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The NBA draft featured several big men on Thursday night Cheap Su'a Cravens Jersey , and the biggest was Mohamed Bamba.
The Orlando Magic drafted the 20-year-old center with the sixth overall pick. The young man from New York City who played one year at Texas joins a team that went 25-57 last season and has averaged only 26 wins over six straight losing seasons.
”I’m not going to sit here and say things are going to change overnight,” Bamba said. ”It’s going to take more than one person and I actually believe that with the players around me, we have the right pieces to make the organization successful.”
After a run of drafts that have helped to turn the NBA into a perimeter-oriented league, four of the top six picks selected Thursday nights were players who stand 6-foot-11 or taller. Bamba, who measured 7-foot, 3/4-inch and 226 pounds at the NBA draft combine, is a half-inch taller than DeAndre Ayton, who was drafted first overall by the Phoenix Suns.
Bamba’s 7-foot-10 wingspan is reportedly the largest ever measured at the combine.
”He will be the longest player in the NBA,” said Jeff Weltman Redskins Cheap Jerseys , Orlando’s president of basketball operations, ”and he has already, in his short time in college, proved to be an elite-level shot blocker.”
Weltman was ”surprised and elated that Mo fell to us at 6,” and added that it would not have possible without the swap of the third and fifth picks.
The Atlanta Hawks drafted European guard Luka Doncic with the third pick and traded him to the Dallas Mavericks for guard Trae Young, who was taken fifth.
Bamba averaged 12.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.7 blocks as a freshman for the Longhorns. He was second in the nation in blocked shots among Division 1 teams, and his 15 double-doubles led the Big 12 conference.
Bamba’s offensive game is considered undeveloped, but Bamba expects to make an immediate impact.
”I see myself fitting in right away as far as the trend of bigs trying to do it all Trent Murphy Color Rush Jersey ,” he said. ”But it really comes down to defense. You are who you can guard in the NBA, and as long as you can guard multiple positions you can stay on the floor. And as long as you can shoot the ball you can stay on the floor.”
It is the second year in a row the Magic had the sixth overall pick in the draft.
Last year Orlando drafted 6-10 Jonathan Isaac, who is also known as a shot blocker. But Isaac was limited to 27 games due to injuries and averaged 5.4 points and 3.7 rebounds. Isaac was the tallest of the six players at the top of last year’s draft.
”There are so many things that you need to be successful, but length is a huge element of floor coverage,” Weltman said. ”If you can have it and maintain skill level and all the other things that you could list, you would always rather have it. And when you start adding it up with a lot of players, it becomes kind of a force multiplier.”
Bamba has met Isaac, and said ”he was like a role model in a sense because he was in the class ahead of me.”
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The Magic will also have a new leader on the bench in Steve Clifford.
The former Charlotte Hornets coach was hired on May 30 to replace Frank Vogel. Clifford is Orlando’s fifth head coach since Stan Van Gundy was fired in 2012 after coaching the team’s last winning season.
The Latest on the parade for the Golden State Warriors (all times local):
Golden State Warriors players got off their buses to sign autographs and high-five fans and even posed for photographs holding brooms during their championship parade in Oakland.
JaVale McGee, Nick Young and Jordan Bell ran along the barriers holding the crowd back and mingled with fans and even hugged some of them.
Even coach Steve Kerr joined in on the fun and walked up to crowd to sign autographs during the team’s victory parade Tuesday.
McGee, who was wearing only shorts, said, ”I’m just excited to be here with these guys. Our fans are amazing! All the love that they show is just beautiful.”
Young, also just in shorts during a very warm afternoon, swept the ground with a broom as dozens of fans held up their phones to take his picture.
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry has gotten off the double-decker bus to the cheers of the crowd.
Curry is holding the Larry O’Brien Trophy up in the air as dozens of cameras surround him.
Officials had promised a more interactive parade this year for the team that has won three championships in four years.
Klay Thompson used a megaphone from the bus to say hello to the crowd but his greeting was drowned out.
Teenager Adriana Carnecer of San Francisco says she is a lifelong fan and is excited the team will be closer to home.
The back-to-back champions plan to move to San Francisco next year.
The 15-year-old says the team, which has won three championships in four years, has started ”something that’s going to be greater than it already is.”
Gold and blue confetti is raining down in downtown Oakland Buccaneers Cheap Jerseys , California, as a parade to celebrate the Golden State Warriors’ third NBA title in four years gets underway.
Warriors guard Klay Thompson is throwing T-shirts to fans and waving from the top of an open, double-decker bus.
Fans arrived hours before the start of the parade Tuesday to get a prime spot along the route.
The NBA champions have gone back-to-back, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 on Friday night to finish off a sweep of the NBA Finals in the fourth consecutive meeting between the clubs.
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is promising fans the team will ”get greedy” and win more championships.
Curry says he never imagined the team would have a parade ”let alone two and now three.”
Curry spoke during a short interview Tuesday with the team that was broadcast live before the start of the parade through Oakland, California.
He says ”this is for you guys.”
The guard is wearing a large sun hat and under it a ”RUN TMC” baseball cap in honor of Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin, the namesakes for the Don Nelson-coached Warriors teams during the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons.
Oakland resident Jasmine Culp says she is elated to attend her third Warriors parade with her three children.
The 36-year-old mother painted her lips blue and dressed in a sparkling golden sequined dress, sash, and blue-gold feather accessories to attend the parade Tuesday that she says has become a family tradition.
Culp says she and her family love that they can kick off the summer by dressing up to celebrate the Warriors.
She acknowledges it will be sad to see the Warriors move to San Francisco because they team is ”a big part of our city.”
Still Cheap Brandon Parker Jersey , she says she will travel over the bridge to support her team.
The Warrior are set move to Chase Center, a new arena being built in San Francisco, in October 2019.
Golden State Warriors fans in gold and blue T-shirts and holding signs that read ”Dynasty” are already lining the streets along the team’s parade route in Oakland, California.
Hundreds of fans have taken their places behind barriers set up along the route early Tuesday, four hours before the celebration is set to start at 11 a.m.
The parade will start at Broadway and 11th Street in downtown and the team has promised to interact with fans more than in previous years.
The NBA champions have gone back-to-back, beating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 on Friday night to finish off a four-game sweep of these NBA Finals. It was the fourth consecutive finals between the clubs.
It was their third championship in four years.
For the second straight year, throngs of Oakland fans will get to celebrate the Golden State Warriors with a parade for a team some are calling a basketball dynasty.
Hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to line downtown Oakland streets Tuesday to cheer the Warriors winning their third NBA title in four years.
The NBA champions have gone back-to-back, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 on Friday night to finish off a sweep of these NBA Finals in the fourth consecutive meeting between those clubs.
City streets have been lined with gold and blue banners along the parade route and shop and restaurant owners say they are getting ready to open their businesses during the big celebration.
Officials say as many as 1 million fans are expected to attend.
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