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The Philadelphia 76ers picked Washington point guard Markelle Fultz with the top overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft.

(AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker, File). The 76ers are expected to take Markelle Fultz with the first overall pick.

The Los Angeles Lakers have the second pick again and the Celtics moved down two spots to third after the deal with their Atlantic Division rivals.

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The 6-foot-4 (1.93 m) guard became the second consecutive number one overall pick by Philadelphia, following forward Ben Simmons past year. And when they traded it for the number 3 pick on Monday (the framework of the deal was agreed to on Saturday shortly after Markelle Fultz's workout with the Sixers), Jackson said they tried to schedule a workout but "it was scheduling issues and just a little too late for me to get out (to Boston) then".

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.

While nothing is guaranteed, the consensus seems to be that those three players will still be on the board for the Suns, and in some ways they probably could not go wrong with any of them. "After they got the third pick, we tried to schedule something for me to get out there". But he's really talented offensively and I think he's still just scratching the surface of what he's going to be.

It is intuitive to think that the earlier a team picks in the NBA Draft the better their pick is.

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Now, Tatum will join a Celtics team that is already a contender, earning the top seed in the Eastern Conference this spring before falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the conference finals.

"I have absolutely loved coaching Jayson Tatum", Krzyzewski said when Tatum declared for the Draft. "It just shows you how this business is and like I said, I just go with the flow. That's what we talked about". If LaVar Ball wanted to "speak it into existence", in his oft-repeated phrasing, the Lakers drafted it into existence. With Russell out of the picture, the Lakers are in position to take UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball.

Well after Brookover's piece was the subject of much internet ridicule, the hosts of Barstool's Pardon My Take podcast figured they'd bring it up to Fultz himself. "They've been coming through my phone with the ESPN app", Kentucky guard Malik Monk said.

"It's going to make us a really special team down the road", Jackson said.

Fultz set a fitting tone in one sense: It is expected to be a night for one-and-done players.

Michigan's D.J. Wilson is headed to Milwaukee after the Bucks took the 6-foot-10 forward with the 17th overall pick in the National Basketball Association draft on Thursday night.

With the seventh pick the Minnesota Timberwolves claimed Lauri Markkanen of Finland, who played college ball at Arizona, but the Finn will be headed to Chicago as part of a big trade for All-Star guard Jimmy Butler.

Utah sent forward Trey Lyles and the No. 24 pick (forward Tyler Lydon of Syracuse) to Denver for the No. 13 pick (Louisville shooting guard Donovan Mitchell). Porzingis' brother told ESPN that Kristaps wants to stay in NY and win with them, despite how they are treating their players.


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