10:50pm - Ok, thats the End of round one. The Heat trade for Shabazz Napier is still pending, but he's expected to make a move to the Miami Heat, which is the first piece for the Heat to appease LeBron James to stay in Miami. When the trade is completed, we'll have it for you right here on GiveMeSport.com. Enjoy Round two!
10:44 - San Antonio Spurs. They need to get younger, but you know they always have a plan. The Spurs pick Kyle Anderson form UCLA, a first team all Pac-12 erformer who was a third team All-American. They'll find a way to develop Anderson, and 6'8" swingman who won't need to contribute immediately, but he'll fit the Popovich style, and, as the Spurs regularly do, they'll make a player out of him
10:39 - OKC pick 29, the Thunder pick Josh Huestis from Stanford. A defensive specialist with a second round grade, likely a bench or D-League guy for the Thunder, who aren't looking to upgrade now, with a veteran roster, primed to make a run at a championship.
10:33pm C.J. Wilcox out of Washington to the Clippers. He's not gonna be playing anytime soon, but he's gonna get some championship competition experience on Doc Rivers' team. That's pick 28, just two more in the first round, the Thunder and the Spurs. The Spurs are gonna try and stah, and you know how that's worked in the past.
10:27 - More Trades!!!! The Magic have acquired Elfred Payton from the Sixers for Dario Saric, who the Magic drafted, and the trade, and have re-acquired. This is one of the top reasons the NBA draft is absurdly hilarious.
10:20pm - So at 26, the Heat pick P.J. Hariston, out of the D-League. He's the first player every selected in the first round out of the D-League. Still expect and anticipate the trade for Shabazz Napier to Miami.
10:14pm - The Houston Rockets, who are loading up for a run at Carmelo Anthony, picket Clint Capela from Switzerland, who is supposed to be a top Swiss power forward of all time. Think of a much taller Thabo Sefalosha, but with shot blocking ability, but we're not gonna see him for a long time, because the Rockets want the money to make a run right now, and need the money. Worry about him in a few years, but right now, its about Houston taking a swing for the fences in trying to compete for NBA championships right now.
10:13pm LeBron James just tweeted that "Napier is the best Point Guard in the draft" Check it out here. Bron wants Napier on the Heat. Badly.
10:07pm - And the Heat are not happy...Shabazz Napier goes 24th overall to the Charlotte Hornets. He's only about 5'9", but LeBron James, reportedly, wanted the Heat to select the Most Outstaning Player from the 2014 NCAA Tournament. He'll back up Kemba Walker, another championship UConn Husky, but ESPN immediately reported that Napier will be traded to the Heat. So stay tuned...
10:02pm - UCLA has its name called again. Jordan Adams. First team all Pac-12 his sophomore year, and will be expected to compete for minutes this season for Memphis
9:51pm - Mitch McGary from Michigan to Oklahoma City. Good Rebounder, and a rotation guy. Perhaps a replacement for the 35-year-old Nick Collison coming off the Thunder bench. They're really not that far away from being back in the NBA Finals, losing in the West Finals to the Spurs.
9:42pm - The Toronto Raptors, at number 20 select Bruno Caboclo from Brazil. He was the MVP of Basketball Without Borders. A small forward with basically unlimited upside. He's been described as the Brazilian Kevin Durant as a freak athlete who is several years away from the NBA, but has the tools to be an absolute superstar in the NBA.
9:36pm - Gary Harris out of Michigan State keeps the Tom Izzo train running, as the second Spartan taken in round number one. to the Memphis Grizzlies. He's got some versatility, and averaged over 16 points per game for Sparty, and was an honorable mention All-American.
9:32pm - -Tyler Ennis at 18 to the Phoenix Suns. Describes as an unflappable competitor, and has versatility in the way he can create. Averaged over six assists per game in a first team-all ACC campaign as Syracuse under Jim Boehiem, and was a catalyst for their excellent start to the season.
9:25 - At number 17, the Celtics pick the second Kentucky Wildcat, James Young. A shooting guard who scored over 14 points per game and was second-team all SEC. Boston fans are upset the team did not select Shabazz Napier, who the Miami Heat covet. Young, at over 6'6" is a much bigger option for the Celtics, who are still deciding on what to do with Rajon Rondo.
9:20 - Jusuf Nurkic goes 16 overall to the Chicago Bulls. Second European player taken, and He's also expected to hang around in Europe for another few years. a Huge center at 7-feet and over 250lbs. The Bulls hit on their last overseas pick, Omer Asik, now with the New Orleans Hornets.
Prior to this pick the NBA made a wonderful gesture to call Isaiah Austin's name in the draft in the middle of the first round, after Austin was diagnosed with a heart condition that won't allow him to play in the NBA.
9:10 - Adreian Payne out of Michigan St. Rangy and athletic, but only a jump shooter. Not gonna help you on the glass. Not really good on defense, but at 23, he's as ready as he's gonna get, meaning he can help the Suns soon.
