Wednesday night’s draft introduced the new crop of stars to enter the NBA. Here’s a recap of the most notable picks and where they will start their careers.
The Minnesota Timberwolves selected freshman guard Anthony Edwards from Georgia. Edwards averaged 19.1 points per game, which led the nation in scoring amongst freshman. The 6’4, 225lb guard brings shot creation and explosive athletism to Minnesota alongside Karl Anthony-Towns and D’Angelo Russell.
Lamelo Ball was drafted 3rd overall to the Charlotte Hornets. Lamelo played his post-highschool hoops for the Illawarra Hawks in the Australian NBL. Ball averaged 17 points per game and seven assists per game. Like his older brother Lonzo Ball who plays for the New Orleans Pelicans, Lamelo brings great size, speed, and playmaking at the point guard position. At 6’7, Lamelo can see over defenses to create opportunities for his shot and teammates.
The Chicago Bulls made arguably the most shocking pick of the draft. Chicago selected 6’8 freshman wing Patrick Williams out of Florida State. In the 29 games Williams played in, he came off of the bench for all 29. Williams is the second-youngest player in this draft and will be a project for Chicago going forward.
The Atlanta Hawks drafted USC Forward Onkyeka Okongwu. At 6’9, 245 lbs, Onyeka is a prototype for today’s NBA. Okungwu has shown he can knock down mid-range shots, be a lob threat and be versatile on defense. He showed flashes of potential and have drawn comparisons of Miami Heat all-star C/F Bam Adebayo. His playstyle fits perfectly next to Trae Young and John Collins.
With the 9th pick of the draft, the Wizards selected Deni Avdija. Avdija is a versatile forward that can play multiple positions. He can fit seamlessly next to John Wall and Bradley Beal from Day 1. Avdija has been playing professional ball overseas for several years. His size brings defensive versatility as well
by: Cam Deloatch