The NBA Draft was held at the Barclays Center in New York, NY last night.  Although the first 3 picks were pretty much a lock, the draft was not at all boring.  It was one of our favorite drafts that we could remember.

Here are our TOP 5 THINGS WE LOVED ABOUT THE DRAFT:

Zion Williams shout out to his mom.  Now everyone is in love with this kid.  And they should be.

At the end of the interview, Williamson was asked if he had a message for New Orleans. And he did - a simple one at that.

“Let’s dance.”

Then everyone is going to turn on him after he leaves to play somewhere else the 2022-2023 season.  I can't wait for that.


LOVE.  LOVE. L-O-V-E. LOVE Coby White to the Bulls at #7. He is a fast paced player who will be a much needed PG for Chicago.  He is a floor leader and was considered the 5th best prospect in the draft.  Plus, we love the article he wrote in the Players Tribune.


PRE-DRAFT TRADES!!!! There wasn't any kicking tires, this was knocking down the doors and not taking "NO" for an answer is some cases.  Obviously, we already knew about the L.A. Lakers-New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis trade.  Same with the Mike Conley trade between the Utah Jazz and the Memphis Grizzlies.

Give me all the trades on draft day!

Here are the draft trades through 1st Round:

  • Warriors acquire second-round pickGolden State Warriors get:
    No. 41 pick (Eric Paschall)Atlanta Hawks get:
    2024 second-round pick
    Cash considerations
  • Pacers trade for T.J. WarrenIndiana Pacers get:
    T.J. Warren
    2019 No. 32 pick* (KZ Okpala)Phoenix Suns get:
    Cash considerations
  • Hawks acquire No. 4 overall pickAtlanta Hawks get:
    2019 No. 4 pick (De'Andre Hunter)
    2019 No. 57 pick* (Jordan Bone)
    Solomon Hill
    Future second-round pickNew Orleans Pelicans get:
    2019 No. 8 pick (Jaxson Hayes)
    2019 No. 17 pick (Nickeil Alexander-Walker)
    2019 No. 35 pick (Marcos Louzada Silva)
    2020 first-round pick (via Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Wolves deal for No. 6, send Saric to SunsMinnesota Timberwolves get:
    2019 No. 6 pick (Jarrett Culver)Phoenix Suns get:
    2019 No. 11 pick (Cameron Johnson)
    Dario Saric
  • Philly deals for Boston's No. 20 pick

    Philadelphia 76ers get:
    2019 No. 20 pick (Matisse Thybulle)

    Boston Celtics get:
    2019 No. 24 pick (Ty Jerome)
    2019 No. 33 pick (Carsen Edwards)

  • OKC deals No. 21 to MemphisMemphis Grizzlies get:
    2019 No. 21 pick (Brandon Clarke)Oklahoma City Thunder get:
    2019 No. 23 pick (Darius Bazley)
    2024 second-round pick
  • Celtics send Baynes, No. 24 to SunsPhoenix Suns get:
    2019 No. 24 pick (Ty Jerome)
    Aron BaynesBoston Celtics get:
    2020 first-round pick (via Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Clippers acquire No. 27 pickLA Clippers get:
    2019 No. 27 pick (Mfiondu Kabengele)Brooklyn Nets get:
    2019 No. 56 pick (Jaylen Hands)
    2020 first-round pick (via Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Cavs land final pick in first roundCleveland Cavaliers get:
    2019 No. 30 pick (Kevin Porter Jr.)Detroit Pistons get:
    Four future second-round picks
    Cash

Speaking of trades.  We love the haul that the New Orleans got for Anthony Davis and how the Lakers GM Rob Pelinka screwed up the salary cap:


Maria Taylor was fantastic all night.  She put about 8 hours on those legs and even caught some shade for her shoes, too.  Maria tracked down each pick and got them to say something, not an easy job to do.

The NBA did another fantastic job on the draft.  What a great night and a great honor for these young men.