NBA Free Agency Recap (7/2/14): Irving, Gortat re-sign


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The calendar flipped to July and the NBA free agency period began.  All eyes are on the prized possessions like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, and seeing what happens with the Big 3 in Miami.  Teams cannot officially sign players until July 10th but contracts can be negotiated and agreed upon until then.  Here’s a recap of day one of the NBA free agency period with the headline deal being Kyrie Irving signing a max contract with the Cavs. [Read more...]

2015 NBA Mock Draft (6/30/14)


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Now that the 2014 NBA Draft is in the books, draft nets like myself can look ahead to next year’s class.  Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely premature 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

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2014 NBA Draft Grades: Western Conference


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Eastern Conference teams had their first four picks in the 2014 NBA Draft and in my opinion, did a better job of drafting than the Western Conference teams.  The clearcut winner out of the west was the Los Angeles Lakers.  Here are my 2014 NBA Draft grades for the Western Conference.  Check out my Eastern Conference NBA Draft grades as well. [Read more...]

2014 NBA Draft Grades: Eastern Conference


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The 2014 NBA Draft is over so let’s hand out some grades.  As always, there are initial winners and losers but the true reveal will come years down the road when we see what type of players these guys develop into.  Here are my 2014 NBA Draft grades from the Eastern Conference teams who owned the first four picks of the draft.  Click here for my pick-by-pick NBA Draft grades. [Read more...]

2014 NBA Mock Draft- First Round FINAL


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HAPPY NBA DRAFT DAY!

Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account.  The draft order is based on the final standings since the NBA Draft Lottery doesn’t take place until May 20th.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

So without further ado, here is our FINAL 2014 NBA mock draft.  UPDATED: 6:00 PM CST

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2014 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (6/26/14)


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HAPPY NBA DRAFT DAY!

Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account.  The draft order is based on the final standings since the NBA Draft Lottery doesn’t take place until May 20th.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

So without further ado, here is our latest 2014 NBA mock draft.  UPDATED 11:00 AM CST.

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2014 NBA Mock Draft- 2nd round


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Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

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Indiana Pacers have decisions to make on the wing


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After finishing with the best record in the Eastern Conference, it appeared as if the Indiana Pacers were poised to dethrone the Miami Heat. However, a late season spiral carried into the playoffs as Indy was not playing their best basketball when it counted most and as a result, were defeated by LeBron and company in the Conference Finals.

Led by one of the league’s blossoming stars in Paul George, the Pacers have a few key decisions to make this off-season that affects whether or not they can remain among the best teams in the NBA. Most notably, what to do with free agents Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner. [Read more...]

MSU’s Gary Harris: lottery for sure; Timberwolves at #13?


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Three games into his freshman season, Michigan State freshman shooting guard Gary Harris suffered a shoulder injury that lingered throughout the year and hampered his performance.  He still had a very productive season, finishing second on the Spartans in scoring and winning the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award.

A year removed from that injury and back to 100%, Harris is ready for a breakout sophomore campaign and is a huge reason why Sparty made the Elite Eight.

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Ownership, depth focus of Los Angeles Clippers this off-season


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Whatever the Los Angeles Clippers did on the court this season was overshadowed by the terrible Donald Sterling incident that was leaked during the postseason. Now there is massive ownership question moving forward that might serve as a distraction for the team moving forward.

In regards to the actual basketball, the Clips posted the third best record in the Western Conference but still stumbled in the playoffs failing to get past the semifinals. L.A. has their core of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin in tact but needs to improve the depth of their roster in hopes of trying to get over the hump. [Read more...]

LeBron James opting out? Where do Miami Heat go from here?


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With reports that LeBron James will indeed opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat, suddenly the sting of the franchise being unable to complete the three-peat has been erased. Now the team turns into panic mode as they try to figure out how to bring Bron back to Miami while also wondering about the futures of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh who both also have the ability to become free agents this summer.

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Portland Trail Blazers still need to upgrade bench this off-season


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The Portland Trail Blazers made tremendous strides this past in becoming one of the better teams in the Western Conference. LaMarcus Aldridge had a career year and Damian Lillard is quickly becoming one of the best young point guards in the NBA. While the Blazers bench was slightly improved from a year ago, the team still relied heavily upon on their starting five. That’s why Portland will still be searching to improve their bench play this off-season in hopes of taking another step forward in 2014-15. [Read more...]