I can’t remember a year heading into a NBA Draft with THIS many rumors swirling around.
The first two picks seemed set in stone, but after that … it was mayhem.
For a recap of how the lottery shook down, follow along below.
No. 1 Overall — Philly did exactly what we thought it’d do and exactly what was reported it’d do and selected Ben Simmons.
Zero shock factor here as the 76ers finally get their biggest building block to go along with their other piles of lottery picks.
No. 2 Overall — The Lakers did exactly what we thought they’d do and select Brandon Ingram. This is easy! Clearly the best player on the board, some feel Ingram has an even brighter future than Simmons.
No. 3 Overall — I’ll try and keep this brief. The Celtics had about six guys on their draft board here and even more potential trade targets with this pick as the major piece.
Chicago, Boston still talking about a Jimmy Butler trade, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 23, 2016
ESPN sources say Philadelphia is offering Nerlens Noel, No. 24 and No. 26 in tonight's draft and Robert Covington for Boston's No. 3 pick— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 23, 2016
But in the end the Celtics decided not to make a trade and went against the grain in selecting Jaylen Brown. It wasn’t for lack of effort by Danny Ainge, though.
Danny Ainge tried – and wanted to make a deal. But he’ll be happy with Brown — who can also play right away. Physical specimen.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 23, 2016
C’s fans were not happy at the draft party at the Garden.
Crowd is giving it to Owner Wyc Grousbeck, believe it or not. Boos mostly. Loud catcalls— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) June 23, 2016
No. 4 Overall — The Suns sounded like they were locked into Marquese Chriss and weren’t really rumored to be discussing any trades. But in the wake of the Celtics sending shock waves through the draft, Phoenix gave us a minor surprise of its own.
Dragen Bender camp expects Suns will take him at 4. Chriss camp thinks same.— Andy Katz (@TheAndyKatz) June 23, 2016
And in the end it was indeed Bender, which left the door open as to where Chriss could fall with the teams coming up seeking guards.
No. 5 Overall — Enter the very pleased Timberwolves. At first there were talks of a big trade.
Vertical Sources: Chicago and Minnesota talks for Jimmy Butler broke down. Bulls wanted Zach LaVine, not Ricky Rubio.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 24, 2016
Seems like the deal was held up over a pretty small issue considering Minnesota would’ve gotten Jimmy Butler. But we found out why when we got a sneak peak at Coach Thib’s Big Board.
Tom Thibodeau has had Kris Dunn No. 1 on his draft board. Here's his chance.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 23, 2016
Dunn was indeed the pick, and goes on to join a heck of a core in Minnesota. The Butler trade was discussed all night, but by the end of the lottery looked as though it wouldn’t be going down.
Oh, and, Kris Dunn … WHAT ARE THOSEEEE?!?
No. 6 Overall — When the Pelicans were on the clock we finally came back to something along the lines of what was expected. New Orleans wanted a shooter and got one.
Somewhat of an upset to see Hield go before the younger Jamal Murray who was also heralded as one of the top shooters in the draft. But …
No. 7 Overall — The Nuggets decided not to keep us guessing and made the obvious pick.
I suppose the only thing we’ve been missing to this point is a trade!
No. 8 Overall — The Kings were active even before the draft, adding the No. 22 overall pick in exchange for Marco Belinelli. This time, Sacramento decided to get rid of its pick and give us the first big deal of the evening.
Bogdan Bogdanovic has been traded with No. 13 pick to Sacramento for No. 8, sources tell The Vertical. Watch Live: https://t.co/0Ykil2Sb1v— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 24, 2016
With a plethora of bigs already wearing Kings’ uniforms, Chriss probably wasn’t the best fit anyway.
Meanwhile, Phoenix is smiling ear to ear having captured both targets that it had its eyes set on at No. 4
No. 9 Overall — So the Raptors don’t need a center, right? Wrong.
Toronto will select Jakob Poeltl with the No. 9 pick in the NBA draft, sources tell The Vertical. Watch Live: https://t.co/0Ykil2Sb1v— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 24, 2016
Can’t put a price tag on a Bismack Biyombo replacement.
