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#pounditMonday, August 10, 2020

Larry Bird called Willie Cauley-Stein ‘$100 million player’

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After three seasons at the University of Kentucky, Willie Cauley-Stein declared for next month’s NBA Draft, along with several of his teammates. The SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year is projected to be a top-10 pick and someone who can step in and help a team immediately.

Among those who think highly of the 21-year-old is Hall of Famer Larry Bird, who feels Cauley-Stein’s skills will one day secure him quite a lucrative contract.

The best part might be Cauley-Stein’s reaction, not the valuation placed on him by Bird.

While Bird’s admiration of Willie Cauley-Stein is one thing, having him in a Pacers uniform may take a bit of work, and luck. While the Pacers are in the draft lottery, their chances of landing one of the top picks is slim due to their 38-44 record this season. Ten teams finished with a worse record than Indiana.

The NBA will hold its draft lottery on Tuesday. At that point we should have a better idea of who may be paying Willie Cauley-Stein a handsome sum of money in the future.


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