Fultz exposes Sixers for what they are: A team doing it right

The 2017 NBA Draft was a wild one.Derek Carr’s not the only athlete looking forward to spending his salary on Chick-fil-A.Because what really stood out to me was the enthusiasm, and what this Sixers team is starting to mean to Philadelphia.Phoenix Suns first round NBA basketball draft pick Josh Jackson holds his jersey, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Phoenix.”How you got a nickname and ain’t played no games yet?” Nevertheless, some surprises were in store and overall, the Kings came away as a clear victor by the end of the night. The SEC Player of the Year averaged upwards of 21 points per game for the South Carolina Gamecocks, but his 3-and-D potential particularly has always been desired by the Clippers.Thursday night’s NBA Draft was expected to present a more exciting crop of future NBA players than a year ago and had been lauded as holding the best potential draft class in recent memory. “I think I do everything at least decent”, Fultz said. Here are some other fan reactions from the night. The previous record for most freshmen in the first round was 13 in 2015. Kentucky shooting guard Malik Monk would have been a much better pick, too.The Timberwolves ended up trading for Chicago Bulls superstar forward Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 pick, and all they gave up was the No. 7 pick (used on Arizona big man Lauri Markkanen), Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine.Fultz, wearing orange sneakers made of basketballs at the Barclays Center, is a natural talent on the court that moves with fluidity and ease, and his abilities and tendencies have been dissected heavily heading into Thursday’s draft.The guard was selected No. 1 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers after they completed a trade with the Boston Celtics.But there are some other things that might lead to a little healthy skepticism when it comes to Fultz despite his huge upside.Warriors teammates Durant, JaVale McGee and former Sixer Andre Iguodala were caught on tape before a celebrity softball game in Oakland joking about the FEDS, a Joel Embiid-endorsed tag for the foursome of Markelle Fultz, Embiid, Dario Saric and Ben Simmons. They always seem to have a low first-round pick, only a second-round pick or two or, in some cases like this year, none at all going into the night.Ball, expected to be selected No. 2 to the Los Angeles Lakers, wore an all-black suit – as did his father, LaVar, who sat with his family at a table near the stage. But this year, there was also history made.