The 2015 NBA Draft took place on Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In all, 60 different players heard their name called and two dozen walked across the stage to shake hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver and deputy commissioner Mark Tatum.
Now the anticipation is over and the real work begins. Each team hopes the new addition to its roster will be the missing piece to a championship puzzle.
Here’s a look at the biggest winners of the draft.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns with the first pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.
The Timberwolves went for the freshman center in their first time owning the No. 1 pick. They can add him to a young roster featuring Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins, who was picked first last year by Cleveland and later dealt to Minnesota in the Kevin Love trade.
"I'm going to go in right away and be as versatile as I can be," Towns said. "That's the one thing I want Timberwolves fans to know, is I'm coming with a winning attitude, and I want to win, I don't want individual success."
The 2015 NBA Draft will take place on Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. For college basketball fans, it’s a time to see former stars move on to the next level. For NBA fans, it is a step toward the future.
Especially in recent years, the draft has become a spectacle for fans of all leanings. Whether or not your favorite team is on the clock, there is something to watch.
Here’s a quick look at things to watch during the 2015 NBA Draft.
Later today, 60 dreams of becoming a pro basketball player will be realized at the 2015 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
But while fans get to see the finished products walk on stage, hundreds of hours of preparation goes into making dreams a reality.
Most potential first-round picks declare for the NBA draft in April. That gives them only two short months until the NBA draft on June 25. In that time, players have to transition from being regular college students to professionals.
“The process is crazy,” former Arkansas big man Bobby Portis said. “I’ve never been away from my mom or outside of Arkansas this long. I just have to remember, every kid doesn’t get to experience this.”
The top NBA prospects gathered in Manhattan today to speak with the media ahead of tomorrow night’s draft. But for many of the soon-to-be-pros, the event doubled as a high-profile reunion between former teammates, old friends, and long-time rivals.
Here’s what a few of the future NBA-ers had to say about each other:
Justise Winslow (Duke, forward) on Jahlil Okafor (Duke, center):
“Over the past four or so years, getting to know him, getting really close with him, Team USA and then you go to Duke and become brothers, become champions… It’s just been fun, having someone with a very common experience as you coming through the same situation and going through the same experience. It makes it a lot easier, just having someone that you know so well here.
CLEVELAND (AP) — As the final seconds ticked off and the Warriors began bouncing in celebration on their bench, Stephen Curry looked up and saw LeBron James coming at him.
James could do nothing more. He extended a conceding hand and congratulations.
Moments later, Curry was hoisting a trophy in the air — one as golden as his team.
The Golden State Warriors finally seem to be alive after struggling through the opening games of the NBA Finals. League MVP Stephen Curry scored 37 points, outmatching LeBron James (40 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists) and leading the Warriors to a 104-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.
Here’s what you need to know if you missed Game 5.