NBA draft roundup: Recapping all that went down Thursday night
The 2017 NBA draft was filled with big names, blockbuster trades, and endless storylines. As the dust settles, let’s take a look at the major selections and deals that went down:
- There were a record 16 freshman taken in the first round, the previous record was 13 in 2015. Only two seniors were taken in the first round.
- The Celtics stayed put on draft night, despite the seemingly endless trade rumors. They drafted Jayson Tatum (No. 3), Semi Ojeleye (No. 37), Kadeem Allen (No. 53), and Jabari Bird (No. 56).
- The 76ers drafted Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 overall pick.
- With No. 2 overall pick, the Lakers selected Lonzo Ball.
- The Suns selected a much needed wing player in Josh Jackson with the No. 4 overall pick.
- The Kings, who some believe won the draft, took major steps towards their rebuild by drafting De’Aaron Fox (No. 5), Justin Johnson (No. 15), Harry Giles (No. 20), and Frank Mason III (No. 34).
- The Magic selected high potential, stretch forward Jonathan Isaac with the No. 6 overall pick.
- The Knicks once again looked to Europe, drafting French guard Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 overall pick.
- ACC Freshman of the Year Dennis Smith Jr. was taken by the Mavericks with No. 9 overall pick.
- Malik Monk fell all the way to the Hornets and was selected with the No. 11 overall pick.
- The Grizzlies selected Ivan Rabb in the second round with the No. 35 overall pick. Rabb is a player that the Cavaliers actively tried to obtain during the draft, attempting and failing to successfully make a deal with the Kings to move up to the No. 34 overall pick.
- A mid-draft blockbuster saw the Bulls send Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 overall pick (Justin Patton) to the Timberwolves in exchange for Zach Lavine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 overall pick (Lauri Markkanen).
- Another mid-draft trade saw the Jazz trade Trey Lyles and the No. 24 overall pick (Tyler Lydon) to the Nuggets, in exchange for the No. 13 overall pick (Donovan Mitchell).
- In another trade, the Blazers traded the No. 15 overall pick (Justin Jackson) and No. 20 overall pick (Harry Giles) to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the No. 10 overall pick (Zach Collins).
- The Warriors paid $3.5 million to buy the No. 38 overall pick from Chicago and selected Jordan Bell.
- Danny Ainge let it be known that Josh Jackson’s camp canceled his workout while Ainge, Brad Stevens, and Mike Zarren were inbound to Sacramento. “We flew cross-country. Are you kidding me? I had to get up at 4 o’clock and fly back home.” Ainge stated following the draft.
- There may now be a potential trade in place that would have the Celtics trading for Paul George with a three-year extension, but it is contingent on signing Gordon Hayward.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog