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Jon Isaac Pursuing Entering Draft Straight From Prep School

Feb 8, 2016 1:16 PM

Jon Isaac will explore declaring for the 2016 NBA Draft directly from prep school.

Isaac is a 6'10 small forward from IMG Academy and expects to take advantage of a new rule allowing prospects to enter the NBA Draft and return to college if they don't feel good about their projected draft position.

Isaac, 18, and IMG officials expect that he’ll be eligible for the 2016 NBA draft because he started high school in 2011.

Isaac is ranked No. 9 overall in the incoming 2016 class and is a Florida State commit.

Pete Thamel/Sports Illustrated

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January PER Of Top-12 Prospects For 2016 NBA Draft

Feb 4, 2016 12:37 PM

The following are the month-by-month PER of the current top-12 prospects of the 2016 NBA Draft.

Overall PER / January PER / December PER / November PER

Ben Simmons: 28.5 / 25.8 / 35.3 / 27.0

Brandon Ingram: 23.1 / 23.9 / 29.7 / 16.4

Skal Labissiere: 17.2 / 16.0 / 7.4 / 23.1

Dragan Bender: 13.4 / -7.0 / 15.3 / 18.0

Jaylen Brown: 19.0 / 21.7 / 12.8 / 21.9

Kris Dunn: 24.8 / 20.9 / 29.0 / 30.1

Jamal Murray: 17.6 / 19.8 / 15.1 / 16.0

Henry Ellenson: 19.4 / 18.6 / 23.7 / 18.0

Jakob Poeltl: 29.1 / 24.5 / 29.1 / 36.9

Cheick Diallo: 19.6 / 17.8 / 21.7 / NA

Diamond Stone: 27.7 / 26.4 / 33.0 / 21.5

Ivan Rabb: 23.0 / 19.3 / 23.4 / 29.6

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Withdrawal Date For NBA Draft Pushed Back

Jan 14, 2016 1:21 AM

The NCAA Division I council has agreed to push back the date when men's basketball players must remove their names from the NBA draft until late May.

The decision goes into effect this year.

The rule change reverses a 2009 decision that had moved the date to the day before the spring signing period in early April.


This move allows players more time to gather information before making a decision.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

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Klay Thompson Expected To Be Picked By Bucks In 2011

Jan 8, 2016 12:41 PM

Klay Thompson expected to be drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2011 NBA Draft.

The Bucks picked one spot ahead of the Golden State Warriors at No. 10.

"Honestly, I thought I was going to go to Milwaukee," said Thompson. "They told me they really liked me, and they needed a wing. When they traded their pick, I was kind of nervous in the draft. I said, “Oh, shoot. These guys said they really liked me, and I thought I was going there at No. 10.” But it just really worked out that Golden State took me."

The Bucks traded the pick to the Sacramento Kings, who picked Jimmer Fredette while they ended up with Tobias Harris at No. 19.

Tim Bontemps/Washington Post

Tags: Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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December PER Of Top-10 2016 NBA Draft Prospects

Dec 31, 2015 11:56 AM

The following are the month-by-month PER of the current top-10 prospects of the 2016 NBA Draft.

Overall PER / December PER / November PER

Ben Simmons: 31.0 / 35.3 / 27.0

Brandon Ingram: 23.7 / 29.7 / 16.4

Skal Labissiere: 17.6 / 7.4 / 23.1

Dragan Bender: 13.1 / 15.3 / 18.0

Jaylen Brown: 16.8 / 12.8 / 21.9

Kris Dunn: 29.1 / 27.3 / 30.0

Jamal Murray: 15.6 / 15.1 / 16.0

Henry Ellenson: 21.0 / 23.7 / 18.0

Jakob Poeltl: 32.5 / 29.1 / 36.9

Cheick Diallo: 21.7 / 21.7 / NA

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LeBron Okay With Ben Simmons' Comparisons

Dec 5, 2015 4:01 PM

Ben Simmons has been compared to LeBron James with his abilities as a passer despite having the height of a forward.

