It’s not often in life when one of the top fashion and suit designers for athletes says, “Hey, I want to make you a suit.”
At first, the notion of a 40-something sports guy trying to pull off the fashion looks you see on draft night seemed a little laughable. But, hey, it’s a once in a lifetime thing, right?
During Summer League, and by random chance, I got introduced to Andrew Jang – the brains behind one of the more creative sports fashion and design teams in the business, Adriaen Black.
As we exchanged pleasantries about the businesses we are both in, he again declared that he wanted to make me a suit and asked, ‘When can we get together for measurements?’
Last weekend, I made my way over to Orlando to get measured. See, unlike your typical Men’s Warehouse, the Chicago-based Adriaen Black comes to you.
So how does one become a top suit and fashion guy for more than 60 sports stars?
“A referral,” Jang said when asked about his start in the business. “I was at a party. The next day, I got a phone call from some guy and he was like, ‘I was at a party, you met my wife…’ I was like, ‘Oh, OK?’ She had said I was the best dressed person she’d ever met and he asked if I could style him. I threw out some outrageous number. He took it. He literally said, ‘Can you come today?’ I showed up. He wrote a check. We cleaned out his whole closet and I really helped him with styling. He referred me some clients, and it just kind of went from there. Next thing you know, athletes are calling, agents are calling.
“I think it’s because I focus more on styling than clothing design. It’s not just giving you a suit, it’s what is a suit doing for you right now? Next month? In the next year? How do I combine it with things I’d like to continue to produce for you? It’s just always being very thoughtful and thought out.”
Walking into this process, I had no real frame of reference for what to expect. Like most people, I am an off-the-rack clothes guy. I value comfort and usability over fashion. Was this going to be a painful process? Would I open a bottle of wine and have my feet rubbed? Honestly, I had no idea what to expect.
I can tell you now, the process was thorough. I think they took fewer measurements when building my house. We talked quite a bit about my personal interests. It was a strange process, but one that helped Jang understand who I was as a person, so he could help find a style that suits me.
It seemed strange, but that level of detail is what makes custom-built clothing special and unique.
For Adriaen Black, those meticulous details are the foundation of how they developed their process for fitting and working with athletes.
“So one, I have a really good team,” Jang explained. “There is styling, fitting, design and construction; those are basically the things I believe goes into making the perfect outfit for somebody. Styling just comes so naturally for me. We kind of talked about how the individuality comes out: I see it. I see it in you and I want to bring it out. Then we I go to fitting and measuring. That takes a lot of time. It took a lot of times getting it wrong, and then working with some seasoned vets that we really worked with.
“When I measure and I am talking to the tailor, I use very big adjectives when I am describing what I want. ‘This guy is this, and here is what I want. I want this kind of in between Euro and Slim fit type of thing.’ We’ve built algorithms that allow us to make that construction almost seamless.
“You’ll feel it. Every person I have put a blazer on, it has literally fit perfect. And it that’s smile on their face that tells me that’s true.”
In total, the measuring process took more than 45 minutes – partially because of the conversations in between measures, but also because of the number of measuring points used to get that perfect fit Jang is so proud of.
Fortunately for me, Jang scheduled enough time between clients that new Knicks guard Courtney Lee only had to wait a few minutes.
Working with athletes can be a very lucrative business, but for Adriaen Black the ability to work with so many daring and creative personalities defines the business a lot more than the price tags.
“In a lot of ways, I think I can relate just to them as people,” Jang explained. “You know athletes; there is a misconception about who they are. I never have really followed sports, but everything everyone had told me or everything you’d hear. You put this guy on some pedestal, or hear they’re an awful person, or that they have all this money. And what I liked as I met them is they are all great people. Super Ffunny, super fun and chill.
“I guess I get excited because they are in a place in their career doing something very special that they are dedicated to that I think all of us as young boys or girls looked up to at some point. I remember that every one of the people that I loved and looked up to were athletes. So even though I am not following sports, the fact that I get to work with them and help them in some way, it does make me really happy.”
This year, Adriaen Black designed the suits and fashion for Sacramento Kings big man Skal Labissière, one of the more commented on suits of the draft class. Surprisingly, it was also the first time one of Adriaen Black’s suits was prominently featured on national television.
