Five players, including Fultz, the potential top-overall pick, hadn't celebrated their first birthday when Carter and Nowitzki made their National Basketball Association debuts on February 5, 1999 (the 1998-99 National Basketball Association season did not begin until this date due to a lockout). "Markelle Fultz is going there", ESPN's Jeff Goodman added on the call. Fultz was not one of them.
For a while now, the chemistry of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) point guard Lonzo Ball and the storied franchise L.A. Lakers has seemed like a ideal combination.
Other than 1969, when the Suns had to settle for Neal Walk after losing an infamous coin flip that cost them their chance at drafting Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Phoenix's highest pick came in 1987, when the team selected Armen Gilliam at No. 2. Hamidou Diallo was effectively part of the Kentucky program after he enrolled in January as an eligible player, but he decided not to play.
He fits the profile of a Ryan McDonough pick if he were to stay in the draft - he's still 50-50 - and fall to 32nd. Villanova guard Josh Hart, a second-round prospect, is also participating in the combine.
If the Lakers take someone besides Ball or Fultz, it'd be shocking. The question for Diallo: Does he have a jumper to compliment his slashing game? "The obligatory line when you don't know somebody is, 'Oh, he's a really good athlete, but he's not a great shooter, ' and he's dispelling that this year in France shooting over 40 percent from the worldwide three". He led all scorers in Thursday's game with 18 points.
OG Anunoby, 6-8, SF, sophomore, Indiana. Brase is a former UA player and assistant coach who was the head coach of the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers the past two seasons, while Brielmaier is a former UA player now serving as a Nets assistant. If they are fortunate enough to keep it, Fox could certainly be in play as a fast, defensive-minded point guard the team lacks. That's just how it has been in recent years. Teams may meet with up to 20 players.