The New Orleans Pelicans just took Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel 6th in the NBA draft. It’s a bit of a surprise that he fell this far, but perhaps the Pelicans liked the idea of pair two incredible shot blockers – Anthony Davis, also from Kentucky, was their #1 pick in 2012 – on the frontline.
Not so fast, my friend! The Pelicans just traded Noel and a 2014 1st round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jrue Holiday.
Getting a 2014 pick is key, especially considering the Pelicans could struggle. But giving up Jrue Holiday, their best player? And to take a chance on a guy coming off an injury, after just going through Andrew Bynum? Yikes.
Sacramento got very lucky, as Ben McLemore, the great Kansas scorer, fell to them 7th. Enjoy that group of guys, Ben.
The Pistons, drafting 8th, selected Georgia shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
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