The Most Improved Player award tends to go to a player who came out of nowhere, a player whose production and profile among the league took the largest leap. It often is a player that was a lower draft pick, or someone who isn’t known to casual fans, who put in the hard work in the offseason and makes a huge impact on his team, reaching the group of players just out of the all-star conversation. Typically All-stars don’t win this award, and usually aren’t even considered. One marker of a MIP winner is someone who got a huge bump in minutes per game and made the most of it.
Last season, the Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler ran away with the award and, as an exception to the general rule, also become a first-time All-Star. Other recent winners include Goran Dragic (2013-14) when he was with the Phoenix Suns, Paul George (2012-13) with the Indiana Pacers, Ryan Anderson (2011-12) with the Orlando Magic and Kevin Love (2010-11) with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
As All-Stars are not typically considered for MIP, a reigning MVP probably should not in consideration for the award, but the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry certainly has a case. Even though it’s tough to improve upon a season as the NBA’s best player, Curry has done just that. To start with, Curry is averaging 30.4 points a game this year in only one minute per game more than his 23.8 points per game last season. Then there are his shooting percentages. From inside the arc, he upped his percentage from 52.8 to 57.6 percent, while outside the arc it when up from 44.3 to 46.1 percent, both of which are just mind-boggling when you consider the volume of his shooting and how much defenses gear up to slow him down specifically. Additionally, his effective field goal percentage (which weighs threes and free throws) went from 59.4 to 63.9 percent. He also is averaging an extra rebound a game, all of which is helping propel his reigning champion Warriors to be on pace to break the all-time number of wins in a regular season. But in a sense, he is disqualified for being too good for the Most Improved Player race.
Let’s look at those players who are probably going to be in the hunt for the award come the end of the season.
C.J. McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers)
Like Butler was last year, C.J. McCollum is far and away the leader for this year’s Most Improved Player race, and barring some improbable sequence of events, will likely win the award. The Trail Blazers lost 80 percent of their starting lineup and some bench depth and were predicted to be one of the worst teams out in the Western Conference. Damian Lillard, the lone remaining starter from the previous year and McCollum are the main reasons that Portland is currently a playoff team, as opposed to a cellar-dweller like predicted.
For McCollum, the opportunity was huge with the large void left behind with so many players gone. The 6’4 guard out of Lehigh went from averaging 15.7 minutes and only starting in three games last season to starting all 56 games thus far and averaging 35.1 minutes per game. The reason he’ll probably get the award for MIP is because he made the most out of that opportunity. To accompany his increase in role, he went from 6.8 points a game to 21.1 this season, which puts him 15th overall in the league. It’s not just the increase in minutes either. His field goal percentage, three-point percentage, and free throw percentage are all significantly improved. Along with his backcourt partner, who is fifth in scoring averaging 25.1, McCollum and Lillard make a fearsome combo. McCollum was great against the Memphis Grizzlies in last year’s playoffs, but I don’t think anyone thought he would be this good, this fast.
Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)
Draymond Green is probably one of the biggest overall impact players in the league. His versatility on both ends of the court allows Golden State to do a lot more than they would be able to without him. Green is having a great year, even compared to last year where he almost won the Defensive Player of the Year award and was instrumental in helping the Warriors win the NBA title.
Green is playing a few more minutes a game and upped his points per game from 11.7 to 14.0. His field goal percentage went from 44.3 to 48.7 percent and he increased his three-point percentage from 33.7 to 40.2 percent. This is huge for the Warriors since he he spaces the floor more effectively and keeps defenses from hounding Curry in the pick-and-roll as they might if Green couldn’t hit his perimeter shots consistently.
Green also boosted his rebounding average from 6.7 to 7.9 and really upped his assists from 3.7 to an amazing 7.3, which is pretty incredible for a power forward who often plays center. Green has 11 triple-doubles this season, leading the league (three more than second-place Russell Westbrook). He only had one the other three years of his career combined. That’s major improvement and Green was rewarded with his first All-Star selection.
Isaiah Thomas (Boston Celtics)
Another player that could be in the mix for the MIP award is Celtics’ point guard Isaiah Thomas. While it would be a little atypical due to the fact that he already was a starter back in 2013-14 with Sacramento (averaging 20.3 points per game), he had a significantly down year during his short stint in Phoenix and has bounced back to earn his first All-Star selection.
