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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Houston Rockets stockpiling draft picks in hope of landing Dwight Howard

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Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has a reputation for acquiring assets.  That is apparently what he is planning on doing in the days leading up to the 2012 NBA Draft in hopes of landing Dwight Howard via trade from the Orlando Magic.  The Rockets have added a third first round draft pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves, sending swingman Chase Budinger north.

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Doron Lamb: stepping out of Kentucky shadows into NBA Draft

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The top six players off the Kentucky Wildcats National Championship winning team will be among those taken in the 2012 NBA Draft.  That includes the sharpshooting Doron Lamb.  While he won’t hear his name called early in the lottery like former teammates Anthony Davis or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, or even in the mid-first round like Terrence Jones or Marquis Teague; Lamb is confident he can be a solid contributor at the next level.

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Can Memphis’ Will Barton sneak into 1st round of 2012 NBA Draft?

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A breakout sophomore season in which he averaged 18 points and 8 rebounds per game, Memphis Tigers‘ shooting guard/small forward Will Barton earned Conference USA Player of the Year honors.  As a result, the Baltimore native decided to leave school early and enter the 2012 NBA Draft.  Even with those accolades, he remains a borderline first round pick.

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The Sports Bank’s 2011 NBA Draft Headquarters

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HAPPY NBA DRAFT DAY!  The Sports Bank has all the in-depth information to get you ready for Thursday’s 2011 NBA Draft.  Consider this page our headquarters for all you need to know; from our 2011 NBA Mock Draft, prospect scouting reports, team needs pages, interviews from the NBA Draft Combine, and so much more.

By: David Kay

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Assessing the Timberwolves Draft Options at Pick #20

Endless speculation has surrounded the Minnesota Timberwolves draft options with the number two pick.

Yesterday I looked at the scenarios that the Wolves will face with their top draft pick.

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UConn’s Kemba Walker is the Most Undervalued Player in 2011 NBA Draft

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Too often, NBA teams get caught up with qualities like athleticism, potential, up-side, wingspan, how high someone can jump, or how tall or short some guy measures in shoes when scouting NBA Draft prospects.  While those attributes are important, so is a player’s track record on the court and his ability to flat out play the game.

UConn‘s Kemba Walker is coming one of the more impressive college basketball performances in recent years.  The Husky point guard made the leap, becoming one of the best players in the game and leading his team to an incredible run in March.  For reasons that absolutely baffle me though, Walker could possibly slip out of the lottery in tonight’s 2011 NBA Draft.

By: David Kay

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Draft Day Scenarios for the Timberwolves

What to do at number two?

No, it’s not the beginning of a Dr. Seuss book; it’s the NBA draft dilemma that Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations David Kahn is faced with just hours before Thursday’s draft.

Rumors have swirled for weeks about the options that Kahn and company have with the second overall selection. [Read more…]

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Is Arizona’s Derrick Williams a Power Forward or Small Forward in the NBA?

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Other than Marquette and Wisconsin, I have watched more Arizona Wildcat games in the past two seasons than any other team.  (And remember, I have watched more than 900 college basketball games in the past three years.)  Seeing Derrick Williams‘ meteoric rise on NBA Draft boards during that time has been rather remarkable.  And now, barring a crazy trade or some dumb David Kahn decision, Williams will be one of the top two picks in Thursday’s 2011 NBA Draft.

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

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NBA Draft Mailbag (6/21/11)

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Let’s tackle another 2011 NBA Draft Mailbag.  In this edition I answer questions about the Bulls two first round picks, the Wizards possibly reaching at #6, and the chances of the Pistons moving up in the first round.  If you have a question about the draft or my 2011 NBA Mock Draft, leave a comment at the end of this post and I will try to answer it in tomorrow’s mailbag.

By: David Kay

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Wait, Kansas’ Marcus and Markieff Morris are Twins???

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“Ladies and gentlemen, can I please have your attention. I’ve just been handed an urgent and horrifying news story. I need all of you, to stop what you’re doing and listen.” -Ron Burgundy

What am I about to write is earth-shattering, life-altering, breaking news and the first you have ever heard or read about this… Did you know that Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris are twin brothers?

I will let the shock sink in for a second… Breath… deep inhale… slow exhale… No, seriously they are twin brothers.  Can you believe that?

I hope my sarcasm was thick enough there.  Since the college basketball season ended and the NBA Draft process began, there have been hundreds of stories written about Kansas forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris being twin brothers, sharing all their life experiences together, even having the same 14 tattoos, and how their separation anxiety is kicking in with the realization that they will more than likely begin their NBA careers apart from one another.

This is not another one of those articles.

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

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