NBA Draft Recap: Taking a closer look at how Kentucky's three lottery picks fit in with their teams

06/23/2017 05:02 PM

Last night was special for the Kentucky basketball program as three Wildcats were taken in the lottery. We take a closer look at each of their fits here:

De’Aaron Fox: Drafted fifth overall by the Sacramento Kings
De’Aaron Fox is joining a very young Sacramento team that features two former Wildcats in big men Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere. The Kings finished 12th in the West last season with a 32-50 record. Sacramento is hoping fox can be the floor general to lead them back to the Playoffs. He is confident he can do that.

Malik Monk: Drafted 11th overall by the Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk was Kentucky’s second player off the board when he was drafted eleventh overall by the Charlotte Hornets. The Lepanto, Arkansas native will team up will team up with former UCONN star Kemba Walker in the Charlotte backcourt. Monk becomes the second UK player on the team, with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist preparing to enter his sixth season with the Hornets. Charlotte finished eleventh in the East last season. Monk is ready to bring the winning culture to his new team.

Bam Adebayo: Drafted 14th overall by the Miami Heat
The biggest surprise of the night was Bam Adebayo. Adebayo, who wasn’t even projected as a first round pick two months ago, was the final pick of the lottery—going 14th to the Miami Heat. He really impressed teams leading up to the draft with his size, athleticism and jump shot. After the draft, he talked about his excitement to join the heat.

Clayton Abernathy

Clayton is a Producer for Spectrum News. He graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Kentucky and he lives and breathes UK Basketball, making him the perfect fit to produce KSTV. That’s Kentucky’s only nightly half-hour show dedicated solely to UK sports. You can watch it weeknights at 7:30 and 11 on Spectrum News. Follow Clayton on twitter @ClaySTV1 to stay updated on the latest UK Basketball and recruiting news or to follow his amateur competitive eating endeavors. He once ate thirteen cheese Coney hot dogs in one sitting…on his lunch break.

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