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"Thursday night will see us take another significant step toward building a successful and sustainable basketball program".

New Orleans traded its first-round pick — 10th overall — to Sacramento in February as part of a trade to acquire Cousins.

The No. 1 overall pick was Washington's Markelle Fultz, who was taken by the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers went 28-54 last season. Not even the Geno's vs.

We've been left with little doubt as to who Philadelphia will add with the first overall selection, but how does that alter the dynamic of the first 14 picks? While there's no questioning his talent and he'll be looking at big minutes, along with a starting role, Fultz may not get many shots with usage monster Joel Embiid on board, along with guys like Dario Saric, Ben Simmons and Robert Covington. How will he fit into the National Basketball Association and on his new team?

Try slapping that slogan on a T-shirt. According to Synergy Sports, "Fultz's play in pick-and-roll is outstanding - 30.4 percent of his offensive possessions have involved him trying to score as the ball-handler and he's averaging 1.01 points per possession (PPP) (93rd percentile) in those situations".

The latter is very possible considering the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls are very interested in Jackson.

Of course, that's about where the connections between Fultz and Simmons end.

The trio isn't here to lose.

Don't be surprised if the run on freshman keeps going through the top 10.

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Better yet, stay closer to the Liberty Bell.

Fultz was all set to become a Celtic but on Monday the pick was officially dealt to Philadelphia. If that holds true, Tatum will give Duke top-three picks in four consecutive drafts following Jabari Parker (No. 2, Milwaukee, 2014), Jahlil Okafor (No. 3, Philadelphia, 2015) and Brandon Ingram (No. 2, Los Angeles Lakers, 2016). He was replaced by Bryan Colangelo a year ago.

Jackson, a 6-foot-8 forward out of Kansas, averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game en route to being named the Big 12 freshman of the year in his one season with the Jayhawks. It's still to be determined whether or not Paul George will be in IN for one more season, but Leaf and Myles Turner should make for a nice frontcourt for the Pacers. He's really a unique individual in many ways.

Most of the selections Thursday night seem to have fan approval.

"Our struggles had nothing to do with Markelle", said former UW coach Lorenzo Romar, who was sacked in March after 15 years with Huskies and accepted an assistant position for the Arizona Wildcats. "That's what we need so we can finally change the culture here". We agree on that. "All good young National Basketball Association players".

When New Orleans pulled off a trade Wednesday to land an additional second-round pick, there was immediate speculation that the Pelicans would use the extra draft choice to move up into the first round of Thursday's draft.

"Whatever's happened here with this growing anticipation of what might be beyond the horizon, there's a tremendous amount of buzz and excitement in the market right now", Colangelo said.

Since 2003, the 76ers have won only one playoff series, and they have only one winning season since 2005.


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