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Here's How The First Round Of The 2017 NBA Draft Shook Out

Photo Credit: Frank Franklin II/AP
Photo Credit: Frank Franklin II/AP

The biggest story of the NBA draft’s first round was the Bulls and Timberwolves swapping picks as part of a trade that sent Jimmy Butler to Minnesota in an absurdly low package. Apart from that, things unfolded largely without incident. Kristaps Porzingis is still a Knick, Paul George is still a Pacer, the world still turns.

The Philadelphia 76ers surprised no one by taking point guard Markelle Fultz of Washington with the first overall pick in the draft, after acquiring the pick earlier this week in a trade with Boston. This is the second consecutive year that Philly has had the first overall pick and the fourth straight year that they’ve had a pick in the top-three; this year, however, is the first of those in which they haven’t added another big man. (The Process is now, uh, F.E.D.S.?)

Lonzo Ball became a Laker with the No. 2 pick, as ordained by Zeus and Jesus, while the Celtics used their recently acquired No. 3 pick to take Jayson Tatum. And a whole bunch of other freshmen—a record 11 in total—were taken throughout the lottery. The first round in its entirety:

  1. Philadelphia 76ers (from Celtics via Nets)— Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington
  2. Los Angeles Lakers — Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA
  3. Boston Celtics (from 76ers via Kings) — Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke
  4. Phoenix Suns — Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas
  5. Sacramento Kings (from 76ers) — De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky
  6. Orlando Magic — Jonathan Isaac, SF, Florida State
  7. Chicago Bulls (via Timberwolves) — Lauri Markkanen, PF, Arizona
  8. New York Knicks — Frank Ntilikina, PG, France
  9. Dallas Mavericks —Dennis Smith, PG, NC State
  10. Portland Trail Blazers (from Pelicans via Kings) — Zach Collins, PF, Gonzaga
  11. Charlotte Hornets — Malik Monk, SG, Kentucky
  12. Detroit Pistons — Luke Kennard, SG, Duke
  13. Utah Jazz (from Nuggets) — Donovan Mitchell, SG, Louisville
  14. Miami Heat — Bam Adebayo, PF, Kentucky
  15. Sacramento Kings (from Trail Blazers) — Justin Jackson, SF, North Carolina
  16. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Bulls) — Justin Patton, C, Creighton
  17. Milwaukee Bucks — D.J. Wilson, PF, Michigan
  18. Indiana Pacers — T.J. Leaf, PF, UCLA
  19. Atlanta Hawks — John Collins, PF, Wake Forest
  20. Sacramento Kings (from Grizzlies via Trail Blazers) — Harry Giles, PF, Duke
  21. Oklahoma City Thunder — Terrance Ferguson, SG, Australian NBL
  22. Brooklyn Nets (from Wizards)— Jarrett Allen, C, Texas
  23. Toronto Raptors (from Clippers)— OG Anunoby, SF, Indiana
  24. Denver Nuggets (from Jazz) — Tyler Lydon, PF, Syracuse
  25. Orlando Magic (via Raptors) — Anzejs Pasecniks, C, Latvia
  26. Portland Trail Blazers (from Cavaliers)— Caleb Swanigan, PF, Purdue
  27. Brooklyn Nets (originally from Celtics, proposed to Lakers in D’Angelo Russell trade) — Kyle Kuzma, PF, Utah
  28. Los Angeles Lakers (via Rockets) — Tony Bradley, C, North Carolina
  29. San Antonio Spurs — Derrick White, PG, Colorado
  30. Utah Jazz (via Warriors) — Josh Hart, SG, Villanova

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