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Fultz steps out in shoes made of basketballs

Butler was dealt for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the rights to Finland’s Lauri Markkanen.Tatum, who just completed his freshman year, averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds in 29 games for the Blue Devils. Jackson played just one year at Duke under legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski, averaging 10.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game before declaring for the NBA Draft.Coming off a 28-54 season, the Philadelphia 76ers selected the University of Washington’s Markelle Fultz as the first selection in the 2017 NBA Draft on Thursday.The Philadelphia 76ers have the draft’s first pick, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics, who had the Eastern Conference’s best record last season.”There’s been a history over the last three or four years in the league of making outrageous demands for trades”, said Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck. “They cancelled a workout on us when we flew out to Sacramento, and they just chose to cancel it as we flew – just [coach] Brad [Stevens] and I and [assistant general manager] Mike Zarren flew cross-country”.Markelle Fultz was the number-one overall selection and was chosen by the Philadelphia 76ers. Just to be able to learn from him every day should be awesome. “It’s going to teach me a lot”.Instead, Ainge was believed to be assembling a package of players and some of his lesser first round picks over the next two years to bring in George, possibly as a one-year rental, unless the all-star is convinced to stay. He is the first player to be drafted first overall from a current Pac-12 school since Utah’s Andrew Bogut was the top choice of the Milwaukee Bucks back in 2005 and is the first player to be taken No. 1 from a school that was in the Pac-12 at the time of the draft since Bill Walton went first to the Portland Trail Blazers in 1974. The Celtics were looking to rebuild after six seasons with Kevin Garnett paired with Paul Pierce and the Nets were looking to win instantly in their second season in Brooklyn. The Sixers also hold four second-round picks (36, 39, 46, 50) on Thursday.As if that declaration was not a strong enough indication of Jackson’s confidence and sudden desire to prove the three teams who passed on him wrong, his answer to the cliche’ question about which National Basketball Association player he was most looking forward to facing added another layer to the Jackson that Kansas fans saw glimpses of during his lone season as a Jayhawk.”Please dunk on him so hard that his daddy runs on the court to save him”, Embiid tweeted in reference to Ball’s father, LaVar, who does most of the talking off the court for his son.And oh yeah, he’s not the first Husky hooper to go No. 1 overall this year.Ball became the first high-profile draftee under the regime of new Lakers head of basketball operations Magic Johnson.Boston Celtics fans William Goodman, left, and his son Eli, of Hollis, N.H., applaud as they watch the Celtics choose Jayson Tatum during the team’s NBA basketball draft party at TD Garden, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Boston. The Suns picked fourth for the second straight year and selected Josh Jackson from Kansas.