Kearns Korner: NBA Draft Breakdown

We call on our resident NBA Basketball Expert Chris Kearns for some post-NBA draft breakdown!


  1. Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons: let’s call it what it is-the gimme pick! 6’10”, mad-handle, almost 10 boards a game in the SEC! 76ers can’t afford 2nd guessing
  2. Los Angeles Lakers: Brandon Ingram: Dude is a string bean…but can BALL! Can shoot it, defend with effort, willing teammate, and will board when asked. Just wait-he’ll be better than you think.
  3. Boston Celtics: Jaylen Brown: Thankfully, Bill Walton educates us on ALL THINGS PAC 12! This guy is what we call athletic. Honestly reminds Mike Randle of D.Wade. We know that is high praise..but the C’s do their research…see coach Stevens!
  4. Phoenix Suns: Dragan Bender: Look, we have NOT been over seas to see ANY of these guys, but!….7’1” with skills: the ceiling is Dirk the basement is Darko. Suns will happily sign for ‘middle of the road.’
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Kris Dunn: Did this just happen? Did the wolves just land the largest need? Did They just get an athlete on par with Wiggs and LeVine? IS he a true Point? YES Minnesota…Yes!
  6. New Orleans Pelicans:  Buddy Hield: The Next Steph, the next Jimmer. The next…STOP! He will just be a solid shooter who grows into the NBA game with his work ethic! Think a slightly smaller Joe Johnson.
  7. Denver Nuggets: Jamal Murray: THE best shooter (sorry Buddy) in the draft. He will have a LONG life in the NBA as such. He could blossom into a lesser Klay Thompson (lesser on the D side on the ball)…Nuggs cross those fingers.
  8. Sacramento Kings: Marquese: Welcome to the pick that is EVERYONE! He’s a smaller KG, a bigger Ibaka, an identical Amare…Let’s just let him grow along Boogie and check back in 40 or so games. He’ll surprise us!
  9. Toronto Raptors: Jakob Poelti: No surprises here-none wanted. After watching B. Biyombo attempt to man the post solo in a Conference Finals…this pick is money!
  10. Milwaukee Bucks: Thon Maker: Pure Bucks Selection! Very “Greek Freak” type selection…a bit mysterious, a bit based on principal (length wins), a bit we know-something-you-don’t. Which speaks to it working out…just wait on it!
  11. Orlando Magic (to Oklahoma City): Domantas Sabonis: So the trade brings Sabonis to OKC to bang with Stephen Adams and Kantor…EVERYDAY in practice. This will result in a narley combo of Kevin Willis and Boris Diaw-Look out Association!
  12. Utah Jazz (to Atlanta Hawks): Taurean Prince: Miss Demarre Carroll MUCH? Boy does any pick scream messed up Free Agent Signing than this EVER? The guy knows his rebounding fundamentals and can D-up…hmmmm-sounds like…
  13. Phoenix Suns: Georgios Papagiannis: Ummm…trade?

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