2018 NBA Draft News, Info and Full Coverage
• Suns select Deandre Ayton with first pick in 2018 NBA Draft
• Kings select Marvin Bagley III second overall in 2018 NBA Draft
• Hawks trade No. 3 pick Luka Doncic to Mavs for No. 5 pick Trae Young
• Grizzlies select Jaren Jackson Jr 4th overall in 2018 NBA Draft
• Hawks trade for draft rights to No. 5 overall pick Trae Young
• Magic draft Mohamed Bamba 6th overall
• Bulls draft Wendell Carter Jr. 7th overall
• Cavs draft Collin Sexton 8th overall
• Knicks draft Kevin Knox with 9th overall pick
• Suns 2018 draft night includes trade for No. 10 pick Mikal Bridges
• Clippers trade for draft rights to No. 11 pick Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
• Hornets trade for draft rights to No. 12 pick Miles Bridges
• Clippers draft Jerome Robinson with 13th pick in first round
• Nuggets take Michael Porter Jr. with 14th pick in NBA Draft
• Wizards draft Troy Brown with first round pick No. 15
• Sixers trade for draft rights to No. 16 pick Zhaire Smith
• Bucks draft Donte DiVincenzo with 17th pick
• Spurs draft Lonnie Walker with 18th pick
2018 NBA DRAFT NOTES
· Deandre Ayton (Bahamas; University of Arizona) was selected 1st overall by the Phoenix Suns, becoming the 13th international player to be selected 1st overall and joining Mychal Thompson (1978) as the only Bahamian players ever selected 1st overall. Ayton becomes the first player from Latin America/the Caribbean to be selected 1st overall since Tim Duncan (U.S. Virgin Islands), who was the 1st overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft. Ayton participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global 2016 in Toronto, Canada and joins Andrea Bargnani (Italy; BWB Europe 2003; 1st overall in the 2006 NBA Draft) as the highest drafted former Basketball Without Borders campers ever.
· The Suns made the first pick in the NBA Draft for the first time franchise history. The Suns have drafted as high as second twice, most recently selecting Armen Gilliam with the No. 2 pick in the 1987 NBA Draft. Phoenix also used the second pick to select Neal Walk in 1969.
· Ayton is the first player from Arizona to be selected with the number one pick. The Wildcats have had two players chosen with the second overall pick: Mike Bibby (1998) and Derrick Williams (2011).
· The most recent player from the Bahamas to be drafted was Buddy Hield, the sixth pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
· Ayton is the ninth consecutive college freshman to be selected with the first overall pick.
· Marvin Bagley (Sacramento, 2nd) is the fifth Duke player taken with the second pick, joining Danny Ferry (1989), Jay Williams (2002), Jabari Parker (2014) and Brandon Ingram (2016).
· The Kings picked second for the third time in the common era of the NBA Draft (1966-present). The Kansas City Kings previously selected Otis Birdsong (1977) and Phil Ford (1978) with the No. 2 pick. This is Sacramento’s highest pick since selecting Pervis Ellison with the top overall pick in 1989.
· Duke has now had a player selected in the top three in each of the last five NBA Drafts: Jabari Parker (2014, 2nd), Jahlil Okafor (2015, 3rd), Brandon Ingram (2016, 2nd), Jayson Tatum (2017, 3rd) and Bagley.
· Ayton and Bagley III were teammates for one season in high school at Hillcrest Prep in Arizona (2015-16). Ayton was a junior and Bagley was a sophomore. Bagley eventually reclassified and enrolled at Duke in the fall of 2017.
· Luka Doncic (Slovenia; Real Madrid) was selected 3rd overall by the Atlanta Hawks, becoming the highest drafted European player since Enes Kanter (Turkey; BWB Europe 2008; 3rd overall in the 2011 draft), and the highest drafted Slovenian player ever. Doncic is the first Slovenian player to be selected in the first round since Sasha Vujacic and Beno Udrih were selected 27th and 28th, respectively, in the 2004 NBA Draft. Last fall, Doncic and Goran Dragic (Miami Heat) led Slovenia to its first EuroBasket championship, defeating Serbia in the championship game. The team was coached by Igor Kokoskov (Serbia), who is now the head coach of the Phoenix Suns.
· The Atlanta Hawks picked third (Luka Doncic) for the fifth time in the common era and the first time since selecting Al Horford at that slot in the 2007 NBA Draft. Atlanta also selected Pete Maravich (1970), Marvin Webster (1975) and Pau Gasol (2001) at No. 3.
· Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies, 4th) is the son of Jaren Jackson, who played 12 seasons in the NBA with nine different teams. The elder Jackson was a member of the San Antonio Spurs’ 1999 championship team. The younger Jackson, who doesn’t turn 19 until Sept. 15, is one of the youngest players in this year’s draft class.
· Jackson Jr. is the highest draft pick from Michigan State since Jason Richardson was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the fifth pick in the 2001 NBA Draft.
· Oklahoma’s Trae Young (Dallas Mavericks, 5th) became the sixth top 10 pick in school history, joining Alvan Adams (1975), Wayman Tisdale (1985), Stacey King (1989), Blake Griffin (2009) and Buddy Hield (2016).
· Mohamed Bamba (Orlando Magic, 6th) is the highest pick from the University of Texas since Tristan Thompson was taken by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the fourth pick in 2011.
· Wendell Carter Jr. (7th, Chicago Bulls) gives Duke two players in the top 10 for the second time in the last four drafts. In 2015, Jahlil Okafor (3rd) and Justise Winslow (10th) both went in the top 10. Duke also had two top 10 picks in 2002 in Jay Williams (2nd) and Mike Dunleavy Jr. (3rd).
· Alabama’s Collin Sexton (Cleveland Cavaliers, 8th) is the first member of the Crimson Tide to be selected in the first round since Gerald Wallace in 2001. Alabama had not had a player selected in the top 10 since Antonio McDyess went second in 1995.
· With the selections of Kevin Knox (New York Knicks, 9th) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Charlotte Hornets, 11th), Kentucky has now produced 19 lottery picks in the John Calipari era (2009 – present) and 49 total draft picks overall since 1989, the year the NBA went to a two-round draft.
· Villanova’s Mikal Bridges (Philadelphia 76ers, 10th) is the school’s fourth lottery selection in the last 22 years, joining Kerry Kittles (1996, eighth), Tim Thomas (1997, seventh) and Randy Foye (2006, seventh).
· Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Canada; University of Kentucky) is the highest drafted Canadian player since Jamal Murray, who was selected 7th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft. A Canadian has been drafted in the first round six of the last seven years (2017 did not feature a Canadian first-round selection). There were 11 Canadian players on 2017-18 opening night NBA rosters, the most of any country outside the U.S. for the fourth straight year.
· With the selections of Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies, 4th) and Miles Bridges (LA Clippers, 12th), Michigan State had two players taken in the lottery for the first time in school history. It’s the highest pair of picks for the school since Magic Johnson went first and Greg Kelser went fourth in the 1979 NBA Draft.
· Jerome Robinson (LA Clippers, 13th) is the first-ever lottery pick from Boston College and the first BC player taken in the first round since Reggie Jackson (23rd) in 2011.
· Michael Porter Jr. (Denver Nuggets, 14th) is the first player from Missouri selected in the top 10 since Keyon Dooling was drafted 10th by the Orlando Magic in the 2000 NBA Draft. The last player from Missouri to go in the first round was DeMarre Carroll (27th) in 2009.
· Troy Brown (Washington Wizards, 15th) is the highest pick from the University of Oregon since the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Luke Jackson with the 10th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft.
· Texas Tech’s Zhaire Smith (Phoenix Suns, 16th) became only the second first-round pick in school history, joining Tony Battie, who was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the fifth pick in the 1997 NBA Draft. The last Texas Tech player to be drafted was Andre Emmett, a second-round pick (35th) in 2004.
· The selections of Mikal Bridges (Philadelphia 76ers, 10th) and Donte DiVincenzo (Milwaukee Bucks, 17th) gave Villanova two first-round picks for only the second time in school history. In 2006, Randy Foye (7th) and Kyle Lowry (24th) both went in the first round.
· Miami’s Lonnie Walker IV (San Antonio Spurs, 18th) is only the fourth first-round pick in school history in the common era of the NBA Draft (1966 – present). He joins Tim James (1999), John Salmons (2002) and Shane Larkin (2013).
· Kevin Huerter (Atlanta Hawks, 19th) is only the third first-round pick from the University of Maryland since 2010, joining Greivis Vasquez (2010, 28th) and Alex Len (2013, 5th).
· Josh Okogie (Nigeria; Georgia Tech) was selected 20th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves, becoming the highest drafted Nigerian player since Michael Olowokandi (1st overall in 1998 NBA Draft) and the third Nigerian player to be drafted in the first round since 2000. Okogie had the highest vertical jump at the Draft combine with a 42-inch vertical leap. There are more than 80 current and former NBA players from Africa or with direct family ties to the continent, including Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria). There were 12 African players on 2017-18 opening-night rosters, including his new teammate Gorgui Dieng (Senegal).
· Okogie is the first first-round pick from Georgia Tech since Iman Shumpert was selected by the New York Knicks with the 17th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
· UCLA’s Aaron Holiday (Indiana Pacers, 23rd) is the younger brother of NBA guards Jrue Holiday and Justin Holiday.
· Chandler Hutchison is the first Boise State player selected in the first round of the NBA Draft. The school’s most recent draft pick was Roberto Bergersen, a second-round pick (52nd) in 1999.
· Mortiz Wagner (Germany; University of Michigan) was selected 25th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers, becoming the highest drafted German player since Dennis Schroder, who was selected 17th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.
· Wagner led the University of Michigan to the 2018 NCAA Final Four where his team beat Loyola-Chicago to advance to the Championship where they were defeated by Villanova. Wagner was named to the Final Four All-Tournament Team.
· Robert Williams (Boston Celtics, 27th) is the fifth first-round pick in Texas A&M history and first since Acie Law in 2007. The others are Sonny Parker (1976), Brooks Thompson (1994) and Antoine Wright (2005).
· Landry Shamet (Philadelphia 76ers, 26th) is only the fourth player from Wichita State selected in the first round in the common era of the NBA Draft, joining Cliff Levingston (1982), Antoine Carr (1983) and Xavier McDaniel (1985).
· Dzanan Musa (Bosnia and Herzegovina; KK Cedevita) was selected 29th overall by the Brooklyn Nets, becoming the second player ever from Bosnia and Herzegovina to be drafted in the first round, joining Jusuf Nurkic, who was selected 16th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. He has played alongside Nurkic on the BiH national team, and they were both announced on the preliminary rosters for FIBA World Cup Qualifiers. Musa attended the NBA Global Camp 2018 in Treviso, Italy.
· Elie Okobo (France; Pau-Orthez) was selected 31st overall by the Phoenix Suns. There were 10 French players on 2017-18 opening-night NBA rosters, including a league-high seven players (tied with Australia) who were on 2018 NBA Playoff rosters.
· Isaac Bonga (Germany; Fraport Skyliners) was selected 39th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, marking the first time that two German players were drafted in the same year following the Lakers’ selection of Moritz Wagner. Bonga participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global 2017 in New Orleans.
· Rodions Kurucs (Latvia; FC Barcelona) was selected 40th overall by the Brooklyn Nets, becoming the highest drafted Latvian player since Anzejs Pasecniks, who was selected 25th overall in 2017. Four Latvian players have played in the NBA: Kristaps Porzingis (active), Davis Bertans (active), Andris Biedrins (last played in the 2013-14 season), and Gundars Vetra (last played in the 1992-93 season).
2018 NBA DRAFT PREVIEW INFO
The 2018 NBA Draft will take place on Thursday, June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. As usual, there are two rounds, 30 draft picks per round. Players selected in the first round are guaranteed to receive an NBA contract, assuming they wish to enter the league right away. Players drafted in the second round aren't guaranteed to play in the league. The team can choose whether to actually offer them a contract or not.
The 2018 NBA Draft Lottery
was held on Tuesday, May 15 in Chicago, thus finalizing the NBA draft order
. The NBA Draft Early Entry
withdrawal deadline is June 11 at 5 p.m. ET.