“Usually everybody is like, ‘Hey, I am going to a wedding,'” Jang said of why his work hadn’t be on TV before. “Literally every other client was, ‘I’m just going to some event,’ and I would make it for them for that or build out a year-long wardrobe and they just wear it for everyday wear. The draft was the first one like that and it was kind of big.”
Normally, a small handful of designers do the custom suits players wear for the draft, so this was no small endeavor for Adriaen Black.
“It was kind of daunting,” Jang admitted. “I really didn’t get into it for any of that.
“One, I was so happy for Skal. Everyone couldn’t stop talking about how great he looked. There is a big badge of honor. I think any designer, our biggest goal is to have someone, at least one person, wear our clothes. That was a real cool thing to have it on him, and on such a big stage. I really liked it when people were calling and saying he was so well dressed.”
Having a hit suit during the NBA Draft did open a lot of new doors.
“A lot more than I was used to, which was really cool,” Jang said.
While Jang and Adriaen Black have worked with countless players across many sports, the chance to do a draft-day suit never materialized until now. So the chance to work with Labissière was something of chance timing.
“I finally made the decision to work with some other people and my team; I was going to stop being just so secluded and only working with a handful of people,” Jang explained. “We wanted to do something more special. So we had actually reached out to one agent and he ended up referring us to a couple more. That is when Travis King called and said, ‘I have this guy, he’s kind of unknown but he is really cool, would you mind meeting him?’ I met him and just fell in love with the kid. So we had kind of been talking about it, and I remember saying, ‘If we do this, one of my goals is to be at a draft.’ And then literally it happened like three or four weeks later. I think it was a bit of luck and just really great timing that we had planned it out and suddenly it all happened.”
“Skal is awesome. Cameron Payne is another one,” Jang said. “Mookie Betts, who is over at the Red Sox. If you look at three of those, they look great in clothes, although some of them didn’t know it, especially the type of clothes I make. But their personalities are so uniquely different.”
It’s the personality part that Adriaen Black really focuses on.
“Skal is amazing,” Jang said with a smile. “Such a vibrant soul. When you are around him, you feel such a good presence. When I was near him, I’m like, ‘I know what types of clothes I want to make for you. I want to make you so fashionable.’ To me, there is fashion and there is style. Then there is mixing fashion and style. That’s how I work with everybody; it’s one of those three combinations.
“With Skal, it is just going to be fashion all day long with me. You have got that height, got that charisma and it’s going to show. [With Skal], people are going to look at you even if you have a bright fuchsia blazer on and you are just going to kill it. And he did.”
So how did Labissière respond to his suit game being such a hit at the draft?
“Even guys like Cam who have never really worn suits, when I put it on him, there is this desire now where it’s like ‘Oooh.. I want to look this good all the time,’” Jang said. “With Skal, we actually have an endorsement agreement with him, so we’re going to be creating a custom line of clothing for guys like Skal. When you come to the new Adrien Black site, it’s going to show off six to nine professional athlete personas. So new clients can come there and be like, ‘I want to dress like Skal, I have that same personality.’ Then, we’ll design we’ll design a custom line around a persona like Skal.”
Outfitting a draft pick is one thing, but competing with the likes of Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is another thing entirely, which is why signing Cameron Payne was so interesting to Jang.
“Russell is considered one of the most fashionable, because he wears so much crazy and outlandish [stuff] – but it works for him,” Jang explained. “With Cam, I told him I want to do a couple of things: I want to graduate him a little bit as far maturity of understanding what fashion and style is, but then I do want to put him in that best dressed category. So when they talk about Westbrook, it’s also Westbrook – Payne.
“I think anytime Russell Westbrook shows up; I am going to have Cam show up, but in slightly something a little different. They’ll look at Westbrook and say, ‘Wow, did you see what he is wearing?’ But then, ‘Did you see what Cam is wearing?’ Equally, competing, but in this completely graduated way; we’re going to have a ton of fun.”
Jang and his team have already started working on designs and ideas for Payne, and are hoping to put him on the map with his own style and fashion.
“It’s going to be this whole line of slacks that you didn’t know you could put rips through them,” Jang said. “We’re going to do these custom sport blazers; we’ve already designed out a bunch for him. But have them under a beautifully designed button-up shirt with a beautiful pattern. It’s things that are going to really challenge who we are as a group, but then be able to put him right next to Russell Westbrook.”
