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2014 First Round Picks (Which Teams Own The Picks?)

While RealGM has an excellent database of the draft picks that have been traded between teams, I wanted to put together a summary more focused on the upcoming draft. For the sake of clarity, this version will only deal with the first round.

Atlanta Hawks- Have the right to swap their own pick with Brooklyn’s. At this point, it appears Atlanta will just keep their own and move on.

Boston Celtics- Have their own first and the less favorable of Atlanta and Brooklyn, likely Brooklyn right now. They have a future first from the Sixers as well, but it only goes this year if Philadelphia makes the playoffs. We all know that will not happen.

Brooklyn Nets- No matter what, they lose their pick without getting one in return.

Charlotte Bobcats- Their own first goes to Chicago as long as the Bobcats stay remotely on track (top-10 protected) but they pick up Portland’s unless the Blazers effectively lose out. The lingering question is Detroit- if the pick is 1-8, the Pistons keep it but if it’s 9th or worse it goes to Charlotte. My gut feeling is that once Detroit knows they will not make the playoffs we will see a push to the bottom reminiscent of the 2012 Warriors.

Chicago Bulls- Have their own pick and Charlotte’s unless the Bobcats collapse. The Sacramento pick they acquired in the Luol Deng trade is top-12 protected so it will not come this year.

Cleveland Cavaliers- Have their own pick free and clear and no other first rounders.

Dallas Mavericks- One of the more interesting situations in the league. By having top-20 protection on their pick (it goes to Oklahoma City if it falls 21-30 this year), the Mavs could lose their pick if they make the playoffs. Right now, the bottom seeds in the West look to be about even with the 3-4 spots in the East, so it could go either way.

Denver Nuggets- They keep the better of their pick and New York’s, sending the worse one to Orlando.

Detroit Pistons- Keep their pick if it is eighth or better, otherwise it goes to Charlotte. I fully expect them to understand the incentives and lose enough to retain it.

Golden State Warriors- Their first goes to Utah no matter what.

Houston Rockets- Have their own pick free and clear and no other first rounders.

Indiana Pacers- Their pick is going to Phoenix as a part of the Luis Scola trade from last summer.

Los Angeles Clippers- Have their own pick free and clear and no other first rounders.

Los Angeles Lakers- Have their own pick free and clear and no other first rounders.

Memphis Grizzlies- Have their own pick free and clear and no other first rounders.

Miami Heat- Have their own pick free and clear and no other first rounders.

Milwaukee Bucks- Have their own pick free and clear and no other first rounders.

Minnesota Timberwolves- The pick is top-13 protected, meaning they have to make the postseason or have the best record of any non-playoff team to send it to Phoenix. At this point, it looks like the pick will be No. 13 and thus the Wolves will keep it.

New Orleans Pelicans- Their pick goes to Philadelphia unless it lands in the top-five. It will be hard for the Pelicans to jump enough of the teams “ahead” of them, but they still have a shot of jumping them in the lottery itself.

New York Knicks- They lose their pick no matter what, though the destination could change.

Oklahoma City Thunder- They have their own pick and get Dallas’ first if it ends up between 21 and 30, certainly a possibility.

Orlando Magic- Retain their own pick and get the less favorable of Denver and New York’s selections. This could end up swinging on whether the Knicks can make the playoffs- if they do, the pick falls a few spots to No. 15.

Philadelphia 76ers- They keep their own pick as long as they miss the playoffs (just a formality at this point) and pick up one from New Orleans as long as it falls outside the top five.

Phoenix Suns- They have their own pick and Indiana’s on lock and appear likely to pick up Washington’s since the Wizards should make the playoffs. Minnesota’s pick has top-13 protection, so I expect the Suns to only end up with three this year.

Portland Trail Blazers- Their pick is going to Charlotte unless the Blazers have a truly epic collapse.

Sacramento Kings- Their pick has top-12 protection, so the Kings look like they will keep it even if they rattle off some late-season wins.

San Antonio Spurs- Have their own pick free and clear and no other first rounders.

Toronto Raptors- Have their own pick free and clear and no other first rounders.

Utah Jazz- They have both their own pick and Golden State’s.

Washington Wizards- They will send their pick to Phoenix barring a major letdown.

Leandro Barbosa Overcame Doubts He'd Play Again Before Speedy ACL Comeback

Before an unprecedented eight-month return from surgery for a torn left anterior cruciate ligament and into a professional basketball game, Leandro Barbosa remembers sitting in the Boston locker room reeling with devastation, wondering how his body could betray him when those Celtics needed him so desperately without Rajon Rondo.

First major injury of his career, rigorous rehabilitation awaited, and Barbosa asked himself over and over those hours, those days after trainers disclosed his fate: Will I ever make it back to playing basketball – let alone in the NBA – from this?

