Ex-Cats

2016 NBA Draft: Where to watch on TV, online

Kentucky guards Tyler Ulis, right, and Jamal Murray celebrated during a victory over Missouri last season. Murray is projected to go high in the NBA Draft on Thursday night, and Ulis is a likely second-round pick.
Kentucky guards Tyler Ulis, right, and Jamal Murray celebrated during a victory over Missouri last season. Murray is projected to go high in the NBA Draft on Thursday night, and Ulis is a likely second-round pick.

In a recent Twitter poll, Herald-Leader Sports followers were asked to choose which University of Kentucky player in this year’s draft will have the longest NBA career.

The 332 respondents overwhelmingly chose freshman guard Jamal Murray, who received 63 percent of the vote. Sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis was second (25 percent), followed by senior forward Alex Poythress (8 percent) and freshman forward Skal Labissiere (4 percent).

At least three of the four will hear their names called at the NBA Draft, which starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Here is a primer to get you ready for what Kentucky Coach John Calipari has termed “graduation night.”

When

7 p.m. Thursday

Where to watch

TV: ESPN (Time Warner Cable channel 923 in HD, DirecTV channel 206, DISH Network channel 140)

Online: WatchESPN and Yahoo’s The Vertical, featuring NBA beat writer Adrian Wojnarowski.

Draft order

First round

1. Philadelphia 76ers

2. Los Angeles Lakers

3. Boston Celtics (via Nets)

4. Phoenix Suns

5. Minnesota Timberwolves

6. New Orleans Pelicans

7. Denver Nuggets

8. Sacramento Kings

9. Toronto Raptors (via Knicks)

10. Milwaukee Bucks

11. Orlando Magic

12. Atlanta Hawks (via Jazz)

13. Phoenix Suns (via Wizards)

14. Chicago Bulls

15. Denver Nuggets (via Rockets)

16. Boston Celtics (via Mavericks)

17. Memphis Grizzlies

18. Detroit Pistons

19. Denver Nuggets (via Blazers)

20. Indiana Pacers

21. Atlanta Hawks

22. Charlotte Hornets

23. Boston Celtics

24. Philadelphia 76ers (via Heat/Cavaliers)

25. Los Angeles Clippers

26. Philadelphia 76ers (via Thunder/Nuggets/Cavaliers)

27. Toronto Raptors

28. Phoenix Suns (via Cavaliers/Celtics)

29. San Antonio Spurs

30. Golden State Warriors

Second round

31. Boston Celtics (via 76ers/Heat)

32. Los Angeles Lakers

33. Los Angeles Clippers (via Nets)

34. Phoenix Suns

35. Boston Celtics (via Timberwolves/Suns)

36. Milwaukee Bucks (via Pelicans/Kings)

37. Houston Rockets (via Knicks/Kings/Blazers)

38. Milwaukee Bucks

39. New Orleans Pelicans (via Nuggets/76ers)

40. New Orleans Pelicans (via Kings)

41. Orlando Magic

42. Utah Jazz

43. Houston Rockets

44. Atlanta Hawks (via Wizards)

45. Boston Celtics (via Grizzlies)

46. Dallas Mavericks

47. Orlando Magic (via Bulls)

48. Chicago Bulls (via Blazers/Cavaliers)

49. Detroit Pistons

50. Indiana Pacers

51. Boston Celtics (via Heat)

52. Utah Jazz (via Celtics/Grizzlies)

53. Denver Nuggets (via Hornets/Thunder)

54. Atlanta Hawks

55. Brooklyn Nets (via Clippers)

56. Denver Nuggets (via Thunder)

57. Memphis Grizzlies (via Raptors)

58. Boston Celtics (via Cavaliers)

59. Sacramento Kings (via Spurs)

60. Utah Jazz (via Warriors)

The No. 1 pick

Spoiler alert: The Philadelphia 76ers have informed LSU freshman forward Ben Simmons that he’s their guy with the No. 1 overall pick, according to Philadelphia Inquirer and ESPN reports. It’s easy to see why. The 6-foot-11 Simmons has point-guard skills in a big man’s body, conjuring comparisons to Magic Johnson and LeBron James.

Ex-Cats

Jamal Murray: If you’re looking for a better shooter or scorer in this draft, you’re wasting your time. The 6-foot-5 freshman from Canada exceeded everyone’s expectations during his freshman season at Kentucky, showing explosiveness, NBA three-point range and a knack for clutch plays. Murray is projected to go somewhere between pick No. 3 (Boston Celtics) and No. 6 (New Orleans Pelicans). Wherever he ends up, his bank account is about to get much bigger.

Tyler Ulis: There’s an outside chance the 5-foot-9 Ulis — the shortest first-team All-American in 63 years — will be drafted toward the end of the first round, with the Philadelphia 76ers (No. 26) and San Antonio Spurs (No. 29) mentioned as possible landing spots. More likely, Ulis will be drafted in the second round, with mocks placing him anywhere from No. 33 (Los Angeles Clippers) to No. 45 (Boston Celtics). In addition to questions about his size, reports of a hip issue might cause Ulis to slide down the draft board.

