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NBA Players Who Battled Through Playoff Injuries

Cody Taylor looks at NBA players who played through injuries and produced at a high level in recent years.

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No matter the sport, we often see players elevate their game during the playoffs. The stakes are at their highest in the postseason and great players have defined their careers during these times.

We’ve seen over the years that players will do whatever it takes to help their team achieve the ultimate goal of winning a championship. Sometimes, these moments include playing through various injuries or illnesses. Some injuries that players have battled through are more significant than others, but it just goes to show that some guys really will do whatever it takes to help their team win.

Of course, one of the most iconic moments in NBA history occurred in Game 5 of the 1997 Finals when Michael Jordan scored 38 points – playing the entire game with the flu. It’s one of the many moments that has defined Jordan’s career. One of the most popular models of his shoes are the red and black Jordan 12’s that he wore that game – the “Flu Game” 12’s.

During this season’s playoff run, two players have already exhibited their toughness after playing through ugly injuries. In Game 6 of the first-round series between the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers, Austin Rivers took an elbow to the face in the first quarter and had to get 11 stitches. The remarkable thing about the incident was Rivers returned to the game midway through the second quarter and would finish with 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds despite his eye being essentially closed shut. Although the Clippers weren’t able to avoid elimination that night, many left that game impressed with Rivers’ toughness. He earned the respect of his teammates, his competitors and NBA fans as well.

Just last night, Miami HEAT point guard Goran Dragic was hit with an elbow in the mouth and would end up receiving three stitches on the inside of his lip and five stitches on the outside of his lip. The team said Dragic’s bottom teeth went through his lip when the contact was made. He finished the game with 20 points (on 8-of-12 shooting), four rebounds and four assists. Dragic even knocked down a clutch three-point shot with 10.5 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

After seeing Rivers and Dragic suffer through some painful injuries this postseason, we began wondering about other players who have played through injuries during the postseason. Here are several players, in no particular order, who had some memorable performances while hobbled on the court in recent memory (2010 and later):

Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics (dislocated elbow) – 2011 Eastern Conference Finals

Perhaps one of the most difficult highlights to watch is the play in which Rondo’s elbow is dislocated. The injury happened in Game 3 of the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami HEAT.

Rondo is guarding Dwyane Wade near the three-point line and then the two became tangled together and crashed onto the court. Rondo landed awkwardly on his left arm and immediately knew something was wrong.

It took several teammates and Celtics trainers to pick Rondo up off of the court and walk with him back to the locker room. Based on the agony Rondo was in following that play, it would seem reasonable that he would miss the remainder of that game and probably even the rest of the playoffs.

Rondo surprised everyone, including his head coach, and returned to finish out the game just minutes later. By the time the Celtics were done announcing that Rondo would miss the rest of the game, he was already back on the bench and ready to return to the court. He would end up having his elbow popped back into place and put in a wrap back in the locker room.

Rondo finished the game with six points (four points after the injury), 11 assists and one steal. That game would be the Celtics’ loe win that series, as the HEAT eliminated them in five games, but Rondo proved his toughness to everyone watching that night.

Dwyane Wade, Miami HEAT (kneecap) –  2013 Eastern Conference Semifinals

There is playing through a knee injury, and then there is playing through the type of knee injury that Wade had in 2013. He’s gone through his fair share of knee injuries over the years, but this one seems like one of the worst.

Wade dealt with knee problems throughout most of the regular season, and vowed to play through the pain if he could. He missed some time toward the end of the regular season, but came back for the playoffs when everything was on the line.

The HEAT called Wade’s knee injury just a bruise and said MRIs revealed nothing structurally wrong. Wade followed up with that and added that he actually had three different bruises in his knee and then offered up his solution for dealing with the pain.

While his knee needed to be taped underneath a pad, Wade said he was actually using the tape to position his kneecap in a way that’s less irritating.

“When you have a [bone] bruise, you try to move the kneecap over so it won’t rub,” Wade said at the time. “When you get into game sweat, you have to re-tape it a bit.”

It’s highly unlikely that many doctors or trainers would ever advise a person to re-position the kneecap at any point, let alone re-positioning it while playing basketball in the NBA. But, that’s exactly what Wade did that season and the HEAT would eventually win the championship that year.

