2015 NBA Draft Recap

2015 NBA DRAFT

First Round:

#    Team              Player                    Height  Weight   Position School   Class
1. Minnesota      Karl-Anthony Towns  7’0″       248 lbs    PF/C     Kentucky   Fr.
2. LAL                D’Angelo Russell       6’5″       193 lbs    PG        Ohio State  Fr.
3. Philadelphia  Jahlil Okafor               6’11”      272 lbs   C           Duke          Fr.
4. New York      Kristaps Porzingis     7’0″        230 lbs   PF         Sevilla        Intl.
5. Orlando        Mario Hezonja            6’8″        200 lbs   SG         Barcelona  Intl.
6. Sacramento Willie Cauley-Stein    7’1″        242 lbs   C           Kentucky    Jr.
7. Denver         Emmanuel Mudiay    6’5″         200 lbs   PG        Guangdong Intl.
8. Detroit         Stanley Johnson         6’7″        242 lbs   SF         Arizona        Fr.
9. Charlotte     Frank Kaminsky         7’1″         231 lbs   PF        Wisconsin    Sr.
10. Miami        Justice Winslow         6’7″         222 lbs   SF         Duke           Fr.
11. Indiana      Myles Turner              7’0″         239 lbs    C         Texas           Fr.
12. Utah         Trey Lyles                   6’10”       241 lbs   PF         Kentucky    Fr.
13. Phoenix    Devin Booker             6’6″         206 lbs   SG        Kentucky     Fr.
14. Oklahoma City Cameron Payne  6’2″       183 lbs   PG        Murray State Soph.
15. *Washington Kelly Oubre           6’7″        203 lbs   SF        Kansas         Fr.
16. Boston          Terry Rozier         6’2″         190 lbs   PG       Louisville      Soph.
17. Milwaukee     Rashad Vaughn  6’5″         199 lbs    SG       UNLV            Fr.
18. Houston       Sam Dekker         6’9″          219 lbs   SF       Wisconsin    Jr.
19. *Atlanta (Via Washington) Jerian Grant  6’5″  198 lbs PG  Notre Dame Sr.
20. Toronto        Delon Wright        6’6″          181 lbs    PG    Utah               Sr.
21. Dallas         Justin Anderson    6’6″          231 lbs    SF    Virginia          Jr.
22. Chicago     Bobby Portis         6’11”         246 lbs    PF    Arkansas       Soph.
23. *Portland     Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 6’7″  211 lbs   SF   Arizona          Soph.
24. Cleveland  Tyus Jones          6’2″             185 lbs   PG  Duke              Fr.
25. Memphis    Jarell Martin        6’9″              231 lbs   F    LSU                Soph.
26. San Antonio Nikola Milutinov  7’0″             220 lbs   C   Partizan          Intl.
27. LAL            Larry Nance Jr.   6’9″             227 lbs   PF  Wyoming        Sr.
28. Boston      R.J. Hunter         6’6″              185 lbs   SG  Georgia State  Jr.
29. Brooklyn   Chris McCullough 6’9″            199 lbs   PF   Syracuse       Fr.
30. Golden State Kevon Looney  6’9″            222 lbs   PF   UCLA            Fr.