During his Suns’ tenure, Thomas only started once and was played 25.7 minutes a game, averaging 15.2 points per game. However this year, Thomas has started 56 of Boston’s 59 games, averaging 32.5 minutes and scoring 21.6 points per game (tying him with Klay Thompson for 12th in the league in scoring). His assists have also gone up from 3.7 in Phoenix to 6.8 in 2015-16. He has been the focal point of Boston’s offense and has been a steady leader under Brad Stevens’ guidance. Nevertheless, there’s still a large gap between McCollum and everyone else, but Thomas is certainly in the discussion.
Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors)
Despite now being a two-time all-star, Kyle Lowry has really improved his game this year. In only a few more minutes per game, he upped his scoring average from 17.8 to 21.4 points per game. That puts him as the 14th highest scoring player in the league. He’s averaging more rebounds, and assists, but most impressive are his percentages. His field goal percentage went from 41.2 to 43.6 percent, which is fine, but his three-point percentage went from 33.8 percent (not that great) to 39.0 percent (lethal). He even got invited to participate in the three-point contest at All-Star weekend “at his house” in Toronto.
Jae Crowder (Boston Celtics)
The Boston Celtics must really be surging if they have two candidates for MIP. Jae Crowder is the second player that is in the conversation along with Thomas. Crowder is in a lot of ways similar to DeMarre Carroll, but may be even better.
The former second-round pick has really picked up his game, going from starting 17 games last season after getting traded from Dallas to starting all 59 games for Boston thus far this season. With a big role increase (24.2 to 32.1 minutes) Crowder has made the most of it, going from 9.5 to 14.4 points per game – and he’s not even the focal point of that offense. Even better he’s increased his field goal percentage from 41.8 to 45.7 and his three-point percentage increase is even more dramatic (28.2 to 36.0 percent). That’s an amazing improvement, and it’s on more attempts per game. He’s also rebounding and assisting a bit better and plays terrific defense. He has been a nice addition for Boston and is locked up at a very team-friendly contract.
Unfortunately, for all these players, the Most Improved Player award is C.J. McCollum’s to lose and there is no indication he’ll be slowing down any time soon.
NBA Announces 2018 NBA Draft Early Entry Candidates
The NBA announced the 2018 NBA Draft Early Entry list, including 181 players from colleges and post-graduate institutions and 55 international players.
NEW YORK, April 24, 2018 – The National Basketball Association announced today that 236 players — 181 players from colleges and post-graduate institutions and 55 international players — have filed as early entry candidates for the 2018 NBA Draft presented by State Farm.
Players wishing to enter the 2018 NBA Draft were required to submit a letter to the NBA to be received no later than Sunday, April 22. Players who have applied for early entry have the right to withdraw their names from consideration for the Draft by notifying the NBA of their decision in writing no later than 5 p.m. ET on Monday, June 11. Under NCAA rules, in order to retain college basketball eligibility, underclassmen who have entered the 2018 Draft must withdraw by Wednesday, May 30.
