NBA draft draws second-largest audience on ESPN

The NBA offseason has been way more unpredictable than the postseason was.

Milwaukee picked Michigan's D.J. Wilson at No. 17, IN selected UCLA forward T.J. Leaf with the 18th pick, Atlanta used the 19th pick on Wake Forest forward John Collins and Portland chose Duke's Harry Giles at No. 20, who was then traded to Sacramento.

Detroit was in the news with possible trades involving Andre Drummond. "I want to be part of that kind of team", wrote Fultz. He had more than double the mentions of any other player.

Markelle Fultz's breakfast joint is Chick-fil-A! Fultz went to the 76ers, and Ball went to the Lakers. Fultz had kept his phone turned off during the draft.

They may have to wait two more years for Latvian center, and first-round pick, Anzejs Pasecniks.

So much for staying in school.

"My first goal was to get to the National Basketball Association and be the No. 1 pick", said Fultz, who thus is a quick 2-for-2.

It could last a bit longer.

Only two seniors went in the first round - the lowest number in the modern history of the draft. Both were selected in the second round. They also wanted a player who could fill in at the point when Simmons is on the bench.

Twelve of the first 14 picks, including Adebayo, were one-and-doners.

Already under a lot of scrutiny, Phil Jackson has made a decision to follow the trend that the Knicks been known for around this time of the year.

The Bulls entered the draft with one superstar player and ended it with zero. Just as soon as he digests draft night, he will be traveling out west for summer league (see story).

At that moment, the surrealness of the night seemed to hit Jones.

The record run on freshmen being selected has ended at seven. "We have all been around NBA basketball for a while now". After selecting De'Aaron Fox, a potentially elite point guard from the University of Kentucky with the fifth pick in the draft, the Kings fleeced the Trail Blazers in a trade for the 10th pick.

Butler will be reunited with coach Tom Thibodeau, who coached him previously in Chicago.

Trading away Jimmy Butler and draft picks for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the rights to Markkanen left National Basketball Association fans scratching their heads and comparing the deal to highway robbery. It's the fourth time the Sixers have had the top pick in the draft. "And that's a Markelle Fultz trait - the passion, the work ethic he has and wanting to give to a community". The 76ers may be able to ink Embiid to a five-year deal worth closer to $100 million, and they may even be able to build in some protections (like a team opt-out after four years).

There were about a dozen pictures of friends and family along with his slogan F2G, which means "Faithful to the Grind".

"He used to tweet and retweet my stuff", Fultz said.

Fultz, the former Washington point guard, averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 25 games in his only collegiate season.

In attendance for the big event held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a fan can be heard shouting the name of the upcoming draft pick just before NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum could officially confirm them.

Had Boston kept the pick and taken Fultz, he would've joined a crowded backcourt with Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart, and Avery Bradley.

Joel Embiid, as always, stole the show, dubbing the Sixers star quartet the "FEDS" (Fultz, Embiid, Dario, Simmons), and taking a not-so-subtle shot at Lonzo and his father Lavar.

Fultz signed with the sports apparel behemoth before the draft. He only made 64.9 of his attempt at the line at Washington. He did manage to create a buzz.

Fultz opens his article with a hearty Philadelphia "yoooooooooooooooooooooooooo!"

37 overall pick on Semi Ojeleye at of SMU. The Celtics also took Kadeem Allen out of Arizona with the No. 53 overall pick.

Magic Johnson chose to stay home and drafted Lonzo Ball from out of UCLA with the #2 pick. The Nets are still reeling from the effects of the Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry trade, but for now, the Nets are bad and will be bad for awhile.

  • Stacy Allen