The No. 1 and No. 2 picks in the NBA Draft may be as good as settled.
According to ESPN, the Kings have set their sights on Duke’s Marvin Bagley III with the No. 2 pick in the draft.
According to USA Today, the Kings fell in love with Bagley’s athleticism and size.
Most pundits are saying the Suns will take Arizona’s Deandre Ayton No. 1 overall, and if these reports hold true, the top two picks appear to be set.
Where the draft will now hinge is on the No. 3 pick. Many reports have come out in the last few days saying multiple teams are looking to trade up to No. 3 to acquire Real Madrid’s Luka Doncic.
The Bulls and Trail Blazers agreed to a draft-day trade in this one, with the Blazers sending Thomas and defensive-minded small forward Viktor Khryapa to the Bulls for Aldridge and a future second-rounder. Thomas played 3.5 seasons with the Bulls, mixing flashes of brilliance with maddening inconsistency and poor habits on and off the court. Aldridge had a great 10-season run with the Blazers even though he left for San Antonio in 2015.
The 2005 draft was pretty terrible, so maybe it could be said the Magic didn’t waste any money on this spot. But there were at least some talents who were eager play in the NBA. The Magic believed Vazquez was one of them when they drafted him, but he seems to be interested in leaving Spain only to play in big competitions with the national team.
It was strange enough that 11 teams — OK, one of them took Patrick Ewing and another got Chris Mullin — passed on Malone. But when that gift dropped onto Washington’s table it still ignored him and chose Green, a nice player at Wake Forest but not a team-changer. He was only 6-7 and not an outside shooter. Malone was an overpowering player in college and looked every bit the prototype power forward he became. Missing that opportunity made this the worst choice at 12 even though Alek Radojevic was chosen in this spot in 1999 and never played in the NBA.