The first thing Robert Williams should buy with his new NBA contract is a nice, loud alarm clock.
The new Celtics big man, who was drafted with the 27th overall pick Thursday, missed his introductory conference call with media Friday at 11 a.m. ET because he was enjoying a good night’s sleep after watching the draft from a Buffalo Wild Wings in Shreveport, La.
Right after the draft, I actually ran to my aunt’s house and went to sleep because I was so tired from everything, Williams said on his rescheduled call (via masslive.com). When I woke, my sister was like, ‘You had a conference call.’
Culver was the unsung piece of Texas Tech’s roster this season, taking a backseat to college star Keenan Evans and 2018 draft pick Zhaire Smith. The baseline reasons to be excited about Culver’s potential center around his 38.2 3-point percentage and 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks per 40 minutes.
The sustainability of that 3-point number given his poor shooting from the foul line will likely be the swing factor for his 2019 draft stock.
It was that kind of night for Knox, and we apologize if this gives you a month of nightmares. The good news is that Knox is an athletic combo forward who impressed in workouts and will be joined by Mitchell Robinson, a big man who did not play last year after he bolted Western Kentucky before the season.
The Thunder most likely followed the saga of Michael Porter Jr. to the Nuggets and gave the whole thing a shrug. After all, in the second round, they took a guy — Kevin Hervey with the 57th pick — who had surgery on his right ACL in high school and his left ACL last year. Now that is throwing MRIs to the wind. He still managed 20.5 points for UT-Arlington last season.
OKC also got Virginia’s Devon Hall, and have a trade-in-waiting for Kentucky super-athlete Hamidou Diallo.
As if to prove that the team is focused on bringing in length, the Magic picked center Mo Bamba (7-10 wingspan), forward Melvin Frazier (7-1.75 wingspan), Justin Jackson (7-3 wingspan) and a rare wandering albatross from the coast of New Zealand with a wingspan of 11 feet.