Second Round

31. *Cleveland  Cedi Osman   6’8″               190 lbs   SF  Anadolu Efes  Intl.
32. Houston     Montrezl Harrell 6’8″              253 lbs  PF  Louisville         Jr.
33. Boston      Jordan Mickey  6’8″               238 lbs   PF/C LSU              Soph.
34. LAL          Anthony Brown  6’8″               211 lbs   SF   Stanford        Sr.
35. Philadelphia Guillermo Hernangomez   6’11”   255 lbs C  Sevilla      Intl.
36. *Cleveland Rakeem Christmas    6’10”     243 lbs  PF      Syracuse  Sr.
37. Philadelphia Richaun Holmes 6’10”        243 lbs   PF   Bowling Green Sr.
38. Detroit    Darrun Hilliard     6’6″                220 lbs  SF   Villanova         Sr.
39. *Charlotte  Juan Vaulet      6’6″                200 lbs   SF   Bahia Blanca  Intl.
40. Miami     Josh Richardson 6’6″               200 lbs  SG   Tennessee     Sr.
41. *Brooklyn Pat Connaughton  6’5″             215 lbs  SG Notre Dame   Sr.
42. Utah       Olivier Hanlan      6’4″              186 lbs   PG  Boston College Jr.
43. Indiana   Joseph Young     6’2″              182 lbs   SG  Oregon          Sr.
44. *Phoenix  Andrew Harrison 6’6″            213 lbs   PG   Kentucky      Soph.
45. Boston   Marcus Thornton  6’3″            177 lbs   PG  William & Mary Sr.
46. *Toronto (via Milwaukee) Norman Powell  6’4″ 215 lbs  SG  UCLA  Sr.
47. Philadelphia Arturas Gudaitis 6’10”      253 lbs    C        Zalgiris       Intl.
48. Oklahoma City Dakari Johnson  7’0″   265 lbs   C      Kentucky      Soph.
49. Washington Aaron White 6’9″            220 lbs    PF    Iowa             Sr.
50. Atlanta  Marcus Eriksson   6’7″          178 lbs    SG   Barcelona    Intl.
51. Orlando Tyler Harvey       6’4″            181 lbs   SG    Eastern Washington  Jr.
52. Dallas   Satnam Singh    7’2″             290 lbs   C      IMG Academy  Intl.
53. Cleveland  Sir Dominic Pointer 6’6″  192 lbs    SF   St. John’s      Sr.
54. *Utah      Daniel Diez  6’8″                  216 lbs   SF   San Sebastian Intl.
55. San Antonio Cady Lalanne  6’10”       241 lbs  PF/C Massachusettes Sr.
56. New Orleans Branden Dawson 6’7″  230 lbs  PF     Michigan State  Sr.
57. Denver Nikola Radicevic 6’5″             200 lbs  PG     Sevilla            Intl.
58. Philadelphia J.P. Tokoto  6’6″            196 lbs  SF   North Carolina Jr.
59. Atlanta Dimitrios Agravanis 6’10”      210 lbs  PF   Olympiakos   Intl.
60. Philadelphia Luka Mitrovic   6’9″       200  lbs  PF   Red Star        Intl.

Trades:
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Toronto Raptors send Greivis Vasquez to the Milwaukee Bucks for a 2017 first-round pick and the 46th pick in tonight’s draft.
*Washington Wizards send the Atlanta Hawks the 19th pick in tonight’s draft and two future second-round picks for Kelly Oubre.
*New York Knicks trade Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Atlanta Hawks for Jerian Grant.
*Cleveland Cavaliers trade Tyus Jones to the Minnesota T’Wolves for the 31st and 36th picks in tonight’s draft.
*Brooklyn trades Pat Connaughton and Mason Plumlee to the Blazers for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Steve Blake.
*Memphis Grizzlies have traded Jon Leuer to the Phoenix Suns for Andrew Harrison.
*Brooklyn Nets acquire Juan Vaulet from the Charlotte Hornets for two future second-round draft picks.
*The Utah Jazz traded Daniel Diez to the Portland Trailblazers

Brief recap:
*Six Kentucky players get drafted
*Eight trades occur on draft night
*First Indian decent player gets drafted in the NBA
*Philadelphia 76ers had six draft picks tonight

 

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NBA off-season free agency, trades, transactions 2015

With the NBA Draft less than nine hours away and free agency looming (July 1), I will be posting all the transactions and movements a little differently than I normally do.

For the past few years I posted each transaction as a separate post on Facebook, but I am going to try something new this year since I made my blog. I will post every free agency signing, trade and all other off-season moves on this post and update it as each move occurs. I don’t know if it will work the way I want but let’s try it!

Trades as of June 24, 2015:

  • The Charlotte Hornets agreed to send Lance Stephenson to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Spencer Hawes and Matt Barnes.
  • The Orlando Magic agreed to send Luke Ridnour to the Memphis Grizzlies for the draft rights to 2013 second-round pick Janis Timma.
  • The Portland Trailblazers send Nic Batum to the Charlotte Hornets for Noah Vonleh and Gerald Henderson.

Trades as of June 25, 2015:

  • The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to trade Luke Ridnour to the Charlotte Hornets for Matt Barnes.
  • The Charlotte Hornets have traded Luke Ridnour and a 2016 second-round draft pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Jeremy Lamb.

Trades as of June 30, 2015:

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Luke Ridnour to the Toronto Raptors for a $2.85 million trade exception.

