NBA Draft winners and losers: Mavs, Rockets nail picks; Cavs left with big questions
The 2018 NBA Draft is in the books, and the grades have been rendered. As is the case with most sporting events, not everybody can be a winner.
Here’s a look at those who came out on top on Thursday night and those who are ready for the weekend…
The Pistons had no first-rounders, but pulled out two defensive-minded second-rounders with some talent — Khyri Thomas from Creighton and Bruce Brown from Miami.
Considering their last two lottery picks, Luke Kennard and Henry Ellenson, averaged a combined 28.7 minutes per game last year, this is an upgrade in draft results.
As a senior at UCLA, Darren Collison had to shift positions to make room for Jrue Holiday. Now, the Pacers are adding Aaron Holiday, their point guard of the future and a steal with the No. 23 pick. Again, Collison will again be pushed aside by a Holiday brother.
They really seem like a nice family. Just don’t tell Collison that.
Russell later apologized on Twitter, but Barkley didn’t mind at all.
Who doesn’t love an open-minded student?
The Celtics have been big fans of Bamba (they like Jaren Jackson Jr. as well) and have been exploring ways to move into the top five of the draft for weeks now. Boston has two potential lottery picks next year to offer — Sacramento’s, protected for the No. 1 pick, and Memphis’, protected for the top eight — though a potential deal is complicated by the possible pursuit of Spurs star Kawhi Leonard.
The other team with eyes on Bamba is Chicago, which had hoped that he would slide through the top six and land right in the Bulls’ laps. Because that looks increasingly unlikely (Orlando also likes Bamba if he is there at No. 6), Chicago has engaged in talks to move up to No. 3, where Atlanta is considering its options but is likely to hold its pick, as well as Memphis at No. 4.