“I did have doubts,” Barbosa, 31, told RealGM. “Many times. Many times. It was frustrating, and tough too. Rehab is a slow process, and you’ve got to be patient. It was tough for me because I wanted to play, and I couldn’t.”

Barbosa had torn his ACL last February, a staggering blow to a player who had finally begun to find a standing within his new team’s rotation. Adjusting to the Celtics’ schemes took time, but everyone noticed him gathering momentum in an increased role.

Forty points in three games, three consecutive Boston wins, and suddenly, the season ended for Barbosa in Charlotte three games later, the Celtics dumped his salary as part of a trade with the Washington Wizards, and an unrelenting career was placed on hold.

People around Barbosa had remained in his ear, and they stressed one aspect over all else: Stay patient. Barbosa was always known as persistent and constant on the court and energetic away from it. He knew escaping the NBA’s tantalizing product, escaping all its free agency noise, would allow a flourishing recovery, and so he went home to Brazil for the summer.

Five months into Barbosa’s rehab, the shooting, the cutting, already started, and it was only a matter of another month until he regained the most natural of moves. As superstar players applied supreme caution healing from significant knee surgeries, Barbosa was steadfast and sought an unconventional technique – training with Brazilian soccer players, consuming their conditioning exercises.

In his mind, Barbosa believed his knee had been fit to sign in the NBA prior to the season. Problem was no one else believed, too. Teams were unsure, and they wanted to test the legitimacy of this uncanny recuperation.

So Barbosa understood, joined a Brazilian club in November for exposure, and averaged 21 points and shot 48 percent to affirm everyone his knee checked out healthy.

“The Brazil people did a great job and they made a good team for my rehab,” Barbosa says. “The league in Brazil helped me out to lose the scare too. The guys I was working with, they worked really well in my head. They said everything was going to be all right. They calmed me. They did a great job.

“And finally, I was back playing basketball.”

When he looks back, Barbosa recollects his first few steps in the gym after receiving clearance from his doctor. No padding, no ancillary body equipment to protect that knee.

“When the doctor said, ‘You can go and play,’ I just went no brace,” Barbosa says. “When you put a brace, you feel insecure, and that’s not good.”

Nothing changed once he returned to the Phoenix Suns in January, signing for the entire season after two 10-day contracts expired. He’s no longer a Sixth Man of the Year and still lacks sharpness in his jump shot, but the “Blur” hasn’t lost his speed, nor his fluidity for the sport.

Barbosa knows the Suns weren’t always interested in partnering again, and the Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls had long shown the most intrigue of all, but injury to Eric Bledsoe opened an old door and made the choice simple. Even still, Barbosa is a fan favorite in Phoenix, a remembrance to those run-and-gun contending teams with Mike D’Antoni and Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire.

“Phoenix was the best idea for me,” Barbosa says. “I know the fans love me, and I love the fans. Great city, great organization. The Suns have a good team of rehab, so I thought it was going to be a great opportunity for me, especially for my knee. They’ve been taking care of me well.”

The season had finally been coming together for Barbosa a year ago, a turn of the corner into becoming the lively scorer he’d been everywhere. Except what awaited him was a buckled knee, a season lost, and surgery last March. Out of nowhere, he was in a pro regular season contest eight months later, harmonizing his game and body for the NBA.

Out of his own doubts, Leandro Barbosa is back.

Surgical Advances, Rehab Progress Give Eric Bledsoe Hope In Full Recovery

Doctors had come to him in early January with news his knee needed surgery, and Eric Bledsoe reacted like any young star stripped of grasping the frame of his upside, questioning the next avenues in procedure. Bledsoe ultimately understood surgery was a must and closely inspected other victims of a torn meniscus in the knee, particularly his close friend LeBron James’ teammate, Dwyane Wade.

He heard all about Wade’s belief that removing his meniscus, as a collegiate star at Marquette in 2002, has slowly deteriorated health in his left knee, but Bledsoe was confident of one momentous difference between his surgery and the one Wade had: cutting-edge technology. This is a progressive age of surgical jobs and an enhanced day in comeback stories, doctors assured him.

“I thought about Dwyane and a lot of players, but technology is way more advanced than it was back then,” Bledsoe told RealGM. “I just got to keep rehabbing and keep staying with the program. If it’s possible, I’ll be back, but for the most part I’m going to take it a day at a time.”

Beyond lowering swelling in his right knee, Bledsoe has been regulated to range of motion drills. After his surgery on Jan. 10, the Phoenix Suns released they expect Bledsoe to attempt a comeback in the season’s second half, and yet he hasn’t set a target date.

For Bledsoe, there was surprise to injuring himself against the Los Angeles Clippers, failing to realize the depth to which he hurt himself until receiving a complete examination days later. Now, Phoenix provides him warm rehabilitating conditions, one of the remarkably praised training staffs in the NBA, and a Suns franchise devoted to bringing him back in the condition he left the game.