While my suit won’t be ready until mid-August – photos will be supplied at a later date – Adriaen Black is ramping up some creative ideas around more than a dozen players, and they are not exclusively working with athletes.
“Primary, I do work with athletes. I do really well with their body figures. I do really well with their personalities,” Jang said. “But we do have clients that reach us that are just Regular Joes, or as I call them ‘Regular Mes.’ We base most of what we try to do on a membership model, so they can sign up for a monthly membership and then we’ll ask them, ‘Who do you want to dress like?’ and literally they can say, ‘I want to look similar to this,’ and we’ll make the wardrobe for them.”
Jang and his team have been incredible to work with, and their passion for the process and the looks they have generated are exciting.
The idea of a suit like Labissière pulled off on draft night sounded too good to pass up, and being able to share the process seemed like a great offseason project. We’ll see if I can pull it off as well as he did.
NBA Announces 2018 NBA Draft Early Entry Candidates
The NBA announced the 2018 NBA Draft Early Entry list, including 181 players from colleges and post-graduate institutions and 55 international players.
NEW YORK, April 24, 2018 – The National Basketball Association announced today that 236 players — 181 players from colleges and post-graduate institutions and 55 international players — have filed as early entry candidates for the 2018 NBA Draft presented by State Farm.
Players wishing to enter the 2018 NBA Draft were required to submit a letter to the NBA to be received no later than Sunday, April 22. Players who have applied for early entry have the right to withdraw their names from consideration for the Draft by notifying the NBA of their decision in writing no later than 5 p.m. ET on Monday, June 11. Under NCAA rules, in order to retain college basketball eligibility, underclassmen who have entered the 2018 Draft must withdraw by Wednesday, May 30.
Following is the list of players from colleges and post-graduate institutions who have applied for early entry into the 2018 NBA Draft, which will be held Thursday, June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
EARLY ENTRY CANDIDATES FOR 2018 NBA DRAFT
|Admon Gilder||Texas A&M||6-4||Junior|
|Anfernee Simons||IMG Academy||6-4||Post-Graduate|
|Barry Brown Jr.||Kansas State||6-3||Junior|
|Brian Bowen II||South Carolina||6-7||Freshman|
|Bruce Brown Jr.||Miami||6-5||Sophomore|
|Bryant Crawford||Wake Forest||6-3||Junior|
|Chris Silva||South Carolina||6-9||Junior|
|Christian Keeling||Charleston Southern||6-4||Sophomore|
|Christian Mekowulu||Tennessee State||6-9||Junior|
|DeAngelo Isby||Utah State||6-5||Junior|
|Demajeo Wiggins||Bowling Green||6-10||Junior|
|Deshon Taylor||Fresno State||6-2||Junior|
|Devonte Klines||Montana State||6-0||Junior|
|Dextor Foster||ASA College (FL)||6-5||Junior|
|DJ Hogg||Texas A&M||6-9||Junior|
|Dominic Magee||Southern Mississippi||6-4||Junior|
|Doral Moore||Wake Forest||7-1||Junior|
|Drew Eubanks||Oregon State||6-10||Junior|
|Eric Davis Jr.||Texas||6-3||Junior|
|Esa Ahmad||West Virginia||6-8||Junior|
|Eugene German||Northern Illinois||6-0||Sophomore|
