Suns nab forward Josh Jackson with 4th overall pick
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 3:58
First up in the draft order initially was the Boston Celtics, who made it to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but the team switched spots with the Philadelphia 76ers, who were poised to be No. 3. Just take whoever is there and move forward. Portland selected Duke power forward Harry Giles with the No. 20 pick. "I'm going to come in, compete - that's what I do - and look forward to the future". Re-signing point guard Jrue Holiday (or finding a quality replacement) is priority No. 1. Syracuse guard Tyler Lydon was picked No. 24 by the by the Jazz, but will head to Denver as part of the Mitchell trade.
Lonzo Ball wants to stay home with the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 2, and it seems surer than ever he will.
"We don't need that attention", Kentucky guard Malik Monk said. His draft rights were later traded to the New Orleans Pelicans for cash and the 40th overall draft choice - which we'll get to in a minute. President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said before the draft Thursday night that point guard was the team's biggest need, and the club chose to address it. Smith will get a strong chance to start with the Mavericks believing that Yogi Ferrell is better-suited to a backup role even though he made a splash that earned him a two-year deal after the undrafted rookie joined the Mavericks on a 10-day contract. "This has always been a dream of mine".
"He's going to be known as one of the most competitive, best defenders", said Russotti. "But I'm here today, I'm happy and I'm glad to be a Phoenix Sun now".
Former North Carolina center Kennedy Meeks should be available.
He said he had been open to working out for the Celtics and said it was possible they might draft him, anyway.
As odd as it must sound, UNC's Justin Jackson and Duke's Harry Giles have gone from rivals to teammates in one night.
As a senior at Prolific Prep, averaged 26.9 points, 13.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game during the 2015-16 season. Even the third overall pick won't start for them. "Frankly, I thought we needed some more of that". He was also the MVP of last year's ACC Tournament and the only unanimous first-team all-ACC selection. "I think the whole situation was blown out of proportion, just because I am who I am".
The Celtics worked out Duke's Jayson Tatum on Monday.
His aggressive play on both sides of the floor probably makes him the player with the most upside in this draft.
McDonough said the only real weakness in Jackson's game is his spot-up shooting. "And I'm ready to learn from him". "Words can't describe how I feel".
Philadelphia will pair Fultz, a high-scoring point guard out of the University of Washington, with Ben Simmons, last year's No. 1 overall pick who missed the entire season with a foot injury.