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Celtics To Likely Receive Mavs' 2016 Pick

The Dallas Mavericks' pick in the Rajon Rondo trade is likely to be conveyed to the Boston Celtics in 2016.

The Mavericks' pick goes to the Celtics this season if it falls between No. 4 and No. 14. If the pick falls between eight and 30 in 2016, it will go to the Celtics.

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

Alex Poythress Out For Season With Torn ACL

Alex Poythress will miss the remainder of the 14-15 season for Kentucky with a torn ACL.

Poythress suffered the injury during Thursday's practice.

"When you're coaching other people's children and these children have high aspirations and unlimited potential -- not only to do things for themselves but for other people -- I can't begin to tell you the feeling when someone gets hurt," coach John Calipari said in a release. "My own son, Brad, tore his ACL last year. All I can tell you is I was physically sick when it happened to him. I feel exactly the same way now that it's happened to Alex."

 

Pursuing a title was a key motivation for Poythress to return for a third season with the Wildcats after last spring's NCAA title-game loss to Connecticut. 

Via ESPN

RealGM Radio: Jonathan Tjarks On Western Conference, Draft Prospects

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) talks with Jonathan Tjarks of RealGM (@JonathanTjarks) about the start to the basketball season, 

The two focus on the early dominance of the Golden State Warriors, the Western Conference playoff picture, MVP candidates and an early look at some notable 2015 NBA Draft prospects.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Jahlil Okafor Remains Consensus No. 1 Player In 2015 NBA Draft

Jahlil Okafor is No. 1 on the Big Board of every NBA executive Chad Ford has spoken to after the start of the college basketball season.

Okafor is averaging 17.7 points and 7.9 rebounds for Duke.

Okafor is a supremely polished low-post scorer.

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

Jahlil Okafor Considered By NBA Teams As Consensus Top Prospect In 2015

Jahlil Okafor is No. 1 on the big boards of Chad Ford and Jonathan Givony and figures to remain there throughout the season.

Okafor is one of the best low post scorer prospects in many years.

"I was sitting with a number of GMs and scouts last night during the Duke-Michigan State game," wrote Ford. "They love him. He's big and physical, however he was quick feet and a soft touch around the basket. He's a legit, old school big man who is just so poised right now. Emmanuel Mudiay and possibly Karl Towns and Kristaps Porzingis will make a run, but it's Okafor's to lose. Of the 30 guys I spoke with last night and polled, all of them had Okafor atop their board."

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

Self: Cliff Alexander Not Tall Enough To Score Over Kentucky's Length

Cliff Alexander's lack of length was problematic in Kansas' 72-40 loss to Kentucky on Tuesday.

Alexander had just eight points and eight rebounds as he struggled against the length of Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson, Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles.

According to Bill Self, Alexander must learn to put himself in better position to score before he receives the ball.

“He’s not tall enough, and it was very evident tonight, to score over that length,” Self said.

Via Steve Greenberg/Chicago Sun-Times
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