|Fred Sims Jr.||Chicago State||6-4||Junior|
|Gary Trent Jr.||Duke||6-6||Freshman|
|Isaac Copeland Jr.||Nebraska||6-9||Junior|
|Ismaila Kane||Atlanta Metropolitan||6-9||Freshman|
|Jalen McDaniels||San Diego State||6-10||Freshman|
|Jalon Pipkins||Cal State-Northridge||6-4||Freshman|
|James Palmer Jr.||Nebraska||6-6||Junior|
|Jaren Jackson Jr.||Michigan State||6-11||Freshman|
|Jaylin Walker||Kent State||6-1||Junior|
|Jerome Robinson||Boston College||6-6||Junior|
|Jordan Brangers||South Plains College (TX)||6-2 S||ophomore|
|Jordan Davis||Northern Colorado||6-2||Junior|
|Jordan Murdock||Friends University||6-4||Junior|
|Josh Okogie||Georgia Tech||6-4||Sophomore|
|Kalob Ledoux||McNeese State||6-3||Sophomore|
|Keanu Peters||Salt Lake CC (UT)||6-2||Sophomore|
|Keita Bates-Diop||Ohio State||6-7||Junior|
|Kerwin Roach II||Texas||6-4||Junior|
|Ky Bowman||Boston College||6-1||Sophomore|
|Lamar Peters||Mississippi State||6-0||Sophomore|
|Lamonte Bearden||Western Kentucky||6-3||Junior|
|Landry Shamet||Wichita State||6-4||Sophomore|
|Lindell Wigginton||Iowa State||6-2||Freshman|
|Luke Maye||North Carolina||6-8||Junior|
|Makinde London||Tennessee-Chattanooga||6-10 Juni||or|
|Malik Martin||South Florida||6-11||Junior|
|Markis McDuffie||Wichita State||6-8||Junior|
|Marvin Bagley III||Duke||6-11||Freshman|
|Max Montana||San Diego State||6-9||Junior|
|Melvin Frazier Jr.||Tulane||6-6||Junior|
|Michael Porter Jr.||Missouri||6-10||Freshman|
|Mike Amius||Western Carolina||6-7||Junior|
|Mike Daum||South Dakota State||6-9||Junior|
|Miles Bridges||Michigan State||6-7||Sophomore|
|Mitchell Robinson||Western Kentucky||7-0||Freshman|
|Nick Ward||Michigan State||6-8||Sophomore|
|Quinndary Weatherspoon||Mississippi State||6-4||Junior|
|Ray Ona Embo||Tulane||6-5||Sophomore|
|Robert Franks Jr.||Washington State||6-7||Junior|
|Robert Williams III||Texas A&M||6-10||Sophomore|
|Ronshad Shabazz||Appalachian State||6-5||Junior|
|Sagaba Konate||West Virginia||6-8||Sophomore|
|Shamorie Ponds||St. John痴||6-1||Sophomore|
|Tashawn Berry||Dakota College (ND)||6-3||Sophomore|
|Tavarius Shine||Oklahoma State||6-6||Junior|
|Tony Carr||Penn State||6-5||Sophomore|
|Torin Dorn||North Carolina State||6-5||Junior|
|Tramaine Isabell Jr.||Drexel||6-1||Junior|
|Tremaine Fraiser||Westchester CC (NY)||6-3||Sophomore|
|Troy Brown Jr.||Oregon||6-7||Freshman|
|Tyler Davis||Texas A&M||6-10||Junior|
|Tyler Hall||Montana State||6-4||Junior|
|Victor Lewis II||West Texas A&M||6-3||Junior|
|Wendell Carter Jr.||Duke||6-10||Freshman|
|Yankuba Sima||Oklahoma State||6-11||Junior|
|Zach Hankins||Ferris State||6-10||Junior|
|Zhaire Smith||Texas Tech||6-5||Freshman|
The following is the list of international players who have applied for early entry into the 2018 NBA Draft:
|Player||Team/Country of Team||Height||Status|
|Adam Mokoka||Gravelines (France)||6-4||1998 DOB|
|Aleksander Dziewa||Slask Wroclaw (Poland)||6-9||1997 DOB|
|Amine Noua||ASVEL (France)||6-8||1997 DOB|
|Antonios Koniaris||PAOK (Greece)||6-4||1997 DOB|
|Arnoldas Kulboka||Capo d丹rlando (Italy)||6-10||1998 DOB|
|Berkan Durmaz||Tofas (Turkey)||6-9||1997 DOB|
|Berke Atar||Bandirma Kirmizi (Turkey)||6-11||1999 DOB|
|Blaz Mesicek||Brindisi (Italy)||6-6||1997 DOB|
|Darel Poirier||Charleville (France)||6-9||1997 DOB|
