This year is thePhoenix Suns night to shine. All minds writing up mock drafts seem to have the franchise using its overall No. 1 pick on Deandre Ayton of Arizona, a 7-foot skyscraper who averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game as a freshman in 2017-18. The center is considered a foundational piece.
He could also follow the same path as Ball. Social media chatter last week indicated that Huerter, who averaged 14.8 points as a sophomore, decided to forgo his junior season because theLos Angeles Lakerspromised to make him their top choice at No. 25.
Youll notice that Philadelphia will be on the clock more than any other team. Its not deja vu the Sixers total a draft-high six picks, two more than the Suns andAtlanta Hawks. So theres a decent chance that a Terp will be riding with Joel Embiid next year and little chance that one will join theMiami HeatorToronto Raptors, who traded away their picks.
Shooting guard Kevin Huerter is projected to be theMinnesota Timberwolves first-round pick at that spot, foiling the hopes of theUtah Jazz(No. 21), who courted the 6-foot-8 wing during workouts.
55. Charlotte Hornets (from Cleveland Cavaliers)
Broadcasters:ESPN Rece Davis (host),Chauncey Billups(NBA analyst), Jay Bilas (college basketball analyst), Adrian Wojnarowski (NBA Insider), Bobby Marks (front office insider), Mike Schmitz (scouting analyst) and Maria Taylor (reporter); ESPN2 Rachel Nichols (host), Brian Windhorst, Amin Elhassan, Zach Lowe, Dave McMenamin, Tim Legler, Fran Fraschilla and Chris Haynes (commentators).
38. Philadelphia 76ers (from Brooklyn Nets)
Another Terps hopeful,Justin Jackson, will have to hope his physicality will win a team over. At 6 feet 7, he has a 7-3 wingspan and an8-11 standing reach. After a remarkable freshman season, the Canadian small forward stumbled in 2017-18, averaging only 9.8 points a game before revelations that he had been playing through a shoulder injury came to light and sidelined him for the remainder of the season.
41. Orlando Magic (from Charlotte Hornets)
40. Brooklyn Nets (from Los Angeles Lakers)
59. Phoenix Suns (from Toronto Raptors)
45. Brooklyn Nets (from Milwaukee Bucks)
Freshman center Bruno Fernando kept his word that he would return to Maryland if not guaranteed a first-round spot. His discussions with teams seemed to indicate that he would have been a late second-round selection.
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29. Brooklyn Nets (from Toronto Raptors)
46. Houston Rockets (from Miami Heat)
54. Dallas Mavericks (from Portland Trail Blazers)
When the sophomore declared for the draft,ESPNs Jeff Goodman dubbed it the biggest mistake out of the entire pool. Regardless,Jackson who could return to his first-season prowess when hes healthy again might slide into the second round and be on his way to anNBAcareer.
58. Denver Nuggets (from Golden State Warriors)
19. Atlanta Hawks (from Minnesota Timberwolves)
8.Cleveland Cavaliers(fromBrooklyn Nets)
57. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Boston Celtics)
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12.Los Angeles Clippers(fromDetroit Pistons)
Maryland sophomore forward Justin Jackson plans to hire an agent and turn pro, while redshirt junior guard Dion Wiley will transfer, Mark Turgeon announces.
22. Chicago Bulls (fromNew Orleans Pelicans)
Recent news that Huerter had undergone surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right (shooting) hand, which will sideline him for two months, is is unlikely to affect his position Thursday night.
60. Philadelphia 76ers (from Houston Rockets)
Arizonas Deandre Ayton is viewed in that…
39. Philadelphia 76ers (from New York Knicks)
Site:Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
43. Denver Nuggets (from Los Angeles Clippers)
36. New York Knicks (from Chicago Bulls)
25. LA Lakers (from Cleveland Cavaliers)
10. Philadelphia 76ers (from Los Angeles Lakers)
For fans of Maryland basketball and Maryland basketball alone, it might be wise to wait until the 20th pick to start paying attention.
Last yearsNBA draftwas lit up by the spotlight ofLonzo Balland his family, whose fleeting relevance in the leagues pop culture world flooded Barclay Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
30. Atlanta Hawks (fromHouston Rockets)
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It is the moment when teams will draft players, many with the hopes that their selections can set their franchise on a course of sustained success.