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NBA Draft: Pick-by-pick analysis from Sam Smith
by Sam Smith
Posted on Jun 27
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Once again, Sam Smith of Bulls.com will be blogging live as the 67th annual NBA Draft transpires. Smith will share his reaction on a pick-by-pick basis as the first 30 names are called. Chicago owns selections No. 20 and No. 49 tonight. It marks the sixth time in franchise history that the Bulls have held the 20th selection and the seventh time the team has owned the 49th pick. In six of the last 10 drafts, the Bulls have pulled the trigger on a draft night trade.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are on the clock with the first overall selection…
1) Cleveland: Anthony Bennett – F – UNLV
Crowd in Brooklyn reacts like Cavs took singer Tony Bennett. Kind of surprise No. 1, especially to Nerlens Noel’s family
2) Orlando: Victor Oladipo – G – Indiana
Magic fails to get next Shaq again. Good player, but tough to be noticed as a defender when your team is losing by 15 instead of 22.
3) Washington: Otto Porter Jr. – F – Georgetown
The old saying is you never have enough Ottos in pro sports. Wiz now have perimeter with three top three picks. Good enough to make the playoffs?
4) Charlotte: Cody Zeller – C – Indiana
What’s the chances Michael has seen him play as he’s not in the ACC? Actually, he should be OK and I recall Jordan once saying he’d never have a Nerlens on one of his teams.
5) Phoenix: Alex Len – C – Maryland
Well, bye bye Marcin Gortat. Currently at the airport and putting Phoenix house up for sale. Is Len the next Michael Olowokandi? How do you have a top 5 center and not make the NCAA tournament?
6) New Orleans: Nerlens Noel – C – Kentucky
Turns out New Orleans made the pick because the angular Noel looks the most like a pelican.
7) Sacramento: Ben McLemore – G – Kansas
DeMarcus Cousins already is believed to be upset with his bow tie and possibly facing a suspension. Many have felt he’s the top talent along with Bennett.
8) Detroit: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – G – Georgia
Heard Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un had him in their combined mock for Rodman’s former team. Good shooter.
9) Minnesota: Trey Burke – G – Michigan
Nobody much thinks he’ll end up there with Ricky Rubio there. What, they couldn’t get Jonny Flynn with Rubio? Trey Burke, whom many scouts saw as the draft’s best point, goes to point deprived Jazz for Nos. 14 and 21. Timberwolves get those picks, but big move for Jazz.
10) Portland (from Charlotte): C.J. McCollum – G – Lehigh
He’s supposedly your Stephen Curry type guy. Can play off Damian Lillard, which could set up a LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews package to Minnesota for Kevin Love.
11) Philadelphia: Michael Carter-Williams – G – Syracuse
76ers starting over, which makes some sense with the Jrue Holiday deal for the rights to Noel after the Andrew Bynum disaster. Another team trying to get Andrew Wiggins in 2014.
12) Oklahoma City (from Toronto via Houston): Steven Adams – C – Pittsburgh
Could this be the end of the Kendrick Perkins era in OKC? Nah, that happened already.
13) Dallas: Kelly Olynyk – C – Gonzaga
Mavs supposed to be trading him to Boston, which is said to be huge relief to Olynyk as he thought he was getting picked by Mark Cuban’s Shark Tank TV show.
14) Utah: Shabazz Muhammad – F – UCLA
Going to Minnesota, where he should battle for disappointing moments with Derrick Williams
15) Milwaukee: Giannis Adetokunbo - F – Greece
This is what they first thought what Lew Alcindor was going to change his name to when he was in Milwaukee. Does fit in the sense of developmental player for developmental team.
16) Boston: Lucas Nogueira – C – Brazil
Nogueira comes with hair styling tips from fellow tall man Joakim Noah. Perhaps they are too tall to see top of mirror. Going to Dallas or Atlanta via the rest of the world first.
17) Atlanta: Dennis Schroeder – G – Germany
They don’t have many players under contract; of course, they also don’t have many fans. Maybe not Jeff Teague’s favorite pick, but they’re in flux, which often is cooler than Atlanta in summer.
18) Atlanta (from Houston via Brooklyn): Shane Larkin – G – Miami (FL)
Now Jeff Teague is really getting upset. Now they’ve got three point guards who are combined shorter than Hasheem Thabeet
19) Cleveland (from L.A. Lakers): Sergey Karasev – G – Russia
He’s very accurate and supposedly headed back to Russia for his team, though perhaps he can find that Edward Snowden leaker while there
20) Chicago: Tony Snell – F – New Mexico
Turns out the Bulls went for the shooter. Snell’s one of the better three-point shooters in the draft, described as like Hubert Davis or Wesley Person. The consensus seemed to be the Bulls would go for a big man as a backup center. But a big weakness is considered three point shooting. As a junior, probably more ready to play.
21) Utah (from Golden State via Brooklyn): Gorgui Dieng – C – Louisville
Supposed to be going to Minnesota in Burke trade. Speculated previously headed for Chicago, so he can keep the winter coats he bought and now start building an igloo.
22) Brooklyn: Mason Plumlee – C – Duke
Just in case Brook Lopez has any more screws replaced in his feet. Can’t wait to see KG screaming at another Duke guy for flopping
23) Indiana: Solomon Hill – F – Arizona
In the Pacers attempt to climb to the top of the NBA mountain they’re adding another Hill. Not sure it exactly works that way, though.
24) New York: Tim Hardaway Jr. – G – Michigan
Trouble for dad, who works for Miami. The notion is he is insurance if they don’t retain J.R. Smith, or Smith’s suspensions are above the Vegas 22 over/under.
25) L.A. Clippers: Reggie Bullock – G – North Carolina
Shooting small forward to fill in eventually for Caron Butler and in a big plus yet to demand any of his coaches to be fired.
26) Minnesota (from Memphis via Houston): Andre Roberson – F – Colorado
Defensive oriented forward supposedly going to the Warriors to be the next Draymond Green. Still there? Another Draymond Green. What! Roberson to OKC? I still don’t know who he is.
27) Denver: Rudy Gobert – F – France
Very tall man supposedly going to Utah from Nuggets. Good thing, extra altitude in Denver probably would make him light headed.
28) San Antonio: Livio Jean-Charles – F – French Guiana
With Tony Parker and Boris Diaw also from France you want to party with those guys. They select a lot of foreign guys because then they don’t understand what Pop is yelling.
29) Oklahoma City: Archie Goodwin – G – Kentucky
Not the guy from the comics, and don’t call him a jughead.
30) Phoenix (from Miami via L.A. Lakers & Cleveland): Nemanja Nedovic – G – Serbia
Regarded as the European Derrick Rose, though the Warriors hope it isn’t the Rose from last season.