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Today on KSR: NBA Draft Fallout

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It was a late night, so let’s get right into the meat and potatoes, shall we?

So. Many. Trades.

Kentucky fans have been goose-necked in a few NBA Drafts, most memorably with Nerlens Noel in 2013, but last night’s trades were unprecedented for the Big Blue Nation.  There were as many Kentucky Wildcats traded as there were Kentucky draft picks.

Kevin Knox was the only player to stay on the team that originally drafted, remaining with the New York Knicks.  Shai was shipped from Charlotte to the Clippers, Jarred Vanderbilt flipped from Orlando to Denver and Hamidou Diallo went from his hometown of Brooklyn, to Charlotte than Oklahoma City.

Knick Fans are Idiots

When Knox’s name was called, the stands were filled with boos.

He didn’t let the world’s worst fans get to him.  “They booed Porzingis [on draft night] and look where he is now. That’s the same mindset I’m going to have,” Knox said. “They can chant Michael Porter all they want. But they got Kevin Knox, and I’m willing to work and I’m willing to get better.”

Waiting on Wenyen

Kentucky’s “three and D” specialist did not hear his name called during last night’s draft.  Gabriel will sign with an NBA team as a free agent, it’s just a matter of who and when.  We’ll let you know as soon as the news breaks.

Coach Cal Extends a Record-Setting Streak

Kevin Knox’s selection at ninth overall gave John Calipari another Top Ten pick.  He’s coached at least one Top Ten picking each of the last 11 years.  It’s an unprecedented streak, the longest of common draft era (1966) according to ESPN.

Caption THIS:

The Greatest Fall Fail

Michael Porter Jr. was arguably the No. 1 overall pick when he signed with Missouri.  One year later he almost fell out of the lottery.  Health concerns scared away every team until Denver made the move with the 14th overall selection.

Porter Jr. wasn’t the Draft’s biggest loser.  That title belongs to the Philadelphia 76ers.  The Process Trusting heroes of yesteryear left the Barclays Center looking like a bunch of jerks.  With the tenth selection, they picked Mikal Bridges, the “3 and D” wing who grew up in Philly, won a National Championship at Villanova and is the son of a Sixers’ staffer.  It was the feel-good story of the night, until they traded Bridges about an hour later to the Suns.

Not only were the Sixers’ jerks, the move makes absolutely no sense.  Philly desperately needs shooters, a role Bridges could easily fill.  Instead they got Zhaire Smith, another athlete who doesn’t have outside range.  They must trust LeBron will ultimately call Philly his new home.

Woj Wins Draft Night

Rules is Rules, but Adrian Wojnarowski found a loophole.  The NBA’s scoop-machine was specifically forbidden by ESPN from tipping picks before they were made on stage.  Instead of breaking the news, he used his thesaurus as a way around the rule.  The best synonyms from last night:

  • “Zeroed in on”
  • “Fixated on”
  • “Unlikely to resist”
  • “Enamored with”
  • “No plans to pass on”
  • “Tantalized”
  • “Has a laser on”

Grayson Allen to the Jazz

“Grayson Allen to Utah” is the least surprising selection of the draft.  It just makes sense.  It also gives us the opportunity to relive that time Donovan Mitchell smacked him in the face.

Click here to see where every single player was picked in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Draft Night Podcast

Aaron Torres and Nick Coffey burned the midnight oil to bring you an NBA Draft Night Special of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast.  They break down the best of the best from the first round, but timing wasn’t on their side.  As Aaron uploaded the podcast for me to edit, Jarred Vanderbilt was selected.  You can’t hear about every single Wildcat, but you can start your day with analysis of the best of the best from the 2018 NBA Draft.

Don’t Get Mad

Because plenty of people did when they read this Tweet from Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel:

Thanks, Lonnie

For all of those men who have to wear hats to cover up their bad hair, Lonnie Walker shamed us by having hair so great, it couldn’t be contained by a hat.  Jerk.

@tweetAJNK

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

18 Comments for Today on KSR: NBA Draft Fallout



  1. playmorezeppelin
    9:33 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

    That kid and his dad both look like stereotypical new york dbags. Knicks fans apparently don’t watch basketball. They just show up to draft night so they can boo an 18 year old.



  2. jpbky2
    9:44 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

    Hey Spike, Reggie Miller is coming out of retirement.



  3. runningunnin.454
    9:47 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

    N.Y. has more a$$holes per capita than anyplace in the U.S.
    Cal has to face more parity in his sport…that’s apples and oranges
    Adam Silver and Lonnie Walker, lol …have and have-not.



  4. Mathlete
    9:47 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

    I’m convinced some Knicks fans will boo everything their team does regardless of whether it’s good or bad. They wear the gear and watch the games out of a love of complaining about how awful the Knicks are instead of loving the team.

    Now that I’m writing this, I’m realizing that statement also describes certain members of another fan base I know of…



    • CatManDo
      10:29 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

      The NY Knicks is the most overrated of all sports franchises. They haven’t won a title in 45 years and have been mostly irrelevant since then. Yet some people include them with the Lakers and Celtics when mentioning most important NBA teams. Plus MSG is referred to as the mecca of basketball. Does mecca stand for losing?



    • JTHinton
      1:48 pm June 22, 2018 Permalink

      Not sure why Staples center or TD Garden aren’t regarded in the same light as MSG..



    • 4everUKblue
      6:13 pm June 22, 2018 Permalink

      Nailed that one Mathlete!

  5. “Spike, you’re like 80 and you’re STILL dressing like that!”



  6. The Professor
    11:49 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

    Saban had all his draft picks for at least 3 years. Think of what Cal could have done with his guys for 3 years!



    • mashburnfan1
      1:17 pm June 22, 2018 Permalink

      The guys Cal has 3 years are considered failures, is why they usually leave at that time or before. Bricksoe, SKJ, Gabriel, POY, Lee to name a few. Cal goes after the guys that he thinks are already NBA ready, at least athletic wise. He developed none of them in 8 months and anyone who thinks otherwise is stupid. If it was all cause of Cal how can you explain all the guys that dropped a ton from High School to time with Cal, some multiple years with Cal. Article talks about Porter falling, what about Vando? He was a lottery pick and fell to middle of 2nd round yet played way more than Porter. I think Porter only played 3 games, may be wrong on that, but I know Vando played tons more. Diallo can’t do anything but jump and he had 1.5 years with Cal. And dUKe has 6 straight years with a top 3 pick, we can’t say that. That was not because Coach Kreujbwuyvdbjehlfvdhbvftarwhski is great at developing them, is because he started recruiting the most NBA ready guys about 6 years ago.



    • Carcrook
      11:21 am June 23, 2018 Permalink

      Okafor sure was ready! Lmao
      At least, Cal does coach defense and develope players on that side of the ball, more than, Coach K!



    • Carcrook
      11:23 am June 23, 2018 Permalink

      Not to mention the “BEAST” Ingram has shown, thus far!



    • 4everUKblue
      6:14 pm June 22, 2018 Permalink

      mashburnfan you’re an idiot!