By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Like has been speculated since the trade with the Boston Celtics, the Philadelphia 76ers have drafted point guard Markelle Fultz, the former Washington Huskies guard, with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Fultz is the second straight player drafted by the franchise with the top pick.
Last season, the team drafted Ben Simmons with their natural No. 1 overall pick. However, Simmons missed the entire season with an injury.
Fultz is expected to be the final piece of the infamous “Trust the Process” that former general manager Sam Hinkie started several years ago. He’s also expected to be a perfect fit with the 76ers, as they have a talented, young cast moving forward and Fultz can play off the ball.
T.J. McConnell has been the team’s point guard last season. But the 76ers have been searching for a guard, who can add perimeter shooting, which Fultz can help with.
The Sixers are finally moving in the right direction. They had just 75 wins in the past four years — and were criticized for Hinkie’s tear-bones effort to rebuild the team from the ground up — but now with their young talent, including Fultz, they’re going to be a young team to beat in the future.
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