|Dzanan Musa||Cedevita (Croatia)||6-8||1999 DOB|
|Elie Okobo||Pau Orthez (France)||6-2||1997 DOB|
|Emanuel Cate||Prat (Spain)||6-9||1997 DOB|
|Erxhan Osmani||Bandirma Kirmizi (Turkey)||6-9||1998 DOB|
|Etienne Ca||Chalon (France)||6-11||1997 DOB|
|Filip Zagrajski||Beli Manastir (Croatia)||6-4||1997 DOB|
|Gabriel Galvanini||Bauru (Brazil)||6-8||1998 DOB|
|Georgios Kalaitzakis||Panathinaikos (Greece)||6-6||1999 DOB|
|Goga Bitadze||Mega Bemax (Serbia)||6-11||1999 DOB|
|Ibrahima Faye||Poitiers (France)||6-10||1997 DOB|
|Isaac Bonga||Fraport Skyliners (Germany)||6-9||1999 DOB|
|Issuf Sanon||Olimpija (Slovenia)||6-3||1999 DOB|
|Jean-Marc Pansa||Nanterre (France)||6-10||1997 DOB|
|Karim Jallow||Bayern Munich (Germany)||6-7||1997 DOB|
|Laurynas Beliauskas||Neptunas (Lithuania)||6-4||1997 DOB|
|Laurynas Birutis||Siauliai (Lithuania)||7-0||1997 DOB|
|Leon Kratzer||Wuerzburg (Germany)||6-11||1997 DOB|
|Leonardo Tote||Verona (Italy)||6-10||1997 DOB|
|LiAngelo Ball||UCLA/Vytautas (Lithuania)||6-5||1998 DOB|
|Louis Olinde||Brose Baskets (Germany)||6-9||1998 DOB|
|Luka Doncic||Real Madrid (Spain)||6-7||1999 DOB|
|Marcel Ponitka||Asseco (Poland)||6-5||1997 DOB|
|Martynas Echodas||Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)||6-9||1997 DOB|
|Martynas Varnas||Pieno Zvaigzdes (Lithuania)||6-5||1997 DOB|
|Matas Jogela||Zalgiris II (Lithuania)||6-6||1998 DOB|
|Matur Maker||CIBA (Canada)||6-11||1998 DOB|
|Melvyn Govindy||Cholet (France)||7-0||1997 DOB|
|Michael Uchendu||Bauru (Brazil)||6-9||1998 DOB|
|Michal Kolenda||Trefl Sopot (Poland)||6-7||1997 DOB|
|Muhaymin Mustafa||Anadolu Efes (Turkey)||6-5||1999 DOB|
|Rihards Berzins||Liepaja (Latvia)||6-11||1997 DOB|
|Rodions Kurucs||Barcelona (Spain)||6-9||1998 DOB|
|Romaric Belemene||Oviedo (Spain)||6-9||1997 DOB|
|Shekinah Munanga||Monaco (France)||6-7||1997 DOB|
|Sigfredo Casero-Ortiz||GET Vosges (France)||6-1||1997 DOB|
|Stephane Gombauld||Lille Metropole (France)||6-9||1997 DOB|
|Tadas Sedekerskis||Nevezis (Lithuania)||6-8||1998 DOB|
|Tryggvi Hlinason||Valencia (Spain)||7-1||1997 DOB|
|Vanja Marinkovic||Partizan (Serbia)||6-6||1997 DOB|
|Vasileios Charalampopoulos P||AOK (Greece)||6-9||1997 DOB|
|Viny Okouo||Unicaja (Spain)||7-1||1997 DOB|
|William McDowell-White B||aunach (Germany) 6||-5||1998 DOB|
|Williams Narace||Nancy (France)||6-8||1997 DOB|
|Xabier Lopez-Arostegui||Joventut Badalona (Spain)||6-6||1997 DOB|
|Yago Dos Santos||Paulistano (Brazil)||5-10||1999 DOB|
|Yoan Granvorka||Monthey (Switzerland)||6-7||1997 DOB|
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NBA Daily: Deep Bench Stays Ready for the Pelicans
Though out of the rotation, DeAndre Liggins and Jordan Crawford are staying ready to step up and contribute for New Orleans, writes David Yapkowitz.
As DeAndre Liggins is standing by his locker talking about what his next move might be in terms of free agency, he gets a ringing endorsement from the New Orleans Pelicans’ franchise guy, Anthony Davis.
“He ain’t going nowhere,” Davis shouts from across the locker room. “He ain’t going nowhere.”
Liggins pauses for a moment, lets out a laugh and then turns back.
“I don’t know, I’ll have to talk to Dell [Demps],” Liggins told Basketball Insiders with a grin.
