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Mock Draft Update: 04/11/2014
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# Team Pick Ht. Wt. Pos. College Year
1. Milwaukee Jabari Parker 6-8 240 PF/SF Duke FR.
2. Philadelphia Andrew Wiggins 6-8 220 SF Kansas FR.
3. Orlando Joel Embiid 7-0 240 C Kansas FR.
4. Boston Julius Randle 6-9 248 PF/SF Kentucky FR.
5. Utah Dante Exum 6-6 188 PG/SG Australian Inst. INT.
6. LA Lakers Kyle Anderson 6-9 235 SF/SG UCLA SO.
7. Sacramento Noah Vonleh 6-9 236 SF/PF Indiana FR.
8. Detroit Marcus Smart 6-4 200 PG Oklahoma State SO.
9. Cleveland Doug McDermott 6-7 225 SF Creighton SR.
10. Philadelphia Gary Harris 6-4 205 SG Michigan State SO.
11. Atlanta Tyler Ennis 6-2 180 PG Syracuse FR.
12. Denver Aaron Gordon 6-9 215 PF Arizona FR.
13. Minnesota Rodney Hood 6-8 200 SF Duke SO.
14. Phoenix Jerami Grant 6-8 210 SF Syracuse SO.

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The Absurd & Often Overrated Mock Drafts:
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The Absurd & Often Overrated Mock Draft: A 23-Year Historical Study of Mock Draft Boards

Mocking the Mock: 23-Year Historical Study of Mock Draft Boards

As a long time draftnik, nothing is quite as fun and useless as looking at a mock draft. It's purely a mental exercise powered by endless possibilities, debates and sometimes the most ridiculous of projections.

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The earliest mock draft relic I unearthed was from 1982. What was once sporadic is now commonplace. Anybody and their momma who has a website can not only provide you with a mock, but now give it to you two years in advance. This led me to an interesting question: What players were projected as first rounders in a mock, but went undrafted? And so the historical study ensured.

Clearly I'm looking for a player's worst moment, when the dream was so close to reality, yet crashed and burned. How cruel of me to re-hash demise? I can assure you there's no malice in this. My intent is to simply illustrate the absurd and often overrated nature of Mock Drafts. The 90's decade gave it to us the worst. Let's check this out...

1990
Scott Williams
Position: Center
Mock Draft Consensus: Mid-Late First
Despite being a 3-year starter for the University of North Carolina, one of the nation’s premier basketball programs, Williams was passed over on draft night. He was tagged a first round NBA draft pick by many analysts due to his size, productivity and high level of coaching, but disappointing senior year, compounded by a nagging shoulder issue forced Williams draft stock entirely off the board. Seven centers were drafted that draft night. Fourteen years later, all were in and out the league, with Williams playing 106 games more than his nearest draft classmate at his position (Felton Spencer).

1991
Melvin Cheatum
Position: Small Forward
Mock Draft Consensus: Late First to Early Second
Cheatum, along with NBA's Robert Horry, James Robinson and Latrell Sprewell, helped lead Alabama to three NCAA tournaments with two NCAA Sweet 16 appearances and three SEC tournament titles. It was Cheatum, not Horry, who was often asked to be the key player in tight situations. In college he often relied on his athleticism, finishing ability, rebounding, solid defensive ability and great running of the floor to produce. Yet as a draft prospect, Cheatum lacked the size and height to be an NBA power forward, and lacked perimeter shooting and passing to be a legit small forward. Being a tweener proved too much for him to overcome on draft night.

Brian Shorter
Position:
Small Forward
Mock Draft Consensus: Late first to Early Second
Coming out of high school Shorter was often ranked among the top 10 players in the nation. This McDonald’s All American did not disappoint, earning Big East Rookie of the Year and two All-Big East 1st team selections. Expectations were high as Shorter headed into his senior year. Pittsburgh was also armed with future draftee Darren Morningstar. But an unusual viral infection plagued Shorter's production and overall ability. As Pitt's medical staff struggled to diagnose the infection, the virus worked its way through Shorter’s system, attacking his muscles to the point where his stamina, upper body strength and leaping ability were severely diminished. To compound issues, Shorter’s lack of height and inability to handle the ball or shoot with range all but sealed his fate on draft night.

1992
Joe Harvell
Position: Small Forward
Mock Draft Consensus: Late First to Earl Second
Harvell was a scoring machine in the SEC, averaging 25 points a game. He definitely had the look of a potential draftee. He played in a conference that housed 1st round picks like Shaq O’Neal, Robert Horry and Latrell Sprewell. Many felt Harvell was offensively advanced over Horry & Sprewell, but defensively they were better. Harvell stayed, only to clash with a new coach in a new system where he saw his stock take hits that he would never recover from.

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1993

James Forrest
Position: Power Forward
Mock Draft Consensus: Top 15
Out of Wake Forest as one of the highest rated prospects in the nation, Forrest came with high expectations and did not disappoint. After an excellent sophomore season where he put on a dominating clinic in the 1993 ACC Tournament, many felt he was an early entry shoe-in, yet Forrest stayed in school and never saw his draft status improve. In the next two years he encountered weight problems and inconsistent play with poor team results. In 1995, at the end of his final collegiate year, Forrest stood by as he watched his teammate, Travis Best, go on to be drafted.

1994
Kendrick Warren
Position:
Small Forward
Mock Draft Consensus: Late First
Warren came into little known VCU with a huge high school reputation. The 1990 McDonald’s All American didn't disappoint. His coach, Sonny Smith, had NBA ties as the former head coach of Auburn where he sent Charles Barkley and Chuck Person to the league. At VCU Warren scored 1,858 points with 1,049 rebounds, and still remains VCU's all-time season leader in 5 statistical categories. Yet his shaky perimeter and free throw shooting all sunk his draft status.

