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Hang Time Podcast: NBA Draft Preview with Malik Monk and Scott Howard-Cooper

Sekou Smith

Sekou Smith

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The 2017 NBA offseason is in full swing! Lang Whitaker and I break down some of the early moves, then get set for Thursday’s NBA Draft with prospect Malik Monk and NBA.com draft expert Scott Howard-Cooper.

Highlights below:

At 2:30 minute mark, on Celtics trading the No. 1 pick:

“If Danny Ainge has something specific in mind he wants to get done, I have no problem with it. But you better show me something for all these assets.”

9:00 mark, Malik Monk on the Draft process:

“It’s kind of frustrating to not know where you’re going. But it’s been fun to visit all the teams and meet the executives, high-power people.”

15:00 mark, Scott Howard-Cooper on where Celtics go at No. 3:

“I’d say it’s a very strong lean towards Josh Jackson. Then things get interesting with the Suns at No. 4. But I’m not ruling out the possibility of another Boston trade.”

20:00 mark, on the importance of this Draft for Sacramento:

“It’s a huge, huge moment for Vlade Divac and the entire organization. If there’s a year to have two picks in the top ten, this is it.”

22:30 mark, on the depth of this Draft class:

“It’s a really good top ten. But it’s also deep in the late-20s and early-30s. Guys like D.J. Wilson, Derrick White, Kyle Kuzma. In other years, these guys would’ve been in the late first-round.”

30:30 mark, on under-sized prospects who could deliver in NBA:

“Frank Mason is a guy who has a chance. Coaches are going to love this guy, wherever he goes. Josh Hart, Monte’ Morris, Nigel Williams-Goss. Guys who have played and succeeded at a high level. There’s a lot to say for reliability.”

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