BROOKLYN – Thursday’s NBA Draft had a little local flavor with the selections of Notre Dame standout guard Demetrius Jackson by the Boston Celtics and Purdue’s AJ Hammons being taken by the Dallas Mavericks.
Jackson was selected in the second round with the 45th pick by Celtics, who are coached by former Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. A Mishawaka Marian High School graduate, Jackson was a Second-Team All-ACC pick after leading Notre Dame in scoring, assists and steals. But more important, he led the Irish to the NCAA tournament’s Elite Eight and earned a spot on the All-East Regional team. Jackson finished last season at 15.8 point per game to go with 4.7 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game to go with 45 percent shooting from the floor and 81 percent from the free throw line.
Hammons was a big presence and a major part of the recent success for the Boilermakers. The 46th pick by the Mavericks was an All-Big Ten First Team selection and Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year for the 26-9 Boilermakers. Hammons was one of just four players in Division I to rank in the nation’s top 25 in field-goal percentage (21) and blocked shots (14). He played particularly well down the stretch, scoring in double figures in his last 16 games and 24 of his last 25. He averaged 15 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game last season and shot 59 percent from the floor and 55 percent from three-point range.
The Chicago Bulls took Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine with the 14th pick and FC Bayern Munich’s Paul Zipser with the 48th pick. The Indiana Pacers used its first-round pick (20) on Michigan talent Caris LeVert and its second-round pick (50) on Iowa State wing Georges Niang.
MAJOR TRADES OF INTEREST
• Oklahoma City Thunder trading Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and Domantas Sabonis
Oladipo, very much a key cog the past three seasons in Orlando, was in the Magic’s facility working out as recently as Wednesday morning. He has been a standout performer in Orlando the past three seasons, averaging 15.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.6 steals in 224 NBA games. Oladipo was a standout at Indiana University, scoring 10.7 points per game for the Hoosiers before becoming the No. 2 pick of the Magic in the 2013 NBA Draft. Ibaka has been an All-Star for the Thunder, one of the original players from the team moving from Seattle to OKC. Ibaka averaged 12.6 points and 6.8 rebounds last season for the Thunder.
• Chicago Bulls trading Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday and 2017 Second Round Pick to the New York Knicks for Jerian Grant, Robin Lopez and Jose Calderon
Rose, the NBA MVP in 2010-11 and a three-time All-Star, ran out of love in his hometown of Chicago and was traded on Tuesday. Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant was the key piece in the trade. Grant (6-4, 198) was selected 19th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, with the pick originally owned by the Washington Wizards and subsequently traded to New York via Atlanta. In his rookie year, Grant played in 76 games (6 starts) and posted 5.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 2.3 apg (eighth among rookies) in 16.6 mpg. His .780 free throw percentage ranked sixth among rookies. Grant is the nephew of Horace Grant, son of Harvey Grant and brother of Jerami Grant, who all played in the NBA. In his final year at Notre Dame in 2014-15, Grant earned NCAA First Team All-America honors from The Associated Press.