Assuming the trade happens, Boston would be moving down to the third spot in the draft.
Once the trade is finalized, the first four spots in the draft order will exactly mirror the first-four order from past year: Philadelphia would have the No. 1 pick, the Lakers would have No. 2, Boston would have No. 3 and Phoenix would have No. 4. "I have to get a cheesesteak". "I'm big on that". The deal, set to be finalized Monday, will see Fultz ending up on the Philadelphia 76ers roster and in exchange the Green Team will get to pick No. 3.
Markelle Fultz would be a great addition to the 76ers.
Philadelphia went 28-54 this past season, after winning 19, 18 and 10 games in the previous three seasons.
Barring any other changes before Thursday, the first four spots in this year's draft order would mirror the first-four from last year: The 76ers at No. 1, the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 2, Celtic at No. 3 and the Phoenix Suns at No. 4. That pick could be a protected pick in 2021. And as the Philadelphia 76ers move to select Markelle Fultz with the top pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, the biggest victor could very well be... The workout in Philadelphia occurred instead of a previously scheduled meeting with the Celtics. The Sixers had eyes wide open Saturday and Embiid was one of the more enthusiastic observers at Fultz's workout. "He's a cool guy". "I think it's a good sign", Mason said of his second visit with the Kings.
Embid also tweeted out a picture of a Sixers locker with Fultz name already on it.
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Fultz made 41.3 percent of his shots from the college three-point line. Trading off top picks is risky business, however, the Boston Celtics likely have strategy behind their courageous move.
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Before Friday, it was likely Fultz was going to be a Celtic. With the two-best teams being the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, the Celtics would be better off drafting for the future to make a run. Jackson averaged 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game with the 31-5 Jayhawks.
It seemed as though the No.1 draft pick, Fultz was going to the Boston Celtics, but then the basketball gods chose to intervene. Fultz led the Pac-12 in scoring and finished No. 6 among all Division I players, and was the top freshman scorer in the country.
National Basketball Association insider Adrian Wojnarowski suggested in May that the small forward would be a good match for the Sixers, who will have playmakers, passers and size, but little shooting heading into next season.
"I just wake up and go where they tell me to go", Fultz said. "I'm close to home".
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