NBA Draft: Instant reaction and grades from the first round

23 Juin, 2017, 13:04 | Author: Marie-Claire Cellier

With the third pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics selected Duke University forward Jayson Tatum.

ESPN Analyst Jay Bilas calls Fultz "the most complete offensive player in the draft".

It seemed that a Fultz/Boston Celtics marriage was likely in the lead-up to the draft.

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"Yes, we would have picked him with the first pick", Ainge said after the selection.
Only Fultz, however, forgot to include the franchise he was selected by. The Sixers selected Markelle Fultz, who worked out for the Celtics before the trade.

The 19-year-old Fultz, who is the club's fourth top overall pick, averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 25 games last season for a Huskies team that was 9-22.

The Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves upstaged the barrage of freshmen - including Markelle Fultz to the Philadelphia 76ers at No. 1 and the Los Angeles Lakers taking Lonzo Ball (and his provocative father, LaVar) second overall - by executing a league-rattling trade that sent superstar small forward Jimmy Butler to Minnesota.

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"This city has to feel fantastic", coach Brett Brown said.

On the opposite end of the height spectrum is the 6-foot-3 Fox, who clocks in as the fastest player in the draft and was favored over Ball by some teams at the National Basketball Association combine, according to ESPN's Chad Ford.

As Fultz begins his journey at the professional level, he leaves behind a rebuilding process at the UW.

At 6-foot-6 (1.98 m), Ball plays a style that harkens back to the "Showtime" days of the Lakers, dishing off no-look passes, launching threes and finishing at the hoop with rim-jarring slam dunks. Just ask Spurs fans what Tim Duncan meant to them.

Like I said before, this should come as no surprise since the news came out of the trade between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers. Because once he's the No. 1 overall pick and an National Basketball Association star, he'll have to get used to newspaper columnists (and everyone else) having silly opinions about him. "And I know Danny has". "We're going to get ours tomorrow".

Last year's first-round pick, the 7-foot-1 Thon Maker, showed promise down the stretch during the Bucks' run to the playoffs.

Washington has now had six players drafted in the first round in as many years. "The way they put in the time with their players to develop them, I don't think it's matched". Heading into opening night next season, they will add the last two top overall picks in the NBA Draft to that core after Ben Simmons missed his rookie season with an injury.

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