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  1. NBA Draft Profile: Damian Lillard

    Jun 8, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Julian Demalleville

    Nobody is moving up the draft board like Damian Lillard. You didn’t see him unless you were a Weber State fan (and we know you’re not), but most teams now have him ranked as the best point guard in the draft — better than UNC’s Kendall Marshall, better than Kentucky’s Marquis Teague, better than all…

  2. Video: Austin Rivers from NBA Draft Combine

    Jun 8, 2012, 11:55 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Duke

    Austin Rivers is one of the tougher guys to place in this draft. No doubt Doc Rivers’ son has NBA game — great basketball IQ, good shooter well out to the NBA three-point line, good handles (very good hesitation and crossover moves) and he plays a smooth, confident game. But there’s a concern he doesn’t…

  3. Report: Kings not likely to offer Tyreke Evans extension

    Jun 8, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Kenneth Faried, Tyreke Evans

    This summer, everyone from the 2009 NBA Draft class is eligible to have their rookie contract extension. For a guy like No. 1 overall pick Blake Griffin it’s a no-brainer. It’s a no-brainer for No. 2 pick Hasheem Thabeet, too, just for a very different reason. But what about Tyreke Evans? The Sacramento rookie of…

  4. Report: Bobcats are shopping No. 2 pick around

    Jun 8, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT

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    There is a lock No. 1 pick in this draft, Anthony Davis is a likely franchise player that any general manager would take without thinking. But then it gets tough — there are a lot of good players, a lot of depth, but every guy left has question marks. Nobody else is a lock. Kentucky’s…

  5. Video: Kendall Marshall from NBA Draft Combine

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

    North Carolina Marshall reacts after scoring against the Creighton during a college basketball game in Greensboro

    He is not a franchise guy, but your franchise will run better with Kendall Marshall at the point. You could tell how much he mattered to North Carolina when he went down — he may not have been the most talented player on that team, but he was the one that kept all that talent…

  6. Video: Bradley Beal from NBA Draft Combine

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:07 PM EDT

    Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal celebrates his team's win over the Marquette Golden Eagles during the NCAA men's West Regional basketball tournament in Phoenix

    Bradley Beal is going to get drafted in the top 5 come June 28 because he can shoot the rock. Teams with penetrating guards — Washington with John Wall and Cleveland with Kyrie Irving — like the idea of having a guy paired with their existing guards who can knock down open kick-out passes and…

  7. NBA Draft Combine going on right now in Chicago

    Jun 6, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

    Pat Riley

    Right now, just about every NBA decision maker — save four, and they sent key personnel — is in Chicago for the annual NBA Draft Combine. A chance to watch guys shoot, run around cones, work out and interview guys likely to be drafted by teams. You can watch it yourself Thursday and Friday on…

  8. NBA Draft: Could Barnes bounce up to Cavaliers at No. 4?

    Jun 6, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

    Kentucky v North Carolina

    There was a time, more than a year ago, when it was thought Harrison Barnes could be the top pick in the draft. He still has skills — he can shoot well, defend well and has a smooth, versatile game — but it took them a while to start to come out at North Carolina.…

  9. NBA Draft Profile: Bradley Beal

    Jun 5, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

    Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal celebrates his team's win over the Marquette Golden Eagles during the NCAA men's West Regional basketball tournament in Phoenix

    Two kinds of players rise up the draft board every year — big men and pure shooters. Florida’s Bradley Beal is the best pure shooter in the draft and he could go as high as No. 2 to Charlotte, although the Wizards are reportedly high in him for the No. 3 pick because they want…

  10. Tuesday And-1 links: The Dwight Howard loyalty T-Shirt

    Jun 5, 2012, 3:44 PM EDT

    loyalty

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • RIP LaRoy Ellis (the first ever center of the Portland Trail Blazers). •…

  11. It’s official, Randy Wittman to be retained as Wizards coach

    Jun 4, 2012, 11:41 AM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    We’ve known this is coming for days now, but Washington is about to make official they are making the safe play. Monday afternoon the Washington Wizards will host a press conference to announce Randy Wittman will have the interim tag removed as coach and he will return with a two-year deal. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo…

  12. When the process matters: Why Charlotte should trade the No.2 pick

    Jun 3, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Let’s start off with some instant rebuttal to the premature outcry that headline above is going to muster. First, the basics. The Charlotte Bobcats, in a continuing pattern regarding their awful, horrendous, terrible franchise history, lost the lottery’s No.1 pick despite a 1-in-4 chance to land Anthony Davis. The Bobcats are an awful, awful basketball…

