NBA Draft

New to Philly, Markelle Fultz already has his cheesesteak order down

New to Philly, Markelle Fultz already has his cheesesteak order down

Moving to a new city can be overwhelming. Markelle Fultz already has taken care of one key aspect of living in Philadelphia.

His cheesesteaks.

Fultz stamped off on Larry’s Steaks as his favorite. The Maryland native had visited Philadelphia many times before being drafted by the Sixers and had done his own scouting. 

So it wasn’t a question of where he gets his cheesesteaks, but how he orders them.

“Actually, I do it a different way,” Fultz said. “I usually get chicken and steak. I just get lettuce and a little bit of onions. Just a basic Philly cheesesteak.” 

Fultz also credited his mother for her cheesesteak savvy. 

“I’ll be stealing like half of hers,” he said. 

The Sixers provided Larry’s Steaks cheesesteaks to the media following Fultz’s introductory press conference.

Welcome to Philadelphia, Markelle Fultz.

A post shared by Jessica Camerato (@jcamerato) on

Sixers acquire Latvian center Anzejs Pasecniks in trade up to No. 25

Sixers acquire Latvian center Anzejs Pasecniks in trade up to No. 25

Updated: Friday, 12:10 a.m.

The Sixers on Thursday traded for the No. 25 overall pick, Latvian center Anzejs Pasecniks.

The Sixers traded the 2020 top-20 protected pick they acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder for Jerami Grant this past season, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe. The Sixers have a crowded roster and will likely stash the 7-foot-2 Pasecniks overseas while he develops.

"Sometimes, especially an organization at the stage we're at in terms of building, you can only have so many young players," Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said. "The players in question are all subject to international contracts or contracts that would require buyouts. And perhaps there's even been some discussion with the representation or agents for those players that there's no intention to come over at this stage."

Pasecniks still has a year left on his contract for next season and also has a club option for the following season. He said he'd love to play in the NBA right away, but he understands it's the team's decision. He was just excited to be drafted by the Sixers.

"It was great," Pasecniks said of his name being called. "I think the moment they drafted me it was an amazing feeling. At this moment, I've still got a smile on my face."

Pasecniks weighs in at just 229 pounds, so his goal will be to gain strength to compete with NBA bigs. The 21-year-old Pasecniks is an athletic 7-foot-2 big that played on the Latvian national team with the Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis. Pasecniks said the two are friends and speak about once a week.

He spent last season overseas in the Liga ACB in Spain. Playing in the league's toughest division, his stats aren't overwhelming: 7.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in just 16.5 minutes a game. He knows he'll have to develop aspects of his game before coming over.

"I'm sure in a couple months I'm going to grow my game 1-on-1," Pasecniks said. "Because we don't do that in Europe. They don't want us to play 1-on-1. They want to share the ball. I hope that I'm going to grow my game 1-on-1. Get stronger and that's what I'm going to do in [the next] couple months."

The Sixers still had four second-round selections — they kept two of their picks (No. 36 Jonah Bolden and No. 50 Mathias Lessort) and reportedly traded the other two (No. 39 Jawun Evans and No. 46 Sterling Brown(see story).

Even if Sixers' process is complete, philosophy behind it needs to stay

Even if Sixers' process is complete, philosophy behind it needs to stay

Is "The Process" over?

That is a question that has dominated the Philadelphia sports scene from the moment it became clear the 76ers were acquiring the first overall pick in the 2017 draft. The potential nucleus of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz certainly feels different than anything the Sixers have placed on the floor this century (with apologies to the JaKarr Sampson, Isaiah Canaan and Carl Landry triumvirate).

A promising team is hardly a winning one, so the debate lingers on as it relates to whether the Sixers' young talent will mature into a champion. That answer is likely years away.

So while some focus on the question, "Is The Process over?" perhaps it's ideal to reframe the question and ponder, "Should The Process ever end?"

It's easy to associate The Process with tanking. Seventy-five wins over four seasons underscore that line of thought. But tanking was always a part of The Process, never its entirety. 

At its heart, The Process revolves around finding the best way to position a franchise once lost in the wasteland that is in the middle of the NBA standings (with no hope of ever signing a true difference-making free agent) for long-term success.

More simply put: properly evaluating your situation plus making smart decisions based on that evaluation = The Process.

With that in mind, The Process should reign forever. That formula is how successful organizations in sports and otherwise, operate. The Patriots have a process. The Cubs have a process. The Warriors have a process. 

The tanking may be done. However, Sixers fans should hope The Process is far from over.

Trust that.