NBA Draft Articles

North Carolina's New Reality Without Future Lottery Picks

by Jonathan Tjarks

Jan 27, 2016 2:48 PM

Roy Williams has had to take a different tack when it comes to recruiting. He's still bringing in McDonald's All-Americans but he's no longer getting the guys whom NBA scouts have been salivating over since high school. This year's team is the perfect example. Read more »

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College Basketball Finding Parity Without Elite Big Men

by Jonathan Tjarks

Jan 20, 2016 4:00 PM

There's a reason there's less excitement about the draft in NBA front offices than there has been in some time and it's tied directly to parity. There aren't any great big men out there and the returns on this year's lottery don'tt project to be nearly as high as they were a year ago. Read more »

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The Mystery Boxes Of Highly Rated Draft Prospects With Limited Minutes

by Jonathan Tjarks

Jan 14, 2016 3:02 PM

At this point, NBA people would probably prefer if Cheikh Diallo and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk go back to school, but a weak draft means they might still be able to secure first-round contracts worth millions of dollars without ever getting much playing time at Kansas. Read more »

Tags: Cheick Diallo, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Kansas Jayhawks, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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How The Hawks' Draft Decisions Are Undermining Their Run

by Jonathan Tjarks

The Spurs never forget the importance of the draft and never let competing for championships distract them from the task of building for the future. The same can't be said for the Hawks and that's where the real concern about the long-term success of the franchise comes in. Read more »
Ten Takeaways From North Carolina-Maryland

by Jonathan Tjarks

On Melo Trimble, Marcus Paige, Justin Jackson, Robert Carter III as small-ball 5, Diamond Stone needing more time, Theo Pinson and more. Read more »
Top-10 College Basketball Games For November, December

by Jonathan Tjarks

How the top prospects perform against other top prospects will tell us a lot more about their games than the type of statistics they rack up against Directional U. Read more »
Unearthing 3-And-D Wings Late In The Draft

by Jonathan Tjarks

What Danuel House and Dorian Finney-Smith have in common are physical tools and a skill-set that could allow them to carve out a long career in the NBA as 3-and-D wings. Read more »
Older Center Prospects Can Be The Exception To The Rule

by Jonathan Tjarks

You have to throw out the stats and focus on skill-set with a player like A.J. Hammons, who is too good of an interior defender and too good of an offensive player to not have a 10+ year career in the NBA. Read more »
Cliff Alexander And NBA Teams Being Saved From Themselves

by Jonathan Tjarks

Guys like Cliff Alexander are why the one-and-done rule exists and they are why the NBA is going to fight to extend it to two seasons during the next CBA. Read more »
2016 Pick Protection Primer

by Danny Leroux

There are nine traded first rounders for 2016 with pick protections that will be determined by regular season records next season. Read more »
Four Notes Following The Draft

by Brett Koremenos

On the value of late first round picks, Mason Plumlee's new home, no more excuses for the Wolves and three picks finding perfect homes. Read more »
Top-12 NBA Draft Review

by Jonathan Tjarks

Here's some (admittedly long-winded) thoughts about what the Wolves, Lakers, 76ers, Knicks, Magic, Kings, Nuggets, Pistons, Hornets, Heat, Pacers and Jazz did in the top-12. Read more »
Ten Intriguing Undrafted Prospects

by Cameron Schott

Going undrafted gives a player the chance to choose his future team based on the situation and fit. While there are plenty of undrafted players that may surprise, here are ten in particular that could make an NBA roster next season. Read more »
Leroux's 2015 NBA Draft Review

by Danny Leroux

Great drafts for the Nuggets, Wolves, Heat, 76ers and Raptors; good drafts for the Bulls, Magic, Pacers, Thunder, Warriors, Rockets and Celtics, along with teams having enh and bad drafts. Read more »
NBA 2015 Draft Comparison Guides

by Christopher Reina

Comparisons of draft prospects to current NBA players is always an inexact science, but these projections are a combination of statistical profiles from when the NBA players were at a similar age and from stylistic similarities. Read more »
Leroux's 2015 NBA Draft Preview

by Danny Leroux

While this draft class does not have any super-high end guys (think the best player on a title team), it should produce a nice amount of starters and high rotation players that help make the league more enjoyable top to bottom. Read more »
Draft Report: Frank Kaminsky Of Wisconsin

by Christopher Reina

There's been a growing belief that the NBA has finally moved to a place where a long, skinny, agile four-year late blooming senior can become a starter-quality player. With the right situation, Frank Kaminsky can surely become a useful player with where the league has gone, but he doesn't have the talent to thrive anywhere. Read more »
Sights And Sounds Of 2015 NBA Draft Media Availability

by Andrew Perna

Trey Lyles on sacrificing to win, the NBA's methods of testing mental aptitude, Cameron Payne under the radar, positionless basketball and more from Wednesday's media availability. Read more »
Draft Report: Stanley Johnson Of Arizona

by Christopher Reina

Stanley Johnson can score in a multitude of ways with his blend of strength and quickness from the wing. Johnson has the mentality and body of a big to pair with the traditional skill-set of a wing with his perimeter shooting. Read more »
Draft Report: Willie Cauley-Stein Of Kentucky

by Christopher Reina

Willie Cauley-Stein has a transcendent, on-trend, NBA-ready skill and can transform a team's defensive identity immediately. Read more »
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