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The Jazz selected Indiana center Thomas Bryant with the 42nd pick in the draft.

His 7’6" wingspan ranked third at the NBA Draft Combine, and that’s a big reason why the 6’10" center was even drafted. Although, Bryant did show he has a jumper, making 23-of-60 (38.3 percent) on treys and 36.7 percent on two-point jumpers last year. He was also able to block 1.5 shots per game at Indiana last year, adding averages of 12.6 points, 6.6 boards and 1.5 assists. He gives the Jazz some depth behind Rudy Gobert with Jeff Withey hitting free agency.
Jun 22 - 11:36 PM

The Hawks drafted Oregon shooting guard Tyler Dorsey at No. 41 in the NBA draft.

Heading into March, not many people were expecting Dorsey to come out after his sophomore season at Oregon. However, Dorsey stole the show in the NCAA tournament, averaging 23.8 points per game over those five games with 4.0 treys per game and a 78 true shooting percentage. Dorsey is a little undersized as a two at 6’5" with a 6’5" wingspan, but he sure can fill it up when he’s on cruise control. The Hawks are going to be in rebuilding mode once Paul Millsap moves on, so Dorsey will be a player to keep an eye on in training camp and Summer League, but the Hawks already have Tim Hardaway, Kent Bazemore and Marco Belinelli.
Jun 22 - 11:34 PM

With the 40th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Charlotte Hornets have selected Dwayne Bacon out of Florida State.

The Hornets acquired this pick after trading down from No. 31 in a deal with New Orleans. Although Bacon, a 6'5" prospect, was ranked 74th (out of 100) on the Draft Express big board, he has the look of an NBA wing with a 6'10" wingspan and offers intriguing potential. Per Draft Express, some concerns with Bacon revolve around his consistency, basketball IQ and level of engagement.
Jun 22 - 11:30 PM

The Clippers used the No. 39 pick, via Philadelphia, to select Oklahoma St. PG Jawun Evans on Thursday.

L.A. traded for the rights to Evans, a 6'1" guard who averaged 19.0 points, 6.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 steals last season. He's just 6’1" and he posted a poor 33.5-inch max vertical at the combine, but he thrives in pick-and-roll sets and plays a controlled game. It’s possible he’s the latest undersized guy to get minutes, especially since the Clippers aren't overflowing with backcourt depth.
Jun 22 - 11:29 PM

The Warriors will acquire the 38th pick from the Bulls to select Jordan Bell.

The Warriors really are light years ahead and once again they pick up a great player in the second round -- they did the same with Pat McCaw. This pick did cost them $3.5 million, but that is cheaper than the 2017 championship parade. Not many players helped themselves in the NCAA tournament like Jordan Bell. In the five games, Bell averaged 12.6 points, 13.2 boards, 3.0 blocks and 0.8 steals before falling to North Carolina in the Final Four. Bell is all motor and will have to continue to outwork his fellow power forwards. He’s only 6’9" with a 6’11" wingspan, but he has some bounce with his 38-inch max vert.
Jun 22 - 11:26 PM

The Celtics selected Semi Ojeleye with the 37th pick in the draft.

After barely playing at Duke for two years, Ojeleye busted out as the AAC Player of the Year at SMU, averaging 18.9 points, 6.8 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.4 blocks and 2.1 treys on a solid 49/42/79 shooting line. Ojeleye also lit it up at the combine with a 40.5-inch max vert along with elite lane-agility and sprint numbers. At 235 pounds and standing 6’7" with a 6’10" wingspan, Ojeleye’s measurements are enough to overcome the slow start to his career and playing at a smaller school. He joins a crowded Boston rotation, so fantasy owners should temper expectations for his rookie season.
Jun 22 - 11:21 PM

Kelly Oubre is already back on the court after undergoing a PRP injection in his right knee earlier this month.

Just about three weeks after the procedure, Oubre already being cleared to do on-court work is a positive development. Although he won't play in summer league, Oubre should be all systems go by the time training camp rolls around in a few months. He could play a big role for Washington if Otto Porter, who is expected to receive a lucrative payday as a restricted free agent, decides to sign elsewhere.
Jun 22 - 11:18 PM

Former UCLA forward and Serbian pro Jonah Bolden was taken by the Sixers with the 36th pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday.