Free agency agreements as of 1:30 a.m. CST July 1, 2015:

  • Anthony Davis agrees to a five-year $145 million extension with the New Orleans Pelicans.
  • Kawhi Leonard agrees to a five-year $90 million extension with the San Antonio Spurs.
  • Al-Farouq Aminu agrees to a four-year $30 million deal with the Portland Trailblazers.

Free agency agreements as of 11 a.m. CST July 1, 2015:

  • Mike Dunleavy Jr. agrees to a three-year $14.4 million extension with the Chicago Bulls.
  • Goran Dragic agrees to a five-year $90 million extension with the Miami Heat.
  • Thaddeus Young agrees to a four-year $50 million extension with the Brooklyn Nets.
  • Brook Lopez agrees to a three-year $60 million extension with the Brooklyn Nets.
  • Danny Green agrees to a four-year $45 million extension with the San Antonio Spurs.
  • DeMarre Carrol agrees to a four-year $60 million deal with the Toronto Raptors.

Free agency agreements as of 1 p.m. CST July 1, 2015:

  • Alex Ajinca agrees to a four-year $20 million extension with the New Orleans Pelicans.
  • Khris Middleton agrees to a five-year $70 million extension with the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • Jimmy Butler agrees to a five-year $95 million extension with the Chicago Bulls.
  • Kevin Love agrees to a five-year $110 million extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • Brandon Knight agrees to a five-year $70 million extension with the Phoenix Suns.

Free agency agreements as of 2 p.m. CST July 1, 2015:

  • Tyson Chandler agrees to a four-year $52 million deal with the Phoenix Suns.
  • Amir Johnson agrees to a two-year $24 million deal with the Boston Celtics.
  • Kyle Singler agrees to a five-year $25 million extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Free agency agreements as of 6 p.m. CST July 1, 2015:

  • Brandan Wright agrees to a three-year $18 million deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • Paul Milsap agrees to a three-year $59 million extension with the Atlanta Hawks.
  • Paul Pierce agrees to a three-year $10.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Iman Shumpert agrees to a four-year $40 million extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Free agency agreements as of 10 p.m. CST July 1, 2015:

  • Draymond Green agrees to a five-year $85 million extension with the Golden State Warriors.
  • Jae Crowder agrees to a five-year $35 million extension with the Boston Celtics.
  • Omer Asik agrees to a five-year $60 million extension with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Free agency agreements as of 6 p.m. CST July 2, 2015:

  • Arron Afflalo agrees to a two-year $16 million deal with the New York Knicks.
  • Greg Monroe agrees to a three-year $50 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • Monta Ellis agrees to a four-year $44 million deal with the Indiana Pacers.
  • Ed Davis agrees to a three-year $20 million deal with the Portland Trailblazers.
  • Shane Larkin agrees to a two-year $3 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets.
  • Damian Lillard agrees to a five-year $125+ million extension with the Portland Trailblazers.
  • Dwyane Wade agrees to a one-year $20 million extension with the Miami Heat.

Free agency agreements as of 11 p.m. CST July 2, 2015:

  • Wes Matthews agrees to a four-year $70 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks.

Free agency agreements as of Noon CST July 3, 2015:

  • Robin Lopez agrees to a four-year $54 million deal with the New York Knicks.

Free agency agreements as of 1 p.m. CST July 3, 2015:

  • Marco Belinelli agrees to a three-year $19 million deal with the Sacramento Kings.

Free agency agreements as of 2 p.m. CST July 3, 2015:

  • Gary Neal agrees to a one-year $2.1 million deal with the Washington Wizards.

Free agency agreements as of 5 p.m. CST July 3, 2015:

  • Corey Brewer agrees to a three-year $24 million extension with the Houston Rockets.

Free agency agreements as of 6 p.m. CST July 3, 2015:

  • Patrick Beverley agrees to a three-year $18 million ($5 million non-guaranteed in the fourth-year) extension with the Houston Rockets.
  • Rajon Rondo agrees to a one-year $10 million deal with the Sacramento Kings.

Free agency agreements as of 9 p.m. CST July 3, 2015:

  • Derrick Williams agrees to a two-year $10 million deal with the New York Knicks.
  • Tobias Harris agrees to a four-year $64 million extension with the Orlando Magic.

