Spiraling Salaries: HoopsHD interviews Robert Lattinville and Roger Denny

Times might be tough for a lot of people in America…but not if you are a D-1 men’s basketball coach. A 2014 study by the American Association of University Professors found that the median compensation for men’s head basketball coaches at D-1 schools increased by a whopping 102% during a 6-year stretch from 2005-2011. This is based on a variety of factors (including NCAA Tournament broadcasting rights) and has had a number of corresponding effects (such as some assistant coach salaries that are starting to approach $1 million). HoopsHD’s Jon Teitel recently got to speak with Robert Lattinville and Roger Denny (attorneys from Spencer Fane LLP who have conducted some fascinating research into this topic) to get their thoughts on what caused this trend and whether it is sustainable.


According to a USA Today article last spring, Louisville’s Rick Pitino was the highest paid head coach last season with $7,769,200…but then he got suspended for 5 games earlier this summer for allegedly failing to monitor his program during an alleged sex-for-pay scandal: should any college coach be making that much money, and what impact do you think his salary had on his punishment (if any)?  As sports lawyers we do not believe that we are qualified to say whether a basketball coach of any level of skill/accomplishment should be paid exponentially more than a brain surgeon, cancer researcher, or 2nd-grade teacher. To be sure, among the ranks of college coaches their skills/accomplishments range from those of glorified gym teachers to CEOs of multi-million dollar enterprises with broad and unique skills applied in continuous high-pressure high-profile activities. For all of the other things it is or purports to be, we view college athletics as a premier sector of the entertainment industry. Properly considered with respect to the current market for that industry sector, the highest-salaried college coaches are paid within the realistic bounds of that market. We do not view the issue as a matter of scale (i.e., coaches pay vs. pay for other professions): we view it as 1 of relative scale in a top-down auction market. In that market, the case can be made that Coach Pitino is fairly compensated relative to his peers (for which there are few that are similarly qualified). To that end, note that the total amount includes a $750,000 bonus in the current year: in the absence of that bonus, Kentucky coach John Calipari would have been the highest paid men’s basketball coach this season.

Each of the top-5 salaried coaches on the list (Pitino/Calipari/Mike Krzyzewski/Bill Self/Tom Izzo) make more than $4 million/year and have won a national title: if a coach has a history of getting his team into postseason play and winning titles, are those good enough reasons to pay him a lot of money?  Participation in the postseason certainly drives an economic benefit to the university (http://www.forbes.com/sites/chrissmith/2014/03/20/how-a-single-ncaa-tournament-win-is-worth-1-6-million/#63a53d8332b0) and consistent participation and success magnifies that benefit, perhaps exponentially. If there are other activities in which the coach engages that discount/detract from the value of such performance, the university should estimate and contract for the appropriate discount, which includes the termination of such employment for cause.

The total pay for these coaches includes many elements beyond their base salary (such as retention payments, deferred compensation, money from shoe/clothing/apparel companies, advancing in the NCAA tourney, multi-media deals, running summer camps, speaking fees, etc.) as well as all kinds of perks (private jets, housing allowances, severance packages, etc.): do you think these are all reasonable extras or do you think that a coach who makes a 7-figure salary should be expected to make it to the Sweet 16 and/or pay for his own house?  Many of those perks and added benefits were borne from thoughtful tax planning on behalf of universities and coaches’ counsel. Unfortunately, these perks have now become expected by many, leaving the industry to continue to find new ways to create value (life insurance being the most popular of the current trends). As a threshold matter, the competitive nature of the business (win or be fired) should compel a consistent, maximum effort from coaches. The bonuses/extras should be better structured to reward performance that exceeds current the coach’s current annual guaranteed compensation.

