Markelle Fultz preferred 76ers over Celtics because of Chick-Fil-A
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 9:00
Then, in a move not quite of the norm for Bryan Colangelo, the Sixers pulled off what is being received as a fantastic trade with the Boston Celtics to acquire the number one overall pick in the draft.
Fultz, the 6-foot-4 guard, was selected No. 1 overall in the National Basketball Association draft Thursday night and joined former LSU guard Ben Simmons as consecutive top picks for the Sixers. Last season, he averaged 20.2 points and eight rebounds in 31 games in 2017. Fultz was sixth in the country in scoring (23.2 ppg.) and averaged 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 47.3 percent overall and 41.3 percent from 3-point range.
The performance at Washington capped a meteoric rise on the amateur level for Fultz. The Sixers went 28-54 last season.
Neither side anticipated the deal would become so lopsided in favor of the Celtics, but the Nets posted the league's worst record last season, setting in motion the chain of events leading Fultz to become a 76er. The deal was first reported on Saturday and when it was apparent the trade was going to occur, Fultz quickly worked out for the 76ers after a short drive from Maryland. Now with a core of Fultz, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, and Joel Embiid, Philly is loaded with youth for the future.
The Sixers might have to be patient again because Fultz and Simmons will not only be learning how to play together but will also be doing so while playing their first National Basketball Association minutes ever, after Simmons missed all of last season with a foot injury.
Los Angeles, under new basketball operations chief Earvin "Magic" Johnson, paved the way for a return to their "Showtime" flair by trading young point guard D'Angelo Russell and taking dazzling backcourtman Lonzo Ball of UCLA with the second pick. Ojeleye is known for his offense. "He's got that kind of size and length and he's really incredible in transition.to say that he's an elite passer I believe is an understatement". "He's a 6'4" point guard out of Washington State.
The annual draft did not have any huge block buster trades with household names changing uniforms with the exception of Butler moving over to Minnesota from Chicago.
The first surprise might have been Malik Monk falling out of the top 10. He can do better than that in Philly-my go-to spots are Morning Glory and Knead Bagels-but, hey, whatever gets you going.
The first player taken who had spent a sophomore year in college was 12th pick Luke Kennard of Duke, taken by Detroit. As our own Eric Pincus reported, the Lakers ultimately landed the two prospects they wanted the most: Josh Hart and Kyle Kuzma. As the report picked up steam, his schedule was redirected.