Sixers' Markelle Fultz opens up about playing with Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid

Posted June 26, 2017

He is a freshman from Finland and is part of the deal that Minnesota and Chicago put together that sent Jimmy Butler to the T-Wolves. They needed an all around playmaker in the backcourt and that's what they got. Zach LaVine has impressed early in his career, but is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Before getting hurt, LaVine shot 46 percent and averaged a career-high 18.9 points per game.

The Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Lauri Markkanen with the No. 7 pick.

Having played just 31 games in his three National Basketball Association seasons, Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid can be considered a major injury risk.

Philadelphia drafted the 23-year-old out of Kansas with the third overall pick of the 2014 draft.

"It was unbelievable, really", said Fultz when asked about the feeling of crossing the stage after being announced as top pick. "I'm going to come in, work as hard as I can".

After the announcement of Ball's selection by the Lakers, he said he "just wants to get on the court". "And I'm just looking forward to going in there and giving it my all and hopefully changing the program around".

Fultz comes to Philadelphia with plenty of expectations and is already being compared to one of the best players in the league.

Since he is heading into his fourth pro season, the Sixers can extend Embiid's rookie contract from July 1 until the day before the season opener in mid- to late October.

The NBA draft averaged more than 3.5 million viewers, the second-biggest audience ever on ESPN.

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. But basically, the Bulls had a top-14 player in the National Basketball Association and received very little in return for him, even though he wasn't a rental and doesn't have a salary as high as many other max contract superstars.

The Lakers used their third straight number two pick on Ball.

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. They traded Zach Collins to Portland for two picks, which became Justin Jackson and Harry Giles - a safe forward pick and an injury-concern gamble with potential. They took Kentucky Wildcats point guard De'Aaron Fox, a great athlete who fits a serious need.