The Ringer is already doing a redraft for the 2018 NBA Draft, which seems like it’s way too soon (because it is), but both of Kentucky’s lottery picks take a jump up after their Summer League performances.
Former UK guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander jumps all the way up to No. 3, which is where the Atlanta Hawks picked Trae Young.
Here’s what The Ringer’s Jonathan Tjarks said about Gilgeous-Alexander when discussing this pick.
I thought one of the stories of summer league was the strong play of Gilgeous-Alexander and his Kentucky teammate Kevin Knox, who were unmoored after playing in a restrictive half-court offense in college that had virtually no 3-point shooting. I love SGA’s size (6-foot-6 with a 7-foot wingspan), offensive game, and two-way potential.
Kevin O’Connor also said that he’s impressed with Gilgeous-Alexander, but still had concerns over his shaky jumper.
Kevin Knox climbs to No. 7, where the Chicago Bulls selected Wendell Carter Jr. Tjarks also talked about Knox’s impressive play in Las Vegas, and took shots at John Calipari.
Like SGA, Knox was a revelation in Vegas. John Calipari might end up taking a big L if those two outperform their draft position. The construction of that Kentucky team was a crime against basketball on so many levels. With a healthy KP at the 5, Knox and Frank Ntilikina on the wings, and a free-agent target (Kyrie? Kemba?) at point in 2019, I’m excited about the future of the Knicks for the first time in a long time.
That’s rough. But his analysis of Knox is right, and he’s got the potential to make this New York Knicks team dangerous.
You can read the rest of the redraft here, in which Marvin Bagley III and Trae Young fall quite far thanks in part to the rise of both Kentucky players.