To say Markelle Fultz, the first overall pick of last summer's draft, had an underwhelming (and concerning) rookie season would be an understatement. A shoulder injury kept him out for a massive chunk of the campaign, and his ugly shooting mechanics, which were altered prior to the year, were the most talked about facet of his game. Altogether he played in a total of 14 contests, and started zero.
Such an ominous start to his pro career would have you thinking you might take someone else with the No. 1 overall pick if you were hypothetically in the 76ers' front office, and also hypothetically had a time machine. In fact, we bumped him to 11th overall in our own re-draft.
Now odds are Fultz didn't see our re-draft, but he did see/hear similar comments made by Sixers legend Julius Erving. For those unaware, during the Thursday episode of ESPN's morning show Get Up!, Erving said that Philly made a mistake trading with Boston for the first overall pick, and that they probably should've taken Jayson Tatum, who ended up going third overall to the Celtics, and who is also (not coincidentally) going up against Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference Semis at the moment.
In response to Dr. J's comments, Fultz said he proved in college why he should be the top pick, and also said those unflattering words would serve as motivation in the future:
As pointed out by Larry Brown Sports, Boston currently has a 2-0 lead in the aforementioned series, where Fultz has been benched for both games and Tatum has averaged 24.5 points per contest.