1995
Scotty Thurman
Position: Small Forward
Mock Draft Consensus: Late First to Early Second
Thurman was one of Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson’s best players during their 1994 & 1995 championship runs. Many thought that with Thurman’s silky shooting and fundamentally sound play made him a first round candidate. Unfortunately his lack of defensive ability, quickness and ability to create off the dribble severely hurt Thurman’s stock. With his high profile visibility on one of the nation’s best teams, Thurman was media's poster boy as why you shouldn't leave school early.

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One has to wonder if a year earlier could have made the difference. (L to R) Thurman & Forrest

These players had varying degrees of success. Some would love to blame the internet, but online hype didn’t really exist at the time. Instead, players were listed in newspapers, all the way up to the nationally syndicated level. Next we’ll examine 1996-2000, when the internet began to have greater influence on mock drafts.

 
Joe Meriweather
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Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

FT%

RPG

APG

PPG

1971-72 Southern Illinois FR.

14

64.9

64.8

15.1

N/A

21.5

1972-73 Southern Illinois

25

54.2

57.1

12.3

N/A

17.1

1973-74 Southern Illinois

26

58.8

74.6

14.9

N/A

21.2

1974-75 Southern Illinois

27

61.9

64.3

11.5

N/A

20.6

DIV I Totals

78

58.4

65.6

12.9

N/A

19.6

 
2013 NBA DRAFT
Drafts
  First Round   Second Round    
  Team School Selection   Team School Selection
1 Cleveland
Cleveland
UNLV Anthony Bennett
Small Forward/Power Forward
6-7/240
Freshman
31
Cleveland
California
Allen Crabbe
Shooting Guard
6-6/197
Junior
2
Orlando
Indiana Victor Oladipo
Shooting Guard
6-4/213
Junior
32
Oklahoma City
Barcelona Regal
(Spain)
Alex Abrines
Shooting Guard
6-6/190
93 International
3
Washington
Georgetown Otto Porter
Small Forward
6-9/200
Sophomore
33 Cleveland
Cleveland
Arizona State Carrick Felix
Shooting Guard/Small Forward
6-6/203
Senior
4
Charlotte
Indiana Cody Zeller
Power Forward
7-0/230
Sophomore
34
Houston
Murray State Isaiah Canaan
Point Guard
6-0/190
Senior
5
Phoenix
Maryland Alex Len
Center
6-9/240
Junior
35
Philadelphia
Rio Grande
(NBDL)
Glen Rice Jr.
Small Forward
6-6/211
1991 Draftee
6
New Orleans
Kentucky Nerlens Noel
Power Forward/Center
6-11/206
Freshman
36
Sacramento
Detroit Ray McCallum Jr.
Point Guard
6-1/190
Junior
7
Sacramento
Kansas Ben McLemore
Shooting Guard
6-5/190
Freshman
37
Detroit
North Texas Tony Mitchell
Small Forward/Power Forward
6-9/236
Sophomore
8
Detroit
Georgia Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Shooting Guard
6-6/205
Sophomore
38 Washington
Washington
South Dakota State Nate Wolters
Point Guard
6-5/195
Senior
9 Minnesota
Minnesota

Michigan
Trey Burke
Point Guard
6-1/190
Sophomore
39
Portland
Kansas Jeff Withey
Center
7-0/222
Senior
10
Portland
Lehigh C.J. McCollum
Point Guard/Shooting Guard
6-3/197
Senior
40
Portland
Arizona Grant Jerrett
Power Forward
6-10/232
Freshman
11
Philadelphia
Syracuse Michael Carter-Williams
Point Guard
6-6/185
Sophomore
41
Memphis
San Diego State Jamaal Franklin
Shooting Guard/Small Forward
6-5/191
Junior
12
Oklahoma City
Pittsburgh Steven Adams
Center
7-0/255
Freshman
42 Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Baylor Pierre Jackson
Point Guard
5-10/176
Senior
13 dallas
Dallas
Gonzaga Kelly Olynyk
Power Forward/Center
7-0/234
Junior
43 Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Providence Ricardo Ledo
Shooting Guard/Small Forward
6-6/197
Freshman
14 Utah
Utah
UCLA Shabazz Muhammad
Shooting Guard/Small Forward
6-6/225
Freshman
44 Dallas
Dallas

Bucknell

Mike Muscala
Power Forward/Center
6-11/230
Senior
15
Milwaukee
Filathlitikos
(Greece)
Giannis Adetokoubo
Small Forward
6-9/205
94 International
45
Portland
Barcelona Regal
(Spain)
Marko Todorovic
Power Forwawrd/Center
6-11/240
92 International
16 Boston
Boston
Asefa Estudiantes
(Spain)
Lucas Nogueira
Power Forward/Center
7-0/220
92 International
46
Utah
Virginia Tech Erick Green
Shooting Guard/Point Guard
6-3/180
Senior
17
Atlanta
New Yorker
(Germany)
Dennis Schroeder
Point Guard
6-2/168
93 International
47 Atlanta
Atlanta
Lagun Aro GBC
(Spain)
Raul Neto
Point Guard
6-2/179
92 International
18 Atlanta
Atlanta
Miami (Fl.) Shane Larkin
Point Guard
5-11/171
Sophomore
48 Los Angeles
LA Lakers

