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2012 NBA Draft: Live Blogging

In Draft on June 28, 2012 at 8:57 pm

I only college basketball on rare occasions so going off of scouting reports and stuff I have read and heard when talking about these players.

NBA Draft

The Lottery

High Lottery – Top Five Picks

#1 – New Orleans Hornets select Anthony Davis

No surprises here. MVP caliber potential.

Given his size, athleticism, ability to dominate a game without scoring as a defender/rebounder coupled with his high skill-level offensively (post game, high post passing, jump-shooting) and general disposition on the court … any list of comparisons has to start with Kevin Garnett, Hakeem Olajuwon, Tim Duncan and even the great Bill Russell.

A truly special talent. The most gifted big man to enter the NBA since Greg Oden. Read the rest of this entry »


2012 Draft Lottery Order

In Draft on May 30, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Here is the order

(1) New Orleans Hornets
(2) Charlotte Bobcats
(3) Washington Wizards
(4) Cleveland Cavaliers
(5) Sacramento Kings
(6) Portland Trailblazers (via NJ)
(7) Golden State Warriors
(8) Toronto Raptors
(9) Detroit Pistons
(10) New Orleans Hornets
(11) Portland Trailblazers
(12) Milwaukee Bucks
(13) Phoenix Suns
(14) Houston Rockets Read the rest of this entry »

Clippers Close In On Chris Paul

In Draft, Trade Talk on December 12, 2011 at 3:37 am

The LA Times reports

The Clippers and the New Orleans Hornets were working vigorously Sunday night to consummate a blockbuster deal that would send All-Star point guard Chris Paul to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers’ cross-town rivals, said two people with knowledge of the situation who were not authorized to speak on the matter.

The deal hasn’t been completed, but both sides were in the closing stages of the negotiations. Read the rest of this entry »

2011 NBA Draft Reaction

In Draft on June 24, 2011 at 2:42 pm

A few links

ESPN Insider

Rockets High on Motiejunas

In Draft on June 24, 2011 at 2:38 pm

A couple of quick quotes from Houston (link one and link two)

“We really like Marcus Morris. We think he was one of the top players in the draft, skilled at both ends,” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said. “He can play the four or a power three, can defend two positions. We’re thrilled to get Motiejunas — really upside, really mobile, somebody already very skilled offensively. Has a great low-post game. Has a perimeter offensive game as well and can move his feet really well on the defensive end. Read the rest of this entry »

2011 Draft Primer

In Draft on June 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Some Scouting Reports

David Aldridge’s introduction to the draft

2011 NBA Draft Summary

In Draft on June 23, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I do not watch college basketball. All of my comments are based on the information I have read and heard about with regards to each player.

Draft Summary

Round 1

1: Cleveland Cavaliers – Kyrie Irving
2: Minnesota Timberwolves – Derrick Williams
3: Utah Jazz – Enes Kanter
4: Cleveland Cavaliers – Tristan Thompson
5: Toronto Raptors – Jonas Valanciunas
6: Washington Wizards – Jan Vesely
7: Sacramento Kings – Bismack Biyombo  (to be traded to Charlotte) Read the rest of this entry »

2011 Draft: Enes Kanter Nike Summit Hoop Performance

In Draft on June 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm

A lot is being made of Enes Kanter’s 34 points and 13 rebounds in 24 minutes during the 2010 Nike Summit Hoop performance but here are a few other thoughts to bear in mind:

  • Enes Kanter is 6-11, 290lbs with a 7-1 wingspan. He has very good size and excellent strength for a center. He also has solid mobility but lacks explosiveness.
  • Team USA had only one legitimate sized center on it’s roster and he barely played.
  • Jared Sullinger — an undersized PF with deficient defensive skills and so-so athleticism — was tasked with matching up with Kanter most of the time. This created obvious mismatch (huge size advantage for Kanter) that Kanter could easily exploit.
  • Team USA’s coach forced his team to play zone defense as he has done for the last few years. This created numerous offensive rebounding opportunities for Kanter to exploit and exploit them he did. Kanter pulled down 8 offensive boards in just 24 minutes and scored numerous easy putbacks (no shot-blockers, undersized PF best big).

USA Team Roster

Pay attention to the lack of centers and how little playing time the only legitimate center on the roster received. This gifted Enes Kanter a huge matchup advantage.

Kyrie Irving (6ft 2in; St Patrick HS; Elizabeth, New Jersey)
Brandon Knight (6ft 3in; Pine Crest HS; Coral Springs, Florida)
Kendall Marshall (6ft 4in; Bishop O’Connell HS; Arlington, Virginia)
Will Barton (6ft 6in; Brewster Academy; Baltimore, Maryland)
Reggie Bullock (6ft 6in; Kinston HS, Kinston, North Carolina)
Harrison Barnes (6ft 8in; Ames HS; Ames, Iowa)

Tobias Harris (6ft 8in; Hal Hollow Hills West HS; Brookville, New York)
Terrence Jones (6ft 8in; Jefferson HS; Portland, Oregon)
Patrick Young (6ft 8in; Providence HS; Jacksonville, Florida)

Jared Sullinger (6ft 9in; Northland HS; Columbus, Ohio)
Meyers Leonard (7ft 0in; Robinson HS; Robinson, Illinois)

First Linkbox score

Second Link – The Painted Area has an excellent run-down on this game.

Some Game Footage

Additional Thoughts After Viewing Footage

  • Enes Kanter lacks explosive quickness and leaping ability.
  • It will be much more difficult for Kanter to create separation once matched against players his own size. Will lead to a lot of highly contested shots which will lead to lower shooting percentages for Kanter.
  • Does not look like he will develop into a 20ppg interior scorer. More mid-teens.
  • Kanter has poor defensive fundamentals and awareness
  • His aggressiveness on the boards is very impressive. Especially the offensive glass.
  • Looks like he’ll struggle defensively + with his scoring efficiency as he initially enters the NBA.


Okay, so to round things up, I just wanted to take a moment and highlight some of the warning signs in this game. Kanter has received a lot of plaudits for his huge performance but as we can easily see there are unusual circumstances here (the mismatch against Sullinger + zone defense) which helped Kanter greatly.

We do not have a lot of information to judge Kanter on. He didn’t play at all last season at Kentucky and doesn’t have much experience in Europe either. So with one performance meaning so much to his draft chances, it was worth checking it out and seeing what little gleams of information we could find.

Bismack Biyombo Drawing Pre-Draft Attention

In Draft on April 10, 2011 at 9:14 am

Great article by Ian Thomsen over at on the Nike Hoop Summit

Biyombo produced the first triple-double ever seen at the Nike Hoop Summit on Saturday, with 12 points (5-of-7 from the field), 11 rebounds and an astonishing 10 blocks in the World Select Team’s 92-80 loss to the U.S. Junior National Select Team.

The internationals arrived with more size, but the Americans performed as if they were the taller team thanks to their superior athleticism and teamwork. They’ve been playing together in international competitions, and their cohesion was intimidating from the opening minute. The World players were alarmed by the speed of the game and were forced to hurry their shots against the fast-closing American defenders. Read the rest of this entry »

Minnesota Signs Pekovic

In Draft, Free Agency on July 1, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Chad Ford reports

The Minnesota Timberwolves reached a verbal agreement on a three-year, $13 million contract with their 2008 second-round pick Nikola Pekovic, two league sources told’s Chad Ford.

Pekovic is a big, 6-foot-11 bruising center who has had an impressive career playing in Greece the past two seasons. Pekovic averaged 14.8 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game in 23 minutes per game for Panathinikos in Euroleague play last season. Read the rest of this entry »