2018 NBA DRAFT LINKS
• NBA Mock Draft
• NBA Draft Lottery
• 2018 NBA draft order
• NBA Draft early entry list
• Top NBA Draft Prospects
DAILY 2018 NBA DRAFT NEWS
June 21: Marvin Bagley III and Michael Porter Jr. believe they are the best players in this NBA draft, though the best they can hope for is probably the No. 2 pick. The Sacramento Kings own it, and that's where the intrigue appears to begin Thursday. Arizona center Deandre Ayton is expected to be taken by the Phoenix Suns to open the draft, and then Bagley, Porter, Slovenian guard Luka Doncic or Michigan State's Jaren Jackson Jr. could be considered by Sacramento. -- Boston Herald/AP
June 19: The only certainty about Thursday's NBA draft seems to be that Phoenix will select Arizona center Deandre Ayton with the first overall pick. There is no consensus as to what the Kings will do with the second overall pick. Luka Doncic makes sense to many. Marvin Bagley III might be the safe choice. Michael Porter Jr. could be a wild card. -- Sacramento Bee
June 18: In terms of the needs on their roster and the guys most likely to be available when they are on the clock at No. 15 in the first round, few players in this draft class seem as obvious a fit with the Washington Wizards more than Robert Williams of Texas A&M. So, it was no surprise that he not only visited them in Washington on Monday, but received the only individual public workout they have held during this year's predraft process. -- NBC Sports Washington
June 18: Marvin Bagley even warmed to the suggestion that he might harbor a lifelong resentment of the Suns if they took DeAndre Ayton over him, saying, “I’m a competitive person. You never want to come in last. You always put the work in to be great and to get to that next level. That’s just the type of player that I am. So, to answer the question, yes.” -- Boston Herald
June 17: Dzanan Musa has been linked to Brooklyn in several mock drafts, including ESPN. GM Sean Marks scouted him personally in March. For a team in need of shooting, length and youth on the wing, the 6-foot-9 small forward can provide all three — if they can land him. The Nets have the 29th, 40th and 45th picks in Thursday’s draft but are looking at moving up. They may need to do so to get Musa. “I think I’m a lottery pick for sure,” said Musa, who doesn’t lack for confidence. -- NY Post
June 14: Thursday was all about Trae Young, as the Oklahoma point guard completed his private workout with the Bulls at the Advocate Center. -- NBC Sports Chicago
June 14: After hosting Bosnians Dzanan Musa and Ajdin Penava (who played college basketball at Marshall) and Lithuanian Arnoldas Kulboka for pre-draft workouts Wednesday, the Nuggets maintained an international theme by welcoming the 7-foot-1 Tryggvi Hlinason of Iceland to Thursday’s group session. Hlinason’s rise to a fringe NBA draft prospect has been swift. -- Denver Post
June 14: The Kings will host Duke forward/center Wendell Carter Jr. for a visit of the team facility and to meet with team officials Saturday. Carter will not work out this weekend. Kings general manager Vlade Divac and assistant general managers Brandon Williams and Ken Catanella attended a workout with Carter in Los Angeles on May 23. -- Scramento Bee
June 14: Kevin Knox, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound freshman, projects to go anywhere from 10th to the mid-first round next Thursday in the NBA draft. The Sixers have the 10th and 26th overall picks, and Knox could be an appealing prospect at No. 10, especially if Villanova’s Mikal Bridges is off the board. -- Philly.com
June 13: Wednesday’s 76ers predraft workout lacked the luster of the previous two days when projected lottery picks Lonnie Walker IV, Miles Bridges, Zhaire Smith and Mikal Bridges graced the facility. That’s because the latest workout was designed for second-round targets, potential summer-league team acquisitions and possible talent for their NBA G-League team, the Delaware Blue Coats. -- Philly.com
June 13: Mikal Bridges is a familiar face to the Sixers. He won championships with the Villanova Wildcats, played high school ball locally at Great Valley High School, and his mother works in the Sixers' organization. The team had a good idea of what it would see when the 6-foot-7, 210-pound Bridges participated in an individual workout Tuesday, and he performed to those expectations. -- NBC Sports Philly
June 10: Freshman Kevin Knox plays the position the Knicks crave — he’s a rangy, 6-foot-9 athletic small forward who can shoot daggers from 3-point range and possesses a 7-foot wingspan. But John Calipari, who coached Knox at Kentucky, warned at the draft combine any team that drafts his former player must be patient because “you’re going to see this kid now and it’s going to be, holy cow, he’s young.” In fact, Calipari reportedly made a pitch to get Knox to stay another season with the Wildcats, but still feels he’s a worthy project pick — even where the Knicks select at No. 9. -- NY Post
June 9: Villanova standout Mikal Bridges is scheduled to work out for the 76ers on Tuesday, sources have confirmed. 6ABC first reported the news... Bridges is a great option for the Sixers at No. 10, if he’s still available. He’s been projected to go as high as seventh to the Chicago Bulls. -- PhillyNews.com
June 8: The Kings will host Duke forward Marvin Bagley III for an individual pre-draft workout Monday at their practice facility at Golden 1 Center. Bagley was a consensus All-American and is the first prospect the Kings will host who is a legitimate option with their first-round draft pick, second overall, on June 21. The Kings have a collection of young power forwards, but Bagley has the ability to be a star according to many draft experts who see him as perhaps the second-best prospect. -- Sacramento Bee
June 8: Celtics -- Danny Ainge said the team has narrowed down their list of leading candidates to 10 prospects — if they stand pat with the 27th pick. He said the team has worked out 50-60 players but did not say whether the team is leaning toward keeping the pick — or whether Allen is part of the softly finalized group. -- Boston.com
June 4: After working out for Chicago and Phoenix, teenager Anfernee Simons said his performance Monday with the Trail Blazers was his best yet. “I made shots, showed I could play the game, showed I could do the little things,’’ said Simons, who turns 19 on Friday. Simons, a 6-foot-3, 183 pound guard who did not attend college, is among the more intriguing, yet risky, first-round prospects in the June 21 NBA Draft. Mock drafts have him going as early as 18, or somewhere near where the Blazers select at No. 24. -- NBC Sports Northwest
May 31: Despite the Knicks picking ninth in the June 21 NBA Draft, Oklahoma star point guard Trae Young has decided to give them a private workout at the team facility in Tarrytown, according to an NBA source. At the NBA Draft Combine earlier this month, Young said he wasn’t sure if he’d work out for the Knicks, who interviewed him there in Chicago. An NBA source said Young will work out for “a handful’’ of clubs, and his schedule is still being mapped out. -- NY Post
May 28: Maryland forward Bruno Fernando has decided to return for his sophomore season after testing his viability in the NBA draft. The 6'10" Fernando averaged 10.3 points and 6.5 rebounds and was named to the All–Big Ten Freshman team. -- SI.com/AP
May 28: The Warriors will host LiAngelo Ball for a pre-draft workout on June 10, a source confirmed with The Chronicle. -- SF Chronicle
May 26: With the Kings' desire to play at a fast pace, they need guards who can run, create off the dribble and be threats from 3-point range. And given the Kings' overall defensive struggles, it's important their off guards improve their on-ball defense and not give up the easy drives that were too common last season. -- Sacramento Bee
May 26: he Kings aren't likely to go for a shooting guard at No. 2 overall, but Grayson Allen might not be a bad option with their second-round pick, 36th overall. A four-year player for the Blue Devils, Allen averaged 15.5 points as a senior and at 6-foot-5 would add size, shooting and depth to the backcourt. -- Sacramento Bee
May 17: Luka Doncic, the Slovenian star who could be taken with the No. 1 overall pick in June's NBA draft, may have his mind made up about leaving for the NBA, but he wouldn't commit to it on Thursday. Doncic's club, Real Madrid, is in the EuroLeague Final Four, which ends with the championship game on Sunday. When he was asked during a news conference if these will be the last two games he plays in Europe, Doncic kept his options open. -- USA Today
May 14, 2018: If you listen to Alabama coach Avery Johnson, the Knicks would be wise to bring “Sexton to the City’’ despite their young point-guard glut. The former Nets coach, in fact, thinks if the Knicks stand pat at No. 9 in Tuesday’s lottery, his point guard Collin Sexton won’t even be around for Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry to bring aboard. “I think he has unbelievable potential,’’ Johnson said in a phone interview. -- NY Post
May 13, 2018: It would be smart of Maverick fans to get as familiar as they can with Luka Doncic. The Slovenian teenager is considered the best talent to come from the European League since Kristaps Porzingis in 2015. And his skills are such that he's at least partially in the discussion for being the overall No. 1 selection, depending on who gets that pick on Tuesday in Chicago. -- Dallas Morning News
May 9, 2018: If the Mavericks get lucky in the lottery, they could have the No. 1 pick and get Arizona's Deandre Ayton. At the worst, they have a 4.5-percent chance of picking sixth. Most likely, they'll be somewhere in between first and sixth. But Smith is right. They'll have the rights to a high-quality player. With any luck, it'll be someone with a sky-high work ethic and a level head. -- Dallas Morning News
April 18, 2018: South Carolina forward and former Louisville recruit Brian Bowen is entering the NBA draft. A school spokeswoman said Wednesday Bowen won't hire an agent, so he could return to school. -- AP
April 15, 2018: Some top 2018 NBA draft prospects include Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic, Mohamed Bamba, Marvin Bagley, Michael Porter, Trae Young, Jaren Jackson and Wendell Carter.
Dec. 9, 2017: InsideHoops.com has our eyes on overseas prospect Luka Doncic (G, 6-6, 219, playing in Madrid). Excellent young player worth paying attention to in regard to the 2018 NBA draft. Other potential top 2018 NBA draft prospects include Michael Porter Jr (F, 6-10, 215, Freshman, Missouri), DeAndre Ayton (F/C, 7-1, 250, Freshman, Arizona), Marvin Bagley III (F, 6-11, 234, Freshman, Duke), and Mohamed Bamba (F, 6-11, 225, Freshman, Texas).
The new lottery odds give the three worst teams each a 14 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick. In past years, the team with the worst record had a 25 percent chance, the second-worst team was 19.9 percent and the third-worst team was 15.6 percent. The other changes are minimal. The Thunder was the only franchise to vote against the change. The Thunder wanted the status quo. General manager Sam Presti long has believed that the lottery gives small-market teams another option in trying to build a winner – selling out a season or two for the chance to get a great draft pick that could transform the franchise. -- Oklahoman, Sept. 29, 2017
Deandre Ayton, 7-1, is projected as a top-three pick in the 2018 draft. -- ESPN.com, Sept. 14, 2017
With a projected top-two overall pick in the 2018 draft in Marvin Bagley III and last season's preseason national player of the year, Grayson Allen (yes, emphasis on preseason), Duke may feature an inside-outside punch that no other team in the country can match. For my money, however, the Blue Devils' season will be riding on the "inside" half of that equation. -- ESPN.com, Sept. 14, 2017
The 2017 NBA Draft was Thursday, June 22.
2017 NBA DRAFT NOTES
Markelle Fultz (1st, Philadelphia 76ers) is the first player from the University of Washington to be selected with the number one pick and the highest overall pick from the school since Brandon Roy was chosen with the sixth pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.
Fultz is the fifth Lottery pick (1985-present) from Washington, joining Roy, Spencer Hawes (2007), Terrence Ross (2012) and Marquese Chriss (2016). Detlef Schrempf was the eighth pick in the 1985 NBA Draft when the Lottery only consisted of the first seven picks.
The 76ers made the first pick in the NBA Draft for the second year in a row and the fourth time in franchise history. The Sixers previously selected Ben Simmons (2016), Allen Iverson (1996) and Doug Collins (1973) at No. 1. Philadelphia held the top pick in 1986 by virtue of a previous trade with the LA Clippers, but the 76ers traded the pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who selected Brad Daugherty.
The Boston Celtics are the first team to trade the No. 1 pick before or during the NBA Draft since the Orlando Magic in 1993. That year, the Magic selected Chris Webber with the top pick and traded his draft rights to the Golden State Warriors for the draft rights to Penny Hardaway (the third pick in 1993) and three future first-round picks.
Lonzo Ball (2nd pick, Los Angeles Lakers) is the highest pick from UCLA since Russell Westbrook went fourth overall in 2008. He joins Sidney Wicks (1971), Dave Meyers (1975) and David Greenwood (1979) on the list of Bruins chosen with the second overall pick.
The Lakers made the No. 2 pick for the third year in a row. Before selecting D’Angelo Russell in 2015, Brandon Ingram in 2016 and Ball this year, they hadn’t picked as high as second since selecting James Worthy first overall in 1982. This year’s selection of Ball was the franchise’s sixth pick ever in the lottery (1985-present). The Lakers selected Eddie Jones with the 11th pick in 1994, chose Andrew Bynum with the 10th pick in 2005 and tapped Julius Randle with the seventh pick in 2014.
The Celtics made the third selection (Jayson Tatum, Duke) for the second year in a row. In 2016, Boston selected California’s Jaylen Brown.
With the selection of Jayson Tatum, the Blue Devils have had at least one player selected in the Lottery in six of the last seven NBA drafts: Kyrie Irving (2011), Austin Rivers (2012), Jabari Parker (2014), Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow (2015), Brandon Ingram (2016) and Tatum.
The Phoenix Suns selected fourth (Josh Jackson, Kansas) for the second year in a row. In the 2016 NBA Draft, they used the No. 4 pick on 7-1 forward Dragan Bender of Croatia. Before last year, Phoenix had not selected fourth since drafting Alvan Adams in 1975.
This year marks the first time in the common draft era (1966-present) that the same four teams – Philadelphia, LA Lakers, Boston and Phoenix – made the first four picks for the second consecutive Draft.
De’Aaron Fox (5th pick, Sacramento Kings) is the 15th Lottery pick from Kentucky since John Calipari became the head coach prior to the 2009-10 season.
The first seven picks of the 2017 NBA Draft were freshman, breaking the record of four in 2014: Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid and Aaron Gordon.
Jonathan Isaac (6th pick, Orlando Magic) is the highest pick from Florida State since George McCloud went seventh in 1989. He is the first Lottery pick for the Seminoles since Al Thornton was the 14th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.
Lauri Markkanen (Finland) was selected 7th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves, becoming the highest drafted Finnish player ever. Markkanen participated in Basketball without Borders (BWB) Europe 2014 in Rome, Italy and in the first annual BWB Global Camp during NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City.
Frank Ntilikina (France) was selected 8th overall by the New York Knicks, becoming the highest drafted French player ever. Ntilikina participated in Basketball without Borders (BWB) Europe 2015 in Gran Canaria, Spain and in the second annual BWB Global Camp during NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto. There were 10 French players on 2016-17 opening night NBA rosters.
Dennis Smith Jr. (9th, Dallas Mavericks) is the first player from N.C. State to be selected in the top 10 since Tom Gugliotta was the sixth pick in the 1992 NBA Draft. He is the fifth Lottery pick in school history, joining Gugliotta, Chris Washburn (3rd, 1985), Todd Fuller (11th, 1996) and TJ Warren (14th, 2014).
The Mavericks’ selection of Smith Jr. with the ninth pick was the team’s first selection in the top 10 since drafting Robert Traylor with the sixth pick in the 1998 NBA Draft, then trading his rights to the Milwaukee Bucks for the rights to Dirk Nowitzki, the ninth pick.
Zach Collins (10th, Sacramento Kings) is the fourth Lottery pick in Gonzaga history, joining Adam Morrison (2006), Kelly Olynyk (2013) and Domantas Sabonis (2016).
Malik Monk (11th, Charlotte Hornets) is the 16th Lottery pick from Kentucky since John Calipari became the head coach prior to the 2009-10 season.
With the selections of Jayson Tatum (3rd, Boston) and Luke Kennard (Detroit, 12th), it marks the second time in three years that Duke has had two Lottery picks. In 2015, Jahlil Okafor (3rd) and Justise Winslow (10th) both went in the top 14.
Donovan Mitchell (13th, Denver Nuggets) is the highest draft pick out of Louisville since Terrence Williams was drafted with the 11th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.
With the selection of Bam Adebayo with the 14th pick by the Miami Heat, 32 of 64 players that have played for John Calipari in his eight seasons at Kentucky have been drafted.
Justin Patton (16th, Chicago Bulls) is only the fifth first-round pick in Creighton history, joining Bob Portman (1969), Cyril Baptiste (1971), Benoit Benjamin (1985) and Doug McDermott (2014).
D.J. Wilson (17th, Milwaukee) is the sixth first-round pick out of Michigan over the last five seasons, joining Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. (2013), Nik Stauskas and Mitch McGary (2014), and Caris LeVert (2016).
John Collins (19th, Atlanta Hawks) is the first player from Wake Forest selected in the first round since Al-Farouq Aminu was drafted eighth overall by the LA Clippers in 2008.
OG Anunoby (UK) was selected 23rd overall by the Toronto Raptors, becoming the highest drafted English player ever.
Anžejs Pasecniks (Latvia) was selected 25th overall by the Orlando Magic, becoming the highest drafted Latvian player since Kristaps Porzingis, who was selected 4th overall by the New York Knicks in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Caleb Swanigan (Portland, 26th) is only the third first-round pick out of Purdue since 1993, joining Glenn Robinson (1994) and JaJuan Johnson (2011).
There were a record 16 freshman selected in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft. The previous record was 13 in 2015.
There were only two seniors selected in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft – Derrick White (29th) and Jason Hart (30th). It’s the lowest number of seniors in the first round of a draft in the common era (1966-present).
