What does Sixers' Markelle Fultz think of comparisons to Rockets' James Harden?

"Hey man, LeBron, I like to win and I know you like to win", Ball said looking at the camera.

The former Washington point guard averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 25 games.

The 2017 draft was a record-setting night for freshmen. "I'm a pretty good shot blocker for a point guard, so I think helping them with that, everything will pretty much help with that".

That young core of talent is expected to provide a base to rebuild the team and if Fultz, Simmons and Embiid can stay healthy they could evolve into a solid big three.

The intrigue, then, starts with the No. 3 pick in the National Basketball Association draft Thursday.

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. But if the Lakers want Lonzo - and it seems they do after trading point guard D'Angelo Russell to Brooklyn - they won't be turned off by LaVar.

A general view of a video board displaying all thirty first round selections in the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center.

Luke Kennard was the second Duke player selected when the Detroit Pistons took him at No. 12 to improve a team that posted the third-worst 3-point percentage last season. Almost every team in the lottery landed a potential foundational star, and the three or four teams at the end of the lottery still ought to get solid National Basketball Association starters. The Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies also are without a pick, while Houston, New Orleans and Washington don't have one in the first round.

He averaged 7.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 16.5 minutes a game, according to Paul Hudrick of CSNPhilly.com. Another sophomore followed Kennard when Donovan Mitchell was selected out of Louisville by Denver at No. 13, but was then dealt to Utah in a trade that sent Trey Lyles to Denver. The Trail Blazers traded him and the 20th pick to the Sacramento Kings for the rights to Collins.

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.

Bolden, who is 6-10, 227 pounds, was born in Australia, attended high school in the states and played the 2015-16 season at UCLA and played pro ball last season in Serbia, reports Jessica Camerato at CSNPhilly.com. Portland picked Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan at No. 26. Announced trades denoted with a letter.

  • Julie Sanders