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Nuggets make Michael Porter Jr. last pick in lottery
The Denver Nuggets chose Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. with the 14th overall pick of the NBA draft.
Porter Jr. needed back surgery before last season and was limited to only three games in college, leading to his slide after some mocks had him as high as a top-two selection. According to Jonathan Givony of ESPN.com.. the soon-to-be 20-year-old could even need to take a redshirt season. However, the upside is there, as Porter Jr. is massive on the wing, checking in at 6’10" with a 7-foot wingspan. It could prove to be a pretty valuable consolation prize for a Nuggets team that was the last to be eliminated from playoff contention last season.
Porter played a total of 53 minutes in three games at Missouri.
Hornets move back a pick, snag Miles Bridges with 12th pick
The Charlotte Hornets chose Michigan State forward Miles Bridges with the 12th pick of the 2018 NBA Draft.
The Hornets traded the 11th pick to the Los Angeles Clippers to acquire the 12th pick and a pair of second-rounders. Bridges was a second-team All-American during his sophomore season and is a strong defender with 6'7" length and a 6'10" wingspan.
Bridges averaged 17.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.1 3-pointers, and 0.8 blocks in 31.4 minutes per game on 45.7 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from beyond the arc as a sophomore.
Clippers select Jerome Robinson with the 13th pick of the 2018 NBA Draft
Boston College guard Jerome Robinson has been selected thirteenth by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2018 NBA Draft.
One of the few upperclassmen to be taken in the lottery this year, Robinson averaged a robust 20.7 points as a junior for the Eagles in the 2017-18 season.
Robinson averaged a career-best 40.9% from three last year.
76ers select Mikal Bridges at 10th overall
The Philadelphia 76ers selected Villanova wing Mikal Bridges with the 10th pick of the NBA Draft.
According to ESPN, 76ers head coach has had his eye on Bridges for a while. The turning 22-year-old helped Villanova bring home the hardware during his third year at school and is someone who can make his shot from the wing and contribute on defense.
Bridges averaged 17.7 points, 5.3 boards, 1.9 assists, 1.5 steals, 2.3 3-pointers, and 1.1 blocks in 32.1 minutes per game on 51.4 percent from the field and 43.5 percent from deep.
Charlotte Hornets select Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with the 11th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft
Kentucky Wildcats guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been selected eleventh by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2018 NBA Draft.
The 6'6" Gilgeous-Alexander likely won't start right away. However, there has been trade interest in Kemba Walker, according to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com. If that were to happen, then the rookie's minutes would likely get a big boost.
Gilgeous-Alexander averaged a well-rounded 14.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 5.1 assists in his freshman season.
Grizzlies go with Jaren Jackson Jr. at 4th overall
The Memphis Grizzlies drafted Michigan State center Jaren Jackson Jr. with the 4th pick in the 2018 NBA draft.
After initially giving the Grizzlies the cold shoulder, Jackson reportedly warmed to the idea of playing in Memphis. He grew almost six whole inches during his sophomore year in high school and measured in at 6’10" with a 7’5" wingspan at the combine. The talented center has both range and shot-blocking ability, giving him an ideal skill-set for today's game, albeit in a crowded Grizzlies' frontcourt.
Jackson averaged 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, and 2.3 3-pointers in 21.8 minutes per game on 51.3 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from distance.
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