DRAFT! Crazy! I live-blogged the first 33 picks, but there were so many trades I find myself pining for a simple explanation of what happened. So here it is (thanks for the idea and the PDX info, BlazersEdge):
Sonics acquire: Russell Westbrook, G, UCLA; D.J. White, C, Indiana; Serge Ibaka, C, Congo; Devon Hardin, C, Cal.
Sonics lose: Nobody
Presti on Westbrook: “Russell Westbrook is, in our opinion, the best perimeter defender in the draft. We had him targeted from early in the year. He is a competitor, and he is the ultimate teammate.”
Blazers acquire: Jerryd Bayless, G, Arizona; Ike Diogu, F, Pacers; Nicolas Batum, F, France.
Blazers lose: Jarrett Jack, Josh McRoberts.
The Blazers had Bayless #4 on their draft chart, reports Joe Freeman.
Interesting–I suspect Bayless and Westbrook will always be measured against one another–they’ll likely play in the same division for a long time.
So the Blazers’ top seven are, in no particular order: Brandon Roy, Greg Oden, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Fernandez, Jerryd Bayless, Ike Diogu, Travis Outlaw. Yeah, that’ll work.
If you haven’t heard, the Timberwolves and Grizzlies made a post-draft trade swapping Mayo and Love; a bunch of other players were involved as well–here are the details.
Both Malik Hairston and Marty Leunen were drafted. Seven Pac-10 players were taken in the first round and eleven twelve overall. Here’s the full draft board.
There was another draft happening yesterday–the CHL import draft. The T-Birds, who are trying to make a good impression in their first year in Kent next season, drafted two players and made a trade to pick up two more. The T-Birds first round pick was Stefan Warg, a Swedish defenseman who was a 5th-round pick of the Anaheim Ducks.
Larry Stone profiles M’s interim GM Lee Pelekoudas, whose father was a major league umpire, and who began with the M’s as traveling secretary.
Sign of the apocalypse: Lookout Landing argues that Willie Bloomquist deserves more playing time.
Former Issaquah hoops coach Jeff Patrick is the new head man at Juanita. He quit Issaquah after last season, citing the long commute from his home (near Juanita) as the reason.
Former UW Husky golfer Louise Friberg is two shots off the lead after the first round of the U.S. Womens Open.
The opponent for Gonzaga’s annual Battle in Seattle is set: UConn. Awesome! They’ll play December 20 at KeyArena.
Darryl Tapp is a humble hard worker from a strong family, writes Tom Robinson in Tapp’s hometown paper. When he goes home, he sleeps on the couch. [HT: Seahawks Addicts]