Sixers like Fultz first, Lakers eye Ball as draft looms

The Philadelphia 76ers took Fultz with the No. 1 pick and the Lakers followed by taking Ball, with the point guards from the Pac-12 Conference beginning a run of seven straight freshmen. Under the 1995 Collective Bargaining Agreement, the National Basketball Association operates a rookie salary structure whereby first-year players sign four-year deals, with the first two years guaranteed and the final two optional. They're big on defense, so I think the tools that I have to be a defensive player will help them get out in transition.

When Fultz says he "wants to achieve many championships, and be the best young man I can be", there isn't a team in the National Basketball Association that wouldn't want this young man. We all get to find out what franchise did their homework and who just pulled a "half sleep Phil Jackson" move during draft evaluation. An 3rd team All-ACC selectee, Tatum proves his worth during the latter stretch of the season as he put up major numbers during the ACC and NCAA tournament.

NEW YORK (AP) - Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and the future of the National Basketball Association arrived Thursday night. Presumably, that Instagram post would've gone up regardless of who drafted him, which is a nice behind-the-scenes look into how every pick who said he always dreamed of playing for his new team, which, by the way, has the best fans in the world, may not have been all that honest on Thursday. LaVar Ball had said his son would only play for the Lakers, and it was clear that would happen when Lonzo got a phone call with the Lakers on the clock.

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.

"Tonight was supposed to be a good night". He has the potential to be one of the great players in this league and he's only 19 years old.

The New York Knicks used the no.8 pick on French guard Frank Ntilikina, while the Dallas Mavericks went with another guard in Dennis Smith Jr for the ninth overall selection.

FRESHMAN FUN: The record of 14 freshmen selected in the first round might last just one year. Former and future No. 1 picks have already been dealt this week in what feels like the trade deadline, free agency and draft all rolled into one frenzy.

This could impact some teams, like the Celtics, who are looking to sign free agents once the negotiating period begins July 1.

  • Julie Sanders