NBA Draft Recap
by Malachi David
Last night was the official 2017 NBA Draft. For many NBA fans, this event is like a holiday.
Not only do they get to see what their favorite team is trying to do for the future, but it also is the “tip-off” of the offseason.
As the draft approached, there were rumors flying everywhere and a lot of potential drama that was unfolding.
The Indiana Pacers were looking to trade their star player, Paul George, since he stated he had no plans to stay with the team after next season.
The Boston Celtics, who had already traded picks with the Philadelphia 76ers, were reportedly shopping their third pick in the draft for a potential trade.
The Chicago Bulls had spent the week listening to trade inquiries about their star, and former Marquette player, Jimmy Butler.
The New York Knicks were even entertaining the thought of trading Kristaps Porzingis, who is widely considered to be the future of their franchise.
So when draft night finally arrived… it was almost rather boring.
The Philadelphia 76ers selected Markelle Fultz out of the University of Washington. Fultz was considered not only the best point guard, but also the best player in the draft. Fultz will join a very young 76ers roster that has a lot of potential.
The Los Angeles Lakers had the second pick in the draft and used it to select UCLA point guard, Lonzo Ball. Many fans and teams are unsure whether or not Ball can pan out to his full potential as a great NBA playmaker, but his father, Lavar Ball, went as far as to guarantee that his son will lead the Lakers to the playoffs next year.
The Boston Celtics decided to hold onto their third pick and select Jayson Tatum from Duke University. Tatum is figured to fit well into the Celtics system and provide a boost for them defensively.
The big story of the night involved the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves.
After hearing offers on Jimmy Butler all week, it had seemed as though Butler would be staying in Chicago.
Then came the news that Butler was being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for 2-time Slam Dunk Champion, Zach LaVine, and second year player, Kris Dunn. The teams would also swap draft picks.
The Timberwolves lineup figures to be one of the best starting groups in the league this year as Butler is with two former Rookie of the Year winners, one of the best passing point guards, and an up-and-coming center.
The Bulls on the other hand may have gotten some players that provide a very high upside.
The rest of the NBA draft was rather quiet after that.
The Milwaukee Bucks added D.J. Wilson from the University of Michigan. Wilson gives the Bucks yet another tall player with incredible length. Wilson is 6’9” with a 7’3” wingspan. This adds to the Bucks reputation of having one of the longest teams in the NBA.
For a full rundown of how the draft went and what players each team drafted, click here.