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  1. Otto Porter Jr., the un-sexy prospect

    Jun 23, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Otto Porter Jr.,

    WASHINGTON — If the NBA Draft were dating, Otto Porter Jr. is the one all fathers would approve of. Dad never objects to the guy labeled “safe.” On Thursday, we’ll found out which team covets reliable over risk. The Georgetown forward can do just about everything on the basketball court. Based on league chatter, that…

  2. Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel declares for draft, could go No. 1

    Apr 15, 2013, 11:34 AM EDT

    Marshall v Kentucky

    We didn’t get to see Nerlens Noel in the NCAA Tournament because: 1) Kentucky sucked this year and didn’t make it (they were bounced in the first round of the NIT); 2) He had already blown out his ACL and was done for the season. Yet he shows enough potential, and this is a down…

  3. Cleveland is very comfortable with Dion Waiters at No. 4

    Jun 29, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    2012 NBA Draft

    No team has taken as much public heat after the draft as Cleveland — most people considered it a reach to take Dion Waiters, the Syracuse sixth man, at No. 4. The reviews have been mixed. Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated graded Cleveland’s draft an “A” saying they picked Waiters but a lot of teams…

  4. Video: David Stern is amused by being booed at NBA Draft

    Jun 29, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT

    2012 NBA Draft

    It is an annual tradition, like overpriced water at the Coachella music festival. Fans at the NBA Draft boo NBA Commissioner David Stern with gusto. Stern seems amused by it and starts trolling the crowd, really dragging out the “champion Miami Heat” line and at one point putting up his hand to his ear like…

  5. NBA Draft Grades: Yes, New Orleans gets an A+

    Jun 29, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

    2012 NBA Draft

    Yes, this is very premature. I know that, you know that. But neither of us like to wait. So here are my draft grades from 2012. We can look back on this together in three years and have a good laugh. Atlanta Hawks: B They got the best pure shooter in the draft in John…

  6. Three guys who didn’t get drafted but should have been

    Jun 29, 2012, 3:07 AM EDT

    Iona v Brigham Young

    When you get to the end of the second round of the NBA Draft, you see a lot of “stash” picks — teams take players from Europe they think could develop but aren’t ready to come over to the United States. They stash them in Europe for a couple years. There were some of those…

  7. Video: Anthony Davis becomes No. 1 pick, Hornets’ future

    Jun 29, 2012, 2:13 AM EDT

    2012 NBA Draft

    Some day we may look back on this moment like we look back on when Tim Duncan, KG, Wade and other NBA franchise players were drafted — Anthony Davis is potentially that good. What would make me really happy as a Hornets fan is that this is a humble, hard-working young man. The guy with…

  8. NBA Draft: PBT’s pick-by-pick Draft tracker

    Jun 28, 2012, 11:11 PM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    Locate the refresh button on your browser now, because this is where you are going to want to be for the entire 2012 NBA Draft. Every pick will be discussed here, from Anthony Davis at No. 1 to the next Isaiah Thomas at No. 60 (last year’s final pick who turned out to end the…

  9. Report: Celtics working hard to get into NBA Draft top 14

    Jun 28, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Right now the Boston Celtics own the numbers 21 and 22 picks in this draft. History shows us what that really means is between the two picks the Celtics probably get one guy who could be a rotation player in a few years. That doesn’t really work for Boston. So it makes sense that they…

  10. PBT Extra: It’s NBA Draft preview time

    Jun 28, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

    Kentucky Wildcats' Davis goes to the hoop against Kansas Jayhawks' Withey during the second half of their men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans

    It’s time to talk draft on PBT Extra. Tiffany hits me up with the question I’ve gotten on a few radio shows — could Anthony  Davis be a bust? We also talk about guys going up the draft board, who is going down and some guys to watch once the games start up again.

