Bell could have that ability
That brings us back to Bell and Draymond Green. One of the critical factors in the success of the Warriors over the last three seasons has been Green’s ability to defend with versatility. Because he is a center who can handle guards, the Warriors are able to switch on nearly every matchup, which offers few easy paths for opposing ball handlers.
Bell could have that ability, too. He was fourth at the NBA Draft Combine among all players in shuttle run and lane agility time, showing off his tremendous footwork. He measured 6-8.5 in shoes, but his wingspan was 6-11.75. There’s reason to think Bell could approach Green’s effectiveness on the defensive end.
The relationship between the Knicks and rising star Kristaps Porzingis has been turbulent in recent months, as Porzingis skipped his exit interview in April. Well, Porzingis’ time in New York could be nearing its end. Phil Jackson is open to the possibility of trading Porzingis as the frenzy of interest is growing, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Sixers landed the No. 1 pick for the second year in a row, thanks to a predraft trade with the Celtics. In return, Boston receives the No. 3 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, in addition to either the Lakers’ 2018 first-round pick or the Kings’ 2019 first-round pick. The Celtics will receive the Lakers’ pick if it falls between No. 2 and No. 5. If it doesn’t, they’ll get the Kings’ unprotected first-round pick in 2019.