The 10 Worst NBA Drafts in the Lottery Era

The calendar now reads June. In the NBA that means it’s time to crown an NBA Champion. However among the biggest of NBA nerds, it also means it’s time to get ready for the NBA draft. We’re only two weeks and a few hours away from the 2011 NBA Draft. This year, it’s preparing for the likes of Kyrie Irving, Derrick Williams, Enes Kanter and Brandon Knight to join the greatest basketball league on the planet that has us basketball geeks totally psyched.

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By Peter Christian

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OFFICIAL 2011 NBA Draft Early Entries

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The May 8th deadline for college basketball underclassmen to either announce they are returning to school or staying in the NBA Draft for good has past.  There were some very questionable and surprising decisions.  Check out The Sports Bank’s 2011 NBA Mock Draft and click on the player’s name for an in-depth scouting report.

UPDATED: 5/11/11

By: David Kay

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NBA Draft Stock Report: Sweet 16/Elite 8 Edition

Derrick Williams nbaEven though it is just one game or a few games, the NCAA Tournament can do wonders to either help or hurt a college basketball player’s NBA Draft Stock; especially on the big stage of the Sweet 16 or Elite 8.  Here are some players who have seen their stock rise and fall this past weekend. Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2011 NBA Mock Draft.  You can also check out the list of underclassmen who have already declared for the draft or announced their intention of returning to school.

By: David Kay
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2011 NBA Draft Stock Report (2/11/11)

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The NBA Draft Stock Report checks in on which college basketball players have made a name for themselves in the past week; either helping or hurting their future draft position.  In this edition, a pair of UNC freshmen are on the rise while two early season Player of the Year candidates are starting to slip some.  Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2011 NBA Mock Draft.

By: David Kay
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NBA Draft Stock Report (1/27/11)

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The NBA Draft Stock Report checks in on which college basketball players have made a name for themselves in the past week; either helping or hurting their future draft position.  Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2011 NBA Mock Draft.

By: David Kay
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2011 NBA Mock Draft

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Yes, seriously David Kay has brought you a 2011 NBA Mock Draft

1. Sacramento Kings: John Henson, PF, North Carolina, 6-10, Fr.
An athletic forward with ridiclous length, Henson is a versatile talent who has a nice perimeter game and can also take a defender off the dribble. He is wirey thin though and will need to get stronger while at North Carolina.


2. Washington Wizards: Harrison Barnes, G/F, Undecided, 6-6, HS Sr.
The prototypical NBA wing player, Barnes can stroke it from deep, create his own shot, handle the rock, and attack the basket. He likely would be a top-five pick if he could enter the 2010 NBA Draft straight out of high school.

3.  Los Angeles Clippers: DeMarcus Cousins, F/C, Kentucky, 6-10, Fr.
A physically imposing presence down low, Cousins tends to drift through games because he can out-muscle everybody. If he shows the desire to hone his overall game, he has the potential to be a top pick.

4.   Oklahoma City Thunder: Avery Bradley, G, Texas, 6-2, Fr.
Bradley doesn’t have the desired size to be an NBA two-guard, but isn’t a true point either. Still, there is no questioning his quickness, explosiveness and scoring ability.


5.   Minnesota Timberwolves: Tomas Satoransky, SG, Czech, 6-7, 1991
Satoransky is an all-around talent who won’t turn 18 until the fall. He is similar to most Euro guards in that he can run the break and attack the hoop. He’s also a crafty scorer.

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31  Sacramento Kings: JaJuan Johnson, PF, Purdue, 6-10, Jr.

32   Washington Wizards: Kenneth Faried, PF, Morehead State, 6-8, Sr.

33 Los Angeles Clippers: Jordan Crawford, SG, Xavier, 6-4, Jr.

34  Oklahoma City Thunder: Robbie Hummel, F, Purdue, 6-8, Jr.

35   Minnesota Timberwolves: Malcom Delaney, PG, 6-3 Virginia Tech, Jr.

36  Memphis Grizzlies: Damien Saunders, PF, Duquesne, 6-7, Jr.

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Illinois Demetri McCamey’s NBA Potential

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By Paul M. Banks

When it comes to Illini junior point guard Demetri McCamey, perhaps his Coach Bruce Weber can describe him best. “If you study him over the course of time, he has very good games and a tendency not to be real consistent, this goes back way to high school and AAU and that’s where he’s got to mature. He has the big one and then average, average. He needs to be more consistent if we’re going to be a very good team because he can do things that other people can’t do,” Weber said this season.

Last season McCamey was the Illini’s leading scorer and became the man the team went to when a last second game winning shot was needed. As evidenced by his buzzer beater at Northwestern, he started to become a clutch player. The third-team All-Big Ten selection led the Illini in scoring and was second on the team and fourth in the conference in assists, He also led the Big Ten in assists during conference play, and finished second to Kalin Lucas in the league in assist/turnover ratio.Illinois Penn St Basketball

But his game still needs polish which I discussed with both him and Coach Weber extensively during the season. His shot selection is sometimes suspect: “When my little brother says it than I know everybody notices, my little brother told me I was settling for too many threes, so I got to get back to attacking the paint like I used to,” McCamey said.

His work ethic needs improvement and his defense can often be non-existent. However, he’s also the Illini player with the most athleticism and star potential. On a team that will be ranked in everyone’s top 25 next season, that’s quite a compliment. “He’s got to learn the game: how to use screens, how to play without the ball, and if he could do that he could be the guy. He passes well, shoots the three, he’s got a big body and can pull-up,” Weber said.

McCamey is often criticized, by Coach Weber and Big Ten announcers alike, for his work ethic, but Demetri says he’s dedicated to edifying and bettering himself…

“A student of the game, that’s the only way you’ll get better. It’s all about making the right decision and every possession is worth something. Coach McClain and I watch film, I like to come in and watch film. If I’m at home, my roommate Alex {Legion} and I- that’s all we do is watch college and NBA basketball.”

And for excelling in the role of true point guard/go-to guy-“It’s not just scoring for me, especially on the defensive end and becoming a leader, being more vocal- don’t yell at guys, pick your spots and be a true leader.” Demetri is often candid about how he has to improve his defense, but I asked him what else he needs to improve?

“Standing up a lot and watching instead of attacking, sometimes I rely on my teammates too much when I can just push the ball and make plays happen instead of just trying to wait for them to happen. It’s being aggressive all the time and take every play like it’s you’re last and make the right decision,” he responded.

Current Bull and NBA Rookie of the Year Derrick Rose is a friend of McCamey’s and someone that he’s talked about modeling his game on.“He’s a wonderful player. I played against him all the way since 7th grade, he knows me, I know him and I know I’ll be in the same boat and playing with passion if I just listen to everybody, because they’re only trying to help…No matter how young you are, you can be a real good player. We used to be enemies on the court, now I’m a fan, maybe one day I’ll get to where he’s at.”

If Demetri matures into a consistent player, the Illini could make a deep tournament run in March and Derrick Rose could possibly see another Windy City friend in the NBA in 2010 or 2011.