NBA Draft order -- six Bay Area picks


NBA Draft order -- six Bay Area picks

The 2012 NBA Draft order is set following the NBA draft lottery held Wednesday evening in New York.

The New Orleans Hornets leapfrogged from their No. 4 pre-lottery slot to nab the top pick, bumping the Charlotte Bobcats down to second.

Both the Kings and the Warriors retained their pre-lottery slots. Sacramento will have the fifth overall pick, Golden State will pick seventh.

For the Warriors, not moving down from the seventh slot is a big deal. Had they been bumped to eighth or lower, their pick would have gone to Utah as part of the conditions of a 2011 trade for Marcus Williams.

Golden State will have three other picks in the draft on June 28. They own San Antonio's first-round pick (30th overall), acquired in the deal that sent Stephen Jackson to the Spurs in March. The Warriors also acquired the 35th overall pick (fifth in the second round) from the Brooklyn Nets in the Brandan Wright trade in February; as well as the 52nd overall pick, which they bought from Atlanta in March.

The Warriors' own second-round pick (38th overall) was traded to New York as part of the deal for David Lee. It now belongs to Denver.

Sacramento's draft status isn't quite so complicated. The Kings have two picks: their first-rounder (5th overall), and their natural second round pick (36th overall).

The complete 2012 NBA Draft order:

First round:
1. New Orleans
2. Charlotte
3. Washington
4. Cleveland
5. Sacramento
6. Portland (From Brooklyn)
7. Golden State
8. Toronto
9. Detroit
10. New Orleans (From Minnesota via LA Clippers)
11. Portland
12. Milwaukee
13. Phoenix
14. Houston
15. Philadelphia
16. Houston (From New York)
17. Dallas
18. Minnesota (From Utah)
19. Orlando
20. Denver
21. Boston
22. Boston (From LA Clippers via Oklahoma City)
23. Atlanta
24. Cleveland (From LA Lakers)
25. Memphis
26. Indiana
27. Miami
28. Oklahoma City
29. Chicago
30. Golden State (From San Antonio)

Second round:
31. Charlotte
32. Washington
33. Cleveland
34. Cleveland (From New Orleans via Miami)
35. Golden State (From Brooklyn)
36. Sacramento
37. Toronto
38. Denver (From Golden State via New York)
39. Detroit
40. Portland (From Minnesota via Houston)
41. Portland
42. Milwaukee
43. Atlanta (From Phoenix)
44. Detroit (From Houston)
45. Philadelphia
46. Washington (From Dallas)
47. Utah
48. New York
49. Orlando
50. Denver
51. Boston
52. Golden State (From Atlanta)
53. LA Clippers
54. Philadelphia (From Memphis)
55. Dallas (From LA Lakers)
56. Toronto (From Indiana)
57. Brooklyn (From Miami)
58. Minnesota (From Oklahoma City)
59. San Antonio
60. Brooklyn (From Chicago via Milwaukee)
OR LA Lakers (From Chicago via Brooklyn and Milwaukee)

Kevin Durant crushes hopes and dreams of Knicks fans everywhere


Kevin Durant crushes hopes and dreams of Knicks fans everywhere

Kevin Durant's summer of court dedications continued recently with a stop in New York City.

After christening a new court at the East Side Community High School in Manhattan, Durant stopped by the House of Hoops in Harlem.

Durant documented the whole trip in a YouTube video post on Tuesday.

While Durant was taking a photo with attendees, a hopeful Knicks fan had a question for the NBA Finals MVP.

"Yo, when are you coming to the Knicks, man?" the fan asked.

"Never," Durant said loudly with a smile on his face.

The Washington, D.C. native took another shot at New York City during the visit.

"NYC, the so-called Mecca of basketball. I'll say it's second in line Mecca of basketball next to Washington, D.C. But I still got love for NYC," Durant said.

Durant and the Warriors make their lone trip to Madison Square Garden to face the Knicks on Feb. 26, 2018.

Durant boasts second best odds to capture 2017-18 MVP award


Durant boasts second best odds to capture 2017-18 MVP award

The 2017-18 NBA season doesn't officially start until Oct. 17, but it's never too early to look at the MVP odds.

Russell Westbrook -- who won the award last year -- is the leader in the clubhouse (7/2), according to Bovada.

Kevin Durant -- the 2017 NBA Finals MVP -- is right on his heels with 9/2 odds.

Kawhi Leonard (13/2), LeBron James (15/2) and James Harden (8/1) round out the Top 5.

Ummmmm, Steph Curry?

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He checks in at No. 7 with 11/1 odds.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is sixth (17/2).

Draymond Green (60/1) has the 21st best odds.

Klay Thompson was not listed.

Last year, Curry finished in sixth place in the MVP voting -- three third-place votes, one fourth-place vote and 34 fifth-place votes.

Durant received two fifth-place votes.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller