Cam Reddish is the tenth pick in the 2019 Draft to the Atlanta Hawks, joining a young core that tanked specifically to come back next year stronger based on this draft. They had a good haul in this draft, with other players like De’Andre Hunter and with a talented point guard in Trae Young, they have the pieces to make waves in the East. Cam Reddish is versatile and very physically and athletically gifted; if he puts it together he can be one of the best players in this draft. His shooting stroke is magnificent. We wish him all the best as he heads into the league.
Well, he won’t be going far from the draft in Brooklyn: RJ Barrett, after seeing roommate and teammate Zion Williamson go #1, is officially the third pick of the 2019 NBA Draft to the New York Knicks. The pick was expected, but like his best friend, the interview following the pick was emotional for both RJ and his dad. This is what these players have worked for their entire lives and the draft culminates that, so the emotion is understandable especially as the realization comes that this is real. New York is a tough place for a young player but if there’s somebody who can take it, it’s RJ. He is the star they badly need with a depleted roster after years of tanking. Congratulations and thank you to RJ from your Blue Devil family.
Zion Williamson is officially the #1 pick of the 2019 NBA Draft to the New Orleans Pelicans and will be the face of the franchise in the Big Easy. While the pick wasn’t hard to figure out, the emotion that came in the interview following it shows what we all love so much about Zion. When Maria Taylor (ESPN) asked Zion what his mother meant to him on his journey to the highest level of basketball, he broke down. Believe me, I cried too. Zion is everything we love about his game. We’re going to miss him in Durham but he’ll always be a member of the Brotherhood. From the Bull City to the Big Easy, y’all are getting a very, very special player and young man. Bleed blue.
It’s a bittersweet day for Duke fans– we see our players pursue their dreams in the NBA, but in doing so, they leave us. However, the amazing thing about this program is that they are all bound together by Coach K; they’ll never really leave because they’ll always be part of The Brotherhood.
But what do we expect? There’s the given. Unless all of a sudden, the entire Pelicans front office has lost their minds, Zion Williamson is headed south to the Big Easy in the state of Louisiana. This is especially evident considering that they just traded their franchise player, Anthony Davis. They need a franchise player to get them back on track and there’s nobody better to do that than Zion Williamson. Not only is he a generational talent (no, he is not just an athlete), he’s an ambassador for the game of basketball. He brings energy and enthusiasm to the locker room. He’s got an infectious smile and he always credits his teammates. He could have the biggest ego on earth for all the attention he’s gotten it, and even yet Zion is down-to-earth and humble. He gives credit to his teammates. Zion is every coach’s dream player.
Next, there’s RJ Barrett. He’s a shooting guard with a ton of potential; he’s long and athletic and the kind of things that he can do around the rim are incredible. He needs a more consistent shot from deep but everything is there for him to become a very successful player at the next level. His midrange jumper is absolutely lethal and once you give him the left hand, it’s over. As for his draft spot, the #2 spot looks to go to Ja Morant of Murray State, but New York and RJ have found a match at the #3 spot. It is just about certain that the Knicks will select him, and he’s the star that they direly need.
Cam Reddish and Marques Bolden are the question marks. Cam Reddish had high and low points, and Marques wasn’t expected to go at all. We’re thinking lottery for Cam and late first round for ‘Ques. CamFam is projected at #8.
7pm on ESPN. The beginning of the era of Zion. Bleed blue.
Grayson Allen, the Duke legend and Utah Jazz draftee of a year ago coming up, as part of the package sent to Memphis for Mike Conley, will suit up next season as a Memphis Grizzly alongside teammates Jae Crowder and Kyle Korver, who were also given up by Utah. Grayson was drafted a year ago by the Utah Jazz and was sent to their G-League affiliate at a few instances, but we all know how valuable of a player he is as a shooter and a leader on the court. He could really break out this year, especially after the experience he got with the Salt Lake City Stars.
Grayson will have a lot of young talent like himself around him: as much as we would absolutely love an RJ Barrett-Grayson Allen pairing, all signs point to the Grizzlies selecting Ja Morant from Murray State with the #2 pick in this years draft (assuming that the Pelicans’ front office haven’t lost their minds, or, in other words, pick somebody other than Zion with the top pick). Morant is a talented point guard who can handle the ball himself but more importantly distribute it extremely well. Having a shooter like Grayson paired with Morant will be dangerous for any opposition. Additionally, defenders will be drawn to the inside with Jaren Jackson Jr, last year’s fourth pick and power forward. Jackson has a lot of potential– some of which has already shone through, as he was selected to the All-Rookie team. This leaves space for Grayson to go to work. It’s going to be a fun season out in Tennessee.
The other side of this trade is Mike Conley, who’d essentially been the Memphis face until now. He is the only player that the Grizzlies gave for this trade.
Mike Krzyzewski may have had one of the most successful coaching careers in the history of basketball, but if you asked him, he’d probably say his greatest accomplishment is his family. He and his wife, Mrs. Mickie Krzyzewski, have three daughters, all of which now have children of their own (and one grandchild is walking on at Duke next year!).
Today is their 50th wedding anniversary, so congratulations to them! They’ve given so much to us as fans and having met them both, I can hardly think of two more wonderful people. On behalf of the Duke Basketball fanbase, to Mr. and Mrs. Krzyzewski, thank you and happy anniversary!
Facing an 0-1 deficit in the Finals and without Kevin Durant, the Warriors needed big shots to beat the gritty Toronto Raptors on the road.
Quinn Cook, national champion, knows all about big shots.
While Quinn has just 9 points to his All-Star teammates Steph Curry and Klay Thompson’s 23 and 25, those came as three triples, two late in the fourth quarter in a tight game. If you aren’t familiar with the NBA, The Finals is a best-of-seven series– anywhere from four to seven games depending on how competitive they are. The Warriors had lost the first of the series and were down 0-1. The first team to win four games wins the series.
The Warriors will certainly need bench players like the former Duke star; with Kevin Durant already injured as well as Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodola, the back-to-back champs need all the scoring they can get.