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Philadelphia has pushed in all their chips by trading for the number one pick, and historically, that has been a risky gamble.

In what has turned out to be just the opening salvo of a chaotic pre-draft week, the Boston Celtics traded the first overall pick in this week’s NBA draft to the Philadelphia 76ers. This trade both marks the final touch on a process  years in the making for Philadelphia and gathers more assets for Danny Ainge’s war chest.

This deal marked just the seventh time in league history where the first overall pick was traded before playing a game for the team originally holding the pick. While we cannot properly judge winners and losers from the deal before Markelle Fultz even plays a game for the Sixers, we can look back through history to get an idea of how these deals usually pan out.

NBA players, in case you were unaware, really, really like tattoos. There’s a whole subgenre of bottom-feeder basketball blog posts that consist of page-view-driven slideshows of “The Worst NBA Tattoos” or “The Best NBA Tattoos” that are just excuses to show Deshawn Stevenson’s Abraham-Lincoln’d neck .


More recently, Adrei Kirilenko’s World of Warcraft -inspired full-color back tattoo made the rounds on the internet, galvanizing reactions that ranged from “whut” to “LOL.” It looked like this:

In the pre-blogophere days, getting inked was more controversial. Dennis Rodman was something of a tattoo pioneer in the league, but his tattoos—along with his piercings, his dyed hair, and his wedding dress—were just a signifier of his wackiness. Allen Iverson , a bona-fide star and not just a talented sideshow like Rodman, was the guy who brought tattoos into the mainstream, and established their place in the subtextual race conflict of the NBA.

Philadelphia has pushed in all their chips by trading for the number one pick, and historically, that has been a risky gamble.

In what has turned out to be just the opening salvo of a chaotic pre-draft week, the Boston Celtics traded the first overall pick in this week’s NBA draft to the Philadelphia 76ers. This trade both marks the final touch on a process  years in the making for Philadelphia and gathers more assets for Danny Ainge’s war chest.

This deal marked just the seventh time in league history where the first overall pick was traded before playing a game for the team originally holding the pick. While we cannot properly judge winners and losers from the deal before Markelle Fultz even plays a game for the Sixers, we can look back through history to get an idea of how these deals usually pan out.



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