Jonah Bolden (Australia) was selected 36th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, becoming the highest drafted Australian player since Ben Simmons, who was selected 1st overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2016 NBA Draft. There were a record-tying eight Australian players on 2016-17 opening night NBA rosters.
Dillon Brooks (Canada) was selected 45th overall by the Houston Rockets, becoming the highest drafted Canadian player since Jamal Murray, who was selected 7th overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 2016 NBA Draft. There were 11 Canadian players on 2016-17 opening night NBA rosters, the most of any country outside the U.S. for the third straight year. Two Canadians, Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, were selected 1st overall in the 2013 and 2014 NBA Drafts, respectively, marking the first time that fellow countrymen from outside the U.S. were selected 1st overall in consecutive years.
Vlatko Cancar (Slovenia) was selected 49th overall by the Denver Nuggets, becoming the highest drafted Slovenian player since Goran Dragic, who was selected 45th overall by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2008 NBA Draft. There were three Slovenian players on 2016-17 opening night NBA rosters.
Mathias Lessort (France) was selected 50th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, becoming the second French player selected in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Alec Peters (Phoenix, 54th) is the first player drafted out of Valparaiso since Bryce Drew in 1998.
Aleksandar Vezenkov (Bulgaria) was selected 57th overall by the Brooklyn Nets.
Ognjen Jaramaz (Serbia) was selected 58th overall by the New York Knicks, becoming the highest drafted Serbian player since Rade Zagorac, who was selected 35th overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Alpha Kaba (France) was selected 60th overall by the Atlanta Hawks, becoming the third French player selected in the 2017 NBA Draft.
PRE-NBA DRAFT INFO
NBA DRAFT LINKS:
NBA mock draft
NBA Draft early entry list
NBA Draft Lottery
June 22: What Josh Jackson does well: Guard multiple positions and play with a high motor. If you’re looking for a player who does the little things on both sides of the ball, Jackson stands out a cut above the rest. The wing guarded guards and forwards during his tenure at Kansas, using his quickness and toughness in the post to hold his own against multiple positions. He’s an outstanding rebounder (7.4 per game) for his size and his all-around athleticism should translate well to the NBA game. -- Boston.com
June 20: Our 2017 NBA mock draft
June 20: The Knicks are intrigued by [Frank] Ntilikina because of his size (6-foot-5), 7-foot wingspan, his doggedness on defense and his high basketball IQ, which comes along with his pass-first mentality. There are concerns within the organization his numbers — 5.2 points, 1.2 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 18 minutes per game during the regular season — weren’t greater in France. -- NY Post
June 17: Of the many phrases commonly used by 76ers coach Brett Brown, "ticking boxes" may be his favorite. It is a big reason the team seems to be nearing a deal with the Boston Celtics that would land the Sixers the top pick Thursday in the draft, in which they would select University of Washington point guard Markelle Fultz. Markelle Fultz ticks boxes. The 6-foot-4 guard with the 6-10 wingspan is a versatile scorer. Tick. Fultz is a wizard with the ball in his hands with eye-popping passing ability. Tick. -- Philadelphia Daily News
June 15: Malik Monk doesn’t consider himself a shooting guard. He called himself a combo guard who can play well with or without that ball. He also said he has “amazing” passing ability and believes he’s a good fit for the triangle offense. Monk worked out for the Knicks earlier this week, and the triangle offense was emphasized. He also had dinner with Knicks president Phil Jackson and other team officials. Monk could be among the guards the Knicks consider with the eighth pick in next week’s draft, if he’s still available. -- NY Newsday
June 14: The Lakers are setting up a second workout with [Lonzo] Ball. He reportedly did not “blow away” the team during his first workout last week. The Orange County Register reported that the Lakers were concerned about his conditioning. -- Philadelphia Inquirer
June 13: The final, official 2017 2017 NBA Draft Early Entry List
was revealed today.
June 12: Frank Ntilikina’s path to the NBA draft is unique, sort of like the 7-foot wingspan he possesses as a point guard. While others are scrambling for interviews and workouts, Ntilikina is competing for a league championship in France. It’s his version of the NCAA Final Four, played out at the same time as the next biggest moment of his career — the NBA draft at Barclays Center. Quite an eventful two weeks for an 18-year-old. -- NY Daily News
June 9: While Markelle Fultz has been the top player on Boston’s draft board for a while, the Washington point guard isn’t the only player the Celtics are considering with the No. 1 overall pick, according to ESPN’s Chad Ford. Sources told Ford, who still has the C’s taking Fultz in his latest mock draft, that Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson, De’Aaron Fox and Jayson Tatum also are in the mix. -- NESN.com
June 7: Oregon shooting guard Tyler Dorsey left college following his sophomore year when he averaged 14.6 points (46.7 percent from the field, 42.3 percent from three), 3.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 30.0 minutes. He helped lead Oregon to a No. 1 seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. This year he was a force for the third-seeded Ducks, scoring 27 points in their Elite Eight upset over No. 1-ranked Kansas. Dorsey posted 23.8 points and shot 60.6 percent from long-range (20 for 33) in five tournament games. -- CSN Philly
2017 NBA DRAFT ORDER
2) Los Angeles Lakers:
8) New York:
21) Oklahoma City:
28) Los Angeles Lakers:
29) San Antonio:
June 7: Wake Forest forward John Collins, a 6-foot-10 big man, said he is intent on showing NBA teams that he is a power forward even though he spent most of his two seasons at Wake Forest playing center. Collins, who attempted only one three-pointer in his two seasons in college while playing mostly with his back to the basket, said he has an outside game that can extend to the three-point line. -- CSNNW.com
June 5, 2017: Even with all of the noise surrounding him, Lonzo Ball's game did most of the talking during his lone season at UCLA. The freshman sensation unleashed his unique skill set as he averaged 14.6 points, 7.6 assists (best in the nation), 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. With Ball drawing comparisons to some of the game's all-time greats such as Jason Kidd and Magic Johnson (and his father somewhere likely saying he's already better than both of them), the 19-year-old point guard is entering the league with supreme expectations. -- CSN Philly
May 27, 2017: Players you can rule out (for the Mavs): Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson, De'Aaron Fox, Jonathan Isaac, Jayson Tatum and Malik Monk. If any of those fall below eight, it would be a shocker and the Mavericks would gladly scoop any one of them up. That leaves the six-pack of solid talent that the Mavericks will be looking closely at between now and the draft. While agents control much of what happens in the 25 shopping days left before the draft, the Mavericks will try to bring all of the top players to Dallas for individual workouts and interviews. -- Dallas Morning News
May 16, 2017: The NBA Draft Lottery
was tonight. The Celtics won the No. 1 pick, the Lakers got No. 2, the Sixers No. 3
May 16 2017: The complete 2017 NBA Draft Order
May 15, 2017: “To me the first tier is after Fultz and Ball,” ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla said. “The next tier drops after nine or 10 and then you’re looking at future players.” Five of those players projected for the top-10 are point guards. All 10 are 20 years old or younger. Eight are Americans. One is Arizona’s Lauri Markkanen, who was born in Finland. The other is France point guard Frank Ntilikina, expected to be the last of the five point guards taken among the top 10. -- Dallas Morning News
May 15, 2017: Wake Forest’s John Collins, Texas’ Jarrett Allen, Gonzaga’s Zach Collins and Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell are in the group that are rated slightly below the top-10. -- Dallas Morning News
May 9, 2017: The top five point guards in the draft are Washington’s Markelle Fultz (6-5), UCLA’s Lonzo Ball (6-6), Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox (6-3), North Carolina State’s Dennis Smith (6-2) and France’s Frank Ntilikina (6-5) -- Fort Worth Star Telegram
April 29, 2017: The Jazz own four picks total in this year's draft. In the first round, their own pick will be No. 24, and they also own the No. 30 pick, which they received in the 2013 trade that helped facilitate the Golden State Warriors acquiring Andre Iguodala. -- Deseret News
April 13, 2017: What the Lakers do partly hinges on how they fare in the NBA draft lottery on May 16. With the Lakers (26-56) holding the NBA’s third-worst record, the Lakers have a 46.9 percent chance of keeping their top-three protected draft pick. If not, the selection goes to Philadelphia as part of the ill-fitted Steve Nash deal. The pick would either give the Lakers another young player filled with potential, another asset in the trade or spark more willingness to make another player expendable. -- LA Daily News
March 3, 2017: The draft is loaded with point-guard talent, including two guys, Markelle Fultz of Washington and Lonzo Ball of UCLA, who could go 1-2. -- NY Post
March 3, 2017: Other quality point guards dot the draft: Dennis Smith of North Carolina State, De’Aaron Fox of Kentucky and international stud Frank Ntilikina of Strasbourg. -- NY Post
March 3, 2017: Two other guys headed for lottery selection are Smith and Ntilikina. Most of the experts raved about Smith’s offensive physical talents. -- NY Post
March 3, 2017: When the Knicks pick, the point guard they want easily could be gone. So they could go away from a point. If the triangle offense is embedded, they might look at a different position. Josh Jackson of Kansas, a 6-8 small forward who could be off the board, might top their wish list. -- NY Post
December 25, 2016: Some top 2017 NBA draft prospects, according to CSN Philly:
Malik Monk, guard, Kentucky (6-4/185): A two-guard like Monk who can create for himself is certainly tantalizing when the Sixers seem relatively devoid of that presence at the moment. Monk may be a little small for a shooting guard, but his offense has the potential to more than make up for it. As I'll mention multiple times in this post, if Monk will be playing alongside a 6-10 point guard like Ben Simmons, a key will be his ability to knock down shots as a spot-up shooter.
Markelle Fultz, guard, Washington (6-4/195): In 12 games, Fultz is averagin 22 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. He leads the Huskies with 2.9 turnovers per game as well. Admittedly, it's a limited sample size, but the fantastic frosh has also made 46.8 percent of his threes. While Fultz certainly needs some more polish to his game, those numbers are sure to take him far.
Lonzo Ball, guard, UCLA (6-6/190): The freshman's size provides even more value as he should be able to guard ones and twos at the next level. If he can develop as a defender and add efficient and quality shooting, he can work alongside Simmons in the Sixers' lineup.
The 2016 NBA Draft was Thursday, June 23 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Read draft notes below about the results.
2016 NBA DRAFT NOTES
June 23, 2016
· Ben Simmons is the second player from LSU to be selected with the number one pick. He joins Shaquille O’Neal, the top pick in the 1992 NBA Draft. Other top five picks from LSU in the common era of the draft (since 1966) include Pete Maravich (1970, 3rd), Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (1990, 3rd), Stromile Swift (2000, 2nd) and Tyrus Thomas (2006, 4th).
· Simmons joins Kyrie Irving (2011) and Andrew Bogut (2005) as the only Australian players ever selected first overall in the NBA Draft. There were a record-tying eight Australians on 2015-16 opening night NBA rosters.
· The Philadelphia 76ers made the first pick in the NBA Draft for the first time since choosing Allen Iverson with the top selection in 1996. Iverson, who will be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September, was named the 1996-97 NBA Rookie of the Year and the 2000-01 NBA MVP with Philadelphia. The 76ers also selected Doug Collins with the top pick in 1973. Philadelphia owned the top pick in 1986 by virtue of a previous trade with the Los Angeles Clippers, but the 76ers traded the pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who selected Brad Daugherty.
· Brandon Ingram is the fourth player in Duke history to be chosen with the second overall pick. He joins Danny Ferry (1989), Jay Williams (2002) and Jabari Parker (2014). Duke has had at least one player taken in the first round in the last eight NBA drafts.
· The Los Angeles Lakers made the No. 2 pick for the second year in a row. Before selecting D’Angelo Russell in 2015, they hadn’t picked as high as second since selecting James Worthy first overall in 1982. Last year’s selection of Russell was the franchise’s fourth pick ever in the lottery (1985 – present). The Lakers selected Eddie Jones with the 11th pick in 1994, chose Andrew Bynum with the 10th pick in 2005 and tapped Julius Randle with the seventh pick in 2014.
· Jaylen Brown (3rd pick, Boston) is the first player from California selected in the first round since Ryan Anderson (21st) in 2009. Brown is the highest pick from Cal since the Vancouver Grizzlies took Shareef Abdur-Rahim with the third pick in 1996. Other lottery picks from Cal include: Kevin Johnson (1988, 7th), Jason Kidd (1994, 2nd) and Lamond Murray (1994, 7th).
· Dragan Bender (Croatia) was selected fourth overall by the Phoenix Suns, becoming the highest drafted Croatian player ever. Bender participated in the NBA and FIBA’s first annual Basketball without Borders (BWB) Global Camp during NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City. There were 5 Croatians on 2015-16 opening night NBA rosters.
· Kris Dunn (Minnesota, 5th) is the fourth top-five pick in Providence history, joining Jimmy Walker (1967, 1st), Ernie DiGregorio (1973, 3rd) and Marvin Barnes (1974, 2nd). Dunn is only the second first-round pick from Providence over the last 20 years, joining MarShon Brooks, who was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 25th pick in 2011.
· Buddy Hield (New Orleans, 6th) is only the fourth lottery pick (since 1985) in Oklahoma history. He joins Wayman Tisdale (1985, 2nd), Stacey King (1989, 6th) and Blake Griffin (2009, 1st). He is the highest drafted Bahamian player since Mychal Thompson, who was selected 1st overall in the 1978 NBA Draft.
· Jamal Murray (Canada) was selected seventh overall by the Denver Nuggets, becoming the highest drafted Canadian player since Andrew Wiggins, who was selected first overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. Murray participated in the NBA and FIBA’s first annual Basketball without Borders (BWB) Global Camp during NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City. There were a record-tying 12 Canadians on 2015-16 opening night NBA rosters, more than any country outside the U.S. for the second consecutive year.
· Murray is the 14th lottery pick from Kentucky since John Calipari became the head coach prior to the 2009-10 season.
· Marquese Chriss was selected eighth overall by the Sacramento Kings, becoming the third player from Washington to be selected eighth overall in the NBA Draft, joining Detlef Schrempf (1985) and Terrence Ross (2012). The highest draft pick ever from Washington in the common era (since 1966) is Brandon Roy, who went sixth overall in 2006.
· Jakob Poeltl (Austria) was selected ninth overall by the Toronto Raptors, becoming the first Austrian player in NBA history. The Toronto Raptors led the league with seven international players on 2015-16 opening night NBA rosters.
· Poeltl is the first lottery pick from Utah since the Milwaukee Bucks selected Andrew Bogut with the first pick of the 2005 NBA Draft. He is only the third player from the school to be drafted since 2000.
· Thon Maker (South Sudan/Australia) was selected 10th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks, becoming the fourth NBA player ever from what is now South Sudan, joining Deng Gai (undrafted in the 2005 NBA Draft), Luol Deng (seventh overall in the 2004), and Manute Bol (31st overall in 1985). Maker participated in the second annual Basketball without Borders (BWB) Global Camp during NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto. He also participated in BWB Americas 2015 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. There were a record 10 African players on 2015-16 opening night NBA rosters.