According to some of your own research, Louisville’s Kenny Payne was the highest-paid assistant coach in the nation last season with $805,000 but the Cardinals’ entire staff compensation as a percentage of program revenue was the cheapest in the nation at 2.71% (Rutgers was the highest at 13.01%): if a school has a huge athletic department budget, then should they just be allowed to spend all that money on salaries or whatever else they desire?  Should they be “allowed to”? Yes, certainly (unless and until the market is disrupted in a meaningful way). However, I think the universities that already are/are becoming the standard-bearers in D-1 are more intently focused on measuring ROI (return on investment) and finding the most efficient uses of their revenue. In most years, the single-most important determinate of economic success in a collegiate athletic department is competitive success, which is driven by recruiting/developing high performing student-athletes. Unlike the sport of football where a player must wait until 3 years after his high school class graduates to enter the NFL Draft, basketball players become NBA draft-eligible at age 19 (assuming a few other qualifying factors). Since “1-and-done” players are typically the most talented ones in college basketball, the emphasis on recruiting this kind of player is logical. In most instances, a university’s most productive means of recruiting talented players is by hiring/retaining coaches who are effective recruiters.

Kentucky had the highest average assistant coach salary in the nation last year at $562,333 (which is more than the $521,000 former UNC-Wilmington head coach Kevin Keatts made last season after winning his 3rd straight CAA title): do you think that there are guys who would prefer to be an assistant rather than the head man as long as they are making the same amount of money?  All things being equal, few coaches would rather be an assistant. High-level college basketball hiring is a bit unique in that high-major head coaching jobs rarely go to assistant coaches. The likely effect of rising assistant coach pay is that high-paid assistants become more choosy about the head coaching jobs that they will consider, recognizing that accepting such a position may also be accompanied by a pay cut. This may limit the market for qualified head coach candidates.

NC State had the most experienced staff in the nation last season with 82 years of aggregate experience yet missed the NCAA tourney, while Florida had 1 of the least experienced staffs with only 25 years aggregate experience yet made it all the way to the Elite 8: what kind of correlation is there between an experienced staff and on-court success (if any)?  As coaches like to say, “It is not about the Xs and Os: it is about the Johnnys and the Joes!” It is very difficult to normalize the on-court performance of coaching staffs because disparity in talent is such a critical factor. Moreover, the varying role of the head coach is also a factor that challenges an appropriate regression analysis. I think that experience has somewhat of a decreasing utility: previously, additional experience meant extra time on the recruiting trail, more connections to high-school and club team coaches, greater evaluation of competition, etc. As with most everything else, technology and increased exposure for recruits has leveled the playing field such that lesser-experienced coaches are able to quickly gather, process, and use the available information and contacts.

Oregon State was the most expensive program last year at $141,543.20/win while Purdue was the least expensive at $20,799.26/win: do you think that Boilermakers coach Matt Painter deserves a nice raise after making the NCAA tourney in 9 of the past 11 seasons without charging his school a fortune?  As relates to Coach Painter, I think there are 3 distinct circumstances worth mentioning: (1) Coach Painter signed an 8-year deal in 2011 (which was amended in 2016 to add 3 more seasons), a deal that was then, and would be now, for a longer term than what is customary; (2) he was on the proverbial “hot seat” as recently as 2015; and (3) there has been substantial turnover in the period since he  signed that deal. The longer term buoyed Coach Painter during the time when Purdue was “down” (they did not win a single NCAA tourney game during a 4-year stretch from 2013-2016), and it remains above the Big 10 median…but I would expect an amendment to be forthcoming.

1 of the emerging trends you discovered was that many assistant coach contracts now include provisions that tie the length of their employment to the tenure of their head coach: why is this a new thing, and do you think it is a good or bad idea?  I think it is a smart strategy: the circumstances are extraordinarily rare for a new coach to retain his new school’s existing staff. Tying the assistant coaches’ contracts to the head coach’s contract can accomplish, at least, the following: (1) more thoughtful hiring decisions by the head coach, and (2) cost savings if the head coach departs on his own volition or as a result of a university termination with or without cause.

