Fultz, Ball headline youthful draft class


Last night, the Sixers added another piece to their puzzle when they selected Washington guard Markelle Fultz with the first-overall pick in this year's NBA Draft. The NBA Draft drew an average minute streaming audience of 135,200 viewers, up 55 percent from 2016, and 1,153,500 unique viewers, up 107 percent from past year.

Markelle Fultz walks on stage with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers during the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on Friday in New York City.

The 1.93m guard became the second consecutive number one overall pick by Philadelphia, following forward Ben Simmons previous year.

Fultz, who was one of the most electrifying freshmen in college basketball last season, averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds for the Washington Huskies.

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While this year's draft class has had National Basketball Association scouts and executives drooling for years, the timing of the record-setting freshman class has certainly been affected by the Warriors - and to a lesser extent - the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Ball then got the wish he and his father, LaVar, wanted all along by staying in Los Angeles, where he starred last season at UCLA.

The 76ers had the No. 1 pick for the second straight year after trading with the Boston Celtics on Monday. The Suns took Josh Jackson of Kansas, the Sacramento Kings took Kentucky guard De'Aaron Fox at No. 5 and the run of freshmen continued when the Orlando Magic selected Jonathan Isaac. The Jazz acquire the rights to pick No. 28 (Tony Bradley).