After the Knicks selected promising French guard Ntilikina, who is flying right back to Strausbourg to help his club try to win their league championship, two other global players were taken in the first round.
"We're going to keep driving to get it ideal", Colangelo said. He's looking forward to getting on the court with point guard Ben Simmons and center Joel Embiid. The Sixers roster is about full, and neither of the four second-rounders may play for them next season.
Jimmy Butler wasn't a draft pick, but Minnesota's draft night trade for him (for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and swapped first round picks) gave them the best player acquired on Thursday.
Fultz, 19, averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds in his only college season.
During the second round of the draft on Thursday, some fans at the Barclays Center made a decision to have a little fun by spoiling the news of a few picks.
Fultz, who Philadelphia selected with the No. 1 overall pick out of Washington in Thursday's draft, joins a young Sixers core that also includes Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Jahlil Okafor.
To be fair, Fultz said during his ESPN interview that he had turned off all his social media to soak in the moment - meaning he likely had his agent or manager take care of handling his Instagram account.
Ball then got the wish he and his father, LaVar, wanted all along by staying in Los Angeles, where he starred last season at UCLA. Markelle said he "got some sleep". "Definitely was, and now I'm just focused on playing", Lonzo Ball said. He's got all the tools to be a good inside presence but just hasn't put it all together.
Jayson Tatum, the small forward from Duke, was selected as a third pick by the Boston Celtics. "I think when I sit down and it hits me, it's going to be a very emotional time". Either the player doesn't fit the system or adds to a logjam at the position. "As far as the future, my goal is to be the best that ever played". Oh and they were also forced to throw the 16th pick into the deal just to get it done, which seemed unnecessary.
A 28-win season had sent them to their customary position in the losers' bracket, or as the National Basketball Association calls it, a draft lottery.
There have been a flurry of trades since the Warriors beat the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, though most of the moves on draft night were minor. Remember that this is before the Sixers have lifted a finger in free agency where they could make their already deep rotation deeper for the upcoming season.