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Is Markelle Fultz Really The Top Prospect In The NBA Draft?

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The 76ers now own the First Overall Pick in the NBA Draft for the second straight year thanks to a trade with the Celtics that helps the Sixers future look brighter than ever.  The expectation is that Philadelphia will draft University of Washington Guard Markelle Fultz with the First Overall Pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.  Celtics GM Danny Ainge told the media on Monday that they believe the player they want will be available at Third Overall, putting doubt that Fultz may not be the consensus top prospect in this year’s draft class.  This is on top of skepticism that some analysts have expressed about Fultz, like that of ESPN College Basketball Analyst Seth Greenberg.

Philadelphia Daily News Sports Columnist Marcus Hayes joined Rich Quinones on Monday to weigh both sides of the potential of drafting Markelle Fultz:

“I’ve always been a big advocate of if you like a player, especially in the NBA, if it is an impact player who can score, then you do what you have to do to get that player. Those are the players that make the difference. I am not a big hoarder of assets….If Markelle Fultz is the guy then you have to go get THE Guy because that can make a difference for your franchise for 10-15 years.  On the flip side, I haven’t talked to one single scout who thinks Markelle Fultz is The Guy….(The Trade) is really a lot…to spend on a guy who is a good player. I don’t know if that’s the wisest investment.”

Hear what Hayes had to say about Sixers potential to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, if Brett Brown has cemented his place Head Coach, along with perspective on Eagles Offensive Line and Doug Pederson heading into 2017 season

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