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Lonzo Ball is called the new face of the franchise

25 June 2017

We are just moments away from commissioner Adam Silver announcing the first overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.

Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and the future of the National Basketball Association arrived Thursday night.

Thibodeau coached Butler from 2011 to 2015.

A record 16 freshmen were taken in Round 1, including a new high for first-year players selected in the lottery.

The Draft kicked off with the top 2 picks going as planned, The 76ers selected University of Washington point guard Markelle Fultz with the 1st overall pick.

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With the drafting of Fultz in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Sixers now appear to have the core together that will make the past few seasons of losing worth it. "So this was a great opportunity to acquire an impactful asset", said Celtics President of Operations Danny Ainge.

Although it hurts to see a star like Jimmy Butler go, I can't say I'm not interested to see how this rebuild goes for Chicago. Both have met with the New York Knicks, who scored well two years ago when they went overseas with their pick of Latvian Kristaps Porzingis — to whom Markkanen has been compared as a 7-footer with perimeter shooting skills.

Philadelphia drafted the 23-year-old out of Kansas with the third overall pick of the 2014 draft. He walked across the stage Thursday night at Barclays Center wearing orange sneakers made of basketballs. They acquired the pick from the Celtics on Monday and gave Boston the No. 3 choice. Forbes reported that Fultz will earn a maximum of $33.7 million on his rookie deal, including more than $15.3 million guaranteed in its first two years.

Fultz, who played just 25 games in college, said it was always his dream to be the top pick and wasn't bothered that Boston traded the chance to take him. After trading D'Angelo Russell, it became pretty clear the Lakers were going to be taking Ball to be the new starting point guard in Los Angeles.

"Back in April, we received a direct message from Markelle asking if he could commission us to make his draft ceremony sneakers", Gorecki wrote on Instagram.

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"Tonight was supposed to be a good night". "Sometimes I'll be on the ball, sometimes I'll be off". But don't get it twisted ladies and gents, Ball can Ball hard on the court.

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

Now that this year's National Basketball Association draft has concluded, the Philadelphia 76ers have shifted their focus to extending center Joel Embiid to a long-term deal.

Of course the conversation didn't just stay on the topic of the draft picks.

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