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Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 at 7:00 pm  |  138 responses

NBA Draft 2011 Live Blog

It’s getting Drafty in here…

by Lang Whitaker | @langwhitaker

Whassup, peoples?! It’s Lang, out of my retirement home and on the case, at least for one night.

I’m here in Newark at the NBA Draft 2011, and I’ll be liveblogging tonight’s proceedings so that we have some sort of historical record of how things go. Thus far, all I can tell you is that the tacos in the media dining room would definitely be a second round selection. Also, they don’t have wireless internet available for the media sitting in front of the stage — they actually have dozens of hardwire connections, which I am told actually works much better. My only problem is that my computer is a MacBook Air, which only uses wireless, so I had to swing a three-team deal involving secret passwords to get some wireless action out here in the seating area. I apologized for using a computer made within the last year.

While we were stuck in the Lincoln Tunnel coming from NYC to Jersey, news of the night’s first trade broke: Three-way deal between Sacto, Milwaukee and the BETcats. The Kings got John Salmons and the number 10 pick, Milwaukee got Stephen Jackson, Beno Udrih, Shaun Livingston and the number 19 pick, and the BETcats get Corey Maggette and the number 7 pick. Brandon and StackJack are gonna shut down the tattoo game up in Wisconsin.

Right now the ESPN pregame show is happening live behind us, but we can’t really hear anything they’re saying. So it’s just a bunch of talking and then an occasional burst of weird music. Not sure when the actual drafting begins.

• We’re experiencing technical difficulties up in here. Now I’m using Tzvi’s computer, and he’s using mine. I’m also nominating myself for best-dressed, because I’m wearing a madras shirt. (I’m going on vacation tomorrow. CAN I LIVE?)

• OK< we’re about to start. The TV feed on all the press tables just went out. So that’s cool. David Stern takes the stage, and he just got booed. He asked the crowd to give it up for New Jersey, which they did.

• Highlights of LeBron just came on over the scoreboard, and he got a bigger boo than Stern. And he’s not even here.

• According to the TV on the press table, the first pick is…static!

• Big crowd here in Jersey, more than come for most Nets games, I’m told.

• And here we go…with the FIRST PICK in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers select Kyrie Irving. Kyrie takes the stage, shakes Stern’s hand and tucks his left hand into his pocket for the commemorative photo.

• Just realized comments were off. No wonder nobody was complaining in the comments section! They’re back on now, you guys.

• The Draft hats tonights are fitteds, which is a good look. Not as good a look are the front of the hats, which appear to be airbrushed.

• With the SECOND PICK, the L-Wolves select, RICKY RUBIO! Oh wait, no, the Wolves selected Derrick Williams from Arizona (dark suit, red tie, understated). Williams pointed up into the stands to a couple of people wearing ‘Zona gear.

• The Jazz are up next. I guess taking Jimmer here would be a reach, but man that would be awesome if they took Jimmer here.

• With the THIRD PICK, the Utah Jazz select…Enes Kanter! He didn’t play at Kentucky last year. Big dude.

• I couldn’t hear exactly what he said, but I think Stu Scott just said Kanter would like to be a WWE wrestler after his NBA career is over. Or maybe I just wanted to hear him say that.

• With the FOURTH PICK, the Cavs select Tristan Thompson, my favorite member of the Thompson Twins, eliciting a roar from the crowd in Jersey. First reach of the Draft?

• OK, the Raptors are on the clock. Brandon Knight? Bismack Biyombo? Ricky Rubio?

• With the FIFTH PICK, the Raptors select Jonas Valanciunas. Not sure how that’s gonna fit on a jersey. He’s wearing an aggressively tailored suit, so he’s got that going for him.

• Lithuania in the house! Lots of people with Lithuania flags in the crowd.

• With the SIXTH PICK, the Wiz take Jan Vesely, who stands and receives a kiss from his girl, which brings down the house. Vesely was awesome in The Social Network, by the way.

• SEVENTH is the Kings, picking for the BETcats. And the pick is…Bismack Biyombo! He looks genuinely thrilled, hugging everyone at his table and threatening to snap everyone in half. His hands look like meat hooks. His nickname has to be Bismack-E, right?

• Nobody beats the Bis!

• Shot of Jimmer in the green room gets a huge cheer here in the arena.

• OK, the Pistons with the EIGHTH PICK, select Brandon Knight from Kentucky. I don’t really have anything to say here.

• The BETcats are up next with the 9th pick…and they select Kemba Walker, which gets a huge cheer here in the arena. He’s wearing a suit that matches his BETcats hat. He’s also rocking some saddle shoes that are beige with pink accents.