Wade only missed one game that entire postseason run and still managed to play at a high level level throughout. While some may argue that Wade may not have needed to play through that injury with LeBron James and Chris Bosh also on the team, Wade still proved to be crucial to the team winning the championship.

John Wall, Washington Wizards (fractured wrist) – 2015 Eastern Conference Semifinals

During last year’s playoffs, the Washington Wizards suffered a huge blow to their postseason chances after it was announced that Wall suffered five non-displaced fractures in his right wrist.

The injury happened in the second quarter of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Atlanta Hawks. Wall is seen driving to the rim and then takes a hard fall to the court. He stayed down on the ground following the play and was tended to by the Wizards training staff. He would stay in the game and lead the Wizards to a 104-98 win after finishing with 18 points, 13 assists, seven rebounds, three blocks and a steal.

The interesting part about his injury was X-rays after the game showed no breaks in his wrist. Wall was told he suffered just a sprain, but his wrist swelled up after Game 1, causing him to miss Game 2. Wall returned to Washington and the non-displaced fractures were revealed.

Wall would miss Games 3 and 4 before returning for Games 5 and 6. The series was tied at two games apiece when Wall returned in Game 5, but it seemed as though the Hawks had all of the momentum after Wall’s absence.

The Wizards were 5-0 during last year’s playoffs before Wall’s injury and seemed to be rolling at the right time. Had he not been injured, the result of that series could have been altered dramatically.

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks (Flu) – 2011 NBA Finals

In Game 4 of the 2011 NBA Finals, Dirk Nowitzki managed to lead the Mavericks to a victory over the Miami HEAT, which tied the series at 2-2. This was a pivotal game and the Game 4 victory would help Dallas go on to win the championship over the heavily favored HEAT, giving Nowitzki the lone NBA title of his career.

Nowitzki led Dallas with 21 points and 11 rebounds in that crucial Game 4, but the most impressive thing about his performance is that he played through a serious flu. At one point, he had a fever that spiked to 102 degrees during the game.

Nowitzki came up huge for the Mavs throughout the contest. But he was particularly effective during the fourth quarter, scoring 10 clutch points (and working hard for each of his baskets).

This was an exhausting game for Dirk, but he (somehow) led Dallas to the win. At the time, many people drew comparisons between his performance and Michael Jordan’s iconic flu game.

Nate Robinson, Chicago Bulls (Flu) – 2013 Eastern Conference First Round

Speaking of the flu, Robinson’s effort during the first-round of the 2013 Eastern Conference playoffs was impressive. With no Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng, the Bulls were relying heavily on Robinson (and several other role players) against the Brooklyn Nets.

There had been a flu virus going around the team as Robinson and Taj Gibson were both sick during this game. In fact, Robinson was so sick that he was seen on the bench during timeouts with a trash can in between his legs as he vomited.

Robinson played 42 minutes during that game and recorded 18 points, four assists and two rebounds for the Bulls. The Brooklyn Nets would hold off and win that game, forcing a decisive Game 7 back in Brooklyn. While the Bulls lost Game 6, they were able to pull out the Game 7 win to advance to the next round of the playoffs.

Robinson proved to be a key player during the Bulls’ playoff run that season and showed everyone his determination and willpower by battling through a bad case of the flu. Perhaps the most impressive part about that Game 6 performance was that he played nearly the entire game with an upset stomach.

Chris Bosh, Miami HEAT (abdominal strain) – 2012 Eastern Conference Finals

Over the past week or so, Bosh reportedly tried to return to the court for the HEAT during this season’s playoff run. Of course, Bosh has missed nearly the past three months after suffering from blood clots for the second time in a year.

The team announced on Tuesday that Bosh will officially miss the rest of the postseason after everyone involved agreed that he shouldn’t play basketball again this season.

This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen Bosh try to play amid health concerns. Back during the 2012 playoffs, Bosh suffered an abdominal strain during Game 1 of the HEAT’s second-round series against the Indiana Pacers. He would go on to miss the remainder of that series, and the first four games of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics.

