First up in the draft order initially was the Boston Celtics, who made it to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but the team switched spots with the Philadelphia 76ers, who were poised to be No. 3.
Boston Celtics(from Philadelphia)- Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke- Celtics needed scoring, and they get that in the 19-year old small forward out of Duke.
It marks the fourth straight year the Blue Devils have produced a top-three pick. But are you sure you want to spend the top pick in a stacked draft on a guy who only won nine games in his sole college season?
"It's been a little insane last couple days", Duke forward Jayson Tatum said Wednesday.
This is Bryan Colangelo's second draft as Philadelphia's general manager, but it's the first one in which his influence will be the driving force behind their selection. The NBA requires that players wait a year after high school to be drafted.
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So, every time the Spurs picked in the last 10 years, they got a player who produced 5.20 Win Shares more than expected based on their draft position.
Clearly, the focus is on the No. 1 choice, also known as Fultz. FILE - In this June 7, 2017, file photo, University of California Los Angeles guard Lonzo Ball takes questions from the media after a closed Los Angeles Lakes pre-draft workout in El Segundo, Calif.
That being said, Goodman isn't knocking Fultz.
The 20 players invited to the green room at Barclays Center posed on stage about an hour before the telecast was to begin.
That being said, the Sixers are in a pretty special place right now, especially when considering that their two No. 1's, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz, will be debuting in the same season. In perhaps the greatest testament to his abilities, his father LaVar Ball's bombast and $495 shoes and racially insensitive comments don't appear to be scaring off the Los Angeles Lakers or any other team that believes Lonzo could be the next great point guard. All first-round picks will receive a grade and an explanation, while all second round picks will just receive a grade. Sixers faithful are hopeful that they will reap the benefits of "The Process", as Fultz teams up with Embiid and Simmons in order to become a competitive team, looking for that first NBA Championship since 1983. Brooklyn had the worst record in the league, but had to deal its pick to the Celtics as part of its remaining payment for the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade.