NBA Draft Results

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Credit: CBS Boston

Here are the NBA Draft results. I also will provide my analysis on each pick starting with the first overall pick to the last pick (60) of the NBA Draft.

 First Round

1. Philadelphia 76ers – Markelle Fultz – PG – Washington

Fultz could not complement Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid any better. The Husky balances out a top-heavy lineup with exciting scoring and playmaking ability in the Sixers’ backcourt. The Sixers now have potential All-Stars at three different positions. Just fill in the pieces now to complete the rebuild. Once again, trust the process.

2. Los Angeles Lakers – Lonzo Ball – PG – UCLA

Ball will instantly replace the recently traded D’Angelo Russell at the point. Ball is a baller and good all-around player, but his defense is questionable. De’Aaron Fox exposed his defense this past year.

3. Boston Celtics – Jayson Tatum – SF – Duke

Perfect fit for Boston. Celtics needed that other scorer to take pressure off Thomas and Tatum is the most advanced scorer in draft. Celtics just improved their team as Tatum is an all-around player.

4. Phoenix Suns – Josh Jackson – SF – Kansas

Great all-around player that is very good defensively. The trio of Bledsoe, Booker, and Jackson could be deadly.Jackson brings high-energy to the team and he is an athletic two-way player added to talented young roster. He needs to become a better jump shooter and he will be complete.

5. Sacramento Kings – De’Aaron Fox – PG – Kentucky

My favorite player in this draft and also the fastest in the draft. Solid finisher and shooter. Sleeper on defense with the potential to be really good on the defensive side. Kings attacked a position of need, but best available player on the board. Overall, best two-way point guard in draft.

6. Orlando Magic – Jonathan Isaac – SF – Florida State

Isaac has the highest ceiling in this draft. He is a versatile player that can play the three or four spot. The Magic get a great teammate that works hard and has that physical freak touch. He is a good shooter, but he will have to work more on his shot when he goes further out.

7. Chicago Bulls – Lauri Markkanen – PF – Arizona

Proposed trade from Timberwolves in the Jimmy Butler trade. Lauri is the best three-point shooting power forward in the draft. He reminds me of Dirk.

8. New York Knicks – Frank Ntilikina – PG – International

Will need time to develop. He is a solid pick for the Knicks. Also, he is a versatile guard, as he can play the point guard or shooting guard position. He might start day one for the Knicks and why not? Remember, he is the best international talent in the draft. He is a floor general that will need to improve on his shot. His middle name might be defense, as he is a great perimeter defender.

9. Dallas Mavericks – Dennis Smith Jr. – PG – North Carolina State

Smith Jr. is Mark Cuban’s first ever pick inside the top 10 of a draft. He is an explosive scorer that can score anywhere on the court. Now, he does not like playing defense from watching his tape. He will see playing time right away.

10. Portland Trail Blazers – Zach Collins – PF – Gonzaga

Can do everything as a big man. Portland adds a nice big man that will stretch out the defense. Lillard will like this. Portland traded up here with Kings for 15th and 20th overall picks to land Collins.

11. Charlotte Hornets – Malik Monk – SG – Kentucky

Monk is a three-point and pick and roll specialist. Most explosive scorer in draft and one of better athletes. He is a microwave scorer. Monk is good on defense too. Walker gets more help with this addition. M&M gets to learn some tips from MJ now!

12. Detroit Pistons – Luke Kennard – SG – Duke

Love the quick left-handed shot. Kennard is a scorer and he will provide a punch from the Pistons bench. He will lead the second team in scoring and will instantly put his name in the hat to become the Pistons sixth man.

13. Utah Jazz – Donovan Mitchell – SG – Louisville

Mitchell will be heading to Utah after Nuggets traded him for Lyles and 24th overall pick of this year’s draft. Jazz get a two-way guard that can score and provide solid services on defense. Combo guard also. Hayward gone? Also, if that happens, maybe Hood moves to the three and Mitchell plays the two.

