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Minnesota Will Select…
The Timberwolves hold the #1 pick in this year’s draft and that checks out because they were mostly garbage (16-66) with a few bright spots (howdy Higgins!) to soften the suckitude. Minnesota will either select Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns or Duke center Jahlil Okafor. Considering that the only team Towns down workouts with is the T-Wolves, we’re confident they’ll go with the Wildcat over the Blue Devil. (There have been reports that Towns has already been told he’s going first overall.) Congrats to whoever gets #1 status because you’re going to a franchise pegged as a 150/1 shot to win the title in 2015-16. By the way, Minnesota are said to be game to deal former #1 Anthony Bennett to an interested party.
The Lake Show
What are the Lakers going to do in the #2 slot? It’s hard to say. The purple and gold could take Jahlil Okafor when he drops to #2 (provided Minnesota stays on script), but maybe they’re more interested in making a deal. There have been all sorts of rumblings that the Lakers are interested in acquiring Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins but the club’s ownership doesn’t want to part with the all-star. Either way, it looks like the Lakers have their sights set on creating stability at center. Oddsmakers appear to have some faith in the Lakers. The club is saddled with 25/1 odds to win the title next season, a projection far rosier than the Eastern Conference finalists from Atlanta who are seen as a 28/1 shot.
Unless something outrageous happens off the top, Towns and Okafor are destined to go 1-2 at the top of this year’s draft. Philadelphia, New York and Orlando hold the next three picks and they’ve got some intriguing options to choose from. Buckeye point guard D’Angelo Russell heads into the Barclays Center as the most coveted guard of this year’s crop, boasting quality shooting, height (6’5”) and excellent passing skills. Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis is expected to go early to a franchise that covets his high risk potential. (What would the NBA Draft be without a European star with impossible to project skill?) CBA import Emmanuel Mudiay, Duke forward Justise Winslow and Croatian guard Mario Hezonja are also likely to get taken early.
Let’s Make A Deal
As we noted before, the Lakers seem like the sexiet potential trade partner, but there might be a few other deals taking place tomorrow. The Los Angeles Times had a report noting that the Boston Celtics tried to deal their way into Philly’s #3 spot (with eyes on Nerlens Noel too) but were rebuffed. The Denver Nuggets, armed with the #7 pick, say they are open for business when it comes to making a deal. It could make for a wild night in Brooklyn.
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