Welp, we heard it was going to be an NBA Draft for the ages. There was potential for multiple trades within the top-10 picks, and even star players could be swapping uniforms on draft night. That was all a pile of garbage.
Rumors swirl every year around draft time, but this summer felt different. It felt like we were actually going to see a lot of action, when really, everything were pretty straightforward aside from a couple surprises.
Maybe the most entertaining part of the night was when Ty Lawson (fresh off a hit from the hooka) saw that the Nuggets had drafted Emmanuel Mudiay with the No. 7 pick, and claimed he would be traded to the Kings.
D’Angelo Russell over talented big man Jahlil Okafor. This means two things – L.A. grabbed themselves the best player in the draft, and the 76ers got suckered into yet another center.
The international talent was very much present in the top-5. Kristaps Porzingis went No. 4 to the Knicks. I REPEAT, Kristaps Porzingis went No. 4 to the Knicks! I honestly don’t feel he’ll be a bust, but this is just so Knicks that we have to laugh at it for a bit.
Crying selfie kid! https://t.co/ln00y1pTaP (h/t: @MySportsLegion.) — Kate Fagan (@katefagan3) June 26, 2015
Knicks Fans Struggle Reaction To Kristaps Porzingis Being Drafted http://t.co/x9rhY0Hk7o pic.twitter.com/v1kOyi6uV6 — Ashley Nicole (@geeksandcleats) June 26, 2015
The Magic then decided to continue to Euro-trend with the No. 5 pick when they selected Mario Hezonja. Back-to-back hits on the European players by mock draft genius, Julian Edlow. No, this actually just made me look really smart for a couple minutes before my entire mock fell apart.
Sacramento then seemed like the perfect landing spot for Justise Winslow with the No. 6 pick, but the Kings passed on him for Willie Cauley-Stein, who was rumored to fall as far as No. 21 because of potentially needing surgery. So much for that theory. But don’t jump on the bandwagon and say “Ohhh, they drafted a center! Must mean Cousins is getting traded!” The Kings said weeks ago that they liked Cauley-Stein as a piece to go along with DeMarcus.
Winslow then went into a free fall as a result of the Kings’ pick. The Celtics had intense trade talks with the Hornets to move up to the No. 9 pick for Winslow, but in the end Danny Ainge said the price was too high. This gave the Heat the chance to swoop in for the steal of the draft in Winslow (something I’ll get into much deeper when I post my draft grades on Friday). But there were a lot of fans on Twitter (starting at No. 4 with the Knicks) that were pretty disappointed that their teams let Justise slip by.
The Celtics gave us the first head-scratcher of the night when they selected Terry Rozier with the No. 16 pick. – a borderline first-rounder that I didn’t even have going in the top-30 in my mock. The move gives them another undersized, defensive guard … Green Teamers were not pleased here in Boston … including our own diehards here at DK, who provided this beautiful image.
I love the Celtics so much and all I want to do right now is projectile vomit. — Ethan Haskell (@EthanHaskellDFS) June 26, 2015
Obviously, there were no headline trades, but here are all the trades that went down during the draft (image courtesy of CBS Sports):
Maybe next year we’ll get the wild draft night we’ve been desiring. Probably not, but maybe.
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