Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

The biggest winners and losers from the 2017 NBA Draft


After going a combined 75-253 over the past four seasons, the Sixers are exploding with excitement about the future after trading up to acquire the top pick to take Fultz.

With Fultz adding his scoring proficiency alongside the pass-first Simmons and Embiid, the Sixers are hoping their painstaking "Process" finally takes the next step into the postseason.

Ball is followed immediately by two teammates, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz of the Philadelphia 76ers.

But then they drafted a point guard, Frank Ntilikina, who should be able to play for them long-term. They needed an all around playmaker in the backcourt and that's what they got.

National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver confirmed the trade during the 2017 entry draft. "It's something that nearly all kids dream of and for me to do this, it just goes down in the history book and it's a milestone for me".

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LaVar Ball is a highly charismatic figure.

Should much promising Ball and Ingram, the results of those not so memorable two seasons, become a dominant force in the National Basketball Association, it would help the Lakers forget one of the darkest periods of the team's history.

Not only did the Kings get the man they targeted the whole time - Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox - with the fifth pick, but they turned around and slid a few spots back from the 10th pick to get North Carolina forward Justin Jackson, a good shooter, at 15 and Harry Giles, a former top prospect who has been slow to recover from knee injuries, with the 20th selection.

Didn't it just seem that we ended school and sports for one academic year and we're already facing the July 4th holiday in less than two weeks?

Fultz was all set to become a Celtic but on Monday the pick was officially dealt to Philadelphia.

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The choice of Fultz fits in nicely with Philadelphia's rebuilding program.

The Celtics used the third pick on Duke's Jayson Tatum. "I needed somebody also that can make the other players better, and also that players want to play with".

Signing Joel Embiid to a contract extension is one of the 76ers' offseason priorities, according to managing owner Josh Harris. "So I think it is perhaps ammunition at times to remind them of statements and to help them achieve their in-game goal". And boy - if he would have played with Lonzo Ball this year, he would have been a first round pick.

Sacramento was the only team with two lottery picks.

The Sixers and their fans will get a first taste of Fultz next month when the team takes part in the Utah Summer League.

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