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2011 NBA Draft

  1. Derrick Williams thought he should have been No. 1 pick

    Nov 1, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    The quote below can be taken out of context, as ego run amok. And it shouldn’t. Derrick Williams — the Arizona star who No. 2 overall to Minnesota in the last NBA draft — said what I would want any No. 2 pick to say. He said he thought he should be No. 1. You…

  2. NBA prospect arrested for allegedly beating girlfriend

    Aug 9, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    NCAA Illinois Basketball

    You may not know who Jereme Richmond is, but now you will for the wrong reasons. He is one of those guys who just missed having his named called in the NBA Draft. The 6’7” swingman out of Illinois tried to go pro after his freshman year, but that season was inconsistent and scouts were…

  3. Kanter doesn’t want to sit another season, considers China

    Jul 29, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

    enes Kanter

    Last season the NCAA relegated Enes Kanter to wearing a suit when Kentucky played, saying he had played for a professional team in his native Turkey and was ineligible to play college ball (he did practice with the team). Still, there was enough promise there — big men with soft hands are a rarity —…

  4. Winderman: K-State’s Pullen shows how this NBA summer is different

    Jul 12, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    Jacob Pullen

    Yes, we can gasp all we want about reports that link Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant or Dwyane Wade to European destinations. The NBA rumor cycle, even amid a lockout, must, after all, be fed 24-7-365. But whether any of that happens certainly will be more of a September or October story, if it is a…

  5. Toronto’s Valanciunas looking like a draft-day steal

    Jul 11, 2011, 2:26 PM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    When the Toronto Raptors used another first round pick on another European player, half of Toronto said “who?” and the other half just rolled their eyes. But we tried to tell you at the time — Jonas Valanciunas was the pick to make. And his performance for Lithuania at the FIBA Under-19 World Championships is turning…

  6. Timberwolves may get to keep 26-year-old draft pick

    Jul 8, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    davidkahn

    This will likely be the last time Tanguy Ngombo will ever be mentioned on this blog. Because the No. 57 pick (third from last) in the NBA Draft will never suit up for the Minnesota Timberwolves. But Ngombo made some headlines the day after because some records showed that the player out of the league…

  7. Rockets draftee Motiejunas sees lockout, will stay in Europe

    Jul 2, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    USA v Lithuania - 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship

    This was one of the reasons you saw a lot of teams drafting international players in this year’s draft. Rockets first round pick Donatas Motiejunas has gotten a look at the NBA lockout situation and decided to stay and develop for another year in Italy, according to the Houston Chronicle. Motiejunas expects to accept an…

  8. Bobcats’ Biyombo still facing serious buyout issues

    Jun 28, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Bismack Biyombo

    When introduced to the fans and media recently, Bobcats draft pick Bismack Biyombo essentially blew off concerns about a buyout with his Spanish club. It isn’t quite that simple, reports the Associated Press. The two sides are expected to sit down Friday and see if they can reach a deal. Jorge Sanz, spokesman for the…

  9. Did Hamilton slide down draft due to Texas coach Barnes?

    Jun 27, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Jordan Hamilton

    Jordan Hamilton is a lottery-level athlete who slid all the way down the NBA draft board to No. 26, where Dallas took him, traded him and he is now the property of the Denver Nuggets. Why did he fall down the board? In part because teams had concerns about his attitude. Hamilton thinks those concerns…

  10. Three biggest surprises of the NBA Draft

    Jun 24, 2011, 10:02 PM EDT

    Tristan Thompson

    There are always a few surprises, like that guy you drafted you thought was 21 turns out to be 26. Funny, but really that mistake by the Timberwolves was moot because Tanguy Ngombo was never going to play in the NBA. But there were some surprises when the picks still mattered. Here are the three…

  11. Biyombo says current contract buyout a non-issue

    Jun 24, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

    Bismack Biyombo

    In the run-up to the draft, there were a lot of questions about Bismack Biyombo’s buyout from his Spanish club, and if that was going to happen (or was going to be decided by the Spanish courts). In meeting with the Charlotte Bobcat media on Friday, Biyombo said that the buyout was not going to…

  12. Six good players not drafted in the NBA

    Jun 24, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Akron v Notre Dame

    The end of the second round of the NBA Draft got ridiculous. Teams stopped trying to draft guys who could maybe make their team and help and instead drafted ludicrous reaches that they will never have to pay. Ater Majok, Tanguy Ngombo, Chukwudiebere Maduabum — these were strange choices when quality players were on the…

  13. NBA Draft day trade wrap-up… because we all got confused

    Jun 24, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Fredette stands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Bucks as the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    There was a point while putting up PBT’s pick-by-pick updates through the draft that I thought every pick on the board started with “He was selected for Team X as part of a trade…” To help sort it all out, here is a breakdown of all the draft day trades. • Bobcats, Bucks, Kings big…

  14. Video: Jan Vesely is living the dream

    Jun 24, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    Jan Vesely is my new hero. They guy is the second coming of AK-47 (well, that’s what the scouts say), got drafted into the NBA to play next to John Wall — and got the best welcome into the NBA we can remember. Damn. Impressive.

