76ers formally introduce Markelle Fultz to Philly


Nothing the Sixers did Thursday - and plan to do with this group - was unexpected. Fultz could have wound up in Boston, had the Celtics held on to that No. 1 pick instead of sending it to the 76ers for the No. 3 pick and another first-rounder in the next two years.

What the Sixers didn't get, however, and what Bryan Colangelo has to somehow find is reliable perimeter shooting.

At the very least, the Sixers grabbed the Warriors' attention. We think he's going to fit the culture of this organization, what we're building, fitting in with the core of young players that we're putting together.

Colangelo didn't want to give a grade for his second Sixers draft class.

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. There's no telling when that will be. However, there will be a lot more pressure on him now that he is a top pick on the Lakers. The deal would be negotiated now, but it would not kick in until the 2018-19 season. He also signed a five-year, $20 million contract with Nike as a rookie. And Lessort, a 6-9 power forward/center, was nearing a deal with Brose Bamberg in Germany.

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Dario Saric, who can play inside or out. He said despite being considered the top prospect, he was not operating with any guarantees in his mind. It would have finally given the Celtics a blue chip player at a fraction of the cost, but it's apparent Ainge didn't want Butler that badly. Fultz noted that the Sixers somehow found out he loves Chick-fil-A so much that they had sandwiches at his workout with them that day.

However, they didn't help their cause by drafting two big men in Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan, creating a logjam at the centre position, where they already had Jusuf Nurkic and Meyers Leonard.

Markelle Fultz, along with his Sixers teammates, seem to be fitting right in and are going to try and prove wrong those who don't trust the process.

The Sixers can extend Embiid between July 1st up until the start of the regular season. However, Pasceniks' offensive skills are raw. Nine of the first 10 selections played just one season of college ball.

Instead, the Celtics will no doubt now commit to Isaiah Thomas, a no-doubt gifted offensive player, but a guard that has to sit in the game's most crucial minutes because of his disgusting defense. He averaged 12.9 points and 7.2 rebounds and shot 41.9 percent on three-pointers in the ABA. He's an energy guy and a solid rebounder. "We have all been around NBA basketball for a while now". In his essay, he goes into detail about working out for the Sixers, trying out for the varsity team in high school and getting cut, and his new friendship with longtime process-truster Joel Embiid.