By Sean Kennedy (@PhillyFastBreak)
A wild week leading up to Thursday’s NBA draft has stripped some of the uncertainty from the event, especially at the top of the lottery. The Sixers are already sewing together Markelle Fultz’s jersey after swinging a deal with Boston to land the first overall pick. Meanwhile, the Lakers cleared the way for the Lonzo Ball era by shipping D’Angelo Russell to Brooklyn, a steep price to pay to unload the Timofey Mozgov contract.
Even if the top-two picks appear set, there could still be plenty of fireworks throughout the evening. From Philadelphia’s perspective, outside of the Fultz situation, they’ve also been rumored to have had discussions about everyone from Kristaps Porzingis to Kevin Love. Though another bombshell trade is unlikely, Bryan Colangelo has made it known that he’s looking to get back into the first round. With an arsenal of four second-round picks, and Jahlil Okafor set to collect dust as a third-string center, Colangelo will certainly do his best to obtain a selection in the 20’s.
Will the Sixers make another deal? What draft-and-stash international players might the team take in the second round? These questions seem pretty tame now, but however small they might be, they could still impact the fortunes of the team down the road. Ultimately though, hearing “with the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select Markelle Fultz” will be all the reason Sixers fans need to celebrate Thursday night.