Some of the biggest factors that increase a school’s bottom line are alumni boosters/season ticket sales/licensing revenue: if programs like Duke/Kentucky bring in more than $20 million/year in revenue and/or have rich alumni who support their program, is that a good reason to pay their coaches a lot of money?  The evidence suggests that coaching is a primary driver of success and success is a primary driver of revenue. As mentioned above, unless and until there is disruption in the amateurism model, attracting and retaining elite coaches will be a smart use of available resources. Perhaps the most clear demonstration of this is at Michigan, where the athletic department experienced somewhat of an economic renaissance from the hiring of head football coach Jim Harbaugh after the 2014 season (www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2015/09/tickets_sales_up_revenue_on_th.html).

I think it is safe to assume that star coaches often attract the best players (thanks to lavish stadiums/other amenities/a proven track record of helping players make it into professional leagues): what do you think that recruits care about the most, and does a coach deserve a bonus for being a great recruiter even if it does not translate to on-court success? The answers are different in football and basketball. In football, the athlete is going to be on campus for a minimum of 3 years, so providing the best available experience (in terms of resources and the quality of the facilities in which they spend the vast majority of their time) for that 3-year period is a key recruiting advantage. In basketball, the 1-and-done rule has forced recruits to evaluate their college choice based upon their belief of which coach/program can best amplify their exposure to the decision-makers at the next level. Often, the exposure follows the coaches in college basketball.  However, we do not believe that recruiting should be separated form performance for bonus purposes. Universities previously rewarded coaches with bonuses if they had a high recruiting class ranking. However, there has been a trend away from that practice as universities recognize that such rankings can be somewhat arbitrary and individual talent is no guarantee of team success (note that the #1 pick in each of the last 2 NBA drafts came from a team that did not qualify for the NCAA tournament: Ben Simmons of LSU and Markelle Fultz of Washington).

The popularity of March Madness seems to always be on the rise (Americans spend a collective 650 million+ hours/year watching the NCAA tourney on various screens, and there are estimates that companies lose almost $2 billion in wages while people fill out brackets and track the results): is it too simplistic to say that coaches deserve to get paid more when CBS/Turner are paying the NCAA more than $1 billion/year for the broadcast rights?  Coaches seem to be the most-marketable commodity in college basketball, so I understand the argument for allowing them a greater share of the revenue. However, I think that prudent athletic directors are intently focused on the shifting grounds for media rights and will fight the urge to make spending decisions based upon those TV deals.

Is there any correlation between having a winning program and enrolling better students or securing more funding for academics, and if not then is it worth paying a high salary to a coach even if he is a consistent winner? There is empirical evidence to support the “front-porch” theory of collegiate athletics: applications and interest in institutions certainly increase when an institution succeeds athletically, especially in the revenue sports (www.cnbc.com/2016/04/08/march-madness-win-brings-college-admissions-windfall.html).

Some schools charge their students an “athletic fee” that are as much as $1000/student: do you like this policy, and what are the right/wrong uses for such a big pot of money?  It depends on what the fee covers. If it entitles the student to admission at games or other tangible benefits, then it may make sense. If it is merely a tax for a specific project (as is often the case), then we believe there to be more palatable funding opportunities available to well-run athletic departments.

Have we reached a point of no return when it comes to escalating salaries, and if not then what can schools do to stop it without the risk of being charged with collusion or a violation of federal antitrust law?  Perhaps we have reached a point of return as to the nominal amount of compensation payable, but we see a shifting trend in which athletic directors are retrenching and becoming more thoughtful about structure (especially as relates to deferred compensation/bonuses). As the approach to incentives becomes more thoughtful, we will see a better alignment of coaching contracts and less turnover (noting that shortened tenure is perhaps the single biggest factor in rising salaries: www.spencerfane.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Sample-Analysis-2016.pdf).