· Domantas Sabonis (11th pick by Orlando) is the third lottery pick in Gonzaga history, joining Adam Morrison (2006, 3rd) and Kelly Olynyk (2013, 13th). Sabonis is the son of Arvydas Sabonis (Lithuania), who had a seven-year NBA career with the Portland Trail Blazers. Arvydas Sabonis was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.
· Taurean Prince (Atlanta, 12th) is only the second lottery pick in Baylor history, joining Ekpe Udoh, who was drafted sixth overall in 2010.
· Georgios Papagiannis (Greece) was selected 13th overall by the Phoenix Suns, becoming the highest drafted Greek player ever.
· Denzel Valentine (Chicago, 14th) is the highest draft pick from Michigan State since the Golden State Warriors selected Jason Richardson with the fifth overall pick in 2001.
· Juan Hernangomez (Spain) was selected 15th overall by the Denver Nuggets, becoming the highest drafted Spanish player since Ricky Rubio, who was selected fifth overall in the 2009 NBA Draft. There were five Spanish players on 2015-16 opening night NBA rosters.
· Wade Baldwin, who was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 17th overall pick, is the highest pick from Vanderbilt since the Chicago Bulls selected Will Perdue with the 11th pick in 1988.
· Malik Beasley, who was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 19th overall pick, is the highest pick out of Florida State since the Washington Wizards selected Chris Singleton with the 18th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft.
· DeAndre Bembry (Atlanta, 21st) is the first player drafted in the first round from Saint Joseph’s since Jameer Nelson (20th) and Delonte West (24th) were both selected in the first round in 2004. Saint Joe’s has not had a player drafted since 2009 (Ahmad Nivins, 56th).
· Ante Zizic (Croatia) was selected 23rd overall by the Boston Celtics, becoming the second Croatian player selected in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft.
· Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (France) was selected 24th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, becoming the second French player selected in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft.
· Furkan Korkmaz (Turkey) was selected 26th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, becoming the highest drafted Turkish player since Enes Kanter, who was selected third overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. There were three Turkish players on 2015-16 opening night NBA rosters.
· Pascal Siakam (Cameroon) was selected 27th overall by the Toronto Raptors, becoming the highest drafted Cameroonian player since Joel Embiid, who was selected 3rd overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. Siakam participated in the NBA and FIBA’s Basketball without Borders (BWB) Africa camp in 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
· Skal Labissiere (Haiti) was selected 28th overall by the Phoenix Suns, becoming the highest drafted Haitian player since Samuel Dalembert, who was selected 26th overall in the 2001 NBA Draft.
2016 NBA DRAFT PREVIEW INFO
2016 NBA Draft Key Dates
April 24: NBA Early Entry Eligibility Deadline
May 11-15: NBA Draft Combine
May 17: 2016 NBA Draft Lottery
June 13: NBA Draft Early Entry Entrant Withdrawal Deadline (5:00 p.m. ET)
June 23: The 2016 NBA Draft
Key 2016 NBA Draft Info
- NBA mock draft
- NBA Draft Lottery
- NBA Draft order
for both rounds
2016 NBA Draft Preview
June 17, 2016
• There are 60 collegiate and 13 international prospects who are early entry candidates.
• The Philadelphia 76ers will make the first pick in the NBA Draft for the first time since choosing Allen Iverson with the top selection in 1996. Iverson, who will be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September, was named the 1996-97 NBA Rookie of the Year and the 2000-01 NBA MVP with Philadelphia. The 76ers also selected Doug Collins with the top pick in 1973. Philadelphia owned the top pick in 1986 by virtue of a previous trade with the Los Angeles Clippers, but the 76ers traded the pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who selected Brad Daugherty.
• The Los Angeles Lakers hold the No. 2 pick for the second year in a row. Before selecting D’Angelo Russell in 2015, they hadn’t picked as high as second since selecting James Worthy first overall in 1982. Last year’s selection of Russell was the franchise’s fourth pick ever in the lottery (1985 – present). The Lakers selected Eddie Jones with the 11th pick in 1994, chose Andrew Bynum with the 10th pick in 2005 and tapped Julius Randle with the seventh pick in 2014.
• The Boston Celtics own eight picks in this draft, including the No. 3 selection. Before this year, Boston had a top-three pick only three times in the common draft era (since 1966): Chauncey Billups (1997, 3rd), Len Bias (1986, 2nd) and Kevin McHale (1980, 3rd).
• The Phoenix Suns are the only team with two lottery picks in this year’s draft (Nos. 4 and 13). Phoenix is also one of two teams (Boston) with four picks in the top 34. This is the first time the Suns are picking in the top four since selecting Armen Gilliam with the second pick in 1987.
• The Minnesota Timberwolves are picking fifth for the fourth time in franchise history. In 1995, the team used the fifth pick on high school senior Kevin Garnett, who went on to win the 2003-04 MVP Award and become the team’s all-time leader in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. One year later, the Timberwolves selected Ray Allen with the fifth pick and immediately traded him to the Milwaukee Bucks for the fourth pick, Stephon Marbury. Minnesota also drafted Spain’s Ricky Rubio with the fifth pick in 2009.
• The Sacramento Kings are picking in the lottery for the 10th consecutive season, the longest streak since the lottery system was instituted for the 1985 NBA Draft. The Kings haven’t made the playoffs since 2006, the longest active streak in the NBA.
• The Chicago Bulls are picking in the lottery (14th overall) for the first time since 2008, when the team, despite having the ninth-best odds to secure the top pick, won the lottery and selected Derrick Rose.
• As many as nine college freshmen have a chance to be selected in this year’s lottery: Jaylen Brown (California), Marquese Chriss (Washington), Deyonta Davis (Michigan State), Henry Ellenson (Marquette), Brandon Ingram (Duke), Skal Labissiere (Kentucky), Dejounte Murray (Washington), Jamal Murray (Kentucky) and Ben Simmons (LSU).
• The top international players (who didn’t play for a U.S. college) for the 2016 draft include Dragan Bender (Croatia), Furkan Korkmaz (Turkey), Timothé Luwawu (France), Thon Maker (Australia), Ante Zizic (Croatia) and Ivica Zubac (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Last year, three international players (who didn’t play for a U.S. college) were selected in the lottery: Kristaps Porzingis (Latvia), Mario Hezonja (Croatia) and Emmanuel Mudiay (Democratic Republic of Congo).
• Since the draft lottery began in 1985, only two of 31 No. 1 overall picks (entering the 2016 Finals) have won an NBA championship with the team that drafted them: David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs, 1987) and Tim Duncan (Spurs, 1997).
• Of the 60 players who were drafted in 2015, 26 (including 10 first-round selections) spent time in the NBA D-League this past season, the 11th in which NBA teams were allowed to assign first-, second- and third-year players. They ranged from the 14th overall pick (Cameron Payne, Oklahoma City Thunder) to the 58th selection (J.P. Tokoto, Philadelphia 76ers). Two hundred players from the past seven draft classes have played in the NBA D-League. In 2015-16, the NBA D-League’s 15th season, all 19 teams were singly affiliated with their NBA parent club.
• NBA teams continue to find quality players in the second round. In 2015, the Miami Heat selected Josh Richardson with the 40th pick. Richardson was the NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in March and a key contributor during the Heat’s playoff run. Normal Powell, who was acquired by the Toronto Raptors in a draft-day deal with Milwaukee after being selected by the Bucks with the 46th pick, was the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for April.
• Four college seniors were selected in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft. Of the 30 players picked in the first round, 13 had at least two years of college experience.
• There were a record 13 college freshmen selected in last year’s draft.
• Since the lottery moved to its present format in 1994, the team with (or tied for) the best odds has won just five of the 23 lotteries: Philadelphia in 1996 (selected Allen Iverson); Cleveland in 2003 (selected LeBron James); Orlando in 2004 (selected Dwight Howard); Minnesota in 2015 (selected Karl-Anthony Towns); and Philadelphia this year.
• Since the lottery began in 1985, every team in the NBA has had at least one lottery pick. The San Antonio Spurs have had the longest lottery drought among all teams, having not been in the lottery since selecting Tim Duncan No. 1 overall in 1997.
• At least one son of a former NBA player has been selected in the last 14 NBA drafts: Mike Dunleavy (2002); Luke Walton (2003); Jackson Vroman (2004); Sean May (2005); Ronnie Brewer (2006); Al Horford (2007); Patrick Ewing Jr. (2008); Stephen Curry, Gerald Henderson and Austin Daye (2009); Ed Davis (2010); Klay Thompson and Nolan Smith (2011); Austin Rivers (2012); Tim Hardaway Jr., Glen Rice Jr. and Erik Murphy (2013); Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker (2014); and Justise Winslow, Devin Booker, Jerian Grant, Larry Nance Jr. and Joseph Young (2015).
• This year marked the 32nd draft lottery in NBA history. With a record of 48-34 in 2007-08, the Golden State Warriors are the winningest team in NBA history to qualify for the lottery. The previous winningest team was the 2000-01 Houston Rockets (45-37).
• Last year, five players who played in the 2015 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament were drafted: Philadelphia’s Richaun Holmes (37th), Detroit’s Darrun Hilliard (38th), Portland’s Pat Connaughton (41st), Marcus Thornton (45th – rights held by Boston) and Cady Lalanne (55th – rights held by San Antonio).
The 2015 NBA Draft took place on Thursday, June 25, 2015 and was once again held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Key 2015 NBA Draft Links
- NBA Draft early entry list
- NBA mock draft
Minnesota selected Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns with the first pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night, the first of three straight freshmen chosen before New York chose Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis, triggering loud, long boos from their fans inside Barclays Center. The Timberwolves went for a center in their first time owning the No. 1 pick. They can add him to a young roster featuring Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins, who was picked first last year by Cleveland and later dealt to Minnesota in the Kevin Love trade. -- AP, June 25
The Los Angeles Lakers chose Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell with the second pick in the NBA draft on Thursday, bypassing big man Jahlil Okafor to grab the ball-handling guard with the potential for greatness. Russell averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists in his only season with the Buckeyes. Los Angeles chose the dynamic guard over Okafor, the Duke big man considered the draft's other elite prospect at his position behind top pick Karl-Anthony Towns. -- AP, June 25
The Philadelphia 76ers selected Duke center Jahlil Okafor with the third pick of the NBA draft on Thursday night. Okafor, 6-foot-11, 270-pounds, joins a frontcourt already stocked with Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid. Embiid was the No. 3 pick last year and missed the entire season with a broken right foot. While both Noel and Embiid missed their first seasons in Philadelphia with injuries, Okafor should be ready to go. -- AP, June 25
In his first offseason leading the New York Knicks, Phil Jackson came up short trying to land Pau Gasol. Jackson may have landed his multifaceted forward a year later with Kristaps Porzingis of Latvia. The Knicks selected the 6-foot-11 forward with the fourth pick of the NBA draft on Thursday night. Porzingis sparks memories of Gasol for Jackson, who coached the Spanish forward while they were with the Los Angeles Lakers. -- AP, June 25
The Orlando Magic have selected Croatian Mario Hezonja with the fifth pick in the NBA draft. Orlando entered Thursday's draft in need of both scoring and a defensive presence on the interior. The Magic are hoping the 6-foot-8, 220-pound Hezonja can eventually provide the scoring punch. The Magic also hold the 51st overall pick. -- AP, June 25
The Sacramento Kings drafted Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein with the sixth overall pick Thursday night, adding an elite defender to one of the NBA's worst defensive teams. Vice President Vlade Divac took Cauley-Stein in his first major move since taking over the organization this offseason from departed general manager Pete D'Alessandro. -- AP, June 25
The Denver Nuggets selected guard Emmanuel Mudiay with the seventh overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night. Mudiay averaged 18 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.9 rebounds in 10 games for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association in 2014-15. He originally committed to attend SMU before turning pro. -- AP, June 25
The Detroit Pistons selected Arizona forward Stanley Johnson with the eighth pick in the NBA draft Thursday night. Johnson played one season for the Wildcats, averaging 13.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in 2014-15. He could fill a need for the Pistons, who have said the only opening in their starting lineup is at small forward. -- AP, June 25
The Charlotte Hornets selected Wisconsin power forward Frank Kaminsky with the ninth pick in the NBA draft Thursday night. The 7-foot-1, 242-pound Kaminsky was The Associated Press Player of the Year this past season, leading the Badgers to the Final Four. He was the only Division I player to average at least 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists and 1.5 blocks for the season. -- AP, June 25
Justise Winslow won a national championship in his lone season at Duke. He's helped USA Basketball win international gold medals in each of the last three years. He scored more than 3,000 points in high school. The Miami Heat think his winning track will continue at the next level. The Heat grabbed Winslow - a top-five talent on many boards - with the No. 10 pick in Thursday's NBA draft, the first official step the team is taking in what's expected to be a hectic summer of roster reloading. -- AP, June 25
The Indiana Pacers have selected Texas big man Myles Turner with the 11th overall pick in the NBA draft. Turner, at 6-foot-11 and 240 pounds, averaged 10.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks as a freshman last season. -- AP, June 25
The Utah Jazz selected Trey Lyles with the No. 12 pick of the NBA draft on Thursday night. The 6-foot-10, 241-pound forward from Kentucky is versatile with strong ball-handling skills for his size. Lyles averaged 8.7 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Wildcats and was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team after his lone collegiate season. -- AP, June 25
The Phoenix Suns have selected 18-year-old shooting guard Devin Booker with the 13th pick in the NBA draft. The 6-foot-6 Booker came off the bench for the national champion Wildcats, averaging 10 points per game. The youngest player in the draft class, Booker shot 47 percent from the field in his one season at Kentucky, 41 percent from 3-point range, 83 percent from the free throw line. -- AP, June 25
The Thunder selected Murray State point guard Cameron Payne with the No. 14 overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday. Payne averaged 20.2 points and 6.0 assists per game as a sophomore last season. He shot 46 percent from the field and 38 percent from 3-point range. He'll back up Russell Westbrook. -- AP, June 25
2015 NBA DRAFT FIRST ROUND RESULTS
1) Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns, Center | Kentucky
2) Lakers: D'Angelo Russell, Point Guard | Ohio State
3) 76ers: Jahlil Okafor, Center | Duke
4) Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis, Power Forward | Baloncesta Sevilla (Spain)
5) Magic: Mario Hezonja, Shooting Guard | FC Barcelona Basquet (Spain)
6) Kings: Willie Cauley-Stein, Center | Kentucky
7) Nuggets: Emmanuel Mudiay, Point Guard | Guangdong Tigers (China)
8) Pistons: Stanley Johnson, Small Forward | Arizona
9) Hornets: Frank Kaminsky, Power Forward | Wisconsin
10) Heat: Justise Winslow, Shooting Guard | Duke
11) Pacers: Myles Turner, Power Forward | Texas
12) Jazz: Trey Lyles, Power Forward | Kentucky
13) Suns: Devin Booker, Shooting Guard | Kentucky
14) Thunder: Cameron Payne, Point Guard | Murray State
15) Hawks: Kelly Oubre (traded to the Washington Wizards), Shooting Guard | Kansas
16) Celtics: Terry Rozier, Point Guard | Louisville
17) Bucks: Rashad Vaughn, Shooting Guard | UNLV
18) Rockets: Sam Dekker, Small Forward | Wisconsin
19) Wizards: Jerian Grant (traded to the New York Knicks), Point Guard | Notre Dame
20) Raptors: Delon Wright, Point Guard | Utah
21) Mavericks: Justin Anderson, Shooting Guard | Virginia
22) Bulls: Bobby Portis, Power Forward | Arkansas
23) Trail Blazers: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (traded to the Brooklyn Nets), Small Forward | Arizona
24) Cavaliers: Tyus Jones (traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves), Point Guard | Duke
25) Grizzlies: Jarell Martin, Power Forward | LSU
26) Spurs: Nikola Milutinov, Center | Partizan (Serbia)
27) Lakers: Larry Nance Jr., Power Forward | Wyoming
28) Celtics: R.J. Hunter, Shooting Guard | Georgia State
29) Nets: Chris McCullough, Power Forward | Syracuse
30) Warriors: Kevon Looney, Small Forward | UCLA
2015 NBA DRAFT SECOND ROUND RESULTS
31) Timberwolves: Cedi Osman (traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers), Small Forward | Anadolu Efes (Turkey)
32) Rockets: Montrezl Harrell, Power Forward | Louisville | From New York
33) Celtics: Jordan Mickey, Power Forward | LSU | From Philadelphia via Miami
34) Lakers: Anthony Brown, Small Forward | Stanford
35) 76ers: Willy Hernangomez (traded to the New York Knicks), Power Forward | Baloncesta Sevilla (Spain)
36) Timberwolves: Rakeem Christmas (traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers), Power Forward | Syracuse | From Sacramento via Houston
37) 76ers: Richaun Holmes, Power Forward | Bowling Green | From Denver via Houston, Portland and Minnesota
38) Pistons: Darrun Hilliard, Shooting Guard | Villanova
39) Hornets: Juan Pablo Vaulet (traded to the Brooklyn Nets), Small Forward | Weber Bahía Estudiantes
40) Heat: Josh Richardson, Shooting Guard | Tennessee
41) Nets: Pat Connaughton (traded to the Portland Trail Blazers), Shooting Guard | Notre Dame
42) Jazz: Olivier Hanlan, Shooting Guard | Boston College
43) Pacers: Joseph Young, Shooting Guard | Oregon
44) Suns: Andrew Harrison (traded to the Memphis Grizzlies), Point Guard | Kentucky
45) Celtics: Marcus Thornton, Shooting Guard | William and Mary
46) Bucks: Norman Powell (traded to the Toronto Raptors), Shooting Guard | UCLA
47) 76ers: Arturas Gudaitis, Center | BC Zalgiris (Lithuania)
48) Thunder: Dakari Johnson, Center | Kentucky | The center brings legitimate size to the next level.
