2017: Markelle Fultz
Markelle Fultz was supposed to be the culmination of “The Process,” started by deposed General Manager Sam Hinkie of the Philadelphia 76ers. With guys like Joel Embiid, Dario Šarić, Jahlil Okafor, and Ben Simmons already on the roster, the 76ers decided to trade up to the #1 overall pick in last year’s draft, and take Markelle Fultz from the University of Washington. Fultz spent all of the 2016-2017 college basketball season being hyped as a can’t-miss #1 overall pick with sure-fire star potential.
Yet, after the 76ers drafted him, there were numerous reports about Fultz’s issues with conditioning, confidence, immaturity, and injuries. If the 76ers knew that Fultz was going to be this much of an issue, they would’ve almost taken Jayson Tatum with the #1 overall pick, or stood pat at #3 overall and took Josh Jackson or De’Aaron Fox.