The thrill was short-lived, though, as Spurs execs soon went back to glooming over their options on Kawhi Leonard, a process that is helped more by Johnnie Walker than Lonnie Walker.
The Raptors did not have a pick in either round of the draft, so the team brass mostly spent the night eating poutine and watching Call the Midwife reruns.
There were still some interesting prospects on the board when the Jazz picked at No. 2Instead of going for a guy they could develop to contribute off the bench, they took the low-ceilinged Grayson Allen, who can be more annoying than spotty Wi-fi and remains the only college player who looks like Ted Cruz, only without all the charm and grace.
It’s not that the players who the Lakers wound up with — stretch-4 Moe Wagner and shooting guard Svi Mykhailiuk in the second — don’t have the potential to be good values as they start their NBA careers. It’s just that, for weeks, we’ll have to hear that the two are too valuable to include in a potential Kawhi Leonard trade.
Players this board is low on relative to consensus:
Deandre Ayton (No. 5) — Ayton appears set to be the No. 1 pick on Thursday night, but he’s not the top prospect on this board. I’ve espoused my concerns about the 7-footer previously. In short, Ayton projects to be a 20-and-10 NBA center, but his ability to impact winning, particularly on the defensive Cheap Jerseys With Free Shipping end, remains a question mark.
Mohamed Bamba (No. 12) — From reworking his jump shot mechanics to impressing in interviews, Bamba has been climbing draft boards during the pre-draft process. Although the physical tools are impressive, it’s hard for me to buy into Bamba as a prospect.
If he doesn’t shoot it, there aren’t many paths for him to create offensive Cheap Jerseys Hot value. He was a mediocre screener and roller at Texas and possesses few post moves. Defensively, his rim protection is high level, but his instincts aren’t great, and he’s not a switchable big. This could prove too low if he hits his ceiling outcome, but the likelihood of that feels low.