NBA Draft provides clarity for Kentucky's Randle, Young

June 25, 2014 

  • First Round

    1. Cleveland

    2. Milwaukee

    3. Philadelphia

    4. Orlando

    5. Utah

    6. Boston

    7. L.A. Lakers

    8. Sacramento

    9. Charlotte (from Detroit)

    10. Philadelphia (from New Orleans)

    11. Denver

    12. Orlando (from New York via Denver)

    13. Minnesota

    14. Phoenix

    15. Atlanta

    16. Chicago (from Charlotte)

    17. Boston (from Brooklyn)

    18. Phoenix (from Washington)

    19. Chicago

    20. Toronto

    21. Oklahoma City (from Dallas via Houston and L.A. Lakers)

    22. Memphis

    23. Utah (from Golden State)

    24. Charlotte (from Portland)

    25. Houston

    26. Miami

    27. Phoenix (from Indiana)

    28. L.A. Clippers

    29. Oklahoma City

    30. San Antonio

    Second Round

    31. Milwaukee

    32. Philadelphia

    33. Cleveland (from Orlando)

    34. New York (from Dallas)

    35. Utah

    36. Milwaukee (from L.A. Lakers via Minnesota and Phoenix)

    37. Toronto (from Sacramento)

    38. Detroit

    39. Philadelphia (from Cleveland)

    40. Minnesota (from New Orleans)

    41. Denver

    42. Houston (from New York)

    43. Atlanta

    44. Minnesota

    45. Charlotte

    46. Washington

    47. Philadelphia (from Brooklyn via Dallas

    and Boston)

    48. Milwaukee (from Toronto via Phoenix)

    49. Chicago

    50. Phoenix

    51. New York (from Dallas)

    52. Philadelphia

    (from Memphis via Cleveland)

    53. Minnesota (from Golden State)

    54. Philadelphia (from Houston via Milwaukee)

    55. Miami

    56. Denver

    (from Portland)

    57. Indiana

    58. San Antonio (from L.A. Clippers via New Orleans)

    59. Toronto (from Oklahoma City via New York)

    60. San Antonio

  • NBA DRAFT

    When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday

    Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.

    TV: ESPN (Coverage starts at 7 p.m)

    Complete draft order, Page B3

  • UK players drafted in first roundr

  • Year Player Pick Team

    2013 Nerlens Noel 6 Philadelphia

    2013 Archie Goodwin 29 Okla. City

    2012 Anthony Davis 1 New Orleans

    2012Michael Kidd-Gilchrist2 Charlotte

    2012 Terrence Jones 18 Houston

    2012 Marquis Teague 29 Chicago

    2011 Enes Kanter 3 Utah

    2011 Brandon Knight 8 Detroit

    2010 John Wall 1 Washington

    2010 DeMarcus Cousins 5 Sacramento

    2010 Patrick Patterson 14 Houston

    2010 Eric Bledsoe 18 Okla. City

    2010 Daniel Orton 29 Orlando

    2006 Rajon Rondo 21 Phoenix

    2002 Tayshaun Prince 23 Detroit

    2000 Jamaal Magloire 19 Charlotte

    1999 Scott Padgett 28 Utah

    1998 Nazr Mohammed 29 Utah

    Year Player Pick Team

    1997 Ron Mercer 6 Boston

    1997 Derek Anderson 13 Cleveland

    1996 Antoine Walker 6 Boston

    1996 Tony Delk 16 Charlotte

    1996 Walter McCarty 19 New York

    1993 Jamal Mashburn 4 Dallas

    1988 Rex Chapman 8 Charlotte

    1986 Kenny Walker 5 New York

    1984 Sam Bowie 2 Portland

    1984 Melvin Turpin 6 Washington

    1979 Kyle Macy 22 Phoenix

    1978 Rick Robey 3 Indiana

    1978 Jack Givens 16 Atlanta

    1975 Kevin Grevey 18 Washington

    1967 Pat Riley 7 San Diego

    1953 Frank Ramsey 5 Boston

    1949 Alex Groza 2 Indianapolis

    1949 Wah Wah Jones 9 Washington

  • First-round draft picks from UK

    University of Kentucky players selected in the first round of the NBA Draft:

All of the questions get answers Thursday night.

That's when former University of Kentucky basketball standouts Julius Randle and James Young will learn their professional destinations.

Both are in Brooklyn, N.Y., for the NBA's annual two-round draft of players, and both are expected to hear their names called in the first round.

NBA Draft analysts have found a lot to like about Randle and Young, both of whom are still teenagers just scratching the surface of their potential.

They arrive at draft night from a Kentucky program that has produced 13 first-round selections in the past four seasons, a group that includes some of the NBA's top emerging young stars in Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Terrence Jones, Brandon Knight and John Wall, among others.

Any questions surrounding Randle and Young will be quelled by the NBA teams providing their stamp of approval by investing millions of dollars in drafting them.

But leading up to that moment both players — and most of their peers — have spent the past few months being picked apart in the pre-draft process.

For Randle, the 6-foot-9 forward from Dallas who led Kentucky in scoring and rebounding last season, the pre-draft questions have surrounded a broken foot suffered in high school and whether it will require surgery.

Despite the reports, Randle has impressed in pre-draft workouts to the point he is projected as the No. 5 to No. 7 pick in most mock drafts.

"There's no issue with my foot," Randle told the Salt Lake Tribune after a workout for the Utah Jazz last week. "I got through five workouts. I'm good, ready to go through summer league wherever I am. That's all I know. I don't know anything about a surgery."

Young, Kentucky's second-leading scorer in 2013-14, has been hounded by questions about his defense and passing ability. The 6-6 swingman from Rochester Hills, Mich., displayed a solid jumper at Kentucky and will be counted on to knock down shots and get to the basket in the NBA.

"A lot of people don't see me as a defensive player," Young said at the NBA Combine last month. "But when it's time to get nitty-gritty, I definitely get in there and stop the first line."

Young is projected in most mock drafts to be selected on the fringes of the lottery, which consists of the top 14 picks. He has been projected anywhere from No. 12 to No. 24, but there seems little doubt he'll receive the guaranteed contract that comes with being selected in the first round.

Smith awaits fate

One other player with Kentucky ties is projected on draft boards for Thursday night: Louisville senior Russ Smith.

The 6-1 guard from Brooklyn led the Cardinals in scoring last season at 18.2 points per game.

Mock drafts see Smith as a possible second-round pick.

Wiggins, Parker ... LeBron

Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker aren't NBA players yet and they are already learning their first lesson. This is LeBron James' league and they will just be playing in it.

Wiggins, Parker and the rest of the NBA Draft class of 2014 are sharing the spotlight with James, whose decision to opt out of his contract and become a free agent Tuesday still had the league shaking a day later.

Carmelo Anthony has the same plan as James, and right now they are a 1-2 that Wiggins and Parker can't match.

"They're going to dictate how this draft goes," Parker said Wednesday.

Cleveland has the No. 1 selection for a second straight year, and either Wiggins or Parker would be an improvement over Anthony Bennett, who struggled his first season.

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