49) Wizards: Aaron White, Power Forward | Iowa
50) Hawks: Marcus Eriksson, Shooting Guard | FC Barcelona (Spain) | From Toronto
51) Magic: Tyler Harvey, Shooting Guard | Eastern Washington | From Chicago
52) Mavericks: Satnam Singh, Center | IMG Academy
53) Cavaliers: Sir'Dominic Pointer, Shooting Guard | St. Johns
54) Jazz: Daniel Diez (traded to the Portland Trail Blazers), Shooting Guard | Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian | From Cleveland
55) Spurs: Cady Lalanne, Center | Massachusetts
56) Pelicans: Branden Dawson (traded to the Los Angeles Clippers), Small Forward | Michigan State
57) Nuggets: Nikola Radicevic, Point Guard | Baloncesta Sevilla (Spain)
58) 76ers: J.P. Tokoto, Small Forward | North Carolina
59) Hawks: Dimitrios Agravanis, Power Forward | Olympiacos (Greece)
60) 76ers: Luka Mitrovic, Power Forward | Crvena Zvezda (Serbia)
Key 2015 NBA Draft Dates
- April 26 -- Early Entry Eligibility Deadline (11:59pm ET)
- May 12-17 -- 2015 NBA Draft Combine
- May 19: NBA Draft lottery date
- June 15 -- NBA Draft Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline (5 p.m. ET)
- June 25: 2015 NBA draft date
June 21: With the NBA draft coming Thursday, few prospects are creating more buzz than Croatian shooting guard Mario Hezonja. No longer is he certain to be available when the Nuggets pick in the No. 7 slot. Hezonja is the best player at his position in the draft. At 6-foot-8 and 200 pounds, his athleticism is off the charts, and he shoots the ball with accuracy well beyond 3-point range. -- Denver Post
June 20: Towns is considered the consensus No. 1 pick because of his versatility, ranging from emerging as a rim protector, post player and mid-range shooter. Yet, the Lakers hosted Duke center Jahlil Okafor on Friday for his second workout after averaging 17.3 points on 66.4 percent shooting, 8.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. Though Okafor is considered a worse defender, his numbers bode better than Town’s 10.3 points per game average on 56.6 percent shooting, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocks. -- LA Daily News Blog
June 19: Nine players are considered the top of the draft class: Karl-Anthony Towns (Kentucky), Jahlil Okafor (Duke), Kristaps Porzingis (Latvia), D’Angelo Russell (Ohio State), Justise Winslow (Duke), Stanley Johnson (Arizona), Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky), Mario Hezonja (Croatia) and Emmanuel Mudiay (China). All likely will be gone by the 15th selection, although if one falls the Hawks could be aggressive and move up. -- Atlanta Journal Constitution
June 19: If the Hawks remain at 15, they will select from a field of the next-level players. These include Devin Booker (Kentucky), Sam Dekker (Wisconsin), Jerian Grant (Notre Dame), R.J. Hunter (Georgia State), Tyus Jones (Duke), Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin), Trey Lyles (Kentucky), Kelly Oubre (Kansas), Bobby Portis (Arkansas), Myles Turner (Texas) and Deion Wright (Utah). -- Atlanta Journal Constitution
June 15: Kentucky associate coach Kenny Payne got a text from an NBA organization Sunday raving about how well Wildcats defensive center Willie Cauley-Stein shot during his workout there. “They were floored,’’ Payne told The Post. “I forwarded the text to Willie. He said, ‘It’s amazing people are shocked I can shoot the ball.’ I told him, ‘You never showed it — only in spurts.’ ” -- NY Post
June 10: The Justise Winslow/Mudiay back-to-back workouts [with the Knicks] Monday and Tuesday are considered pivotal as the pair are neck-and-neck in the running to be selected at No. 4 if the Knicks don’t trade down. The chances of either center Jahlil Okafor or point guard D’Angelo Russell slipping past the Lakers and Sixers at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, appear remote. -- NY Post
June 10: The Knicks don’t have a big man under contract for next season, making Kentucky’s defensive power forward Willie-Cauley Stein intriguing even at No. 4. He will work out for the Knicks on June 16, and Jackson also is bringing in unheralded Murray State point guard Cameron Payne — also with the idea of trading down. -- NY Post
June 8: Well before the Lakers plan to watch Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell in an individual workout on Monday afternoon, the organization expressed interest in another way. The Lakers took Russell out to dinner. The team’s Twitter account posted a photo of the 6-foot-5, 180-pound freshman along with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and assistant general manager Glen Carraro. -- LA Daily News Blog
June 4: There is the NBA trend of "stretch fours," the tall power forward who can shoot 3-pointers proficiently to drag a big man out of the paint and create space for an offense. The next level of that trend is to have a "stretch four" who also is a playmaker for when defenses chase him off the line. Wisconsin's Sam Dekker and Arizona's Brandon Ashley are June 25 draft candidates for that job, and they participated in Wednesday's Suns pre-draft workout. The Suns could consider Dekker at No. 13 and Ashley at No. 44, although he holds out hope to be a first-rounder. -- Arizona Republic
June 1: The Wolves [with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft] are expected to pick one of the two big men – Okafor or Towns – but Flip Saunders reiterated the other day that he’s keeping all options open. That presumably includes the possibility of trades (probably involving anything but that No. 1 pick) and looking hard at Russell, a smooth-shooting point guard who just might become the most productive in this draft, as well as European prospect Kristaps Porzingis and guard Emmanuel Mudiay, the Dallas-raised prospect who played in China last season. -- Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 31: The Pistons are going to take the best player with the eighth pick of the first round, and he likely won't be a center. That's understandable considering the presence of third-year center Andre Drummond, who will more than likely be offered a maximum contract extension this summer. -- Detroit Free Press
May 26: The X-factor is what the Los Angeles Lakers do or don’t do with the second pick. There is already talk of Jackson’s former club considering Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell which would leave Duke’s Jahlil Okafor available to Sixers at No. 3. Philadelphia already has a Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid on its roster and could potentially use the pick in a trade or pass on Okafor. In that case, the Knicks would select Okafor, thus erasing the pain of falling from two to four at the Draft Lottery. -- NY Daily News
May 25: Justise Winslow Strengths: Good athleticism; outstanding defender and rebounder; good quickness and strength; defended multiple positions in college; hard worker; good teammate; high basketball IQ; wins everywhere he plays; was at his best during Blue Devils' run to NCAA title. -- Michigan Live
May 20: Our 2015 NBA mock draft
May 18: University of Arizona’s Stanley Johnson. GMs are split on Johnson: some have him as high as fifth, but others think he’ll be later in the lottery. Johnson is listed as 6-foot-7 and 237 pounds with an NBA-ready body (unlike Jazz point guard Dante Exum). He is a solid shooter, hitting 37.1 percent of his threes in college, an elite defender, and has a great motor. That motor can get him in trouble when he plays out of control, which leads to sloppy basketball. The upside is Kawhi Leonard may not be as athletic as him. ESPN’s Chad Ford said, “They think he’ll be in the league a long time, but some scouts wonder if he’ll be more of a solid player than a superstar.” If Johnson falls to the Jazz, he may be the safety pick and very hard for them to pass on, even with the depth they already have at the wing with Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks and Rodney Hood. -- Deseret News
May 18: Wisconsin Badger Sam Dekker: After a stellar NCAA Tournament (minus the national champions), Dekker has helped his draft stock. He is fearless and plays tough. He is versatile on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. Due to his size, 6-foot-9 and 230 pounds, and his athleticism, he can guard multiple positions. Offensively Dekker is a good ball handler, passer, shooter (although a very inconsistent one), and can create for himself. He reminds scouts of Jazzman Gordon Hayward. -- Deseret News
May 15: UNLV forward Christian Wood met with the Jazz during the Draft Combine this week. He's a 6-foot-11 power forward with the ability to play small forward. His height, his length and athleticism complement his ability to shoot the ball. Wood is an early entry candidate, who played two years for Dave Rice and the Rebels. He's projected as a first round pick with the ability to sneak into the lottery. -- Salt Lake Tribune
May 12, 2015: Phil Jackson and the Knicks won't know until next week's lottery where they will be slotted among the top-5 picks for the upcoming NBA draft, but they will have the opportunity to learn more about some of the top available prospects — with a few notable exceptions — this week at the league's annual draft combine. Projected top picks Karl-Anthony Towns of Kentucky and Jahlil Okafor of Duke are not expected to participate according to a list furnished by the NBA, nor is another top-5 prospect, guard Emmanuel Mudiay, who played professionally in China this season. -- NY Daily News
May 5, 2015: League sources told The Post the NBA draft will return to Barclays Center for a third straight season next month. It will mark the fifth straight year the draft will be held at an arena that houses the Nets. It took place at Prudential Center in Newark in 2011 and 2012. -- NY Post
May 2, 2015: The NBA mock draft
is up and will be updated every week or two until the draft.
May 2, 2015: It has been evident since last month [Phil] Jackson has a preference for [Karl-Anthony] Towns over center Jahlil Okafor, saying multiple times he prefers a defensive-oriented big man in the draft over an offensive-only center. Towns has scored high marks as a two-way player while Okafor is known as one-dimensional, with his energy on defense lagging. -- NY Post
April 29, 2015: The NBA announced 91 players, including 48 from American colleges, have filed as early entry candidates for the 2015 NBA Draft. Players desiring to enter the draft had until to Sunday to inform the league. They also have until June 15 to withdraw their names from consideration if they have not signed with an agent. The draft lottery, which will determine the order from 1-14, takes place May 19 with the draft scheduled for June 25. -- CSN Washington
April 23, 2015: FC Barcelona wing Mario Hezonja will declare for the 2015 NBA draft, his agent, Arn Tellem, told ESPN.com on Thursday. Hezonja is ranked No. 8 on ESPN's latest Big Board. The Croatian averaged 7.7 points and shot 38 percent from 3 in 17 minutes per game in Euroleague play this season. -- ESPN.com
April 20, 2015: Latest info on the 2015 NBA Draft Order
April 15, 2015: North Carolina State says guard Trevor Lacey will enter the NBA Draft. Lacey announced his decision Wednesday in a statement issued by the school. -- AP
April 13, 2015: Bobby Portis said last month he wanted to be "the greatest Razorback of all-time" when his career at Arkansas was finished. The finale came Tuesday when the 6-foot-11 sophomore said he was declaring for the NBA after a standout season that saw him named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year. -- AP
April 13, 2015: Duke freshman Justise Winslow will enter the 2015 NBA Draft, head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced Tuesday. “We’re very happy for Justise and his family,” said Krzyzewski. “He had a sensational year, both on and off the court. He was an amazing factor for our success in winning the national championship. From everything we have found out, Justise is projected to be a high lottery pick and we believe that to be true. This is a great time to take advantage of this opportunity. We’re behind him all the way and love him and his family.” -- InsideHoops/Duke Sports Info
March 26, 2015: On Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein: Opposing teams often abandon the pick-and-roll against Kentucky because Cauley-Stein’s quickness and ability to defend guards as well as centers allow the Wildcats to switch without being at a disadvantage. Cauley-Stein often guards the opposing team’s best scorer, regardless of position. The most recent example: He limited Auburn point guard K.T. Harrell, the SEC’s leading scorer, to 1-of-12 shooting... It wasn’t a shock to see Cauley-Stein dive onto the hardwood for a loose ball in a hard-fought overtime win over Mississippi. But it was eye-opening to see him launch himself onto the floor during the closing stages of a 48-point victory over Texas-Arlington. He also takes the task of closing out on jump shooters seriously, and always gets a hand in the shooter’s face. That would help the Knicks, who allow the highest 3-point percentage in the NBA and contest just 20% of their opponent’s attempts from deep, according to SportVU. -- Wall Street Journal
March 7, 2015: The scouting report on Kentucky freshman Karl-Anthony Towns reads like this; young, athletic big man with considerable skills and great vision. -- NY Daily News
February 27, 2015: Knicks president Phil Jackson attended the Ohio State-Nebraska game Thursday night and apparently liked what he saw from the Buckeyes' 6-5 freshman guard D'Angelo Russell. "He's a great-looking kid," Jackson said, according to Cleveland.com. "Great prospect." ... That is key for the Knicks because many draft experts see four players at the head of the draft class: Russell, Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor, Kentucky freshman Karl-Anthony Towns and Emmanuel Mudiay, a guard who chose to play overseas this season instead of playing his freshman year and Southern Methodist University. -- ESPN New York
February 8, 2015: [D’Angelo] Russell entered the season overshadowed by some of the county’s other top freshman, from Duke’s [Jahlil] Okafor to Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns and Arizona’s Stanley Johnson. Emmanuel Mudiay — the Dallas floor general who opted to play in China rather than attend SMU — was the point guard most scouts were talking about regarding the 2015 draft. No one, regardless of class, has made a bigger impact this season than the southpaw, averaging 19.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists, one of only two players to post 19 points, five rebounds and five assists per game. He put up his first career triple-double in Ohio State’s 79-60 victory over Rutgers at the RAC on Sunday night, scoring 23 points, notching 11 assists and grabbing 11 rebounds. -- New York Post
2014 NBA DRAFT
The 2014 NBA Draft was June 26.
