The NBA Draft is in high gear and the LA Sports Pulse will do all it can to make sure you’re getting the best coverage out there. Here are the picks No. 6 to 10.
6). Orlando Magic Select Jonathan Isaac
The Magic decided to go with the lanky forward Jonathan Isaac out of Florida State. Isaac and Aaron Gordon in the front court will look dominant on paper. Isaac might have to get a bit stronger before the season starts, but the Magic right now seem to have two talented forwards.
7). Minnesota Timberwolves Select Lauri Markkanen
The Timberwolves will go with forward Lauri Markkanen out of Arizona. The pick is actually being made by the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls acquired the No. 7 pick in a trade that sent Jimmy Butler to Minnesota for Kris Dunn, Zach Lavine and the pick. Markkanen is a long forward with some range, a product that we have been seeing more in the NBA lately.
8). New York Knicks Select Frank Ntilinkina
With so much turmoil surrounding the Knicks, New York went with the French guard Frank Ntilinkina at No. 8. Ntilinkina is seen as a player who will fit well in the triangle offense. Luckily, Ntilinkina played in the same French league as players like Tony Parker and Nicolas Batum. Maybe he can get some insight into the dysfunction that is in the Knicks organizaton.
9). Dallas Mavericks Select Dennis Smith Jr.
Somehow, the Mavericks got really lucky that Dennis Smith Jr. fell all the way to No. 9. Smith may have thrived better with the Knicks, but he will end up in Dallas and be able to learn from legend Dirk Nowitzki. Smtih is a scorer, someone the Mavericks really need. He really proved himself as a freshman at N.C. State. His work ethic and ability to drive to basket helped him shoot up draft boards.
10). Sacramento Kings Select Zach Collins
The Kings will take Collins with the No. 10 pick and trade him to the Portland Trail Blazers. It could not really get any better for Collins. He won’t have to travel far from Gonzaga to get to Portland. Collins really showcased his talents in the NCAA Tournament. He did not start a single game until his senior year of high school. Somehow, he did enough to wow NBA scouts and make it into the lottery.