According to a Washington Post review of financial records, rising administrative/support staff salaries are some of the biggest reasons that otherwise profitable or self-sufficient athletic departments have deficits (in a 10-year span the non-coaching payrolls at the combined athletic departments of 48 schools in the 5 wealthiest college conferences rose 69% from $454 million to $767 million): what caused such a spike, and why on earth would a school pay all these other salaries if it causes them to lose money? In prior years schools paid these amounts because there was little fiscal accountability: revenue (especially among the Power 5 conferences) was assumed to grow at a rate beyond expenses. However, the emerging issues facing collegiate athletic directors require skills/experience never before required to operate their departments effectively. Budget deficits should spawn athletic department restructuring, including hiring outside counsel and consultants to bridge the learning curve and/or maintain economies available from purchasing the expertise needed to successfully navigate one-time and evolving industry disruptors.

According to an ESPN article last March, not a single governor was a state’s highest-paid public employee in 2016, and when you add up all 50 governor salaries it is still less than what the coaches from the 3 public schools who made the Final 4 (Oregon coach Dana Altman/South Carolina coach Frank Martin/Kansas coach Roy Williams) received in base pay: so is the moral of the story that you should tell your kids to become a coach rather than a governor when they grow up?!  From a compensation perspective it certainly pays to focus on prosperous industries. For better or worse, the business of politics seems to attract individuals who have their own income or generate it from other sources.

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The Hoops HD Report: July Session

We have a full panel this month as we look at the changes the committee has decided to make to the NCAA Team sheets and how winning on the road should become more of an emphasis in the upcoming year.  We also take a quick look at the ongoing TBT Tournament, talk a little bit about the U-19 World Championships where Team USA came up short, discuss some recruiting in the SEC, and more….


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It’s Easy Being Green: HoopsHD interviews Dartmouth legend Jim Barton

Jim Barton made basketball look easy at Dartmouth, which is why his name is still all over the record book 3 decades after he graduated: 18 FGM in a game, 98 3PM in a season, and 89.5 FT% in a career.  He remains the all-time leading scorer in school history and has continued to succeed off the court via a career involving financial markets.  HoopsHD’s Jon Teitel got to chat with Jim about his spectacular shooting stroke and how close he came to making the NCAA tourney.  

You grew up in Memphis: what made you choose Dartmouth? They started recruiting me between my junior and senior years of high school, which was very early back then. While it does not seem like a very big deal now, I tore the ligaments in 1 of my ankles that summer, which made several schools delay/hesitate recruiting me. Dartmouth’s 1st-year coach Paul Cormier (who later returned to Dartmouth as head coach in 2010) and his staff never wavered in their interest in me during that time. Although it is not allowed today, the staff came down to visit me over 10 times from that summer through my senior year. That commitment to me impacted/swayed me even with other schools came in later in my senior season to recruit me. What really resonated with me was the opportunity to be an instrumental piece of the puzzle in taking Dartmouth from 1 of the worst 10 teams in D-1 to a level of relevancy in the Ivy League and beyond. As you can see, I think we accomplished just that.

Your coach back in the 1980s was Paul Cormier: could you have ever imagined that he would be back on the sideline in Hanover almost 3 decades later? No, I would not have thought that his coaching journey would have returned him to Dartmouth. The Big Green was really fortunate to have him back on the sidelines again.

As a freshman you set an NCAA record by making 94.2% of your FTs and you still hold the school record for career FT shooting with 89.5%: what is the key to making FTs? It sounds cliché but the key is practicing the same routine over and over and taking it seriously from the pre-shot routine all the way through the shot execution. That means practicing them when your legs are fresh as well as when you are dog-tired. The same can be said for any skill in basketball or any other sport for that matter. There is truly no easier shot in basketball than a free throw so why not take advantage of it!

In February 1987 you set a school record with 48 PTS (18-29 FG) in a 2-PT OT loss at Brown: was it just 1 of those situations where every shot you put up seemed to go in because you were “in the zone”, and did you think it was the same for Patrick Lynch (who set a Bears record with 8 3PM)? I think we were both in the zone during that game and were both tough to defend. There were a few other games where I just seemed to be in another zone, including my 40-PT game against Miami when we faced Tito Horford (father of Al) in his very 1st collegiate game, as well as games against Boston College, Iowa, and Memphis State.