Andrew Wiggins went No. 1, so he got to make the first pitch. What would he say to LeBron James about joining him in Cleveland? "I want to win," Wiggins said. "If he wants to win, we'd be good together." Shabazz Napier is on his way to Miami, complete with James' endorsement, so maybe he's the key to keeping James right where he is. -- AP
Milwaukee followed with another freshman, Duke forward Jabari Parker, who some consider the more NBA-ready player after an All-American season for the Blue Devils. Playing in Milwaukee puts him near his family in Chicago. -- AP
Embiid went third to Philadelphia, drawing loud cheers from the many red-and-blue dressed 76ers fans who made the trip to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, as well as from Philadelphia guard Michael Carter-Williams, last season's Rookie of the Year who was sitting on the arena floor level. -- AP
It was considered a deep draft, with top-level talent stretching toward the bottom of the lottery and perhaps beyond. Arizona forward Aaron Gordon went fourth to Orlando, which also had two picks in the lottery, followed by Australian guard Dante Exum to Utah. -- AP
2014 NBA DRAFT RESULTS
1. Cleveland, Andrew Wiggins, g, Kansas.
2. Milwaukee, Jabari Parker, f, Duke.
3. Philadelphia, Joel Embiid, c, Kansas.
4. Orlando, Aaron Gordon, f, Arizona.
5. Utah, Dante Exum, g, Australia.
6. Boston, Marcus Smart, g, Oklahoma State.
7. L.A. Lakers, Julius Randle, f, Kentucky.
8. Sacramento, Nik Stauskas, g, Michigan.
9. Charlotte (from Detroit), Noah Vonleh, c-f, Indiana.
10. a-Philadelphia (from New Orleans), Elfrid Payton, g, Louisiana-Lafayette.
11. b-Denver, Doug McDermott, f, Creighton.
12. a-Orlando (from New York via Denver), Dario Saric, f, Cibona (Croatia).
13. Minnesota, Zach LaVine, g, UCLA.
14. Phoenix, T.J. Warren, f, NC State.
15. Atlanta, Adreian Payne, f, Michigan State.
16. b-Chicago (from Charlotte), Jusuf Nurkic, c, Cedevita (Croatia).
17. Boston (from Brooklyn), James Young, g, Kentucky.
18. Phoenix (from Washington), Tyler Ennis, g, Syracuse.
19. b-Chicago, Gary Harris, g, Michigan State.
20. Toronto, Bruno Caboclo, f, Pinheiros (Brazil).
21. Oklahoma City (from Dallas via Houston and L.A. Lakers), Mitch McGary, f, Michigan.
22. Memphis, Jordan Adams, g, UCLA.
23. Utah (from Golden State), Rodney Hood, f, Duke.
24. c-Charlotte (from Portland), Shabazz Napier, g, UConn.
25. Houston, Clint Capela, f, Chalon (France).
26. c-Miami, P.J. Hairston, g, North Carolina/Texas (NBADL).
27. Phoenix (from Indiana), Bogdan Bogdanovic, g, Partizan (Serbia).
28. L.A. Clippers, C.J. Wilcox, g, Washington.
29. Oklahoma City, Josh Huestis, f, Stanford.
30. San Antonio, Kyle Anderson, g, UCLA.
31. Milwaukee, Damien Inglis, f, Roanne (France).
32. Philadelphia, K.J. McDaniels, f, Clemson.
33. Cleveland (from Orlando), Joe Harris, g, Virginia.
34. New York (from Boston through Dallas), Cleanthony Early, f, Wichita State.
35. e-Utah, Jarnell Stokes, f, Tennessee.
36. Milwaukee (from L.A. Lakers via Minnesota and Phoenix), Johnny O’Bryant III, f, LSU.
37. Toronto (from Sacramento), DeAndre Daniels, f, UConn.
38. Detroit, Spencer Dinwiddie, g, Colorado.
39. Philadelphia (from Cleveland), Jerami Grant, f, Syracuse.
40. Minnesota (from New Orleans), Glenn Robinson III, f, Michigan.
41. Denver, Nikola Jokic, f, Mega Vizura (Serbia).
42. Houston (from New York), Nick Johnson, g, Arizona.
43. Atlanta, Walter Tavares, c, Gran Canarias (Spain).
44. d-Minnesota, Markel Brown, g, Oklahoma State.
45. l-Charlotte, Dwight Powell, f, Stanford.
46. f-Washington, Jordan Clarkson, g, Missouri.
47. g-Philadelphia (from Brooklyn via Dallas and Boston), Russ Smith, g, Louisville.
48. h-Milwaukee (from Toronto via Phoenix), Lamar Patterson, g, Pittsburgh.
49. Chicago, Cameron Bairstow, c, New Mexico.
50. Phoenix, Alec Brown, c, Green Bay.
51. New York (from Dallas), Thanasis Antetokounmpo, f, Delaware (NBADL).
52. Philadelphia (from Memphis via Cleveland), Vasilije Micic, g, Mega Vizura (Serbia).
53. i-Minnesota (from Golden State), Alessandro Gentile, f, EA7 Armani (Italy).
54. Philadelphia (from Houston via Milwaukee), Nemanja Dangubic, f, Mega Vizura (Serbia).
55. c-Miami, Semaj Christon, g, Xavier.
56. j-Denver (from Portland), Roy Devyn Marble, f, Iowa.
57. k-Indiana, Louis Labeyrie, f, Paris-Levallois (France).
58. San Antonio (from L.A. Clippers via New Orleans), Jordan McRae, g, Tennessee.
59. Toronto (from Oklahoma City via New York), Xavier Thames, g, San Diego State.
60. San Antonio, Cory Jefferson, f, Baylor.
2014 NBA Draft Trades
a-Philadelphia and Orlando traded the rights to selected players.
b-Denver and Chicago traded the rights to selected players.
c-Charlotte and Miami traded the rights to selected players.
d-Minnesota traded rights to Brooklyn for $1 million.
e-Utah traded rights to Memphis for a 2016 second-round draft pick.
f-Washington traded rights to L.A. Lakers for cash considerations.
g-Philadelphia traded rights to New Orleans for G Pierre Jackson.
h-Milwaukee traded rights to Atlanta for a future second-round draft pick.
i-Minnesota traded rights to Houston for cash considerations.
j-Denver traded rights and G Evan Fournier to Orlando for G Arron Afflalo.
k-Indiana traded rights to New York for cash considerations.
l-Charlotte traded rights and C Brendan Haywood to Cleveland for F Alonzo Gee
SOURCE: AKRON BEACON JOURNAL
Some key 2014 NBA draft dates, which have now passed:
- April 27: NBA Draft Early Entry Eligibility Deadline (11:59 p.m. ET)
- May 20: 2014 NBA Draft Lottery
- June 16: NBA Draft Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline (5 p.m. ET)
- June 26: 2014 NBA draft
And then after the NBA draft, the best way to get a glance at the rookies that were selected is to watch the smaller Orlando Summer Basketball League
(July 5-11, 2014) and then the larger Las Vegas Summer League Basketball
(July 11-21, 2014), which is also known just as the official NBA Summer League
. Almost all healthy rookies do participate in summer play.
Players Invited to 2014 NBA Draft Green Room:
The following 2014 NBA Draft prospects have been invited by the NBA to the "green room," meaning they will attend the Draft. Which means the NBA expects them to be selected higher than the vast majority of other players: Aaron Gordon (Arizona), Adreian Payne (Michigan State), Andrew Wiggins (Kansas), Dante Exum (Australia), Dario Saric (Croatia), Doug McDermott (Creighton), Elfrid Payton (Louisiana-Lafayette), Gary Harris (Michigan State), Jabari Parker (Duke), James Young (Kentucky), Julius Randle (Kentucky), Jusuf Nurkic (Bosnia), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), Nik Stauskas (Michigan), Noah Vonleh (Indiana), Rodney Hood (Duke), TJ Warren (North Carolina State), Tyler Ennis (Syracuse), Zach LaVine (UCLA), Shabazz Napier (Connecticut).
Other 2014 NBA Draft Info:
- NBA mock draft
: Updated June 17
- NBA Draft early entry
: Final list
- 2014 NBA Draft Lottery
: Cavs win No.1 pick
- 2014 NBA Draft Order
: Complete list
Much more coming.
2013 PRE-DRAFT INFO
The 2013 NBA Draft date is Thursday, June 27, 2013. InsideHoops.com, as always, will provide full coverage of all aspects of the event.
The player who was thought to be — and still may be — the No. 1 choice is Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel. But in his one season with the Wildcats, Noel played just 24 games before his season ended with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
He skipped playing at the NBA Draft combine and his slightly built frame and raw abilities, coupled with the injury questions, make him a mystery. The name Sam Bowie, an all-time draft day disaster, has been raised in comparison thanks to Bowie’s well-chronicled leg problems that the Portland Trailblazers ignored, and still plucked him for need with the No. 2 overall pick in 1984 — one spot ahead of Michael Jordan. But no more certain is the second choice, who was thought to be Kansas’ shooting guard Ben McLemore, but now may be Indiana’s Victor Oladipo or Georgetown’s Otto Porter. Or it could be Maryland’s 7-foot-1 center Alex Len — except that Len could be the No. 1 choice. -- Bergen Record
The certainties in that free-agent free for all are not far from the amount of certainty about the top of the draft. Noel, McLemore, Porter, Oladipo, Len and UNLV’s Anthony Bennett will make up the top six spots. Then it is fast-rising, small school or injury-rehabbing talent that will put general managers on the edge of their seats — hoping to find as something close to a sure thing as they can, something that they can explain to their own bosses and fan base. -- Bergen Record
With Thursday’s NBA Draft quickly approaching, sources within the Cavs insisted Tuesday that their draft board was not yet set and the team hadn’t decided yet who to take with the No. 1 overall pick. None of the options are a terrific fit and almost anyone the Cavs take will start the season coming off the bench. Maryland’s Alex Len and Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel remain the top big men available, but the Cavs have seemed cool on Noel throughout the draft process. ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford continues to believe the Cavs will take him, but admitted in a conference call Tuesday it was a guess and he was simply “reading the tea leaves.” Ford believes the choice has been narrowed to Len, Noel and UNLV’s Anthony Bennett. A few executives polled around the league believe the choice will come down to Len or Noel. -- Akron Beacon Journal
There are concerns regarding the top three big men in this draft. Noel can’t score outside of the paint and is incredibly limited offensively. It would be difficult for the Cavs to play Noel alongside Tristan Thompson, who also has limited range on offense. That pairing puts a significant amount of pressure on the backcourt to carry the scoring load. -- Akron Beacon Journal
KEY 2013 NBA DRAFT INFO
2013 NBA Draft Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn NY
2013 NBA Draft Date: Thursday, June 27, 2013
2013 NBA Draft Start time: 7pm ET
KEY 2013 NBA DRAFT LINKS
- NBA Draft Order
- 2013 NBA Draft Lottery info, date, time
- Ties broken for 2013 NBA Draft order
- 2013 NBA Draft Early Entry Players List
- NBA Draft Blog
- NBA Draft Forum
LAST YEAR'S NBA DRAFT
The final NBA Draft early entry
list came out June 19.
As always, InsideHoops.com has an NBA mock draft
. It was most recently updated on June 27, 2012.
“We are pleased the Draft is returning to the City of Newark,” said NBA Commissioner David Stern. “Prudential Center is state-of-the-art, and we look forward to working with city officials and the arena's staff to produce another memorable event for our fans.”
“Since the opening of the Prudential Center in 2007, Newark has established itself as an all-American sports city and a premier center for basketball,” said Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker. “Newark has hosted the New Jersey Nets, Seton Hall Pirates, the WNBA Liberty, last year’s March Madness and now, for the second year in a row, we will welcome the excitement and energy of the NBA Draft. The world is recognizing that ‘Newark’s got game!’”
“We are excited to have the NBA Draft back in Newark and at Prudential Center,” said Jeff Vanderbeek, Chairman and Managing Partner Devils Arena Entertainment. “Hosting such a prestigious event for the second consecutive year is further testament to success of last year’s draft and the popularity of the Rock.”
The NBA Draft became a public event in 1979, and was held in various venues in New York City through 1991. It was held in Portland in 1992, followed by Detroit (1993), Indianapolis (1994), Toronto (1995), East Rutherford, N.J. (1996), Charlotte (1997), Vancouver (1998), Washington D.C. (1999) and Minneapolis (2000). The NBA Draft returned to New York City from 2001 to 2010, before moving to Prudential Center in 2011.
InsideHoops.com will be at the draft to provide full coverage. As for previews, in addition to our NBA mock draft
we'll be rolling out features around June 16-19 to get you ready for the big annual selection process.
2011 NBA DRAFT PREVIEW
The 2011 NBA Draft is Thursday, June 23 at The Prudential Center in Newark. It's usually in the threatre in Madison Square Garden in New York, but MSG is undergoing summer renovations for the next few summers, so the event moved to Newark, which is just 30 minutes from Manhattan.
The NBA Draft "green room" invitees -- players the NBA expects will be drafted in or very close to the lottery -- are Kyrie Irving, Derrick Williams, Enes Kanter, Brandon Knight, Kemba Walker, Jonas Valanciunas, Jan Vesely, Kawhi Leonard, Chris Singleton, Klay Thompson, Tristan Thompson, Jimmer Fredette, Marcus Morris and Alec Burks. This according to ESPN on June 18, 2011.
