Sixers looking to sign Joel Embiid to contract extension this summer

A pair of Pac-12 freshmen guards went 1-2 in Thursday's National Basketball Association draft.

It was fun watching the confetti rain down as Sixers fans at an outdoor draft party cheered raucously as Fultz's name was announced by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver as the No. 1 pick. White transferred to the main school in Boulder his senior year, where he was named first team All-Pac-12 and saw his draft stock rise.

"Hey man, LeBron, I like to win and I know you like to win", Ball said looking at the camera. Isaac could become a starter very quickly if Aaron Gordon moves to power forward position.

Now that Simmons and Fultz are on the roster, the question is, how will all the pieces - including center Joel Embiid - fit together? It's ironic that the Wade left the Miami Heat, who will nearly certainly be better than the Bulls now next season, but if he ends up on another playoff team with those $24 million then he's a victor in multiple ways.

While that was being completed, the draft got off to a familiar start with the same top-four picks as previous year: Philadelphia, the Lakers, Boston and Phoenix. Those teams have met in the Finals for three straight seasons, and both would have to be the overwhelming favorites to meet there again next season.

An extension of Embiid would give the Sixers a young core including Saric, Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz - whom they selected with the No. 1 pick in Thursday's draft - and Jahlil Okafor.

Since 2003, the 76ers have won only one playoff series, and they have only one winning season since 2005.

The Lakers used their third straight number two pick on Ball. The Sixers went 28-54 last season. Fultz averaged 23.3 points a game, 5.7 rebounds a game and 5.9 assists a game in his lone college season.

Now, Ball will be focused on bringing the Lakers back to the promise land. It's the fourth time the Sixers have had the top pick in the draft.

The Boston Celtics made an impressive pick by selecting Jayson Tatum from Duke University.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Markelle Fultz already has his first turnover as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Sacramento was the only team with two lottery picks.

The Phoenix Suns selected Josh Jackson, the athletic small forward from Kansas. The Wolves also wound up with Justin Patton at No. 16, giving them a 7-footer with a plus-20 PER last season at Creighton Bluejays.

  • Julie Sanders