Last night we witnessed every hoop phenom dreams coming true.
Despite entering last night as a projected late first rounder, Jordan Bell's slide out of the first 30 picks was eventually well worth the wait.
Thanks to a trade with the Boston Celtics, the Philadelphia 76ers got the first pick in the NBA Draft. In all, the first seven and 12 of the first 14 picks were freshmen. Tatum is a dynamic scorer that averaged 16.8 #Points Per Game. His all around scoring ability has been compared to Houston Rockets franchise guard James Harden. Some may say this pick can be controversial as scouts and experts believed that with Lonzo comes with a package deal being his loud, obnoxious, highly opinionated father, LaVar. Certainly, the ball would hop around if he were on the court with Fultz and Simmons, but Saric could also serve as the distributor for a potentially interesting bench mob (Jerryd Bayless, Richaun Holmes, et al.).
"And you circle back, if it's delivered, you got to own it, you got to practice like that, you got to act like that, you got to be that".
Meanwhile, Harden has averaged 29.1 points, 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds last season. Tatum also supplied 7.3 rebounds and is a pretty good free throw shooter as he shot 84% from the line last season.
Overall, the Celtics took a player who should contribute this season, and a high reward, low-risk player with Ojeleye who could be the steal of the draft.
There is not necessarily a point guard or an off guard or even a combo guard any more. He had some seriously impressive performances for the Wildcats, one included an 39 point game against Ball's UCLA Bruins. Just four years ago, Sam Hinkie initiated one of the most grueling rebuilds in league history.
The Orlando Magic made a decision to stay home and drafted an Seminole. 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.
The draft received a jolt early in the first round when the Chicago Bulls traded Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Drawing comparisons to Utah Jazz guard George Hill, Ntilikina could finally be the long-term solution at point guard the Knicks have spent years trying to find. "I don't think the other guys in this draft care as much as I do". "I've been knowing him for a long time now and I've watched him grow since he was in high school and playing at Michigan State".
The Portland Trailblazers selected center Zach Collins from out of Gonzaga University.
■ Joel Embiid, a center likely to hit three-pointers.
But a wonderful night for freshman wasn't great for all of them.
Sacramento was the only team with two lottery picks. No Boogie, no problem. It's the fourth time the Sixers have had the top pick in the draft. After getting a text from his trainer saying they were going to Philly instead of Boston, Fultz asked his most important question: "Do they have Chick-fil-a there?" If you would have to compare Malik's game, the most reasonable similarity you can go with is Houston Rockets Lou Williams.