Following is the list of players from colleges and post-graduate institutions who have applied for early entry into the 2018 NBA Draft, which will be held Thursday, June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
EARLY ENTRY CANDIDATES FOR 2018 NBA DRAFT
|Admon Gilder||Texas A&M||6-4||Junior|
|Anfernee Simons||IMG Academy||6-4||Post-Graduate|
|Barry Brown Jr.||Kansas State||6-3||Junior|
|Brian Bowen II||South Carolina||6-7||Freshman|
|Bruce Brown Jr.||Miami||6-5||Sophomore|
|Bryant Crawford||Wake Forest||6-3||Junior|
|Chris Silva||South Carolina||6-9||Junior|
|Christian Keeling||Charleston Southern||6-4||Sophomore|
|Christian Mekowulu||Tennessee State||6-9||Junior|
|DeAngelo Isby||Utah State||6-5||Junior|
|Demajeo Wiggins||Bowling Green||6-10||Junior|
|Deshon Taylor||Fresno State||6-2||Junior|
|Devonte Klines||Montana State||6-0||Junior|
|Dextor Foster||ASA College (FL)||6-5||Junior|
|DJ Hogg||Texas A&M||6-9||Junior|
|Dominic Magee||Southern Mississippi||6-4||Junior|
|Doral Moore||Wake Forest||7-1||Junior|
|Drew Eubanks||Oregon State||6-10||Junior|
|Eric Davis Jr.||Texas||6-3||Junior|
|Esa Ahmad||West Virginia||6-8||Junior|
|Eugene German||Northern Illinois||6-0||Sophomore|
|Fred Sims Jr.||Chicago State||6-4||Junior|
|Gary Trent Jr.||Duke||6-6||Freshman|
|Isaac Copeland Jr.||Nebraska||6-9||Junior|
|Ismaila Kane||Atlanta Metropolitan||6-9||Freshman|
|Jalen McDaniels||San Diego State||6-10||Freshman|
|Jalon Pipkins||Cal State-Northridge||6-4||Freshman|
|James Palmer Jr.||Nebraska||6-6||Junior|
|Jaren Jackson Jr.||Michigan State||6-11||Freshman|
|Jaylin Walker||Kent State||6-1||Junior|
|Jerome Robinson||Boston College||6-6||Junior|
|Jordan Brangers||South Plains College (TX)||6-2 S||ophomore|
|Jordan Davis||Northern Colorado||6-2||Junior|
|Jordan Murdock||Friends University||6-4||Junior|
|Josh Okogie||Georgia Tech||6-4||Sophomore|
|Kalob Ledoux||McNeese State||6-3||Sophomore|
|Keanu Peters||Salt Lake CC (UT)||6-2||Sophomore|
|Keita Bates-Diop||Ohio State||6-7||Junior|
|Kerwin Roach II||Texas||6-4||Junior|
|Ky Bowman||Boston College||6-1||Sophomore|
|Lamar Peters||Mississippi State||6-0||Sophomore|
|Lamonte Bearden||Western Kentucky||6-3||Junior|
|Landry Shamet||Wichita State||6-4||Sophomore|
|Lindell Wigginton||Iowa State||6-2||Freshman|
|Luke Maye||North Carolina||6-8||Junior|
|Makinde London||Tennessee-Chattanooga||6-10 Juni||or|
|Malik Martin||South Florida||6-11||Junior|
|Markis McDuffie||Wichita State||6-8||Junior|
|Marvin Bagley III||Duke||6-11||Freshman|
|Max Montana||San Diego State||6-9||Junior|
|Melvin Frazier Jr.||Tulane||6-6||Junior|
|Michael Porter Jr.||Missouri||6-10||Freshman|
|Mike Amius||Western Carolina||6-7||Junior|
|Mike Daum||South Dakota State||6-9||Junior|
|Miles Bridges||Michigan State||6-7||Sophomore|
|Mitchell Robinson||Western Kentucky||7-0||Freshman|
|Nick Ward||Michigan State||6-8||Sophomore|
|Quinndary Weatherspoon||Mississippi State||6-4||Junior|
|Ray Ona Embo||Tulane||6-5||Sophomore|
|Robert Franks Jr.||Washington State||6-7||Junior|
|Robert Williams III||Texas A&M||6-10||Sophomore|
|Ronshad Shabazz||Appalachian State||6-5||Junior|
|Sagaba Konate||West Virginia||6-8||Sophomore|
|Shamorie Ponds||St. John痴||6-1||Sophomore|
|Tashawn Berry||Dakota College (ND)||6-3||Sophomore|
|Tavarius Shine||Oklahoma State||6-6||Junior|
|Tony Carr||Penn State||6-5||Sophomore|
|Torin Dorn||North Carolina State||6-5||Junior|
|Tramaine Isabell Jr.||Drexel||6-1||Junior|
|Tremaine Fraiser||Westchester CC (NY)||6-3||Sophomore|
|Troy Brown Jr.||Oregon||6-7||Freshman|
|Tyler Davis||Texas A&M||6-10||Junior|
|Tyler Hall||Montana State||6-4||Junior|
