By: Mike Cortez | @CortezEra
Last night’s NBA Draft did not fail to live up to its billing. There were surprises, trades and players we never heard of (Bruno?). There was a great moment between Adam Silver and former draft prospect Isiah Austin. Here’s the breakdown of last night’s draft and some not so great moments for prospects.
Cleveland started the night off by taking Canadian Andrew Wiggins, sending both of Drake’s buddies mentioned in “Draft Day” in Cleveland. Still not sure if that’s a good thing for Cleveland or a bad thing for Johnny Manziel and Wiggins. Cleveland passed on consensus number one prospect Joel Embiid who fell to Philly at 3 due to his foot injury that can keep him out this whole upcoming season. Milwaukee took Chi-Town’s Jabari Parker second and get a young Carmelo Anthony to build on.
The rest of the top ten went with few surprises with Sacramento’s pick of Michigan guard Nik Stauskas being the only semi-questionable pick given what they already have on their roster. The next ten picks had some surprises, Michigan State guard Gary Harris was taken unusually late given that Stauskas was taken eighth overall versus Harris going nineteenth.
Chicago nabbed a great piece by trading for college basketball’s best player last year, Doug McDermott as they prep for a Carmelo Anthony move. UCLA guard Zach LaVine look a little less than thrilled to be heading to Minnesota at 14
The Raptors offered comic relief with their pick at 20, taking Brazilian no-name Bruno Caboclo who instantly became the butt of every joke. The Heat went out and got UConn point guard Shabazz Napier via a trade, nabbing LeBron James’ favorite player in the draft. The defending champ Spurs ended the first round taking Kyle Anderson, a pick that might have teams like the Thunder and Rockets kicking themselves that they didn’t take.
The second round got hijacked by the Atlantic Division. The Knicks turned the two picks the Mavs gave them in the Tyson Chandler deal into Cleanthony Early and Thanasis Antetokounmpo, two very athletic small forwards. They also bought the 57th pick from rival Indiana and took French center Louis Labeyrie.
The Brooklyn Nets also found their way into the second round, purchasing two picks and turning that into two athletic players in Oklahoma State shooting guard Markel Brown and Baylor power forward Corey Jefferson. The 76ers had a five picks in the second round, adding depth on the scoring front.
In the coming years we will find out who won and loss the draft, but for now 2014 will go down as the most entertaining and deepest draft of recent memory.