"The Stack" 6-23-17
The Stack is back on this Friday and we really only have to talk about the NBA Draft. What a blockbuster trade that happened that stole the show during the NBA Draft. Before that though, some NFL news first. Oakland Raiders (for now) quarterback Derek Carr is now the richest QB in NFL history, agreeing to a five-year $125 million deal. Carr has proved his worth, but is he really worth $125 million? To the Raiders he is. Elsewhere in the AFC West, the Kansas City Chiefs extended head coach Andy Reid’s contract and then fired GM John Dorsey. Interesting move so late in the season. Not sure if it’s the best move for the Chiefs. Now, let’s get right to it and see what’s in “the stack” for today, Friday, June 23rd:
NBA Draft recap
Last night went #AsExpected for the most part at least in the top ten. There were trades between Portland and Sacramento and Utah and Denver made a trade and there may have been another minor trade or two added into the mix as well. Then you have the mega trade which stole the show. It involved Jimmy Butler who we thought may move prior to the draft to ma team like the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Chicago Bulls though didn’t trade Butler to the Cavaliers. Instead they traded Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves reuniting Butler with former head coach Tom Thibodeau. The Bulls also exchanged first round picks with the Timberwolves so the Bulls picked seventh and the Timberwolves picked sixteenth. The Bulls used that pick to take Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen and the Timberwolves used the sixteenth pick to take Creighton center Justin Patton. The Bulls also got Zach Lavine and Kris Dunn from the Timberwolves. Those are two young players, but Lavine is coming off of a knee injury and Dunn was disappointing as a rookie. This was a blockbuster move by the Timberwolves. Butler joins KAT and Andrew Wiggins. This is a team that should make significant progress next year and should be a playoff team. The Bulls appear to be in rebuilding mode. Again, it was a stunning trade last night and basketball people really seem to love the move by the Timberwolves.
As for the guys who were drafted, Fultz went one to the 76ers, Ball went two to the Lakers and then the first semi-surprise came when Boston took Jayson Tatum. A lot of people had Josh Jackson at three (he went four to Phoenix). De’Aaron Fox went five to Sacramento. Jonathan Isaac went six to Florida State, that French point guard Frank Ntilikina who most have never heard of, the Mavericks took Dennis Smith and Zach Collins went ten to Portland. If you’re keeping track, I had six picks exactly correct and nine of the ten players who went in the top ten. I’ll take that.
Let’s circle back to the Sacramento Kings though. They have been a much maligned franchise and the definition of dysfunction for years. That may have changed last night. In addition to Fox at five, the Kings also got Frank Mason from Kansas at pick 34. The trade they had with the Portland Trailblazers gave the Kings picks 15 and 20 which the Kings turned into Justin Jackson and Harry Giles. Giles if healthy is a good pick and I am a big fan of Jackson. Mason is a tough player and Fox may have the most upside in the draft. The western conference is tough no question about it, but the Kings’ haul gives you the feeling that we will be seeing the Kings in the playoffs sooner than later. Utah had a decent draft and there were a few other teams as well, but the Kings were the clear winners of the draft in my opinion. To the minds of some, the Bulls were the losers of draft night after that trade.
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