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Sixers: Markelle Fultz sets expectations for the upcoming season

Sixers: Markelle Fultz sets expectations for the upcoming season

There are some trade rumors about Paul George coming to Boston, but nothing is official yet. The first senior off the board was Colorado's Derrick White to the San Antonio Spurs at No. 29, the longest it has taken in National Basketball Association draft history for the first senior to be selected.

The Philadelphia 76ers selected guard Markelle Fultz on Thursday night with the No. 1 pick in the National Basketball Association draft.

"He plays with reckless abandon and some of that has got to be controlled", Colangelo said.

I give it four years, max, before Fultz switches to a slightly healthier breakfast choice, at the requestion of Philly's training staff. In perhaps the most scrutinized deal of the offseason thus far, Chicago sent franchise pillar Jimmy Butler and the 16th overall pick to Minnesota for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the seventh overall pick. In addition to Fultz, the Sixers got the draft rights to the 25th overall pick, center Anzejs Pasecniks from BC VEF Riga (Latvia), from Orlando in exchange for a future protected first-round pick from Oklahoma City and the lesser of the 2020 second round choice from Brooklyn or the 2020 second-round pick from NY. The 6-foot-4 guard out of Washington has gone on late-night TV and boasted of his love of Philly cheesesteaks, made a social media connection with franchise player Joel Embiid and dazzled on draft night with a pair of orange sneakers made of the same leather used to make National Basketball Association game balls.

The 76ers had the No. 1 pick for the second straight year after trading with the Boston Celtics on Monday. This past year saw two of the Sixers' young stars emerge as frontrunners for the award with big man Joel Embiid and teammate Dario Saric both showcasing excellent seasons.

"It was unreal", Fultz said. Markelle said he "got some sleep".

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"The thing you realize when you study Markelle's game is that he has the ability to be a significant ball-carrier", Brown said. He's got all the tools to be a good inside presence but just hasn't put it all together. The only question was will they pick Lonzo Ball or De'Aaron Fox.

Fox ended up in the same state as Ball, who he outplayed when Kentucky ousted UCLA in the NCAA Tournament.

I really hate saying any kid who goes back to school is a "loser" or made a mistake, but this certainly feels that way.

The NCAA has never really liked it, and earlier this month, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the system as it's now constructed - where players can enter the draft after a year of college - is "not working for anyone". And my goal is to be the best that ever played. Considering that 41-42 wins got teams into the playoffs last season, if the Sixers roster lives up to expectations, they could easily be a playoff team on the heels of a 45 win season.

The Chicago Bulls made headlines for all the wrong reasons on Thursday night.

To add the cherry on top of the Bulls' rough night, they excited some fans of the organization when they took Jordan Bell out of OR early in the second round.

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