The Pistons and Rockets both had unexpected first rounds in the NBA Draft, leading to the addition of strong franchise building blocks.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — It was a wild NBA Draft night right from the jump when the Orlando Magic ended up selecting Paolo Banchero with the top pick instead of the favored and expected pick of Jabari Smith Jr.
That sent the NBA world into a whirlwind right as the draft began. The Thunder selected Chet Holmgren as expected and the Rockets grabbed Jabari Smith Jr. at No. 3.
Then, the Sacramento Kings passed on the player who many thought was the clear
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