14. Miami Heat – Bam Adebayo – PF – Kentucky

Heat needed a power forward. He is a good physical rebounder that brings energy and especially with those vicious dunks. Pick and roll player who reminds me of Dwight Howard, but from the four position. Whiteside and Adebayo look like a wrecking force waiting to happen.

15. Sacramento Kings – Justin Jackson – SF – North Carolina

Kings got this pick from Portland for 10th overall pick. Jackson is a big scoring threat and good wing defender to easily replace the departing Rudy Gay. Kings fans will love this kid.

16. Minnesota Timberwolves – Justin Patton – C – Creighton

This pick was the Bulls, but the Timberwolves acquired this pick after the Butler deal. Patton is a raw prospect that is an offensive player. Timberwolves add scoring from the bench.

17. Milwaukee Bucks – D.J. Wilson – PF – Michigan

Milwaukee adds more length to the team. Wilson is a good shot blocker and he moves well. He is becoming a solid stretch four. He is a late bloomer. Knows how to shoot the ball.

18. Indiana Pacers – TJ Leaf – PF – UCLA

Great corner shooter. Stretch four that rebounds well and is a great transition player. Pick and pop player that is more physical than better give him. Pacers need all the scoring they can get with PG13 departing via trade soon and they are now building around Myles Turner.

19. Atlanta Hawks – John Collins – PF – Wake Forest

Old school player at his position on the offensive side. Dominates the paint and only the paint. Hawks needed a big man after losing Millsap to free agency and trading Howard to the Hornets. Collins will be a solid role player in the NBA.

20. Sacramento Kings – Harry Giles

Kings got this pick from Portland for 10th overall pick. Giles was supposed to be the number one pick before the two ACL injuries he had. Giles has the potential to become a monster in the league. Explosive on the glass and knows how to score. Kings looking good.

21. Oklahoma City Thunder – Terrance Ferguson – SG – International

Ferguson can shoot the ball and he is a three-and-D guy. Nice elite athlete. He will be the scorer Westbrook needs to help them make deeper runs in the playoffs. Ferguson is a steal here.

22. Brooklyn Nets – Jarrett Allen – C – Texas

After trading Lopez to LA, they need to reload at the center position. This kid can play in the NBA for a long time. He is a nice shot blocker and rebounder that runs well. Good finisher, but limited on offense. Stays in his lane. Solid value pick by the Nets here.

23. Toronto Raptors – OG Anunoby – SF – Indiana

He is a swiss army knife defender. He can guard anyone. Best defender in the draft. He is raw on the offensive side of the game. High energy guy. Will win multiple defensive player of the year awards in his NBA career.

24. Denver Nuggets – Tyler Lydon – PF – Syracuse

Nuggets get this pick after trading the 13th overall pick (Donovan Mitchell) to Utah. Lydon is a pick and pop player that shoots the ball well. He moves well and he will have to adjust to man-to-man defense after playing tons of zone in college. Lydon is versatile forward by being able to play the three and four spots. Lydon could replace Gallinari.

25. Philadelphia Sixers – Andzejs Pasecniks – C – International

Athletic big man who is a great space player. Nice role player that can put that ball in the net, but needs to improve his range. Now, he needs to work on his defense. Good gamble pick here. Sixers acquire the Latvian from the Magic for Oklahoma City’s 2020 first-round pick and the Sixers 2020 second-round pick.

26. Portland Trail Blazers – Caleb Swanigan – PF – Purdue

Portland gets Mr.Double Double and a bruising player. Swanigan will be a solid player in the NBA. Great rebounder.

27. Los Angeles Lakers – Kyle Kuzma – SF – Utah

Solid shooter. Lakers added another player that has potential to be good in the league. Kuzma can do a little bit of everything. Safe and solid pickup for a team that can use versatility and scoring. Lakers got this pick from Nets from the D’Angelo Russell trade.