With the NBA playoffs in full swing, there are always those guys on the fringe — players who may not always know when they’ll have a chance to get into a game. It can be tough sitting on the bench and watching the rest of the team partake in the postseason.
For players like Liggins, however, they’re just as much a part of the team as the guys in the rotation. They do bring value to the team. And they patiently await their turn, however long that may take. Even if he doesn’t get to play in an actual playoff game, Liggins believes he understands the atmosphere.
“It started off in Orlando, a playoff team. OKC was a playoff team. I’ve been in the playoffs twice,” Liggins told Basketball Insiders. “I haven’t experienced playing minutes, but I know what the feeling is like, I know what the vibe is like. It’ll be great going into the playoffs, we’ll be ready.”
Liggins has never spent more than one season with any team. He’s spent the past seven years shuffling between the Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami HEAT, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks and now New Orleans.
He had a bit of a breakthrough with Cleveland where he emerged as one of the better perimeter defenders on the team. He started 19 games for the Cavaliers last season and shot 37.8 percent from the three-point line. It’s been that 3 and D calling card that’s allowed him to latch on from team to team despite never really playing major minutes.
“Just bringing that defensive energy. I do all the little things like take charges, all the intangibles,” Liggins told Basketball Insiders. “I was the same way at Kentucky. You got to stick to what you know, what you do, and play a role. Especially when you’re in the league and being on this type of team.”
Liggins has a non-guaranteed contract for next season. It’s too early to know what the Pelicans front office will decide to do. He isn’t focused on that right now though. Right now, the focus is helping New Orleans make a deep playoff run even if he isn’t on the court that much.
He joined the Pelicans around mid-season after being cut by the Bucks. Although he hasn’t been on the team for very long, he’s already noticed the competitiveness and togetherness of this group. They rallied around each other following the season ending injury to DeMarcus Cousins.
“We just clicked and gelled when [Cousins] went down,” Liggins told Basketball Insiders. “I think we lost three or four in a row then after that we just started changing the way we play.”
Aside from Liggins, the Pelicans also feature Jordan Crawford who is in a similar situation right now. Their career beginnings may be a bit different, Crawford was a regular rotation player for playoff teams in the past, but as playoff rotations have tightened up, Crawford has also found himself on the outside looking in.
He was on the Pelicans roster to begin the season but was cut in favor of Jameer Nelson when an injury to Rajon Rondo precipitated the need for point guard help. He had been a key player in the rotation but upon his return near the end of the season, he found himself mostly glued to the bench.
Crawford initially was a bench scorer for the Pelicans, capable of getting hot quickly and putting up a flurry of points on the board. He was nicknamed ‘Instant Grits’ by Cousins due to his penchant for scoring. He’s a little bit unsure though of what he’s going to be asked to do this time around.
“I have no clue. I’m going to try to find out,” Crawford told Basketball Insiders. “I’m going to work my way through, do what I got to do to make the coaches happy and stuff like that. But I don’t know my role yet.”
When Crawford signed with the Pelicans earlier this month, his contract was only for the duration of the regular season and playoffs. He too will be entering free agency this summer, and due to his lack of postseason playing time, he might have to rely on past performances to secure that next contract.
He also isn’t too concerned about that right now. While he is anticipating the summertime, he’s just thrilled to be back with a familiar team, even if the playing time is scarce right now.
“I’m looking forward to the summer, definitely looking forward to the offseason,” Crawford told Basketball Insiders. “I’m happy I accomplished getting back on the team for the season. That’s good right now, I’m satisfied with that for right now.”
Although he was cut despite having initially carved out an important role on the team, Crawford always remained positive and believed things would eventually fall into place. He wasn’t sure if that place would be New Orleans, but he’s glad that it was them who came calling once again.
“I didn’t think I’d be back here. They did stay kind of connected with me, talked to me,” Crawford told Basketball Insiders. “I did have a good time while I was here, so it wasn’t no bad attitude, hard feelings or nothing. It always could’ve worked and by not having a bad attitude it allowed it to work again. It’s been a blessing.”
They stayed in contact with him and made him feel like a part of the team again. And for players like Crawford and Liggins, players who may not know who their next contract is coming from or when their next minute on the court might be, sometimes that makes all the difference
NBA Daily: 2018 60-Pick NBA Mock Draft – 4/24/18
The deadline for early entry into the 2018 NBA Draft has passed, so Basketball Insiders Publisher Steve Kyler offers up another 60-pick Mock Draft.
