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Today on KSR: The Morning After the NBA Draft

An NBA Draft unlike any other, instead of walking across a stage, players heard their names called from home. It produced an unexpected result. Typically swag rules the day. This November NBA Draft was overpowered by emotions. Tears flooded the screens across the country as players fulfilled their dreams next to their families during a tumultuous time in our country. The unfiltered, joyful reactions were just what the doctor prescribed.

It was different for more than one reason.

Calipari’s Lottery Streak is Snapped

It wasn’t as long as Kentucky’s three-point streak, but John Calipari’s NBA Lottery Streak felt like it lasted an eternity. This was the first time a Calipari player did not hear his name called in the first 14 picks of the NBA Draft since he became Kentucky’s head coach a decade ago.

Tyrese Maxey was the first Wildcat selected, taken No. 21 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. He held back the tears until he was asked about how another former Wildcat, Rajon Rondo, prepared him for this moment.

Pat Riley, Really?

One of Rupp’s Runts has not been shy about his affinity for John Calipari-coached players. Thanks to contributions from Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro, the Miami Heat were just two wins away from winning the 2020 NBA Finals. Riley had a chance to add another Wildcat at No. 20 overall. After losing Goran Dragic, Maxey could have been the guy to fill that void. Instead, Riley chose Precious Achiuwa. Three may be a crowd, but I really wish we could have seen Maxey team up with two Cats in Miami.

Thanks, KP

Coach Cal’s lottery streak ended, but his streak of two players picked in the first round remains alive thanks to the New York Knicks. New assistant coach Kenny Payne convinced Leon Rose to make a money move, trading up to take Immanuel Quickley at No. 25 overall. Shortly after the sharpshooter officially joined forces with Kevin Knox and Obi Toppin, Calipari went on ESPN to brag about his guys.

A UK Reunion in Charlotte

They’re partying like it’s 2019 in North Carolina’s Queen City. P.J. Washington will reunite with his former center, Nick Richards, after the big Jamaican was taken by the Pelicans with the 42nd overall and traded to the Hornets. Richards had no words when Coach Cal called to congratulate him.


Every Single NBA Draft Pick 

First Round

1. Timberwolves draft Anthony Edwards
2. Warriors draft James Wiseman
3. Hornets draft LaMelo Ball
4. Bulls draft Patrick Williams
5. Cavaliers draft Isaac Okoro
6. Hawks draft Onyeka Okongwu
7. Pistons draft Killian Hayes
8. Knicks draft Obi Toppin
9. Wizards draft Deni Avdija
10. Suns draft Jalen Smith
11. Spurs draft Devin Vassell
12. Kings draft Tyrese Haliburton
13. Pelicans draft Kira Lewis Jr.
14. Celtics draft Aaron Nesmith
15. Magic draft Cole Anthony
16. Trail Blazers draft Isaiah Stewart >> reportedly traded to the Pistons, after first being dealt to the Rockets
17. Timberwolves draft Aleksej Pokusevski >> reportedly traded to the Thunder
18. Mavericks draft Josh Green
19. Nets draft Saddiq Bey >> reportedly traded to the Pistons, after first being dealt to the Clippers
20. Heat draft Precious Achiuwa
21. 76ers draft Tyrese Maxey
22. Nuggets draft Zeke Nnaji
23. Knicks draft Leandro Bolmaro >> reportedly traded to the Timberwolves
24. Bucks draft RJ Hampton >> reportedly traded to the Nuggets, after first being dealt to the Pelicans
25. Thunder draft Immanuel Quickley >> reportedly traded to the Knicks, after first being dealt to the Timberwolves
26. Celtics draft Payton Pritchard
27. Jazz draft Udoka Azubuike
28. Lakers draft Jaden McDaniels >> reportedly traded to the Timberwolves, after first being dealt to the Thunder
29. Raptors draft Malachi Flynn
30. Celtics draft Desmond Bane >> reportedly traded to the Grizzlies