The HEAT said Bosh would be out for an indefinite amount of time, but he would end up returning to the court just three weeks later. Recovery time for an injury of that magnitude can take up to several months to fully heal and is one that impacts just about every move a player makes. Bosh’s decision to come back three weeks later proved to be a huge boost for the HEAT.

Boston held a 3-2 series lead going into Game 6. In Bosh’s second game back, the HEAT managed to win to force a Game 7 back in Miami. He played in 31 minutes of that game and scored 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting) and grabbed eight rebounds as the HEAT won to advance to the NBA Finals.

The HEAT would go on to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games to claim the NBA championship. Bosh averaged 14.6 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game during the Finals. The injury would prevent Bosh from playing with Team USA that summer, and only added to his legacy in the NBA.

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While there have been plenty of moments throughout the years of athletes playing through extreme injury, the players mentioned above all sacrificed in one way or another.

From Jordan’s flu game to Karl Malone playing through a torn MCL in the 2004 Finals, there have been plenty of moments in NBA history where players made big sacrifices for their team.

Did we leave anyone out? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Cody Taylor is an NBA writer in his fourth season with Basketball Insiders, covering the NBA and NCAA out of Orlando and Miami.

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NBA Daily: One Year Later, Yogi Ferrell Continues To Rise

One year after a turbulent start to his NBA career, Yogi Ferrell is still thriving with the Dallas Mavericks.

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It was never going to be easy for Yogi Ferrell.

At just 6-foot-0, there were major concerns about Ferrell and his ability to effectively contribute at the professional level, so the 24-year-old was a near-lock to go undrafted despite his impressive haul of collegiate honors. In 2016, he did not hear his name called on draft night — but for a gamer like Ferrell, pushing on was always the only option.

However, on this particularly cold mid-season evening, Ferrell sits at his locker and studies film on a tablet. He looks comfortable and focused as if he knows that this moment cannot be ripped away from him once again. Today, Ferrell is the Dallas Mavericks’ backup point guard and is settled into a consistent, steady role amongst a currently crowded backcourt. For Ferrell, he now finally has the life of an everyday NBA player.

But just over one year ago, Ferrell had to take the road less traveled to reach professional basketball for good.

“It was actually about this time [last year] when [the Nets] decided to waive me and I went back to Long Island,” Ferrell told Basketball Insiders. “I didn’t know I’d be here. I’m just thankful for the opportunity the Mavericks gave me and I’m just still trying to be here in Dallas.”

To be exact, the Brooklyn Nets waived Ferrell on December 8th, 2016. 365 days (and counting) later, Ferrell has earned his guaranteed contract but he’s still playing like he has something to prove.

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In order to fully understand Ferrell’s winding journey, it’s necessary to go back to where his story really kicked off: Summer League. Following a solid audition in Las Vegas — 8.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game — Ferrell was shifted to Brooklyn’s G-League affiliate, the Long Island Nets. With the offseason signings of Jeremy Lin and Greivis Vasquez, plus the addition of rookie point guard Isaiah Whitehead, there was no room for Ferrell and he was the last man cut in training camp.

Before the Nets could even blink, Vasquez re-injured his problematic ankle just three games into the campaign, an ailment that would eventually require season-ending surgery. Lin, of course, lasted just two more games before a hamstring injury derailed the key free agent acquisition until deep into the season.

Out of nowhere, it was time for Ferrell.

After waiving Vasquez, the Nets signed Ferrell on November 9th — the same day as his NBA debut, where he logged five points and three assists in a 14-point loss to the New York Knicks. But as the Nets continued to free fall without their veteran point guards, Ferrell grew more confidently into his role and was a solid fit in head coach Kenny Atkinson’s three-point heavy rotation. Over 10 contests with Brooklyn, Ferrell tallied just 5.4 points and 1.7 assists in 15 minutes per game. Nonetheless, for a suddenly talent-deficient roster, it appeared as if the point guard was poised to stick around through the winter.

In a surprise twist of fate, the Nets waived Ferrell to sign Spencer Dinwiddie to a partially guaranteed three-year deal, opting to tie their future to a different G-League point guard instead. Just like that, it was back to Long Island for Ferrell — but surprisingly, it wasn’t something that he hung his head over for too long.