Our NBA mock draft
, last updated Saturday, June 18, is up and will be updated again Sunday or Monday. Kyrie Irving is still likely to go #1 overall, but Derrick Williams has a great shot at it as well. It's possible the Cavs might take Williams first, then the best available point guard with their #4 pick. Can't wait to find out!
As of May 19, 2011 here's the full NBA Draft order
of team selections.
The 2011 NBA Draft Lottery
was Tuesday, May 17. The Cleveland Cavaliers won the first pick, followed by the Minnesota Timberwolves at no.2 and the Utah Jazz at no.3. Full results are in that link.
The 2011 NBA Draft Combine
is May 18-22 in Chicago. Select invited players do physical and athletic testing, and some basketball drills.
According to InsideHoops.com editor Jeff Lenchiner on June 20, 2011, "the 2011 NBA Draft may turn out to be the weakest in years and is not expected to produce very many players worthy of starting, or even being in a good team's rotation in the near future. Of course, each year features pleasant surprises and players who exceed expectations. And it's also best to not judge a draft until the players have gotten a few years of experience. But a bunch of the prospects with a chance to make an instant impact in the NBA wound up staying in college another year, rather than going pro right before a probable NBA lockout."
Check back soon for increased 2011 NBA Draft coverage. We've been doing this for over a decade. Our info on the event are always on point and reliable.
Ties Broken For NBA Draft 2011 Order of Selection
April 15, 2011
Three ties among teams that finished the 2010-11
NBA regular season with identical records were broken today through random
drawings to help determine the order of selection for the 2011 NBA Draft,
which will be held on Thursday, June 23 at The Prudential Center in Newark,
The drawings were conducted earlier today in New York City at the Board of
Governors meeting by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball
The results of the drawings:
- Sacramento (24-58) won a tiebreaker with New Jersey.
- New Orleans (46-36) won a tiebreaker with Memphis.
- Dallas (57-25) won a tiebreaker with the Los Angeles
Attached is the order of selection for the 2011 NBA Draft, as well as the
number of chances for teams in the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery, to be held May
17, at the NBA Entertainment studio in Secaucus, New Jersey.
2011 FIRST ROUND NBA DRAFT CHOICE ORDER
The teams entered in the lottery, to be held on May 17, 2011, are as
follows (note: the first three picks in the Draft will be determined by the
lottery and the remainder of the “lottery teams” will select in positions 4
through 14 in inverse order of their consolidated standings at the end of
the regular season):
TEAM RECORD LOTTERY CHANCES (out of 1,000)
Minnesota 17-65 250
Cleveland 19-63 199
Toronto 22-60 156
Washington 23-59 119
Sacramento 24-58 76
New Jersey (To Utah) 24-58 75
Detroit 30-52 43
LA Clippers (To Cleveland) 32-50 28
Charlotte 34-48 17
Milwaukee 35-47 11
Golden State 36-46 8
Utah 39-43 7
Phoenix 40-42 6
Houston 43-39 5
ORDER FOR REMAINDER OF NBA DRAFT FIRST ROUND PICKS
15. Indiana 37-45
16. Philadelphia 41-41
17. New York 42-40
18. Atlanta (To Washington) 44-38
19. New Orleans (To Charlotte via Portland) 46-36
20. Memphis (To Minnesota via Utah) 46-36
21. Portland 48-34
22. Denver 50-32
23. Orlando (To Houston via Phoenix) 52-30
24. Oklahoma City 55-27
25. Boston 56-26
26. Dallas 57-25
27. LA Lakers (To New Jersey) 57-25
28. Miami (To Chicago via Toronto) 58-24
29. San Antonio 61-21
30. Chicago 62-20
2011 SECOND ROUND NBA DRAFT CHOICE ORDER
31. Minnesota (To Miami)
33. Toronto (To Detroit)
35/36. New Jersey
37. Detroit (To LA Clippers)
38. LA Clippers (To Houston)
41. Golden State (To LA Lakers via New Jersey)
43. Utah (To Chicago or to Golden State via Chicago)
44. Phoenix (To Chicago or to Golden State via Chicago)
45. Philadelphia (To New Orleans)
46. New York (To LA Lakers)
47. Houston (To LA Clippers)
50. New Orleans (To Philadelphia)
54. Oklahoma City (To Cleveland via Miami)
56. LA Lakers
58. Miami (To LA Lakers)
59. San Antonio
60. Chicago (To Sacramento via Milwaukee)
*Please note that teams that finished the regular season with identical
records will select in the second round in the reverse of the order in
which they select in the first round. With respect to the tie between New
Jersey and Sacramento (35 and 36): since the order of selection in the
first round for this set of teams may change based on the results of the
Draft Lottery, the order of selection in the second round cannot be
determined until after the Draft Lottery is conducted (on May 17, 2011).
(1) This pick may be conveyed to Detroit via Denver.
(2) This pick may be conveyed to Portland or to Detroit.
FULL 2011 NBA DRAFT COVERAGE COMING SOON
InsideHoops.com is diving into full 2011 NBA Draft coverage around April 16-19. Check back soon.
2010 NBA Draft
The 2010 NBA Draft will be held Thursday, June 24 at its usual spot, Madison Square Garden theatre in New York City.
For NBA draft information (previews, mock, more), scroll down below our NBA Draft Blog, which will be updated live and direct from the 2010 Draft as it happens.
LIVE 2010 NBA DRAFT BLOG
LIVE UNEDITED FIRST ROUND NBA DRAFT NOTES
Congrats to John Wall, who as expected was selected #1 overall by the Washington Wizards. It'll be fun to see him and Gilbert Arenas next to each other.
And as expected, Evan Turner was taken #2 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. He and Andre Iguodala are similar in some ways but should work well together, though it would be nice if their point guard could extend the floor with good outside shooting.
At 7:47pm some fans got a "Lets' go Nets!" chant started, as we sit waiting for New Jersey's pick.
AT 7:48pm, some "Jeff Van Gundy!" chants broke out. These fans are fun.
The New Jersey Nets took power forward Derrick Favors at #3. He'll make a good sidekick to center Brook Lopez. Tough to say if he'll start right away, though. Hopefully, for NJ. Yi Jianlian belongs in the reserves.
With the 4th pick, the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Wesley Johnson, who can play small forward next to Kevin Love and Al Jefferson. He's rocking some plaid pants. Some "lifestyle" reporter will surely ask him about them later.
At #5, the Kings took center DeMarcus Cousins, who fills a need, especially with Spencer Hawes gone. Jason Thompson has potential. Sacramento is a low key town, so maybe it'll help Cousins stay focused.
The Golden State Warriors at #6 took Ekpe Udoh, who gave David Stern a great big hug on stage. Aww. A tremendous shot-blocker who can rebound but needs to add strength and develop his offense.
At #7 the Detroit Pistons took super-passing big-man Greg Monroe, a forward who can maybe develop into a good undersized center someday, though he's probably best served staying at the four.
At #8, Al-Farouq Aminu and his cool glasses were selected by the Los Angeles Clippers. He's a long, athletic small forward with a good handle who needs to keep improving his shooting. The dude's family has an interesting background.
With the 9th overall pick, the Utah Jazz did something they've never done before and added a white dude to the roster, selecting lanky small forward Gordon Hayward. He'll probably be a role player who can help off the bench after a few months in a gym.
At #10 the Indiana Pacers selected Paul George, who may turn into a rich man's Jamario Moon. The kid shoots well, can defend, and is extremely athletic.
With #11 the New Orleans Hornets took defensive-minded center Cole Aldrich, who can stand tall while backing up undersized center Emeka Okafor. The team may wind up eventually dealing Okafor, if Aldrich turns out to be worthy of starting someday.
At #12 the Memphis Grizzlies added to their backcourt by taking shooting guard Xavier Henry. With OJ Mayo looking to transformm into a point guard, Henry has a chance to contribute and toss in buckets.
Will the Toronto Raptors lose (or sign-and-trade) Chris Bosh? Regardless, at #13 they've added help at the four with Ed Davis, son of Terry Davis. The kid rebounds.
With the #14 pick the Houston Rockets added to their frontcourt, taking Patrick Patterson, who adds at the four spot. The health of Yao Ming is what dictates how important Patterson, very capable starter Luis Scola and just about everyone else up front is.
At #15, the Milwaukee Bucks selected Larry Sanders. Bucks guard Brandon Jennings, sitting near me a few rows from the stage, gave a standing ovation as the pick was announced.
With #16, the Minnesota Timberwolves added a scoring forward in the form of Luke Babbitt. Playing more like a three than a four, Babbit tested well at the NBA Draft Combine.
UPDATE: Will Babbitt be traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in a deal involving Ryan Gomes? ESPN reports rumblings.
At #17 the Chicago Bulls took the first player to be sitting in the stands rather than one of the "green room" tables up front fairly close to the stage, selecting Kevin Seraphin.
The Bulls and Wizards earlier agreed to a trade that involves Kirk Hinrich and others, including this pick. So, Seraphin at #17 will actually wind up going to Washington when the trade becomes official on July 8.
At #18, the Oklahoma City Thunder took scoring guard Eric Bledsoe. He can learn under Russell Westbrook, who was also a scorer that has turned out to be a pretty damn good point guard. Bledsoe played the point in high school but in college had to be at the two.
Fans have broken into "Jeff Van Gundy!" chants on and off throughout the draft.
At #19 the Boston celtics gave Rajon Rondo a nice backup, adding Avery Bradley, a scorer in a point guard's body.
With #20, the San Antonio Spurs added a backup shooting guard in James Anderson. Manu Ginobili is up there in age.
At 21, the Thunder took Craig Brackins. Elliot Williams went 22 to the Trail Blazers. Trevor Booker went 23 to Minnesota. Damion James went 24 to Atlanta. Dominique Jones went 25 to Memphis. Quincy Pondexter went 26 to Oklahoma City. Jordan Crawford went 27 to New Jersey. Greivis Vasquez went 28 to Memphis. Daniel Orton went 29 to Orlando. And Lazar Hayward was the final pick in the first round, going 30 to Washington.
With the first round over, David Stern is done for the night, and Adam Silver takes over. Fans in New York always chant for Silver, who usually unleashes a huge smile in response. And a few picks into the second round, fans took it further, chanting "Sexy Silver" at Adam.
Full NBA draft analysis, roundups, winners and losers, surprises, sescond round results and more coming late Thursday niht and all day Friday.
5:30PM ET: I will arrive at the NBA Draft about an hour before it begins. I'll check in, look around, say hello to a few familiar faces, rush to a cargo storage-like area of the building where very bad food is served to the media, shake it off, and then begin live Draft observations and opinions as the results unfold.
UPDATE: As expected, the food was not edible. For some reason whoever is responsible for feeding the media in the MSG Theatre just buys old-looking, cheap pasta that looks like it fell on the floor. I didn't eat. Just grabbed some bottled waters.
For a good time, watch the Draft on ESPN and keep this page open in your browser all night, reloading us regularly.
4pm ET: New York City weather is great in June, but for the last few years it's been hot and humid out right around NBA Draft time. As a New Yorker, this disappoints me. I want visitors to my fine city to enjoy themselves. So this afternoon I wasn't surprised to see it suddenly rain very hard while extremely strong wind blew it in all directions. All I could think was to picture NBA draft prospects and their families out in Manhattan getting soaked. Imagine those wacky hats some grandmas of the players wear getting all ruined. Damn shame. But the good news is, the awful downpour was brief and lasted maybe 30 minutes. Then the sun came back out (and eventual clouds) and it went back to just being a regular hot, humid yet tolerable day.
NBA DRAFT INFORMATION
In the annual NBA Draft (usually takes place in late June), NBA teams select players who have never actually played in the league, and gain the contract rights of each player they pick. There are two rounds in the NBA draft and 30 teams in the league, so there are 30 first round picks and 30 second round picks. Any player selected in the NBA draft first round receives a guaranteed multi-year contract. Players selected in the second round of the NBA draft receive no such guarantee, and the team that chose them gets to take time and decide whether to sign them, keep their draft rights but not actually sign them just yet, trade their rights to another team, or just give up their rights and let the player go. The NBA draft is the hottest event of the basketball year aside from the Finals and playoffs. InsideHoops.com provides full NBA draft previews, live coverage and recaps.
June 24: The NBA draft is today! Hit the NBA Draft preview for a general overview of this year's event, the key players that are expected to matter, and more.
June 23: Our 2010 NBA mock draft is updated. Check it out! It gives you a good sense of where most players are projected to be selected.
June 15: The 2010 NBA Draft early entry list is final. Underclassmen are now either in or out. Click to see who stayed in and who pulled out. More info.
May 18: The 2010 NBA Draft Lottery is today. The 26th annual edition of the NBA Draft Lottery will determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2010 NBA Draft. Fourteen ping-pong balls numbered 1 through 14 will be placed in a drum. There are 1,001 possible combinations when four balls are drawn out of 14, without regard to their order of selection. Prior to the Lottery, 1,000 combinations will be assigned to the 14 participating Lottery teams by a computer. More info.
NBA Draft 2009
Key 2009 NBA Draft dates: NBA Early Entry Eligibility Deadline is April 26. The NBA Draft Lottery is May 19. The NBA Draft Early Entry Entrant Withdrawal Deadline is June 15. The 2009 NBA Draft is June 25.
June 18, 2009: InsideHoops.com's 2009 NBA mock draft is updated. First round is done. First round bubble players and upper second round coming in the next few days.
June 16, 2009: The official list of 2009 NBA draft underclassmen early entry list is here, showing who stayed in and who withdrew.
May 27-29, 2009: The NBA Draft Combine is underway. This event replaces the pre-draft camp. They're similar, except while the pre-draft camp featured games played by lesser players (the top players always sat out), the 2009 Combine has no games at all, just drills and measurements.
May 20, 2009: The NBA draft order is official.
May 19, 2009: The NBA Draft Lottery took place Tuesday night. The Los Angeles Clippers beat the odds to win the first pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. The Memphis Grizzlies won pick #2, the Oklahoma City Thunder got #3, the Sacramento Kings received #4, the Washington Wizards have #5, and the Minnesota Timberwolves got #6.
May 18, 2009: The 2009 NBA Draft Lottery, where ping-pong balls supplant basketballs as the tools of determining supremacy, will be held on Tuesday, May 19, at the NBA Entertainment Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. The 24th annual edition of the NBA Draft Lottery will determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of 2009 NBA Draft. Fourteen ping-pong balls numbered 1 through 14 will be placed in a drum. There are 1,001 possible combinations when four balls are drawn out of 14, without regard to their order of selection. Prior to the Lottery, 1,000 combinations will be assigned to the 14 participating Lottery teams by a computer. Read more.
