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Sixers take Fultz with top pick of youthful Draft

CAMDEN, N.J. – While the notion of becoming the top overall pick had yet to sink in the morning after the National Basketball Association draft, Markelle Fultz didn’t need much time to let Philadelphia know that he thinks the Sixers are now a playoff team.Sixers guard and the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s 2017 NBA Draft, Markelle Fultz, has drawn comparisons so superstars such as the Rockets’ James Harden, Dwyane Wade, D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Roy because of both this size and skill-set as a combo guard.”Opening training camp, we’ll look to have a full roster”. As for fans, they were still buzzing. Brown said Simmons and Fultz, who will play in the summer league, could work well together in the backcourt, no matter which player is the ballhandler.Philadelphia had the No. 1 draft spot three previous times, taking Doug Collins in 1973, Allen Iverson in 1996 and Simmons. The jury is still out on the third, Ben Simmons, who was the top selection a year ago.The 76ers went all out to get Fultz, trading their third overall pick plus a future first round pick to the Boston Celtics to secure the Maryland native. If you’re No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz, you go all-out with custom sneakers made of basketball leather.Fultz is a late bloomer. Tatum has a recorded nearly 9 foot wingspan. “To think that you’re going to go into a season with a 19-year-old, a 20-year-old and Joel Embiid, as much as we love him and see how special he is, the reality is those three players have played a cumulative 31 National Basketball Association games”, Brown said.Fultz, the former University of Washington point guard, averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 25 games in his only collegiate season.It is his versatility that the Sixers coveted the most.Bam Adebayo became the third Kentucky player picked when the forward went to the Miami Heat at No. 14.Fultz fills both of those needs, but he does need to improve in several areas. The Sixers could also use some experienced veteran free agents moving forward. He only made 64.9 of his attempt at the line at Washington.The (City) and two (team name) mentions should show you just how silly the marketing around major sporting events can be. The Houston Rockets took Ralph Sampson No. 1 in 1983 and Hakeem Olajuwon a year later.The run of freshmen bettered the 2014 record of four straight first-year players to start the draft, finally ending when the New York Knicks took French guard Frank Ntilikina at No. 8. Orlando Magic (proposed trade: rights to 76ers) – Anzejs Pasecniks 26.Because what really stood out to me was the enthusiasm, and what this Sixers team is starting to mean to Philadelphia. Wiggins and Bennett did play one year together with the Timberwolves.