A summer full of drafts and trades describes the NBA’s off-season. There hasn’t been an off-season more exciting than this one in a while.
As many fans know, soon after the season ended, the Lakers’ former elite player D’angelo Russell along with his teammate Timofey Mozgov were traded to the Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez and the 27th round pick in the 2018 NBA draft.
Another notable trade that occurred within hours of the 2017 draft was the Miami Heat’s exchange of Jimmy butler along with their first round pick for Minnesota’s Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn.
The 2017 NBA Draft was full of great prospects and promising athletes. Remember that the draft is a pick-by-pick selection of all the eligible college/international students that fits any of the 30 NBA team’s chemistry and play style.
As millions tuned in to see their team’s picks, the first selection was by the Philadelphia 76’s, who picked up a very promising Markelle Fultz from the University of Washington. “Fultz is the most complete prospect in the draft. He has great size and athleticism for his position and can do just about anything he wants offensively,” highly respected sports commentator Chad Ford adds.
Right after that selection, the Lakes are on the board and without a thought of any other pick, they chose very high prospected and famous Lonzo Ball from UCLA. A selection that the Lakers have been hinting at since the previous season, Lonzo has gained popularity through his father Lavar Ball’s outrageous comments, Big Baller Brand, and surely with his highlights on the court.
Beyond these picks, there were promising picks such as Josh Jackson’s selection by the Phoenix Suns and De’Aaron Fox’s pick by the Sacramento Kings.
After the 2017 draft, the trades for players start flying like birds, starting with a bomb which consist of trade Chris Paul for Lou Williams and Patrick Beverly. “Its crazy with Chris Paul and James Harden on the same team there could easily become different competitors in the NBA finals,” comments Sophmore John Carroll.
Now, as many know, Russell Westbrook was MVP of the 2017 season and with the addition of the elite Paul George from the Pelicans now with the Oklahoma City Thunder, this could also well become a competition of the NBA finals. “There going all the way, THEY ARE NOT LOSING,” Senior Romeo Sharpe confidently states.
Without a doubt, the biggest trade of the off-season would happen towards the very end of the dead period
This trade consists of arguably the two best point guards. Kyrie Irving, one time NBA champion and former Cleveland Cavalier was traded for small, although very hard working and highly over looked, athlete Isaiah Thomas which played in the previous season for the Boston Celtics.
“That was crazy, I mean I’m a Celtics fan and I almost screamed when I heard the news, I didn’t even believe it when I heard it. Kyrie is a monster,” says Freshman Nathan Acevedo.
As the off-season comes to an end and the trades dial down for what appears permanent this time, the league drops another bomb with the New York Knicks trading away their only elite player Carmelo Anthony to the already powered Oklahoma City Thunder, where he will join 2017 MVP Russell Westbrook and Paul George.
The season is going to start with new players on every team and from the look of previous months, this season will be more electrifying than it’s been in a while. Millions around the world will agree with me when saying this season will surely be one to tune into.
Let’s see what happens.