What this draft lacks in star power it may make up in intrigue.
Trade ups, wild rumors, surprising selections and three Thunder picks. Nobody is entirely sure what’s going to happen over the next three-plus hours, but rest assured, whatever goes down could have a lasting impact on a number of NBA franchises, including the one in OKC.
Strap in, people, it’s draft time.
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-First, let’s get caught up on the latest rumors. Most notably, is this one from Yahoo!’s Adrain Wojnarowski:
-There have been reports of the Thunder trying to move up all week and this just helps confirm that. Sounds like they’re interested in Oladipo and Alex Len.
-Chad Ford, ESPN’s draft guru, has OKC taking Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk at #12 in his final mock draft.
-Got to think Cleveland’s going with UK’s Nerlens Noel. Also rumored to be considering Alex Len (Maryland), Otto Porter (Indiana) and others. But Noel seems like the safest pick.
-Cleveland is on the clock and David Stern is already getting booed. Ah, the commissioner wouldn’t have it any other way for his final event.
*1st overall – Cleveland Cavaliers select UNLV forward Anthony Bennett*
-Whoa. Now that’s a surprise. Talented, but not really one of the five or so players rumored to go No. 1. Fitting start to what should be a wild draft.
*2nd overall – Orlando Magic select Indiana guard Victor Oladipo*
-Love this pick. He was the guy OKC was rumored to be targeting the last few hours. Seems like the one sure-fire NBA starter in this draft.
-Oladipo on ESPN: “I’m gonna bring a work ethic that they’ve probably never seen before.”
*3rd overall – Washington Wizards select Georgetown forward Otto Porter Jr.*
-Big East Player of the Year. Widely considered the best small forward in this draft. Needs to improve the shot.
-Jay Bilas: “Otto Porter is the most versatile and most complete player in this draft”
-The centers are falllllllllling
*4th overall – Charlotte Bobcats select Indiana center Cody Zeller*
-First seven-footer off the board and it’s not Nerlens Noel or Alex Len. Wow.
-Two Indiana players selected in the top four picks. Before this, the program had only one player drafted in the last seven years (Eric Gordon in 2009).
*5th overall – Phoenix Suns select Maryland center Alex Len*
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