Rumor: Mavericks nearly drafted Saddiq Bey over Josh Green last year
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by Cody Taylor
1y ago
When the Dallas Mavericks were on the clock last year in the NBA draft, the organization selected guard Josh Green from the University of Arizona with the 18th overall pick. However, they almost took Saddiq Bey from Villanova instead. According to Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report, some within the Mavericks organization wanted to draft Bey. Others wanted to take Green because of his analytical grade. Because of the split, some executives and scouts were upset when Green was ultimately the selection. The revelation was made by Wasserman on Thursday after Bey was named to the NBA All-Rookie ..read more
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2020 NBA Draft: 10 bold predictions from the preseason revisited
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by Cody Taylor
1y ago
Prior to the start of the 2020-21 season, we made 10 bold predictions for the incoming class of rookies and made a vow to come back at the end of the year and see just how we did. Well, the regular season is over and here we are to recap these projections. Our annual revisit of these bold predictions typically just consists of us trying to convince basketball fans why we made the picks and why they should have come true, but ultimately didn’t. On further review, some of the projections made back in December were just too bold to come to fruition. But, we fared better than we did last year ..read more
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Notable undrafted free agents eligible for 2021 G League draft
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by Bryan Kalbrosky
1y ago
The upcoming 2021 NBA G League season may give several players not selected in the recent NBA draft another opportunity in the pros. The NBA G League is hosting a bubble tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sport Complex in Florida. Once teams are assembled, they will arrive to the location by Jan. 26 for physicals and onboarding. The first game is set for Feb. 8, and teams are expected to play a “12-to-15 game schedule” before the single-elimination playoffs from March 5-March 9. While teams may have the majority of their roster spots ready to go, they’ll supplement final spaces with the G Le ..read more
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2020-21 NBA rookie scale contract figures for first-round picks
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by Cody Taylor
1y ago
Following the NBA draft, prospects are beginning to sign with their respective teams with the start of the 2020-21 season just around the corner on Dec. 22. Contracts for rookies are each slotted based on where they were drafted. The amount is tied to a certain percentage of the salary cap and fluctuates each season. Players can sign for as much as 120% and as little as 80% of the rookie scale so each contract can be different. While the amount of each contract is locked in, agents can negotiate different conditions for their clients. This is why some players sign earlier than others. Stipulat ..read more
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NBA 2K21: Complete rookie ratings for each first-round draftee
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by Cody Taylor
1y ago
Just two days following the 2020 NBA draft, 2K Sports released the complete rookie ratings for each prospect in NBA 2K21 ahead of the 2020-21 season. The popular video was released worldwide on Sept. 4 and features cover athletes Kobe Bryant, Damian Lillard and Zion Williamson across the various platforms. On the initial release, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo each ranked as the top-rated players at 97, respectively. Evaluating the incoming rookie class this year was a bit of a challenge since prospects did not play in the NCAA Tournament and others, such as LaMelo Ball and R.J. H ..read more
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Cole Anthony will wear the same jersey number as his father
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by Cody Taylor
1y ago
Orlando Magic first-round pick Cole Anthony has chosen to wear the No. 50 as his jersey number, the same number that his father, Greg, wore throughout much of his 11-year NBA career. Of course, Greg played four seasons with the New York Knicks and also had stops with five other teams. He kicked off his career by wearing No. 2 with the Knicks but switched to No. 50, which he also wore with the Portland Trail Blazers, Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks. He also donned No. 2 with the Vancouver Grizzlies and Seattle SuperSonics. Cole wore No. 2 during his lone season at North Carolina after arrivin ..read more
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James Wiseman was 'down' following Klay Thompson injury news
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by Cody Taylor
1y ago
Nineteen-year-old James Wiseman had an exciting evening on Wednesday after the Golden State Warriors selected him with the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, but the former Memphis Tigers center experienced a down moment at one point. Wiseman, along with the rest of the basketball community, learned just prior to the start of the draft that Warriors guard Klay Thompson suffered an injury to his right leg during a pick-up game in Los Angeles. According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the fear is Thompson sustained a significant injury to his right Achilles. Thompson was scheduled to have an MRI on T ..read more
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Damian Lillard reacts to Celtics drafting Payton Pritchard in first round
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by Cody Taylor
1y ago
On Wednesday, the Boston Celtics selected Pac-12 Player of the Year Payton Pritchard from the University of Oregon with the 26th pick in the 2020 NBA draft. Pritchard was most commonly projected to be a second-round pick, but a strong showing during the pre-draft process helped improve his stock. In fact, a report surfaced last month that indicated Pritchard may have even received a first-round promise from a team. Following the selection, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard congratulated Pritchard on social media for his hard work to be drafted by the Celtics with the 26th pick in the ..read more
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R.J. Hampton had a hilarious hat snafu following trade to Nuggets
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by Cody Taylor
1y ago
On Wednesday, the NBA hosted its first virtual draft and the event appeared to run smoothly until the 24th pick. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the NBA brought the draft experience to the prospects, who watched the event unfold from their homes or offseason residences. To help facilitate the coverage, 19 prospects had satellite trucks stationed outside of their location while the rest of the players received broadcast kits, which included an iPhone and a Microsoft Surface tablet. Draftees also received receive an NBA draft gift locker that included a full set of New Era x NBA 2020 Dr ..read more
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Spike Lee had a priceless reaction to the Magic drafting Cole Anthony
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by Cody Taylor
1y ago
With the 15th overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft, the Orlando Magic on Wednesday selected guard Cole Anthony from the University of North Carolina. Anthony was widely projected to be selected in the middle of the first round and that proved true when NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called his name at No. 15. Anthony said last week the Magic were one of three teams he worked out with prior to the draft. Following the selection, the camera panned to his draft party, which included his father, Greg, who played for the New York Knicks in the mid-1990s, and the rest of his family. However, one person ..read more
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