Wow, what a draft. There were some picks we expected, and then there were some surprises, too. Here’s some analysis:
1) Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
What can you say about this guy that hasn’t been said? Skilled defensive player, archetypal size for a player who projects to be a Kevin Garnett-like stretch 4 some day, and he can fit 2 entire NCAA softballs in his mouth at once — an astounding feat already at his young age.
4) Kristaps Porzingas, New York Knickerbockers
This Latvian has great speed and skill for someone his size, but at 18 years old and 8’9″, 160 lbs, he’s little better than a project at this point. New teammate Carmelo Anthony wasn’t pleased with the pick, saying, “Guy needs to pack on the beef. Pack on the beef, man. Give him some beef, pack it on. Pack beef on this guy. Come on. Beefpack. Beef. Guy needs a beef.” lol what?
12) Timmy Chonnors, Utah Jazz
This one was a bit of a head-scratcher, as Chonnors, though already an accomplished 3-point shooter, is 8 years old, and will not be eligible to play for the Jazz until he completes a year of college. Jazz GM Gary Glitter reportedly loves his length and defensive tenacity.
18) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Houston Rockets
With this stunner of a pick, commentator Abdul-Jabbar roared, “Now we’re talkin’!” He tore off his microphone, put on his famed goggles, stormed the podium, picked up commissioner Adam Silver, and hurled him through the backdrop. Kareem is back, baby.
30) Denzel Washington, Golden State Warriors
The rich get richer. With the reigning champs’ selection of Washington, they now have some more hardware to set on the shelf next to the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy and Steph Curry’s MVP award: Two Oscars, a Tony, and two Golden Globes. Washington’s range and intensity give the Warriors depth for meatier roles, and he’s not too hard on the eyes, neither.