9:02pm - First round trade number two...the 76ers pick makes sense now, as they trade Elfred Payton to the Magic for Dario Saric. Its great when these things work themselves out on draft night. Still no movement on Kevin Love...
8:55pm - Minnesota takes UCLA point guard Zach LaVine who is super athletic. The last two spectaular athletes to come out of UCLA were Baron Davis and Russell Westbrook. Prettyy good company.
8:52pm - The first European off the board, at 12 to Orlando. Dario Saric. A 20-year-old pass and score forward in the mold of Boris Diaw, who will play in Turkey for two seasons before considering the NBA. The Magic add size with Saric and Aaron Gordon in the lottery.
8:50pm - So McDermott wasn't a Nugget very long. Just minuter after his selection he was traded to the worst offensive team in the NBA, Chicago, for picks 16 and 19.
8:42 - Doug McDermott from Creighton goes 11th to the Denver Nuggets. He's the fifthleading scorer in NCAA history. Can he translate his small conference dominance to the NBA?
8:38 - The first small school got its name called. Elfred Payton out of Louisiana-Lafayette in the Sun Belt conference. The relatively unknown point guard was projected as a lottery pick, but that might not fit with the 76ers because Rookie of the Year Michael Carter Williams is the point guard. Stay tuned for a trade.
8:31 - The Hornets, by the way, traded into the pick. Charlotte sent Cory Magette to Detroit for Ben Gordon and the number 9 pick.
8:30 - At nine it Noah Vonleh to...the Charlotte Hornets. Michael Jordan is going to like the Big 10's leading rebounder from 2014. A power forward who meed some polish but will immediately be able to help star forward Al Jefferson on the glass.
8:23 - To Sacramento at eight, its Nik Stauskas from Michigan. A totally offensive player, who shoots, drives, and passes. One of the best players in college basketball last year. He was the Big 10 player of the year, following in the footsteps of Trey Burke, who made the all rookie team last season.
8:18pm - Julius Randle out of Kentucky is the highest pick for the LA Lakers since JamesWorthy went number one overall. Randle is a glass eating veteran-minded lefthander, who, most importantly, won't get in the way of Kobe taking shots. He's the first piece of the future for the Lakers, and runs the Kentucky streak of first rounders to 5 years.
8:13pm - Pick six to the Boston Celtics, and they get the guy I call baby Chauncey Billups (Who the Celtics drafted third overall in 1997), Marcus Smart, out of Oklahoma St. A 6'3" 225lb wide body, pass and defense first point guard with an iffy jump shot. IT didn't work in Boston, but eventually did in Detroit. It may take Smart a little while, but he will be a very good NBA player.
8:07pm - Dante Exum comes off the board at number five toy Utah. Adding another International player to Enes Kanter. And remember the success the that the Jazz had with Andrei Kirilenko. Exum is a 20-year-old who dominated in Australia. He's the son of an American basketball player who played in Australia, so while he is an international player, and is internationally trained, he is a U.S. citizen. Utah, with Kanter, Trey Burke, Alec Burks, Gordon Hayward, and Derrick Favors..have an awfully talented young team.
7:59 - Aaron Gordon to Orlando at four. The first surprise of the night, but to think that GOrdon, the 2014 Pac-12 freshman of the year in 2014. Gordon is a spectacular athlete who defends and play both forward spots. Orlando, likely passing on Exum because they see him as a 2-guard, and they have Victor Oladipo already.
7:54p - Joel Embiid goes third overall from Kansas. Embiid was likely the top pick before foot surgery dropped him down, with Cleveland and Milwaukee, apparently worrying about him being a big man with a body that will break down. Embiid has drawn comparisons to Hakeem Olajuwon, one of the best to ever play the game.
7:47pm - Jabari Parker (no surprise) goes second overall to the Bucks. He's a jack of all trades from Duke. A wide body wing scorer who the guys on ESPN just compared to Glenn Robinson. Very high praise.
7:42pm - ITS WIGGINS!!! Andrew Wiggins out of Kansas goes number one overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He's the Cavs third number one pick since LeBron took his talents to South Beach in 2010. Wiggins is the second straight Canadian to go first overall, after Cleveland picked Anthony Bennett last season. and Kyrie Irving went first overall to the Cavs in 2011. Wiggins is the first Kansas Jayhawk to go first overall since Danny Manning in 1988
7:41pm - The first pick is in...and...the Cavaliers are over time. Possibly a trade? There have been trade possibility floated for the number one pick..we'll see in a minute!
7:35pm - Commissioner Adam Silver just opened the draft for the first time in his tenure that started in February. He talked about the Spurs who were led by Tim Duncan (number one pick) Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard (number 15 pick) Tony Parker (number 28 pick) and Manu Ginobili (number 56 pick) to illustrate the value of every pick and the international presence in the draft. Here We Go!