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Skal Labissiere Falls Heavily in NBA Draft

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Skal Labissiere played at Kentucky for one year and barely scratched the surface of college basketball. He averaged 6.6 points and 3.1 rebounds, but still declared for the NBA Draft.

Labissiere was hyped as a possible lottery pick (largely due to his upside), but fell to pick 28 where he was drafted by the Phoenix Suns. The Suns plan on trading Labissiere to the Sacramento Kings in a pre-arranged deal.

While getting drafted in the first round is a major accomplishment, Labissiere's selection as the 28th pick puts him on the wrong end of a sobering statistic.

That is not company Labissiere wants to be in. Samardo Samuels started just 11 games over three seasons in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He last played in the NBA during the 2012-2013 season.

Labissiere is a different player than Samuels though. Scouts have raved about his potential and he will have plenty to prove when the NBA season tips off.


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