Duke

Ryan Kelly
Power Forward
6-11/230
Senior
19
Cleveland
BC Triumph
(Russia)
Sergey Karasev
Shooting Guard
6-7/197
93 International
49
Chicago
Florida Erik Murphy
Power Forward
6-10/240
Senior
20
Chicago
New Mexico Tony Snell
Shooting Guard
6-7/198
Junior
50 Atlanta
Atlanta
Long Beach State
James Ennis
Small Forward
6-7/200
Senior
21 Utah
Utah
Louisville

Gorgui Dieng
Center
6-11/230
Junior

51
Orlando
Oklahoma Romero Osby
Small Forward
6-7/240
Senior
22
Brooklyn
Duke

Mason Plumlee
Power Forward
6-11/238
Senior

52
Minnesota
North Carolina State Lorenzo Brown
Point Guard
6-5/189
Junior
23
Indiana
Arizona Solomon Hill
Small Forward
6-7/226
Senior
53
Indiana
Colorado State Colton Iverson
Center
7-0/263
Senior
24
New York
Michigan Tim Hardaway Jr.
Shooting Guard
6-6/200
Junior
54 Washington
Washington
Oregon Arsalan Kazemi
Power Forward
6-7/230
Senior
25
LA Clippers
North Carolina Reggie Bullock
Shooting Guard
6-7/200
Junior
55
Memphis
Partizan
(Serbia)
Joffrey Lauvergne
Power Forward/Center
6-11/240
91 International
26 Minnesota
Minnesota
Colorado Andre Roberson
Small Forward/Power Forward
6-7/206
Junior
56
Detroit
Louisville Peyton Silva
Point Guard
6-1/181
Senior
27
Denver
Cholet (France) Rudy Gobert
Center
7-2/238
92 International
57
Phoenix

Missouri

Alex Oriakhi
Power Forward
6-9/255
Senior
28
San Antonio
ASVEL Villeubanne (France) Livio Jean-Charles
Small Forward/Power Forward
6-9/217
93 International
58
San Antonio
Ohio State DeShaun Thomas
Small Forward
6-6/220
Junior
29 Oklahoma City
OK City
Kentucky Archie Goodwin
Shooting Guard
6-5/189
Freshman
59
Minnesota
Valencia
(Spain)
Bojan Dubljevic
Power Forward
6-9/235
91 International
30 Phoenix
Phoenix
Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania) Nemanja Nedovic
Point Guard/Shooting Guard
6-3/190
91 International
60
Memphis
Ventspils
(Latvia)
Janis Timma
Small Forward
6-8/226
92 International

 

 
John McNamee
NBA PLAYERS
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USF Basketball Hall-of-Famer Joe McNamee Passes Away

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

FT%

RPG

APG

PPG

1946-47 San Francisco

27

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

6.0

1947-48 San Francisco

24

N/A

60.7

N/A

N/A

8.1

1948-49 San Francisco

8

34.6

59.2

N/A

N/A

6.5

1949-50 San Francisco

30

N/A

73.4

N/A

N/A

10.7

DIV I Totals

89

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

7.8

 
Bob McCann
NBA PLAYERS
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MSU Athletic Hall of Famer Bob McCann Passes Away

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

1982-83 Upsala

26

47.5

53.1

N/A

N/A

8.0

N/A

9.9

1983-84 Morehead State

Did Not Play Transfer Student

1984-85 Morehead State

27

49.1

55.9

0.9

2.7

9.7

1.5

17.1

1985-86 Morehead State

27

53.4

65.3

0.6

2.5

10.4

0.6

16.9

1986-87 Morehead State

28

54.8

33.3

62.9

1.4

3.0

11.3

1.5

18.6

DIV I Totals

82

52.4

33.3

61.6

1.0

2.7

10.5

1.2

17.5

 
1991 UNLV: Best College Basketball Team Ever!
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The 1991 Runnin’ Rebels are the greatest college basketball team of all time. That’s right I said it. Re-read that line a couple times. Let it burn into your cranium. Now I know what everyone will say - they didn’t even win the title that year! They lost to Duke. Yes, I know that. But let’s cut through all the PC rules and regulations when it comes to picking the best team of all time and just come out honest and swinging.

For those who think the argument ends with the fact they didn’t win. Just stop it. That’s like saying the 1983 North Carolina State Wolfpack’s victory over Phi Slamma Jamma meant they were better. That’s the beauty of college basketball and its blemish. You only have to beat a team once to win. This isn’t the NBA where you need to be consistent in a best of seven series.

Hell, I’ll even go on record and say the 1990 UNLV squad belongs in the top 10 of all time teams. I call this a fact that few can argue, yet there are few that will even take on that argument because of all the variables at play with the hated Runnin’ Rebels. But the 1990 team is for another article at another time. Today is about the 1991 team.

Here’s an important piece of the UNLV puzzle. Everyone, and I mean everyone, hated UNLV. People can try to deny this, but UNLV was like the Yankees in baseball, the Notre Dame of college football and the Mike Tyson of boxing. Why, you might ask? Because they were vicious and explosive, while destroying everyone by an average of 26.7 points. It’s a record that still stands 5th all time. During the UNLV golden age they won an impressive 45 games straight when you include their final 11 games of the 1990 championship season. Say what you want about level of competition, but while the Big West wasn’t the Pac-10 or ACC, think of Memphis in conference USA. Some teams were ranked. Most weren’t that great. But unlike Conference USA with its marginal prospects, the Big West had several solid pro prospects in Randy Brown, Cedric Ceballos, Lucious Harris and Byron Russell. To make things interesting Coach Jerry Tarkanian always scheduled a tough out of conference schedule that, in 1991, included Arkansas (2), Michigan State (4), and Louisville (23), all top 25 opponents at the time.