• The Kings are up next with the TENTH pick…and they select JIMMER!! Crowd erupts. I’m not really sure how he fits there, but it’s always a good idea to take a guy named Jimmer if there’s a guy named Jimmer available. Between Jimmer, Salmons and Tyreke, the Kings have a lot of high-volume scorers on their roster.

• Here come the Warriors, and they’re going for…Klay Thompson, from Washington State. Arena PA system breaks into “Life is a Highway.” Yes, yes it is. Hands down, man down, Klay.

• With the TWELFTH PICK, the Jazz make sweet music by taking…Alec Burks, from Colorado. A big Jazz contingent in the stands erupts. Didn’t see that coming. (The Jazz contingent, that is.)

• The THIRTEENTH PICK is by the Suns, unless they sell it. Nope, they use it and take Markieff Morris from Kansas. There’s another dude over the green room who looks EXACTLY like him. Crazy.

• I know, the Morris brothers are twins. Maybe we should call one Morris the Lesser and the other Morris the Greater?

• The Rockets are on the clock! With the FOURTEENTH PICK, the Rockets take Marcus Morris, because he’s a better player if you examine his analytics or something.

• With the FIFTEENTH PICK, the Pacers select Jimmy Chitwood! No, Kawhi Leonard! He’s winning the suit game, BTW.

• Halfway through round one. I just ran to the restroom and then around to grab a bottle of water from the press room, and I crossed paths with an ebullient Derrick Coleman. Once a Net, always a Net.

• Word is apparently tweeting out that the Pacers picked Leonard for the Spurs, and will trade him for George Hill. Like that for Spurs, not so much for Pacers.

• With the SIXTEENTH PICK, the Sixers take Nikola Vucevic, a two-time rebounding leader at USC. I’d probably know about that if I watched more than 15 college games a year.

• The Knicks are on the clock with the SEVENTEENTH PICK, and the place is getting a little rowdy.Stern takes a extra-long walk to the podium, and announces that the Knicks select…Iman Shumpert from Georgia Tech…and boos erupt.

• With the EIGHTEENTH PICK, the Wizards select Chris Singleton from FSU. He’s the last guy remaning in the green room…seems to have a little Turiaf swag going with his goatee.

• With the NINETEENTH PICK, the BETcats pick for the Bucks, and select Tobias Harris from Tennessee.

• OK, we’re at 20, and the green room is still full of family and friends, because we’re in Jersey and you can’t just walk out the door and hit the clubs.

• At 20, the L-Wolves select Donantas Motiejunas from Lithuania. OK! First round is two-thirds finished, with some cool teams still on the clock.

• Attendance tonight is 8,417, which is listed as a sellout.

• In the stands to my left are a group of fans with signs that read TECHNOLOGY HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS HEART KENNETH FARIED. Too bad they’re not NBA GMs!

• With the TWENTY-FIRST PICK, the Trailblazers select Nolan Smith from Duke. Really? Huh.

• Woj just tweeted that the Rockets and Wolves have agreed to trade Jonny Flynn and Donatas Montiejunas to Houston for Brad Miller, the 23rd pick and a future first rounder. Another former SLAM Diary keeper on the move!

• With the TWENTY-SECOND PICK, the Nuggets will prolly take the guy with the most tattoos left on the board. Instead they take Kenneth Faried, from Newark.

• Sounds like Faried and Nolan Smith might be swapping places as part of a Ray Felton/Andre Miller trade, according to reports on Twitter. We’ll see if that pans out.

• Although it seems odd that George Karl would trade a UNC guy for a Duke guy.

• With the TWENTY-THIRD pick, the Rockets select Nikola Mirotic, from Montenegro…and he’d be part of the deal to go to the L-Wolves. Though it sounds like he can’t come to the NBA for four more years, anyway, so of course Minnesota went after him.

• Although Woj just tweeted that the L-Wolves are flipping that pick to the Bulls for the 28th, 43rd and a gift certificate to Best Buy.

• The Thunder roll in with the TWENTY-FOURTH pick, and select Reggie Jackson from Boston College.

• Now the Celts are on the clock at TWENTY-FIVE. When the Celtics logos flash up on the screens, boos break out in the arena. Stern strolls out and announces that the Celts select Marshon Brooks from Providence. Someone in the stands has a sign that says MARSHON BROOKS IS THE NEXT KOBE. Woj tweets that Brooks is going to Jersey in a trade.

• With the TWENTY-SIXTH pick, the Dallas Mavericks select Jordan Hamilton from Texas and stay in state.

