As we approach towards the final stages of NCAA’s March Madness, we have to take a deeper look at the top prospects that are very likely to be high lottery picks in this upcoming NBA Draft, as we love to follow the early steps on the career of the young stars that take the league for assault.
This draft promises to be one of the most talent-loaded drafts we’ve seen in years, although is also one of the most balanced drafts in a while, as there’s a lot of great players but there isn’t a player that clearly stands out from the crowd.
One of this year’s most intriguing and interesting prospects is Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox, who actually outplayed Lonzo Ball, a player that’s very likely to be either the first or the second pick in this upcoming draft.
Even if Kentucky recently got knocked out of the running for the NCAA Championship, Fox promises to be the next big star in John Calipari’s one and done system, as the 19-year-old has caught the attention of the best scouts in the league since the start of the season.
The former Cypress Lakes point guard chose to play for the UK ahead of other great programs as Kansas, LSU and Louisville, and he managed to put up some decent averages through his freshman year, averaging 16.7 points, 4 boards, 4.6 assists and 1.5 turnovers in 29.6 mins per night.
So, considering that Fox is also considered one of the top 5 prospects in this year’s NBA Draft, let’s take a look at the top 3 destinations for the 19-year-old, taking the Boston Celtics out of the conversation as they’re pretty loaded in that spot with Thomas, Smart, Bradley and Rozier.
Well, the Victor Oladipo experiment didn’t work out very well for the Magic, so they wound up giving up on him and sending him to play alongside Brodie and the Oklahoma City Thunder, “renting” Serge Ibaka just to lose him after several months.
Besides, when Elfrid Payton had to step up and take the reins of the team, the “new Rondo” completely choked and his development stalled a lot, so the Magic doesn’t have an actual starting point guard that could take the franchise to a whole new level.
Considering Payton’s lack of offense and the fact that D.J Augustin has failed to establish himself as a starter through most of his career, the Magic would be delighted to bring a talented point guard to the roster.
Just as the Magic, the Kings have had a lot of trouble at the point guard position over the last few years, as Rajon Rondo was a complete mess, Ty Lawson could never get back to his best and Darren Collison has failed to establish himself as a reliable starter.
Of course, fixing the point guard position would only solve one of the many issues Vlade Divac has to attend in Sac Town if he wants to take the franchise back from the ashes and into the playoffs for the first time in a while.
So, Fox could have his minutes on the high 30’s a night if he winds up arriving in Sacramento, and considering how young that squad’s getting and the fact that they’re not going to compete for a while, he could play without the pressure of the score and focus on developing his overall game.
New York Knicks
Phil Jackson has proved to be a very good scout, although his management of the New York Knicks and the creation of that roster has been questioned over the course of the season, as the former Bulls and Lakers coach tries to impose his triangle offense on guys that aren’t committed and don’t adjust to that kind of system.
On top of that, they’ve also struggled a lot in this position, featuring Jose Calderon, Jerian Grant, Brandon Jennings, Shane Larkin and Derrick Rose as the starting point guard over the last few seasons.
So, considering that Derrick Rose is set to be an unrestricted free agent in this offseason, the Knicks should look ahead, turn the page and focus on their future. Pairing this guy with Porzingis for the long run could wind up being awesome for the Knicks if they do things right and draft De’Aaron.