76ers take Fultz, Lakers grab Ball to start NBA draft
Jun 25 2017 by Dustin Murphy
"When I turned it on, it actually froze up", he said. It's going to be times where maybe Ben brings up the ball or times where I'm bringing up the ball.
The Celtics had acquired the pick from the Brooklyn Nets in July 2013. And many of them posted messages about how happy they were with the draft day results.
First pick Fultz bolstered the 76ers young core as a 19-year-old playmaker.
Fultz has a lot of respect for the past and current great National Basketball Association players, including Jordan. I know he has shared with you the owner's plan and our path that there is still a large part of this growth that will happen organically and not force-fed. They've also made it past the first round just twice in the last 16 seasons.
Fultz's success as an National Basketball Association rookie will ultimately depend upon the availability of both Embiid and Simmons, and if they can stay healthy for the majority of the season.
Winner: Lonzo Ball. Went No. 2 to the Lakers, as expected, making the Pac-12 the first conference since the SEC in 2012 to claim the No. 1 and 2 selections.
Duke had two players in the top 14, and nobody else placed more than one.
The team selected the following players in the second round: forward Jonah Bolden from FMP Beograd (Serbia) with the 36th pick, guard Jawun Evans from Oklahoma State with the 39th pick, guard Sterling Brown from SMU with the 46th pick and center Mathias Lessort from Chalon-Sur-Saone (France) with the 50th pick. The Sixers, who made an 18-game jump from a 10-win team in 2016 to 28 wins last season, should be in the mix for one of those spots likely to be open. He is also one of two No. 1 picks to never play pro basketball.
Don't overlook the Lakers' first-round additions of Kyle Kuzma (27th pick) and Josh Hart (30th), either, or their signing of undrafted P.J. Dozier, who's a really interesting defensive prospect. Auburn hasn't had a draft pick of any kind since 2001, when Jamison Brewer went in the second round to the Pacers.