Thursday, June 25, 2015

2015 NBA Draft Grades

2015 NBA Draft Grades
#
Team
Player
Pos
Ht
From Analysis Comp
G
1
T-Wolves
C
7-0
Kentucky Towns is the biggest upside player in the draft with a chance to be special. The Wolves have a dynamic duo ready to grow the franchise into a contender. Love it! More LaMarcus Aldridge,
Pau Gasol
A
2
Lakers 6-5 Ohio State A true star talent who will have the ball in his hands a lot. A new era begins in L.A.More Stephen Curry
A+
3
76ers
C
6-11
Duke That's a lot of center talent in Philly. A trade could be coming or a powerhouse front court is coming. More Al Jefferson
A
4
Knicks
7-1
Latvia A high upside talent with boom/bust potential. The Knicks are building for the long term. More Dirk
B+
5
Magic
6-8
Croatia The Magic need shooters and they get a good one. But there are questions about his transition to the League. More Evan Fournier
B-
6
Kings
C
7-0
Kentucky A defensive anchor who seems to be average in most other aspects of the game. Top level athlete with upside. More Tyson Chandler
B-
7
Nuggets
6-5
USA A unique talent who puts a ton of pressure on defenses and will bring a lot of excitement to the Nuggets. Has limits as a shooter More Tyreke Evans
B
8
Pistons
6-6
Arizona A natural leader and balanced all around player who will help bring a culture of winning back to Detroit. More Joe Johnson
B+
9
Hornets
C
7-0
Wisconsin Highly skilled player who can help stretch the floor for the Hornets. Not a high upside player but solid choice at #9 More Ryan Anderson
B-
10
Heat
6-6
Duke Awesome value for the Heat, getting Winslow at #10. He has all the makings of a perennial all star. More better Jerry Stackhouse
A+
11
Pacers
6-11
Texas Has unigue talent and shooting ability for his size but isn't a plus athlete. More Chris Bosh/John Henson
B-
12
Jazz
6-9
Kentucky Well built player with a really advanced mid range game. Solid but unspectacular player who is a glue guy. More Carlos Boozer
B
13
Suns
6-5 Kentucky The smoothest three point shooter in the draft who is a great value at #13. Great addition to the Suns back court. More Wesley Mathews
A
14
Thunder
6-2 Murrey State Fast-rising prospect. A lead guard with nice size and an all around game. Will fill the void left by Reggie Jackson's departure. More Sam Cassell
A-
15
Hawks (from Nets)
6-7
Kansas Upside player who will take a few years to impact the League. Plays above the rim and has a sweet stroke from downtown. More Rudy Gay
B
16
Celtics
6-2
Louisville A compact and strong lead guard with an NBA ready game who gives the celtics more of what they have. This is a head scratcher. More Robert Pack
C
17
Bucks
6-6 UNLV Nice upside player at this point in the draft. Very young and very talented. More Derek Anderson
B+
18
Rockets (from Pelicans)
6-9
Wisconsin Solid role player at this point in the draft. A safe pick for the Rockets who are in win-now mode. More Marvin Williams
B-
19
Knicks
6-5
Notre Dame The Knicks get a young athletic combo guard. Isn't a game-changer but has some upside at #19 More Daequan Cook
B+
20
Raptors
PG 6-5 Utah A ready-to-win guard who will help the Raptors in year one. More Evan Turner
A-
21
Mavs
6-6 Virginia A rock solid all around player who brings a ton of toughness and heart to the Mavs. More Bonzi Wells
A
22
Bulls
6-10 Arkansas Brings youth to the Bulls front court along with length and scoring ability. More Tim Thomas
B
23
Blazers
6-7
Arizona A steal here. Jefferson is a dog on the court who plays at a higher level of intensity. Stand out defender and rebounder with a lot of bounce.  More
Tony Allen
A
24
T-Wolves
6-1
Duke Great pick-up for the Wolves who are building a great foundation. Jones is a natural playmaker and very efficent with the ball. More Tony Parker
B+
25
Grizzlies
6-9 LSU The Grizzlies get a versatile and talented scorer who plays with a lot of power and good energy. More Matt Harpring
A-
26
Spurs
Nikola Milutinov
C
6-11
Int. A big who knows how to score around the basket. Draft and stash candidate for the Spurs.
B+
27
Lakers (from Rockets)
Larry Nance Jr.
C
6-9
Wyoming A reach here for a player who is undersized and has average quickness. Should have been a late second round pick.
C-
28
Celtics  
(from Clippers)
6-5 Georgia State Excellent outside shooter who will help spread the floor for the Celtics. More MarShon Brooks
B
29
Nets (from Hawks)
6-10
Syracuse Nice value here. MuCullough is recovering from a knee injury but has a lot of talent to grow into. More Noah Vonleh
A-
30
Warriors
6-9
UCLA Upside play for the world champs. Looney has a ton of length but doesn't do any one thing at a very high level. More poor man's Paul George
B
-

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

2015 Early Entry List

The following college and international players have declared for the 2015 NBA Draft:

