76ers take Fultz, Lakers grab Ball to start NBA draft

So much for staying in school.

It could last a bit longer.

If the Sixers don't extend Embiid by the start of the season, he would play the 2017-18 campaign for $6.1 million and then they could make him a restricted free agent with an $8 million million qualifying offer.

"Everybody knows A.I.is known for the crossover and they love him here and a chance to come here and he [too] was the No. 1 pick is kind of insane", Fultz said.

Portland was able to package up two mid-round picks to end up in the top 10 and picked one of the rawest prospects, albeit one with a huge upside.

Twelve of the first 14 picks, including Adebayo, were one-and-doners.

Sacramento shocked the National Basketball Association world when they proceeded to conduct one of the most common sense drafts they have had in years, perhaps even a decade. The Knicks selected Frank Ntilikina out of France with the No. 28 pick.

Most mock drafts had Kentucky standout Monk in the top 10, some even the top five.

The Wolves drafted Arizona's sharpshooting forward Markkanen for the Bulls, while Chicago took Creighton forward Justin Patton at number 16 for Minnesota, who have gone 13 seasons in a row without reaching the playoffs.




For Markelle Fultz, it's what's on the inside that counts.

Philadelphia traded up from the third spot to No. 1 overall in order to select the guard.

There were about a dozen pictures of friends and family along with his slogan F2G, which means "Faithful to the Grind". Sacramento, for instance, had the most competent draft night I've witnessed in nearly a decade.

Fultz, who was selected first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, doesn't have his own brand like fellow draftee Lonzo Ball.

It's a good thing that Markelle Fultz, wizened enough about Philadelphia to name Larry's as his cheesesteak choice, is excited about joining the 76ers as the No. 1 pick in Thursday's National Basketball Association draft. 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. He walked across the stage on Thursday night at Barclays Center wearing orange sneakers made of basketballs.

It's a complex system of picking and trading.

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.

For a franchise that entered the draft without a pick of any kind, their second round snags are worth celebrating.

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