During NBA Draft Night, I witnessed a ton of college prospects accomplish their lifetime goals of being drafted in the league. It was a sight to behold, watching their families rejoice and take in the moment of their child achieving their dream of being a NBA player. When you set a goal and work hard to achieve it, there is no better feeling in the world than that. To begin, the #1 pick was Markelle Fultz out of the University of Washington. He’s a three-way scorer: mid-range, three-pointer, and finisher at the rim. He also has great size at 6’4 with a 6’10 wingspan, so the Sixers have their starting point guard of the future.
The #2 pick was Lonzo Ball out of UCLA. He’s a great passer and has great size for his position. he has an unorthodox shot, but it goes in majority of the time. The #3 pick was Jayson Tatum out of Duke University. He’s a great isolation scorer and can shoot from the perimeter as well. The Celtics need shooting and someone to take off some of the scoring load from Isaiah Thomas, so he fits that position well. He’s incredibly talented, no doubt about that.
From #4-30 in the first round, you had some great talent in there. Josh Jackson from Kansas, De’Aaron Fox , Johnathan Isaac, Malik Monk, Luke Kennard, Dennis Smith, Justin Jackson, Bam Adebayo, Terrance Ferguson, Harry Giles, Derrick White, Josh Hart. To all the undrafted players, don’t give up hope because you worked endlessly to get to this point and a team will most likely sign you if there’s a need for it. You are going to get an opportunity, so make the most out of it. This applies to the second-rounders as well.
Some new drafts may not get a lot of playing time, but if they continue working and grinding, they will certainly get an opportunity. You never know, some of these players could be the Next Draymond Green, Isaiah Thomas, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili. I’m working on my game myself as I’m writing this blog. I to aspire to get to a position to be among the future NBA draft picks, because it’s my passion and lifelong goal. Congrats to the draftees and for the second-rounders and undrafted players, keep working because your opportunity is coming.