The Toronto Raptors chosen Florida State ahead Scottie Barnes with the fourth-overall decide within the NBA draft Thursday.
The 19-year-old averaged 10.3 factors and 4.1 assists final season and was named the Atlantic Coast Convention freshman of the 12 months.
Barnes, six-foot-eight, 225-pounds, hails from West Palm Seaside, Fla., and has a virtually seven-foot-three wing span.
The Detroit Pistons chosen Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham with the primary decide, the Houston Rockets selected Jalen Inexperienced of the NBA G League Ignite second and the Cleveland Cavaliers took USC centre Evan Mobley third total.
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Barnes marks Toronto’s highest choice since 2006 when the Raptors selected Andrea Bargnani with the No. 1 decide.
The Raptors additionally maintain the forty sixth and forty seventh picks on this 12 months’s draft.
The draft is later than its conventional late-June slot for the second straight 12 months as a result of COVID-19 pandemic that interrupted the 2019-20 season. The 2021-22 season is scheduled to return to its regular schedule, with subsequent 12 months’s draft set for June once more.
Pistons add high decide Cade Cunningham to youth motion
The Detroit Pistons chosen Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham with the No. 1 decide within the NBA draft Thursday night time.
Cunningham had been broadly anticipated to be the primary title referred to as in New York, although Pistons basic supervisor Troy Weaver would not reveal plans earlier this week and mentioned the crew would take a look at each situation, together with trades.
In the long run, Detroit caught with the 19-year-old talked about as a possible high decide earlier than ever stepping foot on the Oklahoma State campus.
The 6-foot-8, 220-pound level guard from Arlington, Texas, lived as much as expectations along with his dimension and fluid recreation to change into a first-team Related Press All-American. He averaged 20.1 factors, 6.2 rebounds and three.5 assists with a recreation that allowed him to hit from 3-point vary, rating off the dribble or discover teammates out of traps.
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Cunningham attended the draft sporting a darkish swimsuit, shirt and tie with sparkles on his collars and cuffs. When the decide was introduced, Cunningham kissed 2-year-old daughter Riley, sitting on his lap, then hugged relations and took the stage alongside NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to don a blue Pistons hat.
“It is nonetheless fairly surreal to me,” Cunningham mentioned. “I understand how a lot duty comes with being the No. 1 decide. I understand how a lot duty a metropolis will placed on the man that they take No. 1. I am greater than excited to tackle these duties and attempt to ship to the town of Detroit.”
Cunningham — the primary participant in Oklahoma State historical past to be picked No. 1 total — joins a Pistons franchise that has received 20 video games for 2 straight seasons and hasn’t completed higher than .500 for 5 straight years.
Inexperienced is now a part of Houston’s rebuilding venture after the James Harden commerce to Brooklyn. The Rockets entered the night time with three first-round picks after having a league-low 17 wins.
“They will say it is an amazing alternative as a result of the targets I’ve for myself,” Inexperienced mentioned. “I plan on reaching them.”
Then got here the primary shock of the night time with Florida State ahead Scottie Barnes going to Toronto with the No. 4 decide. Barnes is a cell and versatile 6-8 ahead with the potential to be a robust playmaker and elite defender.
That bumped Gonzaga freshman level guard Jalen Suggs right down to No. 5 with the Orlando Magic, adopted by one other shock in Oklahoma Metropolis grabbing 6-foot-8 playmaking teenager Josh Giddey – thought-about a possible lottery prospect – from Australia.
Full checklist of picks
1. Detroit, Cade Cunningham, g, Oklahoma State.
2. Houston, Jalen Inexperienced, g, NBA G League Ignite.
3. Cleveland, Evan Mobley, c, USC.
4. Toronto, Scottie Barnes, f, Florida State.
5. Orlando, Jalen Suggs, g, Gonzaga
Cavaliers purchase guard Ricky Rubio from Timbewolves
The Cavaliers have agreed to amass veteran guard Ricky Rubio in a commerce with the Minnesota Timberwolves, an individual conversant in the negotiations informed The Related Press on Thursday night time earlier than the NBA draft.
Cleveland is sending small ahead Taurean Prince, money and a second-round decide in 2022 to the Timberwolves for the 30-year-old Rubio, mentioned the particular person, who spoke on the situation of anonymity as a result of the NBA has to approve the commerce.
The deal is occurring as Rubio is in Tokyo taking part in on Spain’s Olympic crew.
Rubio is coming into the ultimate season of the $51 million, three-year contract he signed with Phoenix. He was acquired by the Timberwolves on draft day 2020 to offer the crew some extra backcourt expertise and depth, however his return to Minnesota to rejoin the crew that drafted him as a youngster from Spain in 2009 at No. 5 total was a little bit of a bumpy journey.
His manufacturing on the courtroom was as little as ever in his profession, although he did function a helpful mentor to rookie Anthony Edwards, who often raved about Rubio’s savviness and management.
Rubio brings management and information to Cleveland’s younger crew, and together with giving coach J.B. Bickerstaff minutes, he can mentor younger guards Darius Garland and Collin Sexton.
Rubio’s commerce additionally passed off because the Cavs, who went simply 22-50 final season, had been getting ready to choose third total within the draft.
Prince joined the Cavs final season, coming over in a commerce from Brooklyn.