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The Los Angeles Lakers fulfilled the vision of Lonzo Ball's garrulous, provocative father in Thursday night's National Basketball Association draft, selecting the virtuoso passer from UCLA with the second overall pick. Here's the latest on Philadelphia's draft pick Fultz and what he brings to their lineup.

Not surprisingly, the crowds around Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball, the consensus top-two picks, dwarfed those of the other participants. In 2015, they drafted the second best player in the draft with the No. 2 pick in Jahlil Okafor.

After just one year at Washington, the 6-foot-5 point guard will joint Philly, after the team acquired the pick in a deal with the Boston Celtics days earlier. moving up two spots from No. 3. The 76ers on Monday traded that selection plus a first-round pick in 2018 or 2019 to the Boston Celtics for the No. 1 pick. "When I found out they had the chance to get the No. 1 pick, I just wanted to go work out". They have different skillsets and personalities, but will likely be at the core of how Philadelphia tries to return to relevance.

Tatum said he was "under the weather" during his time in Boston and just went to "lay down after the workout" so he didn't get to tour the city.

Jackson was raised by his mother, Apples Jones, who was a standout player at the University of Texas at El Paso, and his stepfather, Clarence Jones, who died of a heart attack when Jackson was playing in a Las Vegas tournament in 2014.

"It just shows you what the NBA's about", Fultz, 19, said at a news conference at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan on Wednesday.

"As soon as I get there, that's the goal", Fultz said.

"We looked long and hard (at the record)", Colangelo said. "That's what we talked about".

As Lonzo walked on stage to meet Commissioner Adam Silver and put on a purple Lakers hat, LaVar put on a gold and purple Big Baller Brand hat, the company he has started.

"Pay attention to my footwear", the Washington guard said. "Going there knowing the future is bright and the talent there is really good, I'm pretty excited". They took point guard D' Angelo Russell in 2015 and forward Brandon Ingram in 2016. Overall, their high energy translates to getting takeaways. "They said they love my dad and left it at that". The Timberwolves traded the pick as part of a deal for All-Star guard Jimmy Butler. So the big thing we used to say back home was, Trust the Process, not transferring schools.

Don't be surprised if the run on freshman keeps going through the top 10. The 76ers are expected to take Markelle Fultz with the first overall pick.

Embiid told ESPN's Josina Anderson on Thursday night that the Fultz pick was "a blessing" for the Sixers. Freshmen are projected to be plucked for the first eight to 10 picks, with as many as 20 potentially slated for the first round.

Another worldwide player was tabbed next as the New York Knicks selected French guard Frank Ntilikina, a talented 18-year-old who has defensive skills to match a solid offensive game. Both have met with the New York Knicks, who scored well two years ago when they went overseas with their pick of Latvian Kristaps Porzingis - to whom Markkanen has been compared as a 7-footer with perimeter shooting skills.

McDonough called Jackson a ideal fit for the Suns, joining Booker and T.J. Warren as versatile wing players.

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