By: John Morgan Francis
This year’s NBA draft has potential to be even better than the legendary 2003 “Lebron James” draft. Could we see a major shake-up on draft night? Probably not. But with the NBA Finals cut short due to the 4-headed monster out West, why not entertain some ideas? In this trade the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings all get what they want on draft night.
LA receives Marquese Chriss, Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker and the fourth overall pick. Philly receives Brandon Knight, Buddy Hield, Nick Young and the fifth overall pick. Phoenix receives Brandon Ingram, D’Angelo Russell, Jahlil Okafor, Timofey Mozgov and the second overall pick. Sacramento receives Gerald Henderson, Dario Saric and the third overall pick.
We all know Paul George is heading to Laker Land next summer. Here LA trades back in the draft, swaps out their second/third year guys and a bad contract for a proven two-way point guard, a rising star shooting guard and a potentially elite big. With the fourth pick, they get a steal and arguably second best talent in the draft Justin Jackson.
The 76ers are stocked with bigs and it’s no surprise to see them dish some out for guards to surround Ben Simmons. They move back to the fifth slot but can take Jayson Tatum who is a perfect fit. The potential playoff lineup would be Knight, Hield, Tatum, Simmons and Embiid. With the fifth pick, Philly takes Jayson Tatum, another shooter for Ben Simmons.
The Suns have more young, talented players than they know what to do with. Yet they can’t win games. That’s the recipe for dynamite. The Suns blow it up here but in return get new talent and their point guard with the second pick: Lonzo Ball. Their lineup then looks like: Ball, Russell, Ingram, Bender and Okafor.
The Kings have been a mess for a decade. They pretty much traded Demarcus Cousins for Buddy Hield and the 10th pick this year. However they turn Hield and the fifth pick into the third to draft De’Aaron Fox. They also receive a veteran guard and big with high upside. With the 10th pick, they select NBA-ready Justin Jackson.
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