  11. Report: Baylor’s Perry Jones may fall in draft due to knee injury

    Jun 28, 2012, 10:24 AM EDT

    Perry Jones

    Perry Jones seemed to be sliding down draft boards in recent weeks, but we all attributed that to the risks that come with taking him — he has the physical gifts to match anyone in this draft but he didn’t show them consistently on the court. There are questions about his drive, his commitment, his…

  12. Anthony Davis will not be highest paid rookie ever

    Jun 27, 2012, 11:55 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    There is a rookie salary scale in the NBA that makes first round-picks very affordable for owners for the first couple years at least, and really four or five for most players. It makes the truly elite players like a Derrick Rose or Blake Griffin a real steal for the first several years they are…

  13. Kentucky title team now fills up NBA draft boards

    Jun 26, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    It’s a heck of a recruiting pitch for John Calipari. Six guys from his NCAA title team are expected to go in this NBA draft — including Anthony Davis No. 1 overall and likely four or five in the first round. It’s a ridiculous number. This is the Kentucky Wildcats NBA draft. And really, not…

  14. Davis heads list of NBA Draft night green room invitees

    Jun 26, 2012, 7:55 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    It means nothing, really. Being in the green room doesn’t impact your draft status. All it really says is that a very button down league that doesn’t want embarrassment is convinced these guys will go in the lottery. Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress leaked the list of names of guys who got invited to the NBA…

  15. Five NBA Draft sleepers to watch

    Jun 25, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

    Iona v Brigham Young

    Admit it, this is one of your favorite parts of the NBA draft — picking out the guy nobody is watching because you think he’s got that special something. You want to find the next Isaiah Thomas. You know he can help your team. And you pull for him because you want to be right,…

  16. 2012 NBA Draft: The lottery bigs and their musical chairs

    Jun 24, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    Well, Anthony Davis is No.1 and Thomas Robinson will go in the top five. That’s a pretty good start for the bigs in the 2012 NBA draft. After that, things get really interesting. Of the top bigs: Andre Drummond, Jared Sullinger, John Henson, Meyers Leonard, Tyler Zeller, Perry Jones, and if you want to throw…

  17. Three guys who could be the surprise second best player in this draft

    Jun 23, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Uconn's Drummond fights for the ball as Syracuse's C.J. Fair and Fab Melo defend during their game at the 2012 Big East men's NCAA college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Make no mistake, this is the Anthony Davis draft. He is the franchise player, the guy who can be a top 10 player in the league, the guy you build a contender around, the guy people pay to see. The Hornets have literally won the lottery. After that there is a consensus of guys going…

  18. Report: Lottery pick Sullinger red flagged by doctors, agent downplays it

    Jun 19, 2012, 12:01 AM EDT

    Ohio State Buckeyes forward Jared Sullinger sits on the court after the Buckeyes were defeated by the Kansas Jayhawks in the men's NCAA Final Four semi-final college basketball game in New Orleans

    Jared Sullinger, the Ohio State big man who is an expected lottery pick in a deep draft, has been red flagged by league doctors, sources told ESPN’s Chad Ford. Every draftee undergoes extensive medical exams at the NBA combine, which is where league doctors saw a back issue that disturbed them. A number of NBA…

  19. Bradley Beal only working out for teams with top four picks

    Jun 11, 2012, 11:59 AM 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 feels pretty confident he is going high in this draft. You can tell because he’s not bothering to work out for the Kings at No. 5 or anyone below that, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. Agent Mark Bartelstein told SI.com that he has no plans for Beal to conduct workouts with teams…

  20. Report: Austin Rivers has a promise from a lottery team

    Jun 9, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Duke

    No, the Boston Celtics do not have a lottery pick. But somebody besides dad Doc Rivers is in love with Austin Rivers. At least if you are to believe a report from Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports. (One) East scout expects Rivers to be selected in the Nos. 10-20 range, but an NBA source told…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. Seventeen international players declare for draft, you should care about a few

    May 4, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

    CSKA Moscow's Nenad Krstic (L) vies with

    This draft is not deep with international talent. It’s deep, loaded with homegrown talent here in the states, but this is not a deep year on for the players from overseas. Still, 17 players declared for the draft the NBA announced, and you should get to know a few of them. Like Evan Fournier, the…

  24. Full list of underclassmen who declared for NBA draft

    May 3, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    There were no real last minute surprises when the NBA released its list of the 49 underclassmen from colleges who made themselves eligible for the NBA draft (17 international players also declared, we’ll look at them later). We know the big names coming out because they are ready — hello Anthony Davis — but the…

  25. Lots of lottery odds to be decided last week of season, too

    Apr 23, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    We keep talking about the teams talking playoffs — who gets home court, Boston or Atlanta, or can Phoenix catch Utah and get the last spot in the West — but there is a tight race among teams who have long forgotten about the playoffs. A lot of lottery odds are still to be decided…

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