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

Markelle Fultz became the first UW player to be selected first in the NBA Draft

Embiid and Dario Saric will finish in the top three when rookie of the year results get announced on June 26, and Simmons is expected to be ready for next season after recovering from foot surgery.

It ended here Thursday night, inside Barclays Center, site of the draft, 100 miles northeast of Sixers HQ, as the final hours of a swirling and profitable four days that will go down as the final major installment on the rebuild.

The Process will live on, because the renovation of the 76ers remains incomplete and because marketing genius Joel Embiid probably still has a couple dozen promotions planned, but, really, it's over. In the article, titled "What's Up, Philly", Fultz writes about his excitement for joining the Sixers' young core. But if he's not extended by the start of this season, they could extend him an $8 million qualifying offer next offseason that would make him a restricted free agent. That much is obvious by how many season tickets have been sold since the franchise selected Washington guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 overall pick. Fultz led the Pac-12 in scoring, finished No. 6 among all Division I players, and was the top freshman scorer in the country.

"Everything is designed with a championship in mind", Colangelo said.

It looks as if most of the home games for the 2017-18 season will be close to sellouts.

"He plays with reckless abandon and some of that has got to be controlled", Colangelo said.

It was Hinkie, who conveniently wound up working in Silicon Valley after leaving the National Basketball Association, who started the 76ers down a path that outwardly was about a lot of purposeful losing, but inwardly was about a business truth put into viral form form this week by Twitter user @adequateGF: "every startup is just '[thing that already exists] but with skirting labor laws on a technicality".

Fans in Philadelphia are as excited as they've been about the Sixers in at least a decade, and who can blame them?

Fultz dispelled rumors that he "refused to work out for the Sixers".

"We are now at a place where you can actually touch people and positionally feel that we're balanced in the people that we're touching and how we hope to build the program", Brown said of his team's roster.

Fultz could have wound up in Brooklyn, had the Nets not made one of the worst trades in National Basketball Association history.

Their latest No. 1 pick, however, isn't interested in just sitting back and looking at how bright the present and future are.

"Yeah, I'm serious when I say that", Fultz said about making the playoffs next season.



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