Small ball was supposed to be all the rage in the
A bevy of big men poked their heads back into the proceedings Thursday night, showing that size is still king in the minds of many team executives.
Seven of the first 12 players selected in the league draft at
The Lakers bucked the trend, picking point guard D'Angelo Russell second, though it came only as a prelude to their pursuit of big men
The other bigs to go in the lottery were 7-foot Kristaps Porzingis (taken fourth by the
Giants ruling the night was a fitting homage to Harvey Pollack, the late 76ers statistical guru who wrote "100" on a piece of paper in 1962 and handed it to Wilt Chamberlain, resulting in the NBA's most iconic photo of one of its most legendary big men. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver honored Pollack, the league's last remaining employee from its inception before he died Tuesday at 93, with a tribute before the draft.
It was also a big night for the sons of two former longtime NBA players. Jerian Grant, whose father Harvey spent 11 years in the league, was drafted by the
The Lakers selected Larry Nance Jr., the son of the springy forward by the same name who once bested Julius Erving in the slam-dunk contest, with the 27th pick.
The quote of the night belonged to Cameron Payne, the point guard from Murray State who channeled baseball Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson by referring to himself in the third person.
"There's no ceiling for Cameron Payne," he said after being taken No. 14 by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Fashion suffered a setback, no matter how much bow tie prodigy Moziah Bridges, 13, gushed during the ESPN broadcast. Three of the top four picks wore reddish jackets, looking more like ticket takers at your local AMC Theatre than millionaires in the making.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson took things a step further by donning a pair of red plaid pants to go with his dark jacket, providing an unsightly visual for
Barring a trade, Minnesota will hold the rare distinction of having three No. 1 picks on its roster in Towns, Andrew Wiggins (2014) and
Kentucky ruled among college teams, having four players go in the lottery. Three were big men, staying true to the theme of the night.