by Eduardo Lerma
With every season’s end comes the beginning of something brand new. Now that the Golden State Warriors have launched themselves into the title of being named world champions, it’s time for a new season to begin. The NBA draft always brings together the most interesting and talented players from the US and all around the world and in fact is the modern equivalent of the rags to riches story that we’re all familiar with. However, this version features Badgers becoming Rockets and Serbians becoming Spurs. Here, we analyze the ins-and-outs of the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, and San Antonio Spurs and how they did in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Pick #18 Sam Dekker
The Houston Rockets drafted small forward Sam Dekker out of Wisconsin. He is 6-9, weighs 230lbs and brings another 3-point shooting threat to Houston. While at Wisconsin, he averaged 14 points per game and will look to complement James Harden, who averages 27 points per game. He will be a great addition to what they are trying to cook up in Houston and with the possible return of Patrick Beverley, it is obvious they are going to be vicious on the rim.
Pick #32 Montrezl Harrell
The Rockets chose Harrell, a 6-8 power forward from Louisville, with their 2nd round pick. In the 2014-2015 season with the Cardinals, he averaged 16 points and 9 rebounds. This is a huge pick for the Houston Rockets because this pick does not hurt them if he can’t develop right away. He will probably be mentored by Trevor Ariza, who will more than likely stay in Houston.
Pick #21 Justin Anderson
The Dallas Mavericks selected Justin Anderson a 6-6 guard from the University of Virginia. The former Cavalier averaged 13 points a game at Virginia will join Rajon Rondo and Jose Juan Barea at the guard position. The Mavs wish to insert depth since it is not very obvious what is happening with Rondo.
Pick #52 Satnam Singh
The Mavs selected the 7-2 center from India. He is the first India-born player to be drafted to the NBA. He definitely brings height to Dallas and it will be interesting to see what he will do there.
San Antonio Spurs
Pick #26 Nikola Milutinov
The San Antonio Spurs brought in the 7-foot center from Serbia. He is part of Serbian National Basketball team. He will not join the NBA summer league team, as he will continue to develop in Europe and come to San Antonio after the summer league.
Pick #55 Cady Lalanne
The San Antonio Spurs drafted Lalanne, a 6-9 center from the University of Massachusetts. He is a skilled rebounder and will look to join the talented front line of Tim Duncan and Thiago Splitter. He has a 7-5 wingspan (which is good) and will be a great addition to what Gregg Popovich wants to do for the upcoming season.