The first round of the NBA Draft was dominated by freshmen players this year. There was a record of 16 freshmen players picked in the first round, with the previous record being set in 2015 at 13. Out of the first 11 picks, 10 were freshmen players and for the first time in draft history, the Top Five were all freshmen! The Philadelphia 76ers won big in the first round by snagging Markelle Fultz, the best player in this year’s draft. Lonzo Ball was the picked up at No. 2 by the Los Angeles Lakers. Picks three, four, and five went respectively to the Boston Celtics (Jayson Tatum), the Phoenix Suns (Josh Jackson), and the Sacramento Kings (De’Aaron Fox).
One of the biggest surprises of the night was the Chicago Bull’s trade of three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves. It came as a shock to many Bulls fans and to Butler himself. However, this will be a reunion for Jimmy Butler and current Timberwolves Coach Tom Thibodeau, who coached Butler for four years previously in Chicago. Many believe this to be promising start for the Timberwolves and a start to a complete overhaul for the Bulls.