The top three players in this year's N.B.A. discuss so much that most people do not even need their families: Zion, Ja and R.J. I will do it.
So what happens when you're the fourth player in a three-game game?
Darius Garland, a sharpshooter from Vanderbilt, is likely to find out. That is, he will do so if his scandalous stock does not bring him into this praised first three.
Expecting the Barclays Center's fourth project is that the New Orleans pelicans will take Duke Sion Williamson to No. 1, Memphis Grizzlies, who plans to trade with Mike Conley in Utah Jazz, take Ja Morant to Murray's 2nd place, while Nix, despite some recent talk about alternative options, will take Jake RJ Barrett at No. 3.
While Barrett is sitting at Grand Hyatt in New York on Wednesday, answering at least eight Knicks questions, Garland is in court for the team. 19659007] When a series of reporters later tracked Garland, who was not invited for his media time, he said that Nix's visit proves that he is still in line with them. And if the Pelicans, Grizzly and Nix say it? He has plans to make them pay.
"It will take me to another level," Garland told the reporters, adding that he thought the only reason he was not in the conversation was the time he missed last season. with knee trauma.
The 6-foot 3 Garland may have a point. He played only five matches for Vanderbilt as a result of a meniscus trauma in the left knee that required surgery, but in these five games he went 11 out of 23 at 3 points. And when you look at his size, his magical work with the ball and his shooting range, which begins right in the semi-court area, is easy to compare with a pair of 6-foot-3-point security guards: Steven Curry and Damian. Garland, 19, does not have NCAA's Curry Tournament Heroism, or the four-year Lilard's summary of steady progress, but there are enough resemblance that his fall outside the top group of peaks may eventually look as bad as it is now for these All-Stars.
Some, including ESPN Jay Billas, believed there would be good players in 2009, but Blake Griffin from Oklahoma was the only sure thing. Curry, however, had fans. Mike Antoni, Coach of Nix, at that time, seemed to know exactly what he missed when the Golden State used the seventh three-pointer of Carrie, a place before Nicks to prepare Jordan Hill. If I have to be honest, I'm probably going to lie if I say no, "said Antony, when asked if he was upset that Nicks could not make a curry. Probably considering how Hill will look at this statement, Antoni adds, "It would probably be better if I lie to you."
In 2012 Lillard's big blow is that he played for Webbernder and could give up. tighter competition. He was finally selected by Portland with Selection No. 6.
"I can not control what people believe or what people say," Lillard told Oregon at the time. "But I know we belong here. I know I can play at this level.
Garland, the son of Winston Garland, a player who plays seven seasons in the NBA, is also lacking in confidence. He would not even admit that the move to number 3 would match his ability as he thought he was worthy of Memphis at number 2.
"I'm confident," he said. "I will not just say that someone is better than me."
The four best teams – Pelicans, Grizzlies, Nix and the Pelicans are again at number 4 due to the upcoming Anthony Davis trade with Los Angeles. Angeles Lakers – by Thursday night, they need to know if Garland's self-esteem is correct.
The case for the other boys
Nix must be the first team to tell people to make the fourth player in the "three-player can do well. This happened to them in the 2015 project, which is believed to be the heaviest with Kentucky Carl-Anthony Towns, Ohio's Angelo Russell and Jack Jaggill Okafor.
At number 4, Nicks chose a little-known Latvian named Crystal Poringus, who was included in the project manuals such as 6 feet 11 inches. In fact, Porzingis was 7-foot-3 and became All-Star in 2017-18 before breaking his front cross link.
Things worked out badly between Nix and Porridge, and the kindly called Unicorn was trading with Dallas as he rebuked his knee. However, it is difficult to say that he has not surpassed a "sure thing" like Okafor; except last season, he was much better than Russell. So far, the most productive choices in this class have been No. 1 (Cities), 11 (Myles Turner), 32 (Montrezl Harrell), 6 (Willie Cauley-Stein) and 27 (Larry Nance Jr.).
There are no perfect basketball stats to encapsulate the player's value but the winning basketball basketball events have been selected as the top four player in five projects: 1966 (Lou Hughson), 1975 (Alvan Adams), 1991 (Dikembe Mutombo), 2004 (Chris Paul) and 2008 (Russell Westbrook). And four other four (Byron Scott, Glenn Rice, Rashid Wallace and Ataun Jamison) proved to be more valuable than the three players who were raised before them, even if they were not the most valuable members of their projects. 19659023] Who else is there?
Beyond top three and Garland, the draft has many interesting players. Texas Jardet Calver can be a huge asset at both ends of the court. Washington's Dean Andre Hunter and Washington's Matisse Tibulus can be defensive stars, and Jackson Jackson of Texas will shake people with his crap and have two unconscious archers in Kentucky Tyler Hero and Cameron Johnson of North Carolina. The project has a son of Manute Bole (Bol in Oregon), the nephew of Dickembe Mutombo (Mufundu Kabengele in Florida) and the cousin of Shay Gildis-Alexander (Nickel Alexander-Walker).
Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky could produce three spikes for the first round, and Virginia and Gonzaga could produce two.
The most general theme of the project, however, is how many players this year reflect the growing number of players. the impact of the international game. Canada has a chance to beat France's record of five players sent by a country other than the United States for one year, and the NBA Borderless Basketball Program has a chance to surpass its best of six prepared players, the feat is achieved three times.
And in the biggest development of Gonzaga's Rui Khachimura international basketball, whose parents are Japanese and Benin, he is expected to make history as the first player born in Japan to be drawn.