Early Reaction: NBA Draft Lottery

After some drama (and by ‘drama’ I mean that I found myself shouting at the television when they announced that the Utah Jazz had a top three pick but then cut to commercial: “Seriously?!? Who do you think you are? Dancing with the Stars?!? You’re not Dancing with the Stars! TELL ME THE DRAFT ORDER!!)

We now have the official draft order for the upcoming NBA Draft:

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Minnesota Timberwolves
  3. Utah Jazz
  4. Cleveland Cavaliers
  5. Toronto Raptors
  6. Washington Wizards
  7. Sacramento Kings
  8. Detroit Pistons
  9. Charlotte Bobcats
  10. Milwaukee Bucks
  11. Golden State Warriors
  12. Utah Jazz
  13. Phoenix Suns
  14. Houston Rockets
  15. Indiana Pacers
  16. Philadelphia 76ers
  17. New York Knicks
  18. Washington Wizards
  19. Charlotte Bobcats
  20. Minnesota Timberwolves
  21. Portland Trail Blazers
  22. Denver Nuggets
  23. Houston Rockets
  24. Oklahoma City Thunder
  25. Boston Celtics
  26. Dallas Mavericks
  27. New Jersey Nets
  28. Chicago Bulls
  29. San Antonio Spurs
  30. Chicago Bulls


Some Early Thoughts

  • I am happy for Cleveland. I think they’ve got a good chance to hit the reboot button with that pick – especially if they elect to grab Kyrie Irving (PG, Duke), and they have no reason not to.
  • I also feel like Derrick Williams (SF, Arizona) to Minnesota is a natural fit when you think about how many guards they’ve picked in recently. Then again, it’s been years since I’ve successfully predicted the Wolves’ picks.
  • That would leave Enes Kanter (C, Kentucky) for the Jazz, which also feels like a natural fit. Take a look at Mehmut Okur, Andrei Kirilenko and Kyrylo Fesenko; is there a better team for a 6-10 Center from Turkey who battles for rebounds and likes to shoot from the perimeter?
  • Raptors fall to 5, Kings fall to 7, but that could easily turn into Kemba Walker and Brandon Knight, so things could be worse.
  • Cavs get another pick at 4, the Jazz get another pick at 12. Wizards, Wolves, Bobcats, Rockets and Bulls also have two first rounders
  • I noticed that the Pacers are sitting at 15, which puts them around where Jimmer Fredette sits on the draft board. The Jazz grabbed Gordon Hayward from Indiana last year, maybe the Pacers take Jimmer in exchange?

What do you all think?

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