Hawks’ Griffin: ‘I’m just ready to get to work and play with a guy, Trae(Young)’

The Atlanta Hawks selected AJ Griffin from Duke with the 16th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft on Thursday night. 

Griffin, 18, appeared in 39 games (25 starts) during his freshman season at Duke, averaging 10.4 points and 3.9 rebounds in 24.0 minutes per game. 

The 6-6 Griffin is excited to play in Atlanta with Trae Young.

“I’m just ready to get to work and play with a guy, Trae(Young), I looked up to, just watching him play throughout the years,” Griffin said Thursday night. “It’s a surreal feeling.”

Griffin’s father, Adrian Griffin, played in the NBA for 10 seasons and is currently an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors. According to Griffin, he got a lot of advice from his father, who he’s looking to go against very soon.

“Man, he gave me so much advice,” Griffin said. “Just to be here today and just to share this moment with him, he just always told me the truth, always gave me the best advice a father could. I’m just truly grateful and blessed to be able to have a father like him. I’m just excited to see — trying to get that first win against him. Yeah, it’s definitely a blessing to have him as a father.”

Hawks assistant GM Landry Fields likes Griffin’s character and skill set. 

“First of all, he’s a tremendous character guy,” Fields said. “He’s got a great body. He has the ability to put the ball on the floor, which might be a little underrated. Hopefully, he can get out there on the defensive end and impose his will with the stature that he has. That’s something that we really want to add to our mix here. He’s going to put his best foot forward. He’s going to add a great culture piece to our locker room, and on top of that, he’s got game.”

Also, Atlanta acquired the draft rights to the 51st pick, Tyrese Martin from UConn, and cash considerations from Golden State in exchange for the draft rights to Ryan Rollins, the 44th pick.

The 21-year-old Martin(6-6) saw action in 29 games (all starts) for UConn during the 2021-22 campaign, tallying 13.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 32.1 minutes (.449 FG%, .430 3FG%, .689 FT%).

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Spurs grab Sochan, Branham, Wesley in the first round of NBA Draft

For the first time in team history, the San Antonio Spurs had three first-round picks. Hopefully, for the franchise, they chose correctly. With the ninth overall pick, San Antonio grabbed Baylor forward Jeremy Sochan, Ohio State guard Malaki Branham with the 20th overall pick, and Notre Dame guard Blake Wesley with the 25th overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

The 6-9 Sochan, who is the highest draft pick by the Spurs since they selected Tim Duncan with the first overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, played one season at Baylor. The 19-year-old Sochan was named the Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year and was selected to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team, averaging 9.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.27 steals while appearing in 30 games.

A native of England, Sochan averaged 13.8 points and 8.3 rebounds in four games across the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments.

“I’m very excited,” Sochan said Thursday night. ‘I think I’ll bring a lot of versatility to the team, energy, and fight and passion. I’m really excited.”

The 6-5 Branham played one season at Ohio State, where he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. The 19-year-old averaged 13.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in 32 games.

“I feel like just me spacing the floor and me being able to knock down outside shots,” Branham said. “I feel like I’m a good fit for that.”

When asked what current Spurs player he admires, Branham said the following:

“I’d probably say Dejounte Murray, just because he was kind of in the same range that I was, and also just hard worker, and he’s a great defensive player.”

Wesley played one season at Notre Dame. In 35 games, the 6-5 guard led the Fighting Irish in scoring with 14.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 29.4 minutes as a freshman. The 19-year-old finished with the fourth-most points (504) by a freshman in Notre Dame program history. 

“I fit good,” Wesley said. “They drafted Josh Primo, and they developed him. I feel like the San Antonio Spurs are a big development team organization, and to be going there is a big blessing.”

Also, San Antonio acquired a future second-round pick and cash considerations from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for the draft rights to Kennedy Chandler, who the Spurs drafted in the second round of this year’s draft with the 38th overall selection.

Cavs acquire 49th pick from Kings

The Cleveland Cavaliers added another pick before the draft.

Cleveland acquired the Sacramento Kings’ pick at 49 for the rights to Sasha Vezenkov, the team announced Thursday.

With the move, Cleveland has four picks in the draft(14, 39, 49 and 56).

