How Denzel Valentine Fits in with the Chicago Bulls

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Denzel Valentine is the first NBA Draft lottery pick to come out of Michigan State since 2001 (Jason Richardson).

The Chicago Bulls selected the AP National Player of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year with the 14th pick in tonight’s NBA Draft. Bulls GM Gar Forman said at the Bulls practice facility Thursday night that he thought Denzel “was a fit on so many levels, a big time winner.”

Forman also said that Zel fit into the direction that the Bulls wanted to go, indicating that the team is “wanting to get younger and more athletic, and play with pace.”

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Michigan State Basketball NBA Draft Prospects via Jay Bilas

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Where will Michigan State basketball players Denzel Valentine and Deyonta Davis be selected in the NBA Draft Thursday night? Is there any chance at all that Bryn Forbes and Matt Costello could get selected late in the second round? We’ve collected and assessed the opinions of ESPN’s three NBA Draftniks, Chad Ford, Jay Bilas and Fran Fraschilla who all answered various media questions during three NBA Draft media calls.

So Michigan State basketball fans, it’s all curated and condensed for you here. 

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2017 NFL mock draft 6-20-16

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A 2017 NFL mock draft? Yes, a 2017 mock. It’s never too early. However, it is still extremely early, thus the order was randomized and team needs were very lightly taken into account here, and in some cases not at all. The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and 2016 NHL mock draft.

Enjoy the 2017 NFL mock draft, some player descriptions were filled in, others will be completed as we go along.

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Suspended Draymond Green the NBA’s New #1 Villain

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Usually, in this time and space, we write a Draymond Green puff piece. It’s become a rite of passage, as we’ve published a feature in this vein the past couple years. Perhaps that tradition is ending now though as the media are placing the proverbial black hat on Green. It’s deserved now too as he’s been suspended for game 5 of the NBA Finals, due to his, uhm, making his presence felt in an opposing player’s groin area.

He might be the next NBA star to fill that James Posey, Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman, Anthony Mason kind of role. His Western Conference Finals performance left a lot to be desired. Hard to find a coach or fan who would desire seeing one of their players kick an opponent in the junk.

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Draymond Green Can Win Over Even the Golden State Haters

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Editor’s note: This Draymond Green essay is a guest contribution to The Sports Bank by Memphis Grizzlies fan Mare Keane

Let me start this by saying that the Golden State Warriors are not my team. 

I despised them in 2013.  I wrote them off in 2014 as a bunch of big headed guys who thought they were better than they actually were, and dubbed Steph Curry the next injury-laden Derrick Rose. 

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Deyonta Davis a Late Lottery Pick Says Fran Fraschilla

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While Denzel Valentine may or may not be selected ahead of Deyonta Davis in the 2016 NBA Draft, it’s very likely that Davis is the Michigan State player with more long term NBA career potential. In the short term, Davis’ draft stock might not be as high as Valentine’s.

Deyonta Davis declined to participate in the physical portion of the draft combine, meaning that he now must prove himself in private workouts with teams.

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Steve Mariucci on What Connor Cook Brings to the Oakland Raiders

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What a tumultuous NFL Draft for Michigan State Quarterback Connor Cook.

Entering Thursday, many people thought he had a decent chance at becoming a first round pick. We covered the multiple destinations within round one where he could have conceivably landed. If he didn’t go round one, then we almost certainly thought he’d be selected in round two or three on Friday night. However, it didn’t happen as Connor Cook was to night two what Laremy Tunsil was to night one.

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Gruden: Connor Cook, Christian Hackenberg are 1st-Rounders

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A year ago at this time, most draftniks believed that three Big Ten quarterbacks- Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg, Michigan State’s Connor Cook and Ohio State’s Cardale Jones, would likely be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Today, there’s a chance none of them will, and the Big Ten conference drought could very well live on. Yes, you have to go all the way back to 1995, when Penn State’s Kerry Collins was the fifth overall pick, a first-round selection by the then nascent expansion franchise Carolina Panthers.

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2016 NFL Draft FULL LIST of Green Room Invites

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The 2016 NFL Draft will be soon be upon us- just two weeks and change now. For the second year in a row, my hometown becomes draft town, as Chicago will once again host the NFL’s selection party. Here’s who made the cut into this very select group of 25. Ohio State leads the way with five; tying the all time record.

Here’s a link to more on that. Also, here’s the link to our latest mock draft.

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Michigan State’s Deyonta Davis Enters NBA Draft; Hires Agent

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(Update: Deyonta Davis declares for the NBA Draft, signs with an agent. Therefore, he will forgo his eligibility. Here is the link to the school’s press release. Below is the Deyonta Davis feature we ran a couple weeks ago)

Michigan State big man Deyonta Davis is anything but a verbose guy. At McDonald’s All-American Game Media Day last year, he gave short answers; like wise when MSU came to Northwestern in late January. However he can also be efficient with his answers.

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Josh Jackson Commits to Kansas; with Genuine Class

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Josh Jackson is a man who is much better than his times. He’s off the selfie generation, but at the exact moment when the entire basketball world was focused upon him, he refused to make it about himself. Legendary author Tom Wolfe coined the phrase “me generation” to describe the ’80s.

Today’s decade would be the “look at me” generation. Actually, no, if you’ve ever seen any reality television program and/or female sideline reporter’s Instagram or Twitter feed, this is the “PLEASE LOOK AT ME!!!!! NOW!!!!!” generation.

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Josh Langford, Miles Bridges Size Up MSU’s #TheClass

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This season Michigan State basketball welcomes #TheClass consisting of Miles Bridges, Josh Langford, Cassius Winston and Nick Ward. The first two names we mentioned are McDonald’s All-Americans; and “The Class” is currently regarded to be the third best nationally.

The Spartans also might not be done yet, as the nation’s top rated player, and another MCDAA, Josh Jackson, has narrowed his choices to Michigan State, Arizona and Kansas. The last time we saw a recruiting class this special on paper in East Lansing was 2001 (Chris Hill, Alan Anderson, Kelvin Torbert) or maybe 2000 itself coming off the national championship season (MCDAAg MVP Zach Randolph, Marcus Taylor).

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