In 1989 you split the season series and finished 1 game behind eventual Ivy champ Princeton: how close did you come to winning the conference, and could you believe that the Tigers almost upset #1-seed Georgetown in the 1st round of the NCAA tourney? In the preseason both my junior and senior years we were picked to win the Ivy League but unfortunately we fell short each year by 1 game. We controlled our own destiny in both cases and just ended each season with a crushing loss. In my senior year we were 2 games behind Princeton going into the final 2 games of the season: we beat them in 1 of those games but they beat Harvard in the other to advance. I am not surprised that Princeton played Georgetown well: they play a style that is difficult to defend if you are not used to seeing it. Imagine playing against them like we did my freshman and sophomore year…without a shot clock! Needless to say Princeton had a great opportunity to knock off the #1 seed and almost did exactly that. They represented the Ivy League well and the conference has been quite successful subsequently, which reflects positively on the high quality of basketball played in the Ivy League.

Your 242 career 3PM remains a school record, as does your streak of 65 straight games with at least 1 3PM: what was your secret for making shots from behind the arc? Someone pointed out that I am in the top-25 in NCAA history in both 3PM as well as 3P%, which is a pretty rare combination according to the source. I credit my shooting/scoring success to having coaches and teammates who worked to get me open, along with the fact that I worked hard to do the same. As far as my 3-PT accuracy I spent hours practicing not only shooting but working to get the ball into and out of my hands quickly. That was probably 1 of my hallmarks: 1of my coaches used to call the quickness of my shots a “volleyball setup shot” because it was in and out of my hands instantaneously. Practicing game-like situations, and specifically shooting when you are exhausted, prepares your body and muscle memory to perform at a high level at all times. I used to play this game called “Beat Bird” where I would run from the 3-PT line on 1 wing to the 3-PT line on the other wing. The traditional game was played as +1 for each made shot and -1 for each missed shot and you played to +10 (a win) or –10 (a loss). I got to a point where we varied the game to +1 for each made shot and -2 for each missed shot, which made it even more challenging. My improvement came from constantly challenging myself to do things better, which meant upping the ante once I reached a plateau.

Your 2158 career PTS is #2 all-time in the Ivy League behind Bill Bradley: did you realize at the time how prolific a player you were, and how on earth were you never named conference POY? I never really thought about the cumulative points I was scoring relative to Ivy history. I do not think it ever came up until my senior year once I scored my 2000th PT. Bill Bradley was a childhood idol of mine: I never saw him play but I read a book about his senior year at Princeton called “A Sense of Where You Are”, which impacted me greatly. It was all about Bill, from his practice habits to his work ethic, and provided a great playbook for how to practice successfully. Like my teams, I came in 2nd in the POY voting during both my junior and senior years, but I do not really know why I never won it.

Your alma mater has not won 20 games in a season and/or made the NCAA tourney since 1959: what will it take for them to get back to the Madness? They made the CIT in 2015, which was their 1st trip to a postseason tourney in a long time. I think Coach Cormier got the program moving in the right direction and I believe that the administration/alumni have taken note that basketball is a sport that can positively increase visibility for the school as a whole: just look at what it has done for Cornell/Harvard over the past few years. There is a collective/centralized dedication to the basketball program by those 3 groups that I have not witnessed historically, so I do not think that we are too far away from seeing Dartmouth “dance”!

