76ers, Celtics fans set to pack arena for draft

The 76ers acquired the top pick in a trade with the Boston Celtics a week ago, allowing them to move up and select the 19-year-old American. The Sixers will give up a future draft pick that could be a protected first-rounder in 2020, a person with knowledge of trade told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been officially announced.

Meanwhile, Markelle Fultz is a self-described hard worker and that diligence paid dividends Thursday as the Philadelphia 76ers made him the first overall pick in the 2017 National Basketball Association entry draft.

Markelle Fultz is expected to be the first player drafted in Thursday's National Basketball Association draft. "I think that's why there will be a lot of activity at this draft, because I think teams see potential to get a great player".

Brett was asked what his conversations with Sam have been since the draft lottery when the #PICKSWAP with Sacramento was executed.

The team entered the day with four second-round draft picks but wound up dealing two of the players in those slots. Ainge said he was upset about the last-minute cancellation, but that they didn't hold it against him. Otherwise, the Celtics will have a choice of first-rounders in 2019 - either from Sacramento or Philadelphia, whichever pick is higher.

Fultz is the all-but-certain first pick in Thursday night's NBA draft and wore shoes made of - what else? - basketballs to Barclays Center for the festivities.

Fultz averaged 23.2 points last season at Washington, tops among freshmen, and added 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game, the only Division I player to reach those stats. A record 14 were taken in the first round of last year's draft and that number should be threatened Thursday.

If championship rings were awarded for No. 1 draft picks, Josh Harris' fingers might look like Tom Brady's. Los Angeles Lakers - Lonzo Ball 3. However, the Lakers appear likely to grab Ball due his his superior ability to elevate those around him.

The former Washington star had promised to make a shoe statement.

For now, though, it's Ntilikina to Knicks.

After all, despite the poor play from the Wolfpack past year, Smith still averaged 18.1 points per game, 6.2 assists per game and 4.5 rebounds per game.

LaVine is coming off a torn ACL.

Smith is an explosive scorer and the prototypical point guard capable of slashing to the hoop and dishing off to shooters in the right offensive setup.

It marks the fourth straight year the Blue Devils have produced a top-three pick. He's been heavily rumored to land there, and would be a prize outside of the top five for a team in need of a point guard. "Frankly, I thought we needed some more of that".

Fantasy Impact Tatum has been dubbed as the most offensively skilled player in the draft.

A 37.8 percent mark from three-point range on 2.6 attempts per game is a mirage for what's really going on with his shot.

It took the return of Lebron James for the Cleveland Cavaliers to get back to the NBA Finals after the team suffered through four sub-.500 years when King James made a decision to take his talents to South Beach.

Despite not having had a chance to speak with Jackson or getting to work him out, Ainge said the Celtics still had not ruled out drafting him.

His mechanics and numbers showed improvement towards the end of the season, but an in-depth look and breakdown - as this Twitter thread shows - reveals many concerns.

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