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Sixers looking to sign Joel Embiid to contract extension this summer

Pammachio Corsino | 25 Giugno, 2017, 14:04

The 6-foot-4 guard out of Washington has gone on late-night TV and boasted of his love of Philly cheesesteaks, made a social media connection with franchise player Joel Embiid and dazzled on draft night with a pair of orange sneakers made of the same leather used to make National Basketball Association game balls.

The Raptors selected OG Anunoby with the No. 23 overall pick of the draft. They traded down and gave up the chance to draft Markelle Fultz, who was the best player in the draft by far. Curry and Green most often initiated their offense, but ex-Sixer Andre Iguodala, a reserve, also did so at times.

From there, they turned aggressive, traded with the Celtics for the top pick, and Thursday selected University of Washington freshman Markelle Fultz.

Anunoby is 6'8, 215 pounds, and was rated the Big Ten Conference's second best player. As for fans, they were still buzzing.

"I'm looking to go in there and just learn from day one", he said of furthering his hoops education under Lakers head of basketball operations and legendary point guard, Magic Johnson. "Once I heard my name called it was like God calling me". If it wasn't for an untimely injury, he too, would have been the No. 1 overall selection of his draft class. The first two, Doug Collins in 1973 and Allen Iverson in 1996, worked out pretty well.

After trading up to the No. 1 overall pick, the Sixers put themselves in a great position to add a franchise pillar to their young core. Fultz is the closes thing the Sixers have had to a player who actually sees the team and wants to be a part of it.

But back to Fultz, this Twitter headline from Bleacher Report following the Sixers' deal to acquire the coveted pick is just one example of how excited many experts are with Fultz's potential. "I've got to get back in the gym and get a workout in", Fultz said.

Fultz is a late bloomer.


Outsiders might find it premature for fans to be so gaga over a club that won 28 games last season and just 75 combined over the previous four seasons. The Lakers used their third straight No. 2 pick on Ball, who averaged 14.6 points and led the nation with 7.6 assists per game in his only season at UCLA.

It was a record-setting evening for the Pac-12, just not that record.

It is his versatility that the Sixers coveted the most.

First, Simmons and Embiid need to be healthy.

Overall, the Kings filled several needs and could have picked the steal of the draft in Giles.

His weaknesses are finishing around the basket and free-throw shooting. He only made 64.9 of his attempt at the line at Washington.

The first seven picks of the draft entered as college freshman and 18-year-old Frenchman Frank Ntilikina was taken by the New York Knicks with the eighth choice. They would eventually trade Bell to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for $3.5 million. The Cavs sent Wiggins and Bennett in a three-team deal with Minnesota and the Sixers to get Kevin Love. Bennett last played for Fenerbahçe of the Turkish Basketball Super League, who cut him earlier this year.

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