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

Kristopher Nichols
June 28, 2017

Shortly after the Philadelphia Sixers drafted Markelle Fultz with the #1 overall pick in the NBA Draft last week, Joel Embiid approved a new nickname for the team's young core: "FEDS".

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Any team built on the foundation of Embiid, Simmons, Fultz and Dario Saric has limitless potential, with several pieces in place for complementary roles. "The start of the season and training camp and the month of September are really going to be important for us to allow those guys to feel each other and the coaching staff to be able to truly see it on the court".

The Sixers kept the project rolling later in the first round, striking a deal with Orlando to acquire the 25th pick, center Anzejs Pasecniks from Latvia. Second-round picks Jonah Bolden and power forward Mathias Lessort out of France also won't join the team next season.

Now the franchise is hoping for more with the trio of Fultz, Simmons and entertaining center Joel Embiid.

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"The fan base is responding and reacting to the way this team not only plays on the court but the way they present themselves to the public", Sixers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo said. LaVar Ball had said his son would only play for the Lakers, and it was clear that would happen when Lonzo got a phone call with the Lakers on the clock.

"When you look at the makeup of our team", Colangelo said. Taking point guards was another trend in this year's draft.

The Sixers went 28-54 this past season, after winning 19, 18 and 10 games in the previous three seasons, starting a rebuilding campaign more commonly known as The Process.

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".

"Yeah, I'm serious when I say that", Fultz said about making the playoffs next season. Fultz was cut from his varsity high school basketball team in his sophomore year, and even though many told him to transfer and not risk missing out on a potential collegiate and pro career, he and his mom chose to stay and prove the doubters wrong. "It's going to do whatever we need to do to win". So even before they made it official last night, it seemed that the Sixers and Markelle Fultz was a match made in heaven.

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