Thursday, 23 May 2024

2018 NBA Draft Recap — The Basketball Movement

The 2018 NBA Draft has concluded, ushering in a promising wave of new talent into the world’s premier basketball league. Following last season’s impressive rookie class, there were concerns that this year’s draft could fall short in terms of talent. However, once again, the draft proved that talent was abundant.

While there were a few surprises, much of the draft unfolded as expected. Deandre Ayton from Arizona was the first overall pick, chosen by the Phoenix Suns. The Sacramento Kings selected Marvin Bagley from Duke as the second pick. Euro superstar Luka Doncic was initially picked by the Atlanta Hawks at third, but he was later traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Trae Young, who was selected fifth, and a future first-round pick. Jaren Jackson Jr. from Michigan State went fourth to the Memphis Grizzlies.

One notable moment was the draft-day slide of Michael Porter Jr. from Mizzou, who was eventually picked by the Denver Nuggets at the fourteenth spot. Despite concerns over injuries, Porter Jr. is considered a valuable asset.

Other noteworthy picks include Alize Johnson from Missouri State, who was selected in the second round by the Indiana Pacers at 50. This marks the first time an MSU player has been drafted since Winston Garland in 1987. Grayson Allen at 21, Mortiz Wagner at 25, and Kostas Antetokounmpo (the younger brother of Giannis Antetokounmpo) at 60 were also notable picks.

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These young players show immense promise, promising an exciting summer and season ahead. Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with Alize Johnson as we discuss his experiences and expectations moving forward.

Congratulations to all the draftees, and for those who weren’t selected, remember that your opportunity will come. We are here to support you every step of the way.

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