One was Australian-born, Florida-based playmaking forward Ben Simmons, whose do-everything point forward game elicited comparisons to LeBron James and Lamar Odom. After an up-and-down year at LSU, Simmons' stock remained high enough that the Philadelphia 76ers made him the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA draft on Thursday night. After an up-and-down year at Kentucky, Labissiere had to sit, stew and wait until near the end of the first round to hear his name called, going to the Sacramento Kings with the 28th pick, which Vlade Divac and company picked up in an earlier draft-night trade with the Phoenix Suns.
This is about more than the Timberwolves drafting and keeping Kris Dunn with the No. 5 pick on Thursday night. I like Dunn’s game, but he’s a rookie and not ready to run the point on a playoff team. Maybe he can be the point guard of the future in Minnesota — he certainly defends like a Thibodeau guy — but like all rookies there is a steep learning curve coming. That doesn’t mean the Timberwolves are keeping Ricky Rubio around. From Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports. There’s a lot of Rubio backlash out there because he didn’t live up to the hype of the 16-year-old version of himself, but he’s still a quality starting point guard in the NBA. He’s still a gifted passer. He is one