Fultz taken by the 76ers

23 June 2017 07:50:20 EST

The Philadelphia 76ers took Markelle Fultz from the University of Washington as the top selection in the 2017 NBA Draft after dealing for the pick from the Boston Celtics earlier in the week.

Fultz, who is no way a certainty to be a star despite being selected first overall, joins a talented young group of players and after a number of years of "The Process" the 76ers may finally return to their former glory days when they regularly challenged the Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers for overall league supremacy.

The Lakers selected local product Lonzo Ball out of UCLA with the second pick and after trading away D'Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets, Ball becomes the face of the hoped for LA resurgence.

Meanwhile the first surprise of the draft came with the third pick, that Boston had acquired from Philadelphia as part of the first overall selection deal, when the Celtics took Jayson Tatum, a small forward out of Duke.

Tatum was considered the most NBA ready player in the draft, but with Josh Jackson still available it was a gutsy move by Boston general manager Danny Ainge.

That Tatum was the guy the Celtics wanted was evident by the fact that Ainge said that Boston would have taken the player first overall if they had not made the deal with the 76ers.

With the New York Knicks dangling Kristaps Porziņģis, the Celtics somehow passed on an established young talent for the potential of Tatum.

Jackson fell to fourth where the Phoenix Suns gratefully grabbed the Kansas star. Whether they will do a deal with the Knicks remains to be seen, but for now, Jackson should significantly improve the youngest starting five in the NBA.

Meanwhile, Golden State are 10/17 for the 2017/18 NBA Championship, with Cleveland 13/4.

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