Sixers make Fultz top pick, Lakers snag Ball second

Posted June 25, 2017

The other - Ben Simmons - was a year removed from being the top pick and was off to the side, working out by himself.

Asked May 16 if he's looking for a contract extension prior to the season, Embiid made a face and didn't answer the question.

"Everybody knows 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. The answer? "I've been going to Larry's", he said.

I like Jayson Tatum, I've said he's was the most NBA-ready player in this year's draft, but does adding him put you over the top in the Eastern Conference? The team went with Jabari Bird, a 6-6 shooting guard from California, where he was a teammate of current Celtic Jaylen Brown. "We are an organization on the rise in so many different ways".

Of course the conversation didn't just stay on the topic of the draft picks.

However, the Dallas Mavericks started the freshmen trend over again with the No. 9 pick selecting freshmen Dennis Smith voted the freshmen of the year in the ACC.

With the 7th pick in the NBA Draft, The Bulls selected Lauri Markkanen. "I don't think they play as hard as I do, period".

The Philadelphia 76ers draft night went much differently than anyone would have guessed a month ago. In his only season in college, Jackson averaged 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds. The first two, Doug Collins in 1973 and Allen Iverson in 1996, worked out pretty well.

Even though the Celtics didn't make a trade, Boston still has potential trade chips if they wanted to. Unfortunately, history tells us that numerous players chosen in the 2017 NBA Draft will turn out to disappoint or, at worst, wash out. "It's well on its way there". The Sixers went 28-54 last season. Embiid had adopted the nickname as his own and was commonly introduced as "The Process" at home games this season. The Sixers' president of basketball operations said there hasn't been any discussion yet about holding Embiid out of any back-to-backs this season after the center played just 31 games last season because of injuries.

The extension would begin with the 2018-19 campaign for a maximum of roughly $130 million for five years or $100 million over four years. They sold a touch under 10,000 last season and have accepted more than 1,000 partial plan deposits just this week.

It's also a reunion: Butler and Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau spent four seasons together with the Chicago Bulls, where Butler blossomed into the team's best player.

But a wonderful night for freshman wasn't great for all of them.

In all honesty, the publicity surrounding this whole thing is probably bringing way more attention to Fultz and Tissot than if he did it the right way, so it's all good in the end. Off the court, he is exceedingly loyal to those that believe in him.