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2014 NBA Draft: Who’s In, Who’s out?

A look at who is in and who is out of the 2014 NBA Draft. This list will be updated throughout the predraft process and up until the final deadline on June 16.

Yannis Koutroupis



The NBA Draft, which is on June 26, is fast approaching now that the NCAA season is complete. From the NBA’s standpoint early entry candidates for the draft have until April 27 to declare, but in order to preserve their college eligibility they have to withdraw by April 16.

Many of the top prospects have announced their intentions, but many remain undecided. This will be your headquarters for tracking who is in and who is out for this year’s draft. It will be updated accordingly until the June 16 deadline for international prospects to withdrawal. New additions will be noted just below this paragraph, but analysis will be ordered by draft range.

Joel Embiid – 6’8, 240 lbs. Center (Kansas, Fr.)
A rapidly improving true center who moves with the agility and smoothness of a swingman. At one point was running away from the competition as the top overall selection, but injuries limited him in his final weeks as a student-athlete. If no medical red flags surface throughout the predraft process, he’s a strong candidate to go number one overall still. When healthy, nobody has more potential. Projection: Top 3.

Andrew Wiggins – 6’8, 197 lbs. Shooting Guard (Kansas, Fr.)
When Wiggins was on his game, he looked every bit like the best player in his class. He was plagued by inconsistency, though, and finished out his college career with four points and four turnovers in an upset loss to Stanford in the second round. His natural tools are those of a potential All-Star, but he needs to prove to teams that he wants to be great. Projection: Top 3.

Jabari Parker – 6’8, 241 lbs. Forward (Duke, Fr.)
Probably the odds on favorite to lead all rookies in scoring. He’s as polished and versatile of a scorer as we’ve seen in quite a long time. So polished in fact that teams wonder how much room he has to grow. Questions about his athleticism seem a little overblown, but the defensive concerns are legitimate. He’ll likely get his opportunity at both forward positions, if he struggles at both defensively he may not end up being the franchise player many, including us, have pegged him to be. Projection: Top 5.

Julius Randle – 6’9, 248 lbs. Power Forward (Kentucky, Fr.)
Few players in this draft class are ready to contribute right away like Randle is. He’s a physical marvel and a tenacious rebounder. He also possesses good quickness for his size and a lot of athleticism. He needs to expand his arsenal of low post moves and the range on his jump shot, but after a strong NCAA Tournament Randle is highly likely to be the first power forward selected. Projection: Top 5.

Marcus Smart – 6’4, 200 lbs. Point Guard (Oklahoma State, So.)
Passed up on being the number two pick in last year’s draft, so there was far more room for his stock to drop than rise. Predictably, Smart’s slid a bit, but only by a couple of positions. He’s still a powerful point guard who always competes and possesses a professional’s mindset in terms of his work ethic. The fan-shoving incident will always look bad, there’s no getting around that. However, Smart’s as pro ready as anyone in this draft class next to Julius Randle. Projection: Top 8.

Aaron Gordon – 6’9, 212 lbs. Power Forward (Arizona, Fr.)Coming into the season Gordon was often mentioned in the conversation over the best freshman in the class with Wiggins, Parker and Randle. His lack of explosive showings (Gordon went for over 20 just three times this season and averaged a modest 12 points and eight rebounds a game), led to him slipping a bit. Right now Gordon is raw offensively, but he’s got a great feel for the game, a ton of natural athleticism and the necessary size to hang in the paint in the NBA. Projection: Top 10.

Noah Vonleh – 6’10, 242 lbs. Power Forward (Indiana, Fr.)
Vonleh wasn’t good enough this year to guide the Hoosiers to the postseason, but he did show abilities on par with any of the big men in this draft class – Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon and even Joel Embiid included. Vonleh is a rebounding machine just scratching the surface of his potential, especially on the offensive end of the floor. He plays hard and has the size, length and strength necessary to play with the monsters that roam the paint in the NBA. Projection: Top 10.

James Young – 6’7, 202 lbs. Small Forward (Kentucky, Fr.)
One of the top scorers in the draft. He can score in a variety of ways and has good size and athleticism for a small forward at the next level. Could end up being a special player if he starts to make the most of his athletic gifts on the defensive end of the floor, where he left a lot to be desired at times this season at Kentucky. Projection: 10-20.

