Finally, the NBA Draft is here: at 4:00 PM Pacific Time, coverage begins on ESPN, and not long after, we’ll begin hearing the picks announced.
Refresh this post as the night goes on for pick-by-pick results and analysis, as well as a periodically updated draft diary following key rumors and developments. Please feel free to join the conversation yourself in the comments section below.
The Clippers enter the night without any selections, but they’ll be looking to buy into the second round. They also appear poised to be active in talks surrounding a bigger deal which could involve moving DeAndre Jordan for an early pick. Regardless of any big move, Clippers executives Doc Rivers, Lawrence Frank, and Jerry West reportedly have their eyes on a handful of second-round targets that they will attempt to buy a pick for.
3:55 PM: The draft thread is live! Stay tuned throughout the draft for updates and analysis.
4:02 PM: While I was driving, a rumor came out that the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets are discussing a trade that would send beloved former Clipper Eric Bledsoe to Denver in exchange for Emmanuel Mudiay and the 13th pick in tonight’s draft. I actually really like this deal for both teams, but I love it for Bledsoe—it gives him an opportunity to be the lead guard on a team that should make the playoffs next season if this deal goes down. The Suns are able to continue their rebuild and draft another player who isn’t even old enough to buy a beer, but they might another sweetener from Denver.
4:11 PM: Early reports are confirming what we’ve expected: Philadelphia will take Markelle Fultz with the first pick, and the Lakers will take Lonzo Ball with the second pick. The excitement will really begin with the third pick and Boston. The Celtics have been in talks with multiple teams—including the Clippers, reportedly—to move the pick. If they keep it, they could choose Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum, or De’Aaron Fox. If Josh Jackson slides beyond the Celtics, teams who covet him (once again, including the Clippers) will throw offers at the Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings.
4:37 PM: With the first pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers draft Markelle Fultz, the 6’4” 19-year-old point guard from Washington.
4:39 PM: Marc Stein of ESPN is reporting that the Minnesota Timberwolves are close to acquiring Jimmy Butler. Butler, who is the star of Chicago Bulls, played for Tom Thibodeau, who is now the coach and GM of the Timberwolves. The return package includes Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, and the 7th overall pick. This move makes Minnesota far greater thread in the Western Conference playoff race, but likely starts a full rebuild in Chicago. Dunn had a shaky rookie season, but LaVine and two prospects are a nice way to jump-start the next era for the Bulls.
4:44 PM: With the 2nd pick, the Los Angeles Lakers select Lonzo Ball, the 6’6” point guard from UCLA.
4:49 PM: With the 3rd pick, the Boston Celtics select Jayson Tatum, the 6’8” forward from Duke.
4:54 PM: With the 4th pick, the Phoenix Suns select Josh Jackson, the 6’8” small forward from Kansas.
5:00 PM: With the 5th pick , the Sacramento Kings select De’Aaron Fox, 6’4” point guard from Kentucky.
5:06 PM: With the 6th pick, the Orlando Magic select Jonathan Isaac, 6’11” forward from Florida State.
5:12 PM: With the 7th pick, the Chicago Bulls select Lauri Markkanen, the 7’0” power forward from Arizona.
5:13 PM: With the 8th pick, the New York Knicks select Frank Ntilikina, the 6’5” point guard from Strasbourg.
5:27 PM: With the 9th pick, the Dallas Mavericks select Dennis Smith Jr., the 6’3” point guard from NC State.
5:32 PM: The Sacramento Kings have traded the 10th pick in the draft to the Portland Trail Blazers for picks 15 and 20. This allows the Kings, who are rebuilding post-DeMarcus Cousins, to add an additional prospect.
5:34 PM: With the 10th pick, the Portland Trail Blazers select Zach Collins, the 7’0” big man from Gonzaga.
5:43 PM: With the 11th pick, the Charlotte Hornets select Malik Monk, 6’4” shooting guard from Kentucky.
5:45 PM: With the 12th pick, the Detroit Pistons select Luke Kennard, 6’6” shooting guard from Duke.
5:50 PM: As we near the end of the lottery, and pass the Pistons, who the Clippers reported talked with about DeAndre Jordan, I think we’ll enter a quiet period for LAC. I don’t expect that they’d move Jordan for a pick this low in the draft, and we have a little ways to go before picks will be available for lesser packages. In the early 20s, the Clippers could have opportunities to move Jamal Crawford for a pick in exchange for taking on a bad contract, but I don’t think that Doc Rivers and company are interested in taking on long-term money with the future so uncertain. I do still expect the Clippers to buy a pick in the second round.
5:55 PM: The Utah Jazz have reached an agreement with the Denver Nuggets to acquire the 13th overall pick. Utah will sent Trey Lyles and the 24th pick to Denver.
5:55 PM: With the 13th pick, the Utah Jazz select Donovan Mitchell, 6’3” shooting guard from Louisville.
6:02 PM: With the 14th pick, the Miami Heat select Bam Adebayo, 6’10” center from Kentucky.
6:03 PM: With the 15th pick, the Sacramento Kings select Justin Jackson, 6’8” small forward from UNC.
6:15 PM: With the 16th pick, the Minnesota Timberwolves select Justin Patton, 7’0” center from Creighton.
6:17 PM: With the 17th pick, the Milwaukee Bucks select D.J. Wilson, 6’10” power forward from Michigan.
6:22 PM: With the 18th pick, the Indiana Pacers select T.J. Leaf, 6’10” power forward from UCLA.
6:26 PM: With the 19th pick, the Atlanta Hawks select John Collins, 6’10” power forward from Wake Forest.
6:35 PM: With the 20th pick, the Sacramento Kings select Harry Giles, 6’11” center from Duke.
6:47 PM: With the 21st pick, the Oklahoma City Thunder select Terrance Furguson, 6’7” wing who played last season in Australia.
6:50 PM: With the 22nd pick, the Brooklyn Nets select Jarrett Allen, 6’11” center from Texas.
7:00 PM: The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired the 35th pick from the Orlando Magic, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The Grizzlies gave up a future second round pick, meaning that this was still out of the Clippers’ range as they seek to purchase a pick.
7:00 PM: With the 23rd pick, the Toronto Raptors select O.G. Anunoby, 6’8” forward from Indiana.
7:09 PM: With the 24th pick, the Utah Jazz select Tyler Lydon, 6’10” forward from Syracuse.
7:17 PM: With the 25th pick, the Orlando Magic select Anzejs Pasecniks, 7’2” center from Gran Canaria.
7:18 PM: Philadelphia is reportedly acquiring Pasecniks from the Magic for a future first round pick.
7:19 PM: With the 26th pick, the Portland Trail Blazers select Caleb Swanigan, 6’9” power forward from Purdue.
7:25 PM: With the Lakers making back-to-back picks at 27 and 28, this is an opportunity for the Clippers to add some prospects if they are willing to eat Luol Deng’s abysmal contract. I expect that LAC will opt to preserve long-term flexibility.
7:28 PM: With the 27th pick, the Los Angeles Lakers select Kyle Kuzma, 6’9” power forward from Utah.
7:29 PM: The Utah Jazz have traded picks 30 and 42 to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for the 28th pick. The Jazz select Tony Bradley, 6’10” center from UNC.
7:38 PM: With the 29th pick, the San Antonio Spurs select Derrick White, 6’5” point guard from Colorado.
7:39 PM: I love the Derrick White pick for San Antonio—he’s a crafty, well-rounded guard with great size to play both positions. He would have provided excellent depth at both guard positions for the Clippers. He’s exactly the type of player who will go to San Antonio late in the first round and be a quality rotation piece by February.
7:40 PM: With the 30th pick, the Los Angeles Lakers select Josh Hart, 6’6” shooting guard from Villanova.
7:54 PM: With the 31st pick, the Charlotte Hornets select Frank Jackson, 6’4” shooting guard from Duke, and trade him to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans sent the Hornets the 40th overall pick and cash.
8:00 PM: With the 32nd pick, the Phoenix Suns select Davon Reed, 6’6” shooting guard from Miami.
8:03 PM: With the 33rd pick, the Orlando Magic select Wesley Iwundu, 6’7” wing from Kansas State.
8:07 PM: With the 34th pick, the Sacramento Kings select Frank Mason, 5’11” point guard from Kansas.
8:09 PM: With the 35th pick, the Memphis Grizzlies select Ivan Rabb, 6’10” big man from Cal.
