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

Posted June 25, 2017

The No. 3 overall pick of Philadelphia back in 2014, Embiid missed his first two seasons with multiple foot injuries.

After the 76ers selected Fultz, the Los Angeles Lakers took Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick.

So if the Sixers are set to allow Embiid and Okafor to play on back-to-back nights, or to trust Simmons' recovering foot to entire National Basketball Association games, it will be a departure from recent policy.

More importantly, the curtain gets pulled back on Fultz's engagement with his followers. "The way the whole team, playing with guys that have great talent and are young. time will tell".

The T-Wolves also received draft rights to 16th pick Justin Patton of Creighton, while the Bulls beefed up their roster by getting promising Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the rights to Arizona's Lauri Markkanen of Finland, the seventh player taken. Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft Thursday, will not be satisfied otherwise.

Before whispers of the trade surfaced with Boston and Philadelphia, Fultz was scheduled to work out for the Celtics.

On the heels of going 75-253 over the past four seasons, the Sixers are hoping to begin moving up the Eastern Conference standings behind their talented young core of Joel Embiid (23), Ben Simmons (20) and Fultz (19) that has the fan base thinking of how good the Sixers could become. Fultz led the Pac-12 in scoring, finished No. 6 among all Division I players, and was the top freshman scorer in the country.

No. 1 overall draft pick Markelle Fultz made his first error as an National Basketball Association player on Instagram, posting a pre-made advertisement on his account.

"Markelle is a tremendous athlete", Bryan Colangelo said.

It was not a good night in the Windy City.

Then Keith hit me up and said, "New plan".

He expects the on-court mesh to be just as smooth.

Fox ended up in the same state as Ball, who he outplayed when Kentucky ousted UCLA in the NCAA Tournament. "I know you're thinking of signing in San Antonio, but we have far more Chipotle's per capita".

It's also a reunion: Butler and Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau spent four seasons together with the Chicago Bulls, where Butler blossomed into the team's best player.

The New York Knicks selected Frank Ntilikina at the eight spot, while the Dallas Mavericks selected Dennis Smith Jr. as a ninth pick.

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.

His decision to enter the draft was questionable and a gamble, and most teams saw it the same way.

Most of the selections Thursday night seem to have fan approval. Remember that this is before the Sixers have lifted a finger in free agency where they could make their already deep rotation deeper for the upcoming season.