Apr 7, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Shabazz Napier (13) celebrate after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 in the championship game of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft Rumors: Magic, Bulls and Celtics eyeing Shabazz Napier


The NBA Draft is a time when the players we watched in college blossom into the professional stars of tomorrow and it’s a time when we see names we familiarized ourselves with in March Madness realize their dreams. One such player who helped his cause immensely in the tournament was Shabazz Napier from UConn, and he’s starting to get lottery attention in some circles.

According to Chad Ford from ESPN.com, the Bulls, Magic and Celtics are all teams with eyes on Napier as the draft approaches.

Napier is getting looks as high as Orlando at 12. Bulls and Celtics are also in the mix for him. So that’s not a reach. Hairston is getting looks from Minnesota at 13 on … so he’s not a reach either. LaVine is great if you are swinging for the fences. He has more upside than either Napier or Hairston. But he’s risky too.

Orlando taking Napier seems like a stretch, as they would have to have taken Noah Vonleh or another forward with their first pick and then deem Exum better than Tyler Ennis or any other guard that may be available at No. 12 overall.

As for the Bulls and Celtics, it’s hard to see Napier making it past either of them — the Bulls twice — without being taken. Both teams need depth at point guard and Napier seems to be one of the best wild card options in the draft this year.

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  • Kevin Woods

    Between the two, I’d rather see the Bulls select Ennis over Shabazz.

    As a matter of fact, I believe there are other PGs out there, besides Smart/Exum/Ennis that have more upside than Shabazz….but that’s just me.

  • Edmond Dantes

    Napier and Stauskas if he is there. But Shabazz is underrated just like in college. Wouldn’t suprise me if he winds up being the 2nd best player in this draft