One, between now and the middle of July, almost everyone in the NBA is lying about their true intentions, which means they’re lying to me about the players they like and would pick if they get the chance. (Honk if you’ve ever heard a GM or coach, on Draft night, say ‘well, Joe wasn’t really our first choice; unfortunately, the Blazers took Andrew two picks ahead of us. That’s the guy we Johnny Bower Jersey really wanted.’) You will hear a half Womens Mikael Backlund Jersey dozen rumors between now and Thursday night about some prospect’s terrible medicals, or his terrible relationship with his mother, or his terrible whatever it is—none of which is true, and is put out there by other teams/agents who either want him to fall down to them (if they’re a team with a middling pick) or want him to fall period (if they’re not represented by the agent who spreads the rumors).
Two, trades that are not disclosed before the Draft, or trades that don’t come together until after the Draft begins, aren’t known to me when I start making these imaginary picks.
We have no idea whether Michael Porter, Jr.’s back/hip will hold up for a year, or 10 years, or not at all, and what each team actually thinks about the medicals it has on http://www.torontomapleleafsofficialonline.com/Adidas-Johnny-Bower-Jersey him, and predict accordingly where he’ll go.
Jones Jr. added seven rebounds to his team-high scoring http://www.officialflamesauthentic.com/Mikael_Backlund_Jersey outburst. Miami also saw strong production from sophomore big man Bam Adebayo, who finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.
Sacramento’s Justin Jackson led all scorers with 26 points, including four three-pointers. Second overall pick Marvin Bagley III had a relatively quiet night, finishing with one point and three rebounds on only two field goal attempts.
Up next, both teams will head to the Vegas Summer League. The Kings open things up Saturday against the Suns, while the Heat face off with the Pelicans on Saturday as well.
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