NBA Draft Is Tonight! What to Look For

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.

This hasn’t even happened yet but it’s too obvious.

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 is Headed to Memphis

Adrian Wojnarowski was, as pretty much always, the first to report.

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.

Bleed blue.

Happy 50th Anniversary to the Best Couple in Sports!

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!

Bleed blue.

Quinn Cook Comes Up Big in Warriors’ Win

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.

Bleed blue.

Cam Reddish to Undergo Pre-Draft Surgery

According to reports, former Duke freshman and current NBA prospect Cam Reddish will be having surgery for a core muscle injury before he is drafted in June. It wasn’t documented much but may have been a factor this season, though it’s also possible that it happened during workouts for teams. How serious the injury actually is has not been publicized but it shouldn’t affect the beginning of his NBA career. After one season with the Blue Devils, Reddish is projected a lottery pick with a high athletic ceiling and a sharpshooting ability.

Bleed blue. Zion Williamson has signed with CAA Agency, by the way, so he’s not coming back. Hello, New Orleans.

Marques Bolden to Remain in NBA Draft; Javin DeLaurier to Return

After a few weeks of consideration, Marques Bolden has announced that he will remain in the NBA Draft, while his fellow rising senior, Javin DeLaurier, will return to Duke for his senior season. Best of luck to Marques Bolden in his future endeavors in the pros, and we’re happy to see Javin’s return. More to come later.

Bleed blue. I promise that I’ll post more often starting in June; exams stink.