College players
  • Cliff Alexander, Kansas, 6-8, Freshman
  • Justin Anderson, Virginia, 6-6, Junior
  • Brandon Ashley, Arizona, 6-9, Junior
  • Devin Booker, Kentucky, 6-6, Freshman
  • Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky, 7-0, Junior
  • Sam Dekker, Wisconsin, 6-9, Junior
  • Michael Frazier II, Florida, 6-4, Junior
  • Olivier Hanlan, Boston College, 6-4, Junior
  • Montrezl Harrell, Louisville, 6-8, Junior
  • Aaron Harrison, Kentucky, 6-6, Sophomore
  • Andrew Harrison, Kentucky, 6-6, Sophomore
  • Tyler Harvey, Eastern Washington, 6-4, Sophomore
  • Jerome Hill, Gardner-Webb, 6-5, Junior
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona, 6-7, Sophomore
  • R.J. Hunter, Georgia State, 6-5, Junior
  • Vince Hunter, UTEP, 6-8, Sophomore
  • Charles Jackson, Tennessee Tech, 6-10, Junior
  • Dakari Johnson, Kentucky, 7-0, Sophomore
  • Stanley Johnson, Arizona, 6-7, Freshman
  • Tyus Jones, Duke, 6-1, Freshman
  • Trevor Lacey, N.C. State, 6-3, Junior
  • Kevon Looney, UCLA, 6-9, Freshman
  • Trey Lyles, Kentucky, 6-10, Freshman
  • Jarell Martin, LSU, 6-10, Sophomore
  • Chris McCullough, Syracuse, 6-10, Freshman
  • Jordan Mickey, LSU, 6-8, Sophomore
  • Jahlil Okafor, Duke, 6-11, Freshman
  • Kelly Oubre, Kansas, 6-7, Freshman
  • Ashton Pankey, Manhattan, 6-10, Junior
  • Cameron Payne, Murray State, 6-2, Sophomore
  • Terran Petteway, Nebraska, 6-6, Junior
  • Walter Pitchford, Nebraska, 6-10, Junior
  • Bobby Portis, Arkansas, 6-11, Sophomore
  • Michael Qualls, Arkansas, 6-6, Junior
  • Terry Rozier, Louisville, 6-1, Sophomore
  • D'Angelo Russell, Ohio State, 6-5, Freshman
  • Satnam Singh, IMG Academy, 7-1, Post-Graduate
  • Jherrod Stiggers, Houston, 6-5, Junior
  • Deonta Stocks, West Georgia, 6-1, Sophomore
  • Aaron Thomas, Florida State, 6-5, Junior
  • J.P. Tokoto, North Carolina, 6-6, Junior
  • Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky, 6-11, Freshman
  • Myles Turner, Texas, 6-11, Freshman
  • Robert Upshaw, Washington, 7-0, Sophomore
  • Rashad Vaughn, UNLV, 6-6, Freshman
  • Chris Walker, Florida, 6-10, Sophomore
  • Justise Winslow, Duke, 6-6, Freshman
  • Christian Wood, UNLV, 6-11, Sophomore

    Friday, April 17, 2015

    Damian Jones NBA Draft Scouting Report

    6-10 - Power Forward - Vanderbilt

    Has a NBA body but an unrefined game. Shows good potential as a rebounder and interior defender.

    Pros
    Jones has very impressive length, strength and athletic ability. Has the physical tools to play at the next level.

    Will earn his living with defense and rebounding and shows flashes of being a force in the lane. Gets off the floor well to contest shots and grab rebounds. Times his jumps well and has a good feel on the defensive end. Rotates well and is a good help defender.

    Is developing a back to the basket game and becoming more of a threat to score the ball. Above average offensive rebounder.

    Cons
    Doesn't play with consistent intensity or high energy. Shows great effort on some plays and seems to take some plays off.

    Despite showing some improvement, is still a poor free throw shooter.

    Lacks a mid range game and doesn't handle the ball well. Isn't much of a threat to shoot the ball from beyond the lane.

    Projection: mid to late first round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    Michael Porter Jr NBA Draft Scouting Report

    6-9 - Small Forward - Columbia, MO

    A highly skilled wing player who has awesome ability for a 6-9 player. Huge upside on the offensive end.

    Pros
    Porter has unique skills for a 6-9 player with a great looking three point shot and excellent athleticism. Gets incredible elevation on his shot and is almost impossible to block. Has all the makings of a top level NBA three point shooter.

    Has ideal length and athleticism for the SF position. Elevates well and can really play above the rim. Really attacks the bucket well.

    Very solid in all aspects of the game. Fundamentally sound with high level understanding of timing, spacing and team defense.

    A unique talent with tantalizing upside.

    Cons
    It's early. We'll see how he develops over the next few years. Can he fill out his frame and keep his mobility?

    Comparisons
    Looks like Kevin Durant with his three point shot and ability to play above the rim.

    Projection: lottery pick in the 2018 NBA Draft