Due to off-court reasons and also a reported request to play on the perimeter more often, the former UCLA Bruin headed to Serbia to play pro ball last season. In his 25 games, he showed a little bit of everything, averaging 12.9 points, 7.2 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.8 treys in 27.7 minutes per game. On top of those eye-popping numbers, Bolden reportedly has a 7’3" wingspan on his 6’10" frame, so he has the talent part covered. The Sixers just keep adding pieces and Bolden gets a slight boost because he actually has some professional experience on his resume'. But that doesn't necessarily mean you'll want to draft him on your fantasy team.
Jun 22 - 11:17 PM

The trade that sent D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Nets has been finalized by the NBA.

Brook Lopez is officially a member of the Lakers and there were no surprises during player physicals, so it's a done deal. Lopez should play a huge role in L.A.'s offense, while Russell has one of the more exciting outlooks with his responsibilities and playing time expected to spike in Brooklyn.
Jun 22 - 11:13 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies have selected Cal F Ivan Rabb with the No. 35 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

This was originally Orlando's pick, but it was sent to the Grizzlies in exchange for a future second-round selection. Rabb has been a little banged up during pre-draft workouts from an ankle sprain suffered while working out with the Pacers. The injury limited him to mostly shooting in the pre-draft process, and he previously said he wound up missing about six workouts, which could be a reason why he slid into the second round. Rabb is more of a straight four man with his 6’10" height and 7’2" wingspan, but he could wind up getting some spot minutes at the five. Rabb did also have 60.9 percent of his shots come off a jumper, so he does have upside as a potential floor spacer.
Jun 22 - 11:13 PM

With the No. 34 pick in the draft, the Kings took Kansas PG Frank Mason.

Sacramento cleaned up in the first round and they kept rolling with the 5'11" Mason, who played four years in college. He averaged 20.9 points, 5.2 dimes, 4.2 boards, 1.3 steals and 2.3 treys in his final NCAA campaign, and at worst he gives Sacramento some backcourt insurance. He looked outstanding at the NBA Draft Combine, highlighted by his 41-inch vertical, and will be someone to watch during Summer League.
Jun 22 - 11:10 PM

The Magic selected Wesley Iwundu with the 33rd pick in the NBA draft.

The 6’7" wing had his best campaign in his senior year at Kansas State, averaging 13.0 points, 6.3 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.9 treys on 48.1 percent from the field and 76.7 percent from the line. Iwundu also has an ideal wingspan at 7’1", but he’ll definitely need to hit the gym to add muscle to his 193-pound frame. Still, he was able to get into the paint and convert as part of a well-rounded arsenal. The Magic have a new front office, so they may give him a longer look over guys from the old regime.
Jun 22 - 11:07 PM

The Suns selected Miama guard Davon Reed with the No. 32 pick.

A 6’6" wing out of Miami, Reed averaged 14.9 points, 4.8 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.4 triples on 43.3 percent shooting as a senior. Reed was projected to be a late second-round pick, but his age was likely a factor. He boasts a 7'0" wingspan and projects to be a 3-and-D player at the NBA level -- he shot 39.7 percent from deep and made the All-ACC Defensive Team. With the Suns rebuilding, Reed could see some minutes off the bench behind Devin Booker and T.J. Warren during his rookie season.
Jun 22 - 11:02 PM

The Pelicans acquired the 31st pick from Charlotte and took guard Frank Jackson out of Duke with the pick.

Jackson will replace Tim Frazier for the Pelicans and the Duke guard needed surgery on his right foot for a stress reaction in May, which he was playing through last season. He competed in the NBA Combine and lit it up with a 42-inch max vert and was effective in the first game. Jackson didn’t exactly light it up at Duke with 10.9 points, 2.5 boards, 2.7 assists, 0.6 blocks and 1.4 treys in 24.9 minutes per game, so he’ll have to work on his facilitating. He's a combo guard, but like most second-round picks, shouldn't make an impact this season.
Jun 22 - 10:56 PM

With the 30th and final first-round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers have selected SG Josh Hart.

The Lakers acquired the 30th and 42nd picks from Utah in exchange for No. 28 overall. Villanova’s run to the title in 2016 headlines Hart’s career. While the senior didn’t get a title in 2017, he performed well regarding his stats with 18.7 points, 6.4 boards, 2.9 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.1 treys on an impressive 61.9 true shooting percentage to get him First Team All-American Honors. He is a little undersized as a shooting guard at 6’6" and 204 pounds, but don’t be surprised to see Hart push for minutes in a currently thin Lakers backcourt.
Jun 22 - 10:48 PM



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