You were a history major: how did you end up as Head of Portfolio Risk Management at Southeastern Asset Management in Memphis, and what do you hope to do in the future? The great thing about going to a liberal arts school like Dartmouth is that you learn how to think, rather than just acquire a specific skill or figure out what to think about. I was always a very strong math student so rather than continue working on that strength I chose to develop areas where I was less comfortable like reading comprehension/writing. History was a building block or round-out for skill development but I have always been interested in financial markets. Upon graduation I was offered a job to play basketball in Germany as well as a job to work for Louis Dreyfus Trading (1 of the world’s largest commodity trading firms). Thanks to Louis Dreyfus’ flexibility I was able to accept both offers: LD deferred my start date until I completed my basketball career, no matter how long it lasted. After playing pro basketball for a little over a year I started working for Dreyfus: first in Kansas City, then in Connecticut, and finally in Memphis. While in Memphis I was offered an opportunity to work for Southeastern Asset Management, which I have now done for more than 2 decades. I enjoy my career and love coaching youth basketball, which I have done for all 3 of my children. My wife Alison and I also give our time/energy to charitable endeavors in the Memphis area, which is important to both of us.

When people look back on your career, how do you want to be remembered the most? That I had a strong work ethic, was a good teammate, competed all the time, had a good sense/feel for the game of basketball, knew how to score, and was a great shooter.

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The Realest McCoy: HoopsHD interviews Team USA player Brandon McCoy

USA Basketball recently announced the 12 finalists for its U19 World Cup Team as they go for a 3rd-consecutive gold medal next month in Egypt.  The team, coached by John Calipari, is a mix of college players (Josh Okogie from Georgia Tech), youngsters from the Class of 2018 (Cameron Reddish from the Westtown School), and 2017 McDonald’s All-Americans (Brandon McCoy).  If they have any doubts about their future, they only need look to the 2015 U19 veterans who spent last week getting selected in the 1st round of the NBA draft (Terrance Ferguson/Harry Giles/Josh Jackson/Jayson Tatum/Caleb Swanigan).  Earlier today HoopsHD’s Jon Teitel got to chat with Brandon about representing his country this summer and heading to UNLV this fall.

(photo courtesy USAB.com)

In the 8th grade you decided to move from Chicago to San Diego to live with your uncle and join his club basketball team (Ground Up): what impact did that decision have on your life either on or off the court? It had a major impact on my life but more so off the court. Learning basketball is the easy part but coming out here to learn how to become a man was the most important part. I am more mature and take life seriously: I just had a friend who died the other day so I try to approach every game like it might be my last.

Last March in the McDonald’s All-American Game you had 13 PTS/4 STL and a pair of BLK on the final possession to clinch a 2-PT win for the West: how exciting was it to win the game with so much of your family/friends in the stands? It was overwhelming to come back to my hometown on that kind of stage. I was nowhere near that good when I started playing basketball several years ago but I want to keep working hard to improve.

In April you chose UNLV over schools like Michigan State (your “favorite school growing up”) and Oregon (who just made the Final 4): how hard a decision was it for you? It was very hard because they all have great coaches like Tom Izzo/Dana Altman who care about their players. They were all neck and neck but I felt at home at UNLV because they connected so well with both me and my family.

UNLV coach Marvin Menzies has a long track record of developing big men and has a longtime personal relationship with your guardian Sean Manning: what is the most important factor that you feel makes him the right coach for you? What really hit it off for me is when he told me that even after basketball I will remain part of his family. I know that basketball will just be a small part of my life but it is nice to know he cares about his players whether they end up playing pro basketball or doing something else.

I have seen different websites list you as a PF or C: what position will you be playing for team USA? I will probably play the 5 for the USA. Honestly it does not matter because I do not categorize myself by positions: I just want to win.

Last Thursday you were named 1 of the 12 finalists for the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team that is getting ready to head to Egypt: what does it mean to you to represent your country, and are you going to get to see the Pyramids? My mom would go overseas for 9 months at a time when she was in the military, which taught me how much she sacrificed on behalf of her country. The big thing for me is to try and win a gold medal…but AFTER that I would love to go see the Pyramids!

