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Markelle Fultz calls selection by Sixers 'unreal'

26 June 2017

Ball is facing sky-high expectations, but he's also just one part of Johnson's plan to transform the Lakers into a championship contender after the worst four-season stretch in franchise history.

Markelle Fultz expects to become the NBA's greatest player.

When he arrived for his workout, Fultz says the Sixers had a table filled with Chick-fil-a sandwiches waiting for him, and he respected that "they did their research".

In giving up Butler, who averaged a career-high 23.9 points last season, the Bulls acquired Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine and used the seventh pick on Lauri Markkanen. So Minnesota made a decision to drafted Lauri Markkanen from the Arizona Wildcats and send him with Kris Dunn for superstar Jimmy Butler. Fultz could have wound up in Boston, had the Celtics held on to that No. 1 pick instead of sending it to the 76ers for the No. 3 pick and another first-rounder in the next two years.

Sampson and Olajuwon, though, are the only consecutive overall No. 1 picks to play together for the team that drafted them. "That is not just me talking because I am a player".

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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".

"Joel will come out and [say] something similar", said Brown, who watched both Simmons and Embiid get a workout in at the facility.

But if the Lakers are disappointed in free agency again, they'll still have Ball - and his father, LaVar, who had promised for years that his son would end up with the Lakers. In other leagues it's easy to imagine a commissioner having much less fun with this scenario playing out, but after a long night of announcements this was a good bit of levity to close the show. "There's going to be times where maybe Ben brings up the ball or times where I'm bringing up the ball". But don't get it twisted ladies and gents, Ball can Ball hard on the court.

The Celtics then took Duke's Jayson Tatum at No. 3 after moving down two spots in the trade with Philadelphia, drawing cheers from a large contingent of their fans at Barclays Center wearing green.

The Phoenix Suns selected Josh Jackson from Kansas University. Fox and Kentucky got the best of Ball and UCLA in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 on March 24, with Ball erupting for 39 points and holding Ball to 10 in the Wildcats' 86-75 victory.

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According to Fultz's piece on The Players' Tribune, the popular chain restaurant was a big reason why he was all-in on joining The Process.

The 19-year-old, a Washington freshman point guard, took to his Instagram account to make the announcement, but left his followers confused.

This is only the fourth time that a team has had the overall No. 1 pick in back-to-back drafts since 1980.

After the first selection in the draft was made, the Minnesota Timberwolves came to an agreement with Chicago that reunited Butler with his former coach of four years, Tom Thibodeau.

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There have been a flurry of trades since the Warriors beat the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, though most of the moves on draft night were minor.

Markelle Fultz calls selection by Sixers 'unreal'