While the notion of becoming the top overall pick had yet to sink in the morning after the NBA draft, Markelle Fultz didn't need much time to let Philadelphia know that he thinks the Sixers are now a playoff team. "I am serious when I say that," Fultz said at his introductory news conference while sitting under the franchise's three championship banners at the Sixers' practice facility. "That is not just me talking because I am a player. I really think that we can be a [playoff team]." After going a combined 75-253 over the past four seasons, the Sixers are exploding with excitement about the future after trading up to acquire the top pick to take Fultz. General manager Bryan Colangelo said he expects last year's top overall pick, Ben Simmons, and Joel Embiid to be fully healthy for the start of training camp. With Fultz adding his scoring proficiency alongside the pass-first Simmons and Embiid, the Sixers are hoping their painstaking "Process" finally takes the next step into the postseason. The 6-4 Fultz knows he has big shoes to fill, as he spoke in front of Allen Iverson's retired No. 3 banner hanging above him at the team's practice facility. "Everybody knows A.I. is known for the crossover and they love him here and a chance to come here and he [too] was the No. 1 pick is kind of crazy," Fultz said. "Following behind him is going to be tough but I am looking forward to it." The Sixers might have to be patient again because Fultz and Simmons will not only be learning how to play together but will also be doing so while playing their first NBA minutes ever, after Simmons missed all of last season with a foot injury.
Markelle Fultz lets Philadelphia know Sixers are playoff team now
ESPN | Jun 23