Philadelphia 76ers: 2017 NBA Draft grades

As expected, Washington guard Markelle Fultz went first and UCLA PG Lonzo Ball went second overall during Thursday's NBA Draft. "This will be the next Doctor J. We need someone like that in Philadelphia", said John Petracci of West Deptford, NJ.

Fultz and Ball led a record-setting run of one-and-dones in the National Basketball Association draft, which received a jolt early in the first round when the Chicago Bulls traded Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Monk fits perfectly next to Kemba Walker, an established scorer who struggled as the only scorer on the team last season. So, let's start with the No.1 pick and the Philadelphia 76ers.

They didn't empty the store to get him, keeping either the Lakers' 2018 pick or the Kings' 2019 pick in the deal - an outright steal given where both those franchise projects are in the immediate moment.

"The city has to feel fantastic", 76ers coach Brett Brown said.

"If that's what the training, medical and performance staff tells us, then that's going to be the case", Colangelo said of Simmons and Embiid playing without limitations. Philadelphia reportedly has sold close to 15,000 season tickets.

Sixers fans have been very patient, and they may have stay that way. Consider, four years ago, the Sixers' season-ticket base at this time of the year was at 3,400. We're also sure they now appreciate the fact that Ferguson is actually from Oklahoma but was actively rooting against the Thunder as recently as just past year.

"By adding a player of Markelle's caliber to our promising roster, we believe we're incredibly well positioned for the future", team owner Josh Harris said. He walked across the stage Thursday night at Barclays Center wearing red sneakers made of basketballs.

But a wonderful night for freshman wasn't great for all of them.

"I don't think it's one thing I can't do".

Frank Ntilikina saw his dream come true: He's a top-10 pick in the National Basketball Association draft.

This year, there is also plenty of fans of the Celtics, who were slated to select first before dealing the pick to their Atlantic Division rivals on Monday. "Do they have Chick-fil-A there?'"

When Fultz was cut from the high school team, the Celtics recently acquired the pick from the Brooklyn Nets in July 2013. The Celtics made a decision to pass on Fultz, and he has the chance to prove them wrong.

  • Larry Hoffman