76ers take Fultz, Lakers grab Ball to start NBA draft

Phoenix Suns Draft Davon Reed with the 32nd Pick
Phoenix Suns Draft Davon Reed with the 32nd Pick

24 June, 2017

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Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens speaks to fans during the Celtics' NBA basketball draft party at TD Garden, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Boston.

If, after leaving the first round of the Draft with Philadelphia, the Celtics seemed destined to select Josh Jackson in the number three position, they may have a hard time. He's already learned about life at the trade deadline. When the Philadelphia 76ers traded up for the No. 1 slot, it was clear who their target would be.

The Boston Celtics have selected forward Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 pick in the National Basketball Association draft on Thursday night.

And if the last few days are indication, what follows might be a wild night inside Barclays Center.

Two other college freshmen - Florida State's Jonathan Isaac and Arizona's Lauri Markkanen - round out the headliners in this class of small forwards, who all have the skill and size to play inside or out in small-ball lineup.

"You realize he's got the chip but he doesn't go out of his way to show it", Colangelo said.

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

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The Bulls traded Jimmy Butler and their 16th pick to Minnesota for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the TimberWolves' seventh pick, two people told The Associated Press. With fellow Husky Kelsey Plum being selected No. 1 in the WNBA Draft earlier this year, it's also the first time that players from the same conference, let alone the same school, were taken with the top picks of the NBA and WNBA drafts.

"I don't think it's one thing I can't do".

Malik Monk 6-3 200 SG Kentucky Fr. "I think that I get to learn that much more, especially from a veteran team that knows what it takes to get there". "I believe I fill in every box on both ends of the floor".

Kennard and Mitchell being considered late lottery picks speak to the significant drop off after the top 10 or so guys. The Celtics simply don't have room on the roster for another high-level defensive player who can't shoot 3-pointers. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and company did not see it that way, however, noting after the draft that they felt the top of the board was rather even.

Frank Ntilikina has a chance to be very good, but he has an uphill battle to be an All Star or franchise talent (practically one and the same for point guards in today's NBA). A record 14 were taken in the first round of last year's draft and that number should be threatened Thursday. TNT's David Aldridge, however, reported that the Lakers discussed trading the second pick to the Kings for both of Sacramento's top ten picks.

Specifically, all eyes are on the Indiana Pacers and their willingness to move Paul George, who has informed the team he plans to leave in free agency next summer and would prefer to play for the Lakers, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

That's a great pick for them and another good piece to go alongside Booker, Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender in the rebuild.

"I'm so grateful", Jackson said, "but (the Pelicans) weren't in my mind, to be honest". While many will argue with that assessment, mostly because the Sixers wanted Ben Simmons to play point guard last season, it should be noted that Fultz can actually play off-ball if asked.

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