|Victor Lewis II||West Texas A&M||6-3||Junior|
|Wendell Carter Jr.||Duke||6-10||Freshman|
|Yankuba Sima||Oklahoma State||6-11||Junior|
|Zach Hankins||Ferris State||6-10||Junior|
|Zhaire Smith||Texas Tech||6-5||Freshman|
The following is the list of international players who have applied for early entry into the 2018 NBA Draft:
|Player||Team/Country of Team||Height||Status|
|Adam Mokoka||Gravelines (France)||6-4||1998 DOB|
|Aleksander Dziewa||Slask Wroclaw (Poland)||6-9||1997 DOB|
|Amine Noua||ASVEL (France)||6-8||1997 DOB|
|Antonios Koniaris||PAOK (Greece)||6-4||1997 DOB|
|Arnoldas Kulboka||Capo d丹rlando (Italy)||6-10||1998 DOB|
|Berkan Durmaz||Tofas (Turkey)||6-9||1997 DOB|
|Berke Atar||Bandirma Kirmizi (Turkey)||6-11||1999 DOB|
|Blaz Mesicek||Brindisi (Italy)||6-6||1997 DOB|
|Darel Poirier||Charleville (France)||6-9||1997 DOB|
|Dzanan Musa||Cedevita (Croatia)||6-8||1999 DOB|
|Elie Okobo||Pau Orthez (France)||6-2||1997 DOB|
|Emanuel Cate||Prat (Spain)||6-9||1997 DOB|
|Erxhan Osmani||Bandirma Kirmizi (Turkey)||6-9||1998 DOB|
|Etienne Ca||Chalon (France)||6-11||1997 DOB|
|Filip Zagrajski||Beli Manastir (Croatia)||6-4||1997 DOB|
|Gabriel Galvanini||Bauru (Brazil)||6-8||1998 DOB|
|Georgios Kalaitzakis||Panathinaikos (Greece)||6-6||1999 DOB|
|Goga Bitadze||Mega Bemax (Serbia)||6-11||1999 DOB|
|Ibrahima Faye||Poitiers (France)||6-10||1997 DOB|
|Isaac Bonga||Fraport Skyliners (Germany)||6-9||1999 DOB|
|Issuf Sanon||Olimpija (Slovenia)||6-3||1999 DOB|
|Jean-Marc Pansa||Nanterre (France)||6-10||1997 DOB|
|Karim Jallow||Bayern Munich (Germany)||6-7||1997 DOB|
|Laurynas Beliauskas||Neptunas (Lithuania)||6-4||1997 DOB|
|Laurynas Birutis||Siauliai (Lithuania)||7-0||1997 DOB|
|Leon Kratzer||Wuerzburg (Germany)||6-11||1997 DOB|
|Leonardo Tote||Verona (Italy)||6-10||1997 DOB|
|LiAngelo Ball||UCLA/Vytautas (Lithuania)||6-5||1998 DOB|
|Louis Olinde||Brose Baskets (Germany)||6-9||1998 DOB|
|Luka Doncic||Real Madrid (Spain)||6-7||1999 DOB|
|Marcel Ponitka||Asseco (Poland)||6-5||1997 DOB|
|Martynas Echodas||Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)||6-9||1997 DOB|
|Martynas Varnas||Pieno Zvaigzdes (Lithuania)||6-5||1997 DOB|
|Matas Jogela||Zalgiris II (Lithuania)||6-6||1998 DOB|
|Matur Maker||CIBA (Canada)||6-11||1998 DOB|
|Melvyn Govindy||Cholet (France)||7-0||1997 DOB|
|Michael Uchendu||Bauru (Brazil)||6-9||1998 DOB|
|Michal Kolenda||Trefl Sopot (Poland)||6-7||1997 DOB|
|Muhaymin Mustafa||Anadolu Efes (Turkey)||6-5||1999 DOB|
|Rihards Berzins||Liepaja (Latvia)||6-11||1997 DOB|
|Rodions Kurucs||Barcelona (Spain)||6-9||1998 DOB|
|Romaric Belemene||Oviedo (Spain)||6-9||1997 DOB|
|Shekinah Munanga||Monaco (France)||6-7||1997 DOB|
|Sigfredo Casero-Ortiz||GET Vosges (France)||6-1||1997 DOB|
|Stephane Gombauld||Lille Metropole (France)||6-9||1997 DOB|
|Tadas Sedekerskis||Nevezis (Lithuania)||6-8||1998 DOB|
|Tryggvi Hlinason||Valencia (Spain)||7-1||1997 DOB|
|Vanja Marinkovic||Partizan (Serbia)||6-6||1997 DOB|
|Vasileios Charalampopoulos P||AOK (Greece)||6-9||1997 DOB|
|Viny Okouo||Unicaja (Spain)||7-1||1997 DOB|
|William McDowell-White B||aunach (Germany) 6||-5||1998 DOB|
|Williams Narace||Nancy (France)||6-8||1997 DOB|
|Xabier Lopez-Arostegui||Joventut Badalona (Spain)||6-6||1997 DOB|
|Yago Dos Santos||Paulistano (Brazil)||5-10||1999 DOB|
|Yoan Granvorka||Monthey (Switzerland)||6-7||1997 DOB|
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NBA Daily: Deep Bench Stays Ready for the Pelicans
Though out of the rotation, DeAndre Liggins and Jordan Crawford are staying ready to step up and contribute for New Orleans, writes David Yapkowitz.
