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UPDATE: Hamidou Diallo drafted 45th by Brooklyn, traded to Charlotte, traded again to OKC

For a minute, it looked like Hamidou Diallo was going home. Diallo was drafted 45th by the Brooklyn Nets, but was quickly traded to the Charlotte Hornets, where he will join former teammate Malik Monk.

Diallo arrived at Kentucky halfway through the 2016-17 season but redshirted. That summer, he tested the waters of the NBA Draft and, despite first-round interest, returned to Kentucky for another year. Diallo averaged 10.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game while starting all 37 games. He finally broke through in the postseason with a 22-point, eight-rebound performance against Buffalo in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

While he struggled at times at Kentucky, Diallo’s athleticism is unquestionable. At the 2017 NBA Draft Combine, he posted a 44.5″ vertical, the second highest in the history of the event. Although his numbers were down at the combine this year, he’s considered one of the best athletes in the draft.

John Calipari posted this pre-recorded video congratulating Hami on achieving his dream:

It wasn’t the easiest season for Hami, but he filmed this thank you message to Kentucky fans before the draft:


Diallo has been traded AGAIN, this time to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Charlotte had Malik Monk and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, so fans were obviously excited to see Diallo join the party. That being said, OKC is a much better situation for the former Wildcat with an opportunity for early playing time.

Congrats, Hami. We’re rooting for you.


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10 Comments for UPDATE: Hamidou Diallo drafted 45th by Brooklyn, traded to Charlotte, traded again to OKC

  1. Matty Arbuckle
    11:38 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

    Y’all must’ve missed that Vanderbilt went as the 41st pick (for spots ahead of Hami) since there is no post about it yet.

  2. 4everUKblue
    11:46 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

    Good luck Hami!

  3. damage_control
    11:49 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

    Picking for your own team was so 2017

  4. Ridge Runner
    12:22 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

    I have my doubts about Hami and the NBA but prove me wrong young fella.

  5. UKWildcatNation
    1:04 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

    The NBA suits Hami’s game MUCH more than college. Now I’m not saying that he’s going to be great right away (he still needs a lot of work on shooting consistency, b-ball IQ, etc.) but the spacing and the fast pace of the league will help him develop

    • kjd
      5:56 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

      What you’re saying basically is he’s athletic. He may become a basketball player.

  6. Rabbi Li
    7:01 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

    If Malik Monk has trouble finding a basketball court in his first year in the NBA then Hamidou Diallo will have trouble finding the gym.

    This is not hard to figure out.

    He’s got a long way to go so he better stay incessantly focused for the next 5 years.

  7. Bourbon and Blue
    7:42 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

    Well if there is anyone in the league that Diallo needs to learn from, it’s Westbrook. Both incredibly athletic, and neither were known as shooters entering the league.