Gary Harris – 6’5, 210 lbs. Shooting Guard (Michigan State, So.)Harris passed up on being a first round pick last year, knowing there was a bigger role and a championship caliber team awaiting him this season. Although his efficiency decreased, Harris’ stock increased because he’s a strong two guard who has proven he can score in a variety of ways. He has the necessary tools to be a good defender as well. Projection: Top 15.

Tyler Ennis – 6’2, 180 lbs. Point Guard (Syracuse, Fr.)
As pure of a point guard as this draft class has to offer. Underrated coming into the season, Ennis ran the Orange’s offense impressively as a freshman and quickly skyrocketed up draft boards. Possesses a great feel for the game and has a high basketball IQ, which helps make up for his lack of elite speed and athleticism. His shortcomings in those areas will be more of an issue in the NBA where he’ll be playing primarily man-to-man defense, though, rather than exclusively zone like he did in college. Projection: Top 15.

Kyle Anderson – 6’8, 233 lbs. Forward (UCLA, So.)
Anderson is by far the most difficult player in the draft to project because he’s just so unique. He played a lot of point guard at UCLA and was not only a matchup nightmare but a regular threat to flirt with a triple-double. His inadequacies defensively will keep him from being able to play that position in the NBA. He’ll likely have to transition over to one of the forward positions and prove he can adjust to the higher levels of strength, speed and athleticism he’ll be facing every night. Projection: 15-30.

Nik Stauskas – 6’6, 205 lbs. Shooting Guard (Michigan, So.)This season Stauskas emerged as one of the premier shooting guards in the country, really taking advantage of the opportunity Trey Burke’s departure created. He was given more control of the offense and he shined with the additional responsibilities. Stauskas shot 47 percent from the field, 44 percent from deep and dished out 3.3 assists a game. With one of the more polished offensive skill sets in the draft class, Stauskas could be one of the rookie leaders in points per game depending on where he lands. Projection: 15-25.

Jerami Grant – 6’8, 196 lbs. Small Forward (Syracuse, So.)
Grant’s minutes more than doubled this season and as a result his production did as well. His length, athleticism and defensive potential are really intriguing to NBA teams, but he’s going to have to prove that he’s healthy after struggling with injuries late in the season. He also needs to sell teams on his ability to improve offensively and expand his range. Grant is pretty much a non-factor shooting the ball beyond 15 feet right now. Projection: 15-25.

Zach LaVine – 6’5, 180 lbs. Guard (UCLA, Fr.)
Was one of the hottest prospects in the country at the beginning of the season, but drastically cooled off in the second half. His role was significantly reduced during the Bruins’ late season hot streak. Still, LaVine, a NBA caliber athlete with extended range on his jump shot, decided it was time to take the next step. Some believe he can play some point guard at the next level – that will take serious improvement in his decision making. Even if he can’t make the transition, he’s a first round talent. Projection: 15-25

Rodney Hood – 6’8, 201 lbs. Small Forward (Duke, So.)
A very efficient offensive player who has good size for a NBA small forward. Concern is that he’s mainly going to be a shooter at the next level. Difficulty creating off of the dribble was exposed in Duke’s opening round loss in the NCAA Tournament to Mercer. Projection: 15-25.

K.J. McDaniels – 6’6, 198 lbs. Small Forward (Clemson, Jr.)
An impressive athletic specimen who really has great potential on the defensive end. Career success may be determined by whether he can improve his consistency and range on his jump shot. Projection: 15-25.

DeAndre Daniels – 6’7, 191 lbs. Small Forward (UConn, Jr.)
A skilled swingman who is coming off of a very strong NCAA Tournament run. Has the ability to score in a variety of ways, but has to be more consistent with his effort and assertiveness.Projection: 20-30

Jordan Adams – 6’5, 220 lbs. Shooting Guard (UCLA, So.)
As pure of a shooter as this draft has to offer. Originally was going to stay for his junior season, but made the smart choice to leave while his stock is hot and there’s still the perception that he has a lot of room to improve. Has deep range and a quick release that should help him translate his scoring ability to the next level. In order to be a major part of a rotation, though, he’s going to have to contribute in other ways, especially when his shot isn’t falling. Projection: 20-30.

