76ers Have Sold More 2017-18 Season Tickets Than Any Other Team
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 6:00
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. In 2014, with the No. 3 and 14 picks, he drafted two players that most likely have the best chance at taking home this year's Rookie of the Year award in center Joel Embiid and forward Dario Saric.
As a result of this deal, the Celtics now potentially own seven first-round selections over the next three years.
"We are very pleased with the outcome of this trade, which puts us in the enviable position of selecting first overall in consecutive draft years", 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said.
The NBA draft is not until Thursday night and the 2017-18 season doesn't begin for another four months, but Sixers fans already are buying up their tickets. Last year, season tickets were just under 10,000. If not, then the Celtics could use their 2019 pick instead which they received via the Sacramento Kings.
This is the second straight season the 76ers had the No. 1 pick.
The Celtics could be gearing up for more moves.
The Celtics have been linked with either Josh Jackson of Kansas or Jayson Tatum of Duke at No. 3, although multiple media outlets reported the team may be willing to deal the pick. Fultz led the Pac-12 in scoring and finished No. 6 among all Division I players, and was the top freshman scorer in the country. In 2016, the Sixers picked Ben Simmons, who didn't play at all during the season after breaking a bone in his foot.
With Thomas, though, the Celtics didn't necessarily need a point guard - which is the piece Philadelphia apparently wanted most.
Fultz grew up in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and attended famed DeMatha High School in Washington D.C. He did not make the school's varsity team until he was junior.
Brookover proceeded to explain why he has concerns about the decision to trade up for the Washington Huskies point-guard, who went 9-22 in his only college season.