Free agency agreements as of 11 a.m. CST July 4, 2015:

  • LaMarcus Aldridge agrees to a four-year $80 million deal with the San Antonio Spurs.
  • C.J. Watson agrees to a three-year $15 million deal with the Orlando Magic.

Free agency agreements as of noon CST July 4, 2015:

  • Bismack Biyombo agrees to a two-year $6 million deal with the Toronto Raptors.

Free agency agreements as of 2 p.m. CST July 4, 2015:

  • Dante Cunningham agrees to a three-year $9 million extension with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Free agency agreements as of 9 p.m. CST July 4, 2015:

  • Kosta Koufos agrees to a four-year $33 million deal with the Sacramento Kings.

Free agency agreements as of 1 p.m. CST July 5, 2015:

  • Rodney Stuckey agrees to a three-year $21 million extension with the Indiana Pacers.

Free agency agreements as of 3 p.m. CST July 5, 2015:

  • Lou Williams agrees to a three-year $21 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Free agency agreements as of 8 p.m. CST July 5, 2015:

  • Reggie Jackson agrees to a five-year $80 million extension with the Detroit Pistons.

Free agency agreements as of 9 p.m. CST July 5, 2015:

  • Omri Casspi agrees to a two-year $6 million extension with the Sacramento Kings.

Free agency agreements as of 10 p.m. CST July 5, 2015:

  • Cory Joseph agrees to a four-year $30 million deal with the Toronto Raptors.

Free agency agreements as of 3 p.m. CST July 6, 2015:

  • Marc Gasol agrees to a five-year $110 million extension with the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • JJ Barea agrees to a two-year $5.6 million extension with the Dallas Mavericks. 

Free agency agreements as of 6 p.m. CST July 6, 2015:

  • Joe Ingles agrees to a two-year $4.5 million extension with the Utah Jazz.
  • Leandro Barbosa agrees to a one-year $2.5 million extension with the Golden State Warriors.

Free agency agreements as of 8 p.m. CST July 6, 2015:

  • Mo Williams agrees to a two-year $4.3 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Free agency agreements updated as of 2 a.m. CST August 7, 2015:

  • Jeremy Lin agrees to a two-year $4 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets.
  • Luis Scola agrees to a one-year $3 million deal with the Toronto Raptors.
  • DeAndre Jordan agrees to a four-year $88 million extension with the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Gerald Green agrees to a one-year deal with the Miami Heat.
  • Tim Duncan agrees to a one-year $5 million extension with the San Antonio Spurs.
  • Drew Gooden agrees to a one-year extension with the Washington Wizards.
  • Raul Neto agrees to a three-year $2.8 million deal with the Utah Jazz.
  • Alonzo Gee agrees to a two-year $2.75 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.
  • Caron Butler agrees to a two-year deal with the Sacramento Kings.
  • Wilson Chandler agrees to a four-year $46 million extension with the Denver Nuggets.
  • Austin Rivers agrees to a two-year $6.4 million extension with the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder match offer sheet from Portland Trailblazers for Enes Kanter worth four-years $70 million.
  • Kevin Garnett agrees to a two-year $16 million extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • Will Barton agrees to a three-year $11 million deal with the Denver Nuggets.
  • Luke Babbitt agrees to a two-year $2.5 million extension with the New Orleans Pelicans.
  • Andrea Bargnani agrees to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets.
  • Jameer Nelson agrees to a three-year $13.5 million deal with the Denver Nuggets.
  • Nikola Jokic agrees to a four-year $5.5 million deal with the Denver Nuggets.
  • Deron Williams agrees to a two-year $10 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
  • Manu Ginobili agrees to a two-year $5.75 million extension with the San Antonio Spurs.
  • Danilo Gallinari agrees to a two-year $34 million extension with the Denver Nuggets.

Trades as of 12:30 p.m. CST July 1, 2015:

  • San Antonio Spurs trade center Tiago Splitter to the Atlanta Hawks.

Trades as of 10 p.m.CST July 1, 2015:

  • Sacramento Kings have traded Jason Thompson, Carl Landry and Nik Stauskus to the Philadelphia 76ers for the rights of overseas players.

Trades as of 6 p.m. CST July 2, 2015:

  • Phoenix Suns have traded Marcus Morris, Reggie Bullock and Danny Granger to the Detroit Pistons for a future draft pick.

