NBA Draft 2018: Winners and losers


With twenty-five selection in the NBA Lottery in school history, the Blue Devils also extended its lead over Kentucky, who has twenty-three picks in the Lottery and North Carolina who has eighteen.

The NBA Draft has come and gone. Basically, they didn't want Woj and others tweeting "The Orlando Magic are drafting Mo Bamba at No. 6..." a minute before the selection is announced live on television.

BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Deandre Ayton #13 of the Arizona Wildcats dunks the ball in the first half against the Buffalo Bulls during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho.

Blue and burgundy appear to be the colors of choice at this year's draft.

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Hawks fans can also be happy with Young, Spellman and Devonte Graham, a second rounder from Kansas. Huerter saw his stock rise significantly throughout the draft process, and his game - catch-and-shoot, quick-trigger 3s - should mesh perfectly with Young's.

In Ayton, Bridges and Okobo, Phoenix has three more pieces to add to its young foundation. There's always pressure to find an immediate contributor, but Knox's trajectory fits with the Knicks' timeline. He'll provide the Knicks a nice scoring spark on the wing and a flawless complementary piece for Kristaps Porzingis.

For reference on that, my final mock draft had 10 of the top 14 picks correct, and all 14 of the players featured within were placed within the top 14. Players are shown, oftentimes with their friends and family, awaiting picks at their tables, on stage with commissioner Adam Silver, being interviewed after they're picked, and the abundance of media obligations awaiting them after their interviews.

"This means the world to me", Ayton said.

Landale, a 211cm tall, 22-year-old centre from Melbourne who was a star at California's St Mary's College the past four years, was considered Australia's best chance this year. Landale is set to play Summer League with the Atlanta Hawks. While Thursday may have been tough for him, it could wind up a better situation than if he were to enter a franchise in complete rebuilding mode. Drafted in 2015, Devin Booker has electrified at times in his three seasons, erupting for a career high of 70 points during the 2016-2017 season. The Suns' foundation is nothing to laugh at.

Tyneeha Rivers, the mother of Mikal Bridges and the Philadelphia 76ers' vice president of human resources, understandably was thrilled when her team selected Bridges 10th overall, gushing to ESPN's Maria Taylor about her son coming home.

Ayton, though, told reporters Thursday night that he'll be fine protecting the rim.

The NBA has evolved from a league dominated by big men who could score on the inside to one where perimeter players now reign supreme with their shooting from the outside. Williams fell due to questions about his work ethic and consistency, but if the Celtics can get to him and unlock his potential, it's the rest of the league that will look like losers for letting the lottery-level talent slip.