Last night was draft night and I could not have spent it in a better way, at Clyde's Wine and Dine. We met arguably the greatest New York Knick of all time Walt “Clyde” Frazier. He was a really awesome and relaxed guy and he was surely a pleasure to meet. Also, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Tim Hardaway Jr, Langston Galloway, and Cleanthony Early were all in attendance and we had a good time chatting and taking photos.
Now to the exciting part....the Draft itself! The fan reaction at Clyde's Wine and Dine was not too forthcoming, but the reasoning behind that is that the pick for number 4 that Phil Jackson made was for a relatively unknown overseas player as opposed to the popular choice(s) that pre-draft predictions (including us) thought he would go with.
Kristaps Porzingis is a well-rounded center and has a solid jumpshot and he will be impossible to block from long range. The best part about him is that he has a lot of potential for a 7 foot center that is only 19 years old and has a knockdown jumper. I think that he can help the Knicks in these ways.
Also, when we were getting a picture with Tim Hardaway Jr, he told me to turn my Knicks hat around and told me and my two brothers that he doesn't play with New York anymore. We were devastated and we told him good luck with his next team. The trade was for Tim Hardaway Jr to Atlanta for Jerani Grant to the Knicks and the Wizards receive Kelly Oubre.
Also, Phil Jackson traded another two future second round draft picks for a second rounder, Guillermo Hernangomez. So, Phil Jackson's decisions last night have many people feeling very unsure about what he is trying to do with New York. I cannot figure out what he is trying to do either. Anyway, Langston Galloway allowed my brother and I to interview him. So, here is the first part of the interview.
If you want to see Christian's part of the interview, click on this link: http://www.nbabrothers.com/christians-corner/draft-day-at-clydes-wine-and-dine
In conclusion, it was a very great time at Clyde's Wine and Dine but Phil Jackson's decisions were very questionable in my eyes. What do you guys think? Was Kristaps Porzingis the right choice? Should we have kept Hardaway? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and please comment.
Tomorrow night is a big day for us NBA fans. The 2015 draft begins at 8 p.m. Now, every draft usually brings along some surprises. This year’s draft has so many highly skilled players in every position, it’s possible that it could be a draft of dreams like those in 1984 which brought us Jordan, Olajuwon, Barkley and Stockton or like in 2003 where the NBA welcomed LeBron, D-Wade, Carmelo and Bosh. Whether it delivers on that level or not, one thing’s for sure, there’s no shortage of talent.
I am hoping the Knicks make the most of this year’s early pick. If they hold onto their fourth spot, I predict there is a good chance they’ll pick up Emmanuel Mudiay. He’s an athletic six-five point guard who can drive to the basket and add depth to the lineup. The Timberwolves get the first pick and I think they will select Jahill Okafor, who will really help them out as he is a big guy who can dominate his center position. There is so much talent up for grabs this year that I am really excited to see who goes where in the draft and to see where greatness starts.
Here are my first round draft predictions. Do you agree? Compare your list against mine and check out my brother, Christian’s picks and let’s see how many we get right tomorrow night.
Here are my predictions:
R1#1: Minnesota Timberwolves: Jahill Okafor (Duke)
R1#2: Los Angeles Lakers: Karl-Anthony Towns (Kentucky)
R1#3: Philadelphia 76ers: D’Angelo Russell (Ohio State)
R1#4: New York Knicks: Emmanuel Mudiay (International)
R1#5: Orlando Magic: Justice Winslow (Duke)
R1#6: Sacramento Kings: Mario Hezonja (International)
R1#7: Denver Nuggets: Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky)
R1#8: Detroit Pistons: Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin)
R1#9: Charlotte Hornets: Kristaps Porzingis (International)
R1#10: Miami Heat: Tyus Jones (Duke)
R1#11: Indiana Pacers: Myles Turner (Texas)
R1#12: Utah Jazz: Devin Booker (Kentucky)
R1#13: Phoenix Suns: Stanley Johnson (Arizona)
R1#14: Oklahoma City Thunder: Trey Lyles (Kentucky)
R1#15: Atlanta Hawks: Cameron Payne (Murray State)
R1#16: Boston Celtics: Kelly Oubre (Kansas)
R1#17: Milwaukee Bucks: Justin Anderson (Virginia)
R1#18: Houston Rockets: Bobby Portis (Arkansas)
R1#19: Washington Wizards: R.J. Hunter (Georgia State)
R1#20: Toronto Raptors: Kevin Looney (UCLA)
R1#21: Dallas Mavericks: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Arizona)
R1#22: Chicago Bulls: Sam Dekker (Wisconsin)
R1#23: Portland Trail Blazers: Michael Frazier (Florida)
R1#24: Cleveland Cavaliers: Anthony Brown (Stanford)
R1#25: Memphis Grizzlies: Jerian Grant (Notre Dame)
R1#26: San Antonio Spurs: Jonathan Holmes (Texas)
R1#27: Los Angeles Lakers: Terry Rozier (Louisville)
R1#28: Boston Celtics: Montrezi Harrell (Louisville)
R1#29: Brooklyn Nets: Richaun Holmes (Bowling Green)
R1#30: Golden State Warriors: Delon Wright (Utah)
My name is Mike V. I am an enormous basketball fan. I also am a die-hard Knicks fan. After graduating 5th grade, I started writing this blog at the age of 10 in the summer of 2012.