It is certainly disappointing for Nerlens, but what matters is that second contract. In any case, Nerlens at full strength would probably be closer to a 6-10 pick if he had waiting around for next year's draft. Wiggins, Parker, and Randle are all more highly rated pros, and Aaron Gordon, Andrew Harrison, and Marcus Smart all have the chance to make that jump, too. Next year's draft is incredibly stacked, and the 76ers are not a bad fit at all for Nerlens. His intensity will be appreciated by the fans there. Definitely a better long term fit for them than Andrew Bynum.
Former UK players Nerlens Noel and Archie Goodwin were both taken in the first round and both were promptly traded.. Noel, projected by many as the first overall pick, was selected sixth overall by New Orleans. But he won’t be playing for the Pelicans with former Kentucky player Anthony Davis, Minutes later, he was reportedly traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. Goodwin was taken by Oklahoma City with the next-to-last pick of the first round and then he was traded to Phoenix.
As the sixth overall pick, Noel is guaranteed just over $5.4 million his first two years in the league. UNLV forward Anthony Bennett, selected first overall, is guaranteed almost $9.1 million over the same time period. John Calipari has now had 11 one-and-done players at Kentucky. All have been drafted in the first round.
Former Georgia Bulldog Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the other SEC player selected in the first round. The Detroit Pistons took Caldwell-Pope with the eighth overall pick. He becomes the highest Bulldog selection since Dominique Wilkins went third overall back in 1982.
Two SEC players were taken in the second round. Florida’s Erik Murphy went to the Chicago Bulls with the 49th overall pick. He will join former Gator Joakim Noah in Chicago. Murphy becomes the 17th player drafted under Florida coach Billy Donovan. Alex Oriakhi, who spent one year at Missouri after starting his career at Connecticut, was taken by the Phoenix Suns with the 57th overall selection. His former teammate, guard Phil Pressey who left school early to enter the draft, was not taken. He is reportedly signing a free-agent contract with the Boston Celtics. Pressey was one of several undrafted early entries. B.J. Young and Marshawn Powell of Arkansas were among those not selected.