T.J. Warren – 6’8, 230 lbs. Small Forward (N.C. State, So.)
This season Warren proved to be one of the best scorers in the country. He was a projected to be a bubble first round pick last year; he’s solidified in that position now. Warren is a unique scorer who is lethal inside of the arc. Becoming respectable outside of it will be key for the longevity of his career. Projection: 20-30.

Glenn Robinson III – 6’6, 210 lbs. Small Forward (Michigan, So.)
Unlike Stauskas, Robinson didn’t explode with his expanded role. Instead, he underwhelmed by shooting nearly 10 percent less from the field and grabbing one less rebound than he did during his impressive freshman season. He almost certainly would have been a first round pick had he declared  then. Now his status as such is in question because of his inconsistency and passiveness. Even with that said, he has NBA caliber athleticism and scoring ability, but he has to become more assertive on both ends of the floor. Projection: Late first round to early second.

Jabari Brown – 6’3, 203 lbs. Guard (Missouri, Jr.)
On the offensive end of the floor, Brown is one of the top prospects in this class with athleticism and range on his jump shot that make him difficult to contain. Defensively, he leaves a lot to be desired. Despite his shortcomings, the scoring punch he can provide will make him difficult to pass on for every team drafting past the 20s. Projection: Late first round to early second.

Jordan Clarkson – 6’4, 185 lbs. Guard (Missouri, Jr.)
After playing his first two years at Tulsa, Clarkson proved himself against elite competition in the SEC this year. He put up similar numbers, but still is terribly unreliable shooting from long distance. The belief that he can be a big point guard in the NBA as well puts him in a similar range as his teammate. Projection: Late first to early second.

Elfrid Payton – 6’4, 165 lbs. Point Guard (Louisiana-Lafayette, Jr.)
Finally got some of the national recognition that he’s deserved since last season by leading his team to the NCAA Tournament. The majority of his body of work is against mid-major competition, but Payton has great size, speed and athleticism that should help him translate well to the next level. Although he’s a junior, he’s as young as most sophomores. Could climb as teams become more familiar with him. Projection: Late first round, early second.

Mitch McGary – 6’10, 263 lbs. Center (Michigan, So.)
Injuries cost him the majority of his sophomore year and a failed drug test for marijuana was going to cost him his junior year, so McGary decided to enter the draft. He’s old for his class, but has great footwork, nice touch and NBA size. If he can prove that he’s healthy in the predraft process, he still has a legitimate chance to go in the later portion of the first round despite the fact that he was underwhleming when we did see him this past season. Projection: Late first round, early second.

Khem Birch – 6’9, 220 lbs. Power Forward (UNLV, So.)
Has largely gone overlooked over the past two years, but with NBA caliber size and rebounding ability he definitely has the chance to make the league and stick. Has bounced around and dealt with a lot of turnover at UNLV, so some stability could benefit him greatly. Projection: Early-to-mid second.

Nick Johnson – 6’2, 198 lbs. Shooting Guard (Arizona, Jr.)
On a team that had probably four potential first round picks playing on the frontline, Johnson emerged as the best player. He was a terror on both ends of the court, but is severely undersized for a shooting guard and will likely have to make the difficult transition to playing point guard in order to earn a long-term spot in the NBA. Projection: Early second round.

Jahii Carson – 5’11, 167 lbs. Point Guard (Arizona State, So.)
One of the fastest players in the draft capable of breaking down most defenses. Stock is held back, though, by his lack of size and inconsistency shooting the long ball. Should be able to provide a nice spark off of the bench as a change of pace point guard. Projection: Early-to-mid second.

Spencer Dinwiddie – 6’6, 220 lbs. Guard (Colorado, Jr.)
Was on his way to becoming a first round pick before tearing his ACL midway through the season. Unknown how much of the predraft process he’ll be able to participate in, but as a big guard with legitimate playmaking skills there’s a lot to like about Dinwiddie if he has a clean bill of health. Projection: Early-to-mid second.

Semaj Christon – 6’3, 187 lbs. Guard (Xavier, So.)
Combo guard probably best describes Christon right now. His draft range depends on which guard position teams believe he can play the best at the next level. His only way of getting into the first is if teams believe he’ll be able to run their offense as a point guard. If that remains a question mark, he’ll be facing an uphill battle to earn a spot as a second round pick. Projection: Early second round.

