A bevy of cameras and National Basketball Association advisers were shuttling Markelle Fultz from interview to interview, running down the back hallways of the Barclays Center on Thursday night at a frenzied, fast-break pace.
While Markelle Fultz was long expected to go No. 1 overall to the Boston Celtics, he ended up getting traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. Nine of the first 10 selections played just one season of college ball.
Valparaiso power forward Alec Peters, who went to the Phoenix Suns at 54, also had the announcement spoiled.
Thibodeau has enough young players in Minnesota and wanted a veteran like he had during his successful run coaching the Bulls.
With the seventh overall selection, Chicago drafted Lauri Markkanen out of Arizona.
The 76ers guard revealed that Friday, one day after being selected first overall in the National Basketball Association draft. He averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 25 games last season for the University of Washington Huskies.
Thursday night, however, was all about The Process that Fultz has gone through to get here. Collins received 20-1 odds.More news: The mighty recovery of Paul Casey puts him in US Open mix
Paul George - When George's agent, Aaron Mintz, went to the Indiana Pacers and said his star client was going to leave after next season and sign as a free agent with the Lakers, the goal wasn't for him to actually play out his existing contract.
Fultz said the first thing he asked when he found out that he was going to Philadelphia for a workout instead of Boston was if Philly had any Chick-fil-A restaurants. "There's going to be times where maybe Ben brings up the ball or times where I'm bringing up the ball". He's got all the tools to be a good inside presence but just hasn't put it all together.
Multiple sports reporters typically break the future picks minutes before Commissioner Adam Silver or Tatum take to the podium.
The Kings even managed to hit a home run in the second round with their selection of Frank Mason, the 2017 Naismith College Player of the Year award victor from the University of Kansas, with the 34th pick. Fox and Kentucky got the best of Ball and UCLA in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 on March 24, with Ball erupting for 39 points and holding Ball to 10 in the Wildcats' 86-75 victory.
The 2017 NBA Draft has passed us by just like that, delivering beautifully after a week filled with trade rumors and questions about what would really happen.
Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak had a similar plan several times in recent seasons, believing they could build another super-team around Kobe Bryant.
It is far from unprecedented for a team to employ two playmakers. Simmons was drafted first overall by the Sixers last June, though missed the entire season due to injury, leaving him eligible for Rookie of the Year in 2017-2018. That hope quickly diminished when the Golden State Warriors paid $3.5 million for the pick, and Chicago agreed to send him to the Bay. In addition to the NBA Draft, the NBA Finals, Sunday Night Baseball, the College World Series and the Women's College World Series have all generated increases this month.