NBA Draft: Chicago Bulls set to pick 18th in 1st round


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The NBA Draft gets underway Thursday night, with the Chicago Bulls owning the 18th overall pick.

The Bulls do not have a second round pick after trading it to the San Antonio Spurs for DeMar DeRozan.

Last year, the Bulls didn’t have a first-round pick after including the pick in a trade with the Orlando Magic for Nikola Vuevi.

There will also be some local players to keep an eye on for the draft.

The ABC7 family will be rooting the hardest for former Whitney Young and Loyola star Lucas Williamson. His dad, “Big Luke” is a retired camera man at ABC7.

“Little Luke,” as he’s affectionately known, has worked out for 16 teams, including the Bulls.

The Orlando Magic selected Duke forward Paolo Banchero on Thursday night with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

After leading the Blue Devils to the Final Four in coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final season, the 6-foot-10 forward was called first by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to begin the draft, beating out fellow first-year forwards Jabari Smith Jr. and Chet Holmgren.

Banchero, wearing a purple suit full of bling, received a loud ovation inside Barclays Center, where Duke lost in the ACC Tournament final.

The Magic were picking first for the fourth time and they’ve done well with their previous choices. They took Shaquille O’Neal in 1992, traded the rights to Chris Webber for Penny Hardaway the next year, and went with Dwight Howard in 2004.

All eventually reached the NBA Finals with the Magic.

Holmgren went second to the Oklahoma City Thunder after the 7-footer led the West Coast Conference in blocked shots, rebounding and shooting percentage at Gonzaga. He looked sharp in his black suit but may need it to eventually be a bigger size for success in the NBA, as he’s listed at just 195 pounds.

The Houston Rockets took Smith at third, happy to end up with a player who many thought would end up going first. The 6-10 forward from Auburn is a natural fit in the current NBA game, able to defend all three frontcourt positions and with a shooting stroke that allowed him to hit 42% behind the arc.

Forward Keegan Murray, after a huge leap in his second season in Iowa, jumped all the way to the No. 4 pick by the Sacramento Kings. The Detroit Pistons, a year after taking Cade Cunningham with the No. 1 pick, took athletic Purdue guard Jaden Ivey fifth.

Before the selections began, Silver congratulated the Golden Stat…

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