8:13 PM: With the 36th pick, the Philadelphia 76ers select Jonah Bolden, 6’10” power forward from Radnicki Basket.
8:17 PM: With the 37th pick, the Boston Celtics select Semi Ojeleye, 6’7” forward from SMU.
8:21 PM: With the 38th pick, the Chicago Bulls select Jordan Bell, 6’9” power forward from Oregon. The Bulls will trade Bell to the Golden State Warriors for cash.
8:23 PM: The Clippers have acquired the 39th pick from the Philadelphia 76ers and selected Jawun Evans, a 6’1” point guard from Oklahoma State.
8:25 PM: With the 40th pick, the Charlotte Hornets select Dwayne Bacon, 6’5” wing from Florida State.
8:28 PM: With the 41st pick, the Atlanta Hawks select Tyler Dorsey, 6’4” shooting guard from Oregon.
8:30 PM: With the 42nd pick, the Los Angeles Lakers select Thomas Bryant, 6’10” center from Indiana.
8:33 PM: With the 43rd pick, the Houston Rockets select Isaiah Hartenstein, 7’0” big man from Germany.
8:36 PM: With the 44th pick, the New York Knicks select Damyean Dotson, 6’5” shooting guard from Houston.
8:42 PM: With the 45th pick, the Houston Rockets select Dillon Brooks, 6’7” small forward from Oregon. The Memphis Grizzlies will trade for Brooks.
8:43 PM: I haven’t heard much about Jawun Evans, the newest Clipper, but I have heard some intriguing things regarding his speed and energy levels. Still, he’s a tiny, undersized point guards whose combine measurements were closer to 5’11”—not his list height of 6’1”. He has impressive stats as a sophomore at Oklahoma State but it’s unclear if he’ll have any opportunity to contribute to the Clippers. It’s possible that he was drafted with the intention of signing him to a two-way contract for his rookie season.
8:45 PM: With the 46th pick, the Philadelphia 76ers select Sterling Brown, 6’6” SG from SMU.
8:47 PM: With the 47th pick, the Indiana Pacers select Ike Anigbogu, 6’10” center from UCLA.
8:48 PM: The Clippers have purchased the 48th pick from the Milwaukee Bucks, selecting Sindarius Thornwell, 6’5” shooting guard from South Carolina.
8:52 PM: I loved Thornwell at South Carolina as a do-it-all wing. He’s strong and skilled, gritty enough to lead the Gamecocks to their first ever Final 4. However, he slid between the shooting guard, small forward, and power forward positions in college, and in the NBA he has just average size for the shooting guard position. I’m not sure how the transition will be for him as he’ll essentially have to be a combo guard.
8:52 PM: With the 49th pick, the Denver Nuggets select Vlatko Cancar, 6’8” power forward from Mega Bemax.
8:54 PM: With the 50th pick, the Philadelphia 76ers select Mathias Lessort, 6’9” big man from Nanterre.
8:56 PM: With the 51st pick, the Denver Nuggest are selecting Monte Morris, 6’3” point guard from Iowa State.
8:59 PM: Indiana has acquired the 52nd pick from the New Orleans Pelicans. They select Edmond Sumner, 6’5” point guard from Xavier.
9:03 PM: With the 53rd pick, the Boston Celtics select Kadeem Allen, 6’2” guard from Arizona.
9:05 PM: With the 54th pick, the Phoenix Suns select Alec Peters, 6’9” power forward from Valparaiso.
9:07 PM: With the 55th pick, the Utah Jazz select Nigel Williams-Goss, 6’4” point guard from Gonzaga.
9:09 PM: With the 56th pick, the Boston Celtics select Jabari Bird, 6’6” shooting guard from Cal.
9:13 PM: With the 57th pick, the Brooklyn Nets select Aleksandar Vezenkov, 6’9” forward from Barcelona.
9:14 PM: With the 58th pick, the New York Knicks select Ognjen Jaramaz, 6’4” point guard from Mega Bemax.
9:16 PM: With the 59th pick, the San Antonio Spurs select Jaron Blossomgame, 6’7” forward from Clemson.
9:17 PM: With the 60th pick, the Atlanta Hawks select Alpha Kaba from France.