The 2017 NBA Draft is in the books, and as you debate the selections, we’re here to break down the winners and losers on a Thursday night in Brooklyn.
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS: They finally landed their franchise point guard, Markelle Fultz, to go along with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. They didn’t overthink it, cashed in on the Process and got a point man who can create on his own.
The Sixers gave up a lot, but landed as close to a can’t-miss prospect as there was in this draft. At some point, they had to commit to a guy instead of biding their time. The Sixers have one of the best young cores in the league and are ready to go.
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES: They landed a perennial All-Star for almost nothing. They dealt a player in a positional logjam coming off a major injury (Zach LaVine), a flawed second-year point guard (Kris Dunn) and a nine-spot drop in the first round for Jimmy Butler. They get a leader and top-tier talent who makes tough shots, loves Tom Thibodeau, always plays hard and can generate his own offense. The Wolves also wound up with Justin Patton at No. 16, giving them a 7-footer with a plus-20 PER last season at Creighton. Patton is as good as anyone they would have taken at No. 7.