Even the Late John Wooden couldn’t stand the idea that the 1991 Rebels were better than any of his teams. When talk began to hit the Wizard of Westwood ear’s, the typically humble and reserved Wooden quickly spoke that his UCLA teams were better than UNLV, but also quickly recanted in a separate interview proclaiming that 1991 UNLV is up there and no college basketball team is the best ever.

 
Armon Gilliam
NBA PLAYERS
  • Name: Armon Gilliam AKA Armen Gilliam
  • Position: Power Forward
  • Height: 6-9 (2.05m)
  • Weight: 230 (104kg)
  • College Team: Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels
  • Nationality: American
  • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Birthdate: 5/28/1964 - 7/5/2011
  • Drafted: Selected by the Phoenix Suns in the first round (2nd pick overall) of 1987 NBA Draft.
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Former NBA player, UNLV great Armen Gilliam dies

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

1982-83 Independence JC.

38

62.1

63.2

N/A

N/A

8.3

0.4

16.9

1983-84 UNLV

Did Not Play

1984-85 UNLV

31

62.1

---

65.3

0.9

0.5

6.8

0.2

11.9

1985-86 UNLV

37

52.9

---

76.8

1.1

1.1

8.5

0.5

15.9

1986-87 UNLV

39

60.0

---

72.8

1.4

0.9

9.3

0.9

23.2

DIV I Totals

107

58.0

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72.2

1.1

0.9

8.3

0.5

17.4

 
Matthew's Musings: 2011 NBA Draft
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The 2011 NBA draft is over, but instead of talking about draft grades that you can find anywhere on the Internet, I want to focus on historical patterns and why this past draft was a train wreck in terms of execution and scouting ideology.

The first 6 picks rolled through with a mild surprise in Tristan Thompson who surged to number 4, and Brandon Knight who dropped out of the top 5 despite several NBA Draft prognosticators labeling him the number 3 pick. Utah wisely chooses Enes Kanter while Knight's fall lasted until Detroit scooped him with the 8th pick. What happened next not only left me scratching my head, but made me question if scouting had really been done.

Bismack Biyombo has been glorified as a Ben Wallace clone since dominating 2011 Hoop Summit with a triple double showing. He also has some unique circumstances that almost mirror rising NBA player and Congo native, Serge Ibaka. Charlotte committed hard and drafted Biymombo early at 7. After all, how could they not be getting something similar to Ibaka? The big picture though has become clouded and even though both players have alarming similarities, they quickly stop after the heritage and Junior Spain basketball upbringing.

Unlike Biyombo, Ibaka at 16 had a much more refined game with solid perimeter shooting, ball handling and is a much more explosive player. In basic basketball Jargon, at 16-years-old, Ibaka's fundamentals were light years away from 18-year-old Biyombo's. Even when you look at their work in the LEB (Spain's second division Basketball League), Ibaka trumps Biyombo in every category.

It amazes me that the NBA doesn't draft high schoolers because they claim that extra year of school is good for them (maybe two, depending on how this year's Collective Bargaining Agreement shapes up), but upon seeing Biyombo's triple double assault on USA's Junior National team, NBA GM's decided he has the goods. Never mind that the US had no true center. Heck, I could even argue they had no true power forward, as UNC bound James McAdoo is a combo forward and Kentucky Bound Anthony Davis is a mere 195 pound forward who is still getting his body together after his astronomical 8-inch growth spurt after his sophomore year. These guys are hardly NBA bangers but yet some acted shocked on how Biyombo dominated them physically. The point is, he isn't a sure thing and has more questions surrounding him than any player drafted in the top 10.

 
Six Degrees: Dwayne Wade has more connections than a rolodex!
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Six Degrees of Separation is the popular theory that you can link a person to anyone else in the world through acquaintances with an average of only six people separating the two individuals.

So what's Dwayne Wade got to do with Ty Cobb & Babe Ruth? Follow the trail that connects Dwayne through one of the greatest lines in Six Degress that will span 5 Hall of Fame players in baseball and basketball...

  • ►Michael Jordan hand picked Dwayne Wade to join his Jordan Brand Shoe Company through a shoe endorsement deal.
  • ►Dean Smith coached Michael Jordan while at North Carolina from 1982-84.
  • ►Frank McGuire asked Dean Smith in 1958 to join him as an assistant on his coaching staff.
  • ►Joe Lapchick was a close friend to Frank McGuire through his college years and later in life.
  • ►Babe Ruth would often play barnstorming basketball games with Lapchick's Celtics teams during the 1920's
  • ►Rip Collins played with Ruth on the 1920 & 1921 New York Yankee teams as well as Ty Cobb's Detroit Tigers of 1923 - 1926 seasons.

Dwayne Wade might have the single greatest six degrees of seperation that leads back into the 1920's.

 
Draft Flashback: NBA Draft Review of 2003
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NBA Draft Review of 2003
DATE: June 26, 2003


Site: Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York
DRAFT OBSERVATIONS
Through the years, there have been few NBA drafts with a surefire lock for the number one pick. Lebron James was ranked by most experts and journalists as the number one amateur player in the world. During his senior year, "The Lebron Effect" was tremendous leading up to the draft. His popularity and fame were so high that the demand for his games to grew in epic proportions. Auction websites such as EBay were selling video taped games for $25-$50.00 dollars. ESPN took it a step further and commenced to broadcast nationally televised games during his senior season. Even casual fans were tuning in to catch a glimpse of the next potential Michael Jordan. And unlike many of the Early Entry underclassmen, freshman Carmelo Anthony led Syracuse to the NCAA Championship while sophomore sensation Dwyane Wade took Marquette to the final four. For the first time in a long while, the NBA had three stars in Anthony, Wade and Lebron, who had already established fan bases before playing in the NBA. But add to this list the Serbian sensation, Darko Milicic who just turned 18, and had already played two years of professional ball in Yugoslavia's top league. Scouts and GM's were enamored with his height and shooting ability. UNLV's Marcus Banks went from being an early second draft pick to one of the hottest names in the draft. Through private workouts Banks' stock went through the roof.

