Welcome to the inaugural Mill City Sports NBA Draft Live Blog. As was the case with our MLB Draft Live Blog last month, we’ll be providing you with all the latest updates, including every pick as it happens, analysis as necessary, and of course any breaking news regarding trade chatter as the night unfolds. So if you can’t be glued to the TV, this is the place to be. Be sure to keep checking back in as the night unfolds, and follow us on Twitter at @MCS_BBall to be sure not to miss any updates.
The NBA trade market has already been stirred up with three moves in the past 24 hours. Today, the Orlando Magic traded guard Arron Afflalo to the Denver Nuggets in return for guard Evan Fournier and the No. 56 overall pick in tonight’s draft.
Last night, the Houston Rockets traded estranged center Omer Asik to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for a future lottery-protected first round pick, while the Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks made a multiplayer trade that sends center Tyson Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton to Dallas in exchange for a bevy of players and the Nos. 34 and 51 picks in tonight’s draft.
These deals may only be an afterthought in a few hours though if any of the rumored blockbuster deals come through. Here’s a brief synopsis of some of the leading story lines heading into tonight:
- Will Minnesota star power forward Kevin Love be moved, and where?
- If the Boston Celtics don’t end up with a superstar a la Love via trade, will they trade star point guard Rajon Rondo?
- Will the Cleveland Cavaliers, winners of three of the past four draft lotteries (2011, 2013, 2014), keep the number one overall pick? The most recent report fromcent report from Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski is that, barring an eleventh hour deal, the Cavs will keep the pick.
- Who goes number one? The leading candidates are former Kansas Jayhawks small forward Andrew Wiggins and former Duke Blue Devil power forward Jabari Parker. Wiggins’ teammate Joel Embiid – the stud 7-foot center who was a near lock to go No. 1 overall himself – just had foot surgery last week.
- Speaking of Embiid, how far will he drop?
- Two teams have multiple draft choices in the lottery: Orlando (Nos. 3 and 10) and Philly (Nos. 4 and 12). The Phoenix Suns have the most first round choices with three overall (Nos. 14, 18, and 27).
That’s all for now. Everything kicks off on ESPN at 7:30, with the NBA pre-draft show starting at 7. Stay tuned!