James Michael McAdoo – 6’9, 226 lbs. Power Forward (North Carolina, Jr.)
Seemingly plateaued over the last couple of seasons, and not where everyone was expecting him to either. McAdoo is the classic example of player who you can’t get caught up in evaluating based on what he was expected to be. He was overhyped, but he does have some qualities that should translate to the NBA, mainly his size, length and quickness. Perceived upside is much lower after a junior season that was nearly identical to his sophomore. Projection: Mid-to-late second round.

Johnny O’Bryant III – 6’9, 260 lbs. Power Forward (LSU, Jr.)
A strong, physical presence who is at his best inside the painted area. Has come a long way offensively over the course of three seasons, but his average size and athleticism put a low ceiling on his stock. Teams will want to see O’Bryant in peak conditioning after his past struggles in that area. Projection: Mid-to-late second round.

LaQuinton Ross – 6’8, 219 lbs. Forward (Ohio State, Jr.)
A versatile scorer who made noticeable strides every year during college. Scoring ability should translate, but he has to settle into a position and prove he’s capable of holding his own defensively. Projection: Mid-to-late second round.

Isaiah Austin – 7’0, 215 lbs. Power Forward (Baylor, So.)
Had it not been due to a shoulder injury at the end of last season, Austin probably would have been in the NBA this year. He didn’t have a great sophomore campaign, but at seven foot with legitimate perimeter skills, there is probably going to be a team willing to take a chance on him. Has really struggled to add weight; that’s a must for him. This season he did show a lot of potential as a shotblocker. If he continues to hang his hat on that, he could have a long career. Projection: Mid-to-late second round.

Jarnell Stokes – 6’8, 250 lbs. Power Forward (Tennessee, Jr.)A man in the paint who had a really strong showing in the NCAA Tournament. Did his stock a lot of good there, but fact remains that he’s a little bit undersized for the four spot in the NBA. He’s also only an average athlete without the perimeter skills that a lot of the power forwards in today’s league posses. Still, he has the potential to catch on with a team looking for a physical rebounding presence off of the bench. Projection: Mid-to-late second round.

JaKarr Sampson – 6’8, 204 lbs. Forward (St. John’s, So.)
After a disappointing sophomore season Sampson opted to take a risk and forego his last two years of eligibility. Teams love his athleticism and the way he can impact a game defensively, but he lacks a true position and is really limited offensively. Projection: Late second round to undrafted.

Roscoe Smith – 6’8, 215 lbs. Forward (UNLV, Jr.)
The former UConn Huskie surprised a lot of people by announcing that he intends to hire an agent and forego his final year of eligibility. Smith had a solid season for the Running Rebels and is a NBA-caliber athlete, however he’s somewhat stuck between positions. Smith is banking on a team drafting late in the second round believing in his ability to find his niche by either getting stronger or improving his perimeter skills. Projection: Late second round to undrafted.

Alex Kirk – 7’0, 250 lbs. Center (New Mexico, Jr.)
Season came to an end in disappointing fashion, but there’s no questioning that he has the size and strength to be a backup center in the NBA. Knows how to score around the basket and is good on the glass, but needs to really have a strong serious of workouts in order to get drafted. If any injury or conditioning issues surface, he’ll likely go undrafted. Projection: Late second round to undrafted.

Eric Moreland – 6’10, 215 lbs. Center (Oregon State, Jr.)
A strong defensive presence who is a really active rebounder. Didn’t improve as hoped over last season and is old for a junior at 23. Projection: Late second round to undrafted.

Sim Bhullar – 7’5, 355 lbs. Center (New Mexico State, So.)
Jumps off of the page immediately because of his size. He can actually play a little bit too and has a decent feel for the game, but chances of making a NBA team are slim because the game is simply too fast for him. Projection: Late second round to undrafted.

