76ers Take Fultz, Lakers Grab Ball To Start NBA Draft

"We are a team on the rise in so many different ways". He has missed 215 of a possible 246 games since being the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft. Washington's second-round pick, the 52nd overall, was traded Wednesday night to the New Orleans Pelicans for backup guard Tim Frazier.

A dependable scorer and hard-nosed defender, Butler gives Thibodeau an intriguing complement to the Wolves' young stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

The Minnesota Timberwolves pulled off the biggest surprise, and traded for Jimmy Butler. He also was the best fit in the draft for Philly by a long shot.

The first seven picks were one-and-dones and a record 16 of them heard their names called in the first round. There, the Kings would grab Justin Jackson, the reigning ACC Player of the Year, Harry Giles, a former top-rated high school prospect, and then topped it off with Frank Mason III, the current National Player of the Year, in the early second round. With the exception of Fultz, the others may not make an impact next year as they could be stashed overseas, but Colangelo said he is open to having discussions with their agents.

That's two first-overall picks and two third-overall picks from the past four NBA Drafts. Collins at this point in his young career could end up going either direction - a solid starter in the league, or a career benchwarmer. Many believe Markelle will be a flawless fit as the team develops its core.

Don't be surprised if the run on freshman keeps going through the top 10. However, when he slipped to Charlotte, their positional need made complete sense when they picked the 19-year-old volume shooter. The following teams are in order based on the standings from last season.

Silent, at least so far, were the Knicks, who began the day shopping disgruntled Kristaps Porzingis but were apparently asking too high a price.

The Philadelphia 76ers selected Fultz with the top pick Thursday night at Barclays Center, doing so less than a week after acquiring the pick from the Boston Celtics. Brooklyn picked Jarrett Allen out of Texas at No. 22, Toronto picked IN forward OG Anunoby with the 23rd pick and Utah picked Syracuse's Tyler Lydon at No. 24 though he was traded to Denver. It was the first time in possibly millennial history that a team finished with the worst record in the National Basketball Association, and did not pick in the lottery. They waited two years for Embiid to recover from injuries. With the combination of his athleticism, defensive capability and shooting range, Anunoby could be the highest value pick of the entire draft.

But like his slick moves on the court, the 2017 NBA Draft prize made a pivot.

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