*6th overall – New Orleans Pelicans select Kentucky center Nerlens Noel*
-Let the Nerlens to NAWlins jokes start rolling in.
-”It’s going to be a shot-blocking party when I get down there” -Noel on playing with Anthony Davis
*7th overall – Sacramento Kings select Kansas guard Ben McLemore*
-Noel-McLemore go 6-7. For a while, it looked like they’d go 1-2.
-Well, so much for that Nerlens Noel-Anthony Davis frontcourt…
*8th overall – Detroit Pistons select Georgia guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope*
-Scorer who has been rising up draft boards the last few weeks.
*9th overall – Minnesota Timberwolves select Michigan guard Trey Burke*
-Jay Bilas: “(Trey Burke) is the best point guard in this draft.”
-Two picks until the Thunder is on the clock.
*10th overall – Portland Trailblazers select Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum*
-Bill Simmons: “OKC wanted one of these guys (Burke or McCollum) to fall to them and they didn’t. The James Harden trade continues to look shaky.”
*11th overall – Philadelphia 76ers select Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams*
-Thunder on the clock…
*12th overall – Oklahoma City Thunder select Pittsburgh center Steven Adams*
-Long-rumored target for Sam Presti and the Thunder. Seven-footer from New Zealand. Seems like a project.
Here are some of his highlights:
-That’s a lot of siblings
*13th overall – Dallas Mavericks select Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk*
But it was really Boston…
*14th overall – Utah Jazz select UCLA guard Shabazz Muhammad*
-Would have been top-five if he was able to come out of high school.
*15th overall – Milwaukee Bucks select Greek guard Giannis Adektokunbo*
-Was rumored as a Thunder target. Talented guard.
*16th overall – Boston Celtics select Brazilian center Lucas Nogueira*
Trades on Trades on Trades
*17th overall – Atlanta Hawks select German guard Dennis Schroeder*
-Got a Rajon Rondo look to him
*18th overall – Dallas Mavericks select Miami guard Shane Larkin*
More teammate love for the Thunder’s newest player
*19th overall – Cleveland Cavaliers select Russian guard Sergey Karasev*
-Sharpshooter who is likely a draft and stash for a year or two. At the draft tonight, has a game in Russia tomorrow.
-Thunder 10 picks away…
*20th overall – Chicago Bulls select New Mexico forward Tony Snell*
*21st overall – Utah Jazz select Louisville center Gorgui Dieng*
-Thunder were likely hoping Dieng would fall to them at 29. Would have been a steal. No dice.
-Also, Dieng is going to Minnesota.
*22nd overall – Brooklyn Nets select Duke center Mason Plumlee*
-Guy I like for the Thunder at 29: Jamaal Franklin, small forward out of San Diego State. Reminds me a little of Kawhi Leonard. Only 6-foot-5, but averaged 17 points and 9.5 rebounds (!!!) in a good conference last year. Versatile.
*23rd overall – Indiana Pacers select Arizona forward Solomon Hill*
-Seems like a reach. And seems like Roy Hibbert wasn’t too pumped about the pick:
*24th overall – New York Knicks select Michigan forward Tim Hardaway Jr.*
*25th overall – Los Angeles Clippers select UNC forward Reggie Bullock*
-Whoa. Thunder must like someone.
*26th overall – Oklahoma City Thunder select Colorado guard Andre Roberson*
-Wow. Seems strange to trade up for a guy who was projected to go in the 30-40 range.
-Roberson averaged 10.9 points and 11.2 rebounds at Colorado last season. Also, had a nice dunk reel, including this one:
*27th overall – Utah Jazz select international center Rudy Gobert*
*28th overall – San Antonio Spurs select French forward Livio Jean-Charles*
-Draft and stash for a while.
*29th overall – Phoenix Suns select Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin*
*30th overall – Golden State Warriors select Nemanja Nedovic*
Breaking in-draft news
*31st overall – Cleveland Cavaliers select California guard Allen Crabbe*
-Thunder up next…
*32nd overall – Oklahoma City Thunder select Spanish guard Alex Abrines*
-Definitely a draft and stash for the Thunder. You knew they weren’t going to add three guys to the roster. Just don’t have the spots.
-Here’s highlights of Abrines:
-Fran Fraschilla compared Abrines to former Portland Trail Blazer Rudy Fernandez. Not a bad comp. But he’ll be overseas for at least a year or two, if not more.
-That’ll do it for me for the night. OKC has no more picks and is not expected to trade back into the draft. Stay tuned to NewsOK.com for plenty of reactionary coverage.