It has been plenty frustrating watching these players get injured and not be able to show their talents on the court over the last couple seasons, but it is refreshing to see the confidence in Bryan Colangelo that the product will be seen at the very beginning of next season.
American Terrance Ferguson, who played for the Adelaide 36ers in the ANBL last season, was drafted to the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 21st pick of the first round. Butler is reunited with his former head coach Tom Thibodeau on a team that now is one of the most frightening defensive units in the National Basketball Association, while Chicago obviously felt it was time to start the rebuilding process by adding a couple of young players in LaVine and Dunn while also moving up in the draft.
Sacramento sent Portland the 10th pick (forward Zach Collins) for the 15th (forward Justin Jackson) and 20th picks (center Harry Giles).
Washington’s Markelle Fultz and UCLA’s Lonzo Ball were the top two overall selections of the 2017 NBA Draft Thursday night, and this page will update as more Pac-12 players hear their names called on draft night.
The 6-foot-4 (1.93 m) guard becomes the second consecutive number one overall pick by Philadelphia, following forward Ben Simmons a year ago.
Additionally, ESPN set several NBA Draft streaming records on Thursday.
Ball’s father, LaVar, put on his Lakers hat even before the pick became official. But don’t get it twisted ladies and gents, Ball can Ball hard on the court. That may be a bit much, but the Lakers will settle for him being the second coming of Magic Johnson.
The Celtics used the third pick on Duke’s Jayson Tatum.
But that really is about it when it comes to marginal improvements in the East. Josh Jackson was ranked by some as the second-best player in the draft, and the Suns were happy to snap him up at No. 4.
Lessort, who is 6-9, 250 pounds, averaged 10.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks for Nanterre of the France Pro-A League, according to Camerato.
Here is how the IL basketball team fared against the NBA Draft first round players last season. It was a big moment for Fultz, who apparently has an endorsement deal with Tissot of some sort, based on the caption.
More than two dozen picks into Thursday night’s National Basketball Association draft and not one senior has been selected. Two years later, in their first full seasons in the league, one of the two will most likely win the Rookie of the Year award next week. With a quick first step and a solid outside shooter, Isaac could be transformed into a poor man’s Kevin Durant depending how Orlando is attempt to utilize his talents.
A healthy Embiid would no doubt take pressure off both Fultz and Simmons, who will be a rookie in his second year.
Already under a lot of scrutiny, Phil Jackson has chose to follow the trend that the Knicks been known for around this time of the year.
The best analog for the upcoming season might be Charlotte, which features a lanky forward (Nic Batum, 5.9) and high-usage point guard (Kemba Walker, 5.5).
But the most embarrassing tweet of the night definitely belonged to Dennis Smith Jr. Mark Cuban’s latest selection is arguably the most explosive guard in this draft class.