2008 NBA DRAFT
The 2008 NBA Draft resulted in the Bulls (#1 overall pick) getting their point guard of the future in Derrick Rose. The Heat (#2) added scoring, rebounding forward Michael Beasley. The Timberwolves (#3) got guard O.J. Mayo, but then traded him to the Grizzlies for #5 pick Kevin Love and talented swingman Mike Miller (more players were involved in deal). And the Sonics #4, in need of a point guard they can trust, took Russell Westbrook, a player who shot up the prospect rankings list over the last few weeks. The Grizzlies (#5) took Love and then traded him in the above deal.
October 20, 2009: The Boston Globe reports: "A Western Conference scouting executive recently gave the Globe his top five American college stars to keep an eye on this season: Oklahoma sophomore forward Blake Griffin, Arizona State sophomore guard James Harden, Gonzaga sophomore forward Austin Daye (son of ex-Celtic Darren Daye), Connecticut junior center Hasheem Thabeet, and Louisville junior forward Earl Clark. Asked about Thabeet, the executive said, "He has a feel for the game. He has to keep playing basketball. He's young to the game. Teams will covet his athleticism, size, and shot blocking. But he hasn't played a lot of basketball. He's more athletic than you imagine. He moves a little bit like Andrew Bynum does." The executive also said the top international prospect is DKV Joven guard Ricky Rubio, who made a name for himself playing for Spain in the Olympics."
Forward Danilo Gallinari, the only prominent international player in the Draft, went #6 to the Knicks. At #7, the Clippers added much-needed scoring punch in the backcourt by taking Eric Gordon -- though, they still need a point guard. At #8, the Bucks, who recently traded for Richard Jefferson, added super-athletic forward Joe Alexander. AT #9, the Bobcats, who needed point guard depth regardless of how they feel about Raymond Felton, took the Draft's best floor general not named Derrick Rose and selected tiny D.J. Augustin. At #10, the Nets got what many feel is a steal, taking the Draft's best center, Brook Lopez, who was expected to go no lower than #9. At #11, the Pacers, who need a point guard, got Jerryd Bayless, a scorer who insists he can be a true NBA point guard. At #12, the Kings took Jason Thompson much higher than he was projected (14-20something). At #13 the Blazers selected Brandon Rush, whose outside shooting can compliment Brandon Roy's game. And at #14, the final pick of the so-called "lottery" area, the Warriors selected skinny, versatile forward Anthony Randolph.
There's year-round Draft discussion on the InsideHoops NBA Draft Forum.
Check out the full 2008 NBA Draft results. And equally important is the list of transactions -- including all the Draft day trades that are now official.
Here is brief analysis of the first 15 picks blogged live from the Draft as it happened. It's raw and unedited, and will remain that way. The fun of blogging.
Also, Scott "The Talent" Spangler blogged throughout the entire Draft, with results, quick analysis, fun comments and more.
One surprise in this year's draft was the fall of Darrell Arthur. Word is, it was because of a scare about his kidney's health. He still went first round (#27 to the Hornets, though he's being traded), so Arthur has officially made the NBA (unlike second round picks, who are drafted but aren't actually signed to a contract unless their team decides to offer them one).
More reviews of the 2008 NBA Draft coming to InsideHoops.com Saturday night and all day Sunday.
EVENTS LEADING TO 2008 NBA DRAFT
The 2008 NBA Draft is on June 26 and once again takes place in the Theatre of Madison Square Garden in New York City. Each year the Draft is possibly the single biggest day of the entire basketball year, aside from the day a team wins the championship and maybe the NBA trade deadline. In the NBA Draft, teams select new players who are entering the NBA for the first time. They mostly come from American colleges, and some come from overseas. High school basketball players are no longer allowed to jump straight to the NBA.
June 23: The Draft prospects invited by the NBA for the annual day-before-draft special media session (the players who are also invited to the Draft's 'Green Room") are: Joe Alexander (West Virginia), Darrell Arthur (Kansas), DJ Augustin (Texas), Jerryd Bayless (Arizona), Michael Beasley (Kansas State), Danilo Gallinari (Italy), Eric Gordon (Indiana), DeAndre Jordan (Texas A&M), Brook Lopez (Stanford), Robin Lopez (Stanford), Kevin Love (UCLA), OJ Mayo (USC), Anthony Randolph (LSU), Derrick Rose (Memphis), Brandon Rush (Kansas) and Russell Westbrook (UCLA). What this means is the league expects these guys to be taken before the majority of other players. But every year there are always a few guys that drop lower than expected, a few players not on this list that go higher than expected, and it's quite possible that at least one of those players drops much further than expected.
June 23: The InsideHoops.com NBA Mock Draft shows what may happen if the draft was today. It's updated regularly. Prospect profiles, rankings by position and much more in-depth stuff coming soon.
May 27-30 was the 2008 NBA pre-draft camp. The NBA (via feedback from teams around the league) invite players who are the best candidates to get drafted. Though, players who consider themselves "locks" to go upper first round usually skip the camp and only attend it to shake some hands and let the league take their official measurements (height, weight, vertical leap, etc.). The players who attend and actually participate go through four days of drills and game scrimmages. Click the link to see who stood out
May 21: Here's the official 2008 first and second round NBA Draft order.
May 20: The 2008 NBA Draft Lottery was on Monday, May 20. That's the day the order of the first 14 picks in the NBA Draft are selected (surely you've heard about the ping pong balls). Teams that don't make the playoffs are called "lottery teams," because those teams get entered into the lottery, where the teams with the worst record have the best chance at getting the #1 pick. The results are in, and the Bulls beat the odds to get the #1 pick. The Sonics fell to the #4 pick.
May 1: The NBA Draft underclassmen early entry list was released, showing which college players who are not yet seniors, and which young international players, have declared themselves eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft. College underclassmen who have not signed with an agent and have not otherwise ruined their draft eligibility have until June 16 to withdraw from the Draft and return to college. The deadline is the same for young international players, who can return to doing whatever they're doing overseas (usually playing professionally already).
Aside from the official camp mentioned above, there's also the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (or P.I.T.), which the NBA recognizes, but does not actually run. That camp is only for college seniors. And the good seniors who think they're locks to be drafted usually skip it, so the players involved at Portsmouth are usually just second round hopefuls. Most won't get drafted.
NBA DRAFT PLAYER RANKINGS
Updated June 1, 2008
PG: 1) Derrick Rose, 2) Jerryd Bayless, 3) DJ Augustin, 4) Russell Westbrook, 5) Mario Chalmers
SG: 1) OJ Mayo, 2) Eric Gordon, 3) Brandon Rush, 4) Chris Douglas-Roberts, 5) Courtney Lee
SF: 1) Anthony Randolph, 2) Danilo Gallinari, 3) Joe Alexander, 4) Donte Green, 5) Nicolas Batum
PF: 1) Michael Beasley, 2) Kevin Love, 3) Darrell Arthur, 4) Marreese Speights, 5) JJ Hickson
C: 1) Brook Lopez, 2) DeAndre Jordan, 3) JaVale McGee, 4) Kosta Koufos, 5) Robin Lopez
InsideHoops.com is your source for complete 2008 NBA Draft coverage
2007 NBA DRAFT COVERAGE
The 2007 NBA Draft is June 28 in the theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This year's event features two highly-desired superstars in big-man Greg Oden and tall, lanky Devin Durant, and plenty of talent available from picks three down to a bit past the middle of the first round. Aside from those two players, who are almost guaranteed to be the first and second overall picks, the 2007 NBA Draft also features Joakim Noah, Al Thornton, Mike Conley, a tall Chinese propect named Yi Jianlian, Julian Wright, Jeff Green and other potential difference-makers.
NBA Draft Green Room Invitees: Corey Brewer (Florida), Michael Conley (Ohio St.), Kevin Durant (Texas), Jeff Green (Georgetown), Spencer Hawes (Washington), Al Horford (Florida), Yi Jianlian (China),
Acie Law IV (Texas A&M), Joakim Noah (Florida), Greg Oden (Ohio St.), Rodney Stuckey (Eastern Washington),
Al Thornton (Florida St.), Brandan Wright (North Carolina), Julian Wright (Kansas), Nick Young (USC).
Talk with other NBA Draft enthusiasts on the InsideHoops NBA Draft Forum. Enjoy year-round draft talk.
On June 19 the final, official NBA Draft early entry list was released, naming underclassmen who have declared themselves eligible for the NBA Draft as well as players who had declared early entry but have withdrawn. Players had until June 18 to withdraw.
The InsideHoops.com NBA Mock Draft is one of the web's top (and only) proven, reliable, professional looks at how the draft would go down if it was to happen today. It's compiled by InsideHoops.com editor Jeff Lenchiner (who does radio around the country and also wrote the All-Star player profiles for the official 2007 NBA All-Star weekend event program) with help from a good dozen or so top sources, including assistant general managers, scouts and others. The entire NBA media world knows the InsideHoops.com mock draft is a trusted source of info.
The 2007 NBA Pre-Draft camp is from May 29 through June 1 in Orlando, Florida. InsideHoops.com is there and reporting every day. We've already posted some Day 1 notes, and the first day was just two hours long. The real action comes on days 2-4. We'll have daily notes plus tons of interviews, all worth reading.
The official NBA Draft order showing the complete first and second round team selection order is useful. This year, thanks to several trades, the Philadelphia 76ers have three first round draft picks.
The NBA Draft Lottery recently took place. Ping-pong balls and odds based on record determined the exact order that lottery teams -- teams that failed to qualify for the NBA Playoffs -- will pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Of course, many teams have traded their picks, so some selections go elsewhere.
It's also worth reading NBA Draft lottery quotes, with reactions from several lottery team representatives after the lottery results became known.
And, learn about the evolution of the Draft Lottery process and how it developed into the current system.
To keep up with the latest 2007 NBA Draft stories, read the InsideHoops.com NBA Rumors page each day, and to see archived stories hit the NBA draft rumors page.
2006 NBA DRAFT COVERAGE
The 2006 NBA Draft was Wednesday, June 28, at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. The NBA Draft Green Room invitees were LaMarcus Aldridge, Hilton Armstrong, Andrea Bargnani, Ronnie Brewer, Rodney Carney, Randy Foye, Rudy Gay, Adam Morrison, Patrick O'Bryant, J.J. Redick, Brandon Roy, Cedric Simmons, Tyrus Thomas, Marcus Williams and Shelden Williams.
2006 NBA Draft Results Complete list of results
Discuss the draft on the InsideHoops NBA Draft Forum.
2006 Pre-Draft Features:
New: NBA Pre-Draft Media Day interviews
New: 2006 Draft fact sheet
NBA Mock Draft (Updated daily)
NBA Draft Rumors (Updated daily)
Early Entry (Underclassmen) List (Final, official list)
Offiical Draft Camp Prospect Measurements
NBA Draft Lottery Interviews with GM's, players, scouts
NBA Draft Lottery official results, odds and explanation
NBA Draft all-time #1 picks list
Draft Order includes May 23 lottery results
NBA Draft Prospects Rankings by position
2006 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament rosters
2006 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament event info
2005 NBA Draft:
- 2005 NBA Draft Results
- NBA mock draft
- NBA Draft early entry list (June 22 - official)
- Official player measurements
- NBA draft prospects
- NBA draft rumors
- 2005 NBA Draft order & draft lottery odds
- NBA Draft Lottery Interviews
- NBA Draft History (year by year)
2005 NBA DRAFT NOTES | June 30, 2005
For the first time in five years, the No. 1 overall pick this year played at least one season of college basketball. Andrew Bogut played two seasons at Utah. Cincinnati's Kenyon Martin was the last collegiate player to go first, to New Jersey in 2000. The first overall picks since then have been Kwame Brown (Washington), Yao Ming (Houston), LeBron James (Cleveland) and Dwight Howard (Orlando), all but Yao straight out of high school.
This year marks the first time three point guards – Deron Williams (#3), Chris Paul (#4) and Raymond Felton (#5) – were chosen in the Top 10 since 1999. That year, Steve Francis (#2), Baron Davis (#3), Andre Miller (#8) and Jason Terry (#10) all went in the Top 10.
North Carolina had four players selected in the first round – Marvin Williams (#2), Raymond Felton (#5), Sean May (#13) and Rashad McCants (#14). This has happened only one other time: Duke in 1999 – Elton Brand (#1), Trajan Langdon (#11), Corey Maggette (#13) and William Avery (#14).
Felton and May are the first set of college teammates to be drafted by the same team (Charlotte) since Todd Day and Lee Mayberry of Arkansas were each drafted by Milwaukee in 1992. In 2004, the Portland Trail Blazers traded for the rights to Viktor Khryapa of CSKA Moscow and drafted his teammate Sergei Monia.
There were seven international players selected in the first round, two shy of the record (9) set in 2003. This year’s selections are Andrew Bogut (Australia), Fran Vazquez (Spain), Yaroslav Korolev (Russia), Francisco Garcia (Dominican Republic), Johan Petro (France), Linas Kleiza (Lithuania) and Ian Mahinmi (France).
There were nine college seniors selected in the first round, up from five in 2004. They are: Channing Frye (#8), Joey Graham (#16), Danny Granger (#17), Hakim Warrick (#19), Julius Hodge (#20), Luther Head (#24), Jason Maxiell (#26), Wayne Simien (#29) and David Lee (#30).
This year, there were a record nine high school seniors chosen in the draft: Martell Webster (#6), Andrew Bynum (#10), Gerald Green (#18), CJ Miles (#34), Ricky Sanchez (#35), Monta Ellis (#40), Louis Williams (#45), Andray Blatche (#49), Amir Johnson (#56).
Players Invited to 2005 NBA Draft Green Room: Bogut, Felton, Frye, Granger, Green, Korolev, May, McCants, Paul, Vazquez, Villanueva, Warrick, Webster, Deron Williams, Marvin Williams, Wright.
ABOUT THE NBA DRAFT
The NBA Draft, which happens once a year (in June), is when NBA teams select new players (from college, high school and outside of the country) who will enter the NBA for the first time. The 2005 NBA Draft is on June 28 in New York's Madison Square Garden theatre. The 2005 NBA Draft deadline for "underclassmen" (early entry players: non-seniors in college, high school seniors, and young international players) to declare themselves eligible was on May 14 (see link above for the list).
The NBA's Chicago pre-draft camp is June 7-10. (it just happens to be in Chicago. It's for all teams, not just the Bulls.) That's the main NBA pre-draft camp. Players who feel they're a lock to be drafted in the first round usually don't play and just go to take a physical. The only other NBA pre-draft camp is the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (P.I.T.), for college seniors only. Very few P.I.T. players get drafted. The best college seniors usually skip the P.I.T. and only play in the Chicago camp - unless they skip that, too.
The 2005 NBA Draft Early Entry Entrant Withdrawal Deadline is on June 21. Underclassmen who made themselves eligible for the 2005 NBA draft have until that day to change their minds and postpone being a part of the NBA Draft. However, high school and college players who signed with an agent or otherwise ruined their amateur status won't be allowed back in school.