“Rehab is going great,” Bledsoe said. “I’m still doing the basics, not doing too much. For the most part, I’m feeling great. When and if I do get back, I’m going to work my way in and fit in with the system. I’m going to play my game and get my rhythm back.”

Jeff Hornacek understood his locker room would absorb initial disappointment when Bledsoe was ruled out indefinitely, but for them to maintain a postseason seed in the Western Conference is a testament to his system and unheralded players up and down the roster in Gerald Green and P.J. Tucker, Channing Frye and Ish Smith. “Coach lets us play and he guides us,” Goran Dragic said.

And out of all the snubs people talk about for the Rising Stars game at All-Star Weekend, Miles Plumlee had the strongest case: a starting center in his second year, averaging nearly 10 points, nine rebounds and 51 percent shooting on a playoff contending team – in the West.

Winning consistently alleviates the dismay of missing all these games, and traveling on the Suns’ road trip to the East had been an easy decision for Bledsoe. He’s taken back to his freshman season at Kentucky, when teammates acted familial around each other, and compares these Suns to the tightness of that group.

“No question it’s tough sitting, but everybody is doing a great job,” Bledsoe said. “Every night, guys coming in and putting us in the best position to win, and Goran’s doing a great job of leading the team. We have a good group of guys here.” 

Even in private moments now, Bledsoe won’t reveal whether he had his meniscus removed or repaired. “I’ll let you know five years from now,” Bledsoe says smiling. For a guard with his explosion, a repair procedure of the meniscus part would bring long-term benefits, extending health on the back end of his career. It’s the route so many others in his position take now.

Here’s a 24-year-old, though, with tremendous earning potential in the offseason, and he could very well be motivated by returning as soon as the removal surgery permits, by proving his worth before free agency. No matter: The Suns believe in Bledsoe – the player who averaged 18 points and six assists through two months and the astute person – and the front office has made clear it will match any offer someone could give him in July.

Bledsoe admits, “It’s great to hear,” Robert Sarver and Ryan McDonough publicly stating the organization’s investment in his future. Sure, they all contemplated how past and present players had attributed their careers eroding with meniscus surgery. Yet, Eric Bledsoe understands everything’s vastly changed in the medical field, state of the art procedures giving him optimism he knows Dwyane Wade lacked 12 years ago.

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2013-14 NBA Season Preview

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The NBA's Mediocrity Treadmill Since 84-85

The treadmill is somehow both more and less common than some might think. While teams tend to fall within the 30-49 win range, as would be expected in such a competitive league, the dreaded never-ending stream of late lottery picks is uncommon.

Grading The Deal: Pacers Trade For Luis Scola

Adding Luis Scola to a team that expects to compete for an NBA title over the next few seasons is a nice move, but it becomes even better when you consider the price the Pacers paid for him.

Suns Rebuilding With New Wave GM

While itís far too soon to draw any conclusions about Ryan McDonough, the early returns are very good. For the first time in a very long while, thereís reason for optimism surrounding the Suns.

2013 NBA Mock Draft (Final Edition)

Draft day has finally arrived and while everyone pines for the 2014 class already, this one has the chance to be sneaky good in the 'many quality starters' variety.

2013 NBA Mock Draft (Wednesday/Quality Of Opp. Edition)

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The Eliminated (Western Conference Teams)

Two playoff teams from a season ago (Mavericks, Jazz) joined repeat lottery clubs such as the Suns, Hornets/Pelicans, Blazers, Wolves and Kings.

Aging Off The Cliff

There was only so long Mavericks and Suns could paper over their inability to find and develop young talent. This season, those chickens have come home to roost. With the importance of the draft magnified by the new CBA, both teams have to turn some draft picks into home runs.

Grading The Deal: Thomas Robinson Traded To Rockets

The Rockets were expecting a quiet deadline, but then got the festivities started by acquiring Thomas Robinson in a six-player deal and clearing Marcus Morris for a second round pick.

Big Men Injuries

We may have reached the natural end-point in terms of how big someone can be and stay healthy over the course of an 82-game NBA season. Bynum and Howard will be unrestricted free agents this summer, while Oden will be looking to make a comeback. In choosing a team, their first priority has to be choosing a franchise with a world-class medical staff.

How Lakers Can Successfully Run D'Antoni's System

What made the Lakers so intriguing this offseason was that they were zigging when most of the NBA was zagging. With Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol upfront, they were gambling they had the size to punish teams with small-ball front-courts on the block, making the Mike D'Antoni hire more puzzling.

2013 Amnesty Primer

As we move forward with ďAmnesty 2.0,Ē we will see the fascinating possibilities that the provision brings even as the number of teams and players left dwindles with time.

Pacific Division Preview

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The Choices of James Harden

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