One of the most interesting stories on draft night was the drama of Maciej Lampe. Although considered by many to be one of the top ten talents in the draft, he unbelievably slid out of the first round before being the first second round selection by the New York Knicks. Lampe's stock plummeted when his overseas team, Complutense, sent memos to all of the NBA informing them that Lampe had a huge buyout and they still maintained his rights. This information made a lot of team's leery about drafting a player in the first round that could have legal problems.

Although both Jason Kapono and Luke Walton didn't perform the way many scouts and GM's hoped and although they weren't marked as definite draft prospects, they did the best job of improving their draft stock. Slovenian guard Sani Becirovic also deserves admiration for coming back from two serious knee injuries that were so devastating, many called it career ending. Had Becirovic come out two years earlier, he quite possibly would have been a top twenty selection. Unfortunately, his injuries kept him out of the game for a year and he had opportunity for only one mediocre workout before the draft. Many will tell you he was probably only at 35-40 percent of his true playing level. Nevertheless, Becirovic's success as a draftee is a testament to his perseverance and ability as a ball player.

This draft also led to a rule change as Sofoklis Schortsanitis and Darko Milicic were allowed to enter the NBA draft despite being age seventeen when they declared. Commissioner David Stern pointed to the league's former rule that stated a player must be eighteen when they declare for the draft. Stern then went on to say that both Schortsanitis and Milicic were eligible if they were eighteen at the time of the draft. This worked out great for Milicic, but would Schortsanitis been better served staying overseas? He dropped out of the first round and was selected in the second round, 34th overall, by the Los Angles Clippers.

Then came the pick that made the most commotion and virtually no one knew about it. The Portland Trailblazer's selection of Nedzad Sinanovic had many wide-eyed and open mouthed. After almost three years with the Bosnian Army, Sinanovic decided he was going to play basketball again. His agent had him signed and on his way to the Spanish club, Unicaja Malaga. Here, the raw prospect would workout, gain experience and training, but would never actually play for the team, giving him extremely low exposure to scouts and GMs. During this time Sinanovic developed tremendous potential, and because of his age, was automatically eligible for the draft. But with a non-English speaking agent and virtually no publicity, the prospect of going undrafted was at the door. This fate, however, was what Sinanovic was hoping for. Going undrafted equated to more dollars for the player. As a free agent, he would have bypassed the rookie pay scale and been able to sign a contract with any NBA team for an unrestricted amount. Needless to say, gone are the days of international surprises!
DRAFT DETAILS
Automatically Eligible for Draft: All NCAA seniors, International players born in the year 1981, or players that transfered from a college team to a professional team in the same calendar year are automatically entered.
Draft Order: 14-29 Order is determined by season records and tiebreakers per team.
Early Entry: High school seniors and International draftees are eligible for the draft if they are in the same year in which they turn 18. All other candidates 18 and over such as H.S. Seniors, Freshmen, Sophomore, Juniors, Seniors and Internationals prospects born 1982-1985 can apply.
Irregularities: None.
Lottery Picks: 1-13 Order is detremined by ping pong balls with the team with the worst record getting the most chances.Each team in the lottery is assigned a certain number of combinations, such that teams with worse records are assigned more combinations increasing their odds of landing a top-3 pick. There are a total of 1,000 combinations that are assigned, one of the combinations does not belong to any team and the 4 balls are redrawn if it is encountered. Having 1,000 combinations makes it easier to calculate the probability of receiving the first pick in the draft.
Total Rounds: Two
DRAFT SNIPPETS

First Pick: Lebron James (1st overall)
Naismith Player Of the Year: T.J. Ford (6th overall)
Last Man Standing: Andreas Glyniadakis (58th Overall)
First Point Guard: T.J. Ford (6th overall)
First Shooting Guard: Lebron James (1st overall)
First Small Forward: Carmelo Anthony (3rd overall)
First Power Forward: Darko Milicic (2nd overall)
First Center: Chris Kaman (6th overall)

Dominant Alumni: Foreign Leagues (20)
Darko Milicic (2nd overall)
Mickael Pietrus (11th overall)
Zarko Cabarkapa (17th overall)
Aleksandar Pavlovic (19th overall)
Boris Diaw (21st overall)
Zoran Planinic (22nd overall)
Carlos Delfino (25th overall)
Leandrinho Barbosa (28th overall)
Maciej Lampe (30th overall)
Sofoklis Schortsanitis (34th overall)
Szymon Szewczyk (35th overall)
Slavko Vranes (39th overall)
Zaur Pachulia (42nd overall)
Malick Badiane (44th overall)
Sani Becirovic (46th overall)
Pacellis Morlende (50th overall)
Remon Van De Hare (52nd overall)
Nedzad Sinanovic (54th overall)
Xue Yuyang (57th overall)
Andreas Glyniadakis (58th overall)

Final Four:
Syracuse: Carmelo Anthony (3rd overall)
Kansas: Kirk Hinrich (7th overall), Nick Collison (12th Overall)
Texas: T.J. Ford (8th overall)
Marquette: Dwyane Wade (5th overall)

Total Underclassmen Declared: 74
Oldest Player Drafted: Travis Hansen (25)
Yougest Player Drafted: Sofoklis Schortsanitis (18)

 
Draft Flashback: NBA Draft Review of 1999
Historical
NBA Draft Review of 2001
DATE: June 27, 2001


Site: Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York
DRAFT OBSERVATIONS
The 1999 NBA draft had few franchise players like Elton Brand but will nonetheless be remembered as a solid draft class. Perhaps the deepest position in the draft was the small forward position. Eleven small forward were drafted in the first round. When it comes down to talent and high quality role players this class proved that you don’t need a franchise rich draft to have a good crop of prospects.

