As you’d expect, the number one pick for the Philadelphia 76ers was Washington Huskies point guard Markelle Fultz. The 76ers traded up with the Boston Celtics to get their hands on Fultz, and they now have their point guard.
Watch Fultz’s tape and learn more about why he’s been hyped as the can’t-miss prospect of the 2017 NBA Draft.
Check out the scouting report on Fultz from our Niels Pineda.
It is easy to see why teams have fallen in love with Markelle Fultz. He is a remarkably gifted player who has the potential to immediately impact the game with his combination of creating, scoring, and facilitating. He has very few, if any, weaknesses on the offensive end, and his game is incredibly polished for only having played in college for one year. At the same time, it appears that he is being oversold for certain skills that he does not currently have.
Several scouting reports claim that he has elite athleticism. While he has a very good vertical and a quick first step, he needs to work on his lateral speed and overall explosiveness. Furthermore, he is being praised for having great “defensive potential,” a sentiment that holds very little weight considering the subpar defense he displayed throughout college.