THE Process added to its progress in Philadelphia after the 76ers made Markelle Fultz the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
Fultz averaged 23.2 points last season at Washington, tops among freshmen, and added 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game, the only Division I player to reach those stats. He walked across the stage Thursday night at Barclays Center wearing red sneakers made of basketballs.
The 76ers had the No. 1 pick for the second straight year after trading with the Boston Celtics on Monday. Now they add Fultz to a promising young core that includes Rookie of the Year finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, plus Ben Simmons, the top pick from last year who sat out all season with a foot injury.
The Los Angeles Lakers, meanwhile, pulled no surprise in making Lonzo Ball their pick after selecting second overall for the third straight year. Since a pre-draft trade that sent last year’s No.2 pick D’Angelo Russell to Brooklyn, the Lakers were expected to select the UCLA standout, who had also expressed his desire to become a Laker multiple times before the draft.
With the third pick acquired from the Sixers, the Celtics opted to use their pick than go with another trade and chose Duke wing Jayson Tatum.
Kansas forward Josh Jackson got selected by the Phoenix Suns with the fourth pick.
The Sacramento Kings went with De’Aaron Fox with the fifth overall selection, while Jonathan Isaac ended up as the no.6 pick by the Orlando Magic.
With the seventh pick, the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Lauri Markkanen and will reportedly send him to the Chicago Bulls in a proposed trade for Jimmy Butler.
The New York Knicks used the no.8 pick on French guard Frank Ntilikina, while the Dallas Mavericks went with another guard in Dennis Smith Jr for the ninth overall selection.
In another draft day trade, the Kings sent the No.10 pick to the Portland Trailblazers for picks no.15 and 20. The Blazers then drafted Gonzaga big man Zach Collins.
Kentucky’s high-scoring guard Malik Monk got picked by the Charlotte Hornets with the 11th pick in the draft. The Detroit Pistons then got another shooting guard in Luke Kennard with the No.12 pick.
Another trade in the draft happened between the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets, as the Jazz sent Trey Lyles and the No.24 pick to the Nuggets in exchange for the No.13 selection used to select guard Donovan Mitchell.
The Miami Heat made a surprising pick with the 14th overall selection in choosing Bam Adebayo, while the Kings made their second selection in the first round in selecting Justin Jackson with the No.15 pick, via trade with the Blazers.
The Bulls got Creighton big man Justin Patton, Kobe Paras’ teammate with the Blue Jays, next but he ends up with the Timberwolves as part of the trade package with Jimmy Butler that Minnesota had with Chicago earlier in the day.
Milwaukee went with DJ Wilson for the 18th overall selection, Indiana chose TJ Leaf for the No.18 pick, Atlanta selected John Collins next, and Sacramento used their final first round pick on Harry Giles at No.20 to round out the lottery.