• With the TWENTY-SEVENTH pick, the Nets will pick for the Celts, and they’re taking…JaJuan Johnson from Purdue.

• Also, Marc Stein tweets “Mavs are trading No. 26 to Portland to acquire Rudy Fernandez, with Portland moving the pick on to Denver in the Miller/Felton deal.” So that means Jordan Hamilton is a Nugget. Rudy as a Mav is kinda fresh.

• At TWENTY-EIGHT, the Bulls draft for the L-Wolves. and they select…Norris Cole from Cleveland State. This is one of the few college guys I’ve heard of because I heard he was kinda dope.

• We’re almost through this third hour of Round One! At TWENTY-NINE, the Spurs (I think) select Cory Joseph from Texas. Jay Bilas says it’s a bit of a surprise. You question the Spurs’ drafting at your own risk, buddy.

• And with the THIRTIETH PICK of the first round, the Bulls select Jimmy Butler from Marquette. Great guy, great story.

That’s it for the live blog. Thanks for chilling with us, and keep rocking in the comments. I’m out…

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  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    SLAM coming through once again! Y’all don’t even know! I’m stuck at work still for the next 2 hours! Thanks!

  • NBA!!!!!!!!!

    I’m with enigmatic on this one..keep the updating up to date. Work until 11:30 with no tv. Make it happen lang. UR MY HERO

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Should I even be excited? I’m a Lakers fan, we don’t pick til the second round, and this draft class ain’t very good.

  • http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com deron

    Kyrie and Derrick are good players, but I don’t think they would be drafted in the top 5 of most drafts. Maybe the foreign players will surprise us 5 years from now. There will be a lot of hole-filling in this draft, no franchise-changing players.

    http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com/2011/06/deepest-draft-classes-since-1981.html

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Holla, slams where I’ll be till I gotta dip to the gym. Let’s see how far Brandan Knight can fall!

  • NBA!!!!!!!!!

    gasol for love and johnny flynn..make it happen

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Kemba’s been falling in many mock drafts too.

  • http://www.deadjournalist.com deadjournalist

    stu scott is killing me. kind of like being a hawks fan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I’m more interested in what trades are going down tonight

  • http://www.basketbrasil.com.br Rubens

    ANy good reason for the Knicks ot pick Fredette? I don’t see it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Are they still the BETcats even though Bob Johnson doesn’t own them anymore?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Kemba ain’t “falling” past Charlotte at 9 (right about his projected range) IMO. Knight going from top 3 to 12 in a few mock drafts.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    They’ll ALWAYS be the BETcats.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    ^ lol right. Here comes Derrick Williams unless Khhaaaaaann didn’t lie to the world?

  • http://slamonline.com Adam Figman

    The second wave of us made it here 30 seconds before the first pick. True story.

  • izzo

    Kyrie will be taking his talents to Cleveland for as long as he’s contractually obligated to.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Next: Enis Kanter

  • Bash

    For sale: 1 x Derrick Williams. Enquiries to Mr Kahn.All PGs considered

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    KHAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNN.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    OK, finally I can respond to nbk.
    NBADraft.Net now has Kemba at 15th. So does HoopsHype. Draft Express has him at 9.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Pay me.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Matic: That’s why despite the talent drought this draft is fuggin interesting

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Man. Kanter, Favors, Jefferson, Millsap, Okur.
    !!!
    You called it, Soop. Like, a week ago. Nice.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Jonas next?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Thats what I have

  • Gaz

    Shush Enigmatic… you too BETCATS

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Damn I heard they were gonna do that

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    !!!!
    Wojo says Tristan Thompson going fourth. Is he drunk?

  • ripslam

    Tristan Thompson? Are you serious?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I heard a week ago Cleveland was thinking Thompson at 4, I thought it was as serious as Minnesota picking Kanter.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    WHOA! Tristan Thompson?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Adam Figman

    Crowd booed when LeBron’s name was announced, then ooohhh’d and ahhh’d when his highlights were shown.

  • ripslam

    I have officially given up on Bryan Colangelo.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    So is Bargnani now (more) expendable?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Who is Tristan Thompson??? No, I’m kidding.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    most awkward post-pick interview EVAR.

  • Jim

    WTF “I can move fast, I don’t have strong body”

  • ripslam

    By the way, the NBA needs to quit it with the flat-brimmed caps for champs & draftees…they look tacky as hell.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    the pimp Don Magic Jan??

