Tag: NBA DRAFT

2021 NBA Draft Grades: Philadelphia 76ers Get An ‘A-‘ For Landing Jaden Springer At No. 28 Overall

The first season of the Doc Rivers era went according to plan for the Philadelphia 76ers, at least for a while. The Sixers earned the top seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs and, even with an injury to Joel Embiid, Philadelphia breezed through the first round and took a 2-1 lead against the Atlanta Hawks […]

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2021 NBA Draft Grades: Washington Wizards Get A ‘B’ For Taking Corey Kispert No. 15 Overall

The 2020-21 Washington Wizards finished strong, at least in the regular season. Washington closed with a 17-6 run, overcoming a maddening start and reaching the playoffs. Things didn’t go particularly well against the Philadelphia 76ers in the opening round, but Washington at least left the campaign with less of a sour taste, and they did […]

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2021 NBA Draft Grades: Indiana Pacers Get A ‘B-‘ Taking Chris Duarte No. 13 Overall

The 2020-21 Indiana Pacers came within a Play-in victory of reaching the NBA Playoffs, but it was also something of a lost season for the franchise. After five straight postseason appearances and five straight first round exits, Indiana went in another direction on the bench in hiring Nate Bjorkgren, but that experiment was short-lived and […]

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2021 NBA Draft Grades: San Antonio Spurs Surprise With Josh Primo At No. 12 Overall, Get ‘C-‘

After making the NBA Playoffs in 22 consecutive seasons and winning five championships along the way, the San Antonio Spurs missed the postseason in both 2019-20 and 2020-21. The Spurs weren’t a terrible team during either campaign, but gone are the days in which San Antonio could (figuratively) roll out of bed to 50 wins […]

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2021 NBA Draft Grades: Charlotte Hornets Get A ‘B+’ With James Bouknight At No. 11 Overall

Even with injuries to Gordon Hayward and 2020-21 NBA Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball, the Charlotte Hornets were in the playoff mix until the very end. While the Hornets ultimately fell short in the Play-In, it was a successful season overall, particularly through the lens of what Hayward, Ball, Terry Rozier and Miles Bridges […]

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2021 NBA Draft Grades: Memphis Grizzlies Get A ‘C+’ For Ziaire Williams At No. 10 Overall

When accounting for injuries that kept both Jaren Jackson Jr. and Justise Winslow sidelined for the majority of the season, the 2020-21 campaign was fairly kind to the Memphis Grizzlies. They were defeated in tidy fashion by the top-seeded Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs, but Memphis turned in an encouraging 38-34 […]

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2021 NBA Draft Grades: Sacramento Kings Get A ‘D’ For Taking Davion Mitchell At No. 9 Overall

There was a lot to like about the 2020-21 Sacramento Kings, but there were also a lot of questions. On the positive side, the Kings finished the season with an above-average offense, riding the production of De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes to go along with a rookie breakout from Tyrese Haliburton. On the other end […]

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Breaking Down Jalen Green, The Best Scorer In The 2021 NBA Draft

Perhaps my favorite part of scouting prospects is garnering an understanding of their games at a young age and tracking their development as they progress through the ranks. Sometimes, that results in disappointing stagnation. Often, though, it produces fascinating arcs in which strengths are heightened and areas for improvement are remedied. For Jalen Green, an […]

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Jalen Suggs Talks NBA Draft Prep, Choosing Hoops Over Football, And His Advice For Chet Holmgren

Jalen Suggs is preparing for one of the biggest nights of his life this July when he will find out where he’ll be beginning his NBA career after a stellar season at Gonzaga, leading the Bulldogs to the national title game and cementing his place in NCAA Tournament history along the way with his buzzer-beater […]

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