Second Round

31. Mavericks draft Tyrell Terry
32. Hornets draft Vernon Carey
33. Timberwolves draft Daniel Oturu >> reportedly traded to the Clippers, after first being dealt to the Knicks
34. 76ers draft Theo Maledon >> reportedly traded to the Thunder
35. Kings draft Xavier Tillman Sr >> reportedly traded to the Grizzlies
36. 76ers draft Tyler Bey >> officially traded to the Mavericks
37. Wizards draft Vit Krejci >> reportedly traded to the Thunder
38. Jazz draft Saben Lee >> reportedly traded to the Pistons
39. Pelicans draft Elijah Hughes >> reportedly traded to the Jazz
40. Grizzlies draft Robert Woodard >> reportedly traded to the Kings
41. Spurs draft Tre Jones
42. Pelicans draft Nick Richards >> officially traded to the Hornets
43. Kings draft Jahmi’us Ramsey
44. Bulls draft Marko Simonovic
45. Bucks draft Jordan Nwora
46. Trail Blazers draft CJ Elleby
47. Celtics draft Yam Madar
48. Warriors draft Nico Mannion
49. 76ers draft Isaiah Joe
50. Hawks draft Skylar Mays
51. Warriors draft Justinian Jessup
52. Kings draft Kenyon Martin Jr >> reportedly traded to the Rockets
53. Thunder draft Cassius Winston >> reportedly traded to the Wizards
54. Pacers draft Cassius Stanley
55. Nets draft Jay Scrubb >> reportedly traded to the Clippers
56. Hornets draft Grant Riller
57. Clippers draft Reggie Perry >> reportedly traded to the Nets
58. 76ers draft Paul Reed
59. Raptors draft Jalen Harris
60. Pelicans draft Sam Merrill >> reportedly traded to the Bucks

Three Free Agent Signings 

Ashton Hagans, Nate Sestina and E.J. Montgomery did not hear their names called Wednesday night but each player will still get a shot to make an NBA roster. Hagans will team up with Karl-Anthony Towns in Minnesota, Sestina signed an Exhibit-10 contract with the Brooklyn Nets and Montgomery revealed that he’s heading Milwaukee to compete with Louisville’s Jordan Nwora for a roster spot.

Thursday Night Football 

Governor Andy Beshear announced Wednesday that all restaurants will be closed to in-person dining from Friday evening until at least Dec. 14. Tonight will be your last chance to take advantage of KSBar and Grille’s NFL gameday drink specials — $10 domestic buckets, $16 Country Boy buckets and $3 wells — and support a local institution while watching a fantastic football game. The duel between the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks pits two of the three teams tied atop the NFC West against one another. It should be a doozy. Come join us for the 8:20 pm ET kickoff.

Hear from Mark Stoops 

Kentucky’s head football coach will speak one more time Thursday evening before the Wildcats travel to Alabama to take on the top-ranked Crimson Tide. Last night Quinton Bohanna told us the Wildcats aren’t scared. In fact, he’s tired of hearing all the Alabama talk.

“All week we’re hearing, ‘it’s Bama.’ I think when you gotta go against Quinton Bohanna and Josh Paschal and Phil Hoskins, those are three hell of a players too,” said the UK senior nose guard. “I’m kind of tired of hearing they’re good players. Of course they’re good players, but shit, excuse my language, but we have good players too.”

You can see more of what Bohanna had to say here and hear what his teammate, linebacker Marquez Bembry, had to say about the game below.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

6 Comments for Today on KSR: The Morning After the NBA Draft

  1. UKinIN
    9:17 am November 19, 2020 Permalink

    Shooting guards are a dime a dozen unless they end up being one of the greats. Incredibly risky taking Edwards no. 1 overall.

  2. JT55
    9:18 am November 19, 2020 Permalink

    We have one of the worst governors in the country.

  3. millertim
    11:12 am November 19, 2020 Permalink

    Yet another class of undrafted underclassmen from UK that foolishly left early… does Cal agree with them and encourage them to leave early? Surely he sees the draft charts and hears from pro scouts that these guys aren’t getting drafted. Why not bring them back? How many players that Cal recruited have stayed for their senior year???? We need experienced upperclassmen to win a national championship— Virginia, Villanova (2), North Carolina, Connecticut (@), etc…

  4. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    4:46 pm November 19, 2020 Permalink

    The all look sharp, but in order, clockwise from left: 2, 1 (very businesslike), 3 (I can’t tell where Tyrese’s suit starts or ends…haha). 2 and 1 was very close.

    BTW, is the sansabelt look from the 70s back in? I saw a guy in a suit today with no belt, but the 70s sansabelt slacks had no belt loops. His did.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      4:46 pm November 19, 2020 Permalink

      They all…