Jalen Draft Process

WOW! Pick #12! Well done!

Will play with Holmgren in OKC!

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Very cool. Happy for him.

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#12 is higher than I would have thought he would have gone so good for him. He mustn have made a great impression in the combines. His family background also. Plus and he gave a great interview. Obviously the right choice to go -pro. Nice article in todays Mercury News on him and it was interesting that he said that Coach Sendek said it was his time to move on. Nice the coach was thinking of the well being of the player.

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Congrats to Jalen!
OKC is not a bad place to land, good fan support and they’ve been in rebuild mode and are very young so Jalen won’t be buried behind many entrenched vets. Chet Holmgren will get most of the immediate media attention so less pressure on Jalen as he’s 1 of 3 1st round picks for them.
On quick scan looks like there’s at least 4 guys on their roster who are younger than Jalen and another 5 to 7 who are around his age (21-22ish).
Guys in front or him or who’s competing with for PT: Luguentz Dort (23yrs old, 3rd year player from ASU), Josh Giddey (19yrs old, 2021 1st round pick, 6-8 playmaker, led them in assists), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (23yrs old, also good playmaker).
Plus a bunch of other solid, young players.
And head coach, Mark Daigneault is apparently the youngest coach in the NBA, spent time under Donovan at both Florida and OKC.
Hoping Jalen can at least be a solid 2nd unit sub consistently playing 18-20mins a game in his 1st season…then work his way up from there. Will be fun to follow him.

Tidbit - Parker Braun’s brother, Christian, was drafted by the Nuggets at #21.