James doesn't mind the comparison.

"I don't mind it," James said Friday. "Someone's going to be compared to someone all the time, and I don't mind him being compared to me. People not only recognizing what he does on the floor, but he's a great kid, too. He has a great family, great support system, and that's why he's able to do what he [does] on the floor."

"He's one of the best players in the world that's played the game," Simmons said in an interview with ESPN. "I just try to take little parts of his game and put it into mine. His size is one of the things that I look at. I'm 6-10, and he's right at 6-8 or 6-9, and I just try and fit what he does into my game."

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: Ben Simmons, LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, LSU Tigers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Discussions On Lottery Reform Unlikely Before CBA Talks Open

Dec 4, 2015 7:13 PM

The NBA is unlikely to have another discussion of lottery reform until the next session of collective bargaining in 2016 or 2017.

Last fall, Adam Silver submitted a proposal that would have flattened the lottery odds but it was voted down by 12 teams voting with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Oklahoma City Thunder were among the teams to lead a behind-the-scenes lobbying effort.

The fear was small market teams would be at a disadvantage to tanking for a high draft pick.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

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Draft Express Moves Ben Simmons To No. 1, Brandon Ingram To No. 2

Dec 4, 2015 12:09 PM

Draft Express has moved Ben Simmons to the top position in their mock draft for 2016 while Brandon Ingram moved up to second and Skal Labissiere dropped to third.

Labissiere had been in the first slot in the Draft Express mock draft since April.

Dragan Bender is currently No. 4 with Jaylen Brown rounding out the top-5.

Kris Dunn, Jamal Murray, Henry Ellenson, Jakob Poeltl and Cheick Diallo rank 6th through 10th.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Tags: Skal Labissiere, Brandon Ingram, Ben Simmons, Duke Blue Devils, Kentucky Wildcats, LSU Tigers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Mock Drafts

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Celtics Tried To Use Hornets' No. 9 Pick To Trade Up With Knicks To No. 4

Dec 1, 2015 11:23 AM

In last year's draft, the Boston Celtics initially pursued a trade for the Charlotte Hornets' No. 9 pick with the idea of sending it to the Knicks, along with Boston's No. 15 pick to move up to No. 4.

The Celtics were targeting Justise Winslow at No. 4, just as they were at No. 9.

Charlotte refused the pitches from the Celtics and ended up taking Frank Kaminsky, while Kristaps Porzingis went No. 4 overall to the Knicks.

The Miami Heat selected Winslow with the 10th overall pick.

"We listened," Steve Mills says. "But we were never close."

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Justise Winslow, Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Kaminsky, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Ben Simmons Considered Consensus No. 1 Prospect For 2016

Nov 24, 2015 12:46 PM

Ben Simmons ranks No. 1 on ESPN's Big Board for the 2016 NBA Draft.

"Anyone that doesn't have Simmons No. 1 [on their draft board] should be fired," one longtime GM with a great draft track record told ESPN on Monday.

Fifty-one NBA scouts and execs attended Simmons' game in Brooklyn on Monday in which he had 21 points, 20 rebounds and seven assists.

"You don't find players his size, with his elite athletic ability that see the game the way he sees the game," one GM said. "He's unselfish to a fault. He's always trying to make the right play. And he's just scratching the surface. Look at how the other freshmen are faring right now. It takes a while to adjust. What does his box score start looking like when he adjusts?"

The main concern with Simmons is his jumper and whether that may make a team pass on him at No. 1 was asked.

"Not a chance," one GM said. "He does everything else well. He's not a bad shooter. It won't stop anyone from taking him No. 1."

Skal Labissiere, Dragan Bender and Jaylen Brown could all compete for the No. 1 spot.