International players expected to declare (None official until June 17):

Dante Exum – 6’6, 188 lbs. Point Guard (Australia) Projection: Top 8.
Dario Saric – 6’10, 223 lbs. Forward (Crotia) Projection: Lottery.
Clint Capela – 6’11, 211 lbs. Power Forward (Switzerland) Projection: 10-20.
Jusuf Nurkic – 6’11, 280 lbs. Center (Bosnia) Projection: 10-20.
Mario Hezonja – 6’6, 200 lbs. Shooting Guard (Spain) Projection: Late first round, early second.
Bogdan Bogdanovic – 6’6, 200 lbs. Shooting Guard (Serbia) Projection: Late first round, early second.
Artem Klimenko – 7’1, 228 lbs. Center (Russia) Projection: Early second round.
Walter Tavares – 7’2, 265 lbs. Center (Cape Verde) Projection: Early second round.
Vasilije Micic – 6’4, 188 lbs. Point Guard (Serbia) Projection: Early second round.
Kristaps Prozingis – 6’11, 220 lbs. Power Forward (Latvia) Projection: Early second round.
Ilimane Diop – 6’11, 225 lbs. Center (Senegal) Projection: Mid-to-late second round.
Alessandro Gentile – 6’6, 200 lbs. Shooting Guard (Italy) Projection: Mid-to-late second round.
Damien Inglis – 6’9, 210 lbs. Small Forward (France) Projection: Mid-to-late second round.
Nikola Jokic – 6’11, 253 lbs. Center (Serbia) Projection: Late second round.

Officially Out:

Ron Baker (Wichita State, So. Guard)
Sam Dekker (Wisconsin, So. Forward)
Brice Johnson (North Carolina, So. Forwad)
Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin, Jr. Center)
Marcus Paige (North Carolina, So. Guard)
Juwan Staten (West Virginia, Jr. Guard)
Chris Walker (Florida, Fr. Forward)
Delon Wright (Utah, Jr. Guard)
Joseph Young (Oregon, Jr. Guard)
Wayne Selden (Kansas, Fr. Guard)
Montrezl Harrell – (Louisville, So. Forward)
Willie Cauley-Stein – (Kentucky, So. Center)
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – (Arizona, Fr. Forward)
Kaleb Tarczewski – (Arizona, So. Center)
Brandon Dawson – (Michigan State, Jr. Forward)
A.J. Hammons – (Purdue, So. Center)
Andrew Harrison – (Kentucky, Fr. Guard)
Aaron Harrison – (Kentucky, Fr.Guard)
Alex Poythress – (Kentucky, So. Forward)
Dakari Johnson – (Kentucky, Fr. Center)
Jerian Grant – (Notre Dame, Sr. Guard)
LeBryan Nash – (Oklahoma St., Jr. Forward)
Bobby Portis – (Arkansas, Fr. Forward)

Yannis Koutroupis is Basketball Insiders' Managing Site Editor and Senior Writer. He has been covering the NBA and NCAA for seven years.


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NBA Daily: The Road Ahead for Michael Porter Jr.

Michael Porter Jr. is an elite prospect, but questions surrounding his back will determine his landing spot in the NBA.

Steve Kyler



The Road Ahead for Michael Porter Jr.

While some of the highly thought of college players have made their intentions on declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft known, Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr still hasn’t made his proclamation. Most people in NBA circles believe he’ll be in the 2018 NBA Draft class, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t think he’s in.

Back in November the Missouri staff was somewhat vague and guarded about Porter Jr’s condition until it was announced that he’d have back surgery on a couple of problematic discs in the lumbar area of his spine. The procedure is called a microdiscectomy and by all accounts was a success.

Porter Jr missed virtually all of his college season but opted to play in the post-season for Missouri, who got eliminated fairly quick.

There were certainly a lot of ugly things about Porter Jr’s game. He looked out of shape, and certainly wasn’t the overwhelming dominating force he’d been in high school. Some executives applauded his decision to play, even though he wasn’t at a 100 percent. Some pointed to that fact that too many college players play it safe and that’s not always viewed positively. Almost no one Basketball Insiders spoke with was holding the less than stellar outing against him, in fact, most had far more positive things to say than negative. There was one resounding theme from the NBA executives who spoke about this situation – none of it matters until they see his medical.

Assuming Porter Jr, does as expected and hires an agent and enters the draft, the next challenge he’ll face is how open he wants to be to teams looking at drafting him.

In recent years NBA teams have not shied away from using high draft picks on injured or recently injured players. Once a team can get a sense of how the player is recovering they can make a value judgment.

Agents often use this information and access to the player to help steer their client to the situation they deem most favorable. While fans and outsiders often get caught up in the pick number a player ultimately lands in, more and more agents are concerned with fit, especially for a player that may need time to get back to 100 percent.