The Chicago Bulls dominated for several years with six NBA championships featuring three Hall of Fame players in their starting lineup. What rival wouldn’t wait and hope for a downfall? Their faith was fully rewarded as the Bulls finished the season 13-37, far from the championship glory that fans and media grew accustomed to. The Bulls vilified GM Jerry Krause, blaming him for purposely breaking up the team while outside accusers also scrutinized him. This draft brought increased pressure for Krause to choose wisely. Owning the first pick, he had several options. Krause could take Steve Francis, the high flying crowd pleaser from Maryland, Lamar Odom, the talented but troubled youngster, or Elton Brand, the dominate big man from Duke who was arguably the best player on the best team in the nation. With few applause Krause chose steady big man Elton Brand. Some questioned Brand’s size but Krause was convinced that he would not only succeed but potentially reach star status. A year later, Krause proved himself correct when Brand was named Co-Rookie of the Year with Steve Francis. Krause also made another excellent choice in Ron Artest, a native New Yorker like Brand. In their high school days the two joined forces on their AAU team and became fast friends. In the end, Krause blew the tandem up by trading Brand and Artest in the span of three seasons. Since then Artest and Brand have become All-Stars among the league’s best for their respective teams.

The dream is not to be drafted by an NBA team but to be drafted by the right NBA team. Steve Francis looked as happy as a man on his way to a root canal. He literally threw his hands in the air after hearing his name called as if saying "Why me Lord". Before the start of the draft, Francis informed the Vancouver Grizzlies that he didn’t want to be selected by a team too far from his Grandmother in Maryland. She had raised him after his mother’s unfortunate death. After the draft, Steve Francis (in John Elway fashion), forced the Grizzlies to make a trade with the Houston Rockets. This was a destination that was extremely pleasing to Francis. He was elated with the thought of staying closer to home (for those who might not know, NFL player John Elway was originally drafted by the Colts. He and his father apparently had problems with the Colts coach at the time. Elway was traded to the Denver Broncos where he became a Hall of Fame quarterback). Francis has been a three-time All Star, but still has reportable character issues and is viewed by some as a spoiled athlete.

McDonald’s never tasted so good. Jonathan Bender, who by many accounts was a talented blue chip college bound player, still looked a few years shy from entering the NBA. No one envisioned the 205 pound 6-11 high school Center going pro, but that all changed suddenly when he played in the Annual McDonald’s All American game, the showcase for the best high school talent in the land. Bender dominated the game shooting three point baskets with amazing fluidness and displaying unbelievable athleticism. He even broke the legendary McDonald’s scoring record of Michael Jordan - 30 points. In 31 minutes Bender had 31 Points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks in a performance that would catapult him to the top of the NBA draft board. But Toronto never kept Bender and immediately traded him to the Pacers. Sadly, Bender never reached his potential as injuries withered away his progress. Finally, chronic knee problems lead to his retirement in 2006 at the tender age of 25.

Sometimes smaller is better in the world of basketball. Small school love was in full effect as teams were drafting players from schools not famous for basketball. The first team to start the trend was Golden State as they picked up Jeff Foster from Southwest Texas State. Foster captured team’s interest with a strong showing at Portsmouth and the Nike Desert Classic. Next Jerry West, in his typical fashion, drafted Division III Devean George of Augsburg College. This small school player earned All Tournament Honors at Portsmouth and became the first Division III player to be drafted since Lamont Strothers in 1991. Lastly, Antwain Smith was drafted out of St. Paul’s college in Virginia after an above average showing in Portsmouth. These players proved that despite the major college conferences, there’s a place for small school players in the NBA.

Sometimes what you see isn’t what you get. Mavericks GM and Coach Don Nelson looked at the draft and figured that if he was going to gamble, going with a big man would be his best bet. Leon Smith was an extremely talented big man who stood out in Chicago’s public league. The Illinois Player of the Year had a number of Division I scholarships lined up. In the end it was down to Fresno State or the NBA. Despite unfavorable reports about his draft status (pegged by many to be a second rounder), Smith entered the NBA draft with barely as much buzz as fellow teen phenom Jonathan Bender. San Antonio gave up Smith as part of deal with the Dallas Mavericks. Nelson knew Smith was a bit of a project and wanted his big man overseas to develop a little more before entering the NBA. Smith however rejected this notion and insisted that he was NBA material. Physically he was ready but it became clear that his mental capacity was still immature and self-esteem battered. Since the age of five Smith had been a ward of the state, living in various foster homes and shelters. Two weeks after signing, he attempted suicide by swallowing 250 aspirins. In an alleged deranged state, he was found in his home passed out wearing green war paint. After being released from the hospital Smith again found trouble when he threatened his ex-girlfriend and damaged her mother’s car. He was then put in a program for psychiatric treatment and payment arrangements were made for his 1.45 million dollar contract to be disbursed over 10 years. Smith has made two returns to the NBA, one with the Atlanta Hawks in 2001-02 and the other with Seattle Supersonics in 2003-04. He continues to receive treatment and play basketball for minor league teams.

