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Record 16 freshmen picked in first round of NBA draft

24 Juin 2017

Nine of the first 10 selections played just one season of college ball.

So, it's understandable if you, as NY legend Yogi Berra once put it, looked at the 2017 Draft and experienced déjà vu all over again.

Denver Nuggets: Trey Lyles and the 24th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft (Tyler Lydon).

Camerato also reports the Sixers expect to sell all their home games out.

The Philadelphia 76ers have selected guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in the National Basketball Association draft.

"I'm very excited really, just like the fans in Philly, how they back up their players and everything like that", Fultz said.

UCLA Bruins guard Lonzo Ball (2) drives to the basket past Kentucky Wildcats guard De'Aaron Fox (0) in the second half during the semifinals of the South Regional of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at FedExForum.

It's "a great opportunity", said Fultz, a 6-4 point guard out of Washington.

"I figured out I had a chance to make it there (the NBA) probably (in) my 11th grade", he said.

"His imagination and his brain is just different", Jones said. For years the Celtics have stocked up on draft picks and a roster full of quality players.

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The Celtics used the third pick on Duke's Jayson Tatum but also were reportedly in talks with in for Paul George.

The Utah Jazz then swung a pair of trades, getting the 13th pick, which it used to select Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell, from the Denver Nuggets for forward Trey Lyles and the 24th pick, which Denver used to take Syracuse forward Tyler Lydon. The Minnesota Timberwolves included the No. 7 overall pick in a deal with the Chicago Bulls that centered on All-Star forward Jimmy Butler, reuniting Butler with coach Tom Thibodeau.

The Wolves paid a big price: besides surrendering the lottery pick, they gave up a rising star in LaVine, who is coming off of a torn ACL and Dunn, last year's No5 overall pick.

The Sacramento Kings entered the night with two first round picks (5 and 10), but flipped that 10th pick into the 15th and 20th following a trade with Portland.

"I mean, it's extremely gratifying for me to be in that top five, and we already knew that this was going to be a pretty tough draft and it was pretty loaded at the point guard position, and for me to be up there is just a blessing", Fox said. The questions about who will run the point - Fultz or Simmons - will dominate the conversation at training camp.

It is not uncommon to find gold in the second round of an NBA Draft - Draymond Green was a second rounder - but more often than not a second round pick finds a career in the G-League (formerly D-League).

Gonzaga's Zach Collins got in on the shoe battle, too, representing his hometown of Las Vegas, which also got some love on the inseam of his suit coat. For example, the 76ers got a worse grade for their Joel Embiid pick than they did for the Jahlil Okafor pick.

Fultz will start his National Basketball Association career with the Philadelphia 76ers and his story is one that began in Maryland as he overcame adversity to ultimately land the top spot in the draft.

It's unclear if the Sixers' young players will spin their potential into victories next season or even the year after. Again, it is somewhat circumstantial that we're here.