The NBA Draft has come to an end. Despite all the rumors and drama entering the draft it ended up being fairly tame. The biggest news of the night was obviously Jimmy Butler being traded to the Timberwolves and that set the tone for many trades throughout the night. However, of the picks actually made none of them were particularly surprising. The top three went as expected with the 76ers trading up to take the No. 1 pick and the Celtics trading down to No. 3. Philadelphia has taken Markelle Fultz out of Washington at No. 1. The Celtics wound up grabbing Jayson Tatum at No. 3 which some might have considered a reach. Then there's the Lakers, which made Lonzo Ball's wish come true. Check out
LaRue Martin Jr. thought his future was set. The Portland Trail Blazers had drafted him No. 1 overall in the 1972 NBA draft. Money and fame awaited. Fifteen years later, he started work as a UPS driver, struggling to find uniform pants that fit his 6-11 frame. “There is life after sports,” Martin said. “Period.” It has been 45 years since the draft, and Martin — a former Loyola star — is now the UPS Illinois district public affairs and community services manager. He is labeled by many as one of the biggest busts in NBA draft history, but he is fine with that designation. “I don’t believe in saying anything negative, you have no control over that,” Martin said. “I took care of my family, did what
On Thursday, I sat just outside the green room (which is really just a wide-open section of the court at Barclays Center), frantically writing draft grades and trying to take in the scene. The only pick I legitimately hated was the Bulls', who I gave a C+ in the moment for taking Lauri Markkanen but on the whole, really took a nosedive (more on that below). The Nets and Nuggets confused me a little with their choices, but I understand their logic.