“I knew my next opportunity was going to come — I didn’t know when, but I just wanted to make sure I was ready for it,” Ferrell said. “I had a great coach — coach [Ronald] Nored — and he told me to still go about my business as if I was still in the NBA. I didn’t get all the luxuries, but if you treat yourself like a pro, like you’re there now, once you get there, it’ll make it easier and you can make a splash.”

Upon returning to the G-League, Ferrell continued his hot streak and ended up averaging 18.7 points and 5.8 rebounds over a total of 18 games — both before and after his NBA call-up with the Nets. Ultimately, it wasn’t long before another franchise took notice of the enigmatic guard and the Mavericks capitalized, signing Ferrell to a 10-day contract while both Deron Williams and Devin Harris were hampered by injury. His debut with Dallas saw Ferrell tally nine points and seven assists in a win over the San Antonio Spurs and future Hall of Famer Tony Parker — but somehow, that was only the beginning

Affectionately nicknamed Yogi-Mania — a play on Linsanity, Lin’s historic stretch with the Knicks back in 2012 — Ferrell re-joined the NBA red-hot, even leading Dallas to back-to-back wins over the Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers. Quickly thereafter, Ferrell signed a multi-year deal with Dallas and then promptly torched the Portland Trail Blazers for nine three-pointers and a total of 32 points. Over his initial two-week stretch with the Mavericks, Ferrell scored 10 or more points in seven of his first nine games and made a serious claim for a permanent spot in the rotation.

Of course, the multi-year contract offered Ferrell something else he hadn’t yet experienced in the NBA: Job security. After Ferrell’s team option was picked up last June, he was happy to have a role with the Mavericks once again, no matter how big or small. Without the worry of being on borrowed time, Ferrell was able to train, learn the system and embrace of the city of Dallas during the offseason.

“The offseason was pretty good, I played summer league with some of the young guys,” Ferrell said. “It was great to work every day and get to know the coaches better, the area of Dallas better. Headed into training camp, I just wanted to work on my game and I had lot more confidence.”

One of those coaches he’s gotten to know better is Rick Carlisle, an old-school guard that has found success as both a player and coach. Under Carlisle, Ferrell has averaged 28.3 minutes per game so far as a sophomore, good for the third-highest total on the entire roster. Ferrell, who was in the G-League at this time last year, has merited more playing time than any other point guard on the team — a list that includes rookie sensation Dennis Smith Jr. (28.1), J.J. Barea (22.5), and the aforementioned Harris (18.9). For Ferrell, much of his second-year successes have come from simply putting Carlisle’s words of wisdom into action.

“He’s just always telling me to be a threat,” Ferrell told Basketball Insiders of Carlisle. “First of all, be a threat to score because that’s what opens up everything else. If you’re pushing the pace and getting in the paint, attacking, especially for somebody like myself in my position. You want to just cause 2-on-1s and kicks and find whatever the defense gives us.”

While Yogi-Mania was built off of an electric career-altering hot streak, Ferrell has been a contributor this season in a more consistent, experienced way. Building off the All-NBA Rookie Second Team berth Ferrell earned in just 36 games with Dallas last season, the point guard is now often one of the first guards off the bench, a role that Barea has long excelled in. The comparisons between Ferrell and Barea are all too obvious, the latter being another 6-foot-nothing guard that has carved out a 12-year career after going undrafted in 2006.

During the Mavericks’ championship-winning playoff run in 2011, Barea averaged 8.9 points and 3.4 assists, including massive back-to-back 15-plus point outings in Dallas’ series-defining Game 5 and 6 victories. These days, Ferrell is just thankful to have teammates like Barea and Harris to learn from on and off the court.

“I always say that I like watching them, especially how they play,” Ferrell said. “I try to mimic the older guys, Devin and J.J., they’re so synced together when they play, it’s something special to watch. I just try to go out there and mimic what they do, they’ve been successful at it and been in this league for a long time, so I’m just trying to learn from guys like them.”

