The 76ers have acquired the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft from the Boston Celtics, the teams announced on Monday. Washington point guard Markelle Fultz has always been widely regarded as the best draft prospect, who Philadelphia is now expected to pick, but Ainge indicated Monday that his team's evaluation was not so clear-cut.
Jo Jo seems pretty pumped about it.
Boston will receive the 2018 first-round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers - if that selection falls between the No. 2 to No. 5 range. The Celtics didn't really need the top pick, as Fultz and Ball have been looked at as the top options, but both are point guards. As for the Celtics, they add to the absurd war chest of first round draft picks accumulated (nine draft picks in the first rounds of the next two drafts) which they will nearly certainly be using as an all-out assault on bringing in existing franchise talent. If they have aspirations for a title now, moving a package of their high picks for a superstar is nearly a certainty.
We won't officially know where any players are going until the draft kicks off on June 22nd, but at this moment the first pick appears to be all but a done deal.
The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers finalized their trade that sent the No. 1 overall pick to the 76ers.
While many can guess the first two picks, it is really the entire first round that should allure National Basketball Association fans.
Fultz, the versatile Washington guard who worked out for the Sixers on Saturday evening, is the consensus top player and clearly the best fit in Brett Brown's system.
From the Pacers' standpoint, a trade with Boston also makes sense, considering the entire league is aware George is now a rental for the season, which diminishes his value and makes him a logical addition to teams trying to win now and not in the future. It's still possible the Lakers' 2018 pick completes the trade.
The 19-year-old Fultz will join a line-up of young talent including 20-year-old Simmons, centres Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor, the No.3 picks in 2014 and 2015 respectively, plus Croatian forward Dario Saric.
"Embiid, he and I have been talking before when I was in college", Fultz said. That's when the Orlando Magic traded the No. 1 pick to the Golden State Warriors for the No. 3 pick and three future first-rounders. "I would venture to say we're going to be sold out this year playing to full capacity every night".
Now onto the team which recently traded with the Sixers, the Boston Celtics. Philly fans are excited, Fultz and his new Sixers teammates are excited but nothing has been accomplished yet. They still have four second-round picks to address in the draft.
Which brings us to today's quiz of the day.