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Golden State followed with their targeted pick James Wiseman.
The No. 3 pick was used on LaMelo Ball, the brother of New Orleans’ Lonzo Ball, and if all the pre-draft hype is correct, they are getting the best passer in this draft.
Maybe it was Billy Donovan’s influence but the Chicago Bulls pulled off perhaps the biggest surprise of draft night, taking Florida State power forward Patrick Williams at No 4.
Williams didn’t start a game at Florida State but came off the bench and did his damage then.
He was considered a mid-to late first-round pick going in but if you were paying attention the last couple of days, Williams’ name started to come up with more frequency, much of it attached to the Bulls new head coach Donovan.
Williams is an elite defender and perhaps more than that, a guy who comes in with a reputation as a real character guy and the Bulls under new management are looking to reset the culture there.
He is the guy that culture change will begin with.
Actually, there were two and potentially a third if you listen to the analysts. Depending on who you are listening to, the New York Knicks got a steal at No. 8, the Washington Wizards got one at No. 9 and the Sacramento Kings at No. 12 had their own steal.
The Knicks got a guy they had no reason to believe would still be there despite their obvious love for the guy. Obi Toppin, a New York native, was expected to be off the board somewhere around fifth or sixth but he fell to the Knicks at No. 8.