NBA draft draws second-largest audience on ESPN

Hope Soto
June 28, 2017

To think that you're going to go into a season with a 19 year old (Fultz), a 20 year old (Simmons) and Joel Embiid, as much as we love him and see how special he is, the reality is those three players have played a cumulative 31 National Basketball Association games.

"I am serious when I say that [the 76ers can reach the postseason]", said in his introductory news conference on Friday.

"I'm very excited really, just like the fans in Philly, how they back up their players and everything like that", Fultz said. "Once he figured out I had a chance to go there, he started showing more love and everything like that".

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.

Simmons just wants to ball. "And I'm just looking forward to going in there and giving it my all and hopefully changing the program around".

During the 2017 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers selected Markelle Fultz with the number one overall pick.

Neither side anticipated the deal would become so lopsided in favor of the Celtics but the Nets posted the league's worst record last season, setting in motion the chain of events leading Fultz to become a 76er.

It ended here Thursday night, inside Barclays Center, site of the draft, 100 miles northeast of Sixers HQ, as the final hours of a swirling and profitable four days that will go down as the final major installment on the rebuild.

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The Sixers traded a top-20 protected 2020 first-round selection and a 2020 second-rounder to the Magic for Pasecniks, a 7-foot-1, 220-pounder. For the first time ever, a pair of point guards were picked with the first and second overall picks.

While Colangelo said he expects all three of the foreign players to spend the 2017-18 season overseas, the Sixers seem especially intrigued by Pasecniks.

Before getting too carried away, it's time for a bit of a reality check.

The move overshadowed the NBA Draft in Brooklyn where, as expected, two point guards were the first players selected.

Green: Give me the team that's young and already proven.

The 2017-18 National Basketball Association schedule has yet to be released but definitely mark your calendars for the Golden State Warriors' first game against the Sixers to see who has the last laugh.

The Sixers inked undrafted free agents Melo Trimble of Maryland and Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe to summer league contracts. "I haven't talked to them as far as my role in the team but I'll find a way to fit in with their great core", said Mr. Tatum, who has drawn comparisons with New York All-Star Carmelo Anthony for his varied offensive repertoire.

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