76ers take Fultz, Lakers grab Ball to start NBA draft

The Philadelphia 76ers took Washington guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick, the Los Angeles Lakers selected UCLA guard Lonzo Ball at No. 2 and the Boston Celtics drafted Duke's Jayson Tatum with the third pick.

So, it's understandable if you, as NY legend Yogi Berra once put it, looked at the 2017 Draft and experienced déjà vu all over again.

From left, Markelle Fultz, De'Aaron Fox and Donovan Mitchell gather with other draft prospects on stage for a group photo before the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in NY. Cut from the varsity team as a sophomore at DeMatha Catholic High School in 2013 because he was only 5-foot-9, Fultz dominated opponents on the junior varsity level then continued his stellar performances in his final two years at high school.

At the NBA Combine, Mason was measured at 5-foot-11 - small by NBA standards, even for a point guard.

NEW YORK (AP) — Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and the future of the National Basketball Association arrived Thursday night.

Of course, while Markkanen's draft night move from Minnesota to Chicago created some intrigue, it wasn't like sitting with Fultz was terribly suspenseful.

The Los Angeles Lakers followed by taking Ball as the draft started with a pair of freshmen point guards from the Pac-12 Conference.

Just like at the 2016 NBA Draft, one year later the NBA gathered at the Barclays Center to disperse the incoming rookie class.

Celtics select Jayson Tatum with No. 3 pick in draft
An athletic wing, Jackson is regarded as one of the best defenders in this draft class, which is something he takes pride in. The 19-year-old was a third-team All-ACC selection.

"I think we'll compliment each others game really well", Fultz told NBA Australia. "I mean, say you want to do something, and to go out and do it is unbelievable". He found one in Butler, who the Wolves acquired along with the 16th overall pick for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick, which ended up being — what else?

Fultz was all set to become a Celtic but on Monday the pick was officially dealt to Philadelphia.

The 1.93 metre guard becomes the second consecutive number one overall pick by Philadelphia, following forward Ben Simmons past year.

Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds, the only Division I player in the country to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists. He walked across the stage at Barclays Center wearing red sneakers made of basketballs.

That young core of talent is expected to provide a base to rebuild the team and if Fultz, Simmons and Embiid can stay healthy they could evolve into a solid big three.

American Terrance Ferguson, who played for the Adelaide 36ers in the ANBL last season, was drafted to the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 21st pick of the first round.

"When I heard my name called, it was like God calling me", Fultz said after being selected.

Philadelphia 76ers got the player they wanted and Lonzo Ball the team he wanted.

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