Dec 22, 2013 2:38 PM EST
The 2013 NBA Draft class is looking like one of the least talented in recent memory.
Beyond the struggles of Anthony Bennett, who was selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers, there are very few starter quality players. Others, such as Nerlens Noel and Alex Len, have been injured.
"It's very early, but right now, he's looking like the worst in the past 20 years," said Chad Ford about Bennett. "That includes Greg Oden. Oden was injured all the time, but when he played, he at least looked like a No. 1 pick."
The Cavaliers shocked nearly the entire NBA by taking Bennett first.
"Really, only Victor Oladipo and Michael Carter-Williams are proving to be valuable starters at the moment," said Ford. "A few others like Trey Burke, Mason Plumlee, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Steven Adams have been solid. Giannis Antetokounmpo looks like he might be a big star down the road. But all of those players except Oladipo weren't even in the conversation for the No. 1 pick."
Ford believes Bennett could become an important player even if he never lives up to top billing.
"I think he and the Cavs need to swallow their pride, go to the D-League, get his confidence back, get him back in playing shape and then give him a fresh start. The talent is there. I didn't think he was the No. 1 pick, but I do think he was very talented. He's going to be better than this."
Dec 21, 2013 3:39 PM EST
North Carolina will not seek reinstatement for P.J. Hariston.
Roy Williams described the decision as "probably the most difficult and saddest thing I've gone through as a head coach."
Hairston and his family released a statement through an attorney Friday afternoon that said UNC's decision did not sit well with them.
"We are displeased with the University of North Carolina's decision not to submit the necessary paperwork to the NCAA requesting to have P.J. reinstated," the statement said. "This process has been long, and for (it) to end without having a final decision from the governing body is a shame. Ultimately this affects P.J., and his eligibility to play Division 1 colligate (sic) basketball for the remainder of this season, as well as next season."
Hairston had been practicing with UNC and has been on the bench for every home game. Williams previously noted he had been "the most dominating player on the perimeter in practice that I've ever coached."
Dec 19, 2013 4:36 PM EST
Dante Exum is widely expected to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft, but he still intends to setup college visits.
Exum will visit Indiana, North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan and Oregon.
Exum will be one of the top picks should he declare.
Exum is finishing his senior year of high school in Australia.
Dec 17, 2013 11:30 AM EST
With Jabari Parker continuing to produce at a high level, while Andrew Wiggins struggles to sustain aggressiveness, scouts are beginning to switch to Parker as their favorite to be selected first overall.
"He has a high basketball IQ," writes Ford. "He can play multiple positions on the floor, and his lack of elite defensive abilities combined with the occasional struggle against long, athletic defenders are the only real knocks on him at the moment."
Parker could likely become the focal point of his NBA team's offense, while Wiggins would need to grow into that role. Wiggins is expected to eventually become one of the NBA's best two-way players due to his high potential on defense.
Dec 14, 2013 1:16 PM EST
The Phoenix Suns are looking to trade one or more draft picks in the 2014 NBA Draft for a proven star player who can make an immediate impact.
The Suns will have as many as four picks in June's draft and are not placing them off limits in potential trades.
“I think one of the things that’s important for people to realize is that we may not draft four players even if we have four picks,” Ryan McDonough said. “Our preference would probably be to maybe package a few of them. We’re obviously all looking for stars and we feel like we can put together a package as good, if not better, than any other team in the league if and when a star becomes available.
"That’s kind of generally what we’ve wanted to do, not only with our draft-pick situation but also with the cap space that we’ve acquired.”
Dec 03, 2013 10:40 AM EST
Dante Exum is scheduling meetings with several prominent agents over the next month in Australia as it becomes increasingly clear he will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.
"I want to make a decision by February," Exum told the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday. "It shouldn't be too hard [a decision] to make."
Exum is widely expected to be a top-4 pick in the draft should he declare and he has an outside chance of going as high as first overall.
There has been a chance that Exum would come to the United States for a season of college basketball.
Dec 02, 2013 11:24 AM EST
Dante Exum is a probable top-4 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft should he declare himself eligible.
''The hype is valid because of the excellent character that he has,'' Ginninderra coach Jason Denley said.
''To be honest, I haven't been thinking about it too much,'' Exum said. ''I am back home but my mum is still in Singapore, so she is going to head back soon. After that I will make my decision with my whole family.
''I want to get it done by February. It shouldn't be too hard [a decision] to make. But I just want to make sure I use my time right so I make the right decision.''
Exum had a highly impressive performance at the FIBA under-19 world championships in the summer.
''There has been a lot of hype but I have kind of been undercover being in Australia,'' Exum said.''I don't mind it and I have adjusted well to it.''
Nov 27, 2013 3:00 PM EST
Ron Baker is the leading scorer on the No. 12 ranked Wichita State Shockers and is becoming a more highly regarded NBA prospect.
Baker is a 6'3, redshirt sophomore combo guard.
"Myself and a lot of NBA scouts are very high on Wichita State's Ron Baker," wrote Chad Ford. "He's sitting in the 40s on our Big Board right now, but the more I watch him play and the more I talk with scouts, I think he ends up as a potential first rounder -- especially if scouts are convinced he can play the point in the NBA."
Nov 27, 2013 1:58 PM EST
Andrew Wiggins has the highest offensive rating among potential No. 1 picks at 134.2, according to data from KenPom.com.
Jabari Parker ranks second at 125.4, followed by Julius Randle (118.3) and Marcus Smart (116.9).
Nov 20, 2013 12:30 PM EST
Rodney Hood has had an excellent start to his sophomore season, averaging 21.8 points on 72.3 percent shooting from the floor and 72.7 percent shooting from distance.
Hood, a 6'8 small forward, began his college career at Mississippi State and transferred to Duke in 2012, sitting out last season.
"Scouts all morning say he’s a lottery pick," wrote Chad Ford.
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