The Warriors made Charles Barkley look foolish all season.
The NBA analyst, who was often Golden State’s biggest critic, has finally admitted he was wrong — sort of.
“Hey Dub Nation, this is Charles Barkley. I told you guys a jump-shooting team would never win the championship. I was right. Now you’ve won two. Congratulations, Dub Nation, on another championship.”
Oklahoma City — T.J. Leaf, PF, UCLA. There has been chatter that Leaf and the Thunder have a mutual affection, but by draft night, teams like Miami, Portland and the Hawks will have had a look at him, so there’s a chance OKC won’t have the chance to pick a stretch-4 like Leaf here. But if he’s available, the Thunder would likely scoop him up.
Brooklyn (from Washington) — John Collins, F/C, Wake Forest. The Nets simply need to add talent wherever they can find it, and they will get some value here. Collins is a productive, back-to-the-basket big man who would have been a sure lottery player five years ago. But there’s still a question as to whether he can stretch his game out to the 3-point line.
Instead, it’s clear by this deal that Ainge believes there are at least two other players in a similar tier to Fultz. He may have had Fultz at the top of his board, but not quite as far ahead. That made it worthwhile for the Celtics to pick up another potentially tremendous asset while still getting a player they consider to be on Fultz’s level.