While Father’s Day Weekend was absolutely loaded with insane NBA hullaballoo regarding potential Paul George trades and slightly less prominent Jimmy Butler trades, one draft trade actually happened, the first swap between teams since February 23, and it was a doozy.
The Boston Celtics agreed to trade the number one overall selection in Thursday’s NBA Draft to the Philadelphia 76ers for the third selection this year and another first round pick to be redeemed in the next year or two. Philadelphia will take Markelle Fultz with the pick, and nobody has any solid idea what Boston will do with the third pick, or even if they’ll still have that pick by Thursday.
What is interesting is that this is only one of a handful of times in league history that a team has traded the first overall selection between the time that the draft order was announced and the actual start of the NBA season. “The Markelle Fultz Trade,” as this probably will be called in perpetuity, is one of only seven instances that a team has traded either the top pick or the player selected with the first overall pick before he ever was able to play a single game for his own new team.
Per USA Today’s Adi Joseph:
Historical perspective on the No. 1 pick being in trades: The team making the trade only regretted it once, in 1986. (CORRECTED CHART.) pic.twitter.com/HSBgKGvEig
— Adi Joseph (@AdiJoseph) June 16, 2017
That’s a list with some huge names on it, which isn’t surprising considering the first overall pick typically involves a transcendent, possibly generational player. Considering the dejection of Boston Celtics fans immediately following the Markelle Fultz trade on Saturday, this feels like a perfectly appropriate time to explore whether or not the teams trading away the top pick ended up with seller’s remorse at any point down the road.
2014: Cleveland Cavaliers’ first overall pick Andrew Wiggins is traded as part of a package to the Minnesota Timberwolves in…