French forward Lizachet, first pick in NBA draft

Zakary Lizashe, 1st overall pick in the National Basketball Association draft

French forward Zachary Lizaché (19) wore the Atlanta Hawks uniform as the first overall pick in the National Basketball Association (NBA) rookie draft.
The Atlanta Hawks, who received the first pick this year, selected Lizashe in the 2024 NBA Draft held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, USA on June 27, 2024.

Atlanta finished the 2023-2024 season in 10th place in the Eastern Conference and had only a 3% chance of winning the first pick.
However, he overcame this and won the first-choice pick for the 49th time since 1975 and for the fourth time in the club’s history.

Lizachet, whom Atlanta chose first, is 203 cm tall and is considered a versatile forward with a good shooting ability.
He played for France’s JL Bourg last season, averaging 11.1 points and 4 rebounds in the Euro Cup and French league.

He is also a ‘second generation basketball player’.
Lizaché’s father, Stephane Lizaché, played as a player in Europe, including France.

He then competed for France in men’s basketball at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, winning a silver medal.

French player ranked first overall for two years in a row

In the NBA draft, a French player was selected first overall for the second year in a row, following Victor Wembanyama, who was selected by the San Antonio Spurs last year.
Lijashe is the fourth non-American player to be selected first overall in the NBA draft, following China’s Yao Ming (Houston) in 2002, Italy’s Andrea Bargnani (Toronto) in 2006, and Wembanya Ma last year.

“This is a blessing. I’m really excited to see what’s going to happen,” said Lizachet. “I want to help the team the best I can and I feel like I can help a lot. I’ll do whatever it takes to get on the court with great players.” “I’m ready,” he said.

Alex Sarga from France ranked 2nd

This year, the second place winner was also from France.
Alex Sarr, who was mentioned as a strong candidate for the first pick ahead of this draft, was selected by the Washington Wizards as the second pick.

Born in 2005, Sarr, who is 216 cm tall, entered the NBA after playing for the Perth Wildcats of the Australian National Basketball Association (NBL).
The Houston Rockets, who had the third pick, selected American guard Reed Shepherd from the University of Kentucky.

San Antonio selected guard Stephon Castle from the University of Connecticut with the fourth overall pick.
And, forward Ron Holland II, who graduated from the G League, went to the Detroit Pistons with the 5th pick.

Lebron James Son Bronny James

Bronny James, the son of NBA star LeBron James (LA Lakers), participated in this year’s draft and attracted attention, but was not selected in the first round.
Bronny James, born in 2004, is the first son of LeBron James, born in 1984, when he was 20 years old.

Broney, a guard who entered the University of Southern California last year, collapsed due to cardiac arrest during practice in July of last year, but returned to the court in December.
Since the initial prediction was that Brony would have difficulty being selected in the first round, attention is being paid to the results of the second round.

This rookie draft was held for two days for the first time, and only the first round selections were made on that day.
And, the second round will be held at ESPN Seaport District Studios in New York on the 28th.

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