Bean: Winners and Losers from the NBA Draft
BEAN: WINNERS AND LOSERS FROM THE NBA DRAFT
The 2018 NBA draft started off predictable; then the Hawks did something stupid and the fun never stopped from there. Here are the winners and losers from Thursday's draft:
WINNER: ADRIAN WOJNAROWSKI; LOSER: ESPN'S RULES
Word emerged this week that, after being told to do so from the NBA, ESPN forbid their lead basketball reporter from tipping picks on Twitter before they were announced. So, after years of doing so, Wojnarowski didn't tweet the picks. He just tweeted what the team on the clock intended to do with the pick at the exact time he would have normally tweeted the pick.
Among them: "Memphis is locked in on selecting Jaren Jackson Jr., league sources tell ESPN," "Source: Cleveland prefers Collin Sexton with the No. 8 pick," "Phoenix is determined to select Zhaire Smith with 16."
Last year, the Celtics preferred Jayson Tatum to Markelle Fultz, so they traded down two spots to get the guy they wanted and picked up a protected first-round pick in the process. The Hawks found themselves in a similar situation this year and did the same thing, passing on keeping Luka Doncic and coming away with Trae Young and Dallas' top-five-protected 2019 first-rounder. Here's the thing, though: The Celtics had some credibility when they made their move and they came away with the player widely considered to be the best offensive player in the draft. The Hawks trusted their instincts and passed on a potential franchise player so they could get a very polarizing prospect. SI had Doncic, as many did, as the No. 2 prospect in the draft. They had Young as the eighth-best prospect. Maybe the Hawks shouldn't have trusted their instincts.
WINNER: TWO-HANDED DUNKS
Robert Williams III and Gordon Hayward on the same team? There's gonna be more dunks in Boston next year and I ain't talking about a donut store! LOL
LOSER: MICHAEL PORTER JR.
Porter went from being the projected first overall pick to being on the Nuggets. Also, the Nuggets for having a logo that looks like the Sabres' logo. A good rule of thumb is to not do something that will make you similar in any way to the Sabres.
WINNER: MY EYES
Because I got to see Marvin Bagley's suit and Lonnie Walker IV's entire look.
LOSER: JOEL EMBIID'S OVERRATED TWITTER GAME
The 76ers star center is one of the best players to watch. To follow on Twitter? Eh. Embiid's tweets -- and this is a case of it taking one to know one -- are just a lot of kind of lame jokes that get celebrated because he's Joel Embiid. He calls Aron Baynes "man bun?" Hilarious.
Thursday, he tweeted "keep my name out of this lol" after Michael Porter's injury history was compared to his. After that, he tweeted that he's better than DeAndre Ayton because he plays defense. Cool, man.
WINNER: THE NETS
It's over. It's mercifully over. You can use your own pick in the first round again.
The Cavaliers made the final selection of the infamous Paul Pierce trade when they took Collin Sexton eighth overall. All in all, the Celtics turned the four first-round picks they recieved in the 2013 trade into James Young, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Kyrie Irving.
LOSER: MIKAL BRIDGES' MOM?
Pardon the phrasing; we are absolutely not calling her a "loser." She was, however, the victim of some very cruel dealing. Tyneeha Rivers has a big-time job in HR and works with the 76ers, who drafted Bridges 10th overall. After the pick, Bridges said his mother was crying tears of joy because her son was staying in Philly. Then the Sixers traded him for Zhaire Smith.
WINNER: BOSTON COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Jerome Robinson became the first ever lottery pick out of Boston College when the Clippers took him 13th overall. The lottery was implemented in 1985, three years after John Bagley went 12th overall to the Cavaliers.
LOSER: ANFERNEE SIMONS
At one point, per Wojnarowski's phrasing, the Trail Blazers had a damn laser pointed at him. Fortunately, nobody was hurt.
WINNER: THE GIF OF DOCTOR EVIL SAYING 'LASERS'
As you can imagine, a lot of people used it.