Pac-12 NBA Draft Recap

Neither Jahii Carson nor Jordan Bachynski heard their names uttered by Adam Silver or the pleasantly well-spoken Mark Tatum Thursday night. For those two along with Jermaine Marshall, although he did not expect to be drafted Thursday, this now means they will have a grueling summer of work and improvement ahead of them in order to make an NBA roster. Their goal may be difficult but it is clear.

As for the Arizona State fan, what they take away from the draft is a matter of choosing doors to look through. One door offers grieving over Carson and Bachynski going un-drafted. The other door offers a view that shows a plethora of Pac-12 players that were chosen Thursday night and the comfort that this abundance of talent will not terrorize the Sun Devils any longer.

Those looking to turn the knob on door number two can partake in a look at the Pac-12 talent that exited the conference and were proclaimed league ready on draft night.

Aaron Gordon—4th overall pick—Orlando Magic

The highest Pac-12 player selected Thursday, Aaron Gordon did not always perform at the level his pre-season hype may have demanded but the young man contributed when it came time to playing his rival.

Gordon registered 16 points and six rebounds in his first game against ASU. Then an impressive double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in ASU's narrow win at home.

Zach LaVine –13—Minnesota Timberwolves

The 19 points LaVine dropped on ASU in his only appearance was no fluke. He is a large guard that did not have carry a huge load, whether that load was handling the ball or scoring. LaVine had the luxury of working off of lengthy teammates with similar talents. A group that would have likely imposed more dominant performances had they stayed in school. But alas, that is why his teammates were also chosen Thursday night.

Jordan Adams—22—Memphis Grizzles

The next Pac-12 player taken off of the draft board was in fact one of LaVine's complimentary teammates. Adams scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds against the Sun Devils. He was top ten in scoring within the Pac-12, and again Adam's job was aided by his ability to use his length to help him score. Defenses were given no relief as they also had to worry about other players on Adam's team that were just as capable of causing damage.

Josh Huestis—29—Oklahoma City Thunder

Nine points paired with nine rebounds in his first game of the season against ASU, nine points with eight rebounds in his second game, and then 12 points combined with seven boards in game three (pac-12 tournament) do not jump off the stat sheet.

Although analytic personnel would wish it the other way NBA scouts do not make their draft decision and evaluations solely on numbers. And the Sun Devils certainly felt Huestis' presence in other facets of the game. His ability to work within Stanford's system and provide gritty work through rebounding and defense is a skill level Sun Devils fans could do without facing several times a season.

Kyle Anderson—30—San Antonio Spurs

People are fresh off of watching the Spurs dismantle the Miami Heat with ball movement. Pair the freshness of the Spurs' championship with their reputation for magnificent drafting and that makes for a welcoming reception to any pick they make. However, Anderson really will be an interesting and potentially fruitful fit.

With 17 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists in his one game against ASU last season, Anderson's slow and methodical way of stretching his way to the basket will not be missed by Sun Devil players and fans alike.

Spencer Dinwiddie—38—Detroit Pistons

He never graced the court against ASU last season because of a tragic knee injury but the electric point guard had Colorado ranked before he went down. Returning from an injury always provides the possibility of a misplacement of the talent that was present before the player got hurt.

But playing with fire and wishing for Dinwiddie to make his return in college with two games against the Sun Devils is what they call, just asking for trouble.

Nick Johnson—42—Houston Rockets

There were thoughts that Johnson may have left school too early as well. But the 42nd pick in the 2014 draft is possibly the scariest opponent that ASU continuously encountered.

Yes, the 17 points he scored in his first game against ASU and the 14 points and nine rebounds he registered in his second outing were mighty contributions. However, it is the command Johnson had of his Wildcat team on the court, the way he fearlessly attacked Carson and his overall confidence that made the biggest mark in his matchups against the Sun Devils.

Dwight Powell—45—Charlotte Hornets

The last Pac-12 player selected on draft night was one of the most reoccurring figures in Arizona State's season and made his mark in all three games in which he participated.

With a long body that catered to awkward but athletic ability Powell put up 28 points, five rebounds, and five assists in game one versus ASU. Then 11 points, six rebounds in his second game. And finally 15 points and five boards in his last appearance against the Sun Devils.

So door number two's contents have now been made aware. Eight talented young men from the Pac-12 were drafted into the NBA Thursday night. None of them were former ASU players. That may sadden some but that is the point in opening door number two on a Sun Devil fan's view of the draft.

Capable and gifted players were in the Pac-12. They are now gone and that spells optimism for next season. The conference will be much more diluted and another fruitful Arizona State season is not out of the question.

Jahii Carson and Jordan Bachynski are gone and they were not drafted. But a running theme until next season begins is that if one is going to focus on what ASU has sent to the next life, what other teams in the conference are passing on needs to be accounted for as well.

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