Following a long and chaotic draft night for the NBA, a pair of former Mountaineer guards are heading to both teams in New York City.
At around 5 p.m., Jevon Carter was involved in a draft day trade, sending him from the Phoenix Suns to the Brooklyn Nets.
Carter will join the Nets who are led by superstars Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving. Expect the former All-American to have the same role on the Nets as he did on the Suns in the 2020-21 season.
Later on in the night, another Mountaineer found out about his new team. Miles ‘Deuce’ McBride was selected with the 36th overall pick made by the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder traded the draft rights of McBride to the New York Knicks.
McBride will now play half of his games in the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. It will be interesting what role McBride has with the Knicks, whether he sticks to the point guard position or transitions back to his original spot at the two. McBride will participate in the 2021 NBA Summer League, starting on Aug. 8.
As the two Mountaineers in the NBA switched teams, they will be against each other quite often as Brooklyn and New York are both in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. If the NBA returns back to an 82-game schedule, we could see McBride against Carter four times during the regular season.