The Philadelphia 76ers acquired the number 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft from the Boston Celtics in exchange for the number 3 overall pick in the 2017 draft and a future 1st round pick(in 2018 or 2019).
This trade was clearly made in order to draft star point guard prospect Markelle Fultz out of Washington. Fultz is a tremendous scorer as he proved with his 23.2 points per game during his 1 season at Washington. However, I question whether he is ready to lead a 76ers team that is still really young and in the middle of a rebuild. Fultz almost certainly wasn’t going to be available at the number 3 overall pick, so the 76ers are giving up a lot just to move up 2 spots and get him. That means Philadelphia must be certain that he is the real deal since this is the type of trade that could set the team back even further if it doesn’t work out. The 76ers already have a good young core with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons if those players can just stay healthy. However, the 76ers have lacked production at both point guard and shooting guard for awhile now. Fultz is the well-rounded point guard that the 76ers have been lacking and he is a major upgrade over what they had last year. We’ll see if Fultz is the missing piece for the 76ers to finally be a playoff team, but I’m just not quite sure at this point if this trade will be worth it for Philadelphia considering that they are giving up a valuable 1st round pick in order to just move up 2 places.
76ers Grade: C+
This is a great trade for the Boston Celtics because they are already one of the best teams in the league and it isn’t like they desperately needed the number 1 overall pick anyway. It doesn’t hurt them in any way to move down to the 3rd overall pick and in fact this trade just makes the team much better. They’ll now have an extra 1st round pick in either 2018 or 2019 that they can use to add to their roster. They could also use the extra draft pick to try and trade for a star player like Jimmy Butler that could make them arguably the best team in the Eastern conference. Either way, Boston will still likely get an impact player with the 3rd overall pick and getting another draft pick to use as trade leverage or they could use it to get another impact player. Boston obviously wasn’t sold on Fultz or Lonzo Ball being a good fit for their team so it made sense that they would move back just two spaces.