  • http://slamonline.com/ Adam Figman

    JAN VESELY MAKE-OUT SESSION.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Matic: valunciunas supposedly a real solid defender. Supposedly

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Jan’s girl ain’t too bad at all.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    johnhollinger: RT @JaValeMcGee34: my mans got hops…. and his girl like 6’5…-P

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    BISMACK!!

  • http://kuhvet.com The World Famous BP

    I like the hats too Lang. adidas 2011 NBA Draft Cap « Kuhvet.com http://fb.me/IjRh4vv4

  • Bash

    Bobcats: Bismack Biyombo…. uugh.terrible. more raw than sushi

  • Gaz

    SHUTUP UR TRAP ENIGMATIC!!… YOU TOO BETCATS U GAYBO!!

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    “some people say he has a wing-span of……7foot…7″ – nice one stewart.

  • ripslam

    BIIIIIISSSSMAAAAAAACKKKK BIIYOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMBBBBOOOOOOOOO

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Bismack could be a future Ben Wallace tho.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Adam Figman

    Mr. Bisslesworth.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Brandan Knight

  • http://kuhvet.com The World Famous BP

    Judging from that interview Bismack is mos def 18. 20somethings do not get that geeked up.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Kemba Walker

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Co-sign Enig.

  • Gaz

    no he couldn’t enigmatic, awks…

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Kemba’s next.

  • ripslam

    How did Knight go this low? It’s astounding.
    -
    Seriously, f*ck Colangelo. I’m pissed.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    The Pistons draft yet another 1-2 guard. No offense, Pistons, but it’s kinda funny.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Chris Singleton?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    He could be anything, he was born in 92….oh and told ya, again.

  • Gaz

    no he wasn’t BlackPhantom… awks…

  • http://kuhvet.com The World Famous BP

    I hope Klay Thompson is still on the board at 11. It would be great to have a guard on the W’s roster who is over 6’3″ (not named Reggie).

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Nope, it’s Kemba.
    I had heard Singleton

  • Gaz

    I had heard you were gay, Enigmatic… from multiple soures

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Good that Kemba finally got picked..

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    And Utah is gonna teach us all to Jimmer.

  • Bash

    Jimmer!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    WoW Leonard is slippin. Jimmer was a business decision everyone don’t get it twisted

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    NOOOO!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Jimmer is gonna be great offensively but defensively I think he might become the next Steve Nash.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Klay Thompson. Another sign Monta’s getting traded?

  • Dcg

    Best draft blog going. Thanks

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Idk about Klay for GS. Reggie Williams and Dorell Wright are better. Is monta out then?

  • Jim

    Jimmer a starter??? Wow not a good move

  • http://slamonline.com/ Adam Figman

    I think the crowd’s getting restless, on some “wait, no more Jimmer? aright, i’m out” stuff.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Here comes Alec Burks. Exactly what Utah really needs

  • Gaz

    Wrong again Enigmatic…

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Monta’s on the block for sure now. MJackson wants puppies he can groom. The probably think Monta’s too old and set in his ways.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    And the whole city of Phoenix doesn’t care who “we” pick just as long as we don’t sell it.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Whoa.
    Markeiff > Marcus?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Jazz Starting Lineup.

    Devin Harris-PG
    Alec Burks-SG
    Gordon Hayward/Andrei Kirilenko-SF
    Derrick Favors-PF
    Al Jefferson-C

    Just a guesstimate.

  • http://kuhvet.com The World Famous BP

    @nbk Warriors bench was horrible, Reggie Williams was the only thing consistent off the bench. Monta and/or Dorrell will be traded so Klay is a good pick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Or maybe Al Jefferson would start at the 4 and Kanter will start as a rookie. I shoulda made it that way.

  • daniel

    Suns really have got a thing for twins/brothers from like way back. Yeah, Van Arsdales I lookin at you and you too big Robin.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    whats with phx and drafting less talented twins/brothers – robin lopez, taylor griffin, n markieff morris?

  • tom

    “i´m gonna send him some flowers.”

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    We should call them Morris+ and Morris-

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    whoa.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    @Boing, they’re still on the take for money. Better brother pays them to boost lesser’s self-esteem

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Ron Artest is changing his name, y’allz

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Utah making trades Phantom. I’d say Millsap and either Okur or Favors with Jefferson and either Kirilenko or Okur being traded.

  • Groves

    i’m a bit worried for the bobcats really if they traded and ended up with biyombo and walker

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    The Bobcats are back!!!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    BP – but they need BIGS. Williams Wright Curry Ellis should be enough for your 1 and 2, even with Wright playing primarily the 3. Ellis led the league in Minutes

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    WHY is Leonard still on the board.

