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It's time for No. 1 pick Fultz to turn 76ers into winners

24 Juin 2017

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 Sixers made that well-known fact official when they took Fultz with the overall No. 1 pick.

Fultz says that Embiid has texted him 75 times since his surprise visit to Philadelphia five days before the draft.

The Boston Celtics trading the number one pick in the 2017 NBA Draft to the Sixers looks to have major implications for both franchises and the players they selected.

"By adding a player of Markelle's caliber to our promising roster, we believe we're incredibly well positioned for the future", team owner Josh Harris said.

While health and consistent outside shooting are two areas of concern with Simmons, he brings a diverse collection of skills that will greatly benefit the Sixers.

"That morning I woke up, I didn't know where I was going", Fultz said.

While unofficial, the Blazers' Twitter account tweeted at Sacramento: "good pick" shortly after Collins' name was announced. Hope that they haven't experienced since drafting Allen Iverson in 1996. The jury is still out on the third, Ben Simmons, who was the top selection a year ago.

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Fultz was long-projected to be the draft's first selection, but his destination changed earlier this week when the Boston Celtics sent the top pick to Philadelphia for the Sixers' third selection and a future first-round pick in a blockbuster trade.

In the piece Fultz chronicles his journey to becoming the first player taken, thanking the people who helped him get to this point. An 3rd team All-ACC selectee, Tatum proves his worth during the latter stretch of the season as he put up major numbers during the ACC and NCAA tournament. Fultz was cut from his varsity high school basketball team in his sophomore year, and even though many told him to transfer and not risk missing out on a potential collegiate and pro career, he and his mom chose to stay and prove the doubters wrong. Leading his Bruins to an Sweet 16 appearance, Lonzo averaged 14.6 points and 7.0 assists a game. "To think that you're going to go into a season with a 19-year-old, a 20-year-old 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", Brown said. He continued to blossom at Washington.

It is his versatility that the Sixers coveted the most.

The Lakers fulfilled the vision of Lonzo Ball's garrulous, provocative father, selecting the virtuoso passer from UCLA with the second overall pick.

Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons (25) passes the ball during warm ups against the Toronto Raptors at Wells Fargo Center. Simmons uses his 6-10 frame to see over the top of smaller defenders, setting up his teammates for easy buckets.

The former Washington star had promised to make a shoe statement.

There, his New Jersey Devils will have the No. 1 overall pick. The Houston Rockets took Ralph Sampson No. 1 in 1983 and Hakeem Olajuwon a year later.

Sampson and Olajuwon, though, are the only consecutive overall No. 1 picks to play together for the team that drafted them. And if that wasn't enough, they managed to land a very popular second-round pick in Jordan Bell, then turn around and sell his rights to the Golden State Warriors.

It's time for No. 1 pick Fultz to turn 76ers into winners