As DeAndre Liggins is standing by his locker talking about what his next move might be in terms of free agency, he gets a ringing endorsement from the New Orleans Pelicans’ franchise guy, Anthony Davis.
“He ain’t going nowhere,” Davis shouts from across the locker room. “He ain’t going nowhere.”
Liggins pauses for a moment, lets out a laugh and then turns back.
“I don’t know, I’ll have to talk to Dell [Demps],” Liggins told Basketball Insiders with a grin.
With the NBA playoffs in full swing, there are always those guys on the fringe — players who may not always know when they’ll have a chance to get into a game. It can be tough sitting on the bench and watching the rest of the team partake in the postseason.
For players like Liggins, however, they’re just as much a part of the team as the guys in the rotation. They do bring value to the team. And they patiently await their turn, however long that may take. Even if he doesn’t get to play in an actual playoff game, Liggins believes he understands the atmosphere.
“It started off in Orlando, a playoff team. OKC was a playoff team. I’ve been in the playoffs twice,” Liggins told Basketball Insiders. “I haven’t experienced playing minutes, but I know what the feeling is like, I know what the vibe is like. It’ll be great going into the playoffs, we’ll be ready.”
Liggins has never spent more than one season with any team. He’s spent the past seven years shuffling between the Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami HEAT, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks and now New Orleans.
He had a bit of a breakthrough with Cleveland where he emerged as one of the better perimeter defenders on the team. He started 19 games for the Cavaliers last season and shot 37.8 percent from the three-point line. It’s been that 3 and D calling card that’s allowed him to latch on from team to team despite never really playing major minutes.
“Just bringing that defensive energy. I do all the little things like take charges, all the intangibles,” Liggins told Basketball Insiders. “I was the same way at Kentucky. You got to stick to what you know, what you do, and play a role. Especially when you’re in the league and being on this type of team.”
Liggins has a non-guaranteed contract for next season. It’s too early to know what the Pelicans front office will decide to do. He isn’t focused on that right now though. Right now, the focus is helping New Orleans make a deep playoff run even if he isn’t on the court that much.
He joined the Pelicans around mid-season after being cut by the Bucks. Although he hasn’t been on the team for very long, he’s already noticed the competitiveness and togetherness of this group. They rallied around each other following the season ending injury to DeMarcus Cousins.
“We just clicked and gelled when [Cousins] went down,” Liggins told Basketball Insiders. “I think we lost three or four in a row then after that we just started changing the way we play.”
Aside from Liggins, the Pelicans also feature Jordan Crawford who is in a similar situation right now. Their career beginnings may be a bit different, Crawford was a regular rotation player for playoff teams in the past, but as playoff rotations have tightened up, Crawford has also found himself on the outside looking in.
He was on the Pelicans roster to begin the season but was cut in favor of Jameer Nelson when an injury to Rajon Rondo precipitated the need for point guard help. He had been a key player in the rotation but upon his return near the end of the season, he found himself mostly glued to the bench.
Crawford initially was a bench scorer for the Pelicans, capable of getting hot quickly and putting up a flurry of points on the board. He was nicknamed ‘Instant Grits’ by Cousins due to his penchant for scoring. He’s a little bit unsure though of what he’s going to be asked to do this time around.