China’s first is not as good as the sequel but just as important. Wang Zhi-Zhi drew a host of blank stares on draft night. While a superstar in China, Zhi-Zhi’s rise onto radar of pro NBA scouts came about during the 1996 Olympic Games were he had a very good game against the U.S. dream team with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Even more mysterious to NBA officials (and even Chinese reporters) is how Zhi-Zhi could be selected when he never declared for the draft. Every document that was available at the time listed Wang Zhi-Zhi as being born in 1979. Thanks to his agent, the Mavericks were able to get a hold of Wang’s true birth date showing the legal documents that indicated that Zhi-Zhi was born in 1977 and making him draft eligible. It took two years for Zhi-Zhi to join Dallas when Chinese basketball officials finally allowed him to pursue his NBA career. After Wang left for the NBA his Bayi Rockets team that was so dominate in the Chinese Basketball Association had been beaten by the Shanghai Sharks with there promising newcomer Yao Ming. Yao then went on to become the first pick in the 2002 NBA draft.

Spice up your NBA team with some international flair. Two of the best players in the draft were two of the biggest steals, and both international players. Andrei Kirilenko was only 18 years old but already had three years of professional basketball experience in Russia. Blessed with tremendous athleticism and potential, Kirilenko had pro scouts buzzing with excitement. Utah took him with the knowledge that he would stay overseas for a while. Two years later Kirilenko made his debut in the NBA where he has blossomed as not only one of the most versatile players, but also one of the best small forwards in the game today. Unlike Kirilenko who had a lot of buzz, Manu Ginobili was a relatively obscure commodity. Ginobili was known as a solid player in the second division of Italy but not a future NBA prospect. In Europe young players are often identified and put on premier teams to slowly develop. Ginobili played for his father Jorge’s local team Bahia Blanca while growing up in Argentina. This explains why he was under the radar to many pro scouts. Ginobili stayed overseas for four years after being drafted where he became a superstar. Suddenly teams were grimacing about this 57th pick joining forces with Spurs’ Tony Parker and Tim Duncan. Needless to stay these worries were well founded as Ginobili helped San Antonio win two world championships. He further established his talent leading Argentina to a gold medal in the 2004 summer Olympics.

DRAFT DETAILS
Automatically Eligible for Draft: All NCAA seniors, International players born in the year 1977, or players that transfered from a college team to a professional team in the same calendar year are automatically entered.

Draft Order: 14-29 Order is determined by season records and tiebreakers per team.

Early Entry: High school seniors and International draftees are eligible for the draft if they are in the same year in which they turn 18. All other candidates 18 and over such as H.S. Seniors, Freshmen, Sophomore, Juniors, Seniors and Internationals prospects born 1978-1981 can apply.

Irregularities: None.

Lottery Picks: 1-13 Order is detremined by ping pong balls with the team with the worst record getting the most chances.Each team in the lottery is assigned a certain number of combinations, such that teams with worse records are assigned more combinations increasing their odds of landing a top-3 pick. There are a total of 1,000 combinations that are assigned, one of the combinations does not belong to any team and the 4 balls are redrawn if it is encountered. Having 1,000 combinations makes it easier to calculate the probability of receiving the first pick in the draft.

Total Rounds: Two
DRAFT SNIPPETS
First Pick: Elton Brand (1st overall)
Naismith Player Of the Year: Elton Brand (1st overall)
Last Man Standing: Eddie Lucas (58th overall)
First Point Guard: Steve Francis (2nd overall)
First Shooting Guard: Wally Szczerbiak (6th overall)
First Small Forward: Lamar Odom (4th overall)
First Power Forward: Elton Brand (1st overall)
First Center: Aleksander Radojevic (12th overall)

Dominant Alumni: Foreign Leagues (6)
Frederic Weis (15th overall)
Andrei Kirilenko (24th overall)
Rico Hill (31st overall)
Wang Zhi-Zhi (36th overall)
Gordan Giricek (40th overall)
Emanuel Ginobili (57th overall)

Final Four:
Connecticut: Richard Hamilton (7th overall)
Duke: Elton Brand (1st overall), Trajan Langdon (11th overall), William Avery (13th overall),
Corey Maggette (14th overall)
Michigan State: None
Ohio State: None

Total Underclassmen Declared: 39
Oldest Player Drafted: Lee Nailon (24)
Yougest Player Drafted: Andrei Kirilenko (18)
Trade Transactions: Draft Day Trades
 
1997 Undrafted - Fabricio Oberto
Drafts
  • Name: Fabricio Oberto
  • Position: Power Forward
  • Height: 6-10 (2.08m)
  • Weight: 245 (111kg)
  • INT. Team: Deportiva Atenas
  • Nationality: Argentine
  • Birthplace: Cordoba, Argentina
  • Birthdate: 3/21/1975
  • Drafted: Not drafted by an NBA franchise.
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Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

1995-96 Atenas

57

68.7

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61.0

1.4

1.0

6.3

0.9

13.2

1996-97 Atenas

42

68.8

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51.0

1.1

0.9

6.3

1.0

12.4

Totals

99

68.7

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56.2

1.2

0.9

6.3

0.9

12.8

 
2011 NBA Draft Power Forward Prospect Rankings
2014 Draft

Rank Player Pos. School Ht. Wt. Proj. Rd.
1. Jared Sullinger PF Ohio State 6-9 260 1
2. Trey Thompkins PF Georgia 6-9 250 1
3. Donatas Motiejunas PF Benetton 7-1 225 1
4. Derrick Williams PF Arizona 6-8 235 1
5. Greg Smith PF Fresno State 6-10 250 1
6. Marcus Morris PF/SF Kansas 6-9 225 1
7. Aaric Murray PF La Salle 6-10 250 1-2
8 Willie Reed PF St. Louis 6-9 220 1-2
9. Jajuan Johnson PF Purdue 6-10 215 1-2
10. Jeremy Tyler PF Tokyo Apache 6-10 245 1-2
11. Renardo Sidney PF Mississippi St. 6-10 270 2
12. Will Coleman PF Memphis 6-9 250 2
13. Kenneth Faried PF Morehead St. 6-8 225 2
14. Gary Flowers PF/SF Southern Miss. 6-8 215 2-FA
15. Lavoy Allen PF Temple 6-9 225 2-FA
 
