Two basketball drafts went down on Thursday night. On the Westside (Los Angeles), former No. 1 NBA draft pick Greg Oden failed to be selected in Ice Cube’s Big3 draft; on the Eastside (New York), former No. 1 NBA draft pick Blake Griffin and the man who should have been the No. 1 pick instead of Greg Oden surprised a couple of the top picks in the WNBA draft.
After A’ja Wilson was selected by the Las Vegas Aces with the first pick in the 2018 WNBA draft, she was given a tablet with a congrats from her favorite player, Blake Griffin.
“Congratulations on being drafted. It’s been very fun to watch your college career and to see you go to the next level. I can’t wait to see what you do in the league. You’re going to dominate for a long, long time. Again, congrats and I’ll be watching.”
6th pick Azura Stevens also received a message from her favorite player, Kevin Durant.
“What up. Congratulations, I’m so proud of you. Good luck in your WNBA career. Hopefully I get to check a game out soon. Much love.”
The No. 9 pick, our friend Lexie Brown, also got a special message from a former NBA player, her father! Brown’s dad is former NBA dunk champion Dee Brown, who also used to be a WNBA coach. Brown’s selection makes this the first time a daughter of a WNBA coach has made it to the league.
Another father and daughter connection worth mentioning is No. 3 pick Diamond Deshields. She’s headed to Chicago, the city where her father, Delino Deshields, played baseball for the Cubs.