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Precisely, it’s been 370 days since Ferrell was first waived by Brooklyn and found success at the NBA level that little believed was possible. Not one to let an obstacle get in his way, Ferrell went undrafted and still managed to earn a multi-year contract before he even hit 20 career appearances. For his dominating stretch in the G-League last season, Ferrell was named an All-Star — although he was too busy with Dallas to attend the festivities — and he still went on to earn a spot with the All-NBA Rookie Second Team as well.

Overcoming roadblocks and adversity at every turn, it’d be easy to now exhale and relax — after all, his contract is currently guaranteed and he’s got a solidified role in an NBA rotation — but Ferrell, forever hungry, isn’t ready to stop there. Staying motivated isn’t difficult for Ferrell because he knows that much of his journey is still left in front of him and he’s ready to keep climbing upward.

“I’m a winner, I came from a winning program,” Ferrell said. “My mentality is still to prove that I belong here. I just want to win, that’s it.”

For Ferrell, this isn’t the end of an underdog story — this is just the beginning of something even greater.

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Rookie of The Year Watch – 12/13/17

Shane Rhodes checks back in on what’s become a relatively consistent Rookie of the Year race.

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It has been a pretty ho-hum Rookie of The Year race so far in the 2017-18 season, with the top rookies staking their claims to this list at the beginning of the season and, for the most part, staying there. While there has been some movement up and down over the season and since our last installment, for the large part those who were on the list remain on the list.

Those players have earned their spots on this list with their play, however. This rookie class is one of the better, more exciting classes in recent memory. These players have just managed to remain at the top of the hill.

Let’s take a look at this week’s rankings.

stockup456. Lauri Markkanen, Chicago Bulls (Last Week: Unranked)

By virtue of John Collins missing time due to injury, Markkanen jumps back onto this list. However, that’s not to say Markkanen has played poorly this season. On the contrary, the former Arizona Wildcat and current Chicago Bull has played very well; it’s just hard to get recognized when you are on the worst team in the league.

Markkanen is averaging 14.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, third and second among rookies, respectively, while adding 1.3 assists per game as well. Athletic enough to get his own shot and big enough to be a mismatch when he’s on the floor, Markkanen is probably the best (healthy) offensively player the Bulls have. While his defensive game isn’t great, his defensive rating of 106.4 still ranks ninth amongst rookies.

Perhaps most importantly, Markkanen inspires hope for a brighter future in Bulls fans that have watched the team plummet from the 50-win team it was just three seasons ago.

stockup455. Dennis Smith, Jr., Dallas Mavericks (Last Week: 6)

His shooting percentages continue to underwhelm and the Dallas Mavericks still have one of the worst records in the NBA, but Dennis Smith Jr. has been one of the Mavs’ bright spots this season while averaging 14.4 points, four rebounds and four assists per game.

While he hasn’t been a great shooter overall, Smith Jr. has managed to be a big contributor on offense for the Mavs, with an offensive rating of 101.4, ninth among rookies, and an assist percentage of 25.2 percent, fourth among rookies. He is second on the team in scoring behind Harrison Barnes’ 18.4 points per game as well. He is still a work in progress, but Dallas has found a keeper in Smith Jr.

stockdown454. Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers (Last Week: 3)

While the Lakers have stumbled over the past few weeks, Kuzma continues to play well when he is on the floor. He still paces the Los Angeles Lakers in scoring with an average of 16.1 points per game, third among rookies, while also dishing in 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

Kuzma is now second among rookies in double-doubles with eight on the season and three in his last five games. With a diverse offensive game, the power forward should continue to impress as the season goes along.

stockup453. Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz (Last Week: 4)

Donovan Mitchell has been electrifying in recent weeks. Second in scoring among rookies, Mitchell is averaging 17.3 points per game to go along with three rebounds and 3.2 assists. As his confidence has grown, so to have his field goal percentage and three-point percentages. Mitchell has led the Utah Jazz in scoring in 11 of their 27 games, and is second on the Jazz in scoring too, behind Rodney Hood’s 17.7 points per game.

