NBA Draft Recap

THE NBA DRAFT 2017

WHAT WE LIKED ...
Let's start off by saying that we won't at all be surprised four or five years from now when folks are calling Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox the best player to come out of this man's draft - and not top draftee G Markelle Fultz. Sure, we heard the comment on draft day that Philadelphia 76ers-bound Fultz was on his own "tier" as compared to these other rookies but we're just not buying it and so Sacramento's heady move to draft Fox - and resist trading this #5 overall pick despite fielding lots of inquiries - goes down as the headiest move of the night.

We also liked the following: Going against the grain here but kudos to the Chicago Bulls for dealing away G Jimmy Butler to Minnesota and winding up with Arizona F/C Lauri Markkanen along with former Timberwolves Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine. Keep in mind the Bulls were a dysfunctional team in large part because of Butler in 2016-17 and they needed a major infusion of fresh/young blood and Markkanen, Dunn and LaVine was a great haul ...

Liked the fact two teams that sported multiple (as in three picks or more) really bolstered their 2017-18 rosters. The Boston Celtics had four draftees including Duke's Jayson Tatum at #3 and SMU's Semi Ojeleye at #37 (we had the latter a first-round pick in our mock draft) - and the aforementioned Sacramento Kings struck it rich with Kentucky's Fox, North Carolina's Justin Jackson and Duke's Harry Giles who were nabbed all inside the top 20 picks and note Kansas G Frank Mason III was gobbled up in Round II ...

Finally, we liked that Cleveland and/or San Antonio didn't trade into Round I - maybe the fact the Cavaliers are still without a GM played a part in the inaction but no need to trade F Kevin Love for a mid-to-late first-rounder and ditto for the Spurs when it came to F LaMarcus Aldridge.


WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE ...
Why didn't the Orlando Magic at #6 overall hold the New York Knicks' "feet to the fire" and threaten to draft Frenchman PG Frank Ntilikina who was NY's targeted player all along? The Magic could have told Knicks' President Phil Jackson that they were gonna draft Ntilikina and made the Knicks pay up (or least panic) but instead Orlando snatched up Florida State big man Jonathan Isaac (not even a top 10 player in our books) and two picks later the Knicks seized the 19-year-old point guard. Hmmm ...

Also, we didn't like the overall draft moves by the Dallas Mavericks who tabbed N.C. State PG Dennis Smith Jr. with the ninth overall pick - we wouldn't have touched this guy! - and then never did get another selection at a time when the Mavs desperately needed to trade back in for some young talent plus we didn't like the drafts by Milwaukee or Miami. The Bucks plucked Michigan's F/C D.J. Wilson (not first-round material) at #17 while the Heat's choice of Kentucky C Bam Adebayo at #14 was sketchy as we would have liked Miami GM Pat Riley to get some wing help instead.