Sixers take guard Fultz with top pick of NBA Draft

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NEW YORK, June 22 (Reuters) - The Philadelphia 76ers selected University of Washington guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday, bolstering the team's young core by adding the 19-year-old playmaker.

The 76ers went all out to get their man, trading their No. 3 overall pick plus a future first-round pick to the Boston Celtics to secure the Maryland native.

Known for his all around offensive ability and athleticism, Fultz starred in his lone year at the University of Washington, averaging 23 points per game, along with more than five rebounds and five assists.

The 6-foot-4 (1.93 m) guard becomes the second consecutive No. 1 overall pick by Philadelphia, following forward Ben Simmons last year.

Fultz, Simmons and another recent Sixers high draft pick, big man Joel Embiid, form a promising young trio that could allow Philadelphia to rise from the bottom of the league.

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At 32 years old, LeBron James is still the NBA's most dominant player and poised to lead the Cavaliers to another Finals appearance.

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In 2003, James entered the league at 18 years old as a high-school phenom.

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Manu Ginobili may be the oldest star of the NBA playoffs, coming off the bench for the Spurs at 39.

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Ginobili came to the NBA at 25 years old in 2002 after a successful overseas career.

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Kawhi Leonard has become the leader of these Spurs at 25 years old.

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He was just 20 when he joined the Spurs in 2011.

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James Harden, 27, is trying to lead the Houston Rockets past the Spurs and into the Western Conference Finals.

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Harden entered the NBA in 2009 at 20 years old and with significantly less beard.

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Kyrie Irving, at 25, already owns a signature moment thanks to his big three-pointer in last year's Finals.

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When he was drafted at 19 in 2011, before LeBron's return, the Cavs being in the Finals seemed impossible.

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Kevin Love, 28, will play another big role in the Cavs' success this postseason.

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Love entered the league in 2009 at 20 years old and a little more burly.

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Gordon Hayward was a first-time All-Star this season at 27 and has led the Jazz to a strong playoff showing.

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He's been one of the NBA's consistently steady risers since being drafted at 20 years old in 2010.

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At 29, Stephen Curry is trying to help the Warriors make their third straight Finals.

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He's come a long way from the skinny 21-year-old who entered the league in 2009.

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Klay Thompson, 27, is now a key two-way player for the Warriors

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People thought Thompson was strictly a sharpshooter when he entered the NBA at 21 in 2011.

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Draymond Green, at 27, is considered the engine for the Warriors.

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He, too, has been an unexpected rise from a 22-year-old second round pick in 2012.

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Kevin Durant is hoping to win his first title at 28.

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Durant has been a thin, dynamic scorer since being drafted by the Seattle Supersonics at 18 years old in 2007.

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Isaiah Thomas, at 28, is improbably carrying the Celtics through the playoffs.

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When he was drafted with the last pick in 2011, at 22, nobody knew he could be a franchise star.

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John Wall had an MVP-level season at 26 for the Wizards this year.

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He's become even better than expected when he entered the NBA at 19 in 2010.

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DeMar DeRozan has become the Raptors' go-to scorer at 27.

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DeRozan was known mostly as a high-flying dunker when he came into the league at 20 years old in 2009.

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Kyle Lowry made his third All-Star team with the Raptors at 30 years old this year.

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Lowry began his winding career at 20 years old as a reserve for the Memphis Grizzlies.

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J.R. Smith has become a vital sharpshooter and defender for the Cavs at 31.

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Smith has come a long way from the immature gunner many considered him to be when he was a 19-year-old rookie in 2004.

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Iman Shumpert, 26, is a three-and-D wing and fashionable member of the Cavs.

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When he entered the league at 21 in 2011, he rocked a more straight-forward look.

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The Los Angeles Lakers used the second pick to select UCLA playmaking guard Lonzo Ball, who led college basketball in assists.

Boston then used the No. 3 overall pick to add small forward Jayson Tatum of Duke, one of the most polished scorers in college basketball.

(Additional reporting by Lewis Krauskopf; Editing by Frank Pingue)


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