Team USA coach John Calipari has a couple of Kentucky players on the roster: how do you like playing for him? I did not know what to expect at 1st but he has taught me a lot both on and off the court. He does not want us to be robots out on the court: he just lets us play.

You previously said that going to college sets up the kind of career that people will have in the future: how do you hope your college experience will help shape your own future? When I go to college I want to make as many friends/connections as I can. Basketball does not run my life but I want my time in college to help me reach my ultimate dream of making the NBA.

You had to move around a lot growing up since your mother was in the Army: will that have any impact on whether you will stay in Vegas next spring? It played a role in my decision to move to San Diego but will not play a role in my decision about how long to stay in college. UNLV was once a big-name school and they have had plenty of lottery picks in the past.

Your dad played basketball at Southern: who is the best athlete in the family? He was a Juco All-American and could have made the NBA, so I am glad for everything that he has taught me. I got my height from both of my parents so I am very thankful to them for that as well.

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The Hoops HD Report: June Session

The Hoops HD panel discusses the situation at Louisville and the punishments handed down by the NCAA.  We look at how Louisville plans to appeal and discuss why we think their chances of winning it are slim and none.  We also discuss the coaching changes at Ohio State, Butler, and Milwaukee (well, maybe not Milwaukee) that occurred earlier in the month.  Lastly, we take a look at some of the new rules changes, the ACC going out to a twenty game schedule in the future, and more…


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2017 NBA Mock Draft (Final Version)

The NBA draft will take place on Thursday and we will do our best to predict where everyone will get selected. Some websites do their mock drafts based on “best player available” but we try to focus on team needs: for example, if a team like Phoenix already has Eric Bledsoe at the 1-spot, then they are probably not selecting a PG with the #4 overall pick. So, please see our 1st round predictions below and then let us know in the comments section what looks good and what might need a re-pick.

1: Philadelphia-Markelle Fultz, PG (Washington/FR)
2: LA Lakers-Lonzo Ball, PG (UCLA/FR)
3: Boston-Jayson Tatum, SF (Duke/FR)
4: Phoenix-Josh Jackson, SG/SF (Kansas/FR)
5: Sacramento-De’Aaron Fox, PG (Kentucky/FR)
6: Orlando-Jonathan Isaac, SF/PF (Florida State/FR)
7: Minnesota-Lauri Markkanen, PF (Arizona/FR)
8: New York-Malik Monk, SG (Kentucky/FR)
9: Dallas-Dennis Smith, PG (NC State/FR)
10: Sacramento-Zach Collins, C (Gonzaga/FR)
11: Charlotte-John Collins, PF/C (Wake Forest/FR)
12: Detroit-Donovan Mitchell, SG (Louisville/SO)
13: Denver-Frank Ntilikina, PG (France/INTL)
14: Miami-Luke Kennard, SG (Duke/SO)
15: Portland-Justin Jackson, SF (North Carolina/JR)
16: Chicago-Justin Patton, C (Creighton/FR)
17: Milwaukee-Jarrett Allen, C (Texas/FR)
18: Indiana-Bam Adebayo, PF/C (Kentucky/FR)
19: Atlanta-Terrance Ferguson, SG (USA/INTL)
20: Portland-TJ Leaf, PF (UCLA/FR)
21: Oklahoma City-Harry Giles, PF/C (Duke/FR)
22: Brooklyn-OG Anunoby, SF/PF (Indiana/SO)
23: Toronto-DJ Wilson, PF (Michigan/SO)
24: Utah-Kyle Kuzma, PF (Utah/JR)
25: Orlando-Ivan Rabb, PF/C (California/FR)
26: Portland-Ike Anigbogu, C (UCLA/FR)
27: LA Lakers-Isaiah Hartenstein, PF (Germany/INTL)
28: LA Lakers-Semi Ojeleye, SF/PF (SMU/JR)
29: San Antonio-Derrick White, PG/SG (Colorado/SR)
30: Utah-Anzejs Pasecniks, C (Gran Canaria/INTL)

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