By now we can pretty much begin to believe that anything’s possible when a team’s on the clock. Just start pulling names from a hat.
Thon Maker is about to come out of the stands and walk past more than a dozen guys in the green room still waiting to hear their name called— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) June 24, 2016
Like this. Hey, Thon Maker, you’re next.
No. 10 Overall — Oh, wait … he wasn’t kidding?!?
Milwaukee plans to select Thon Maker with the No. 10 overall pick, sources tell @TheVertical. GM John Hammond has been enamored with him.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 24, 2016
There are surprises, then there are SURPRISES. Frankly, we don’t exactly know Thon Maker’s age and he is coming to the NBA out of “high school”. So this was a SURPRISE.
Here’s some info on where the mystery man’s spent time.
Amazing journey for Maker, from South Sudan to Australia to Houston to Virginia to Toronto to Milwaukee. Rooting for him.— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) June 24, 2016
If anything the Bucks get a freak athlete. If he develops into another Giannis, watch out, league.
No. 11 Overall — With a good chance of going in the top-10, Orlando likely thought they wouldn’t get a shot at Domantas Sabonis. But if you haven’t gotten the gist by now, this was a weird draft.
Orlando will select Domantas Sabonis with the No. 11 pick in the NBA draft, sources tell The Vertical. Watch Live: https://t.co/0Ykil2Sb1v— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 24, 2016
So we thought. Now things really get weird.
Oklahoma City has traded Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic, league sources told @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 24, 2016
Magic fans everywhere rejoice! FOR???
Orlando will send Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and rights to Sabonis to the Thunder, sources said.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 24, 2016
Well, a heck of a haul actually.
Only way I like this move is if Kevin Durant eventually comes with Serge Ibaka. @OrlandoMagic— David Baumann🎙 (@DavidBaumannORL) June 24, 2016
OKC is feeling the heat and throw up a Hail Mary to impress KD. This is likely the type of return that will impress. Even more obvious at this point, it’s Woj’s world and we’re all just living in it.
No. 12 Overall — Catching my breath
Ok, thanks. Of course, this pick comes on the heals of the Jeff Teague/George Hill three-way trade involving the Jazz, Hawks and Pacers. Utah made the pick, but it’s going to Atlanta.
Atlanta will select Taurean Prince of Baylor at No. 12, league source tells @TheVertical— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 24, 2016
Ok, a little bit of a reach, but I think we can agree that we’re back to a point of normalcy.
But just to show how unpredictable this draft is, check out what Prince said about his own Draft expectations.
Taurean Prince wearing a Jazz hat, although he'll be traded to the Hawks. Says he thought he'd be picked 20-25. pic.twitter.com/MXrer68wIW— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) June 24, 2016
No. 13 Overall — The Suns picked for the Kings here, who decided to make sure nobody got in their way of snagging yet another projected late first-rounder.
Vertical Sources: Sacramento — via Phoenix — will select Georgios Papagiannis with the No. 13 pick in the NBA draft.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 24, 2016
As mentioned in the broadcast, this was an eight player draft. Yes, two elite players were at the top, but the next six players (no matter the order) were somewhat predictable. Once the ninth pick came around, we saw how much of a crapshoot this draft really was. This pick is a perfect illustration of that logic.
Thanks for speaking for all of us right about now, Zack.
Me trying to figure out what’s going on in the draft pic.twitter.com/ZWKisTPLg0— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) June 24, 2016
No. 14 Overall — Fresh of trading D-Rose, the Bulls didn’t want to mess this one up. So they went with a very safe pick who was very happy to be picked.
NBA Draft (@NBADraft) June 24, 2016
It was by far the most emotion we saw on the night by a lottery pick as well, which was refreshing. Sometimes it takes those four year players to fully appreciate the scene.
Denzel Valentine won tonight https://t.co/BnCwKntpf5— HuffPost Sports (@HuffPostSports) June 24, 2016
Let’s wrap things up with a sweet joke.
As for the rest of the draft, safe to expect the unexpected if it goes anything like the lottery.
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