  15. NBA Draft: PBT’s pick-by-pick draft post

    Jun 23, 2011, 11:45 PM EDT

    Michigan v Duke

    This has been one of the most unusual run ups to a draft in years. Traditionally the top shakes out pretty clearly, but in this draft there is no franchise cornerstone player at the top, and by pick three there are serious risks with every guy a team might take. Meanwhile, concern over what is…

  16. Starting with Cavaliers at No. 4, draft will mean hard choices

    Jun 23, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    Lietuvos Rytas's Jonas Valanciunas (C) j

    For all the chatter otherwise, it would be stunning not to see Kyrie Irving not go No. 1 and Derrick Williams No. 2. We may well have stunning, it’s been that kind of NBA season, but you might not want to bet on it. As we said before, the draft gets interesting when the Jazz…

  17. Kemba Walker is falling in the draft. How low will he go?

    Jun 23, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    There was a time, right after Kemba Walker made big plays in crunch time leading his UConn Huskies to the national title, that Walker was a top five pick in this draft. But his stock is falling and he could plummet down the draft board all the way to the Knicks at No. 17 (no…

  18. NBA Draft day morning rumor roundup

    Jun 23, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

    George Hill, Tony Parker, Channing Frye

    The NBA has seen more rumors in the last 24 hours than the morning after a Charlie Sheen party. At least we didn’t wake up wondering where we were. We’ll be bringing you all the latest over the course of Thursday right up to the draft (and plenty of pick-by-pick draft coverage, too) but to…

  19. Can the Lakers, Celtics or Heat find any help in this draft?

    Jun 23, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    The focus during the draft is often on the teams that saw little of the spotlight during the season — hello Minnesota! But what about some of the league’s top teams that need some tweaks to get a ring next season? The Miami Heat made it to the finals but it is clear their roster…

  20. Report: Thunder offering Eric Maynor to move up in draft

    Jun 23, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    MAYNOR_ERIC

    A number of teams have floated the idea of trading a player for one of the picks higher up in this draft. The Lakers dangled Lamar Odom, Tony Parker’s name was thrown around by the Spurs, and countless other deals have been suggested. The Oklahoma City Thunder have done the same… except they really like…

  21. NBA Draft: Second rounders you hope your team gets

    Jun 23, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Jimmy Butler, Krys Faber

    Every year somebody gets drafted in the second round and by December we’re already asking how so many teams missed on him. Call it the Landry Fields effect. It’s impossible to predict who that will be out of the 2011 NBA Draft, but we can take a few guesses. Here are some second rounders to…

  22. Are Cavaliers taking a risk with taking a Duke player No. 1?

    Jun 23, 2011, 1:47 AM EDT

    Arizona v Duke

    For the last couple decades, Duke has been the best, most consistent college basketball program in the nation. They have the Final Fours, the NCAA titles to prove it. And they have sent a lot of players on to the NBA. But Duke players have not thrived at the next level. In fact they have…

  23. Report: Lakers offered Odom for No. 2 pick, Wolves said no

    Jun 22, 2011, 6:31 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    There might be something to the idea that the Lakers are shopping around Lamar Odom. Still, this one seems a little fantastic — and if true surprising. The Lakers offered Sixth Man of the Year Lamar Odom for the No. 2 pick, but Minnesota turned it down, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Lakers…

  24. Winderman: Irving, Kanter as top picks? This is one odd draft.

    Jun 22, 2011, 5:52 PM EDT

    Michigan v Duke

    Quality? That’s debatable. Depth? That’s the consensus. Bizarre? Apparently that’s the ticket. The 2011 NBA Draft comes off as much as circus as orderly restocking of rosters. Chet Kammerer, a long-time NBA talent evaluator who currently works alongside Pat Riley as the Heat’s vice president of player personnel, said Wednesday that any process that starts…

  25. Minnesota says it’s taking Kanter at No. 2. Smokescreen?

    Jun 22, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Enes Kanter

    UPDATE 5:35 pm: I am far from sold on this, but the Timberwolves have been telling anyone who would listen all day long they are taking Kanter No. 2, enough so that DraftExpress has bought in and moved Kanter to the No. 2 pick. People are starting to believe them. Utah would be just fine…

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