Sixers Select Markelle Fultz With No. 1 Overall Pick In 2017 NBA Draft
PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 23, 2017 – The Philadelphia 76ers selected guard Markelle Fultz from the University of Washington with the first pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, presented by State Farm. Fultz is the fourth player in franchise history to be drafted first overall, joining Ben Simmons (2016), Allen Iverson (1996) and Doug Collins (1973).
The Sixers also acquired the draft rights to the 25th overall pick, center Anzejs Pasecniks from BC VEF Riga (Latvia), via Orlando in exchange for a future protected first-round draft pick from Oklahoma City and the lesser of the 2020 second-round pick from Brooklyn or the 2020 second-round pick from New York. The future first-round pick from Oklahoma City will be eligible for conveyance beginning in 2020, and if such pick is not among the first 20 picks, Oklahoma City's 2022 and 2023 second-round picks will instead be conveyed.
In addition, the team drafted the following players in the second round:
• Forward Jonah Bolden from FMP Beograd (Serbia) with the 36th pick.
• Guard Jawun Evans from Oklahoma State with the 39th pick.
• Guard Sterling Brown from SMU with the 46th pick.
• Center Mathias Lessort from Chalon-Sur-Saone (France) with the 50th pick.
In his lone collegiate season at Washington, Fultz averaged team-highs of 23 points (sixth in NCAA) and six assists to go along with six rebounds, two steals and one block in 36 minutes per game. He was just the second NCAA freshman to average 23 points, five rebounds and five assists per game since 1992-93.
Fultz was a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award, which has been presented annually to the outstanding collegiate basketball Player of the Year since 1976. He was selected First Team All-Pac-12 and was named an Associated Press Third Team All-American.
Pasecniks, a 7-foot-2 center, averaged eight points while shooting 58 percent from three-point range with BC VEF Riga last season.
Bolden, a 6-foot-10 forward, spent last season with FMP Beograde, averaging 13 points and seven rebounds. The Austrailian native played two seasons at UCLA.
Evans, a 6-foot-1 guard, averaged 19 points and six assists in his sophomore season at Oklahoma State, earning All-Conference honors in the Big 12.
Brown, a 6-foot-6 guard, averaged 13 points, shooting 45 percent from three-point range in his senior year at SMU.
Lessort, a 6-foot-9 center, spent last season with Chalon-Sur-Saone, averaging 10 points and seven rebounds per game.
The Sixers will hold an introductory press conference with Fultz and other Sixers Draft selections Friday at 11 a.m. at the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex.