Upper Marlboro Basketball Player Could Be No. 1 Pick


The 76ers and Celtics reportedly wrapped up a deal in which Boston would send the No. 1 spot in the draft Thursday night to Philadelphia for the No. 3 pick this year and future selections.

Fultz would add another dynamic ballhandler to the Sixers' backcourt, which already includes Simmons, who the team plans to use as the point guard.

Fultz, a 6-4, 195-pound guard, averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds in his one-and-done season at Washington. He was the top freshman scorer in the country.

The projected No. 1 pick in Thursday's National Basketball Association draft showed up for a workout at the Philadelphia 76ers training complex wearing a black 76ers baseball cap.

"I've been in contact with them since I've been in college", Fultz said of the group, "really, just talking about motivating me for college, and just giving me little pointers to help me out throughout my career, and me wishing them good luck as they were going throughout the season".

The protections on the pick from the Lakers is of course the key here, as it will determine whether the Celtics have an extra first-round pick next year, or in 2019. His workout was the final domino for Philadelphia to OK the deal, according to Wojnarowski and other reports. Some say the team could be going after Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls, while others are whispering of a deal for Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans. "Unbelievable", he said. "I'm just anxious to get to that day, know where I'm going, so I can fully invest into it". "Whatever happens, I'm looking forward to taking my talents wherever I go".

Depending on how Fultz transitions to the National Basketball Association in the early going, Bayless could begin the season in the starting lineup while the 19-year-old top pick gets acclimated to the National Basketball Association game.

This wouldn't be the first time Fultz has been in Philadelphia recently.

Embiid also posted a picture with Fultz's name above a locker in Philadelphia's locker room and said, "Trust The Process". If the Lakers hold a pick between No. 2 and No. 5 next season, Boston now gets that one as well.

As expected, Celtics fans were not happy. Last season, they won 28 games compared to the less than 20 wins during the past three seasons.

Last season's improved win total came with Okafor (50), Embiid (31) and Simmons (0) combining for 81 appearances, as Philadelphia's trend of being snakebitten by injuries continued. "It was what's best for me as a player (to sit out)".

A few things are still way up in the air, like how the Sixers will spend their NBA-best $24.8 million in salary cap space prior to the 2017-18 season.

So, come October, how about a starting lineup of Simmons, Fultz, Covington, a stretch-four acquired in free agency, Embiid and a bench consisting of Saric, an acquired shooter, Anderson, Holmes, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, McConnell and Nik Stauskas?