Steering their client to a team with favorable medical staff, a team with a proven track record of patience or more importantly, a team with the best chance at a long and fruitful career.

This won’t be good news for some team that could end up in the top 10, as its more likely that Porter Jr isn’t made available to everyone. NBA executives will tell you, they can certainly draft him if they wanted to, but most teams won’t draft a player if their medical staff doesn’t sign off, and without information and access how can they do that?

There is a significant financial difference in going third in the draft ($5.47 million) and tenth ($2.964 million) – but several agents commented that the short-term money shouldn’t drive the long-term decision, especially if the player isn’t 100 percent. The fit and situation typically trump everything in these situations.

Another concept to consider is while Porter Jr did play, there are questions about whether he’ll host a pro-day, take part in private team workouts or simply let his body of work drive his draft value.

Almost no one who spoke about this situation believed Porter Jr would take part in the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, as he’d have to subject himself to the medical testing that’s part of that event.

The common perception on Porter Jr is he’s a top-five talent, although it seems more likely that his camp is going to try and work the process to ensure he lands in a favorable situation. That could mean he falls out of top-five selections, simply because he and his agents choose to.

There is still a lot that needs to play out for Porter Jr, including his announcement that he will enter the draft. But given where things stand with him, it’s more likely than not he’s coming into the draft, and it’s more likely than not he’ll have a lot of questions NBA teams will want to understand before his real draft position is clear.

The NBA Draft Lottery will be held in Chicago this year and is scheduled for May 15th. The annual Draft Combine, also in Chicago, gets underway on May 16th.

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NBA Daily: 2018 NBA Mock Draft – 3/20/18

With most of the major NBA draft prospects eliminated from March Madness, things in the mock draft world are starting to get interesting.

Steve Kyler



A Lot of Mock Movement

With the race to the bottom in full swing in the NBA and the field of 64 in college basketball whittled down to a very sweet sixteen, there has been considerable talk in NBA circles about the impending 2018 NBA Draft class. There seems to be a more consistent view of the top 15 to 20 prospects, but there still seems to be a lack of a firm pecking order. Arizona’s Deandre Ayton seems like to the prohibitive favorite to go number one overall, but its far from a lock.

It’s important to note that these weekly Mock Draft will start to take on more of a “team driven” shape as we get closer to the mid-May NBA Combine in Chicago and more importantly once the draft order gets set. Until then, we’ll continue to drop our views of the draft class each Tuesday, until we reach May when we’ll drop the weekly Consensus Mock drafts, giving you four different views of the draft all the way to the final decisions in late June.

Here is this week’s Mock Draft:

Here are some of the pick swaps and how they landed where they are currently projected:

The Cleveland Cavaliers are owed the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick as a result of the Kyrie Irving trade this past summer. The Brooklyn Nets traded several unprotected picks to Boston as part of the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trades in 2015.

The Philadelphia 76ers are owed the LA Lakers’ 2018 Draft pick, unprotected, as a result of the 2012 Steve Nash trade with the Suns. The Suns traded that pick to the 76ers as part of the Michael Carter-Williams three-team trade with the Milwaukee in 2015. The 76ers traded that pick to the Boston Celtics as part of the draft pick trade that became Markelle Fultz before the draft; it has 2 through 5 protections and based on the standings today would convey to Philadelphia.

The LA Clippers are owed the Detroit Pistons first-round pick in 2018 as a result of the Blake Griffin trade. The pick is top four protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Phoenix Suns are owed the Milwaukee Bucks’ first-round pick as part of the Eric Bledsoe trade. The pick only conveys if the Bucks pick lands between the 11th and 16th pick, which based on the standings today would convey.

The Phoenix Suns are owed the Miami HEAT’s first-round pick as part of the Goran Dragic trade in 2015, it is top-seven protected and would convey to Phoenix based on the current standings.

