MINNEAPOLIS — For the first 20 years of his life, almost every time Shabazz Muhammad turned around on a basketball court, his father was right there behind him.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Anthony Bennett wasn’t really all that interested in playing basketball. Yeah, it was cool dunking on guys, and a great way to make new friends after moving from Toronto to the city’s suburbs.
Anthony Bennett learned he would be making NBA draft history the same time as everyone else. “When they said my name,” Bennett said of the Cleveland Cavaliers surprisingly taking Bennettand making him the first Canadian No. 1 overall pick.
The headline across ESPN.com at 6 p.m. Thursday: “Stunner at No. 1.”
NEW YORK — Allergies were bothering Anthony Bennett from the time he woke up Thursday. He was sneezing and feeling miserable, and then suddenly, he had never felt better in his life.
NEW YORK — A year ago, if odds were put on a player from Las Vegas being the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, Shabazz Muhammad would have been a heavy favorite.
NEW YORK — Anthony Bennett was stunned at the start. David Stern had a big surprise at the finish.
In honor of Thursday night’s NBA draft, The Associated Press takes a look at the best and worst all-time picks for each of the league’s 30 franchises.
One of the trade rumors circling tonight’s NBA Draft goes like this: Minnesota would send third-year forward Derrick Williams and two first-round picks to move up from the No. 9 position and select Indiana guard Victor Oladipo.
NEW YORK — In a room of familiar faces, Shabazz Muhammad was nowhere to be found. His VIP spot on the NBA Draft guest list, essentially reserved five years ago, was erased.