Mykhailiuk is an elite jump shooter who is still only 20 years old despite graduating from Kansas in the spring.
He is capable of shooting accurately off movement and occasionally off the bounce.
With a negative wingspan, Mykhailiuk likely won’t ever contribute positive value defensively, and his lack of a floor game on offense is a worry. But there’s equity in his shooting here.
It’s hard to see how Carr sticks in the NBA, but the Pelicans could do worse than betting on shot creation here.
Multiple media outlets, including ESPN and Yahoo Sports, were reporting projected picks throughout the draft before they were announced.
There were a couple of guys we felt really good about on the 19th pick, obviously Kevin (Huerter) was one of them, and it leaked who Milwaukee was going to take, Schlenk said (via ESPN).
So, all of a sudden, we were able to pull back out of that deal and keep the draft pick instead of packaging picks to move up because we knew that, two guys on the board we felt really good about and only one team in between us, so that was beneficial to us last night.
The Bucks drafted Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo with the 17th pick.
I still think there’s hope for Payton, who’s just 24, to turn into a decent starting point guard. Payton would take an important step in that direction with better shooting, and cutting his hair this offseason could help. Payton also needs to do more to harness his defensive tools after struggling to defend pick-and-rolls at the point of attack. If he shows improvement, Payton might have a better shot at landing a starting job in free agency next year.
Though Payton came cheap — New Orleans can sign him using the taxpayer midlevel exception without dipping into the larger non-taxpayer midlevel and incurring a hard cap — he still cuts into what the Pelicans can offer Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins without going into the luxury tax. As of now, New Orleans has about $98 million committed to 10 players, leaving about $26 million in buffer room below the tax line. Waiving center Alexis Ajinca and stretching his salary would give the Pelicans a bit more flexibility, but paying Cousins anything close to his $30.6 million max would surely mean entering the tax.