Draymond Green means much more to the GSW than advertised

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We hear about the Splash Brothers incessantly, and rightfully so. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are not just elite players, but extremely fun to watch. They overshadow Draymond Green to some extent. Green matters a lot to the Golden State Warriors and will end up being one of the biggest impact players in this Western Conference Finals.

 The Warriors allowed a league-low 98.2 points per 100 possessions, a defensive rating that dropped to 96.0 with Green on the court and increased to 102.1 with him off the court.

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Marquette’s DJO and Crowder ready to live NBA Draft dream

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Following Wesley Matthews‘ breakout rookie campaign during the 2009-2010 NBA season, the Marquette Golden Eagles have seen players selected in the first round of the NBA Draft each of the past years; Lazar Hayward in 2010 and Jimmy Butler last summer.  A pair of MU ballers are expected to be selected tonight when Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder will likely hear their names called.

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Kentucky’s Anthony Davis ready to join New Orleans Hornets

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A couple years ago, Anthony Davis was a lightly recruited guard at Charter Perspectives High School in Chicago, Ill. Then he grew over half a foot, and became a big man prospect with guard skills. The rare combination of attributes led to his shooting up the recruiting rankings. He became a McDonald’s All-American, won all the national college basketball individual awards, and led the Kentucky Wildcats to a national championship in his one-and-done season.

Now the unibrowed one is set become the #1 overall pick by the NBA owned New Orleans Hornets.

The Sports Bank’s Ngozi Ekeledo stopped by the 2012 NBA Draft Combine’s Media Day and talked to the most-likely top draft pick about handling the media pressure and his familiarity with the city of New Orleans.

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Did Baylor’s Quincy Miller make a mistake by entering NBA Draft?

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After initially announcing his intention to return to Baylor for his sophomore season, Quincy Miller had a change of heart and declared for the 2012 NBA Draft.  “At first, I was listening to everybody else’s opinion instead my own,” Miller admitted at the NBA Draft Combine.  “Ever since I was younger, I just wanted to play in the NBA so I was like I might as well go follow my dreams.”

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UNC’s Tyler Zeller’s NBA Draft stock (Video)

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The North Carolina Tar Heels have four players at the NBA combine this year; that’s almost one for every position. Among them is one of the better bigs in college basketball last season- Tyler Zeller.

The UNC big man needs to beef up a little, and add some polish to his game in order to be ready for the next level.

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Syracuse’s Fab Melo: how high is his NBA ceiling? (video)

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When Syracuse center Fab Melo wasn’t on the floor for the Orange, the team wasn’t the same. Melo was a big difference maker for the Cuse and he’s part of a NBA draft class of centers that is loaded with questions.

As his Melo, mostly on the defensive end. Sure the 2-3 zone works well in college basketball, as it was a big part of Orange domination in the Big East. But can Melo transition to man-to-man at the next level?

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Kyle O’Quinn: 2012 NBA Draft’s sleeper prospect (video)

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Every NBA Draft, there’s an under-the-radar prospect who scouts are well aware of long before the rest of us are. Quite often they arise from mid-major and low-major schools. This year’s edition is probably Kyle O’Quinn from Norfolk State. The member of the Reggie Cleveland All-Star team potentially brings a lot to the table at the next level.

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Can OSU’s Jared Sullinger be a legit NBA four? (Video)

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The Buckeyes Jared Sullinger went back for another year of school to learn to better be a four than a five. In college basketball, he could get away with playing both positions, but at the next level, he’ll have to be a power forward. He may not be quick enough. There also could be major questions concerning his tendency to wine about calls; even though it seems like almost every call went his way at Ohio St.

Sullinger brings a lot to the table, but his stock may have peaked last year.

The Sports Bank’s Ngozi Ekeledo stopped by the 2012 NBA Draft Combine’s Media Day and talked to Ohio State’s aggressive big man about preparing for the NBA culture.

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Where does Iowa St’s Royce White fit in at the next level? (video)

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Royce White is headed for the NBA. He almost gave up hoops during his college basketball career. Originally committed to the Minnesota Golden Gophers, he never played for Tubby Smith. He then headed for the Big 10 island of misfit toys, Iowa State- where he found his groove.

The Sports Bank’s Ngozi Ekeledo stopped by the 2012 NBA Draft Combine’s Media Day and talked to the Iowa State standout about his breakout season and why he almost left the game of basketball behind.

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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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Where does Marquette’s Darius Johnson-Odom fit at the next level? (Video)

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Darius Johson-Odom was one of the most electrifying players in the Big East this past college basketball season. The former Marquette star figures to be a late first round/early second round pick on NBA Draft night, June 28th.

The Sports Bank’s Ngozi Ekeledo stopped by the 2012 NBA Draft Combine’s Media Day and talked to Marquette’s “DJO”  about his draft night plans.

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New Mexico’s Drew Gordon eager to impress NBA scouts (Video)

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The Sports Bank’s Ngozi Ekeledo stopped by the 2012 NBA Draft Combine’s Media Day and talked to New Mexico’s Drew Gordon about what he can bring to an NBA roster.

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