Trades as of 6 p.m. CST July 4, 2015:

  • Orlando Magic have traded Kyle O’Quinn via a sign-and-trade to the New York Knicks for a future second-round draft pick and cash; O’Quinn agrees to a four-year deal with the New York Knicks.

On this date: An NBA Draft that transformed the association

On a day where college kids become professionals at the NBA Draft, it can be a tough task to accurately speculate or predict the future of 21-year-old college phenoms.

That task was especially true 31 years ago at the 1984 NBA Draft, held on June 19, 1984 at “The Mecca of Basketball” Madison Square Garden in New York. The draft turned out to not only be the most talented draft class, but a class that innovated and impacted the game of basketball in a way that no one could’ve imagined, and transformed the National Basketball Association as a whole.

“The history of basketball cannot be written without that group of guys. The class of ’84 ought to go down as the greatest class of all time.” -Michael Wilbon, sports journalist.

The Houston Rockets, Portland Trailblazers and Chicago Bulls held the top three picks, which as we all know, were Hakeem Olajuwon, a Center out of University of Houston; Sam Bowie, a Center out of Kentucky; and Michael Jordan, a Guard out of North Carolina.

The draft produced

  • five Hall of Fame inductees
    • Hakeem Olajuwon
    • Michael Jordan
    • Charles Barkley
    • John Stockton
    • Oscar Schmidt
  • seven All-Star players
    • Charles Barkley
      • 11x NBA All-Star (1987-1997)
    • Michael Jordan
      • 14x NBA All-Star (1985-1993, 1996-1998, 2002-2003)
    • Hakeem Olajuwon
      • 12x NBA All-Star (1985-1990, 1992-1997)
    • Alvin Robertson
      • 4x NBA All-Star (1986-1988, 1991)
    • John Stockton
      • 10x NBA All-Star (1989-1997, 2000)
    • Otis Thorpe (1992)
    • Kevin Willis (1992)
  • Three NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award winners
    • Michael Jordan
      • 5x NBA MVP (1988, 1991-1992,1996,1998)
    • Hakeem Olajuwon
      • NBA MVP (1994)
    • Charles Barkley
      • NBA MVP (1993)

The Hall of Famers John Stockton and Hakeem Olajuwon hold all-time NBA records in assists, steals, and blocks respectively as well as combined 12 trips to the Finals, 8 championships and two Defensive Player of the Year winners among Stockton, Olajuwon, Jordan and Barkley.

Much has been questioned and debated whether or not the Houston Rockets made the correct decision in drafting Olajuwon over Jordan. What strikes me is not only the Rockets had the option of drafting Jordan over Olajuwon, but the Blazers were willing to trade the Rockets the second pick plus Clyde Drexler for Ralph Sampson, which means the Rockets would’ve had the first pick, the second pick, and Drexler. Had the Rockets gone along and accepted the trade offer, they could’ve had a big three of Olajuwon, Drexler and Jordan. Talk about a dream team.

But all we can do is hope that a “Dream” comes true, which is exactly what the City of Houston received on the night of the 1984 NBA Draft followed by their two championships 10 years later in 1994 and 1995.

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Happy birthday Allen Iverson

Happy 40th birthday to one of my all time favorite basketball players Allen Iverson.

Almost everyday this summer I’ve been watching his highlights and just missing the dude play in the NBA. Iverson had the best and sickest handles ever in my opinion and had the most heart and passion out of anyone to ever play in the league.

It sucks Iverson never won a championship even though he deserved one. Iverson gave us one of the most memorable press conferences in NBA history with his “practice rant”, he also underwent a sad and disheartening trial and spent time in prison for something he did not do, and Iverson went bankrupt after he retired from basketball, but life and sports are a tough battle. Hope he gets into the Hall of Fame one day because he absolutely deserves to be there.

Lets dedicate this day to Allen Iverson on his 40th birthday.

 

23 years ago today, Michael Jordan gave the world a shrug

On this date 23 years ago on June 3, 1992, Michael Jordan gave the world a shrug after scoring 35 points in the first half of Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals vs the Portland Trailblazers.

18 of the 35 points came from the three-point line as Jordan knocked down six three pointers in the first half, and after the sixth three-pointer fell, Jordan shrugged to the world because even he could not believe what was happening.

The shrug went on to become an iconic NBA Finals moment as well as one of Jordan’s iconic moments of his career.