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2021 NBA Draft Prospect Report: Cade Cunningham Of Oklahoma State

by Rafael Uehara

Dec 30, 2020 11:37 AM

With his size, passing and scoring, Cade Cunningham is considered the crown jewel of the highly rated 2021 draft class. Read more »

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2020 NBA Draft: Top-5 Bigs

by Rafael Uehara

Nov 17, 2020 3:03 PM

On James Wiseman, Onyeka Okongwu, Obi Toppin, Precious Achiuwa and Jalen Smith. Read more »

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2020 NBA Draft: Top-10 Wings

by Rafael Uehara

Nov 15, 2020 9:47 PM

The group of wings in this class is not that bad, as long as you are fully aware of what you're getting and adjust your expectations to what could be reasonably expected of them. Read more »

Tags: Anthony Edwards, Deni Avdija, Isaac Okoro, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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2020 NBA Draft: Top-10 Point Guards

by Rafael Uehara

Breaking down LaMelo Ball, Tyrese Haliburton, Killian Hayes, RJ Hampton, Cole Anthony, Kira Lewis Jr., Nico Mannion and the other top point guard prospects of the class. Read more »
Prospect Report: Killian Hayes Of Ratiopharm Ulm

by Rafael Uehara

Killian Hayes turned himself into a remarkable passer and established himself as one of the best shot creators for others in this draft class with good size at the point guard position. Read more »
Prospect Report: Anthony Edwards Of Georgia

by Rafael Uehara

Anthony Edwards established himself as the sort of volume shot creator NBA teams usually seek at the top of the draft. Read more »
Prospect Report: Deni Avdija Of Maccabi Tel Aviv

by Rafael Uehara

Deni Avdija looks the part for what the NBA looks for in a combo forward these days and there's plenty of video available of him in various contexts to be certain that he knows how to play. That has been enough for him to solidify his status as a top-five prospect in a class lacking a whole lot of star potential at the top. Read more »
Prospect Report: Precious Achiuwa Of Memphis

by Rafael Uehara

Precious Achiuwa looks like the exact type of prospect whose combination of physical profile and athletic ability wows decision makers who join the process late. Read more »
Prospect Report: James Wiseman Of Memphis

by Rafael Uehara

James Wiseman has the potential to become a pure center who is special enough to escape the league's deemphasizing of the position over these last few years. Read more »
Prospect Report: Cole Anthony Of North Carolina

by Rafael Uehara

While Cole Anthony certainly lost status compared to how he was viewed entering his freshman year, his season was by no means a disaster. Read more »
Prospect Report: Obi Toppin Of Dayton

by Rafael Uehara

Obi Toppin is viewed as one of those big men who might be special enough to escape the devaluing of the position, especially of those who probably need another big man with them in the lineup to anchor the defense. Read more »
Prospect Report: Onyeka Okongwu Of USC

by Rafael Uehara

Onyeka Okongwu has emerged due to his impact around the rim on both ends. His combination of coordination and smoothness moving around the floor offers hope he could someday be about as good out in space as well. Read more »
Prospect Report: Isaac Okoro Of Auburn

by Rafael Uehara

The hype supporting Isaac Okoro's viability as a top 10 pick is mostly based on his defense, which is unusual because NBA teams tend to reach for shot creators and shot makers or seven-footers at the top of the draft. Read more »
Prospect Report: Tyrese Haliburton Of Iowa State

by Rafael Uehara

Maybe Tyrese Haliburton's rise to stardom says more about the general perception of a lack of superstar potential in this class or maybe the NBA is starting to adjust its view on what types of players it is looking for in the draft. Read more »
Prospect Report: LaMelo Ball Of The Illawarra Hawks

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2020 NBA Draft Prospects: Bigs

by Rafael Uehara

James Wiseman, Isaiah Stewart II, Matthew Hurt, Obadiah Toppin and Amar Sylla headline the big man prospects. Read more »
2020 NBA Draft Prospects: Wings

by Rafael Uehara

Breaking down the games of Deni Avdija, Jaden McDaniels, Scottie Lewis, Precious Achiuwa and Tyrese Maxey. Read more »
2020 NBA Draft Prospects: Point Guards

by Rafael Uehara

With Anthony Edwards, Cole Anthony, Theo Maledon, RJ Hampton and Nico Mannion featuring, 2020 figures to be a bounceback draft for the position. Read more »
2019 NBA Draft Prospects: Point Guards

by Rafael Uehara

On Ja Morant, Darius Garland, Coby White, Ty Jerome and Carsen Edwards. Read more »
2019 NBA Draft Prospects: Shooting Guards

by Rafael Uehara

Jumbo shot creators are in vogue in the NBA right now and this group reflects that demand. Read more »