28. Utah Jazz – Tony Bradley – C – North Carolina

The Jazz picking here after trading away the 30th and 42nd to the Lakers. Bradley is a great rebounder that knows how to protect the rim. He had more offensive rebounds than defensive rebounds last year. Needs to work on stamina. Gobert gets a solid backup.

29. San Antonio Spurs – Derrick White – PG – Colorado

Spurs needed to add a combo guard and they got one here. Parker is nearing the end of his career and Mills is a UFA. Murray and White are the two future point guards for San Antonio down the road. Interesting, but solid pick. Tough point guard that has an old school mindset.

30. Los Angeles Lakers – Josh Hart – SG – Villanova

Lakers got this pick for the 28th pick in a trade with Utah. Hart has lots of heart. Safe and solid pick. He will replace Nick Young. Two-way guard that can drive and finish at the rim. Good three-point shooter. Knows how to win. Lakers did good here.

Second Round

31. New Orleans Pelicans – Frank Jackson – PG – Duke

Pelicans get a point guard that they need after trading Frazier to Washington and losing Jrue Holiday potentially to the open market. Jackson is a fearless driver that is good at finishing, plus he possesses a deadly floater. Quiet, but solid pick. Hornets traded Jackson to Pelicans.

32. Phoenix Suns – Davon Reed – SG – Miami

Shows great poise and knows his role. Good finisher with a quick release and loves the pick and roll offense. Nice defender. Suns add more athletes to their young and improved squad. Could become a really good three-and-D guy.

33. Orlando Magic – Wesley Iwundu – SF – Kansas State

Magic continue to add wing help. He can play the two spot if needed. Solid player that can play defense and score points. Magic will have multiple versatile lineups.

34. Sacramento Kings – Frank Mason III – PG – Kansas

Kings look like they are going with a young point guard group of Fox and Mason. Mason is a leader and a solid shooter and especially from the three-point line. Great pick here and he will contribute quicker than projected.

35. Memphis Grizzlies – Ivan Rabb – PF – California

Memphis gets this pick from Orlando for Brooklyn’s second-round pick in the 2019 draft. Great pick for the Grizzlies. Would of been a top 15 pick last year, but it is whatever. He will be a solid contributor in Memphis. Good range and rebounder.

36. Philadelphia 76ers – Jonah Bolden – PF – International

Unique player. Nice versatile offensive player that can throw down or pop three’s. Overall, he can shoot the ball. The 76ers continue to add to their talented roster and improve their bench, which is the remaining problem after drafting potential superstars in years past, plus this year with Fultz.

37. Boston Celtics – Semi Ojeleye – SF – SMU

Blossomed this past year and scored 19 points per game. Best shooter in the AAC. Nice pick by Boston. He has a chance to stick with this team. Celtics are loaded up at the forward positions.

38. Golden State Warriors – Jordan Bell – PF – Oregon

Bell can stretch the rim and rebound the crap out of the ball. He is a high energy guy that will be fun to watch in this league. Good defensive potential. Bulls shipping Bell to Warriors.

39. Los Angeles Clippers – Jawun Evans – PG – Oklahoma State

Great in the pick and roll. Clippers got a steal here. He has Chris Paul passing vision. Small, but very deadly. I love what the Clippers are doing here. Clippers traded for this pick from the Sixers.

40. Charlotte Hornets – Dwayne Bacon – SG – Florida State

Hornets traded the 31st pick with Pelicans, so Hornets pick up this pick. Inconsistent, but when on point, he is a dangerous shooter. Athletic finisher. Hornets get another good two guard.

41. Atlanta Hawks – Tyler Dorsey – SG – Oregon

Hawks get a good bench player here. They need anything right now, as they are going through a retool phase. A nice three-point shooter that was fantastic in the NCAA Tournament.

42. Los Angeles Lakers – Thomas Bryant – C – Indiana

This pick was involved in the trade that allowed the Jazz to pick up Tony Bradley. Lakers get a nice center here. Can run the court and works hard. Will be a good backup with a chance to become a future starter. Good on the offensive glass.