"Towns, Mudiay and Porzingis were always in the mix last year," one GM said. "There was plenty of debate. There just isn't any real debate with my scouts about Simmons right now. He's way ahead of those guys. He's going to have to struggle and those guys are going to have to get a lot better."

Labissiere has ranked No. 1 on the Draft Express' Big Board since last April.


Chad Ford/ESPN

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No. 5 Recruit Malik Monk Commits To Kentucky
Malik Monk is a 6'3 shooting guard and an electrifying athlete.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Harry Giles Commits To Duke
Harry Giles will have the chance to play with Jayson Tatum, who is ESPN's No. 2 recruit.

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

Harry Giles Tears ACL In Right Knee
Harry Giles is considered the top recruit of the 2016 incoming freshman class.

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

Skal Labissiere Cleared By NCAA To Play For Kentucky
Skal Labissiere is projected as a top-3 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Ben Simmons Has 41.5-Inch Vertical During LSU's Combine
Ben Simmons has also added 11 pounds since late June.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Skal Labissiere Hasn't Been Cleared To Play For Kentucky
Skal Labissiere is expected to be one of the first three picks of the 2016 NBA Draft.

Jeff Goodman, Jeff Borzello/ESPN

ESPN Gives 28 Five-Star Grades To Class Of 2016
Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, Dennis Smith Jr. and Malik Monk are in ESPN's top-five.

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

Dunc'd On Pod: Mike Schmitz of DraftExpress On 2016, 2017 Draft Prospects
Nate Duncan is joined by Mike Schmitz of DraftExpress to introduce listeners to key 2016 and 2017 NBA draft prospects, including Skal Labissiere, Ben Simmons, Jaylen Brown, Brandon Ingram, Harry Giles and Dennis Smith.

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Simmons, Labissiere, Jaylen Brown Comprise Ford's Top-3 For 2016
Chad Ford reports that several general managers claim Ben Simmons would have been their choice for the first overall pick in 2015 had he been eligible.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Celtics Were Unsuccessful No. 4-No. 9 On Trading Up For Justise Winslow
Danny Ainge said the Celtics were "probably offering too much" to trade into the lottery despite having all of their attempts turned down.

Jay King/Boston Herald

Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast: 2015 NBA Draft Review
Nate Duncan and Daniel Leroux of RealGM review the NBA Draft, going through the entire first round in order while also discussing trades and their favorite second round selections.

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Mudiay Believes Injury Had More Impact On Draft Stock Than Playing Overseas
Emmanuel Mudiay was once considered a potential top overall pick in this draft class.

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Knicks Trade Tim Hardaway Jr. To Hawks For Jerian Grant
Jerian Grant will join the Knicks with the 19th pick.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Towns, Russell, Okafor Headline 2015 NBA Draft
The Wolves opened the 2015 NBA Draft by selecting Karl-Anthony Towns out of Kentucky.

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Lakers Privately Worked Out Karl-Anthony Towns
The Lakers didn't publicize the Karl-Anthony Towns' workout as they did for other prospects.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Wolves Decide To Select Karl-Anthony Towns At No. 1
The Wolves have long been expected to select Karl-Anthony Towns with the first overall pick and they've made their decision.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Lakers Believed To Be Leaning Towards D'Angelo Russell
Jahlil Okafor's second predraft workout was a drop-off from the first while D'Angelo Russell's perimeter shooting was impressive in his follow-up.

Kevin Ding/Bleacher Report

Teams Feel Mario Hezonja's Camp Trying To Get Him To Pistons
Mario Hezonja is represented by Arn Tellem, who recently was hired by the Pistons for an executive position effective on Aug. 1.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Celtics Prepared To Trade Up With 76ers If Jahlil Okafor Slips
The Celtics have a considerable numbers of assets to make trading up to No. 3 viable.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Cameron Payne Felt He Proved Enough During Pacers' Workout
Cameron Payne worked out for just four teams, while meeting with another, leading up to the NBA Draft.

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