The Deadline for early entry into the 2018 NBA Draft was April 22, however, the NBA hasn’t yet released the full list of eligible players. There appear to be more than 153 underclassmen that have declared to “test the waters” according to reports. By way of comparison, last year there were 137 players from college and an additional 45 from international basketball that declared early, with 73 of those players pulling out after going through the process.
The 2018 Draft class could be shaping up to be one of the biggest, especially when you consider the volume of highly draftable seniors.
There are still some dates to keep in mind:
The NBA Draft Lottery will be held in Chicago on May 15. The annual NBA Draft Combine will get underway on May 16, also in Chicago. In any given draft year, roughly 70 percent of players invited to the Combine end up being drafted into the NBA, so a Combine invite is a significant draft milestone.
The NCAA requires all players wishing to maintain their college eligibility, without penalty, to withdraw from the NBA Draft by 11:59 pm on May 30. That is an NCAA mandated date, not related to anything involving the NBA, and that notice must be delivered in writing.
The NBA’s draft withdrawal date is June 11 by 5:00 pm ET. The NBA’s date allows a prospect to remain NBA draft eligible for future NBA drafts and is not related to any NCAA rule or date. There are ways for college players that did not accept benefits to return to college, however, they may be subject to NCAA penalties.
Here is this week’s 2018 NBA Mock Draft, based on the final pre-draft lottery draft order:
Here are some of the pick swaps and how they landed where they are currently projected:
The Cleveland Cavaliers are owed the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick as a result of the Kyrie Irving trade this past summer. The Brooklyn Nets traded several unprotected picks to Boston as part of the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trades in 2015.
The Philadelphia 76ers are owed the LA Lakers’ 2018 Draft pick, unprotected, as a result of the 2012 Steve Nash trade with the Suns. The Suns traded that pick to the 76ers as part of the Michael Carter-Williams three-team trade with the Milwaukee in 2015. The 76ers traded that pick to the Boston Celtics as part of the draft pick trade that became Markelle Fultz before the draft; it has 2 through 5 protections. Based on the final regular-season standings should convey to Philadelphia if the draft lottery holds true to the standings.
The LA Clippers are owed the Detroit Pistons first-round pick in 2018 as a result of the Blake Griffin trade. The pick is top four protected and would convey if the draft lottery holds true to the standings.
The Phoenix Suns are owed the Miami HEAT’s first-round pick as part of the Goran Dragic trade in 2015, it is top-seven protected and would convey to Phoenix based on the final NBA standings.
The Phoenix Suns were owed the Milwaukee Bucks’ first-round pick as part of the Eric Bledsoe trade. The pick would only convey if the Bucks pick landed between the 11th and 16th pick, which based on the final NBA standings did not convey. The Suns will now receive the Bucks 2019 first-round pick assuming it falls between the fourth and 16th pick.
The Atlanta Hawks are owed the Minnesota Timberwolves’ first-round pick as part of the Adreian Payne trade in 2015. The pick was lottery protected and would convey to Atlanta based on the final NBA standings.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are owed the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first-round pick as part of the Jazz/Wolves Ricky Rubio trade this past summer. The Jazz acquired the pick as part of the Thunder’s deal to obtain Enes Kanter in 2015. The pick was lottery protected and would convey based on the final NBA standings.
The Chicago Bulls are owed the New Orleans Pelicans first-round pick as a result of the Nikola Mirotic trade. The pick was top-five protected and based on the final NBA standings would convey
The LA Lakers are owed the Cleveland Cavaliers first-round pick as a result of Jordan Clarkson/Larry Nance Jr. trade. The pick was top-three protected and based on the final NBA standings would convey
The Brooklyn Nets are owed the Toronto Raptors’ first-round pick as part of the DeMarre Carroll salary dump trade this past summer. The pick was lottery protected and based on the final NBA standings would convey
The Atlanta Hawks are owed the Houston Rockets’ first-round pick as part of a three-team deal with the LA Clippers and Denver Nuggets involving Danilo Gallinari and taking back Jamal Crawford and Diamond Stone. The pick was top-three protected and based on the final NBA standings would convey
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