Pelicans Trade Up In 2nd Round To Select Cheick Diallo
The New Orleans Pelicans packaged two 2nd round picks (39, 40) in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for the 33rd pick and drafted Kansas power forward Cheick Diallo, according to multiple reports.
Diallo had eligibility issues, leading him to miss chunks of time in his lone season at Kansas, averaging only 7.5 minutes a game. He was ranked as the 7th best high-school prospect in the country before heading to KU.
Diallo's motor is undeniable, as is his shot-blocking ability around the rim.
The Senegal native is only 19 years old. At 6'9, 219 lbs, he sports a 7'-5'' wing span. His ceiling has high potential, specifically as a long defender.
He struggles with ball control and his handwork needs a lot of improvement.
With the rights to the Pelicans 39th and 40th pick, Los Angeles took french point guard David Michineau and Maryland center Diamond Stone.