January 2020 Basketball Wiretap

2021 NBA Draft Shaping Up To Be Stronger Than 2020

Jan 22, 2020 4:53 PM

The anticipated 2021 NBA Draft class appears to be stronger than the 2020 class with Cade Cunningham and Jalen Green expected to most strongly vie for the No. 1 slot. Jonathan Givony of ESPN reports the 2021 class would have several prospects who would garner serious consideration for the No. 1 pick this year if they were eligible.

Cunningham has often been compared to Luka Doncic, while Green is considered the most athletic guard in the class and has improved dramatically perimeter shooter.

The following is a partial initial mock from ESPN:

1. Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State
2. Jalen Green, Undecided
3. Evan Mobley, USC
4. Jonathan Kuminga, Undecided
5. Ziaire Williams, Undecided
6. Jalen Johnson, Duke
7. Usman Garuba, Real Madrid
8. B.J. Boston, Kentucky
9. Terrence Clarke, Kentucky
10. Caleb Love, North Carolina

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

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LeMelo Ball Ends His Season In Australia

Jan 16, 2020 4:40 AM

Potential top draft pick LaMelo Ball is reportedly done with the Australian NBL, Olgun Uluc from Fox Sports Australia has tweeted.

Uluc wrote that he received the information directly from Ball's agent, Jermaine Jackson. Jackson has been in Australia with Ball working him out before the stand out guard inured his foot in early December. Initially it was reported that Ball would miss four weeks, and he has been a fixture on the Illawarra Hawk's bench during games wearing a moon boot.

Ball made headlines after recording back to back triple doubles before being injured during practice. His team currently sits bottom of the Australian NBL ladder with a 5-17 record, having already been eliminated from post-season action.

Fox Sports Australia

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The 2020 NBA Draft

Jan 5, 2020 12:30 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic (@Sam_Vecenie) break down the 2020 NBA Draft prospects and more.

They discuss the unusual top of the 2020 class, how lottery reform could upend the dynamics, 2020 vs. 2021 and much more.

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R.J. Hampton Cleared To Return From Hip Injury

Jan 3, 2020 11:47 AM

R.J. Hampton has been medically cleared for full contact with the New Zealand Breakers after recovering from a hip injury.

Hampton has been out since early December.

Hampton is currently No. 7 on ESPN's big board for the 2020 NBA draft.

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

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Nick Nurse: Difference Between 25th Player In Draft And 95th Is Getting Thinner

Jan 2, 2020 11:58 AM

Terence Davis began receiving contract offers at halftime of his first Vegas Summer League game in July. Davis finished the game with 22 points and five three-pointers just days after going undrafted in June.

Within hours after the game, Davis had a guaranteed contract with the Toronto Raptors.

"I had to make sure nobody was looking over my shoulder reading my texts," agent Adam Pensack said. "Several of the teams I was texting with were sitting near me and I didn't want them to see the conversations I was having about TD. It was a very unique situation."

In addition to Davis, the Raptors also have Fred VanVleet and Chris Boucher as key contributors who went undrafted.

"You're seeing more undrafted guys contribute, and I think a possible reason is the difference between the 25th player in the draft and the 95th player is getting thinner," said Nick Nurse. "It makes player development and using your G League team important factors."

The Raptors believe Raptors 905's 2017 G League title with VanVleet and Siakam playing large roles was a key element of the franchise winning an NBA title in 2019.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

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