Fultz was the fourth player in Sixers history to be the first overall pick in the draft along with Ben Simmons (2016), Allen Iverson (1996) and Doug Collins (1973). "That's what I get most excited about".
But the Sixers aren't counting on the Fultz-Simmons-Embiid core to simply entertain in 140-character bursts. However, Fultz was the marquee event at these games due to what he did while playing.
Fultz can score from all three levels, create for others and play off the ball, and will surely draw a lot of attention from fans at the summer league. 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.
"By adding a player of Markelle's caliber to our promising roster, we believe we're incredibly well positioned for the future", team owner Josh Harris said. We've felt, and I've really felt, for the past year and a half mostly that it can inherit, it can absorb talent and the system will start to grow.
Thibodeau has enough young players in Minnesota and wanted a veteran like he had during his successful run coaching the Bulls. "To think that you're going to go into a season with a 19-year-old, a 20-year-old and Joel Embiid, as much as we love him and see how special he is, the reality is those three players have played a cumulative 31 National Basketball Association games", Brown said. "To set our sights on that being a reality is very ambitious".
The nickname is derived from Fultz, Embiid, Dario [Saric] and [Ben] Simmons, Philadelphia's four first-round draft picks expected to turn around the fortunes of a franchise that has averaged 19 wins over the past four seasons. Not to mention Philadelphia boasts the second-most cap room in the entire league.
The internet took the quote as a snub, but it's probably a good thing when the NBA Finals MVP is talking about your team. They find ways to nab extra picks while still staying relevant-keep in mind they just finished as the top overall seed in the Eastern Conference last season. He's ready to make results happen.
"I'm looking to go in there and just learn from day one", he said of furthering his hoops education under Lakers head of basketball operations and legendary point guard, Magic Johnson.