“I have no clue. I’m going to try to find out,” Crawford told Basketball Insiders. “I’m going to work my way through, do what I got to do to make the coaches happy and stuff like that. But I don’t know my role yet.”
When Crawford signed with the Pelicans earlier this month, his contract was only for the duration of the regular season and playoffs. He too will be entering free agency this summer, and due to his lack of postseason playing time, he might have to rely on past performances to secure that next contract.
He also isn’t too concerned about that right now. While he is anticipating the summertime, he’s just thrilled to be back with a familiar team, even if the playing time is scarce right now.
“I’m looking forward to the summer, definitely looking forward to the offseason,” Crawford told Basketball Insiders. “I’m happy I accomplished getting back on the team for the season. That’s good right now, I’m satisfied with that for right now.”
Although he was cut despite having initially carved out an important role on the team, Crawford always remained positive and believed things would eventually fall into place. He wasn’t sure if that place would be New Orleans, but he’s glad that it was them who came calling once again.
“I didn’t think I’d be back here. They did stay kind of connected with me, talked to me,” Crawford told Basketball Insiders. “I did have a good time while I was here, so it wasn’t no bad attitude, hard feelings or nothing. It always could’ve worked and by not having a bad attitude it allowed it to work again. It’s been a blessing.”
They stayed in contact with him and made him feel like a part of the team again. And for players like Crawford and Liggins, players who may not know who their next contract is coming from or when their next minute on the court might be, sometimes that makes all the difference
NBA Daily: 2018 60-Pick NBA Mock Draft – 4/24/18
The deadline for early entry into the 2018 NBA Draft has passed, so Basketball Insiders Publisher Steve Kyler offers up another 60-pick Mock Draft.
The Deadline for early entry into the 2018 NBA Draft was April 22, however, the NBA hasn’t yet released the full list of eligible players. There appear to be more than 153 underclassmen that have declared to “test the waters” according to reports. By way of comparison, last year there were 137 players from college and an additional 45 from international basketball that declared early, with 73 of those players pulling out after going through the process.
The 2018 Draft class could be shaping up to be one of the biggest, especially when you consider the volume of highly draftable seniors.
There are still some dates to keep in mind:
The NBA Draft Lottery will be held in Chicago on May 15. The annual NBA Draft Combine will get underway on May 16, also in Chicago. In any given draft year, roughly 70 percent of players invited to the Combine end up being drafted into the NBA, so a Combine invite is a significant draft milestone.
The NCAA requires all players wishing to maintain their college eligibility, without penalty, to withdraw from the NBA Draft by 11:59 pm on May 30. That is an NCAA mandated date, not related to anything involving the NBA, and that notice must be delivered in writing.
The NBA’s draft withdrawal date is June 11 by 5:00 pm ET. The NBA’s date allows a prospect to remain NBA draft eligible for future NBA drafts and is not related to any NCAA rule or date. There are ways for college players that did not accept benefits to return to college, however, they may be subject to NCAA penalties.
Here is this week’s 2018 NBA Mock Draft, based on the final pre-draft lottery draft order:
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. Based on the final regular-season standings should convey to Philadelphia if the draft lottery holds true to the standings.
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 would convey if the draft lottery holds true to the standings.
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 final NBA standings.
The Phoenix Suns were owed the Milwaukee Bucks’ first-round pick as part of the Eric Bledsoe trade. The pick would only convey if the Bucks pick landed between the 11th and 16th pick, which based on the final NBA standings did not convey. The Suns will now receive the Bucks 2019 first-round pick assuming it falls between the fourth and 16th pick.
The Atlanta Hawks are owed the Minnesota Timberwolves’ first-round pick as part of the Adreian Payne trade in 2015. The pick was lottery protected and would convey to Atlanta based on the final NBA standings.
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 was lottery protected and would convey based on the final NBA standings.
The Chicago Bulls are owed the New Orleans Pelicans first-round pick as a result of the Nikola Mirotic trade. The pick was top-five protected and based on the final NBA 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 was top-three protected and based on the final NBA 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 was lottery protected and based on the final NBA 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 was top-three protected and based on the final NBA standings would convey
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