2012 NBA Draft re-do with 2013 hindsight

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It is an annual tradition here during the NBA All-Star break to re-do the NBA Draft lottery from the previous year.  The Sports Bank’s NBA Draft Nerd, David Kay and Peter Christian will alternate re-drafting the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft taking into account what they know about the rookies based off their performances so far this season.  They will factor in how each team’s roster looked at the time of the draft and give their reasons as to why the selection would be made.

Check out The Sports Bank’s 2013 NBA Mock Draft.

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NBA draft scenarios for Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers are staring the end of the Larry Bird era in the eyes right now.

The 2011-12 NBA Executive of the Year announced his decision to step down as team president Thursday, but he’s not quite done yet.

Bird will conduct the Pacers’ draft alongside Donnie Walsh, who returns to Indiana as president, and newly promoted GM Kevin Pritchard.

The trio could go several different directions, including standing pat with their No. 26 overall pick or wheeling and dealing to move up.

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Can Duke’s Austin Rivers live up to the hype in the NBA?

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Due to his father being a former collegiate All-American, NBA veteran, and title winning head coach; Duke‘s Austin Rivers has been in the national spotlight for quite some time.  The Blue Devil shooting guard chose to enter the 2012 NBA Draft after just one season in college and carries a heavy burden as he transitions to the next level.

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Duke’s Austin Rivers has great guidance for NBA transition (Video)

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As you obviously know, former Duke Blue Devils guard Austin Rivers is the son of former NBA point guard and current Boston Celtics coach Glenn “Doc” Rivers. As such, Austin will be better prepared for the transition to the NBA life than other league prospects. As you might expect, the topic of his Dad came up quite a bit at the combine

The Sports Bank’s Ngozi Ekeledo stopped by the 2012 NBA Draft Combine’s Media Day and talked to the Duke star about getting a little help and advice from his famous NBA father.

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Minnesota Timberwolves “luck” might be turning around?

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I know the last few years have been down-right dreadful for fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Our last few draft picks (Wes Johnson and Derrick Williams) haven’t panned-out, so far or yet. But, Ricky Rubio brought a spark this season before his ACL injury. He lit-up Target Center with his maestro passing skills and non-matador-esque defensive ability that most of his teammates (Michael Beasley) have shown the past few years. He might just be the beginning of a Minnesota-turnaround, though.

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UPDATED 2012-2013 college basketball preseason top 25

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Here is an updated on my preseason Top 25 for the 2012-2013 college basketball.  With transfers, the decisions of some previously undeclared top high school recruits, and players declaring their intentions to return to school or leave for the NBA Draft, there has been a lot of movement since I released my original rankings the day after the National Championship game.  (Click here for a list of NBA Draft early entries.) Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or if you notice an error in a projected roster.  (Click here for my way too early preseason rankings from last season.)

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UPDATED 2012-2013 college basketball preseason top 25 (PART 2)

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Here are teams 16-25 in my updated 2012-2013 preseason college basketball Top 25 and other teams who just missed the cut.

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2012-2013 college basketball preseason top 25

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With the Kentucky Wildcats cutting down the nets last night, we can officially close the book on the 2011-2012 college basketball season.  Hoop junkies like myself are already looking ahead to next season so allow me to present to you my way too early 2012-2013 preseason Top 25.

There are still several factors that could alter a teams roster between now and the start of next season.  Some of the top players are still debating on whether or not to enter the NBA Draft, some teams will lose players to transfer, and five McDonald’s All-Americans remain undecided on their college decision including the top two recruits in the 2012 class; Shabazz Muhammad and Nerlens Noel.

So here is my preliminary preseason Top 25.  I will updated these rankings once the NBA Draft early entries list is complete and Muhammaed and Noels make their college decision.  Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or if you notice an error in a projected roster.  (Click here for my way too early preseason rankings from last season.)

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2012-2013 college basketball preseason top 25 (PART 2)

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Here are teams 16-25 in my 2012-2013 preseason college basketball Top 25 and other teams who just missed the cut.

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#5 Duke Blue Devils: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Despite losing Kyle Singler, Nolan Smith, and the top overall pick in the NBA Draft, Kyrie Irving; it will be business as usual for Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils as they once again figure to be in the national title picture.

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UPDATED 2011-2012 College Basketball Pre-Season Top 25

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Now that we know which college basketball players are entering the NBA Draft, which are returning to school, and which have transferred, we can get a better grasp on our insanely early 2011-2012 pre-season Top 25.   Some teams were majorly impacted in a negative while others received a boost.  Here is a look at how the college basketball rankings could look prior to next season.

UPDATED: 5/10/11

By: David Kay
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Duke Recruit Quinn Cook Has Huge Shoes to Fill

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With Nolan Smith graduating and Kyrie Irving likely the top pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Duke has a huge hole fill at the point next season.  Enter McDonald’s All-American Quinn Cook who is one of the top point guard recruits in the country.

(This is a Paul M. Banks/David Kay collaboration)

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