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

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

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

But look closer, and the 2017 Draft wasn't exactly the same as in 2016. Tony Wroten and Terrence Ross went in the first round of the 2012 Draft, later joined by 2014 first round pick CJ Wilcox.

The draft has already included a major trade involving the Bulls and Timberwolves.

After speaking for a little more than one minute, it took the NBA commissioner less than four minutes to return to the podium and announce the worst kept secret in the NBA: That University of Washington guard Markelle Fultz is headed to Philadelphia.

Philadelphia forms "the big three", Lonzo Ball goes to L.A.

But after I spent most of Thursday evening watching NBA draft coverage on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia rather than ESPN or the NBA Network, I changed my mind. When you combine that with arguably the most talented frontcourt in the league, the 76ers are sure to show fans the process is complete, with their new slogan. His ability to drive through the lane and assist young stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid made him a clear standout of the Draft. Los Angeles Lakers - Lonzo Ball 3. The Lakers are also in the midst of a deep rebuild, and earlier this week agreed to trade D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick in Thursday's draft.

The Sacramento Kings selected Petersburg native Frank Mason III with the fourth pick of the second round and the 34th pick overall. Ball should fit perfectly in this Lakers team, as his mentor will be one of the greatest playmakers of all time- Magic Johnson.

The Los Angeles Lakers selected UCLA's Lonzo Ball with the second overall pick and the Boston Celtics took Duke forward Jayson Tatum with the third pick. There were rumors that the Celtics and Pacers were chatting about a Paul George trade, but for now, the future Laker is still in Indiana.

Kansas guard Josh Jackson went to the Suns with the No. 4 pick. Long and athletic, Jackson will bring speed and athleticism to an promising young Suns squad who will give team fits come 2nd half of the National Basketball Association season. Philadelphia has amassed a number of other solid players, as Fultz becomes the latest potential centerpiece for a franchise that is hungry for wins. An outstanding outside shooter, Markkanen will help take the load off of Nikola Mirotic as the stretch forward that opens up the defense with their long range bombs.

With the seventh pick the Minnesota Timberwolves claimed Lauri Markkanen of Finland, who played college ball at Arizona, but the Finn will be headed to Chicago as part of a big trade for All-Star guard Jimmy Butler. However, it made a decision to trade the 15th and 20th picks to Sacramento in exchange for the 10th pick in the draft where the Trail Blazers selected center Zach Collins from Gonzaga University. The Trail Blazers basically traded Justin Jackson and Harry Giles for Zach Collins which means that they got completely ripped off.

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