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Celtics may trade No. 1 pick in NBA Draft to Sixers, who could pick Markelle Fultz, report says

Celtics may trade No. 1 pick in NBA Draft to Sixers, who could pick Markelle Fultz, report says

The Boston Celtics may not select Markelle Fultz with the first overall pick after all. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Boston could be getting close to trading that pick to the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! then followed up with these details:

Uh yeah, that sounds serious. Fultz, 19, has emerged as the consensus No. 1 pick after starring for one year at the University of Washington. He's a 6-foot-4 point guard who can do it all. Last year he averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and shot 47.6 percent from the field and 41.3 percent from three.

The Sixers have loads of talent at the forward position and have plans to try 6-foot-10 Ben Simmons, the 2016 No. 1 pick, at point guard. But Fultz could certainly fit with the pieces they already have.

Boston was the No. 1 seed in the East this past season, but needs more starpower to compete with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Fultz would seem like a big step in the right direction, though in this loaded draft they could easily find an All-Star if they move back to No. 3.

Man, would this be a blockbuster if it goes through.

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With Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons set to debut, John Wall and Bradley Beal recall their early days

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With Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons set to debut, John Wall and Bradley Beal recall their early days

The Philadelphia 76ers will have two No. 1 overall picks make their NBA debuts on Wednesday night in Markelle Fultz (2017) and Ben Simmons (2016). They are in for a challenge with the Wizards, one of the best teams in basketball, and with guards John Wall and Bradley Beal.

Wall and Beal know that challenge well. They were both top draft picks in their own right, Wall the first pick in 2010 and Beal the third pick in 2012. They can recall in specifics their first games in the NBA and how humbling they were.

"My first game, I was going against Dwight Howard. It was fun," Wall said. "There was a lot of pressure. There were a lot of people talking."

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It's often said that the point guard position is as deep as it's ever been nowadays. The last three MVP awards have gone to point guards, for instance.

There were some good ones back in 2010, too.

"I remember in a five-game span I played like [Rajon] Rondo, Derrick Rose here and then I went out west and played Steve Nash, Chris Paul and Russell [Westbrook]," Wall said. "I don't think it's gotten any harder than it was back then in 2010 with those five guys. You kind of understand what those guys are about when you get to see it firsthand and play against them."

Beal vividly remembers going up against the LeBron James-led Miami Heat as a 19-year-old. It wasn't easy.

"It was the Heat when they had [Dwyane Wade] and LeBron on the same team. That's when D-Wade was electrifying. He still had his quickness. He was strong as I don't know what and I was a baby at that time," he said.

"For me, it was like I was in awe because those are the guys I grew up watching and I was a fan of. Now I'm playing against them and I can't be a fan of them. It was amazing to play against them, but also an eye-opener like, I need to get better."

Now it's Fultz and Simmons' turn to see what matching up with NBA superstars is like and don't expect Wall or Beal to take it easy on them.

"I'm a competitive person, so I'm not going to back down from any challenge," Wall said.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 45 - Season preview with over/unders and bold predictions

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 45 - Season preview with over/unders and bold predictions

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman personal injury lawyers, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller previewed the 2017-18 Wizards regular season with over/unders, biggest questions and bold predictions.

NBC Sports Philly Sixers Insider Jessica Camerato also joined the show to preview the first game between the Wizards and Sixers.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!

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