NBA Draft Articles

Tape Measure, Game Film, Common Sense

by Jonathan Tjarks

Dec 31, 2014 11:53 AM

Jabari Parker’s early success has a self-described facial coding expert taking a victory lap, but the the biggest market inefficiency was Dante Exum falling to No. 5, especially considering how well he'd fit with the Bucks. Read more »

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Breaking Down Protection Of 2015 NBA Draft Traded Picks

by Daniel Leroux

Oct 13, 2014 7:37 PM

While the concept of tanking gets plenty of ink, the NBA has a more specific problem in that vicinity due to the rules concerning pick protection. We detail the potential issues that could rear their head this season, ranked in order of overall impact. Read more »

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Team-By-Team Analysis Of The 2014 NBA Draft

by Jonathan Tjarks

Jun 27, 2014 12:36 PM

With the new CBA magnifying the importance of the draft and one of the most talented groups of prospects in recent years, what happened on Thursday night will have significant ramifications on the balance of power in the NBA for the next decade. Read more »

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Leroux's 2014 NBA Draft Review

by Daniel Leroux

Breaking down which teams had Great, Good, Enh and Bad drafts with Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid going in the top-3. Read more »
2014 NBA Draft: The Underrated

by Jonathan Tjarks

The key to finding sleepers once you are out of the lottery is identifying players with the ability to do multiple things, which allows them to impact the game without the ball in their hands. That means guys with the physical tools to be impact defenders or the all-around offensive games to contribute in a variety of roles on offense. Read more »
2014 NBA Draft: The Overrated

by Jonathan Tjarks

Doug McDermott, James Young, Jerami Grant, Mitch McGary and Cleanthony Early are five players we expect to be selected too early relative to the value of their contributions in the NBA. Read more »
Top-13 Of The 2014 NBA Draft

by Jonathan Tjarks

The 2014 class could end up rivaling 2003 based on its depth. If the Top 3 players in this year’s draft ever got on the same team, it would be something. Read more »
Draft Report: Aaron Gordon Of Arizona

by Jonathan Tjarks

Aaron Gordon might never be a guy who averages 18-20 points a game, but he does everything else on the court that helps you win. He’s the ultimate teammate, a guy who plays elite defense at multiple positions and moves the ball on offense. Read more »
The Tough Trade-Off

by Daniel Leroux

Specialists have recently had a bigger role in the NBA. An underlying factor behind these shifts could end up coming to the forefront with the 2014 draft class: the player’s impact has to be high enough to justify coaches and other players working around their flaws. Read more »
Marcus Smart: Why College Coaching Even Matters For Top-5 Picks

by Jonathan Tjarks

Marcus Smart just lived through the worst possible timeline at Oklahoma State, but he's an ideal player for a rebuilding team because he can be successful next to any type of guard. Read more »
Lottery Lowdown (Late-May Edition)

by Daniel Leroux

With the lottery out of the way, we can begin to examine which teams represent good and bad fits for the teams in a position to draft them. Read more »
Draft Report: Adreian Payne Of Michigan State

by Jonathan Tjarks

Adreian Payne is a stretch 4 with elite athleticism and prototype size for the position. He has a lot of Serge Ibaka in his game. Payne is one of the most complete big men in the country and his skill-set can improve every team in the league. Read more »
Quoting The NBA Combine

by Cameron Schott

NBA TV hosted a 2014 NBA Combine Special show on Wednesday, featuring interviews with some of the top prospects in this year’s class. The interviews conducted by Seth Davis and Steve Smith each lasted around five minutes but gave a better understanding of how each prospect can handle the attention off the court. Read more »
The Clowney Conundrum For The NBA

by Jonathan Tjarks

If a player like Jadaveon Clowney was in the NBA draft, there is little chance he would go No. 1 overall. When it comes to evaluating prospects, NFL teams don't seem to be as much in the thrall of individual statistics Read more »
Notes From The 2014 Nike Hoop Summit

by Christopher Reina

Five bigs with radically divergent styles could conceivably become the top-five picks of the 2015 NBA Draft, though it was a big point guard that had the best individual performance at the Nike Hoop Summit. Read more »
Draft Report: Joel Embiid Of Kansas

by Jonathan Tjarks

Unless you have LeBron James or Kevin Durant, you're not getting anywhere without a good center. Joel Embiid is the one guy from this class who brings instant credibility to the team that drafts him. Read more »
Aquille Carr's Second Chance

by Shams Charania

Upon his release from the D-League, Aquille Carr started a purifying process around him, eliminating distractions and creating a gym regimen. Read more »
All Stars Must Pass

by Jonathan Tjarks

If Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker aren’t scoring, they have a hard time impacting the game. While they were eliminated, Julius Randle is in the Sweet 16 thanks to his career-high six assists against Wichita State. Read more »
2014 First Round Picks (Which Teams Own The Picks?)

by Daniel Leroux

While RealGM has an excellent database of the draft picks that have been traded between teams, we wanted to put together a summary more focused on the upcoming draft. Read more »
The Development Of Big Men Prospects

by Jonathan Tjarks

Julius Randle and Isaiah Austin are still 7-8 years away from the prime of their careers. Randle is better equipped to physically dominate undermanned opponents, but there aren’t many of those guys at the next level. And while he is the safer bet right now, that doesn’t mean it’s a guarantee. Young big men don’t necessarily develop on a straight line. Read more »