Sixers take Fultz with top pick of youthful Draft

Last year's first overall pick, former LSU guard Ben Simmons, also went to the 76ers but has yet to play a minute on an National Basketball Association floor after suffering a season-ending Jones fracture in his foot last year. The 2005 draft was the last time high schoolers could enter the draft.

Another storyline in this NBA Draft?

Milwaukee picked Michigan's D.J. Wilson at No. 17, IN selected UCLA forward T.J. Leaf with the 18th pick, Atlanta used the 19th pick on Wake Forest forward John Collins and Portland chose Duke's Harry Giles at No. 20, who was then traded to Sacramento.

"He's essentially a James Harden clone on the offensive end", ESPN analyst Jay Bilas said shortly after Fultz's selection.

Washington's Markelle Fultz, wearing basketball-themed shoes, poses for photos on the red carpet before the start of the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in NY.

It did not matter to the Sixers that Fultz is the first player from a losing team to go No. 1 since the Portland Trail Blazers took LaRue Martin out of Loyola (Ill.) in 1972.

The hard part for Sixers head coach Brett Brown is to get this group on the same page and hope that they can survive training camp and preseason without anyone ending up on the injured list.

UCLA's Lonzo Ball answers questions during an interview after being selected by the Los Angeles Lakers as the second pick overall during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in NY.

The Washington star made the error Thursday night after getting picked by the Philadelphia 76ers. Second-round picks Jonah Bolden and power forward Mathias Lessort out of France also won't join the team next season.

The Los Angeles Lakers have the second pick again and the Celtics moved down two spots to third after the deal with their Atlantic Division rivals. Markelle said he "got some sleep".

Thursday night, however, was all about The Process that Fultz has gone through to get here. He did manage to create a buzz.

The Lakers selected Ball with the second overall pick in the National Basketball Association draft Thursday night, eagerly accepting the potential risks and enormous rewards surrounding the sublime UCLA playmaker with an attention-grabbing father.

The 20 players invited to the green room at Barclays Center posed on stage about an hour before the telecast was to begin.

It's a feeling teams around the National Basketball Association can surely relate to right now.

"There are only 71 No. 1 picks", Jones said.

Sacramento was the only team with two lottery picks. The 76ers are expected to take Markelle Fultz with the first overall pick. The status of the Sixers' other five draft picks for summer league is uncertain. Following their trade to acquire the top pick, the Sixers announced that they sold a franchise record of 14,000 season tickets for the upcoming season and expect to sell out every home game. After that bit of serendipity, the Lakers made their plans for Ball well-known earlier this week when they agreed to trade Russell.

  • Julie Sanders