PJ Hairston, Thanasis Antetokounmpo Drafted: Reactions & Tweetcap
"At 18, Vonleh will take time, but he has great potential. So, too, does Hairston, the D-League star acquired in a trade with Miami. The value of D-League numbers is debatable, but the 6-5, 229-pound Hairston -- who averaged 21.8 points on 45.3 percent shooting for the Texas Legends -- has prototypical two-guard size and, if brought along correctly, could develop into a starter."
"The Hornets also did well to acquire P.J. Hairston (No. 26 overall), pick No. 55 and a future second-round selection in exchange for Shabazz Napier, whom they originally selected at pick No. 24, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.
In need of wing depth in the worst kind of way, the Hornets should allow the seasoned Hairston to contribute immediately."
"Next came Thanasis Antetokounmpo, older brother of Giannis and strong contender for most syllables in a name in NBA history. Antetokounmpo comes to the Knicks via the D-League, and he's not likely to become an immediate star.
But he's a perfectly fine value at No. 51 and should be able to score on the break, defend and generally bring his terrific athleticism to bear in the Knicks rotation."
"The athletic, 6-foot-6 wing had a strong showing in the D-League last season with the Delaware 87ers. Antetokounmpo has a seven-foot wingspan and is viewed as a strong finisher at the rim. His biggest attribute for the Knicks could be on defense.
Thanks to his wingspan and athleticism, Antetokounmpo is seen by some as a strong defender. He also has a quick first step and is an excellent finisher at the rim, though he needs to improve his jump shot."
"This pick went to the Hornets via trade with the Heat involving Shabazz Napier and other draft picks. Having seen his college career come to an abrupt end last winter amid an improper benefits investigation, Hairston could have let this past season go to waste. Instead he headed to the D-League and validated his status as a first-round draft pick, avoiding further off-court trouble and averaging 21.8 points per game. Spot-up shooting is Hairston's best attribute, but he has the size and athleticism to get to the rim and to defend wings as well. His stint in the D-League should enable him to make an immediate impact in the NBA."
"I'm not sure this draft could have gone better for the Hornets. ,,. P.J. Hairston was the outside shooter they were looking for before the draft started too." (Read More)
"Winner: Knicks Fans -- Wait, what? The Knicks not only had draft picks, but landed Cleanthony Early and Thanasis Antetokounmpo? That's incredible. Knicks fans have two young, super-athletic players to root for in Summer League and maybe beyond, and if any fan base deserves to have some fun, it's them." (Read More)
"The Hornets wanted shooting, too, and their ability to land P.J. Hairston late in the first round was a perfect fit."
"So Phil Jackson woke up on Wednesday with no draft picks. On Thursday, he went to bed having picked Cleanthony Early and Thanasis Antetokounmpo, a pair of first-round talents, as well as French forward Louis Labeyrie, who also makes an excellent Bourdeaux. These are not franchise-altering moves, but it is an impressive bit of alchemy to get that much out of nothing."
Congrats @Mr_Hairston15 bro on gettin drafted!! Too many ppl slept on you in this draft. Hornets got a steal Harrison Barnes (@hbarnes) June 27, 2014