When the Atlanta Hawks drafted Adreian Payne with the 15th overall pick, they helped the 23-year-old forward realize a life-long dream. I spoke with Payne earlier this summer, days before he headed out to Las Vegas to participate in his first NBA Summer League.
The NBA Draft is tonight and by now we've all heard and read about the top picks ad nauseum. But what about that next tier of prospects -- the dudes that won't hear their names called until Adam Silver hits double-digits?
The ping pong balls have had their say and although the draft order is set, the same can not be said about who each team plans on taking or if and picks will get traded. But if everything holds as it is, let's take a look at how the first ten picks should go.
This happens to be the most stacked and more importantly deep draft in a decade, so there's a good chance some of these players can make a difference.
The moribund Cavs have once again been given basketball's gift of gifts, winning the lottery for the third time in four years. And while they can choose between the supremely talented Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle, Joel Embiid is their best choice.
Since 1990, the NBA has been using a weighted lottery system, which gives the worst team in the league the best chance to land the No. 1 pick, but also gives others outside chances of landing it.
I looked back at the last 14 NBA Drafts and went pick-by-pick, 1-14, to determine the best and worst selections at each of those positions.
Joel Embiid, freshman center for the Kansas Jayhawks, has to be careful. Embiid is currently sidelined with a stress fracture in his back, and no one knows how long it will keep him off the court -- he may end up missing the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament. The 7-foot phenom is 19 years old with his entire basketball career ahead of him. Embiid, the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and a potential number one pick in June's NBA Draft, is stuck in a precarious situation. Right now, 10th-ranked Kansas is one of just a handful of teams capable of winning a national championship. Yet if Embiid returns to the game too soon, he risks damaging his back irreversibly.
There is no doubt that Melo is the Knicks best player, and I have been a huge proponent of his throughout his reign in the Big Apple. Yet, this is not a time for me and other Knicks fans to be sentimental... It's time to say goodbye.
Although everyone could theoretically have dreams of a title in 2014, it is clear that every NBA fan isn't actually hoping their team is successful in 2014. For fans of a few teams, the focus is already on the 2014 draft.
As an intern in the sports department, the youngest of all my colleagues, I was given the task to travel to the NBA Draft and give live coverage of the event. It was as if my editors knew my birthday (November 18th for those wondering) was too far away. So instead they gave me my gift a few months in advance.
Far too many college basketball players, especially players of color, leave college without an NBA contract and without another crucial ingredient for success: a college degree.
With June now upon us, the NBA Draft is suddenly just weeks away. That realization only means one thing for the hundred-some prospects currently vying to be selected by an NBA franchise on June 27: workouts, workouts and more workouts.
Below is my first round list, complete with team, fit & what they're most likely yearbook superlative would be. I apologize in advance.
Steven Adams, Pittsburgh, 7'0/250, Fr., C (Likely late 1st round) C.J. Aiken, St, Joseph's, 6'9/195, Jr., F (Likely undrafted) Anthony Bennett, U...
The World Team exhibited better team chemistry and passing, continually looking for the open man and the better shot. The USA relied too much on individual play on offense and had difficulty competing on the boards.