Mitchell became the second rookie ever, first since Blake Griffin in 2011, to score more than 40 points in a single game after going for 41 against the New Orleans Pelicans. Coupling that with his high-flying athleticism, Mitchell has been one of the best rookies to watch this season.

stocknochanges452. Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics (Last Week: 2)

Jayson Tatum is on pace to be only the second rookie ever to lead the league in three-point percentage. In over 38 years, the only other player to do it was Anthony Morrow, who shot 46.7 percent on 2.7 attempts per game during the 2008-09 regular season. Tatum is currently shooting 50 percent on over three attempts per game.

The 19-year-old forward has also made a near seamless transition from the isolation-dominated basketball that he played at Duke, and has flourished as the third, fourth and sometimes even fifth option on offense, having scored in double digits in 25 of 29 games and averaging 13.8 points per game on the season. His defense continues to be better than advertised as well.

Tatum has been Mr. Clutch among rookies as well. In the last five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime, Tatum has 14 field goals on 21 attempts, seventh in the entire NBA and tops among rookies. In fact, Tatum is the only other rookie in the top 15 in clutch field goals.

While Mitchell has been on fire recently, Tatum has performed well enough to this point where he is still in control of the number two spot among rookies. But the race for this second spot is close and will continue to be close throughout the season. The race for the number one spot on the other hand? Not so much.

stocknochanges451. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers (Last Week: 1)

It would make for a very boring race if Ben Simmons remained at the top of this list for the entire season. And it looks increasingly likely that that is going to be the case.

Try as they might, the other rookies just can’t hang with Simmons; none of them have the right combination of production and physicality to keep pace with the point-forward. Tatum has been better than advertised while Mitchell and Kuzma have exceeded all predraft expectations, but none of them can produce what Simmons has. With averages of 17.5 points, 8.9 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game, Simmons would be just the second rookie in NBA history, the first since Oscar Robertson during the 1960-61 season, to finish the season with that stat line.

So, unless they combine their powers to become a being with superhuman basketball skills, the other rookies don’t stand a chance against Simmons in the race for Rookie of the Year.

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NBA Daily: Another 2018 NBA Mock Draft – 12/13/17

Basketball Insiders’ publisher Steve Kyler drops his latest 2018 first-round NBA Mock Draft.

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A little less than a month ago we dropped the first 2018 NBA Mock Draft, which was met with a lot of disdain. Which is often a good thing because it sparks the discussion in NBA circles.

Since that Mock dropped, we’ve seen a bit more play out of some of the top prospects and many of the assumptions made almost a month ago are starting to settle into place a little more clearly.

The prevailing thought from NBA scouts and executives is that the possible 2018 NBA Draft class has a lot more questions than answers. The common view is that outside of the top 3 or 4 players there could be a very wide range on who the next 10-12 players will be; so expect for the second tier to evolve a lot over the course of the college basketball season.

A couple of things have started to surface among NBA scouts and executives, there seem to be three camps emerging around the top overall player – Duke’s Marvin Bagley III and international phenom Luka Dončić, seem to be the leading names mentioned most, with Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton making a strong push into the discussion. We can safely call this a three-horse race at this point.

The prevailing belief is that none of the three is far and away better than the other as a professional prospect, making it more likely than not that the top player selected will have a lot more to do with which team ultimately lands the pick, more so than the player themselves.

This class also seems to be brimming with promising athletic point guards, which unlike last year’s draft, could provide a lot of options for teams still trying to find that impact point guard.

There also looks to be 27 players in the projected top 100 that are 6’10 or bigger, eight of which project in the top 30. To put that into perspective, there were 11 players 6’10 or bigger drafted in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft, and 17 total in the 60 2017 NBA Draft selections.

As we get into the 2018 calendar year, we’ll start to do deeper dives into the tiers of players and their possible NBA strengths and weakness.

So, with all of that in mind, here is the second 2018 first-round NBA Mock Draft.

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

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 Cleveland Cavaliers are owed the Brooklyn Nets first-round pick as a result of the Kyrie Irving trade this past summer.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are owed the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first-round pick as part of the Ricky Rubio trade this summer. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would not 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 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 not 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.

Check out the Basketball Insiders’ Top 100 NBA Draft Prospects http://www.basketballinsiders.com/top-100-nba-draft-prospects/

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