Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account with this second round. 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.
Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, or Jabari Parker. Who will be the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft? It’s an ongoing debate that will continue up to draft night on June 26th.
Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have 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. [Read more...]
Want to know how your team is doing in the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes? Well, there’s a Tanking for Wiggins website out there. And it’s updated hourly. So think of it as the 2014 NBA Draft order as a stock ticker. There are many horrible excuses for NBA teams, the Milwaukee Bucks come to mind first as they currently “lead” in the Wiggins race. Of course, the Bucks are in this position almost every year.
But in ’13-’14 the Bucks have plenty of company. No team will of course admit that they’re tanking for Andrew Wiggins, or Jabari Parker, or Aaron Gordon. Or Julius Randle, but we know it’s going on.
#1 Kentucky versus #2 Michigan State AND #4 Duke against #5 Kansas? In the same venue? No wonder there were approximately 384,571 NBA scouts at the United Center Tuesday night for the Champions Classic. In total there were about thirteen possible 2014 NBA Draft lottery picks playing in the two games. No, seriously.
Here is a breakdown of who stood out and who struggled in Michigan State’s 78-74 victory against Kentucky, and how that might help or hurt their draft status early in this season. Click here for my analysis of the prospects in the Duke/Kansas game and here’s a look at my very early 2014 NBA Mock Draft.
#4 Duke versus #5 Kansas AND #1 Kentucky against #2 Michigan State? In the same venue? No wonder there were approximately 384,571 NBA scouts at the United Center Tuesday night for the Champions Classic. In total there were about thirteen possible 2014 NBA Draft lottery picks playing in the two games. No, seriously.
Here is a breakdown of who stood out and who struggled in Kansas’ victory against Duke, and how that might help or hurt their draft status early in this season. Click here for my analysis of the prospects in the Kentucky/Michigan State game and here’s a look at my very early 2014 NBA Mock Draft.
Despite all the Derrick Rose drama of “will he or won’t he play this year,” the Chicago Bulls did rather well for themselves relying on a collective effort to fill the void left by Rose. With their superstar returning for next season, the Bulls are a couple of minor acquisitions away from once again being a title contender.
(Breaking: Bulls reportedly interested in dealing Luol Deng to the Wizards)
(Breaking: TMZ reports that Scottie Pippen knocked some dude out )
The Indiana Pacers came within one game of the reaching the NBA Finals and did so without one of their best players. This off-season, the Pacers are looking to build off their successful 2012-13 season and put themselves in a position to make another run next year.
New Zealand and the NBA isn’t something you hear very often. All this week, you heard CBS/NBA TV’s Seth Davis repeating the same talking point: he doesn’t believe New Zealand is a basketball culture. I’m not sure I buy that.
You’ve had Kirk Penney, the former Wisconsin Badgers guard from Auckland, New Zealand. Penney didn’t even last two years in the league. Sean Marks is also from Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest metropolis. He’s from Rangitoto School in Auckland and played his college basketball at Cal.
Marks was taken in the 1998 NBA Draft, Round 2 by the New York Knicks. He stuck around for awhile, but his numbers were rather meager. He hardly produced very much.
Steven Adams is a 7 foot freshman who was the 12th pick overall in NBA Draft Thursday night by the Oklahoma City Thunder. He really impressed at the NBA Draft combine; everyone seems to love his personality.
Twitter was on fire during NBA Draft night. At least the people I follow certainly were. It was difficult to pick out just a sampling of the best ones. A few people actually tweeted:
“LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL”
when Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Bobcats took Cody Zeller of the Indiana Hoosiers with the 4th overall pick.
So seeing Cody Zeller go four, and his Indiana teammate Victor Oladipo number two, yet Tom Crean couldn’t get past the sweet sixteen..well you see the backstory. Of course, this was a very very weak draft. With a very low talent level. It made for an interesting, exciting and unpredictable draft, but it was weak nonetheless.
So you had your annual insane “project picks” of foreign guys that no one has ever heard of showing up mid-to-late round one this year, not in late round two like they usually do.
There was a ton of uncertainty heading into the 2013 NBA Draft and things were definitely wild as the picks unfolded beginning at the top with the Cleveland Cavaliers selecting Anthony Bennett. Here are my Eastern Conference 2013 NBA Draft grades. Click here to see my pick-by-pick grades.