What do you think about the new NBA Draft?
The NBA Draft is on the horizon.
As of Tuesday morning, the Los Angeles Lakers have selected Oklahoma City Thunder forward Lonzo Ball with the No. 1 overall pick.
That’s a stunning turn of events for the Thunder, who had previously traded up to get him, and the Lakers, who went the other way.
That means the Lakers have been able to grab a player with a proven track record and a solid track record of production.
The Lakers picked Ball with their first-round pick in 2009, when they selected UCLA guard Brandon Ingram, who later played with the Chicago Bulls.
Ingram also had some success for the Bulls, but it was a one-year contract and he’s currently out of the league.
Ingram has been linked to the Houston Rockets.
The Thunder were able to snag a player like Ingram with their pick.
They got the Indiana Pacers’ point guard, George Hill, with the fifth overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.
He has made the All-Star team four times in his career and was a key part of the Indiana championship team that made it to the NBA Finals in 2015.
The Thunder traded up two spots to get the point guard they needed in Hill in the second round.
The Los Angeles Clippers drafted Indiana’s point guard Blake Griffin in the fourth round last year.
Griffin has been in and out of various roles throughout his NBA career, but he’s never been anything close to the point of a superstar.
The Clippers were able take him in the first round, and they’re very much a team that relies heavily on Griffin.
They signed him to a five-year, $75 million contract in March.
The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Kansas shooting guard Trey Burke in the sixth round.
Burke had a career year with the Wildcats last season, averaging 17.7 points per game, but his play suffered in the final four games of the season due to a broken hand.
Burke was injured during the first half of the playoffs, but was back on the court in time to start the second half.
The Portland Trail Blazers selected Utah guard Aaron Gordon with the sixth overall pick last year, and Gordon has been an integral part of Portland’s defense this season.
He is a player who is very consistent on both ends of the floor, and his ability to shoot will be invaluable to the Blazers in the long run.
The Atlanta Hawks selected Wisconsin guard Kostas Papanikolaou in the seventh round.
Papani is a good shooter, but is also an incredibly strong defender.
Pappanikolau is a great player and a leader on and off the court, and that will translate into the NBA.
The Hawks are very much on the lookout for a playmaker at the position, and will likely draft someone that fits their mold.
The Chicago Bulls selected Louisville point guard Lauri Markkanen in the eighth round.
Markkanin is an athletic, hard-working, physical, hard worker and a terrific scorer, who was one of the top guards in college basketball in his junior and senior years.
He had a great freshman season for Louisville, averaging 18.3 points per contest and 6.6 assists per game.
He also shot 51.3 percent from the field in 2016-17.
The Boston Celtics selected Syracuse guard Jalen Brunson in the ninth round.
Brunson was a very effective scorer in his three seasons in the NBA, averaging a career-high 16.8 points per outing.
Brunston was one the top scoring guards in the country in his senior season, as he shot 48.6 percent from 3-point range and hit a career high of 41 three-pointers.
The Celtics acquired him in a trade with the Phoenix Suns in the offseason.
The Boston Celtics also acquired the veteran forward Kevin Seraphin in the deal, and Seraphin will provide a strong veteran presence to the young Celtics lineup.
The New Orleans Pelicans selected Kentucky point guard Josh Hart in the tenth round.
Hart is a very versatile player, who can play both guard positions, and has an incredible feel for the game.
The Pelicans signed Hart to a two-year deal last season and he was a vital part of their offense last season.
Hart is one of a handful of players in the league that can score in bunches, and can shoot from both inside and out.
He’ll provide a big boost to the Pelicans offense as they try to return to the postseason.
The Washington Wizards selected Georgetown guard Isaiah Briscoe in the eleventh round.
Briscoa is an aggressive, hardworking, ball-dominant scorer that has been a key piece of Georgetown’s defense.
Briscol, a three-year player at Georgetown, averaged 17.1 points per play as a senior and earned All-American honors last season in his first season with the Hoyas.
The Washington Wizards traded up four spots to acquire Briscoli from the Phoenix Phoenix Suns last year in exchange for a draft pick.
Briscoli is an excellent passer