Skal Labissiere: Most mock drafts have the spindly, 6-foot-11 forward going to the Milwaukee Bucks at No. 10 or the Orlando Magic at No. 11. It’s certainly potential over production with this pick.

Alex Poythress: Coach John Calipari tried to convince the Herald-Leader’s Jerry Tipton that the 6-foot-8 Poythress is a first-round talent. Every reputable mock draft says he’s not even a second-rounder. We’ll see.

Other local players of note

Chinanu Onuaku: The 6-10 sophomore from Louisville has the size and tenacity NBA teams crave, but he didn’t even average double figures in scoring last season. Left off a couple mock drafts entirely, the best Onuaku can hope for is probably to be taken early in the second round.

Kyle Wiltjer: The slow-footed former Kentucky Wildcat has always had the ability to shoot from long range and might be worth a flier in the second round. The 6-10 Wiltjer is unlisted on most mock drafts, but CBS Sports has him going No. 54 to the Atlanta Hawks.

Draft picks by team

Boston: 8 (No. 3, 16, 23, 31, 35, 45, 51, 58)

Denver: 5 (No. 7, 15, 19, 53, 56)

Atlanta: 4 (No. 12, 21, 44, 54)

Phoenix: 4 (No. 4, 13, 28, 34)

Milwaukee: 3 (No. 10, 36, 38)

New Orleans: 3 (No. 6, 39, 40)

Philadelphia: 3 (No. 1, 24, 26)

Orlando: 3 (No. 11, 41, 47)

Utah: 3 (No. 42, 52, 60)

Chicago: 2 (No. 14, 48)

Detroit: 2 (No. 18, 49)

Houston: 2 (No. 37, 43)

Indiana: 2 (No. 20, 50)

L.A. Clippers: 2 (No. 25, 33)

L.A. Lakers: 2 (No. 2, 32)

Memphis: 2 (No. 17, 57)

Sacramento: 2 (No. 8, 59)

Toronto: 2 (No. 9, 27)

Brooklyn: 1 (No. 55)

Charlotte: 1 (No. 22)

Dallas: 1 (No. 46)

Golden State: 1 (No. 30)

Minnesota: 1 (No. 5)

San Antonio: 1 (No. 29)

Cleveland: 0

Miami: 0

New York: 0

Oklahoma City: 0

Portland: 0

Washington: 0

Money in the bank

It’s good to be an NBA Draft pick, particularly in the first round where the contracts are guaranteed.

As the projected No. 1 pick, Ben Simmons will earn almost $5 million during his rookie season. And that does not include the endorsement deal the rookie from LSU signed this week with Nike.

Click here to view the entire rookie pay scale for 2016-17.

Calipari’s Cats in the draft

Since John Calipari replaced Billy Gillispie as Kentucky coach before the 2009-10 season, 25 of his players have been selected in the NBA Draft:

Year

Round

Pick

Player

Pos

Class

Draft team

2015

1

1

Karl-Anthony Towns

C

Freshman

Minnesota

2015

1

6

Willie Cauley-Stein

C

Junior

Sacramento

2015

1

12

Trey Lyles

SF

Freshman

Utah

2015

1

13

Devin Booker

SG

Freshman

Phoenix

2015

2

44

Andrew Harrison

G

Sophomore

Phoenix (to Memphis)

2015

2

48

Dakari Johnson

C

Sophomore

Oklahoma City

2014

1

7

Julius Randle

PF

Freshman

Los Angeles Lakers

2014

1

17

James Young

SG

Freshman

Boston

2013

1

6

Nerlens Noel

F/C

Freshman

New Orleans (to Philadelphia)

2013

1

29

Archie Goodwin

G

Freshman

OKC (to Golden State to Phoenix)

2012

1

1

Anthony Davis

PF

Freshman

New Orleans

2012

1

2

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

SF

Freshman

Charlotte

2012

1

18

Terrence Jones

PF

Sophomore

Houston

2012

1

29

Marquis Teague

PG

Freshman

Chicago

2012

2

42

Doron Lamb

SG

Sophomore

Milwaukee

2012

2

46

Darius Miller

G/F

Senior

New Orleans

2011

1

3

Enes Kanter

F

DNP

Utah

2011

1

8

Brandon Knight

PG

Freshman

Detroit

2011

2

45

Josh Harrellson

F

Senior

New Orleans (to New York)

2011

2

53

DeAndre Liggins

G

Junior

Orlando

2010

1

1

John Wall

PG

Freshman

Washington

2010

1

5

DeMarcus Cousins

C

Freshman

Sacramento

2010

1

14

Patrick Patterson

F

Junior

Houston

2010

1

18

Eric Bledsoe

PG

Freshman

Oklahoma City (to L.A. Clippers)

2010

1

29

Daniel Orton

PF

Freshman

Orlando

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