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In one of the more surprising coaching hires in recent memory, the Charlotte Hornets are rehiring someone they let go of in 2018, Steve Clifford, to be their new head coach, the team announced Friday. The Hornets had initially landed on Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson as their head coach, but Atkinson backed out after the Warriors won the championship. That forced the Hornets to pivot, and they landed on a coach they know quite well.
Clifford coached the Magic from 2013-18 and made the playoffs twice in that span. He was fired at the end of the 2017-18 season and took over the Orlando Magic from there. He took the Magic to the playoffs twice as well, but when Orlando pivoted into a rebuild, the two sides
The Washington Wizards have selected University of Wisconsin star Johnny Davis with the No. 10 overall pick. Davis was the quintessential college star who didn’t originally project as a top NBA prospect. He was just a three-star recruit coming out of high school, and as a fairly lean 6-4 wing, he’s a bit smaller than teams would hope for out of a lottery pick at his position. What he might lack in terms of physical tools, he more than made up for with his production.
The Wizards have needed help at the guard spot for quite some time now and the hope is that Davis can come in and fill that role alongside Bradley Beal. Our CBS Sports NBA Draft experts feel as though he has a good chance of doing that which
The Sacramento Kings have selected Keegan Murray with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Murray isn’t your average selection at the top of the lottery. Where the top of the draft is typically populated by teenage one-and-done prospects, Murray will turn 22 before his rookie year began and was only a three-star prospect at the high school level. His freshman year at Iowa was predictably unspectacular as he averaged just 7.2 points per game.
While Murray is a prospect that was clearly tremendous at the collegiate level, our CBS Sports NBA Draft experts don’t necessarily love the selection for Sacramento as it received a grade of a B.
I like Murray, but it’s not what I would have done. I would have taken Jaden Ivey. But he made it crystal