Sixers do as expected, select Markelle Fultz 1st overall

Markelle Fultz is a self-described hard worker and that diligence paid dividends Thursday as the Philadelphia 76ers made him the first overall pick in the 2017 National Basketball Association entry draft.

Markkanen was asked about potentially playing with or replacing Porzingis, who team president Phil Jackson told MSG Network on Wednesday the Knicks are taking calls about after he left NY without attending his exit interview.

Embiid finished the tweet with three fire emogies and #TheProcess.

NEW YORK (AP) — Markelle Fultz is ready for the National Basketball Association draft.

"Congrats to @MarkelleF and welcome to the team #TheProcess", Embiid tweeted.

He is also a fan of posting trick shots to social media.

"It was excellent", Embiid said.

The selection of Fultz was no surprise. He is the sixth first-round pick since 2002 for the Dawgs and the third over the last two drafts as Marquese Chriss (Phoenix Suns, pick No. 8) and Dejounte Murray (San Antonio Spurs, pick No. 29) were both first-round selections a year ago.

The bulk of the excitement, however, centered around Fultz.

Not too long after the blockbuster trade was agreed upon, 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo revealed the two sides have been talking trade dating back to previous year. Head coach Brett Brown was quite happy, too.

Perhaps Fultz will be the one who makes it all worth while.

"This is the easy part", Fultz said regarding the dream of having his name called No. 1 in the draft. Yet Fultz never lost faith in his abilities.

In a video shared by ESPN's Rachel Marcus, Fultz said of the shoes: "This is real basketball leather". "When I found out they had the chance to get the No. 1 pick, I just wanted to go work out". "I mean, say you want to do something, and to go out and do it is unbelievable". "Every aspect of the game, I just feel like I attack it". Ben Simmons didn't lead LSU to the NCAA Tournament in his only season in Baton Rouge, and that didn't stop the Sixers from making him the No. 1 pick previous year.

The Sixers have mastered the art of losing like few franchises in professional sports ever have over the last five years. Covington has played in 211 games in his three-year career.

"You can't dismiss the position of the club and Sam helped us to get to this level". He's 6-4 with a 6-10 wing span.

Fox's attack mentality was on display during the NCAA tournament when he scored 39 points against Ball and UCLA to lead Kentucky past the Bruins and into the Elite Eight. But don't get it twisted ladies and gents, Ball can Ball hard on the court. "Maybe tomorrow I'll believe it". "It's going to do whatever we need to do to win".

The guard was the nation's leading freshman scorer, averaging 23.2 points in 25 games, which also ranked sixth overall in the NCAA. In his only season in college, Jackson averaged 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds.

"We are not pledging anything that mortgages our future", Colangelo said.

His new teammates did not appear to be bothered by Fultz's lack of success in his only collegiate season.

He said he had been open to working out for the Celtics and said it was possible they might draft him, anyway.

"I knew right before the draft something insane was going to happen". Markelle is a likable young man. He was arrested after kicking in the tail light and denting the driver's door of a Kansas women's basketball player's auto while she was in it. We are a team on the rise in so many different ways.

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