2011 NBA Draft Center Prospect Rankings
2014 Draft

Rank Player Pos. School Ht. Wt. Proj. Rd.
1. Enes Kanter C Kentucky 6-11 260 1
2. Fab Melo C Syracuse 7-0 255 1
3. Keith Benson C Oakland 6-11 225 2
4. Giorgi Shermadini C Panathinaikos 7-1 250 2-FA
5. Jarrid Famous C South Florida 6-11 240 2-FA
6. Robert Sacre C Gonzaga 7-0 250 2-FA
7. Gary McGhee C Pittsburgh 6-11 238 FA
8 Mike Tisdale C Illinois 7-1 250 FA
9. Uros Lukovic C Radnicki II 7-0 240 FA
10. Brent Qvale C Montana 6-11 265 FA
 
Honorable Draftee: The Case for Chris Street
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The Case for Chris Street

For many Big Ten basketball observers in the early 1990's, the league had an amazing amount of talent. If you were a fan during this time, there were usually two things you either hated or loved, depending on your loyalties. For many, it was the hot-dogging of Michigan's Fab Five, and for others, it was Iowa's physical ball club. The focal point for opponents and fans often resided with Chris Street and his aggressive pursuit of rebounds, mastered with the rare ability to pick up the spirits of the Iowa faithful with a mere fist pump.

When people talk about Chris Street's basketball ability, you won’t hear about 40-point games or ridiculous stats. His real talents aren’t found in the quick glimpse of his player profile. To discover Street’s worth, you had to see him play. More than anything, his willingness to compete against anyone or do anything, from diving on the floor to providing a tough box out, endeared him with all of Iowa. No just the university – the entire state of Iowa.

If you were from Iowa, you liked Chris Street. It was that simple. But for the rest of the country, proof of his talent concedes with what he accomplished in his three years with the Iowa Hawkeye program. Street appeared on scout's radar following a solid freshman year. During that time he became a full time starter and ended the year among the Big Ten’s leaders in field goal percentage and rebounds. Despite playing in a conference that would produce 13 draft picks in the span of the two years (1993 & 1994) Street remained consistent and ever improving.

 
Gold Rush to Fool's Gold: The Decline of the International Prospect
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With the 2010 NBA Draft now a thing of the past, history books are beginning to reveal something interesting; I dare to even call it alarming, and it may prove to be a budding new trend: the international basketball market is in severe decline.

Take a look at this past 2010 NBA draft. There was only one international draft pick in the first round, Kevin Seraphin. And after Seraphin suffered a minor knee injury, it was rumored that he might withdraw from the draft. That would have meant no international draft picks in the first round, a scenario that hasn’t occurred since the 1997 NBA Draft. As for round two, there were only five foreign picks.

So why was Seraphin the only international first rounder? When Donatas Motiejunas and Jan Vesely both pulled out of early entry, no doubt the international market took a hit. Most early entries withdraw from the draft because of poor draft status, but this was not the case with Motiejunas and Vesley. Although both prospects were projected as locks in the first round, there was speculation that contract buyouts could hinder Vesley’s and Motiejunas’s prospects. But even if you factor in these two “no shows”, the numbers still dictate a decline.

 
Remembering Lorezen Wright: The Baron of Memphis Basketball
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In cities across America there are basketball legends who are embraced locally. Anfernee Hardaway gets this respect in Memphis. In many ways he can be considered the king in Memphis – royalty in basketball as best to ever grace the city’s courts. And like every king with his royal heritage, there will be others who possess similar noble swag. Lorenzen Wright can be counted among nobles in that city. He is the Baron of Memphis basketball.

Lorenzen Wright at Memphis

Wright can claim such status in this city due to his University of Memphis pedigree and the upbringing of his father, Herb, who was a talented basketball player in his own right. Wright’s lineage is marked with basketball royalty only shared by a select few. From a young age he learned perseverance and toughness as he witnessed his father overcome adversity after being wheelchair bound. Herb played professionally and starred at Oral Roberts, although not a spectacular player, he understood the game and dabbled overseas before returning to Memphis.

While at a local community center, thugs shot Herb in the back in retaliation for his breaking up a fight earlier that evening. Despite this adversity he continued to teach Lorenzen the game and even earned a head coaching spot at Shelby Community College on the women’s team.

Wright’s grandmother raised him in Oxford, Mississippi for most of his life. With his parents in Memphis, Wright would frequently visit his father and spent a good portion of the summer months with his parents receiving training on his game. Wright played his first two years at Lafayette high school in Mississippi, taking his team to the state title as a sophomore before losing to Mississippi powerhouse Lanier (led by Georgetown bound Jerry Nichols).

But how could a player born and, for the most part, raised in Mississippi endear himself to the people of Memphis? After a fateful conversation with his parents, Lorenzen made the difficult decision to leave Lafayette High School and play his remaining years at Booker T. Washington in Memphis. The decision proved to be a great move, as he raised his profile on the court, averaging 27.6 points, 18.1 rebounds, and 6.6 blocks per game in his senior year while leading his team to the Tennessee state quarterfinals. Wright also earned a spot on McDonald’s prestigious All American team and was often viewed as a top 20 player in his class.

 
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