The 26-year-old Vezenkov was acquired on January 14, 2021 from the Brooklyn Nets as part of a three-team trade that brought Jarrett Allen to Cleveland. He was drafted 57th overall by Brooklyn in the 2017 NBA Draft.

The NBA Draft is Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Report: Smith, Holmgren, Banchero to go 1-2-3 in NBA Draft

The 2022 NBA Draft is Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the top three picks are set, Auburn’s Jabari Smith to the Magic, Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren to Oklahoma City, and Duke’s Paolo Banchero to the Rockets.

Smith(Auburn):

-2021-22 National Freshman of the Year by NABC and USBWA (Wayman Tisdale Award)

-2021-22 consensus All-America Second Team selection

-2021-22 All-SEC First Team pick (coaches, media)

-One of five finalists for the 2021-22 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award

-One of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy and one of 15 selections for the Wooden Award National Ballot in the 2021-22 season.

-Became the first player in Auburn history to be named SEC Freshman of the Year.

Holmgren(Gonzaga):

-2021-22 All-America Second Team selection by AP and Sporting News

-Third Team by USBWA and NABC.

– Finalist for the 2021-22 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year and Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year.

– One of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy and one of 15 on the Wooden Award National Ballot.

– 2021-22 WCC Defensive Player of the Year, WCC Newcomer of the Year and All-WCC First Team pick.

– 2020-21 National High School Player of the Year by Gatorade, Naismith, Morgan Wootten and MaxPreps. • Gold medalist and MVP at the 2021 FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup.

Banchero(Duke):

-2021-22 All-America Second Team by NABC and USBWA and Third Team by AP and Sporting News.

-One of five finalists for the 2021-22 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award.

– 2021-22 All-ACC First Team selection and ACC Freshman of the Year.

– One of 15 players named to Wooden Award National Ballot as a freshman.

– Ranked No. 4 by ESPN in the 2021 high school class

Magic win the NBA Lottery!

The Orlando Magic won the NBA Draft Lottery 2022, conducted at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. 

Orlando, who had the second-worst record in the NBA this season, had a 14% chance of getting the number one pick.

The NBA Draft will be held on Thursday, June 23, at Barclays Center in New York City.

The last time the Magic won the Draft Lottery was in 2004 when they selected Dwight Howard.

Below are the results from NBA Draft Lottery:

1. Orlando
2. Oklahoma City
3. Houston
4. Sacramento
5. Detroit
6. Indiana
7. Portland
8. New Orleans (from Los Angeles Lakers)
9. San Antonio
10. Washington
11. New York
12. Oklahoma City (from LA Clippers)
13. Charlotte
14. Cleveland

Below is the order for the remainder of the first round of NBA Draft 2022 presented by State Farm:

15. Charlotte (from New Orleans)
16. Atlanta
17. Houston (from Brooklyn)
18. Chicago
19. Minnesota
20. San Antonio (from Toronto)
21. Denver
22. Memphis (from Utah)
23. Philadelphia*
24. Milwaukee
25. San Antonio (from Boston)
26. Dallas
27. Miami
28. Golden State
29. Memphis
30. Oklahoma City (from Phoenix)

Below is the order for the second round of NBA Draft 2022 presented by State Farm:

31. Indiana (from Houston via Cleveland)
32. Orlando
33. Toronto (from Detroit via San Antonio, Washington and Chicago)
34. Oklahoma City
35. Orlando (from Indiana via Milwaukee)
36. Portland
37. Sacramento
38. San Antonio (from Los Angeles Lakers via Chicago and Washington)
39. Cleveland (from San Antonio via Utah)
40. Minnesota (from Washington via Cleveland)
41. New Orleans
42. New York
43. LA Clippers
44. Atlanta
45. Charlotte
46. Detroit (from Brooklyn)
47. Memphis (from Cleveland via New Orleans and Atlanta)
48. Minnesota
49. Sacramento (from Chicago via Memphis and Detroit)
50. Minnesota (from Denver via Philadelphia)
51. Golden State (from Toronto via Philadelphia)
52. New Orleans (from Utah)
53. Boston
— Milwaukee (forfeited)
— Miami (from Philadelphia via Denver; forfeited by Miami)
54. Washington (from Dallas)
55. Golden State
56. Cleveland (from Miami via Indiana)
57. Portland (from Memphis via Utah)
58. Indiana (from Phoenix)

[*] This pick may be conveyed to Brooklyn