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Markelle Fultz is setting lofty National Basketball Association goals

26 June 2017

Fultz and the Philadelphia 76ers' summer league squad will meet the Warriors at 7:30 p.m. July 8 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Markelle Fultz (Washington) is interviewed after being selected as the number one overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Nine of the first 10 selections played just one season of college ball.

"It is a great opportunity", Fultz said. I just do not see a spot for him to contribute heavily on the current roster.

Thibodeau has enough young players in Minnesota and wanted a veteran like he had during his successful run coaching the Bulls. Among the undrafted was Arizona freshman Kobi Simmons, who entered the draft even though National Basketball Association scouts told him he wasn't ready.

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Markelle Fultz, taken first overall by the Sixers last night, has a column today in The Players' Tribune.

Fultz, 19, averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds in his only college season.

Thursday night, however, was all about The Process that Fultz has gone through to get here. He now teams up with fellow No. 1 pick Ben Simmons, big man Joel Embiid and impressive foreign addition Dario Saric to form a solid core group with the Sixers.

"I'm looking to go in there and just learn from day one", he said of furthering his hoops education under Lakers head of basketball operations and legendary point guard, Magic Johnson.

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"I'm excited for our fans and for the 76ers organization that we were able to select the top player in the NBA Draft, Markelle Fultz", managing general partner Josh Harris said in a statement released by the team. "I'm glad we've got young talent in the city, he's going to bring excitement to the city, put fans in the seats", said Mark Dawson of West Philadelphia.

Some may say this pick can be controversial as scouts and experts believed that with Lonzo comes with a package deal being his loud, obnoxious, highly opinionated father, LaVar. In other leagues it's easy to imagine a commissioner having much less fun with this scenario playing out, but after a long night of announcements this was a good bit of levity to close the show. "Sometimes I'll be on the ball, sometimes I'll be off". Fox and Kentucky got the best of Ball and UCLA in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 on March 24, with Ball erupting for 39 points and holding Ball to 10 in the Wildcats' 86-75 victory.

I really hate saying any kid who goes back to school is a "loser" or made a mistake, but this certainly feels that way. His game may be a mystery to those on the East Coast who didn't stay up late watching second division PAC-12 games, but his upside may be better than anyone in the country - a combination of shooting skills and court vision. Second-round picks Jonah Bolden and power forward Mathias Lessort out of France also won't join the team next season.

This came up because Brown long ago said he meant to use Ben Simmons, a 6-10 forward with an unselfish bent, at the point this season - an interesting experiment, not only because Simmons missed his entire rookie year with a broken foot but also because other responsibilities would have to be divvied up differently than they are on most teams.

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National Basketball Association champion Golden State and Cleveland didn't have a pick in the two-round draft, though the Warriors acquired the rights to second-rounder Jordan Bell from Chicago.

Markelle Fultz is setting lofty National Basketball Association goals