NBA Draft’s Biggest Surprises
Boston Celtics basketball draft picks Jaylen Brown, left, and Guerschon Yabusele, of France, smile at a question during an introductory news conference Friday, June 24, 2016, in Waltham, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
This year’s NBA draft may have been one of the most unpredictable drafts in recent memory, with teams like the Bucks, Kings and Celtics making the most shocking picks of the draft night.
The Milwaukee Bucks, with the 10th overall selection, took Thon Maker, a 7-foot-1 power forward from Australia. This pick was the biggest shock of the night since most draft experts came out earlier in the day with the report that Maker was not actually 19-years-old and could possibly be in his early twenties.
Several teams entirely have ruled out Thon Maker of the first round due to his age. Multiple sources believe Maker to be 21-23, not 19.
— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) June 23, 2016
Maker’s age wasn’t the only thing that made the pick shocking. A vast majority of people believe that Maker isn’t at all ready for the pros yet.
According to nba.com, their NBA projection for Maker said, ” Maker will more than likely not be on an NBA roster next season. The potential is unquestionably there for him to become a special player, but he will have to spend some time in the D-league or overseas. His skills are raw at this time, but if a team is willing to be patient with him, they may end up with an historical ROI.”
For the Sacramento Kings, one simple tweet from star player DeMarcus Cousins can pretty much some up what they did in this year’s draft:
Lord give me the strength 🙏🏿
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) June 24, 2016
The moves that team owner Vivek Ranadive and team General manager Vlade Divac chose made zero sense.
For example, they took two big men, Georgios Papagiannis and Skal Labissiere, in this year’s draft, when the Kings picked Willie Cauley-Stein in last year’s draft (over Emmanuel Mudiay and Justise Winslow), while also still having backup center Kosta Koufos, who they signed last year for a four-year deal worth $32.8 million.
The team also has star player DeMarcus Cousins, who is arguably one of the best centers in the NBA today, giving them have a total of five centers on the roster.
Moves like these have proven why the Sacramento Kings remain at the bottom of the NBA totem pole.
The Boston Celtics held the third overall pick in the NBA draft, which put them in kind of a tough spot, having to decide who should be the third pick behind Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram. Trade rumors had swirled all the way up to the third pick like:
The 76ers are offering Nerlens Noel, No. 24, No. 26, and Robert Covington to the Celtics for the No. 3 pick.
— NBA Talk (@NBA_Updates15) June 23, 2016
Chicago, Boston still talking about a Jimmy Butler trade, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 23, 2016
However, they ultimately decided to take Jaylen Brown, a 6-foot-6 small forward from the University of California at Berkley.
Brown was not projected to go that high by some NBA mock draft Web sites, like nbadraft.net, who had him going ninth overall.
I think it was worth the stretch of taking him at the third pick for the Boston Celtics. It gives them a versatile wing who can potentially become a rock-solid defender and is also able to guard most forwards and guards in the NBA.
Adam Fromal, a National NBA featured columnist, wrote on bleacherreport.com, “Given Boston’s desire to contend right away, this screams that Ainge couldn’t get a deal done and had to settle.”