It's time for No. 1 pick Fultz to turn 76ers into winners

It's time for No. 1 pick Fultz to turn 76ers into winners

Jimmy Butler and Tom Thibodeau hope to rekindle their past. The rest of the top 10 local markets are: Charlotte (4.7); Indianapolis (4.4); Norfolk (4.0); Oklahoma City (3.9); Raleigh-Durham (3.8); Los Angeles (3.8); Las Vegas (3.8); Richmond (3.7); San Antonio (3.6).

CAMDEN, N.J. Adam Silver stepped to the podium at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn at precisely 7:35 Thursday night to welcome everyone to the 2017 NBA Draft and say that the Sixers were on the clock.

Fultz was all set to become a Celtic, but on Monday the pick was officially dealt to Philadelphia. An shifty, crafty guard who got the explosiveness and athletic ability to finish strong at the rim, Dennis will have an solid rookie campaign for an struggle Dallas squad looking for an upstart player like Dennis to find an identity.

Thibodeau has enough young players in Minnesota and wanted a veteran like he had during his successful run coaching the Bulls.

The T-Wolves also received draft rights to 16th pick Justin Patton of Creighton, while the Bulls beefed up their roster by getting promising Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the rights to Arizona's Lauri Markkanen of Finland, the seventh player taken. I just don't get the plan here. "Where'd they get that info?" How is this possible?

"He does whatever he has to do to help you win", said an National Basketball Association scout who said he has seen Tatum play "at least a dozen times".

"We've had four years as a consistent staff to work efficiently and purposefully", head coach Brett Brown said on Friday.

The Los Angeles Lakers followed by taking Lonzo Ball as the draft started with a pair of freshmen point guards from the Pac-12 Conference.

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And then they drafted Villanova's Josh Hart at No. 30. He should be able to step in and give them some minutes right away in the backcourt. Maybe the Sixers should have signed LeGarrette Blount, too.

Part of the process when making a draft choice, especially when it's one of the top picks, is character evaluation. In other leagues it's easy to imagine a commissioner having much less fun with this scenario playing out, but after a long night of announcements this was a good bit of levity to close the show. Mark Cuban's latest selection is arguably the most explosive guard in this draft class. "When I turned it on, it actually froze up", he said. Knicks fans of course were yelling for Phil Jackson to be fired.

It's nice that Tatum took the jeers in such good stride.

But a wonderful night for freshman wasn't great for all of them.

A great trade for the Wolves and an very bad trade for the Bulls.

Speaking of guys who made mistakes...Ike Anigbogu should have gone back to UCLA.

But the biggest hang-up in this trade was the fact Chicago had to swap first-round picks with Minnesota to get the deal done. He can opt out of his contract to play in the National Basketball Association. The Celtics used the No. 3 overall pick on Jayson Tatum out of Duke.

But after I spent most of Thursday evening watching NBA draft coverage on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia rather than ESPN or the NBA Network, I changed my mind.