Huskies' Markelle Fultz taken No. 1 overall in NBA Draft by 76ers

NEW YORK-The Minnesota Timberwolves swung a deal with the Chicago Bulls for Jimmy Butler on Thursday, reuniting the former first round National Basketball Association draft pick with his former coach Tom Thibodeau.

The University of Washington's Markelle Fultz was the first overall pick for the Philadelphia 76ers as National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver announced the latest future of the league.

Philadelphia 76ers' draft picks Anzejs Pasecniks, from left, Markelle Fultz, and team president Bryan Colangelo laugh during a news conference at the team's NBA basketball training complex, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Camden, NJ.

Philly, however, is absolutely starving for something to cheer for, and a team with a nucleus of Embiid, Simmons, Fultz and Dario Saric could be just what the doctor ordered. Brown said Simmons and Fultz, who will play in the summer league, could work well together in the backcourt, no matter which player is the ballhandler. Based on the premise that the Lakers will be a bottom-five team in the whole league, the calculation said that there is 70.55% chance that this pick goes to Boston. "It's going to do whatever we need to do to win". "We are an organization on the rise in so many different ways".

Embiid walked up and said "Trust the Process" to Fultz.

Don't overlook the Lakers' first-round additions of Kyle Kuzma (27th pick) and Josh Hart (30th), either, or their signing of undrafted P.J. Dozier, who's a really interesting defensive prospect. The Mavericks selected former No. 1 overall high school recruit Dennis Smith Jr. with the No. 9 pick, and he'll get to run his team against Jackson. The Celtics also took Kadeem Allen out of Arizona with the No. 53 overall pick. The interesting part here is that Harry Giles has had four knee surgeries and still was drafted 20th, though he obviously had more upside when healthy than Anigbogu.

Fultz, often compared to Houston's James Harden, missed Washington's final four games, capped by a Pac-12 Tournament loss to Southern California. The first two, Doug Collins in 1973 and Allen Iverson in 1996, worked out pretty well.

Brooklyn who should have had the number one overall pick this year but traded it to the Celtics back in 2013, finally trade Brook Lopez who had been on the trading block for most of his Nets career. "It's well on its way there". Butler is a superstar, a top-15 player who is excellent on both ends of the court and would fit well into any modern offense. Embiid had adopted the nickname as his own and was commonly introduced as "The Process" at home games this season. The plan is to use Simmons as the primary ball handler and the Sixers wanted a player who could play off the ball on offense and take on the opposing point guard on defense.

The tease of the potential ahead has caused Sixers fans to react with their wallets: the Sixers said Wednesday they have sold a franchise-record 14,000 season ticket packages for next season. "So I think it is perhaps ammunition at times to remind them of statements and to help them achieve their in-game goal". "@Tissot.us is helping me get started with my (team name) watch", Fultz posted, not bothering to actually fill in the blanks. And my mom believed him.

Philly does have Chick-fil-A. His drive and humility comes from once being cut from the varsity of his high school team. That probably will change by the trade deadline - and maybe even during free agency - but George's discontentment isn't helping him get what he wants so far.

  • Julie Sanders