Sixers make Fultz top pick, Lakers snag Ball second

Posted June 28, 2017

It left an impression on him - "And I know it's not a big deal", Fultz writes, "but a little part of me was thinking, "Respect".

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. He could score inside and outside.

Shortly after the Sixers selected Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in Thursday's National Basketball Association draft, Philadelphia center Joel Embiid shared the nickname that Sixers fans had apparently bestowed upon the team's "Trust the Process" young core.

"I think it's ambitious", Brown said of the idea of Embiid and Simmons not having any restrictions on their playing time this season as a health precaution. "It's going to do whatever we need to do to win".

"Yeah, I'm serious when I say that", Fultz said about making the playoffs next season. "They did their research.'" It looks like Fultz and the Sixers are the ideal match.

"I was just waking up", Fultz wrote of when he learned from his trainer, Keith, that he was going to work out for the 76ers. "And I'm just looking forward to going in there and giving it my all and hopefully changing the program around".

Colangelo said Embiid would have no minutes' restrictions this season, provided he stays healthy. He is a bit raw and needs to get stronger, but he's mobile, plays above the rim, can shoot the ball and sets solid screens. Cut from the varsity team as a sophomore at DeMatha Catholic High School in 2013 because he was only 5-foot-9, Fultz dominated opponents on the junior varsity level then continued his stellar performances in his final two years at high school.

The 6-4 Fultz, while a defensive cipher previous year for the Huskies, has those capabilities.

Colangelo and Brown said they expect Turkish shooting guard Furkan Korkmaz, a 2016 first-rounder who spent 10 days with the current Sixers earlier this month, to join the Sixers for the 2017-18 campaign despite a $2 million buyout with Anadolu Efes in Istanbul.

Embiid isn't due to become an unrestricted free agent until 2019. "I haven't talked to them as far as my role in the team but I'll find a way to fit in with their great core", said Mr. Tatum, who has drawn comparisons with New York All-Star Carmelo Anthony for his varied offensive repertoire.