  13. Report: Suns have interest in Alonzo Gee

    Jun 3, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Manny Harris, Samardo Samuels, Jamario Moon, Alonzo Gee, Ramon Sessions

    Alonzo Gee is what you might call a value free-agent this summer. The Cavs forward has athleticism, youth on his side, a versatile skill-set, and strong upside. But he hasn’t played well enough or under a big enough microscope to carry with him serious buzz. So teams are going to get their shot at making…

  14. Report: Warriors targeting Iguodala, Gay, Granger, unicorns, hippogriffs

    Jun 2, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Warriors logo

    The Warriors at this point might as well put up a big neon sign outside their offices that read “TRADE MARKET FLEA SALE TODAY!” Ever since they went into tank mode, they have made it known that their players are available for trade and that they want a small forward in return. And by landing…

  15. The New Orleans Hornets and a matter of serendipity, not conspiracy

    Jun 2, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Dell Demps

    Maybe they’re right. Maybe the league, in the face of unfathomable depths of reason to avoid the concept like the plague (which I have outlined here), really did rig the 2012 NBA Lottery in order to help the Hornets after a rough year, or dot the i’s on the sale of the team to Tom…

  16. Friday And-links: Brandon Roy to the Lakers? Doubt it.

    Jun 1, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. •  There are no shortage of rumors that Brandon Roy wants to make a…

  17. Bobcats plan to work out six players for No. 2 pick

    May 31, 2012, 7:17 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    Charlotte has a tough choice ahead of it. It’s not a question of needs — you should always draft the best player available anyway, but in this case the Bobcats need everything. So charlotte is going to take a good look at the available players, team president Rod Higgins told the Charlotte Observer. Higgins said…

  18. NBA Draft gets interesting starting with Bobcats’ hard choice

    May 31, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    Charlotte lost big in the NBA Draft Lottery. You can say they only fell one space — they had the worst record, now they pick No. 2 — but that is a big fall from the nearly sure-fire Anthony Davis to a bigger risk. Who do the Bobcats take starts to shape an entire draft…

  19. Hornets, Warriors Draft Lottery winners. Nets lose. Again.

    May 30, 2012, 9:24 PM EDT

    YouTube 2012 Upfronts Presentation

    In a draft lottery that stayed to form — the only shift was New Orleans from fourth to first — there are still winners. And there are still losers. The only difference is it is based more on what you did going into the draft then the luck of the ping-pong balls. If you gambled…

  20. What would it mean for teams to win NBA Draft Lottery

    May 29, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    Fates will be decided by some bouncing balls and random numbers Wednesday. Not just the fate of lock No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis (and guys like Andre Drummond, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Thomas Robinson and many more). It’s the fate of franchises (and general managers) that will be decided. What would it mean to the 14…

  21. Tuesday And-1 links: Derek Fisher has no plans to retire

    May 29, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Derek Fisher says he has no plans to retire. I don’t think he’s…

  22. NBA Draft profile: Washington’s Terrence Ross

    May 28, 2012, 5:36 PM EDT

    Terrence Ross

    Not a lot of people watched Terrence Ross last season. Because not a lot of people watched the Pac-12 last season. That’s not East Coast bias, I’m on the West Coast and I found Pac-12 ball almost unwatchable. But there is talent there. Meet Terrence Ross, the swingman from the University of Washington who is…

  23. NBA Draft Player Preview: Austin Rivers

    May 25, 2012, 3:26 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Duke

    This is the first of PBT’s review of players in the 2012 NBA draft, we will be running these regularly up through draft day, with plenty of other content to follow. Austin Rivers is not a guy sliding under the radar in this draft — he’s the son of former NBA player and Celtics coach…

  24. Thursday And-1 links: Dirk Nowitzki thinks Popovich is the best

    May 24, 2012, 7:19 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Tradition says you say your coach is the best in the league, but…

  25. Players invited to NBA Draft Combine named

    May 23, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    Sixty guys with a dream. The names for the NBA Draft Combine to take place in Chicago have been released. These are the guys who will be measured, weighed and in most cases put through drills to test their speed, agility and shooting. I say in most cases because, like the NFL draft combine, some…

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