The Atlanta Hawks are owed the Minnesota Timberwolves’ first-round pick as part of the Adreian Payne trade in 2015. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Chicago Bulls are owed the New Orleans Pelicans first-round pick as a result of the Nikola Mirotic trade. The pick is top-five protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The LA Lakers are owed the Cleveland Cavaliers first-round pick as a result of Jordan Clarkson/Larry Nance Jr. trade. The pick is top-three protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are owed the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first-round pick as part of the Jazz/Wolves Ricky Rubio trade this past summer. The Jazz acquired the pick as part of the Thunder’s deal to obtain Enes Kanter in 2015. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Brooklyn Nets are owed the Toronto Raptors’ first-round pick as part of the DeMarre Carroll salary dump trade this past summer. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Atlanta Hawks are owed the Houston Rockets’ first-round pick as part of a three-team deal with the LA Clippers and Denver Nuggets involving Danilo Gallinari and taking back Jamal Crawford and Diamond Stone. The pick is top-three protected and based on the current standings would convey.

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NBA Daily: The Draft Is More Than One Thing

Eveluating an NBA Draft prospect is more than just one thing, and getting caught up on just a player’s college career is often a mistake.

Steve Kyler



It’s Not Just One Thing

With the main part of the NCAA Tournament getting underway today, there will be a lot of focus on the top players in college and how they may translate to the NBA. The challenge NBA teams face in evaluating talent is not only to avoid the hype that comes with tournament success but also to peel back what a player does for his team versus what the player may be capable of in a different environment.

The NBA Draft’s history is littered with NBA misses on NCAA tournament darlings as well as overlooking talent based on a bad read of a player based on how he may have played in college.

No one is suggesting that how a player plays in college is not important, but there is no question that players can and do evolve once they advance in age and their career. Equally, the player with obvious defects in their game often improves once they get into 24/7 professional life and have the resource to train smarter and more intensely.

There are hundreds of examples both ways.

Indiana’s Victor Oladipo was labeled as a bad shooter. As Oladipo closes his fifth NBA season, he’s seen his shooting percentages increase every year to a very respectable 36.9 percent three-point average and 80.4 percent from the foul line.

Miami’s Edrice “Bam” Adebayo wasn’t highly thought of offensively coming into the NBA Draft and has demonstrated in the NBA a much wider skill set than anyone expected. Adebayo was on a stacked Kentucky team and wasn’t a primary focal point, so judging him solely on how he played at Kentucky would have been a mistake.

Adebayo’s Miami teammate Justise Winslow was often considered one of the top players in the 2015 NBA Draft; many expected him to go in the top five. He was a college darling and has yet to make a meaningful impact in Miami, mostly due to constant injuries but also that his college skill set hasn’t translated as many had expected.

Orlando’s Aaron Gordon was an elite college defender in his lone season in Arizona. So far, through four NBA seasons, Gordon has shown flashes of that defensive presence but has yet to crack the top 100 in defensive rating in any of his NBA seasons. Does being an elite player in college translate? Very rarely.

A glance at the Naismith Awards winners over the last 20 years shows how infrequently in the last decade the elite in college become elite in the NBA.

Naismith Award Winners

2017 Frank Mason III 2007 Kevin Durant
2016 Buddy Hield 2006 J. J. Redick
2015 Frank Kaminsky 2005 Andrew Bogut
2014 Doug McDermott 2004 Jameer Nelson
2013 Trey Burke 2003 T. J. Ford
2012 Anthony Davis 2002 Jason Williams
2011 Jimmer Fredette 2001 Shane Battier
2010 Evan Turner 2000 Kenyon Martin
2009 Blake Griffin 1999 Elton Brand
2008 Tyler Hansbrough 1998 Antawn Jamison

Again, no one is suggesting that college performance doesn’t matter, its simply no longer the best measure of a player’s potential or ability in the NBA for a number of factors.

The situation is often the biggest factor in success at any level. It is not uncommon in college basketball for a player to play out of position or in a role that isn’t always ideal for their skill set. Equally, in college, some players are asked to do more than they’d be asked to do in the NBA, which can also skew the results.

There is no doubt that some things translate more easily than others – rebounding, shot blocking and free throw shooting. However, historically, even some of the best college players have struggled in the NBA.

Judging a player based solely and exclusively on what you see in college has historically been a mistake on both sides. Draft history is littered with NBA All-Stars and MVP candidates falling in the draft process, while the number of top 10 picks that were elite in college that have washed out is extremely high.

There is no question the more you can see a player, the more you can learn, but there is a balance to the process and something to consider when you see a player erupt on the big stage this week.

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