43. Houston Rockets – Isaiah Hartenstein – PF – International

Big mobile power forward that can score inside or outside. Rockets grab a potential all-star. Might be a stack and stash player, which is fine, as he needs to develop more. Overall, a great pickup.

44. New York Knicks – Damyean Dotson – SG – Houston

Great three-point shooter. Makes shots and spreads the floor. Knicks made a smart choice. Threat coming off screens. Can hit a deep three like no other in this draft.

45.  Memphis Grizzlies – Dillon Brooks – SF – Oregon

Rockets deal Brooks to Memphis. Grizzlies add more scoring from the wing. Fair shooter. Very clutch. He has a good motor.

46. Milwaukee Bucks – Sterling Brown – SG – SMU

Led the AAC in 3-pt shooting. Sixers deal him to Milwaukee. Can score on the move. Steals the ball. Solid free throw shooter and good playmaker. Plays multiple positions.

47. Indiana Pacers – Ike Anigbogu – C – UCLA

Raw player that is athletic and could be a special overall center. Needs lots of work. Will rebound and dunk at rim level or above. Turner’s backup and maybe Turner in the future moves to the four and Ike takes over the five spot.

48. Los Angeles Clippers – Sindarius Thornwell – SG – South Carolina

Was the savior of the Gamecocks season. A leader. A good defender and a tough one. Good at driving to the rim and drawing fouls. Clippers get a sleeper here. Bucks trade pick to LA.

49. Denver Nuggets – Vlatko Cancar – SF – International

Sounds like a stack and stash player. Shoots the ball well from any spot, plus he has a really good jumper.

50. Philadelphia 76ers – Mathias Lessort – PF – International

Running and athletic jumping animal. He is a stack and stash player that could make an impact in two years. Sixers continue to improve their organization.

51. Denver Nuggets – Monte Morris – PG – Iowa State

Floor general and he never turns the ball over. High basketball IQ. Nuggets get a good backup here. Very strong at scoring on the break.

52. Indiana Pacers – Edmond Sumner – PG – Xavier

Pacers buy this pick from the Pelicans. Teague is a UFA and they get a point guard in the system to start grooming. Draws fouls and plays multiple positions. Good scorer off the dribble and while moving.

53. Boston Celtics – Kadeem Allen – SG – Arizona

Celtics add more competition here at the point guard group. Good intangibles and decent playmaker with a smart side to his game. Good defender.

54. Phoenix Suns – Alec Peters – PF – Valparaiso

Shoots all over the court. Decent mid range and low post scorer. Can play either forward position. Solid player. Not a great player, but a good player that will make a nice NBA career off the bench.

55. Utah Jazz – Nigel Williams-Goss – PG – Gonzaga

Will post up smaller guards. Streaky shooter, but good off the dribble. Very good free throw shooter. Jazz draft a position of need.

56. Boston Celtics – Jabari Bird – SG – California

A guard who wants to record the rebound and he is good at doing that, as he moves well without the ball. Good shooter and decent defender. Celtics add more talent.

57. Brooklyn Nets – Aleksandar Vezenkov – PF – International

Stack and stash player. He has a quick release and is an advanced shooter. Real good motor. Plays in an advanced league.

58. New York Knicks – Ognjen Jaramaz -PG – International

Athletic point guard that is explosive. Stack and stash player. He is an active defensive player that plays with a motor and is a decent playmaker.

59. San Antonio Spurs – Jaron Blossomgame – SF – Clemson

Spurs add wing help behind Kawhi Leonard. Good low post scorer. Likes blocking shots. Work on his shot and he can be a real good sixth man.

60.  Atlanta Hawks – Alpha Kaba – C – International

He is an active finisher around the rim. Stack and stash player. Can become a stretch big. Gifted athlete that will have an impact in a couple of years.

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