76ers, Lakers get wants, lead 1-and-done parade

Can we start winning now, please?!

The Philadelphia 76ers selected University of Washington guard Markelle Fultz with the first overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday, launching an infusion of talented youth into the league.

From the front office to the players on the Sixers roster, Fultz gives them a great review.

So there you go. It is not just words.

It's the fourth time in franchise history that the team has had the overall No. 1 pick. That young core of talent is expected to provide a base to rebuild the 76ers, who were 28-54 last season.

Having played just 31 games in his three National Basketball Association seasons, Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid can be considered a major injury risk. Fultz has tremendous upside and possibly the most in the draft.

Fultz comes to Philadelphia with plenty of expectations and is already being compared to one of the best players in the league.

If Fultz doesn't want to head back into the city right after practice, there are also two Chick-fil-A locations in Cherry Hill, N.J., just down Routes 38 and 70 from the Sixers practice facility in Camden. You can't make lemons into lemonade all the time.

That's why Fultz's teammate Joel Embiid is fully on board with Fultz's opinion, as outlandish as it may be for a team that has won 75 games in its last four full seasons combined. In his essay, he goes into detail about working out for the Sixers, trying out for the varsity team in high school and getting cut, and his new friendship with longtime process-truster Joel Embiid.

Then (Fultz's agent) Keith hit me up and said, "New plan". It probably makes sense for Simmons to be the primary ball handler because he looks to pass first.

The other - Ben Simmons - was a year removed from being the top pick and was off to the side, working out by himself. That would make him insanely risky down the line.

The decision to trade up and draft Markelle Fultz was a brilliant idea. Washington was 9-22 in the only year Fultz was with the Huskies. What stood out to me in that game was Fultz's ability to knock down the three-pointer. He averaged 12.9 points and 7.2 rebounds and shot 41.9 percent on three-pointers in the ABA.

The Kings have been poorly run for a long time, but they actually had a really nice draft. He can also score with a couple of defenders in his face and take people off the dribble because of his ball-handling skills.

While in reality, this won't have much backlash than just a few laughs - this is indeed the promotional world we live in, where watch companies outfit future stars with not just one, but two watches and are excited for them to go to the (City) (team name) once their name is called. However, whether Chicago will fully be able to capitalize on its investments will largely depend on LaVine's and Dunn's development as they get more experience, and it remains to be seen whether they will progress, or regress.

The 19-year-old Ball had 14.6 points, 7.6 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals a game for the UCLA Bruins last season.

The deadline for Embiid and the 76ers to reach a deal is October 31.

  • Julie Sanders