the other is firmly focused on jockeying for proven veterans. For the objective of this exercise, no trades will be allowed.
IT'S GOT TO BE THE SHOES: When Fultz walks on stage to shake hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, he recommends you check out his feet. Nine of the first 10 selections played just one season of college ball.
"In high school I told my trainer Keith I wanted to be the No. 1 player in the country and the No. 1 draft pick, so it was a goal I set out there, and that's what I was striving for", Fultz said. Number three-potentially shooting guard Josh Jackson to the Boston Celtics-will earn $4,090,900 in his first year.
INTERNATIONAL INTRIGUE: A year after almost half the draft - a record 27 of the 60 picks - were international players, French guard Frank Ntilikina and Finnish forward Lauri Markkanen, who played a year at Arizona, are two of the top international players.
"Tonight was supposed to be a good night". They hope, league sources say, to pry Jimmy Butler away from the Chicago Bulls and would be happy to sacrifice their pick to do so. "Just want to get on the court".
"I mean, it's extremely gratifying for me to be in that top five, and we already knew that this was going to be a pretty tough draft and it was pretty loaded at the point guard position, and for me to be up there is just a blessing", Fox said.
Still, Jackson added that he's open to playing for Boston if they draft him at No. 3.
That's one of the things to watch from Barclays Center, where the record for freshmen taken in the first round could fall.