NBA Draft 2022: Winners and losers from the Pac-12, plus a concerning trend for the conference
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by Jon Wilner
7M ago
The Pac-12 dodged a dash of ignominy Thursday evening in the NBA Draft, but it couldn’t escape a trend. The conference produced three first-round selections, albeit barely: UCLA wing Peyton Watson was the final pick (by Denver via Oklahoma City) and joined Arizona’s Bennedict Mathurin and Dalen Terry to form the trio of top-30 selections. With that, the Pac-12 avoided tying its expansion-era low of two first-round picks. But the news of three first-rounders isn’t cause for celebration in a 12-school conference that used to generate four or five on a regular basis. In that regard, there’s an un ..read more
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How do moves elsewhere on NBA Draft night impact the Warriors?
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by Alex Simon
7M ago
The Warriors only got a few days to bask in their fourth championship in eight years before the rest of the NBA got to officially start working on knocking them off the mountaintop. And while the Warriors’ night wasn’t the quietest among potential challengers in the Western Conference, some of them clearly made moves with an eye toward dethroning the champs. Golden State used its first round pick at No. 28 overall on Wisconsin-Milwaukee forward Patrick Baldwin Jr., a versatile 6-foot-9 wing who’s just 19 years old. While he battled injuries in his lone collegiate year, he was one of the top re ..read more
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Warriors live updates: Dubs’ title defense starts with NBA Draft
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by Alex Simon
7M ago
To view the live updates on your mobile device, click here. 2022 NBA DRAFT TIME: 5 p.m. TV: ABC/ESPN/ESPN+. WARRIORS PICKS: 28, 51, 55. Are you recovered from your parade hangover yet? It’s okay if you aren’t — heck, even some of the Warriors players are enjoying the start to their summer and may be trying to keep the party going. But while those around Golden State still may want to keep basking in their fourth championship in eight years and Stephen Curry’s first Finals MVP, the rest of the NBA is thirsting to move on and get next year started. And on Thursday night, that’s exactly what they ..read more
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Warriors’ top pick Jonathan Kuminga wants to make the Congo proud
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by Wes Goldberg
1y ago
Growing up in the Congo, Jonathan Kuminga’s only access to professional basketball was limited to 30-minute YouTube binges at his local internet café. A spindly teenager with broad shoulders and growing limbs, Kuminga would beg his parents for money, slip on his battered sneakers and walk to the only place where the internet was available. There, he’d frantically click through ads to get to the meat of NBA highlights. Not too long after, he’d find himself leaning toward the screen, captivated by the crisp uniforms, packed arenas and pristine hardwood floors. “It was like I was in this dream wo ..read more
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Did the Warriors make the right pick in Kuminga? That’ll be up to their development team
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by Wes Goldberg
1y ago
After much deliberation over whether they should take a big swing or play it safe, the Warriors split the difference with their two picks in Thursday night’s draft by selecting Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody. On the clock with the No. 7 pick and with more NBA-ready prospects such as UConn guard James Bouknight and Michigan forward Franz Wagner on the board, Golden State decided to draft Kuminga, a physically gifted but raw forward who played last season for the G League Ignite. That decision was followed by taking Arkansas’ Moody at No. 14, who is expected to make an instant impact as a floo ..read more
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Lakers acquiring Russell Westbrook from Wizards in blockbuster trade
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by Kyle Goon
1y ago
As far as swings go, they don’t get much bigger. The Lakers have agreed to a blockbuster deal to acquire Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook, bringing the 2017 NBA MVP and the league’s triple-doubles king to his hometown for a presumed title quest. The Lakers will send out Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell with the No. 22 pick in the first round of Thursday’s NBA Draft to acquire Westbrook, as first reported by The Athletic. A person with knowledge of the deal confirmed it to Southern California News Group. The trade can’t be officially announced until Aug. 6, wh ..read more
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NBA Draft: Stanford’s Ziaire Williams goes No. 10 to Grizzlies in trade
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by Michael Nowels
1y ago
Stanford forward Ziaire Williams cracked the top 10 of the NBA Draft Thursday night, becoming the highest Cardinal draft pick in more than a decade. Williams, a freshman, went 10th overall to the New Orleans Pelicans, but his rights will be traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, who agreed to acquire the pick earlier this week, moving up from the 17th pick. Williams was the highest-rated men’s basketball recruit in Stanford history and is the first top-10 pick since Brook Lopez went No. 10 in 2008 to the then-New Jersey Nets. The prized recruit was limited to 20 games in his freshman year because of ..read more
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Warriors draft Jonathan Kuminga with 7th pick in move for massive potential
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by Wes Goldberg
1y ago
With the seventh pick in Thursday’s draft, the Warriors selected Jonathan Kuminga, a physically gifted forward who played last season for the G League Ignite. The 18-year-old Kuminga averaged 15.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists playing in Walnut Creek as part of the G League Ignite program, a first-of-its-kind developmental team that mixed top college-aged prospects (including No. 2 pick Jalen Green) with seasoned professionals such as Jarrett Jack. Once considered an option to be selected first in this draft, Kuminga offered the most upside of anyone left on the board and joins second-y ..read more
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NBA Draft: Who do the experts think the Warriors will take?
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by Michael Nowels
1y ago
NBA Draft day is finally here. Warriors fans have been training for this over the last several months, reading mock drafts, grinding film, refreshing Twitter, trying to sort out who Golden State will take with picks Nos. 7 and 14 in the draft’s first round. That is, of course, unless the Warriors take most fans’ preferred path and use the picks to trade for a player who can help Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green return to title contention immediately. Fortunately for the voracious readers in the Warriors’ fanbase, there is a whole economy that revolves around the draft, including r ..read more
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Who are the Warriors’ best draft picks ever at Nos. 7 and 14? (Hint: One’s a 2-time MVP)
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by Wes Goldberg
1y ago
This is a pivotal offseason for the Warriors, and it starts with making the most of the seventh and 14th picks in Thursday’s draft. After the No. 1 pick, the draft is often a guessing game. Some teams get lucky by uncovering a franchise-changing talent, and some get burned when promising prospects don’t pan out. It’s tough to make the right pick, and even tougher to predict how these young players will develop. So instead, let’s look to the past to see how the organization has fared with those selections in previous drafts. Here’s a look at the team’s notable picks at No. 7, starting off with ..read more
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