Marcus Smart is going to Boston. But what does that mean about Rajon Rondo’s future in Boston? We’ll probably find out in a week when free agency begins. Smart, one of the best point guards in college basketball last season, had an up-and-down sophomore season at Oklahoma State, which included this ugly moment. Smart will be a bulldog defensively, and while his shot needs some work, he’s still aggressive at the offensive end.
7. Los Angeles Lakers: Julius Randle, F, Kentucky. Pretty much a no-brainer here for the Lakers. Randle had an outstanding season at Kentucky, and should slide into the starting lineup immediately. Kobe Bryant can’t be disappointed by this pick.
8. Sacramento Kings: Nik Stauskas, G/F, Michigan. You already know my thoughts on Stauskas. I feel bad that he’s got to go to Sacramento, a team that’s never on national TV, and never wins. The Kings have some nice pieces, and for this Stauskas fan, I hope he gets traded East.
9. Charlotte Hornets – Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana. Vonleh is the draft’s 1st “faller” though he’ll go to a good spot in Charlotte and have the opportunity to play immediately next to Al Jefferson. Michael Jordan seems obsessed with power forward/centers – Bismack Biyombo, Cody Zeller in the lottery last year, and now Vonleh.
10. Philadelphia 76ers – Elfrid Payton, PG, LaFayette. Well, there’s a surprise. They drafted a point guard despite having a point guard who just won rookie of the year? So now they’ve got two point guards who can’t shoot? One has to wonder if a trade is coming …