With the NBA’s marquee offseason event fast approaching, teams are clamoring away, vigorously studying each bit of game tape they can get their hands on. Realizing that in the end you can only learn so much from a player’s collegiate achievements, though, frantic GMs are reviewing every interview, every measurement and every prediction that has ever been publicized about their prospects.
Although early on it was suggested that this draft would not be particularly entertaining because of the lack of quality talent available, things have already gotten interesting at the top. Kyrie Irving, in a matter of days, somehow went from the Cleveland Cavaliers’ desired No. 1 overall pick, to someone that could fall as low as the No. 4 pick, back to the top spot for seemingly no reason other than to bluff out other teams.
The Timberwolves -- led by the illustrious David Kahn -- made headlines of their own when news of a potential deal with the Los Angeles Lakers leaked to the press. This deal supposedly involved a Pau Gasol-for-Kevin Love plus the No. 2 overall pick swap (this is the least of the Lakers’ worries, though).
While no agreements have officially been made as of yet, here is how the first 10 picks of the draft are shaping up at this very moment:
- Cleveland Cavaliers – Kyrie Irving, Duke PG
- Minnesota Timberwolves – Derrick Williams, Arizona F
- Utah Jazz – Brandon Knight, Kentucky PG
- Cleveland Cavaliers – Enes Kanter, Kentucky C/F
- Toronto Raptors – Kemba Walker, UConn PG
- Washington Wizards – Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania C/F
- Sacramento Kings – Jimmer Fredette, BYU G
- Detroit Pistons – Jan Vesely, Serbia F
- Charlotte Bobcats – Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State SF
- Milwaukee Bucks – Marcus Morris, Kansas PF