Sixers make Fultz top pick, Lakers snag Ball

The Lakers used their third straight No. 2 pick on Ball.Not too long after the blockbuster trade was agreed upon, 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo revealed the two sides have been talking trade dating back to previous year.”I mean, it’s extremely gratifying for me to be in that top five, and we already knew that this was going to be a pretty tough draft and it was pretty loaded at the point guard position, and for me to be up there is just a blessing”, Fox said.He would join a young squad that features Simmons, who missed all of last season with a foot injury; Jahlil Okafor and 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. That young core of talent could provide a base to rebuild the team.Since 2003, the 76ers have won only one playoff series and they have only one winning season since 2005. You will notice a theme among the teams, as all five have one thing in common: trades that they did or didn’t make on draft night that could have significantly improved their rosters.The Los Angeles Lakers used the second pick to select homegrown guard Lonzo Ball of UCLA, who led college basketball in assists.Butler, 27, averaged career highs in points (23.9), rebounds (6.2) and assists (5.5) and as a top defender brings a key ingredient to a team that ranked 26th in defensive efficiency.The NBA offseason has gotten off to a fast star well before draft night highlighted by the rare trade down from the top spot Boston pulled off last week. FILE – In this March 19, 2017, file photo, Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox (0) goes up for a dunk in front of Wichita State guard Landry Shamet (11) during the second half of a second-round game in the men’s NCAA college ba.The New York Knicks selected French point guard Frank Ntilikina of SIG Strasbourg with the eighth overall selection.