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

Phoenix Suns Draft Davon Reed with the 32nd Pick

Phoenix Suns Draft Davon Reed with the 32nd Pick

The Sixers acquired the No. 1 pick in a deal with Boston for the third pick, plus an additional first-rounder in either 2018 or 2019.

The Boston Celtics have selected forward Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 pick in the National Basketball Association draft on Thursday night.

The Philadelphia 76ers selected University of Washington guard Markelle Fultz with the first overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday, bolstering the team's young core by adding the 19-year-old playmaker.

This was one of the youngest drafts in league history as a record 16 freshmen-or first year American college players-were selected in the first round.

"By adding a player of Markelle's caliber to our promising roster, we believe we're incredibly well positioned for the future", team owner Josh Harris said. "Thursday night will see us take another significant step toward building a successful and sustainable basketball program".

Also tonight, Sacramento dealt the 10th pick to Portland, which used it to acquire Gonzaga big man Zach Collins. While we don't see the same depth as say last year's draft where possible Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon was taken by Milwaukee with the 36th pick and Patrick McCaw was purchased for cash by Golden State at the 38th pick.

STRENGTHS: The 6-8 Jackson shot roughly 30 percent on 3-pointers through his first two seasons, but set UNC's single-season record for made 3s a year ago to go with a solid midrange game. Jackson averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists a game. Both seem like they should be late first rounders in a typical draft.

The Celtics rejected Jackson's demand, and in the process of waiting for Jackson to lower his price, turned their thoughts to the debate of whether to draft either Tatum or Kansas' Josh Jackson.

Lonzo Ball 6-6 190 PG UCLA Fr. Ball hosted a second workout for the Lakers on Friday.

The former Washington star had promised to make a shoe statement. If this were to happen, the Celtics could be targeting Dennis Smith Jr. out of NC State (who they have been connected to), or it could be part of a bigger plan.

For now, though, it's Ntilikina to Knicks.

LaVine is coming off a torn ACL.

It marks the fourth straight year the Blue Devils have produced a top-three pick. The Celtics were looking to rebuild after six seasons with Kevin Garnett paired with Paul Pierce and the Nets were looking to win instantly in their second season in Brooklyn. He's been heavily rumored to land there, and would be a prize outside of the top five for a team in need of a point guard. It's a flawed system that deprives everybody: College players not interested in academics, college fans not able to identify with the teams they once followed, and college coaches - Lorenzo Romar serves as Exhibit A - whose lessons are best appreciated over the long term.

Fantasy Impact Tatum has been dubbed as the most offensively skilled player in the draft.

For an idea about how poor that number would be for Jackson (and Fox), 154 of the 169 players who qualified for the NBA's three-point shooting percentage leaderboard shot at least 32 percent.

Blockbuster trades have set shockwaves through the NBA and shook up the 2017 NBA Draft order this week.

Despite not having had a chance to speak with Jackson or getting to work him out, Ainge said the Celtics still had not ruled out drafting him.

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