  • http://kuhvet.com The World Famous BP

    @nbk I feel you but the Morris twins and Chris Singleton are not gonna play the 5 and that is the real need. No 5 was there so I think picking Klay was the best move.

  • O

    Metta World Peace. B*TCHES!!!!!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I’m pretty intrigued about the Valanciunas pick. He’s a legit 7’0 center who scores down low–the complete opposite of Andrea Bargnani. He and Ed Davis will make a great front court.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Finally a trade. George Hill to the Pacers for Leonard.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I don’t know much about the Morris twins. Who was the better player in college? Marcus?

  • Gaz

    Good one O, u homO

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Teddy Marcus is the better offensive player. Markieff defensive. Suns picked Robin Lopez again lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    The Knicks pick who??? Why would they pick him?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Does it matter that Shumpert sucked in college? Knicks “nah”

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Then again if he can defend “3 positions” then good pick, cuz he won’t touch the ball on offense till atleast his second season.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    They need a solid backup big-man

  • seriousblack

    Damn Knicks!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I think Shumpert works; they needed a defensive 2.

  • Riggs

    george hill to the pacers!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    The Spurs are gearing up to get rid of RJ. Or atleast to dispose of a lot of his minutes. They need a Defensive Stopper Solid Rebounder to take place of Jeffersons constant identity crisis. “Shooter or Slasher?”. Defender isn’t even part of it.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    aww sweet i get to be JTAYLOR today!
    i swear slam just assigns this tag to random commenters

  • O

    @ Gaz, huh? What’d i ever do to you? And yeah, I don’t know what the hell the Knicks are thinking. We should’ve drafted Faried. I’m hella disappointed.

  • Gaz

    PIPE DOWN [hom]O!!!!

  • ripslam

    I understand the disappointment in Shumpert, but outright booing him is just dumb and disrespectful. Especially seeing as 3/4 of the crowd probably don’t know Jimmer Fredette’s last name.

  • fizzbucket

    @Gaz: Take your homophobic juvenility somewhere elsewhere please. The grown-ups are trying to talk, now run along.

  • O

    Gaz, you do know that calling other people homo isn’t going to repress that “urge” to get drunk and pass out at Glenn Murphy Jr’s crib, right? Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

  • Gaz

    The only thing growing up in here is a shlong in ur rectum Mr. Jizzbucket… and don’t get, nor care about your comment ‘talentless eltOn jOhn’

  • JTaylor21

    Nuggets get steal of the draft with Faried

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I wonder if the PHX Suns did it again and got their hands on the lesser twin…??? Because they need another 3pt shooting PF…

  • Bash

    @Gaz C’mon man. Tone it down a bit or the NBA will send Grant Hill and Jared Dudley around to councel you about homophobic comments…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Damn, the Spanish big the Rockets drafted looks really good, but they would’ve had to wait four years… wtf.

  • MikeC.

    I was stuck at work until 9:00 ET, so this kept me going while I wasted my entire 8 hour shift on hold with tech support waiting for an answer that never came. Literally 8 hours of hold music and no answer. In a career that pays out for commissioned sales. I worked 8 hours for free today! At least the SLAM liveblog gave me something to do.

  • MikeC.

    As far as NY’s pick of Iman goes, I won’t jump all over it until I see him play. Donnie and Wark seem to know what they’re doing.

  • WNDR

    Repping the GTA up in here! Still stunned Thompson went 4th though.

  • Mark

    4:40 am in london waiting on a team to pick up Matthew Bryan-Amaning

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    It’s a little early to call a guy the steal of the draft…

  • Gaz

    … however it isn’t too early to call BETCATS a poojabber

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    The Rockets better not trade Terrence Williams… Give him some damn playing time, Kevin!

  • Dagger

    I for one was shocked when Colangelo picked a European.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    The Lakers did more with this draft than I expected. I can actually see one of those guys getting decent playing time.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I read on Lakers.com that Mitch Kupchak expects both to play big parts with the team next year.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Why can NBA teams only contribute $500 grand max to help with an international player’s buyout? That’s bullsh!t!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    @Kap, hmmm that sounds like a good thing.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I wanna know how can players be eligible in the draft when they are under contract overseas. I think its very unfair to the US players.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    So the Spurs make stupid decisions all night and the ESPN announcers brag all night how the Spurs never make a bad decision. Hilarious!!!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ What bad decisions did the Spurs make this draft? Trading George Hill hurts them a little, but they got a big man whom they desperately needed, no?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Great job as always, LW. Thanks everyone for following along.

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