76ers get No. 1 pick from Celtics

76ers get No. 1 pick from Celtics

They're big on defense so I think the tools that I have to be a defensive player I think would help them get out in transition.

Washington Huskies guard Markelle Fultz (20) dunks against Colorado Buffaloes forward Tory Miller (14) during the first half at Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Even though they were expected to pick Fultz before the trade, he would've played backup to Thomas. "We feel like we have a core of young players in place, that will be significantly stronger once a decision is made on Thursday night and the draft selection is made One thing we're going to continue to address and we did last season, was bring in some veteran presence". The second pick is protected, and if it doesn't convey, it turns into the Sacramento Kings' first-rounder in 2019.

"We think there's a really good chance the player we'll take at 3 is the player we would have taken at 1", Ainge said Monday. "It's a good deal for both teams". These seven picks, or the players they produce, allow Boston to acquire proven All-Star talent.

Boston will receive the 2018 first-round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers - if that selection falls between the No. 2 to No. 5 range.

"We are very, very excited about what we've been able to accomplish the last few days getting this trade done with Philadelphia", Ainge said.

"This is certainly a trade that is under the microscope more than others", Ainge said.

Bryan Colangelo wouldn't talk about Markelle Fultz by name, but everybody knows what the 76ers having moved up to No. 1 means. The Sixers had pursued the trade with the Celtics for the No. 1 pick since the draft lottery. The Celtics could simply stay put and draft a future potential star, or trade down for more picks and more cap space to make a run at a perennial All-Star. With the Lakers zeroing in on UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, all signs point to Ainge taking Kansas swingman Josh Jackson with the third pick.

Fultz, who recently turned 19, averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists as a freshman on a Washington team that went 9-22. "That's our goal. That's where we want to be. I would venture to say we're going to be sold out this year playing to full capacity every night". Washington point guard Markelle Fultz has always been widely regarded as the best draft prospect, who Philadelphia is now expected to pick, but Ainge indicated Monday that his team's evaluation was not so clear-cut. Fultz, who went to high school in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, led the Pac-12 in scoring and finished No. 6 among all Division I players. He arrived at the training complex wearing his own Sixers hat, planned to get a cheesesteak after his workout, and took a photo with Simmons, Joel Embiid and Robert Covington.