76ers #1 overall pick
76ers Trade for #1 overall pick
On June 17th, 2017 it was revealed that the 76ers revealed their intent to trade for the #1 overall pick, who was owned by the Boston Celtics. It was revealed that the 76ers will trade their pick and the future picks for this #1 selection. The 2018 Lakers pick to BOS has protections on top and bottom that could keep it in Philly, and if so, then 2019 Kings' pick goes to Boston. With this #1 pick, the 76ers plan to pick Washington Point Guard Markelle Fultz. Markelle Fultz had averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assist last year and he has to impress coaching staffs in the NBA. What does this trade mean for the future of each team?
This trade is clearly a move for the team to make a run for the playoffs this year. With Ben simmons coming back from injury and Joel Embiid having a breakout first year, the team thinks they are finally ready for the playoffs. This pick fills the gap they have right now, which is a poor point guard. With Markelle Fultz, the team would have a young, strong starting lineup that can make it to the playoffs. This team is not ready for a run deep in the playoffs yet, but as they develop into star players they will feel familiar to the playoffs.
This trade was very risky for the Celtics, but it may help them make a finals run in the long run. With these picks, they may start to make runs for players like Paul George or Jimmy Butler. A trade for Jimmy Butler seems to be more likely, but only time will tell what ends up happening for the team. If they acquire one of these players, the team may become a more attractive option for a player like Gordon Hayward. If the team ends up adding these stars, a finals run seems much more likely for the team. This pick is certainly risky, but may end up working for the team.