Markelle Fultz believes the Sixers are already a playoff team

Markelle Fultz believes the Sixers are already a playoff team

Markelle Fultz believes the Sixers are already a playoff team

Playing alongside Ben Simmons, Fultz should give Philadelphia another creative player off the dribble, as well as a shooter and athlete to pair with Simmons, who is expected to do a lot of ballhandling despite being 6-foot-10.

As the anticipation intensified and commissioner Adam Silver said the 76ers "were on the clock", fans at Barclays Center began chanting to express their excitement to another young piece being added to Philadelphia.

Less than 24 hours after being drafted No. 1 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, and former Washington guard Markelle Fultz is already making some bold proclamations.

Northern Iowa Panthers guard Jeremy Morgan (20) reacts in the first overtime period against the Texas A&M Aggies during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Chesapeake Energy Arena. If some 20-year-old kid doesn't like the National Basketball Association rules, the National Basketball Association will be just fine without that player. Martin's team went 8-14.

The performance at Washington capped a meteoric rise on the amateur level for Fultz. He knows Simmons a little bit since both attended high school powers - Fultz at DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Md., Simmons at Montverde (Fla.) Academy. The deal was first reported on Saturday and when it was apparent the trade was going to occur, Fultz quickly worked out for the 76ers.

"It's a great compliment and I'm excited that Danny Ainge thinks that highly of me", Tatum told reporters on a conference call. "I didn't know (who) I was working out for". The 6-foot-4 guard out of Washington has gone on late-night TV and boasted of his love of Philly cheesesteaks, made a social media connection with franchise player Joel Embiid and dazzled on draft night with a pair of orange sneakers made of the same leather used to make National Basketball Association game balls.

The good news for Tissot is that they got way more media attention out of a botched ad than they would have out of a well-executed post.

The Los Angeles Lakers used the second pick to choose University of California Los Angeles point guard Lonzo Ball. He averaged 16.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists as a junior.

Boston Celtics will have the third pick, followed by the Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Derrick White (Colorado), Wesley Iwundu (Kansas State) and Josh Hart (Villanova) are among the seniors who could - emphasis could - go late in the first round.

The (City) and two (team name) mentions should show you just how silly the marketing around major sporting events can be.

The Sacramento Kings made a decision to pick a guard with the 5th pick as they selected De'Aaron Fox out of Kentucky. The Knicks selected Frank Ntilikina out of France with the No. 28 pick.

However, the Dallas Mavericks started the freshmen trend over again with the No. 9 pick selecting freshmen Dennis Smith voted the freshmen of the year in the ACC.

Offensively, Fox is hard to stop as he scored 39 points in a Sweet 16 win by Kentucky over Ball and UCLA to send the Wildcats to the Elite Eight.

Luke Kennard a shooting guard from Duke was the first sophomore taken at No. 12 by Detroit. Kennard averaged 19.5 points and shot 43.8 percent from long range.

Portland picked Jackson at No. 15.

"It's been a while", team president Bryan Colangelo said, pointing toward championship banners hanging in the team's New Jersey complex.

Paul George and Kristaps Porzingis stayed put - for now - but we finally saw one star on the move as Jimmy Butler landed in Minnesota of all places. Portland Trail Blazers - Zach Collins 11.

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