76ers focused on extending Joel Embiid

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Embiid showed promise in his first National Basketball Association action last season, averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.1 assists, but was limited to 31 games due to a meniscus tear in his left knee.

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.

Top pick Markelle Fultz believes the Philadelphia 76ers can make the playoffs in 2018 and so does team-mate Joel Embiid.

The Los Angeles Lakers used the second pick to choose University of California at Los Angeles point guard Lonzo Ball.

Markkanen averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds in his only season of U.S. college basketball at Arizona.

Jimmy Butler, the all-galaxy two-way player from the Chicago Bulls and the No. 16 pick in the draft were acquired by Tom Thibodeau and the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for guards Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick in the draft.

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Fultz comes to Philadelphia with plenty of expectations and is already being compared to one of the best players in the league.

Nine-year veteran Lopez appeared posted averages of 20.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 blocks last season while becoming the longest-tenured player in Nets history. He was still named a finalist for NBA Rookie of the Year, which will be announced Monday, along with teammate Dario Saric and Malcolm Brogdon of the Milwaukee Bucks. Fultz will too, and the 76ers will hope he's better at basketball than social media.

Ball was projected to be picked by the Lakers' new front office of Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka. The seventh pick became Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen.

It's the second straight year the 76ers have owned the first overall selection.

The Celtics used the third pick to take Duke forward Jayson Tatum, who averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds in his only season of college ball.

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